Swap-bot Time: August 11, 2020 11:23 am


Date Joined: May 7, 2012
Last Online: August 11, 2020
Birthday: January 1
Country: United States
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About Me

I'm a former wandering gypsy, now living in Florida where the primeval beauty of the Big Cypress swamp and the longest coastline of any state except Alaska satisfy certain of my inner needs. It's also a great jumping off point for the Bahamas, the Caribbean & Latin America. I lived in India for several years working with a snake catcher; traveled with Ringling Brothers Circus (living on the train); lived on a sailboat in the Bahamas & Caribbean for 5 years. My numerous occupations have included newspaper staff writer, assembly-line worker in a cockroach trap factory, librarian, charter-boat cook, dog walker in NYC, proprietor of a shop selling beach paraphernalia in the Virgin Islands and, most consistently, free-lance travel writer. Travel, adventure & being easily distracted are all prime motivators in my life!

Writing & photography were always my creative outlets, but lately I'm exploring mixed media collage & miniature book making. I originally joined Swap-Bot for non-touristy postcard exchanges as I'm always on the lookout for quirky or whimsical imagery. But I'm a long-time fan of (and participant in) mail art, so I've become more involved in collage & handmade postcard & mail art swaps. I appreciate things created with wit, originality, a sense of humor - or just because they're beautiful or intriguing. I like clever, off-beat, esoteric stuff. Girlie cutesy doesn't cut it for me. (Maybe I'm still rebelling against a mother who tried too hard to make me pink and frilly.) But I do enjoy whimsy. I love getting postcards & envelopes decorated with art work, collage, etc. And lots & lots of cool stamps!

Though I caved to peer pressure & created a Flickr account, I'm REALLY bad about keeping it updated with images of mail art I've sent! Social media in general eludes me. There are never enough hours in the day for all the other things I find far more interesting to do.

Favorite Music

My musical taste is pretty eclectic, but I particularly like acoustic guitar, Reggae, Latin jazz, World Music in general. A few of my favorite musicians are Mose Allison, Nina Simone, Joni Mitchell & Paco de Lucia.

Favorite Books

My passport is my favorite book. I read a lot of nonfiction. When I get interested in a subject I read about it voraciously. I enjoy poetry & have been trying my hand at haiku and tanka. Theodore Roethke, ee cummings, & Shel Silverstein are often on my bedstand. Nick Bantock always inspires. Jorge Luis Borges, Gabriel Garcia Marquez, Kurt Vonnegut, Mark Twain, Ursula Le Guin & Kipling are among my long time favorites.

Favorite Movies

My top 5 favorite films are La Strada, L'Atalante, The Gods Must be Crazy, Walkabout, The Triplets of Belleville. My choices seem to reflect my penchant for living on boats; circuses; exotic locales & eccentric characters. I watch a lot of foreign & indie films because I find them to be generally more subtle and thoughtful than mainstream Hollywood.

Favorite Crafts

Mixed media collage, (mainly postcards) & occasionally miniature books. Because I've always been a writer and photographer I often incorporate words and photos into my crafts.

Postcard Preferences

For store-bought postcard swaps I much PREFER RECEIVING POSTCARDS SENT BLANK, IN AN ENVIE, even if the swap calls for them to be sent naked. I understand if you can't do that, but that's my preference & I'll never rate you down for sending that way.


  • NO tourist cards please, unless the swap specifically calls for them. Even then I'd prefer something non-touristy.

  • NO more 3x5 vintage cards, please. I have way too many of them!

  • NO Christian themes or Bible verses.

  • I am not fond of color-it-yourself or Zazzle cards.


  • Ken Brown's cards

  • Glen Baxter cards, particularly his cowboy series. There's one called "My capucinno" that I'd so love to find in my mailbox.

  • cards by Brest Brest Brest, like this one which was in the Curious Feast: 100 Postcards by 10 Artists

  • Art & architecture of Friedensreich Hundertwasser

  • Cards featuring HANDS or EYES

  • Black & white photography (anything from Fotofolio & Nouvelles Images for example.)

  • Jerry Uelsmann's photomontages

  • Inge Look's old ladies

  • The graphic art of Corita Kent

  • Mythology, mythological beings

  • Astrological symbols, animals, etc.

  • Blimps, dirigibles, Zeppelins

  • Bromeliads

  • Orchids

  • The Little Prince

  • Kliban's comic art

  • People dancing joyfully

  • Mexican Loteria cards

  • Dia de los Muertos

  • Lantern Press cards

  • Unusual animals - think sloths, armadillos, aardvarks, platypuses, etc.

  • Unusual birds, tropical birds, Painted Buntings

  • The Everglades

  • Eadweard Muybrige's animals or people in motion

  • Close ups of nature, like the patterns on a beetle, the eye of a fish, etc.

  • Art cards, particularly collage artists, graffiti art, street art, "outsider" art, & found object creations.

  • Paintings by the Florida Highwaymen.

  • Some favorite artists: Magritte, Robert Rauschenberg, Charlie Harper, Joan Miro, Keith Haring, Dali, Georgia O'Keefe, Joseph Cornell, Mayumi Oda, Frida Kahlo, Saul Steinberg.

  • Winslow Homer's paintings of Florida and the Bahamas.

  • Seminole or Miccosoukee people

  • Snake Charmers

  • Magic, magicians,

  • Weird Science

  • Cyanotypes (blueprints or sun prints)

  • Hindu or Buddhist deities

  • Edward Gorey's illustrations

  • Matchbox cover art

  • Cigar Box Label art (love those old lithographs)

  • Great graphic Design

  • Humor, particularly off-beat, droll, or dry.

  • Vintage educational charts

  • Signs, especially odd or humorous ones

  • Naughty Little People

  • Rock & Roll & 1960's musicians

  • Che Guevera

  • Cuba

  • Snoopy (from the Peanuts cartoons)

  • Ikea cards (4x6 size)

  • Kaj Stenvall cards

  • Charlie Chaplin

  • Popeye the Sailor Man

  • Anne Taintor

  • Troubled Birds (a series of postcards that crack me up!)

  • Vintage India or Afghanistan

  • Lenticular (3-D) cards (but not those "Magic Eye" cards. I have monocular vision & can never see the hidden images.)

  • Postcards that squeak!

  • Postcards with googly eyes!

  • Squeaky postcards WITH googly eyes! (I have only one - a circa 1950s alligator - and he'd so love to be the start of a collection :))

  • Upside-down heads, sometimes called Topsy Turvys, in which the image changes when you flip it. Like this:

  • Surprise me!

  • My Postcrossing favorites (link above) may give you an idea of the kinds of cards I like.

Extras/ Other Likes

If you're inclined to include extras or it's a mail art envie swap, here are some of the things I enjoy receiving:

  • Postage stamps (I can always use uncancelled US stamps, while used US or foreign stamps get recycled into my collages. For a project I'm working on I'd love any images of Queen Elizabeth ll, especially purple ones.

  • Faux postage (artistamps)

  • Cigar bands

  • Old black & white photos

  • Leaf skeletons

  • Air mail Stickers/labels

  • Match box labels.

  • Fortune cookie fortunes

  • patterned tissue paper

  • blueprints

  • I love bizarre, quirky rubber stamps.(Had a great collection in the 1980's but they melted in the tropics!)


rhinoluvr rated for Mini Scavenger Hunt 8/2020 on Aug 10, 2020
Comment: Hi Linda!! Thank you so much for the great envelope of happy mail. I especially love the striped paper envie with book lovers sticker, cool washi tapes, & real postage, THX! I also love the selection of PCs, especially the Mary Shelley PC & all the others. Take care & keep cool ;)
PeliKat rated for FCMA: Scrappy Postcard on Aug 10, 2020
Comment: Linda, thank you so much for the most interesting scrappy postcard! I love all the detail that you put into it, The colors and patterns fit together perfectly and that shiny pop of red was excellent! Even the address side was fascinating the way you decorated it! Thanks so much for putting your creative energy into making this a fantastic swap! Happy swapping to you and stay safe!!
SeleneW rated for NYUP: Oddities on Aug 10, 2020
Comment: Thank you for the fun odd PCs! I really like the envelope with the Hello badge for address label! Creative!
dorcii rated for AN: Spelling Bee: Flower (global) on Aug 10, 2020
Comment: Thanks a lot for the cards, I finally received them! :) It went wandering around the world I guess! :)
Comment: Great postcards - all of them especially the shaped Oregon. First for me - so unique!
shirleyinCA rated for NYUP: Non-touristy, BUT . . . on Aug 8, 2020
Comment: Absolutely fabulous postcards that perfectly fit my vision for this swap! So glad I got you sending to me -- I hope your partner delighted you as much as you did me! Thanks for an extra pc and the great envelope you created. And thanks for more French practice for me with Mickey Mouse! Merci beaucoup! I delighted in your accounting of all the birds in your yard. My hubby, the avid birder, enjoyed the details, too. We currently have morning doves nesting right outside our bay window on a shelf. They actually pushed a rather large birdhouse off the shelf to make their nest! I hope your birds and garden continue to help you escape the blues and blahs.
smmarrty rated for FCMA: Weird Holiday PC on Aug 8, 2020
Comment: Love it - thanks!
Comment: Hi Linda! Thank you for a great bunch of PC's. I love love love the 2 Christmas ones. They are my favorite. Glad to hear the hurricane missed you. We got some of effects from it & boy did it ever pour here for hours on end. We needed rain. But not in buckets! When it rains that hard & that much, it just runs off & doesn't seep into the ground. However, I have a rain barrel for my gardening use & it is nearly filled to the brim. Yeah! I'm so sorry to hear, you've been in a slump & you're your only company. I can imagine that. I've been there before. But not in a very long time. But I feel for you & hope you're okay & out of your slump now.
dawnakaulen rated for PH: Scavenger Hunt For PCs #110 on Aug 7, 2020
Comment: All great choices, thank you! I am always happy to see an envie from you :)
rexypants rated for PH: Send 4 Postcards #24 on Aug 6, 2020
Comment: Hi Linda - Thank you for an assortment of great cards! Kodak, the Kimo in ABQ!! Not to mention the Trailor Trollop - that one may be a new favourite :) A blur of angst and malaise and a limited attention span, yes - that about sums it up. Will check out Piet Hein. I'd like to know what this whole show is about, too...Thanks again!
AFK rated for Monochromatic Collaged PC on Aug 5, 2020
Comment: I love it 😊 and your story of how and where all the pieces came from. I just sorry I couldn't help you finish the bottle of rum ♥️ Thank you.
Comment: Thank you Linda! I love the PCs, especially "Mandolinata" and the fabulous envie too!
susieq11 rated for 5 Postcards to 2 Partners #197 on Aug 3, 2020
Comment: Thank you for the beautiful card and mail art plus a great swap! I adore the dog one! I have a postcard book by that artist but it must be a different one because this one is new to me! It stinks not to be traveling or out and about and with no end in sight... but we are hanging in, and somehow grocery shopping is a thrill now LOL. Just taking it day by day and enjoying the little things. Swapping keeps me busy and having fun too. Take care and stay safe!!!! XOXO
miyi rated for HMPC: Circle love - July on Aug 3, 2020
Comment: Linda I would rate you 10 starts if I could! I was so happy to receive the brightly coloured card today. Later on in the evening I googled The Circle Game song and the lyrics were so touching...! Thank you!
dawnakaulen rated for 5 Postcards to 2 Partners #197 on Aug 2, 2020
Comment: Thanks for another great swap! I know what you mean about the isolation making you crazy- we went to the beach last weekend for the first time this year and I had to wear my mask the whole time. Bummer :)
Lonestarchild rated for AN: Two x Two PC #13 (global) on Aug 1, 2020
Comment: REally beautiful cards! And love the NC you put them in -- the Kenyan fabric. I recognized it before I even turned it over to check! I used to have piles and piles of African prints but they have slowly dwindled away. And love the woodland stamps on the envie! Great swap -- thank you!
shirleyinCA rated for NYUP: Hot Postcards on Jul 31, 2020
Comment: Sizzling hot envie - even the sun and salsa postage! Thanks for great themed pcs and extras! As always I love your choices. Thank you so much for the encouraging comment that you like the swap themes I'm hosting! Hope you're doing better.
AmookIslandCreations rated for Round and Round on Jul 30, 2020
Comment: Thanks for this international stamp round PC! I love it! The poem on the reverse is great too! Stay safe and healthy! Hugs from Alaska, Sherry
Response: Whew! i had my doubts that it would make it through the postal system. Glad it did and that you like it. Thanks for your rating & 💗
Comment: Thank you so much for the thoughtful swap! I loved it all! the envelope, the postcards you chose and the extra planner stickers! Thank you so much! Stay safe

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rexypants on Jul 16, 2020:

You are welcome for the matchbox cards. Hope your July is going well. I hear you about the Covid-induced gloom!

user6937 on Jun 5, 2020:

Thanks for the b-day wishes 😁

Lorabora on Jun 2, 2020:

Thank you for Postcard Hideout postcard tag! These cards are great!

shirleyinCA on May 3, 2020:

So very thoughtful of you to remember me on my birthday with a beautiful art card plus your adorable childhood drawing of Mickey Mouse! You sure brought a big smile to my face during these dreary days! Thank you, thank you! Stay safe and healthy.

couchart on Mar 1, 2020:

Linda, thank you so much for the birthday card and kind words, I really appreciate it! I hope the mouth full of titanium isn't causing you too much trouble. I plan to send something your way soon. All the best, Cynthia

shirleyinCA on Dec 7, 2019:

Thank you so much for the Postcard Hideout tag plus extras! These Curious Feast cards are quite amazing! Yes, I love The Wind in the Willows, so Rat's picnic is very special; and I would not have known Mimi O Chun's work was soft sculpture if you had not mentioned it - when I study it closely, yes I can see it. All so intriguing. Thanks again.

MissPaula on Sep 6, 2019:

I hope Dorian hasn't been harassing you! Be safe!

dvmac on Jun 26, 2019:

Love, love, love the cards (PH Tag).Thank you. What a fascinating Peary story! Early 60s, so you must be a little older than I . Which is nice, cuz there's hardly anyone older than I am anymore. Haha. Loved the envie, too. And the note paper! Hah! Ain't it the truth!

user6937 on Jun 19, 2019:

Your wild and crazy postcards have arrived; thanks for the surprise! I LOVE them, especially the ones re: parents and kids, lol.

shirleyinCA on Apr 19, 2019:

Also enjoyed the classy Monroe County note card - just so over the moon about Mickey that I forgot to add this sentence!

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