Swap-bot Time: April 12, 2021 5:16 pm


Date Joined: May 7, 2012
Last Online: April 12, 2021
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!)


Comment: the cards you chose were so nice! thanks Linda!
Comment: Thank you for the postcards - OMG I LOVE the Paris cards, merci beaucoup! I love the sticker on the envelope that we are all one family! Take care and have a wonderful weekend!
Response: Glad I had some Paris cards for you and was able to please! Thanks for your rating & πŸ’—
Comment: Thank you for nice cards!
Response: You're very welcome. Thank you for your rating & πŸ’—
Comment: Thank you very much Linda, for the April showers PC's of flowers, Bunny, Ducks, and extras of Tree blossoms, & Baby Cougar animals . I love them all !
Response: Always fun to swap with you, Deb. Glad you liked the cards. Thanks for your rating & πŸ’—
noname13 rated for 5 Postcards to 2 Partners #212 on Apr 8, 2021
Comment: Thanks a lot for your postcards!
Response: You're welcome.
Comment: Sorry for the late rating! Always love to swap with you! Stay safe and healthy! Hugs from Alaska, Sherry
Response: Better late than never! Between the pandemic & the spotty service from USPS too much mail goes astray these days, so I'm glad mine reached you. Another swap going out to you soon. Be well & thanks for your rating & πŸ’—
squince rated for 3 Weird Cards in an Envelope #3 on Apr 7, 2021
Comment: Thanks!!
kizzlets rated for PS: Botanical PC's on Apr 6, 2021
Comment: Thank you very much for the happy mail!
Response: My pleasure. Thanks for your rating & πŸ’—
kizzlets rated for 5 Postcards to 2 Partners #212 on Apr 6, 2021
Comment: Thank you very much for the happy mail!
Response: You're welcome. Thanks for your rating & πŸ’—
Comment: Naturally, the cards you've sent are great. I just found out about Inge Look pc's and now I have four - love 'em! Thanks for the stamps and your very enjoyable letter (though I'm sorry about the RA taking over); your friends visit sounds wonderful, and I'm glad you had that day.
Response: So glad they arrived. Mail delivery has become so unreliable. And glad you liked what I sent. Welcome to the Inge LΓΆΓΆk fan club! Aren't her old aunties a hoot? Thanks for your rating & πŸ’—
mandigutterrose rated for PH: Send 4 Postcards #29 on Apr 6, 2021
Comment: This still hasn't arrived but mail was and still is insane so I'm going to go ahead and archive this. No resend necessary.
Response: Well that's a bummer, but yeah, mail delivery has been awful. I'd be happy to do a re-send. Just say the word.
Comment: Great cards -- LOVE the Masai! When we lived in Tanzania, our guards were Masai and they often looked at me like that. They didn't speak Swahilli and I don't speak Masai so it was pure comedy around there!
Response: My pleasure. I was hoping you'd like the Masai, and loved hearing how you related with a personal experience. Thanks, as always, for your rating & πŸ’—
debbiespoms rated for PH: Scavenger Hunt For PCs #137 on Apr 3, 2021
Comment: Received your swap today and thank you for the great choices and the 2 extra~! Must be nice to have such nice weather there right now. But I do know warm Florida gets. We once lived in Okeechobee & truly miss it. As Spring weather here. It stinks! We are only getting 40's & 50's weather. Except yesterday & today, it snowed yesterday & today it's only 40 out, ugh!
Response: Glad the swap arrived so quickly and that you liked the cards, Bummer about your stinky so-called Spring weather though. We had a late cold front come through, which here means it went down to 70s in the day and 50s at night which I find perfect. It won't last long, but I'm enjoying it while it does,
kizzlets rated for P&M: Botanical PC's on Apr 2, 2021
Comment: Thank you for the floral postcards!
Response: You're welcome. That was fast. Maybe the USPS is beginning to get it together! Thanks for your rating & πŸ’—
squince rated for PH: Scavenger Hunt For PCs #136 on Apr 1, 2021
Comment: Thank you!!
bluehairedmary rated for PH: Send 4 Postcards #30 on Mar 31, 2021
Comment: Thank you so much for the lovely postcards, extra memo sheets, and thoughtful note! Swapping is helping me with my grief! Thanks again!
Response: You're welcome. Glad you enjoyed them. Happy mail can be a great balm for the rawness of sadness & grief. Thanks for your rating & πŸ’—.
Comment: All great choices, thank you! Love the pretty notecard you used too :)
Response: You're very welcome. I was hoping you'd like that peacock notecard. Thanks for your rating & πŸ’—.
Comment: Received your swap today and thank you very much fro the 3 PC's for the swap and for the 2 extra PC's. I love all! But esp. the owl & dog PC's.
Response: Glad you liked them, Deb. Another swap went off to you today. Thanks for your rating & πŸ’—.
Comment: Thank you for the lovely postcards:)
Response: You're welcome. Glad you liked the cards I chose for you. Thanks for your rating & πŸ’—.
Comment: Thank you for the lovely postcards:)
Response: My pleasure. Nice to be able to reciprocate. Thanks for your rating & πŸ’—.

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wolfeagle on Dec 30, 2020:


mamajoy on Dec 25, 2020:

Thank you for your recommendation of Beasts of the Southern Wild. Excellent! Merry Christmas. Joy

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!

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