Swap-bot Time: May 9, 2021 10:14 am


Date Joined: May 7, 2012
Last Online: May 7, 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: I hope you are feeling better! Thank you for another fabulous bird-mail-art envelope and great selection of postcards! I am so curious about the fur-covered trout (weird!). I have some earmarked to mail soon. xo
Response: You have to wonder about modern medicine when you need to take meds to counter the side effects of the other meds! Glad you liked the envie & cards. Scavenger hunt swaps are such fun. Thanks for your rating & πŸ’—
Comment: Thanks! I especially love the cat card and the Alaska one!
Response: Glad you liked them. Thanks for your rating & πŸ’—
Comment: Thanks for the great cards! Love them all...
Response: Delighted that I was able to please! Thanks for your rating & πŸ’—
wolfeagle rated for AMA: Easy Mixed Media PC on May 3, 2021
Comment: Thank you.
Response: You're welcome. Thanks for your rating & πŸ’—
dvmac rated for Three Postcards in an Envelope #8H on May 2, 2021
Comment: Hi Linda. So good to hear from you! Always a pleasure to swap with you. Loved the cards - every single one of them, ha ha. Will write back soon.
Response: Great to be in touch with you again, Glad you liked the cards, even the risque one :)) Muchas gracias for your rating & πŸ’—.
photovivie rated for PH: Variety Pack #5 on May 2, 2021
Comment: Thank you very much!! Love the postcards and the greeting card!
Response: You're welcome. I'm pleased that you liked them. Thanks for your rating & πŸ’—
Comment: Clever choices, thank you!
Response: You're welcome. Thanks for your rating & πŸ’—.
squince rated for PSH: 4 Postcards/2 Partners (4x2 #1) on Apr 23, 2021
Comment: Great selection of cards!!!!
Response: Glad you liked them. Thanks for your rating & πŸ’—
Comment: Thank you so much for the great selection of postcards! Hmm, not sure which is my favorite - I love the Amish, the cute kitty and the lighthouse!
Response: My pleasure. Glad you liked them. Thanks for your rating & πŸ’—
AmookIslandCreations rated for HMPC: Bird love - April on Apr 22, 2021
Comment: Thanks for this gorgeous postcard! I love that the birdie has a berry! You must have put a lot of work into fussy cutting those leaves! All of our winter birdies, except for a few crows have headed out for their summer spaces. I miss them. Looking forward to planting in the greenhouse! Stay safe and healthy! Hugs from Alaska, Sherry
Response: So glad you liked my card, Sherry. Those leaves (most of them anyway) are from one of those ultra thin Japanese rice paper napkins. No fussy cutting necessary. The background just disappears into the collage.
uiltje rated for NYUP: Museum PC + text on the front on Apr 22, 2021
Comment: Thank you for joining my swap. Your card impressed me. At this moment the world is burning: MeToo, Black Lives Matter, Covid. And now you used a PC of a 500-years old painting to make a statement! Enjoy your Florida garden!
Response: I often alter postcards by adding captions, so I was delighted to join your swap. Glad you liked my card. Thanks for your comments, rating & πŸ’—.
young46356 rated for PH: Send 3 Postcards #30 on Apr 22, 2021
Comment: Hi, thanks for the cards. It's great that you can have company now that you have your Covid shots. We give them at the Costco where I work. Rich
Response: You're welcome. Thanks for your comments, rating & πŸ’—
Comment: Linda, I am creating a junk journal with mail art and your fish mail envelope will be added! I love the LWA notepad/stationery page. I love each postcard you selected for me and the vintage golf stamps! Thank you for the foreign language pages, too. Thank you very much for a GOODMAILDAY! xo
Response: So glad you liked what I chose for you & delighted to hear the fish mail will live on in a new incarnation! Thanks for your comments, rating & πŸ’—
rhinoluvr rated for Non-Tourist Postcards #26 on Apr 20, 2021
Comment: Hi Linda! πŸ‘‹ thank you so much for this lovely assortment of postcards. I especially like the Viennese coffee and covered bridge PCs. I enjoyed reading about your garden choresπŸͺ΄ We have 2 orchids here but they’re still indoors. 🌸 Thanks too for the extras & for sending them all in a gorgeous handmade envie. πŸ’ŒTake care πŸ€—
Response: My pleasure. So glad you liked my choices. Thanks for your comments, rating & πŸ’—
Bavarija rated for PH: 3 Postcards/3 Partners #2 on Apr 20, 2021
Comment: Thank you for cards!
Response: You're welcome. Thanks for your rating & πŸ’—
dorcii rated for PH: 3 Postcards/3 Partners #2 on Apr 15, 2021
Comment: Thanks for the postcards :)
Response: You're welcome. I hope you liked them.
Lilyhax rated for PH: 3 Postcards/3 Partners #2 on Apr 15, 2021
Comment: I loved the garlic postcard. Thanks for the extras.
Response: You're welcome. I love those old Play Wth Your Food creations.Thanks for your rating & πŸ’—
Comment: the cards you chose were so nice! thanks Linda!
Response: My pleasure. Glad you liked them. Thanks for your rating & πŸ’—
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’—

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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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