Swap-bot Time: September 22, 2021 1:50 am


Date Joined: May 7, 2012
Last Online: September 21, 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.


  • Ken Brown's cards

  • Cards featuring HANDS or EYES

  • Black & white photography (anything from Fotofolio & Nouvelles Images for example.) I especially like the photographs of Robert Doisneau.

  • 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

  • Mexican Loteria cards

  • Dia de los Muertos

  • Lantern Press cards

  • Unusual birds, tropical birds, Painted Buntings

  • The Everglades

  • 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)

  • Edward Gorey's illustrations

  • Matchbox cover art

  • Great graphic Design

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

  • Signs, especially odd or humorous ones

  • Naughty Little People

  • Rock & Roll & 1960's musicians

  • Che Guevera

  • Cuba

  • Snoopy (from the Peanuts cartoons)

  • Kaj Stenvall cards

  • Charlie Chaplin

  • Popeye the Sailor Man

  • 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 :)

  • Surprise me!

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

Extras/ Other Likes

  • I can always use uncancelled US stamps. Any denomination

  • Faux postage (artistamps)

Please NO


  • 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.

  • NO super cute, overly sweet or girlie


Bavarija rated for Non-Touristy Postcards #29 on Aug 30, 2021
Comment: Thank you for cards!
Response: You're welcome. Thanks for your rating & ๐Ÿ’—.
andee73 rated for PH: 3 Postcards/2 Partners #11 on Aug 5, 2021
Response: You're welcome. Thanks for your rating & ๐Ÿ’—.
Cellolady rated for 5 Postcards to 2 Partners #217 on Aug 4, 2021
Comment: Awesome PC's. Thank you for the extra!
Response: You're welcome. Glad you liked the cards I chose. Thanks for your rating & ๐Ÿ’—.
Response: Yay! Glad the re-send reached you promptly. Hope the other one sent on the same day gets there too! Thanks for your rating & ๐Ÿ’—.
mjhaertling rated for AMA: Scavenger Hunt PC -August on Jul 30, 2021
Comment: Oh, Linda, I just love your PC. The vintage/other-worldly vibe is so great and I love your perfect placement of the little girl's hands around one of the spheres. This one is going on my "Wall of Fame". Did you finish it with Mod Podge or with something else?
Response: I'm so pleased you liked my creation. Thanks for your great comments, rating & ๐Ÿ’—. And yes, I used matte Mod Podge for the finish
squince rated for PH: Send 6 PCs (USA/Canada) #19 on Jul 28, 2021
Comment: Thanks for all the great cards!!
Response: You're welcome. Thanks for your rating & ๐Ÿ’—.
Aseret25 rated for PH: Scavenger Hunt for PCs #149 on Jul 28, 2021
Comment: WOW!! You sent me some great postcards! I especially love the one with watermelons - I eat ALOT of watermelon in the summer! :D
Response: Glad you liked them. I tried to choose cards based on your profile preferences and I saw you liked watermelon! Thanks for your rating & ๐Ÿ’—.
Poeprincess rated for HMPC: Put a Postage Stamp on it on Jul 26, 2021
Comment: Terrific PC! Love how you placed your elements (especiallythe girlโ€™s hand). Massively creative.
Response: Thanks for your rating & ๐Ÿ’—. So glad you liked my creation. Ive been having difficulty with my fingers due to rheumatoid arthritis so wasn't sure I could manage the fussy cutting & collage manipulation. Happy it worked out.
dally rated for PH: Scavenger Hunt for PCs #146 on Jul 22, 2021
Comment: Wow Linda, what an awesome selection of PCs! I love them all, and thank you for the extras!
Response: You're welcome. So pleased that you liked the cards I chose for you. Thank you for your rating & ๐Ÿ’—.
Comment: Super fun (and wonderfully unusual!) cards. and love what you're doing with the blank envies! thanks for a great swap!
Response: My pleasure as always. So glad you liked them & my envie creations! Thank you for your rating & ๐Ÿ’—.
SilverD rated for 3 Weird Cards in an Envelope # 3 on Jul 19, 2021
Comment: I received this a while ago, sorry for the late rate. I went to the website for the "postcards for Democracy" and started looking through all the postcards. Next thing I knew it was time for bed. I set the swaps aside and then forgot about them! So sorry, but thank you for the article! And the very strange postcards, :)
Response: No problem. I know how distracting those rabbit holes can be. I seem to fall into them more & more frequently.Thank you for your rating & ๐Ÿ’—.
Comment: All great choices, thank you! Hope you made it thru Elsa unscathed :)
Response: you're welcome, Dawna. Glad you liked them. Thank you for your rating & ๐Ÿ’—.Thankfully, Elsa turned out to be a non-event here, but preparation was a good drill!
susieq11 rated for Postcard Scavenger Hunt - July 2021 on Jul 12, 2021
Comment: These are fabulous!! And thank you very much for all the extras! Love Cocteau and the Charles Addams. I just recently bought a cute Addams notepad! I think Elsa wasnโ€™t too bad a storm? But you can never be too prepared, and should be! Thank you for joining my swap! Hope youโ€™re doing well xoxo
Response: So happy you liked the cards I chose for you & thanks for your rating & ๐Ÿ’—. Elsa turned into a non-event here (whew!) just bringing some much-needed rain. We're having a super mango season this year & I'm loving it!
Comment: Thank you for the redโ€ฆred PC!!
Response: You're welcome. Thank you for your rating & ๐Ÿ’—.
Comment: Linda, I always love your selection of cards! Thank you for all the extras too! Have a great Summer..
Response: You're welcome. It's always a pleasure choosing cards for you & I'm so pleased you liked them. Thank you for your rating & ๐Ÿ’—.
Comment: Honestly it wouldn't have mattered what was in this envelope - the seahorse decoration was lovely to receive, however love the cards and it was so nice to hear about your visit to the flea market! all the best!
Response: I'm so pleased that you liked the seahorse envie and the cards I chose for you, Natasha. Thanks for your rating & ๐Ÿ’—
minniepic rated for PH: Building Scavenger Hunt #2 on Jul 1, 2021
Comment: Thank you so very much for the lovely postcards and all the extras. It was Happy Happy mailโค๏ธโค๏ธ
Response: You're welcome. Glad I was able to make you happy! Thank you for your rating & ๐Ÿ’—.
Comment: I love, love, love the selection of cards you used to spell S-N-A-I-L... I'm extremely happy about them! Wish I could give more than one heart! Take care!
Response: I'm delighted that my card selections made you happy, Risna. It's a response I strive for but don't always achieve! Thank you for your rating & ๐Ÿ’—.
marymary914 rated for HMPC: Bird love - June on Jun 25, 2021
Comment: Beautiful PC! Love the quote!
Response: You're welcome, Mary. Glad you liked it. The quote is a line from a book of poetry printed in the 1800's.Thank you for your rating & ๐Ÿ’—.
Carollee922 rated for PH: Send 5 Postcards #30 on Jun 24, 2021
Comment: Thank you for the great postcards, I love the variety.
Response: I'm happy you liked the cards I chose for you. Thank you for your rating & ๐Ÿ’—.

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susieq11 on Aug 4, 2021:

Iโ€™m thrilled you like the book and are enjoying it! I was happy to give it a good home : ) Hope you have a good day today and Iโ€™ll be thinking of you! xoxo

susieq11 on Jul 12, 2021:

Great poppy notecard and rubber stamps on the envelope! So fun! : )

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 ๐Ÿ˜

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.

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