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Date Joined: July 15, 2010
Last Online: September 14, 2021
Birthday: October 2
Country: United States
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About Me

I am New Orleans girl living in Northern Alabama. It's certainly not NOLA, but it's okay. I am a happily married and mom of a [now] teenager. Family is my priority, but somehow I manage to maintain my sanity as a FT university professor. I teach literature (absolutely LOVE it AND my students). Reading and Writing are my PASSIONS. I enjoy giving and making (simple--digital and handmade) bookmarks, cards and digital scrapbooks for family and friends. I love photography (taking pictures and looking at them). I also love water, flowers, nature (in general), parks, bayous, etc. and taking walks--though I don't consider myself the outdoorsy type. Much to my hubby's and son's chagrin, camping is NOT appealing to me.

I lost two sisters to breast cancer--Karlette, one of my baby sisters, in 2013 and Lori, one of my older sisters, in 2018. Both left this world far too soon with so much yet to do. These losses have had a profound impact on my life and some days I still find it difficult to breathe. They were both very beautiful and giving people. I honor their memories by sharing beauty and kindness and by sending notes of cheer and love to breast cancer patients and survivors: Karle's Wings.

NOTE ABOUT SWAPPING AND RATING: Swap-bot has been a wonderful experience--I've met really awesome people and learned a few new things along the way. I send swaps on time. If you have not received a swap from me in a timely manner, please send me a PM. Some things simply take longer. (I sent a PC to Russia that took nearly 3 months to arrive). I typically rate as soon as I receive a swap. If I haven't rated you, I haven't received the swap. I will not rate you as a "no send" without attempting to contact you.

Favorite Music

Music is my first love. I like classical, jazz (instrumental and vocal), inspirational, gospel, some R&B, neosoul, traditional blues, calypso, reggae, New Orleans music, etc. The list goes on...Anything with meaningful lyrics, but no heavy metal, gangster rap, or hard rock.

Favorite Books

I love far too many books, far too many novelists, poets, writers, etc. Here are some of my loves...

  • The Holy Bible--where else can you get drama, narratives, history, creative nonfiction, romance, parables, poetry, prophecy, self-help, mischief and mayhem under one cover?
  • Everything William Shakespeare has written
  • Toni Morrison, Song of Solomon and Beloved
  • Ellen G. White, The Desire of Ages
  • Howard Thurman, Meditations of the Heart
  • C.S. Lewis, The Great Divorce (and everything else)
  • Edwidge Danticat, Breath, Eyes, Memory
  • Bessie Head, A Question of Power
  • James Joyce, Ulysses
  • Homer, The Odyssey
  • Dedra Johnson (a good friend), Sandrine's Letter to Tomorrow
  • Nawal El Saadawi, Woman at Point Zero
  • Amy Tan,The Joy Luck Club
  • Jamaica Kincaid, Lucy
  • Ngugi wa Thiong'o, A Grain of Wheat
  • Zora Neale Hurston, Their Eyes Were Watching God and Jonah's Gourd Vine
  • Tarshia Stanley, The Book of Ephesus
  • Christian Fiction (love Lori Wick and most of Francine Rivers)
  • Literary Theory/Criticism


  • Alfred, Lord Tennyson
  • Robert Browning
  • Elizabeth Barrett Browning
  • Shakespeare
  • Rita Dove
  • Emily Dickinson
  • Lucille Clifton
  • Alice Walker
  • Nikky Finney
  • John Donne
  • Brenda Marie Osbey
  • Gloria Wade Gayles
  • Jericho Brown
  • Jerry Ward
  • Nayyirah Waheed
  • Derek Walcott
  • Gwendolyn Brooks
  • Langston Hughes
  • Mary Oliver
  • Amiri Baraka
  • Maya Angelou
  • Soooo many more

Favorite Movies

Again, too many to name...

  • The Fisher King
  • Eve's Bayou
  • The Caveman's Valentine
  • Beloved
  • Sugar Cane Alley
  • Imitation of Life
  • Daughters of the Dust
  • Xala
  • Black Girl
  • Schindler's List
  • Nights in Rodanthe
  • P.S. I Love You
  • Women of Brewster Place
  • Brown Sugar
  • Love Jones
  • Mona Lisa Smile
  • Stepmom
  • Steele Magnolias
  • Fried Green Tomatoes
  • Pretty Woman
  • Redemption
  • Crooklyn
  • Bamboozled
  • Malcolm X
  • The Color Purple

A Few of My Favorite Things

  • Teddy Bears--I collect figurines only; had too many stuffed bears, so I gave most away)
  • the color purple
  • the color pink (after a few family rounds with breast cancer, pink has become a favorite)
  • stickers--I use them in my journals and of course for letters and postcards
  • pretty paper and notebooks
  • journaling
  • cool/nice/pretty pens
  • postcards
  • colored pencils
  • craft scissors--I think I have every cut--even though I haven't quite mastered cutting straight with them :-)
  • humorous quotations--not profane or crass
  • meaningful quotations
  • spiritual (as in religious quotations)
  • silly/funny children's poems and stories
  • photography
  • digitally created scrapbooks and artwork
  • all things Apple
  • Photoshop
  • poetry
  • music
  • books
  • reading
  • writing
  • long newsy letters
  • history--especially non-mainstream
  • art
  • simple vegetarian/vegan recipes
  • Dr. Seuss
  • Winnie-the-Pooh
  • Care Bears (Grumpy Bear)
  • anything that keeps me organized
  • humans--most are interesting and fun!

I enjoy making photo postcards, handmade envelopes, and ATCs. I also enjoy receiving these items from others.


I dislike:

  • horror and gory stuff
  • witchcraft and sorcery/fortunetelling/tarot zodiac/horoscope
  • cigarettes
  • alcohol
  • profanity
  • dogs and cats (quite ironic since our family has every other animal imaginable)
  • crass, rude, profane, racist, sacrilegious humor
  • nudity
  • scraps--ripped and/or torn things
  • edible items (too many things I don't eat, so better not to send)
  • meat or anything that glorifies meat. (I've been a vegetarian MOST of my life. I don't judge others for eating meat, but I don't want it thrown in my face).

Wish List

  • Inspirational quotes and stickers
  • teddy bear stickers
  • ideas for cute/pretty/elegant/beautiful card-making * easy vegetarian and vegan recipes
  • organizational ideas or tips


My husband, son, and I are allergic to and/or hypersensitive to:

  • Cigarette smoke
  • pet hairs/dander
  • dust
  • pollen

Please be mindful of this when sending. Thanks!

Hubby's & Son's Likes

Hubby is easy--since most things he likes are too large to stuff in any envelope: foreign currency and old US currency.

Son likes: animals in general, elephants, ferrets, turtles, and frogs in particular; reading, drawing, postcards, filmmaking, journaling, photography, and so much more.


I prefer postcards naked, stamped and written on (but if you're sending a PC that you don't want marred by postal machines and handling, I will not complain if you place it in an envie).

I am not too picky about postcards--but my favorites are (not in any particular order):

  • literary postcards
  • sunflower postcards
  • artsy postcards
  • whimsical postcards
  • cultural (icons/myths/stories) postcards
  • map postcards
  • touristy postcards that teach me a little about your history or culture--building, bridges, statues, monuments.
  • fun, humorous and quirky cards.

Surprise me and I'll be pleased. But please no nudity or profanity--my son enjoys the postcards with me. Thanks!

Your PCs: I love well-crafted PCs made from your photography AND well-crafted "homemade" PCs, so if you're into making them, please send me one. I won't rate you down for not sending a "store-bought" one! Do note that well-crafted PCs involve more than cutting a picture from a magazine and gluing it to a piece of card stock.


Comment: You always send the most gorgeous postcards and say the loveliest things! Thanks for such a nice postcard, Chandra!
Comment: Thank you for the lovely Postcard!
Comment: This postcard just was so joyful! I love frogs so it was great to receive! Thanks, Chandra!
Comment: Thank you for the beautiful purple flower postcard. Nice quotes, too! Am I right that you made the postcard? :)
Comment: Thanks for the beautiful postcard!
rarjones rated for CF- Scripture Swap- LOVE on Mar 9, 2021
Comment: Thank you for the pretty love scripture card. Ephesians is my favorite book of the Bible. I enjoyed reading the other encouraging note cards you included as well. I hope you continue to stay healthy and find the hidden joys in each day:) Thanks for participating in the swap.
LadyJo rated for CF: Scripture Encouragement on Mar 8, 2021
Comment: Thank you for the nice encouraging swap! I really enjoyed reading about the scriptures that spoke to you It is amazing threw out life how we keep learning an applying it to our daily walk.
Eclectonote rated for Woman Inspired! [2021] on Mar 7, 2021
Comment: Hello, thanks for the Jane Austen quote postcard - "I am half agony, half hope." I wonder what were her circumstances when she wrote this. Food for thought on a Sunday afternoon... Enjoy the springtime!
tam61 rated for CF - Postcard - Picture of Love on Feb 10, 2021
Comment: Thank you so much, I love sunflowers
Response: Yay! Happy you received quickly and that you love the sunflowers. Have joy!
Comment: Oh how perfect! Thank you so much for matching my postcard to a recent reread! I love it! (ETA 2/11): My cute piglet postcard is here now too, I love it---thank you so much!
Response: Happy both arrived--though out of order--LOL! Happy day!
Comment: Thank you for the lovely card from Guess How Much I Love you! Love that story.
Comment: Hi!! I got your postcard! Thank you so much for such a lovely pc and for what you wrote! Keep well ☺️
euniceq rated for Literary Wisdom #20 on Mar 21, 2020
Comment: I love Agatha Christie and have always liked that quote from her. Thank you very much for the delightful postcard!
Comment: I absolutely love the beautiful sunflowers postcard, thank you so much! It is a much-needed bright spot in these anxious times. And I will enjoy coloring the extra one too! I was happy to participate in this swap :) Stay safe and be well.
Comment: WoW! Thank you for all the Dr. Seuss goodies ad decorated fun envelope!! I enjoyed your Swap!
Comment: Great PC. Thank you!!
Comment: Hi Chandra thank you for the Roald Dahl "the withes"PC...Squish and Squiggle lol what lovely word alliteration. The Porky pig postage stamp is amazing...I grew up watching those old cartoons. Happy March swapping, and thank you so much for hosting these Children's Book Illustrations swaps. I really enjoy them. peace love light
nannydino rated for CC: Literary Wisdom #8 on Mar 11, 2020
Comment: Hi Chandra, thank you so much for the Munro's Bookstore PC...lol...I saw the front and thought to myself..well that looks like Munro's ...and flipped the card over and saw it was from you so then I thought I was mistaken and then I read that it is Munro's! What a lovely story behind this bookstore. Do you know about it? Alice Munro co founded a bookstore with her then husband, Jim. When Jim Munro retired in 2014, he gave the store to four of his employees! Imagine that :) I love that :) National Geographic recently recognized the brilliance of Munro's by naming it the third best bookstore in the world. Great PC and I love the tie - in quote by Alice Munro and the heart postage stamps...everything about this PC is so perfect Chandra, thank you...it's like sunshine. Happy March swapping peace love light
kelliegirl6 rated for SPCP: Green Theme Postcard on Mar 7, 2020
Comment: Cute green puppies! 😄 It is a small world...I can’t believe you actually lived around the corner from me! I’ve been in Algiers for 14 years, courtesy of Katrina!
Comment: Beautful ATC cards, your drawings are spot on! Thank you so much, your encouraging words made my day!
Response: Oh, YOU made my day!!! I was so nervous about sending the ATCs (because I'm not "that" kind of artist). Thank you for appreciating them and for the heart. Hugs!

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BlueberryLady on Oct 4, 2020:

Happy Birthday !! seems like I never get caught up. Hope your day was Special !!!!!

BlueberryLady on Oct 4, 2020:

Happy Birthday !! seems like I never get caught up. Hope your day was Special !!!!!

rarjones on Oct 1, 2020:

Happy Birthday & wishes for a year of blessings:)

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BlueberryLady on Oct 21, 2019:

Your Birthday should be Celebrated Every Day !!! Belated Wishes and Hugs...from Jean in Ohio.

Whippet on May 19, 2019:

Gentle hug for you & the loss of you sister. Prayers. We just lost my sister-in-law Liz to stage 4 pancreatic cancer. It was effects of too late diagnosed Lyme Disease. Liz was my sister's best friend & her husband's only sister. Prayers for your family. - Kathy

ReadMoreBooks33 on May 13, 2018:

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PeggyO on Oct 21, 2017:

WOW---not ONE but TWO children's literature illustration postcards for swap #27!

THANKS! Have a great week at your university! I do miss teaching and most students--I was with a community college, so student pop. was vastly different that at university. But that was the challenge I felt I needed to work with. I don't miss administrators and the stacks of papers to grade that would be constant, longer, and then research papers coming in just before Thanksgiving. PeggyO

BlueberryLady on Oct 11, 2017:

Hope Your Birthday was filled with Love and Laughter and a Cake with Candles and Some Ice Cream and Chocolate ..... and Family and Friends. Hugs from OHIO.

bb2 on Oct 2, 2017:

Just stopping by to say I hope your birthday was special today. God bless you through the coming year.

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