Received from: Australia & U.S.A.

Four pieces of mail:

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From Sydney, Australia comes the postcard of Canberra (the writer visited that city recently).  She’s also visited California several times, & says she enjoys our warm weather.  I love the stamp on her card!

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Isn’t it interesting how real Tasmanian Devils look absolutely nothing like Tasmanian Devil from Looney Tunes? And you should look at a photo of a Roadrunner sometime.

From the United States, all through swap-bot:

Illinois: the penguin up above is the result of a “notecard postcard” trade, in which we were to tear the front off of a notecard, and–you can guess the rest, I hope.  I’ve done a couple of these so far, as you can see if you scroll back through my posts.

North Carolina: for a “recycled postcard” swap, I received the flower vase card with a new backing.  The sender originally received it from the Netherlands through Postcrossing.

I loved that swap, the idea of taking a card I’d received, gluing on a new back, and sending it on to a different user.  Like I said starting out: I collect neither stamps nor postcards; I’m in this for the experience of snail mail itself, and making tiny connections with people from around the world. To take a card I’ve received (one of my less-favorite, of course), and get additional use out of it, & maybe even have it find a home where it is treasured, is so cool, I think!

Tennessee: no card!  Swap-bot isn’t all about postcards, though that is the part in which I am most active.  The bit of letter & bookmarks you see in the photo is from a “easy booklover’s swap,” in which we were to talk about what we were reading & also tuck in a couple of free book marks.

I especially like the bookmark my swap partner procured from a local independent bookseller in Memphis, The Booksellers at Laurelwood.  The back of the bookmark heralds the benefits of buying from independents.  They are in the same general spirit as these I am pasting from indiebound.org:

Why shop Indie?  When you shop at an independently owned business, your entire community benefits:

The Economy

Spend $100 at a local and $68 of that stays in your community. Spend the same $100 at a national chain, and your community only sees $43.
Local businesses create higher-paying jobs for our neighbors.
More of your taxes are reinvested in your community–where they belong.
The Environment
Buying local means less packaging, less transportation, and a smaller carbon footprint.
Shopping in a local business district means less infrastructure, less maintenance, and more money to beautify your community.
The Community
Local retailers are your friends and neighbors—support them and they’ll support you.
Local businesses donate to charities at more than twice the rate of national chains.
More independents means more choice, more diversity, and a truly unique community.