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rivervictor

rivervictor
Date Joined: October 24, 2018
Last Online: May 28, 2020
Birthday: September 20
Country: United States
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About Me

I love zines, rest, signing, writing letters, veg food, activism, permaculture, and enjoying life.

I believe in radical mental health, justice, building community. loneliness is too common. I used to be very lonely. I want to help people connect and be nurtured.

I live a busy life but schedule in a lot of relaxing too. I do self-care all day.

I'm in my early 40s and blog, study Spanish, write emails and letters, and gratitude journal just about every day.

I help run an interfaith peace organization, help run a radical mental health collective, and live in community at a Catholic Worker though I'm not Catholic.

I enjoy singing, especially in Bengali and Sanskrit.

I believe... we all deserve to live in a world without war. we all deserve healthcare, food, shelter, clean air, and clean water. My worth has nothing to do with how much I weigh. Art and nature heal me, diversity is beautiful, no one should slip thru the cracks. Life is more important than money. The well-being of everyone is more important than money.

I like to honor Mother Earth.

I went to grad school for poetry, taught for six years, scored standardized tests, worked at a botanic garden, worked at a university cafeteria, worked at a software store, tutored on a reservation.

I live with the love of my life who is extraordinarily good to me--patient and generous.

I'm a desert-dweller now, but I come from California. I admire people who live off the grid, people who find their own way.

I'm an outlier introvert, yet love people. I have no kids or pets. I enjoy traveling within the US.

I want to learn and change.

I'm active on sendsomething.net and love that site for all the good people it's brought into my life.

please msg me if you would like to be penpals or trade zines!

β€œWhat should young people do with their lives today? Many things, obviously. But the most daring thing is to create stable communities in which the terrible disease of loneliness can be cured.”--Kurt Vonnegut

"We have all known the long loneliness and we have learned that the only solution is love and love comes with community."--Dorothy Day

Favorite Crafts

I make zines and like trading and reading them. I like to bind my zines with thread.

my main zine is a mental health zine. I make a lot of poetry zines too, vegan cookzines, zines about gender and sexuality, zines about resisting capitalism for fun...

I make a collage, drawing, or ATC every so often. I make art for my own zines, sometimes. I make jewelry sometimes.

I like to cook, blog, and garden, which feel crafty to me, though maybe I'm mistaken.

Favorite Music

I'm a big fan of Sufjan Stevens. his music speaks to me like none other. I went through a phase where I listened to his 2015 album about his mom's death Carrie & Lowell every day. he can do a lot of different things, but always with world-class lyrics and beautiful images and storytelling. he's a poet, but more than that too! the sounds are amazing.

"why crawl around in the snow when you know I am right here, waiting for you to expect something more?"-- from "The Child With the Star on His Head" by Sufjan Stevens

other long-time loves are the Smiths, Innocence Mission, They Might Be Giants, the Mountain Goats.

I went through a phase where I listened to Aimee Mann every day. she was just what I needed.

as for Hindu devotional music, I love Wah and enjoy others too. I've been to Wah concerts in the Bay Area. but I go to concerts rarely.

I have some musician friends--Eileen & the In-Betweens, Robert Majors, Vera for Love, The Mildews, Johnnie Bobb. they are dear to me.

also like Bjork, Joanna Newsom, Half-Handed Cloud, David Bowie. used to love the Sundays, Cat Stevens, Ghost Mice, Casiotone for the Painfully Alone.

I used to play bassoon. that was a long time ago.

more recently I picked up ukulele and liked it but put it back down. if you saw how long my nails are right now, you'd know it's been a long time. guitar too.

I like playing recorder and tin whistle but have a pinched nerve in my neck that makes the little finger on my right hand not very useful. that's unfortunate!

I like singing mother songs in Sanskrit. singing is very good for my well-being and a good way to pray.

Favorite Books

Grapefruit by Yoko Ono, Being-in-Dreaming by Florinda Donner, the Earthsea books by Ursula K LeGuin, Frog & Toad books by Arnold Lobel, poems by Michael Hannon, Lion and the Puppy by Leo Tolstoy, vegan cookbooks, Doris anthologies by Cindy Ovenrack Crabb, the Wind-Up Bird Chronicle by Murakami, Franny & Zooey by JD Salinger, Coleman Barks' versions of Rumi poems especially Like This, Wallace Stevens.

Favorite Movies

Don't Need You, Pather Panchali, A Sidewalk Astronomer, How to Cook Your Life, Ghost Bird, Exit Through the Gift Shop, Holy Week

Favorite Television

the only tv show I ever really loved was the X-Files.

Postcard Preferences

well, I will take any postcard at all. stamped and sent written on to be banged up in the mail, or pristine in an envelope between two pieces of cardstock--either way or something in between, doesn't much matter to me.

but I do like what you write about your day or thoughts or needs or a recipe or quote. odd or pretty stamps are good. I like weird stuff, maybe something that some would consider ugly such as a strange awkward depiction of a fish. I prefer ugly to boring, maybe. but boring is ok too.

I don't like horror or gore, but I like skeletons, dancing skeletons, goddesses and gods, insects, sealife, succulents and cactus, food but not meat, mental health and radical mental health stuff, queer anything, depictions of gardening.

I love outer space--stars, planets, comets. cemeteries, headstones, moss. I adore the Virgin of Guadalupe. aliens are nice. trees, caves, stalactites and stalagmites. any and all of that. and I like all the colors.

Ratings

mulkey rated for 3 Things in an Envelope #1 on May 16, 2020
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Comment: Oh my gosh, I LOVED this! The little zine of poetry was fantastic. Just my jam. Thank you! What a special piece of mail.
Response: so glad you enjoyed the mail! yay!!! :) thanks for letting me know.
klover rated for Boring or dull postcard #6 on Apr 28, 2020
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Comment: Thank you for the PC. I can use this postcard in my mixed media collage work. I hope you haven't seen any more big ants! Up at pur cabin, when we were little, we used to call the really big ones army ants. Stay healthy and happy swapping!
Response: hey, great! you're very welcome. things are good here. I guess that was an anomalous ant. :)
Brokenwings87 rated for GEEK of the WEEK PC Swap #15 on Apr 27, 2020
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DreZee rated for Nudity ATC (HD/HP) on Apr 23, 2020
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Comment: Thank you
Response: sure!
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Comment: Thank you so much!
Response: sure! my pleasure.
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Comment: Thanks for the pretty postcard! :)
Response: so glad you liked it! you're welcome.
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Comment: I adore your answer! Such a good one! My best day, though, I have to say was my niece was born last week! 😊❀️
Response: hey, so glad you enjoyed it! congrats on your new relative!
arystotle rated for Book Suggestion #1 on Mar 9, 2020
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Comment: Thank you for the book suggestion.
Response: my pleasure!
Kts6girl rated for TGIF Weekend Notecard #181 on Feb 27, 2020
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Response: thanks for the heart!
Nnd482 rated for 1 Page Letter #2 on Feb 19, 2020
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Comment: Thanks Laura
Response: sure!
CajunLady rated for Postcards With a Prompt #74 on Feb 16, 2020
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Comment: Thank you!
Response: my pleasure!
PostcardAl rated for Random PC swap on Feb 8, 2020
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Comment: Hi Laura-Marie -- thanks for the cactus card! I really enjoy visiting the desert :) Best, al
Response: glad it arrived safely. happy to swap. :)
zohm89 rated for 15 good things that happened in 2019 on Jan 13, 2020
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Comment: Hey beautiful! You had a great year <3 So glad you're learning to take good, loving care of yourself and your loved ones. Keep it up!
Response: thanks for reading! yes, was a lovely year. :)
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Comment: Hello! I love this map card thank you! Thank you for reading my profile, I enjoyed reading your nice note. 😊
Response: hey, glad you liked it! I realized afterward that I was supposed to state certain C things, and I totally missed that aspect. thank you for enjoying it anyway! happy new year!
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Comment: Thanks for your note AND thanks for your beautiful zine of poems. Very impressive and inspiring.
Response: hey, so glad you enjoyed the mail! good wishes to you.
porpie5 rated for 3 Prompts - International on Dec 5, 2019
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Comment: Thanks so much for the interesting letter. I am glad you are feeling good - better than expected. We have an apple barn just down the hill from our house. They have really good apples, too. For a while they had peaches, but peaches are fussy and need a lot of care, so they don't have them any more. They were so good! We sent a box of apples to our friends in FL and our daughter in SF this year - made them pretty happy!
Response: hey, cool! glad you found the letter interesting. :)
loveretro rated for Quick send postcard swap #2 on Dec 4, 2019
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Comment: Thank you , Laura-Marie, for the resend. The postcard arrived safe and sound this time ! Happy Hollidays !
Response: great! thank you for contacting me and for letting me know!
bunnie rated for Random Questions! on Nov 24, 2019
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Comment: Hi Laura-Marie! Thank you for the letter! And good luck on establishing your dream homestead! It was fun to read about c:
Response: hey, cool! glad you liked it. :)
Readergirl rated for Random Questions! on Nov 19, 2019
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Comment: Laura-Marie, such a great letter!! The extras of zine and post card are greatly appreciated. You seem so multi-faceted. Have great day!
Response: so glad you enjoyed the mail! thanks for your feedback. happy to have sent something you enjoyed. hope your day is great too.
squince rated for Animal Postcard Swap on Nov 14, 2019
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Comment: Thanks!
Response: sure!

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Comments

ericabella on Oct 31, 2018:

Good to see you here! I got your letter last week. I'll write back soon!

letheine on Oct 29, 2018:

Newbie Friendly - Profile Hello #2

Hey there! Welcome to Swapbot!

Best wishes, Louise

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Katiebrb on Oct 29, 2018:

hello Laura Marie and welcome to swapbot. From Katie for Profile Hello #2

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