Blog > Postcrossing Spotlight: LyndaC from Canada!
Here is what she had to say:
- How did you come across Postcrossing? What got you hooked?
I saw the name on the Bookcrossing site and then I was on a forum of people talking about Geocaching and someone mentioned it. I clicked on a link and started reading. I found it fascinating. I have always loved mail. This seemed so interesting. You write a nice message that goes to someone and before you know it someone else sends you a nice message. And it comes with pictures. I was hooked immediately!
- Show and tell us about your favorite received postcard to date, and what makes it special.
I love all my cards and have many that I call favourite. Inge Look old ladies, Paris, roosters, Royals are all nice to receive. I also like cards of people that make you smile or laugh.
But there are two that are very special to me. I recently received a postcard of the Canadian War Cemetery at Holten, Netherlands. Four young men from Ingersoll are buried there. Around the same time I received a card from Taiwan that I had been looking forward to. A missionary dentist from the town next to mine went to Taiwan back in the 1860's and built a hospital there. Today there is a modern hospital with his name on it but the original still stands and I received a postcard of it. I love that these two cards are a symbol of my town touching somewhere else around the world.
- Have you inspired anyone else to join Postcrossing or start collections of their own?
This month, I gave a presentation about Postcrossing at the local seniors center and I hope that some interest may build from there. I have also hung up signs around town talking about Postcrossing (which Ana and I designed). The little pull off tabs are disappearing so someone must be interested!
- What is it your favorite part of the Postcrossing process?
Picking the right card for the person I draw when I ask for an address. I keep buying cards – even though you can see from the picture that I have a lot of cards. When I get a name, I look over their profile and try to choose a card that I believe they will really like. It might be a tourist card or an art card or a Garfield – but I want them to like it.
- Have you been surprised by any place that you have received a postcard from or sent a postcard to?
I sent a postcard to Norfolk Island and had to look it up just to make sure I was thinking of the same place. It is situated in the Pacific between Australia and New Zealand. There are only 2300 people on the island and there was only one postcrosser when I sent the card.
- Show us your mailbox, your mailman/mailwoman, your postoffice or the place where you post or keep your postcards!
This is a picture of my postlady Carla. She delivers mail to me and picks up my outgoing letters from my superbox.
- Is there anything that you are passionate about?
I volunteer with Habitat for Humanity. They build house for families. The houses have interest free mortgages and the people earn their down payment by helping build their house and someone else’s. I also lend money to entrepreneurs around the world through KIVA. I belong to the Postcrossing lending team.
- Do you have any other interesting hobbies?
I make stained glass windows and decorations. Lately I have been doing it with a ladies group and we donate the proceeds of sales to a shelter for women in transition.
I also collect roosters. Rooster statues, teapots, dishes, salt and pepper, boxes, eyeglass holders, candy dishes, banks, lamps, art, stickers, postcards and even t-shirts. Lately I have concentrated on miniature items. The shelf unit shows the smallest and some of the prettiest items I have collected.