I live in Watertown, Massachusetts, USA, very close to Cambridge and Boston. I am in Harvard Square weekly, having coffee or lunch with a friend, meeting with premedical students or doing errands. My life-long hobbies are stamp collecting and everything having to do with airplanes and aviation. I am a bit of a "cat whisperer" and definitely butler to my part Norwegian Forest cat, who is 15 years old.
My Postcrossing name comes from the fact that I started collecting stamps when I was seven years old. I enjoy mailing out postcards, notes, and packages with both vintage and modern US stamps. I think of the creativity that has gone into these tiny works of art.
All my life my life I have been interested in different countries and different ways of life, and especially languages. Many years ago, I lived in Brussels and did a study of child development in what was then Fort Archambault, Chad, now Sarh When someone I met at a party told me about Postcrossing, I joined that very day.
I am retired after 50 years as an M.D. I continue to teach medical students in the USA, Austria and Germany, especially about how to be an effective and empathic interviewer.
October, 2016. I have been an active Postcrossing member now for 18 months. One of the most gratifying aspects of this marvelous site is the possibility of "private swaps" which are very much like "pen pal" relationships of the pre-email era. Some last for a few emails and some indefinitely.
August, 2020: As the pandemic is gripping the world, Postcrossing stands out as a marvelous hobby to immerse myself in. I am grateful to the Postcrossing staff for keeping track of the countries we can reliably send postcards to now.
I continue to enjoy greatly this peace-promoting hobby. I have become known at my local post office in Watertown, Massachusetts as "Mister International" which delights me!
Even though I particularly like postcards about cats or airplanes or airports, all cards are welcome. I have laminated some of my favorite postcards to use as bookmarks.
July 2021: Here in Massachusetts pandemic restrictions on normal life have eased a great deal. Seeing family and friends in person is a reality again! I have been going back to the Watertown post office and library, two of my favorite places. I hope things are much better for you too.