I live in Watertown, Massachusetts, USA, very close to Cambridge (5km) and Boston (9km). I am in my beloved 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 vintage US stamps. I think of the creativity that has gone into these tiny works of art.
You might find on your postcard from me stamps from as far back as the 1920's,and always more than one stamp, maybe 5 or more All 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 Sahr. 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.
January 22, 2016. Now that I have been an active member of for 8 months, I wish to say that I find Postcrossing to be a marvelous way to be in touch with people all over the world who are interested in communication across thousands of miles and many borders. As mentioned by many of my new Postcrossing friends,awaiting the arrival of the mail has become an occasion of mystery again--will there be any postcards today? And from which countries?
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 lose myself in. The Globe according to Postcrssing has had to shrink a lot since air transportation has been cut by at least 75% word wide. I am grateful to the Postcrossing staff for keeping track of the countries I 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!
If you are a stamp collector and would like some vintage and newer worldwide stamps on and off paper, I would be happy to mail an envelope-full to you. Just email 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.
All best wishes to anyone reading my profile.