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 (all pre-pandemic) 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 now we have two female rescue cats with beautiful black fur. One is a sweetheart (always lived in homes) and the other would be one, but she is very wary because of her learned successful survival techniques during her first year of life, when she lived on the streets of Brooklyn. She's easing up little by little.
My Postcrossing name comes from the fact that I started collecting stamps when I was seven years old (1948) 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. From 1964-1965, 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 have been retired for 7 years after 50 years as an M.D. I spent many years, up until last year, teaching medical students in the USA, Austria and Germany, especially about how to be an effective and empathic interviewer.
For me, one of the gratifying aspects of this marvelous hobby 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. By the way, I have laminated some of my favorite received postcard to use as bookmarks. 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!
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.
August 2021 Oops! The delta variant is now the dominant covid-19 strain here, with high transmissibility, and a greater possibility of "breakthrough infections." Booster shots are in our future no doubt.