Book–Lookin’ Up in Down Times

My recently published book.  You can get it on Amazon, Barnes and Noble or Best Buy.  Either in paperback or e-book format. Follow the adventures of Maria.  The stories are true stories that span over 30 years.  My desire is that is will encourage others as they go through challenges in life or simply inspire […]


Anna Bachinsky has something to say about waiting and how it builds your faith. Her link is below.  Waiting has never been my strong suit. One chapter in my book discusses this, Ginger Meadow.   All that waiting in Kosrae where they take their time and don’t fret about it helped me develop patience and made […]

Facing a Den of Lions

  FACING A DEN OF LIONS How do we live our lives while being true to ourselves and God? Daniel of old faced a den of lions. Even though we have no den of lions we face today, daily we make choices. Others tell us what is right and what is wrong in their thinking.   […]

Walking in the Rain

WALKING IN THE RAIN At first my writing students surprised me by saying they loved to walk in the rain.  Each semester, there would always be one or two who would mention that.  Of course it was in the tropics so the rain was always warm and usually stopped in a few minutes only to […]


FOOD LABELS WARNING: Look at Food Labels Before You Buy. My mom always said, “Your health is your wealth.” She knew what she was talking about! For years I have been looking at labels before I buy anything at the supermarket. The shorter the number of ingredients, the more words I recognize as food and […]

Welcome to Lookin Up with Mountainbird

Hi, I’m Mountainbird. I’m so glad you stopped by. I am an adventurer, writer, potter, costume jewelry designer, mother, foster parent, nutrition and legal service plan entrepreneur and insurance agent. In my former life I was a carpenter and professor of English, Writing, and English as a Second Language as well as a missionary. I […]


BEAUTIFUL RAIN Years ago, my neighbor Nancy gave me a CD of this group called Ladysmith Black Mambazo. I loved their song called Rain Rain Beautiful Rain. During those dark times after a divorce, I was severely depressed. How refreshing when I heard the songs refrain: ”beautiful rain.” I would smile. I always love how […]


  SALAD IS THE MAIN DISH One of my favorite doctors is Dr. Joel Fuhrman. I call him my health guru. He recommends that your salad the main dish daily. He has numerous books, CDs, and DVDs out: Eat to Live, The End of Diabetes, the End of Heart Disease, Eat for Health and more. […]

Jump Over the Wall of Yourself.

JUMP OVER THE WALL OF YOURSELF Every once in a while I have to tell myself, “Jump over the wall of yourself.” Sorry I cannot recall the name of my Asian student while I was teaching on Guam. He wrote this remark in one of his papers during a Writing class at the University of Guam. I […]