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Stars Shine Bright on a Moonless Night

Speak Life! Life is multi-dimensional and amazing. My desire is to inspire you to see the adventure that life affords us and discover the light in each stage, process and even challenge you find yourself in.  Where does my help come from? It comes from the Lord, the maker of heaven and earth. (Psalm 121:1-2)

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March 15, 2019

The Arboretum is a serene place to walk while learning what grows in the local area you visit or live in.  Below I hope you enjoy photos taken on an early March stroll at the Arboretum in Wilmington in SE North Carolina.  When you visit, why not make an arboretum your...

February 22, 2019

Much of writing is solitary, while much of publishing is collaborative. Consider a consult as an essential part of your process. Once you figure out what to write, you call on editors, proofreaders, and artists. Once you decide to share your writing with the world thro...

February 19, 2019

Oh, Paperwhite, spring flower,

On February 14--you bloom early.

Planted in December, late

After the September hurricane.

You are welcome.

I dare to pick you.

Place you in a clear glass,

A bud vase with its gold rim, fitting for you.

Oh, queen of flowers,

Your heavenly aroma,


February 16, 2019

The truth will set you free.  How many times have we heard that quote?  After a friend, Nancy, quoted this while urging me to tell details of a personal tragedy. Later, I pondered about truth.  I searched through the Holy Bible to find the original...

February 14, 2019

Happy Valentine's Day!  Say "I love you" with breakfast.  A good way to start the day.  Hey, for you singles, treat yourself too.  Or invite a friend over and share a meal you prepared with love. Doesn't matter if it's brunch, lunch, dinner, or appetizers....

February 13, 2019

Expectancy.  That is my 2019 Word for the Year.  What is yours? And what made you choose that Word?  Expectancy for me is about being pleasantly surprised or being zealous about goodness each day.  I expect a miracle. I expect to meet new people and laugh today. I expe...

February 9, 2019

On Thursday, our Cooking Group, a Small Group with the church I attend (Life Community Church), met for the cooking demos. No one else had volunteered, so, when in doubt, I always make Greek soup and Salad. Also, as it turned out, Cameron made spaghetti sauces and Jane...

February 9, 2019

My friend had a restless night.  You know how those nights can be.  You just can't sleep. Too much is on your mind.  So many challenges unresolved from the day before.  Prayer and encouraging reading helps me sleep often.  The Bible, stories about what God has done for...

February 9, 2019

The new manuscript, which would be book number 4 if I finish the other 2 books first.  Published book number one is a nonfiction book called, Lookin Up in Down Times: Stars Shine Bright on a Moonless Night by me of course, Mountainbird.  I am mulling over am idea...

February 9, 2019

Climb Mt. Fuji.

Climb Mt Fuji?   Well, yes, "Climb Mt. Fuji, but slowly."

When we look to our end goal, it looks so daunting.  But like Mt. Fuji, it is a step by step process.  Plus, as you climb, make sure you look around so you enjoy the process. I forget this so...

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About Me

Speak Life!

Welcome to Lookin' Up with Mountainbird. 
My multifaceted site reflects my multifaceted life.  I juggle lay ministry, writing, potting with clay, cooking, art, adventure, and sales/service of insurance, nutritional products and legal service plans.  This makes for many topics to share here.  My focus will be writing, health and wellness, cooking, gardening, nature and anything that inspires.   
My personal history is I am a mother of three grown sons, a former carpenter and professor of English and Education.  Missions and service are passions.  Now I help where I live and advocate two charities:  Children with Hair Loss and  the Anthony J. Falbo Memorial Fund (an art scholarship).  Formerly I served as a short term missionary to Thailand, Haiti, El Salvador and Ghana
Browse around my site and let me know your topic ideas and responses. Perhaps you'd like to be a guest contributor.  Let me know your fave topics or postings.  Formerly from the north but currently a southern gal, I'll say, "Love to hear from y'all--and come back now."


North Carolina, USA