red bellied woodpeckerI grew up in the U.S.A. in mid Atlantic states. When I was a child (ages 8 -15), my whole life revolved around ballet and music. When not dancing, you could find me riding around the town on my bike, without a care in the world. Daydreaming and hearing music in my head.

My mid teens were rough. I believe it was then that my bipolar disorder reared its head, but the episodes eventually eased and I mostly flourished at university. I became a career woman, after briefly living in Taiwan and traveling around Asia. Then my bipolar disorder became very problematic again, but I’ve worked hard to maintain the best life possible, despite.

Throughout my life, I’ve had a traveling bug, and have since visited over 20 countries around the world, living briefly in Asia. As of 2021, I now reside in the beautiful country of Czech Republic in Europe, along with my native Czech husband. I’ve learned a lot about Czech culture, and language, and want to share these discoveries here.

Through all of my ups and downs, in life, I’ve developed passions and life skills that nourish and help me bounce back from struggles. I’ve shared some of these in my blog. “The dance and flight of my mind and fingers” is also evident throughout, as is my love of nature, animals (I particularly adore birds), cooking/baking, music, travel, humor, social issues, and much more.

I look forward to receiving comments and feedback from others, and following other blog writers. I love learning new things and how others feel and express themselves.











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      • Petr November 5, 2021 / 12:15 am

        I would like to know, (not for stalking purpose LOL) where do you guys live in Czech. I am Czech native, and my girlfriend (we met on eHarmony) got so excited (she started learning my language, and I am very impressed that she willing to do so), when I sent her you blog which I stumbled upon in pure luck. I am originally from Krokonose and now been living in US for 25 years. But I do go home visit my parents on yearly basis. You can email me, if you will see my email address which I just entered below. Thank you for such beautiful blog especially about Czech cooking.

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      • updownflight November 5, 2021 / 7:59 am

        Dobrý den, Petře! I’m so glad that you and your girlfriend found my blog. And I am most impressed that she is taking such an interest in your native language and culture. That’s a very good sign, in my opinion. Certainly if/when she ever visits Czech Republic, she will impress others, as well.

        My husband and his family are natives of Praha, but right now Hubby and I live in Brno. He has some business here. He and I have been married for over 23 years, mostly living in my native US. I never knew we’d eventually relocate to CZ. Of course, like your girlfriend, I took interest in the Czech language and culture, but wish I’d studied even more. I’m very proficient at cooking Czech cuisine, but struggling with even casual conversations here.

        My husband and I were not too far from Krokonose this past weekend, visiting an old friend at his chata. We had wanted to take a walk there, but sadly didn’t because of high winds and the holiday crowds (it was the day of Independence of Czechoslovakia).

        I’ve been wanting to write more about my adjustment to living in CZ, but that will come. I’ll say that there have been several wonderful aspects to life here.

        Perhaps you and your girlfriend can have fun practicing some Czech holiday traditions? I’ve found them quite lovely. I will write about them soon in my blog. Maybe you and your girlfriend would be interested in sources for Czech foods, from within the US? My post https://birdflight.blog/2018/04/04/finding-czech-and-slovak-groceries-in-the-us-and-uk/ might help. I have also posted many authentic Czech recipes to explore.



  1. Whatyoublogabout June 6, 2018 / 2:47 am

    You have a great blog. Would you like to share your story on “What You Blog About”
    what motivated you to start this blog ?

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    • updownflight June 6, 2018 / 1:30 pm

      Hello Whatyoublogabout. I visited your blog and really like and appreciate its mission. Thank you for visiting mine and for your kind words.

      In the past, I have written about my motivations for starting my blog, and have also shared some of my story, though not completely in the same post. To combine both, and to do so in a reasonably brief way, would take some extra work. A whole new post. I appreciate your offer for me to share such a post on your blog. Please let me think about this a bit.

      You have already read my About page, obviously, but if you’d like to read about my motivations for blogging, visit my post at https://birdflight.blog/2018/03/23/one-year-of-blogging-lots-of-writing-and-exploration/ The way I wrote about my “story” is quite long. It is in the form of a number of multipart story series. As mentioned, I’d have to (and should) create a new highly abridged version.

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