She Found Life’s Meaning Through Her Birds

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Author’s newly published book tells Alma’s story through prose and pictures.

Bluebirds sing and I will listen. I feel transformed when I am in the presence of the beautiful Bluebird. No one knows and no one can understand my world. I think that the birds will tell my story.

There was only the bird book to tell her story—Alma’s story. But she left it as unfinished as her life seemed to be. For author Patsy Levang, Alma’s life and legacy shouldn’t be forgotten, it must be told. And so finally, after two decades since Alma’s death, her story in phrases she composed, her story in pieces of artwork she created, and her story in the memories of those who knew her will be shared to all with the release of The Bird Book.

Alma was shy beyond most normal definitions of the word. It can be seen in many of the encounters that people had with her. Her world simply revolved around the beautiful birds that lived close by her window and the flowers she wove across her quilt. Alma’s quote about the Bluebird: “Bluebirds sing and I will listen. I feel transformed when I am in the presence of the beautiful Bluebird. No one knows and no one can understand my world. I think that the birds will tell my story.”

Readers will be intrigued by the plethora of upbeat positive thoughts she had entwined in her somewhat lonely existence. Alma worked on her book from 1960 to 1980; and when her family—the author’s cousins—sent the author the book; she believed that they wanted her to complete Alma’s work. Perhaps, Alma wanted someone to tell her story. Her bird book contains the story of her real friends. She left no heirs with the exception of her birds. “With her simple thoughts and my simple additions it will encourage someone who is not so much like everyone else. Putting this book together was very much like a jigsaw puzzle. It’s possible her pictures will bring a gentle, wistful feeling to a quiet, thoughtful viewer. Perhaps, just maybe, the quilt flowers will inspire and bring equanimity in the face of a world, which seems out of control at times. Through her flowers and her birds, she may have had a far better understanding of who God is than those who seem to have all the answers,” says the author.

With the small amount of prose—simple words that give the actual insight into her heart and soul—and the beautiful artwork by watercolor, pencil, and colored pencil, the author hopes that through The Bird Book, readers will notice Alma, a woman who was not noticed very much at all during her life. For more information on this book, interested parties may log on to

About the Author
Patsy Bredwick Levang was born and raised in western North Dakota. She attended North Dakota State University where she graduated with a degree in psychology. She attended graduate school at the University of Kansas. She has been a volunteer in Kappa Kappa Gamma Sorority as well as continuing in her career in education as a teacher, as an administrator, and as a counselor over the course of the past thirty-plus years. She currently resides on a farm near Keene, North Dakota, with her husband, Gary. They have three children: Chad, a commercial pilot for a major airline, who lives in Houston, Texas, with his wife, Adri, and sons, Kaden and Genin; Rhaegn,Levang Phelps an elementary teacher, who lives in Phoenix, Arizona, with her husband, Dason; and Margo Levang Knorr, a stay-at-home mom and business entrepreneur, who lives in Sawyer, North Dakota, with her husband, Steve, and their son and daughter, Collin and Camrynn.

The Bird Book * by Patsy Levang
Alma's Story
Publication Date: October 18, 2010
Picture Book; $91.99; 194 pages; 978-1-4535-8079-0
Picture Book Hardcover; $101.99; 194 pages; 978-1-4535-8082-0

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