Posted by: meleigh53 | October 18, 2014

Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Cancer_and_the_Warri_Cover_for_KindleOctober is Breast Cancer Awareness Month and, as a survivor, I would like to share a little book I wrote telling of my struggle.

Cancer and the Warrior’s Way isn’t a technical document about breast cancer. It is a chronicle of what I experienced from the time of diagnosis through recovery. One of the most frightening things for me was not knowing what to expect during treatment. Doctors are great at what they do, but they cannot prepare you for the actuality of chemotherapy.

I wrote my story to give others hope and to show that someone else had been there and survived–not only cancer but its treatment.

If you know someone who has been diagnosed with breast cancer, please share this book with them. Just knowing someone else understands can help.

Available in Kindle version or in paperback, share this with someone you love during Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

A piu tardi,



Posted by: meleigh53 | August 1, 2014

Summer’s Bounty

headshot chin in hands2Summer break is coming to an end soon, and everyone is gearing up for classes. It is a very busy time.  But what I love about this time of year is  all the fresh foods from the garden. We’re just getting our garden started in this location, and it takes time to start a garden from scratch. But this year we have been blessed with yellow crook-necked squash, cucumbers and tomatoes.

This is a great time for those trying to shed a few pounds, too. What is better than fresh good right out of the garden? With summer squash, green beans, tomatoes and cucumbers, you can eat your fill and still keep low in calories.

One of my favorite ways to fix summer squash is to put a tiny bit of olive oil in a skillet, cut the squash into fairly equal slices and saute it with a little salt, onion and garlic to taste. Don’t cook it too long! I want mine still slightly firm when I bite into it, not all mushy.  Just before I put it on the plate, I sprinkle it with dill weed and sometimes a tiny squeeze of lime. There’s something about lime juice that really perks things up for me.

With only 68 calories per cup, cooked, yellow squash is nutritious, healthy and delicious.

Early mornings here in Georgia are delightful for taking a walk , before the sun gets up over the trees to turn the world into a sauna. So lace up and enjoy a nice stroll.

Don’t have a garden? Check out the farmer’s markets in your area. We have several near us for those things which didn’t do so well this year. While it’s not quite the same as harvesting from our own garden, you can still have healthy foods on a budget.

No matter what your plans are for watching your weight, or releasing weight, a healthy diet is a great addition.

For more information on losing weight, check out The Gabriel Method.

Have a wonderful summer and enjoy those fresh foods!


Posted by: meleigh53 | May 23, 2014

Seize Life

headshot chin in hands2Do you know someone who is afraid to live? Really live? Someone who’s life consists of strict routine, each and everyday the same with no deviation, no adventure? A person who has locked the door on anything new and shut the door to the world, happy to live alone in a box with no distractions?

Is this living? Or merely existing? 

How can you live life to the full if you never reach out and embrace it?

We only grow if we are challenged, if we have to overcome obstacles in our path. A body builder doesn’t sculpt those muscles by lifting the same ten pound weight over and over again. He challenges his strength by increasing the weight on the bar, tearing down muscles to rebuild them stronger. He knows what he wants and works hard to make it so. He doesn’t let a little set back keep him from striving to reach his goal.

It’s the same way with life.

If we never accept a challenge, or test our abilities, how can we grow into better, stronger people? If we are comfortable accepting what we have, what we are now, for the rest of our lives, can we really say we’re living?

I’m not saying we all should go out and try to climb the Matterhorn. We don’t need to run a marathon. But we should reach out for something to define who we are. That could be writing a book, composing a song, painting something uniquely our own.

It could be opening our heart to someone once again and risk having it broken.

We need to let people into our lives, to share and exchange ideas without judging or interpreting motives. Accept them for who they are, not for what we want them to be, and see where it leads.

So many people think that everyone else sees the world the way they do, but this is incorrect. Two people standing side by side, who witness the same event, will each view it differently.

They aren’t standing in exactly the same spot, so their perspective is different.

They have different life experiences which will temper what they’ve seen accordingly.

Even identical twins will develop different life experiences from each other, as it is impossible for them to be in exactly the same place, at exactly the same time throughout their lives.

If you never let anyone close enough to know you, to change your perspective, you’ll never know what you could have learned or become because of them. If you never attempt something new, you’ll never now how well you would have done or how much you would have enjoyed the experience.

Seize life firmly, in both hands, without judging, and do something. Learn something new, do something different just for fun. Embrace each day as an opportunity to experience life and be grateful for it. Don’t simply exist.

“Whatever your hand finds to do, do it with all your might, for in the realm of the dead, where you are going, there is neither working nor planning nor knowledge nor wisdom.” (Ecc. 9:10 NIV)

Go out and live, enjoy life. Make it worth living. Don’t drift with the current. Use it to propel you on to something greater.

I challenge you to seize life. 

Ciao amici miei…


Posted by: meleigh53 | January 8, 2014

Making Change Easier

Hi everybody!

I was recently introduced to a concept called Access Consciousness.


So far, I love the ideas expressed by Gary Douglas and Dr. Dain Heer on creating change in your life.

If you’d like to give it a try–and I think you’ll find it as fascinating as I do–Go to the following link. They have a lot of free videos to get you started, so you don’t have to spend a dime to try it out.

Go to:

Then click on the Free Video Series link on the right hand side of the page.

You might also check out Dr. Dain Heer’s page:

So go ahead. Get ready to make those changes. How does it get any better than this?



Posted by: meleigh53 | January 5, 2014

Weight Loss in the New Year

headshot chin in handsOK, the holidays have come and gone, and you want to get serious about losing some weight. There’s that five pounds you put on last year, and then this year, and then…

You know the way it goes. It’s so much easier to gain weight, it seems, than to lose it.

Of course, we all know the first two cardinal rules:

  • Watch your calorie count
  • Increase your physical activity

But maybe there are other things that could help you out. One new idea out there is The Gabriel Method. Jon Gabriel, the developer of this program lost an amazing 226 pounds–without strict dieting or radical exercise.

His program comes with two meditation/self-hypnosis mp3′s to trick your subconscious mind into helping you.

For more information on The Gabriel Method, go to:

There are several articles there about The Gabriel Method.

You can also read my new article on Yahoo about weight loss here:

But no matter what method you try, I wish you success. The new year is here and it’s time to see what else is possible for us.

Happy New Year everybody!


Posted by: meleigh53 | January 1, 2014

Happy New Year

Yes, the New Year has come and it’s time for all those New Year’s Resolutions.

Why do we make resolutions? We usually don’t keep them.

And if we really are determined to keep them, how do we go about it? Are there any tricks or tips to help us along the way?

If you’re looking for more information about New Year’s Resolutions, check out my new articles at Yahoo Voices.

Have a wonderfully happy and healthy New Year!


Posted by: meleigh53 | December 24, 2013

Saying Goodbye

Me and Jester1aI don’t care how many times I’ve said goodbye to my dear animal friends, it never gets any easier. Yes, I know I’ll have to let them go someday, but it always seems too soon.

Our big guy, Jester, a shepherd mix left us today. We found him nearly dead from starvation when he was about 5 months old.  After a trip to the vet, we took him home and got him on his way toward putting on some weight. The last trip to the vet for his shots, he was 105 pounds.

OK, he was nine years old, and that’s right up there for someone his size. But he’d shown no signs of being ill. Over the weekend, he played with his puppy friend Mari just like he always had. They’ve been great friends over the past few months.

But this morning when he didn’t come around for his breakfast, I found him stretched out, looking asleep, under his favorite tree. It was sunny in the winter and shaded in the summer, and gave him a good view of the driveway out through the trees.

Goodbye, Jester. Run free old friend. And if you and Squeak should meet up again, please take it easy on each other.

Arrivederci Jester. We miss you.

Posted by: meleigh53 | December 14, 2013

Have a Safe and Healthy Holiday

Formal BlackHeadshot_smallStaying safe and healthy during the winter holiday season can be tricky. This time of year it seems everyone is out shopping. Parking lots are filled to capacity and weather is bad. And it’s doubly important to think of personal safety with the muggings and violence which seems to go along with it.

For some practical safety tips for this shopping season, look up my article on Yahoo.

Flu and cold season are here, too, so don’t forget to:

  • Wash your hands after pushing shopping carts.
  • Use hand sanitizer.
  • Eat a healthy diet. I know. It’s holiday time, with all the rich foods and sweets. Moderation is the key.
  • Avoid close contact.
  • Stay home if you’re sick. Don’t pass it on to your friends and co-workers.
  • Keep your hands away from your face. Flu and colds are spread when you touch something which is contaminated and then touch eyes, nose, or mouth.
  • Cover your mouth and nose. Instead of using your hand, cough or sneeze into your crooked elbow.

I know, these seem like common sense, but you’d be amazed what you see when you’re out and about in town. Shop safely, stay healthy, and have a fantastic holiday wherever you are.



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Posted by: meleigh53 | December 8, 2013

Holidays and Weight Loss–Mission Impossible?

We’re looking back at Thanksgiving with fond memories and forward to Christmas and New Years celebrations.

But all the dinners, parties, and rich foods can spell disaster. How can we keep on our toes and avoid the after New Year’s dieting frenzy?

First, know your weakness and avoid it. I have a terrible time with sweets. And once I start to nibble, I’m on a downhill slide. I find it easier to simply avoid them than to try and moderate.

Have a healthy snack before going out. If you take the edge off your hunger before leaving the house, you’ll find it easier to resist the temptation to over-indulge.

Drink plenty of water throughout the day. Dehydration can give you the feeling that you’re hungry. How much water do you need? This varies, but a good place to start is 8 eight ounce glasses per day.

Still want something sweet to eat? Find one item and share with a friend. Eat it slowly and savor each bite. Make it last. You may find that if you eat it slowly and consciously, half will be more than enough.

If you have some weight to lose and want to take some preventative action before the holidays, check out the Gabriel Method.  It was designed by Jon Gabriel who, at 400+ pounds decided to take action. After researching the subjects of obesity and weight loss, he used this method to lose 226 pounds.

And he’s kept it off!

I’ve used the Gabriel Method to lose 50 pounds. It’s safe and easy with no radical dieting or extreme exercise.

Whether you’re simply hoping to keep your weight under control during the holidays, or you’ve got some weight to lose already, I hope some of these tips come in handy.

Happy Holidays to everyone. Stay safe, eat healthily, and bring the New Year in with joy.


Posted by: meleigh53 | November 24, 2013

More on Thanksgiving

Formal BlackHeadshot_smallIf you like my blog, check out my articles on Yahoo. I have two articles published this year on Thanksgiving.


Have We Forgotten Thanksgiving? It seems we’re all in a hurry to get to Christmas. But what about Thanksgiving?

Thanksgiving Traditions reflects back to my life on the farm during Thanksgiving. What are your family traditions?

Have a happy Thanksgiving everyone.

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