Posted by: meleigh53 | March 3, 2018

The Search for Natural Products

If you’re like me, you prefer to use products which contain more natural ingredients. But they can be hard to find, and if you find something, it may cost more than you want to spend.

Now, if you also have sensitive skin, the difficulty is doubled, at least.

A friend recently introduced me to a product line that I love! I shared it with our daughter, who bought products for her teen-aged sons and stepdaughter.

The boys are acne prone and the daughter has mild eczema.

And they agree. It’s the best thing that has ever happened to their skin.

One of my very favorite products is the Mandarin Fig Body Butter. And a little goes a long way, so it lasts a while.

Want to give it a try?
Check here for products you’ll love. Samples available!

Posted by: meleigh53 | November 21, 2016


headshot chin in hands2This past month or so, since shortly before the elections,  has been filled with turmoil and negativity. And it seems the momentum is scarcely slowing at all, even with the elections over. Everywhere I look online, someone is railing at someone else about the results.

Come on folks. The election was over two weeks ago. We can do nothing now to change the results. Whether your candidate won or lost, what we have is what we have, for the next four years. Complaining about losing or crowing about winning changes nothing, but it will lose you friends and peace of mind.

The thing about beating a dead horse is that it will never get up to run again. No matter what you do to it, it is still a dead horse. You can yell, kick, scream, or threaten it all you like. And it will continue to lie there and do nothing.

It’s the same thing with life. When you reach a point where a thing can’t be changed, move on. Let it go. While it might be nice to live in a world where a thing can be, not be, or be anything (Robert A. Heinlein–Waldo and Magic Inc.) it just isn’t so. And I’m sure if it were true, there would be at least as many things to complain about as we have now.

For one things is true. When we get stuck in the rut of complaint and negativity, it can be hard to get back out. There are always negative things in the world, things we don’t like, and things we would like to see done differently. When all we do is look for things which have gone wrong, or which bring us down, eventually, that’s all we see.

And as we create our own bit of reality, where our hearts and minds are, so is our world.

I have a challenge for you. It’s right at 30 days before Christmas, a holiday many of you celebrate. It is supposed to be a season of peace and joy.

For the next 30 days, find something positive each day to focus on. Give thanks. Show gratitude. Be kind.

And for those of you on Facebook and Twitter, if you post anything at all, you must post at least one item which is uplifting in some way. It can be a humorous way of looking at life–without putting anyone down. It can be a statement of thanks or gratitude.  It can point out something of beauty in nature, something that makes us stop and smile.

Pretty soon, if we all join in, we can turn this incoming tide of negativity and bring in joy, peace, and thanks.

Will you join me?


Posted by: meleigh53 | August 21, 2016

The Gabriel Method

Posted by: meleigh53 | August 21, 2016

Meditation and Weight Loss

I know, I know. Meditation doesn’t burn much in the way of calories, so how can it help me lose weight?

At least part of your weight loss problems could be non-physical. That’s right. Way back when, we our bodies developed a way to hold on to weight during times of hardship and famine. Certain conditions triggered a response automatically.

And we still have those triggers today!

When food was scarce, our bodies horded calories like there was no tomorrow. And back then, it was a greater possibility. So by recreating those conditions, by severely limiting our calories, we’re triggering this response!

And this is just one way we’re telling our bodies that we need to horde!

What other triggers might there be?

Check out this article on Fat Triggers by the people at the Gabriel Method. Find out what these triggers are and what to do about them.

It’s free!

Check it out and discover what your triggers are!

Posted by: meleigh53 | July 19, 2015

Fill Your Day With Gratitude

headshot chin in handsGratitude. It’s a word we hear often these days. But what does it mean?

According to the dictionary, it is the quality of being thankful. It can also mean ready to show appreciation for and to return kindness.

Why is this so important to our success and happiness?

Think of two children for a moment. One is that child everyone loves. He’s happy, cooperative and excited over any little gift or kindness. Rushing away after a  sincere thank you and hug, he shares his gift with others. You want to surprise him with a little something just to see his reaction.

The other child is stubborn, recalcitrant, and no matter what you do for him, it’s never enough. He wanted the red one, not the blue. Why did you get him a toy car instead of a toy truck? Why are you always putting him in time-out, just because he got mad at not getting what he wanted? You should have known… The new toy or treat is thrown onto the floor before he turns his back and stomps away.

Which child are you going to favor? Do you reward the ungrateful child for his temper tantrums and his rudeness by trying to second guess what he’ll want today?

Or will he be passed over in favor of the child who is happy to get anything you bring for him?

The universe is the same way. 

Unless you can be thankful for where you are and what you have, why should it give you anything different? If all you do is complain about your circumstances, why should you have something better?

Find things in your life for which you can give thanks. Do you have a roof over your head? A job? Transportation to that job? Is there food on your table?

Maybe you’re one of those people blessed with good health. With medical costs as high as they are, that is definitely something you can be grateful for.

Start today.

Make a list of all the good things in your life. As you write each one down, say thank you. Do it each day, until being grateful or thankful is your way of life.

When it comes to life and its blessings, it all starts with Gratitude. If your requests aren’t founded in gratitude, very little will come of them.

What is the key to the universe? I’m not sure about all of that. But I do know that Gratitude plays a great role.

Gratitude. Make it a way of life.



Posted by: meleigh53 | March 4, 2015

The Things Kids Say…

headshot chin in hands2Yes, sometimes they can come out with doozies in public. But sometimes, there is wisdom there. One of our grandsons, nicknamed Mort, has always been older than the years he’s lived, so it pays to listen when he has something to say. The quiet child of the family, his comments can be easily overshadowed by his older brother, who has been talking nearly non-stop since he learned how to talk.

I recently started a new fitness program–the 21 Day Fix–which is a tough workout. I am sore all over. Trust me on this. Who thought a bedroom on the second floor was a great idea? I seriously considered sliding down the banister this morning.

After my workout, our daughter phoned and we talked about exercising. She quoted the old saying, “Sweat is fat cells crying.” 

And then she added Mort’s saying.

“Pain is weakness leaving the body.”

It’s all in your perception. Before I began my workout this morning, I was still very sore from the days before. If I had been asked if I felt like working out, the answer would have been “no.”

If the question had been, “Do you feel you can manage today’s workout?” the answer would have been the same.

But the question of the day was, “Are you going to give it all you’ve got?”

The answer to that was a resounding, “Yes!”

And I did well. I finished the workout, part of it with modifications. But I did it! Once I decided that this was what was going to happen, the mind drove the body. Because sometimes, if we listen to the body, we’ll give up before we try. There are always excuses.

  • I’m too tired.
  • I’m too sore.
  • I don’t feel good.
  • I don’t have time.

But I am determined to finish this program. It’s 21 days, half an hour a day. To quote from one of my novels,  “Let me tell you a secret,” Jareth said. “If you look at it this way, it’s easier. Just remember you can withstand anything as long as you know it will end. As long as you know the condition is temporary, you can do anything you need to do. The power to do it is within you.”–from Viviane, First Lady

There is a lot of truth in that. I know that at the most I have 30 minutes of training each session. I can do anything for 30 minutes. Break it down even further. Each exercise lasts only 1 minute, or 60 seconds. I can do that. I can manage anything for 60 seconds.

Mind over matter. The concept is ancient, but it is still true.

Pain isn’t an evil thing to be avoided at all costs–at least in this instance. The muscles won’t get stronger unless they break down and rebuild. And that’s going to make them sore.

Hence, pain is weakness leaving the body. 

I’m gonna lose a lot of weakness over the next 21 days. Who’s with me?

And if you’d like a copy of the book, Viviane, First Lady will be released later this month, and will soon be available on Fantasy Romance on a highland world ruled by psychic leaders. Our fiery leading lady has just come into her psychic powers and struggles to gain control over them. One of these abilities is as an energy healer.

Here’s my author page!

Or go over to my Authors Blog at for news on what I’m writing.

Have a great week!

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Posted by: meleigh53 | December 17, 2014

Accentuate the Positive!

headshot chin in hands2You’ve got to accentuate the positive
Eliminate the negative
And latch on to the affirmative
Don’t mess with Mr. In-Between”

This catchy little song by Johnny Mercer back in 1944 makes a good point. Look for the positive things in life. Don’t dwell on the negative things. And stay out of the middle ground between the two extremes.

Does it have anything to give us besides a catchy tune and nifty lyrics?

Accentuate the positive. What does this mean? Look for the good in life. One way to do this is to show gratitude for those positive things life brings to us. Several studies into gratitude prove its worth. Practicing gratitude and keeping a gratitude journal can improve our emotional and physical well-being. In fact, many who are afflicted with neuromuscular disease and practice daily gratitude have more positive feelings about life when compared to a control group.

Think about it for a moment. It’s sort of like having one of those little annoying bites or bumps. As long as there is something else to occupy your thoughts, it doesn’t really bother you.

But as soon as you try to relax or go to sleep, there it is, itching away or just for begging you to pick at it. It’s about where you’ve focused.

The premise behind the Law of Attraction is that you attract into your life whatever you think about. You attract what you focus on. Maybe you attract bad luck because you believe you will have bad luck, as an example.

What does this have to do with gratitude and accentuating the positive?

When you show gratitude or thanks for the good things in your life, you are focusing on the positive rather than the negative. You’re grateful for the blessings you’ve received and looking for more good things to come your way.

You attract what you think about. So if you’re thinking about how blessed you are, how abundant your life is, you will attract more abundance.

But how can I show gratitude? I’ve got debt up to here, my car broke down, I’ve got kids in college. Where do I have abundance?

  • Do you have a roof over your head to keep out the weather?
  • Is there food on your table? Not filet mignon and truffles, but enough to eat?
  • Are you reasonably healthy?
  • Do you have good friends who’ll share a laugh with you?
  • Did you see something beautiful today? A pretty flower, brilliant sunshine, anything lovely that caught your attention?

Start with the little things. Remember that old saying? “See a pin. Pick it up. All the day you’ll have good luck.”

But only if you show gratitude for finding the pin! It might not be much, but you can be grateful for it. For instance, you didn’t step on it barefooted and jam it into your toe. That’s something to be thankful for. I have experience in this area. Trust me on this.

How about the quarter you found in the parking lot? Did you pick it up and say, “Look! I found a quarter! How can it get any better than this?” Or did you say, “It’s just a quarter. What can you do with a quarter?”

It’s all about your focus. Are you looking for the blessings in life, or for things that go wrong?

Are you thankful for the small things, or do you wait for something stupendous to happen before you’re grateful?

In Christian teaching, we are instructed to be careful of our thoughts.

“Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.” (Philippians 4:8 KJV)

“Accentuate the positive. Eliminate the negative. Latch on to the affirmative. Don’t mess with Mr. In-Between.”

It’s just another way of saying the same thing. Where your thoughts go, so will your heart. You will find what you look for.

My father used to say that if you went looking for trouble, you’d most likely find it. The reverse is also true.

Make a positive choice in life. Accentuate those positives. Ditch those negatives by the side of the road somewhere. And don’t mess with the in-betweens. They’ll lead you off the path and into the briar patch.

Keep those thoughts positive. Let’s make life a better place to be.


Posted by: meleigh53 | November 28, 2014

Thoughts on Life and Death

headshot chin in handsDuring the past two or three weeks, several people close to us have had loved ones in the ER with heart attacks, strokes, or other life threatening conditions. One man is slipping quickly away. His grandson is quite upset by the prospect of losing someone who has been with him throughout his entire life.

Is it wrong for him to feel this way? No. It is quite understandable. We all grieve for those who leave us at the end of their lives here. Yes, we will miss those who pass from this life. All of our memories of them, those day to day things that will be reminders of our times together, will make us miss them the more. Family traditions like that first cup of coffee in the morning, or early morning fishing trips, those special things we shared will be the hardest.

But we must also learn to say goodbye and let go. We shouldn’t try to hold on forever. And would we want to keep someone here who is in pain or who can’t live without machines? Is that really life? Isn’t it kinder to give them permission to go and end their suffering? Sometimes we are so afraid of losing someone’s presence and company we selfishly try to hang on beyond what is reasonable.

Once a person has finished whatever they were meant to accomplish during this lifetime, let them go graciously. When they’ve learned whatever lessons there were to learn, and finished their work, there is no reason to make them try to hang on to keep from hurting those they will leave behind. Let them know it’s all right to say goodbye.

To those who are in these circumstances right now, my heart goes out to you. It is difficult to say goodbye to our loved ones. But remember, this is merely a passing, a transition. We will be reunited at a later time.

These are only my thoughts on the matter and not meant to preach at or judge others. And if you’ve lost someone recently, I’m not telling you how to feel or how to grieve. Each person grieves in his or her own way. But we shouldn’t grieve forever. There has to come a time when we move on.

My intent is to give hope and ease pain, not criticize those who are grieving a loss. I’ve had my share of grief. I understand.

So what about this thing called death?

It is a transition from one state to another, a crossing over. It isn’t something to fear. It is finishing our work or lessons here and moving on. For those who have had hard and troubled lives, or who have been ill for a very long time, it is a release from their pain and trouble.

So grieve as you must, but be willing to let go. Don’t feel guilty when the sorrow begins to fade. Your sorrow will do that person no good. They are here no longer and are beyond those emotions. The pain is meant to fade as time goes on. Will you ever forget? No. But you can reach acceptance and move forward with your life. Don’t hold on to the past through the rest of your future.

To those who are grieving, you have my sincerest sympathy. The pain will eventually lessen and you will see the light of the future beckoning through the window.

Don’t be afraid to embrace that light. Let your sorrow fade and embrace your future.

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!


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