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LOVE CHECK:

How Do You Measure Up?

"A world where there is more love than not is a better world."

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about melanie

A native Washingtonian, author, playwright/director, graphic designer and entrepreneur with a passion and love for the arts and all things creative. Melanie loves to use her gifts and talents to inspire, create, and shine. One of her life's missions is to convey and spread the message of God's love.


Melanie is a member of the Nonfiction Authors Association.

To take advantage of Melanie's graphic design and virtual assistant services, visit her website at www.KingdomKreatives.com

My Books

LOVE CHECK:
How Do You Measure Up?

LOVE CHECK
(Book Excerpts with Voiceover by Melanie)
 
BOOK Quotes

"Love looks for and sees the best in people... to love is to see through the eyes of God."

FROM "LOVE CHECK"

Book by Melanie D. West

(Available at Amazon.com)

 
 
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Inspire. Create. Shine. Podcast

An exploration of life, love, literature and the arts from the Christian perspective.

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ICS Podcast - S1:E2 - Love Just Is - Toni Morrison / Love Check - Melanie D, The Author
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Inspire. Create. Shine. Podcast - S2:E2
LOVE CHECK CONVERSATIONS (Valentine's Edition)
Matters of the Heart: What You Want Vs. What You Need
By Melanie Dee

Episode Description:
 

The heart wants what it wants, but God knows what you truly need. Listen in as Machelle Terry-Courtney shares her dramatic journey to Mr. Right, with the plot twist she wasn't expecting. Her testimony is another reminder of the healing and redemptive power of God's love. 

 

Valentine's Edition. For singles and couples.

 

(Originally recorded on 2/5/21, Audio podcast airing on 2/12/21)

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Inspire. Create. Shine. Podcast - S2:E3
CICELY TYSON MEMOIRS
(and Black Love in Cinema)
By Melanie Dee

Episode Description:
 

Melanie touches briefly on Tyson's final memoir, "Just As I Am," and also offers her own personal thoughts on the deficiency and negativity of how Black love is often depicted in cinema and television - and the artistry that changes that narrative. Listen in.

 

(Originally recorded on 2/23/21, Audio podcast airing on 2/26/21)

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Inspire. Create. Shine. Podcast - S2:E4
WHO'S YOUR COMPETITION?
Tapping Into Your Power - Williamson & Bombeck
By Melanie Dee

Episode Description:
 

It's a competitive world out there, so who's your competition? Melanie offers a little window into her early days and her academic woes/(wows), in light of Marianne Williamson's and Erma Bombeck's powerful truths on tapping into the power within. Listen in.

 

(Originally recorded on 2/22/21, Audio podcast airing on 3/1/21)

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Inspire. Create. Shine. Podcast - S2:E5
MEGHAN MARKLE & HER PRINCE
The Little Mermaid Complex (Oprah Interview)
By Melanie Dee

Episode Description:
 

Melanie touches on one aspect of Oprah's March 7th interview with Prince Harry & Meghan Markle and the surprising behind-the-scenes lifestyle this lovely couple endured under the British monarchy. They described the downside to being in their shoes ("The Little Mermaid" complex) and how their love and determination brought them to a newfound freedom they enjoy. Listen in.

 

(Originally recorded on 3/7/21, Audio podcast airing on 3/8/21)

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Inspire. Create. Shine. Podcast - S2:E6
INSPIRE. CREATE. SHINE.
What's Your Why?
By Melanie Dee

Episode Description:
 

What's the "Inspire.Create.Shine." podcast and theme all about? If you've ever wondered why Melanie does what she does, what her primary podcast and life mission is, and what drives her, listen in. And then think about it: What's your why?

 

Originally recorded on 3/16/21, Audio podcast airing on 3/19/21.

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Inspire. Create. Shine. Podcast - S2:E7
FLY
Toni Morrison on Baggage
By Melanie Dee

Episode Description:
 

Food for thought: What are the baggage and weights in your life that could be holding you back and stopping you from soaring? These quotes from literature by acclaimed author Toni Morrison may lead you to evaluate the people, circumstances, and things in your life... Listen in.

 

Originally recorded on 3/12/21, Audio podcast airing on 3/19/21.

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Inspire. Create. Shine. Podcast - S3:E1
MALCOLM X
Your Beginning Is Not Your End
By Melanie Dee

Episode Description:
 

Melanie gives a brief window into the life of Malcolm X - as told in the bestseller, "The Autobiography of Malcolm X," and in comparison to the critically acclaimed film starring Denzel Washington, "Malcolm X." Malcolm is a prime example of evolution, how our beginnings don't always determine our endings, and how people, places and things that leave indelible marks on our lives change us... Listen in.

 

Originally recorded on 3/19/21, Audio podcast airing on 3/26/21.

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Inspire. Create. Shine. Podcast - S3:E3
ONE DAY OR DAY ONE
Inspired by "One Night In Miami"
By Melanie Dee

Episode Description:
 

There are defining moments in life - a meeting, encounter, event, or a series of things - that can make an indelible mark on us, greatly impact us and challenge us to do and become more. Debut director Regina King bursts on the scene with this powerful message, delivered through the lives of 4 notable African Americans, in her now-streaming Amazon Original film, "One Night in Miami." Listen in as Melanie gives her take on the film, as well as shares a few more inspirational highlights from the life of Malcolm X as discovered in "The Autobiography of Malcolm X."

Originally recorded on 4/16/21, Audio podcast airing on 4/23/21.

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Inspire. Create. Shine. Podcast - S3:E4
KINGS AND QUEENS
And The Value of One

By Melanie Dee

Episode Description:
 

When it sinks in that your Creator deems you as royalty, as priceless, as an indispensable part of humanity; it will revolutionize your mindset, behavior and life as a whole. We kings, queens, princes, princesses, etc. are worthy of royal treatment and won't mind giving the same to everyone we meet, knowing they too are one of God's own. Listen in as Melanie breaks down "the value of one," from the divine perspective.

Originally recorded on 5/5/21, Audio podcast airing on 5/11/21.

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Inspire. Create. Shine. Podcast - S3:E5
IF YOU'RE GOING THROUGH
Keep Going

By Melanie Dee

Episode Description:
 

Get your dose of inspiration... Listen in as Melanie shares a little wisdom and the testimony of a woman who endured major hardships and setbacks at a very young age, but still managed to build an empire on the other side. This is a reminder to never let circumstances, negativity, or naysayers limit you. There is light at the end of your tunnel.

Originally recorded on 5/16/21, Audio podcast airing on 5/27/21.

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Inspire. Create. Shine. Podcast - S4:E1
FROM THE ARCHIVES:
Love Letters From God (9.25.18)

By Melanie Dee

Episode Description:
 

Listen in as Melanie shares 13 powerful scriptures about God's love. These, among others, are His love letters to you and me. Which of these scriptures is your favorite? Which scripture do you most relate to? Please share this episode to help our mission and give a dose of inspiration and encouragement to someone who might need it.   

You can view the video version of this podcast on YouTube at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P-wNCPUnX-E

Originally recorded on 9/25/18, Audio podcast airing on 7/13/21.

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Inspire. Create. Shine. Podcast - S4:E2
LOVE CHECK CONVERSATIONS:
Young Love & The Journey To 'I Do'
(Meet The McPhersons)

By Melanie Dee

Episode Description:
 

Meet Shanaye and Peter McPherson, a young newlywed couple. Listen in as they share their love story and the impact God's love and their relationship with God have had on them and contributed to the success of their relationship, leading up to marriage. Inspiration and encouragement to anyone currently dating, looking for Mr. or Mrs. Right, or unsure about getting married at a young age in today's society.

You can view the video version of this podcast on YouTube at  

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pd4xFvkj2Lo

Originally recorded on 7/10/21, Audio podcast airing on 7/14/21.

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Inspire. Create. Shine. Podcast - S4:E3
THE FOOD OF LOVE
Austen and Atticus

By Melanie Dee

Episode Description:
 

Jane Austen's character, Darcy, echoing the brilliant mind of Shakespeare, refers to poetry as "the food of love" in the classic book/film, "Pride and Prejudice." Some words are so delightful, so delectable, that they enrapture the senses and captivate the heart - and what better medium than poetry to do so. Listen in as Melanie gives her commentary on 9 beautiful verses from an epic work by the poet Atticus. Which is your favorite?

The YouTube video version of this podcast is not yet available.

Originally recorded on 7/31/21, Audio podcast airing on 8/2/21.

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Inspire. Create. Shine. Podcast - S4:E4
IS "UNDERSTANDING" A LOVE LANGUAGE?
Steve Covey & Gary Chapman

By Melanie Dee

Episode Description:
 

What is more important than love in achieving success in your relationships? Listen in as Melanie shares insight from relationship experts on the thought-provoking topic, and how it all ties into another popular teaching by bestselling authors Gary Chapman (the 5 love languages) and Steve Covey. 

 

For more info on Melanie D, the Author, her book, and for more inspirational content, please visit her website at www.MelanieDTheAuthor.com.

Originally recorded on 9/11/21, Audio podcast airing on 9/13/21.

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Inspire. Create. Shine. Podcast - S5:E1
FOLLOW YOUR HEART?
Reviewing "The Alchemist"

By Melanie Dee

Episode Description:
 

When it comes to life, love, career, everyday decisions, etc... Do you believe in "following your heart"? What does that mean to you exactly? It is said that "where the treasure is, there the heart is also." Listen in as Melanie reviews the international best-selling book (and soon-to-be film) by author Paulo Coelho, exploring the concept, and the effect it could have on your journey through life.

 

For more info on Melanie D, the Author, her book, and for more inspirational content, please visit her website at www.MelanieDTheAuthor.com.

Originally recorded on 9/13/21, Audio podcast airing on 9/24/21.

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ICS Podcast - S1:E1 - Love Check Book by Melanie D, The Author - What Prompted You To Write This?
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Inspire. Create. Shine. Podcast - S3:E2
LOVE CHECK CONVERSATIONS (Easter Edition)
Sacrificial Love and the Resurrection
By Melanie Dee

Episode Description:
 

One of the more weighty characteristics of love is that it's sacrificial... Listen in as Melanie recounts her first take on a couple of films that have become mainstays in her family and are of particular importance during the Easter holiday - and hear another small excerpt from her book.

 

Originally recorded on 3/31/21, Audio podcast airing on 4/3/21.

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