Book Review: The Treasure Granzella Ranch

The Treasure of Granzella Ranch is the story about the Granzella family, owners of an olive oil business.  The story’s main focus is on Sherre Granzella, a divorcee who is known as “The Fixer” of the family.  After the death of her father, Sherre returns home to help save the ranch from financial ruin.  As she is trying to get her life back together, help her family with the ranch and personal issues, Sherre experiences romance and the possibility of a killer in her midst. Continue reading

Overwhelm-Busting Strategies

How do you know if you are dealing with overwhelm?  What are the symptoms?  The definition of overwhelm is to upset or overthrow.  Symptoms of overwhelm can be physical (nail biting, clumsiness, neck ache); psychological (forgetfulness, rudeness, defensiveness); social (poor hygiene, inadequate boundaries); or spiritual (loss of sense of purpose, unsure of what’s important). Its triggers are just as individual: a deadline, a certain tone of voice, change. Continue reading

Book Review: Halfa Moon

Halfa Moon starts out with Margaret (Meg) Randallman reminiscing about the circumstances surrounding the childhood kidnapping of her and her younger brother, Ray, by their self-absorbed mother Norma and her boyfriend George.

Before the kidnapping, Meg’s older sister, Laura, was tragically killed and Meg feels she is to blame and carries the guilt of her death with her throughout her young life. Continue reading

How Well Do You Handle Stress?

The impact of stress accumulates, and, beyond the ongoing, regular stress that comes from living in our high-impact culture, specific life events can really knock us for a loop. Even happy changes can cause bumps in the road, which we register both physically and emotionally. While we can’t eliminate stress from our lives, we can learn where our hot spots are and how to best reduce and manage the stress we do experience. Continue reading