Tuesday, October 15, 2019

Windy and Warm (acoustic, the late Doc Watson)

Hello Grafted in Reader,

Today is Tuesday, Oct. 15 in my corner of blog-land. It is also the second day of the festival, Feast of Tabernacles or Booths on the Jewish faith calendar. This feast is seven days in length and recalls God caring for the Exodus when they wandered in the wilderness forty years. So too, God cares for us in our respective life periods.

I am quietly observing this feast, as my aging father in another state is moving from independence to semi-dependence. He is going on age 95, and is a very real reminder that we don't have qualities of infallibility. I will be visiting him later this week for three days.

Our health column from the Mayo Clinic this week offers some info about infections.
Did you know viruses or viri are smaller than bacteria?

According to the Mayo newsletter, Housecall,
Viruses require a host albeit person, plant, or animal.
Once comfy inside, they get assertive and order the cell machinery to make more of them. The common cold, TB and AIDS are virus examples.

Infection caused by bacteria are generally treated with antibiotics. Pneumonia and bronchitis are infections, requiring more assertive treatments.
Examples of bacterial infection occur in the urinary tract and throat, known as Urinary Tract Infection and Strep Throat, respectively.

Meantime, wishing you good or better health as God is present with us in every season.

Mellow Rock
David C. Russell

Wednesday, October 9, 2019

The Long and Winding Road (classic, Beetles)

Hello Grafted In Readers,

Today, on the Jewish Calendar is Yom Kippur, Day of Atonement. For those of us who practice faith with the Jewish calendar in mind, it is a very "proper" feeling day and also one of personal vulnerability before our Creator.
We profess one God, and not to be that god.
We admit that we as human beings slight others, gossip when we should not, fantasize about the "what if" in our personal lives to an extent that may be harmful, ask forgiveness and aid to turn from those things which hinder us and our world, and literally beg Hashem to be loving and kind, merciful is the theological word.

It is October 9, 2019. An article recently in "Breaking Israel News" cites that more Christians around the world are starting to embrace observing Yom Kippur to not only identify with Israel, but also observe the Holy Day and its implications.

So, if you are among those observing today as Yom Kippur, Fear not. God is not willing that you or I perish, but that we realize eternal life!

Kevod Yeheveh, His Presence surround us,
Mellow Rock
David C. Russell, Author

Friday, October 4, 2019

Not Another Episcopal Church Blog: Episcopal Decline: Living it Locally

Not Another Episcopal Church Blog: Episcopal Decline: Living it Locally: The statistics reported by the Episcopal organization are further confirmation of what we have been witnessing and discussing on these page...