Monday, March 19, 2018

Acoustic, (Trouble In The Fields by Nanci Griffith)

Hello Grafted In Readers,

Today is March 19 in my corner of blog land. In thirteen days the western Christian church will celebrate the Resurrection of Christ Jesus known for nearly eighteen centuries as Easter Sunday. Few, will present the history of this holiday, but actually several will refer to the Resurrection of Christ as "the or that first Easter." Bullshit! Educate yourself on the history of this observed Holiday.

I think it's time to change the name of the day to Resurrection Sunday. Or, Resurrection Day. If you call yourself a follower of Christ, a Christian, than name what he did to honor Him!

This weekend, western Christians celebrate Palms Sunday. They will reference the crowd for being fickle in attitude by lauding Yeshua as King and then just days later calling for his death. Secondarily, "they" will recognize it was their sin that led G-d to lovingly redeem humanity because of desire for an ongoing relationship with us who deserve just the opposite! Focus on that for a change instead of blaming first-century residents of the Holy Land for being fickle and running in the night. You arrogant catholic types!

Yes, I come down hard this time of year on Protestants and Roman Catholics from which my background is derived. I believe it to be well-deserved, and it is we who have the partial blindness spoken of in Romans. We're still happy for the great divorce from those whom we owe a debt of gratitude for our faith heritage in proclaiming we have a new covenant, relationship instead of rules, grace instead of Torah. Yippy! God in his grace gave us instruction so we wouldn't flounder like ambivalent nomads! Yes, there is and has been trouble in the fields.
Time to work the ground.
Time to clean house.
Time to set the record straight.
Time to recognize "all" have sinned and fallen short of the glory of G-d.
Time to answer Yeshua, Who do you say I am?"

Early Happy Resurrection Day

Mellow Rock
David Russell

Tuesday, March 13, 2018

School Safety Exists, Really It Does!

Hello Grafted In Readers,

Today is March 13, 2018 in my corner of blog land. There is some happy news to share on the American front!!
This morning I was listening to a radio talk show on station WJR in Detroit. The host was interviewing the school superintendent from Sidney, Ohio. Below, I am pasting a news story from that city's news source, "The Sidney Daily News", that also sums up Superintendent's John Schew's remarks.during the interview about what's working there in Ohio.
Please share with your school teacher friends and associates.

SIDNEY — Sidney City Schools’ security measures are gaining national attention.
Earlier this month, Fox News filmed a segment about them. Monday, Feb. 26, a reporter and photographer from the New York Times were in Sidney to interview local people about the program.
Tuesday, Feb. 27, Superintendent John Scheu said that the Washington Post had expressed interest in talking with him.
Erica L. Green, of Baltimore, Maryland, a New York Times education correspondent who works in the paper’s Washington, D.C., bureau, and photographer Andrew Spear, of Columbus, talked with Scheu; Shelby County Sheriff John Lenhart; Nicki New, of Sidney, who has three children in Sidney City Schools; Ron Cron, the head of the school system’s security team; and a teacher, who, as a member of the Response Team, must remain anonymous.
Green was working on an article “to add perspective to the debate (of school safety), as part of a larger story of how communities are grappling with this issue,” she told the Sidney Daily News, Monday.
She had done an Internet search for teachers who were either armed or had access to firearms.
“Sidney City was (a school system) that came up,” Green said. It was “probably” a Sidney Daily News story that caught her eye, she said. The Daily News has reported extensively on the security measures in place.
Followng the shooting in 2012 in Sandy Hook Elementary School in Connecticut, a group including Lenhart, former Sidney City Police Chief Kevin Gessler, Scheu and others began discussing how to prepare Sidney City Schools for the possibility of a similar tragedy. From those meetings, and then a public forum, came the current security measures.
In talking with Green, Lenhart called the measures a “layered approach.”
They include biometric gun safes in the schools, to which only select teachers have access. Those teachers, called the First Responder Team, have received enhanced concealed carry training by the sheriff’s office. In addition, a uniformed, armed, sheriff’s deputy is stationed in each school. The full district staff has been trained by the sheriff’s office in an active shooter-response system called ALICE. Each building has a panic button to police.
Surveillance cameras cover hallways and entrances in all buildings and all doors are locked to outsiders, who are permitted to enter only through a school’s main entrance.
Green was interested in what she referred to as Sidney’s “middle ground” approach, one in which teachers weren’t armed but had access to guns.
“We feel we have been very proactive in this whole realm of school safety for five years,” Scheu said Tuesday. “We feel we have a very sound, conservative approach to providing as much protection as possible. We don’t mind sharing our program that we’ve had in place for five years with others that might be interested, including the New York Times.”
“I would like to have no guns in school, but until someone comes up with solutions … response has to be close, but teachers should not look like marshal’s in the old west. We have to enable schools to protect themselves,” Lenhart told Green. “I’m a Second Amendment guy, but I don’t know how the NRA sleeps. The Brady Bill helped, but at a gun show, you can buy guns off the table with no background check. I would encourage those folks in power … laws should be enhanced.”
Green expects her article to be posted on the New York Times website, Thursday, March 1. It will appear in print soon thereafter, she added.

God bless and keep us today and always.

Mellow Rock
David Russell

Monday, February 26, 2018

The Dash Diet May Curb Depression, Waiting For Messiah, etc.

Hello Grafted In Readers,

Today is Monday February 26 in my corner of blog land. The month has become mild in terms of weather and winter's harshness is behind us at the moment. No, we're not sunning ourselves or cooking out on the barbecue, but wearing the lighter jacket and shoes instead of boots and the snow shovels are nearby just in case.

-Dash Diet Making Headlines
Today, most news outlets are reporting on findings from a study conducted by Rush University in Chicago that is strongly suggesting that a diet high in fruit, vegetables, and whole grains is not only good for reducing high blood pressure, hypertension, but also may reduce incidence of depression. This is voiced by one of the study's co-authors, Dr. Laurel Cherian, according to "Medical News Today." A full synopsis of the study will be disclosed at the annual meeting of the American Academy of Neurology to be held in March 2018 in Los Angeles, Calif. The DASH Diet is one such diet that has stood the test of time and is still fairly popular today. You can read more about it at the Mayo Clinic website or at its own website, dash

Still Reading Chaim Potok
I anticipate finishing "The Book Of Lights" as we enter the month of March. I have enjoyed this novel and highly recommend if you like a longer read. By the way, in the USA, March is National Reading Month.
If interested, my anthology, Waiting For Messiah, in EBook form could take one about 3 hours to read. It is available from or most major vendors such as Kobo or Barnes and Noble online.
Author, David C. Russell, Waiting For Messiah.

Until our next visit, G-d continue to demonstrate His lovingkindness toward us!

Mellow Rock
David Russell