Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Wordes Of The Year, 2017, Add to Conversations

Hello Grafted In Readers,

May I consider this a bonus visit between us?
It is January 16 in my corner of blog land. One topic today: Words of the Year.
I receive a weekly newsletter titled Grammar Girl and this issue discussed some of the top words from 2017.

Experts agree that "fake news" exceeded others and was the winner. A couple other words of interest to me were
- kwaussie which is an Australian word describing one who has dual citizenship in Australia and New Zealand.

- agathism is a word that has been around for a couple centuries. It is a belief that things will eventually get better, though the means of getting there may take time and considerable effort.

-broflake is defined as a man or boy who lacks resiliance or coping skills when setbacks occur or disagreements arise with others. I wonder if that has to be gender-specific?

Hopefully, I will find a story creation to use one or two of these fine words in. I'll let "fake news" run its course with the pop culture.

If you would like to have a word with me, please express in English. I notice someone a while back left a comment in Arabic. Sorry, I don't speak that language.

God be with us in our speaking and listening.

Mellow Rock

David Russell

Monday, January 15, 2018

Laid Back, and Waiting for Messiah (Acoustic, Cary Morin)

Hello Grafted In Readers,

Today is mid-month, January 15, 2018 in my corner of blog land.
I had one of those experiences last week where one thing leads to something else and another thing that I would like to share with you.
In terms of our health note, the Mayo Clinic newsletter, Housecall, recently featured a brief article about a condition known as hypothyroidism.
This is a condition that can occur in adults, most common among older women though according to them, when the thyroid gland does not produce an adequate amount of certain hormones. It can take a number of months to become a serious condition. If it does, common results are obesity, heart disease and joint or muscle pain. Treatment with synthetic thyroid hormone is said to be safe, simple and effective.

Symptoms are several but include some of the following:
- Depression
- Impaired Memory
- Weight gain
- Slowed heart rate
- Thinning hair.

There are tests one can get as a part of the annual check-up to determine your thyroid condition. Ask that be done.

Something Else

I am working on a short story about a young lady who is bored with the sameness of life. She is in short-term therapy, and she and her therapy discussed the word, revolution, and that spawned ideas in her mind. On the way home, she hears a talk-show over radio that solidifies just what type of revolution she will undertake. The idea came from a banana peel not fully succumbing to the garbage disposal and requiring dumping a tray of ice cubes down the disposal to clear it so the revolutions would not be impeded. Oh, what the morning routine can sometimes bring on.

I am still waiting for you to redeem your coupon from the previous post for the anthology, Waiting For Messiah.

I have an author interview posted at
that may be of interest.
The coupon runs out on January 30, 2018.

Until next time, Kevod Yeheveh, the Presence of G-d remain with you.

Mellow Rock

David Russell

Tuesday, January 9, 2018

Waiting For Messiah (Coupon and Tidbytes)

Hello Grafted In Readers,

Today is Tuesday January 9, 2018 in my corner of blog land.
We are in a warming trend for a few days and I am glad to be out of the very frigid temperatures. They may be coming back over the weekend, and I understand some in Australia are experiencing very warm summer temperatures too.

I want to share three things with you today.
Health-wise from the Mayo Clinic newsletter, Housecall, a recent issue touched on the benefits of folic acid supplements improving cognitive function for older adults. According to the Mayo Clinic folks, the evidence is not conclusive either way that folic acid improves or does not improve cognitive function for older adults who have normal blood levels on lab tests. It's believed it may help some who have low levels of folate in their blood. Folic acid is in multi-vitamins and in some of the foods we eat such as bread.

Faith Heritage
I subscribe to the newsletter produced by the website, My Jewish Learning. In a recent issue, they did an article or overview of the various Jewish denominations in North America. Most are based on their philosophical understanding of the law or Oral and Written Torah. There are several denominations in Judaism beside Reform, Conservative, and Orthodox denominations.
Less than 70 percent of American Jews who identify themselves according to the article, are either Reform, Conservative or Orthodox in practice. Most Jewish people consider themselves trans-denominational.
The smaller branches include:
- Hasidic Jews, within Orthodox Judaism.
- Modern Orthodox
- Open Orthodox
- Reconstructionist Judaism
- Jewish Renewal, which is humanitarian Judaism.

My anthology, "Waiting For Messiah" continues to be available on

The coupon code for a free copy until Jan. 30, 2018 is lw88f
These stories imagine what it was like for select Bible characters to meet Yeshua when here in the flesh. They are warm, short personable accounts. You may view a sample at the above URL. This is an EBook.

Until next visit, Kevod Yeheveh, the presence of G-d be with you day and night.

Mellow Rock

David Russell
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