Monday, November 24, 2014

Winds Of Change turns 3-years-old Thursday!

Hello Grafted In Readers,

Today is Monday November 24, and Thursday, in addition to being the national holiday of Thanksgiving, my novel, Winds of Change, will have been live for 3 years!
I am very thankful for all who have supported me in my writing profession and in general as a person of faith.

If interested, Marianne Leninger of
recently interviewed me about the book and my life, and the interview with photo is at this web site. You are invited to take a look and also meet other authors she has interviewed.

Meantime, Kevod Yeheveh, His presence cause our hearts to be thankful!
Mellow Roc
Author Name, David C Russell

Monday, November 17, 2014

Rock Of Ages - Acoustic Gillian Welch

Hello Grafted In Reader,
Today is Monday November 17 in my corner of blogland. We are experiencing the chill of winter and modest amounts of snow flurries. Considering everything from my e-mail inbox, job search, facebook posts, the news, writing acquaintances, being productive as a person of faith, I began to consider things we might be thankful are slow to change if at all. Please consider adding to the following list:
Your favorite beverage will usually provide a sense of comfort when indulged, mine is strong dark coffee.
I may usually have a few close friends who I can count on and vice versa.
Professional doors open and close, but there is usually another door that will open.
I can usually count on subscribed emails to automatically come to my inbox.
I can usually decide to mend those areas of living that left unattended would be my ruin.
Since Scripture tells me God knows the numbers of hairs on my head, He knows me better than I know myself.
In this age of fluid sexual orientation, I prefer the warm hand of a woman in mine or on my shoulder, and hands communicate a language known.
If you would like to add to this list of slow to change items, your turn is now!
Kevod Yeheveh, His Presence accompany us today!
Mellow Roc

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

All To Do With The Moon - acoustic by Krista Detor from radio

Hello Grafted In Reader,

I am glad you stopped by to check on my latest rambling. This one may be a bit lengthy, so you are forewarned..

I chose this title because we all have occasions in daily life that either are a joy, blessing, pleasurable, or big a-nnoyance, (Annoyance). I had an acquaintance that used to call the annoyances ankle biters. I suspect that is a bit more tactful sounding than the "pain in the ass" that is a widely used summation. Mine was spending 2 hours on writing a freelance article, only to discover my info did not directly match the title. The red flag was there from the start, but somehow missed catching it!
-A joy and pleasure were to spend part of Tuesday catching up with cyber acquaintances, and last Saturday enjoying the Public Radio broadcast, Prairie Home Companion, with my spouse. It's a radio variety show of sorts and has become a Saturday "must hear" for thousands of listeners in North America and over seas too.

-One lesson learned for the faith life was actually more a reminder. Reading some personal columns or ads showed me we as a people battle instant gratification in many areas of life. It matters not so much the thing we want gratified, as it does the current attitude we possess about our life situation. I think we all experience some degree of wanting to succumb to instant gratification so the Spirit who watches out for us, flutters about us, moves our mindset to a healthier state, all verbs or actions, describing "hover" which the Spirit of God did at creation as recorded in Genesis 1. The Spirit of God, third person in the tri-unity, has not changed and hovers over each of us who invite God's presence in our life and days! May we remember as do those who embrace a 12-step program, Accept for God's grace which means favor, go I.

Kevod Yeheveh today and always!
Mellow Roc

Thursday, November 6, 2014

Give It All You Got! - "shalom Aleykhem"

Hello Grafted in Reader,

Today is Novembger 6 in my corner of blogland. Personally this date has significance for me. Several years ago, I left a 5-year relationship with someone that in the long-term would not have worked out for reasons known to myself and the person involved. It was one of the hardest choices ever made! Discovering that mercy means limitless loyalty was evident in the friendships with other people of faith formed thereafter. I was truly given another chance in life to choose relationships that would be mutually beneficial and not just for the sake of not being alone.

I titled this post, "Give It All You Got" as there is a Hebrew blessing, long-standing, that Yeshua spoke to the disciples post resurrection, and that Jewish people share with one another still. Those words are, "Shalom Aleykhem".
It is much more than the "peace" blessing practiced in liturgical churches just before the offering is collected.
This blessing includes the ideas of

Take a few moments and let each one of those soak in and think of others who may benefit from the same!

-Consider expressing, "Shalom Alekyhem" to someone when the opportunity may present itself.

In our weekly Bible study, we are going through the book of I Kings in the Tanakh. It is the rule and reign of David, son Solomon, and others after them. In one portion early on, David is giving fatherly and kingly counsel to his son Solomon. He says similarly,
""Be strong, . . . show yourself to be a man." I Kings chapter 2.
The Apostolic Scriptures express similar exhort in I Corinthians chapter 16 verse 13.

This is much more than tolerate, put up with, practice political correctness, judge not lest you be judged, but truly wishes another person(s) God's deepest purpose and intention for that one!
-Kevod Yeheveh, The Presence of God truly be involved in our motivations and movement in life's journey.
I would like to hear from you if so inclined to comment!!
Mellow Roc