Thursday, January 19, 2017

Regards: Extraordinary Thursday!

Hello Grafted In Readers,

I titled this Blog, Extraordinary Thursday, as it is Thursday January 19 in my corner of blog-land. In the USA, it is the last Thursday that our current President serves in public office. Friday noon, we inaugurate a new President, Donald J. Trump. This blog began in 2009, during the first term of our current President Obama.

My wife and I met on a Thursday in November 1995, and since marrying in 1996, often bid each other an "extraordinary Thursday" as we part on that day of the week to begin our respective work days.

Today, I want to share three things with you: A health tip from the Mayo Clinic HouseCall newsletter, Expert Answers concerning a universal blood donor type, a reflection from "Priceless Integrity" by Rabbi Daniel Travis of, and a book or author recommend.

Mayo Clinic

The question appears about there being such a thing as a universal blood donor type?

In Expert Answers, we are reminded of the four basic blood types: Type a, Type B, Type AB and Type O. Moreover, Type O blood is classified as positive if it contains an RH factor, Rhesus; or negative if it does not contain this red blood cell antigen. In cases where there are blood transfusions, one is usually given blood that is compatible or most compatible with their blood type.

If there is an emergency situation, or life is threatened, or blood supply is nominal, then and only then, Type O negative red blood cells are administered.

Priceless Integrity
Rabbi Daniel Travis is the author of a book titled "Priceless Integrity." Installments of this are offered to email subscribers by the Orthodox Jewish site, I found this week's installment titled, Accepting The Blame, to be of interest. I have condensed it here for our purposes.

God asked, "Who told you that you are naked? Did you eat from the tree that I commanded you not to eat?"

Adam replied, "The woman that you gave to be with me, she gave me what I ate from the tree." (Bereshith # 11, 12)
Note: This is Hebrew for Genesis 3:11-12.

Excerpted Comment: R. Travis

Instead of trying to cover up his guilt, Adam should have tried to repent by admitting his misdeed. .... The ability to be honest with oneself to admit that one did something wrong, and that one is to be held responsible for it is a prerequisite for repentance."

Author Charles Bukowski

This week, I began reading the 1971 best-selling Novel titled "Post Office" a biographic memoir by the late Charles Bukowski. Some online investigation on my part and with the aid of an author acquaintance or two, reveals him to have had quite a fascinating and varied life as a writer and person. One can find some audio/visuals influenced or directly attributed to Bukowski by typing
YouTube Charles Bukowski.

Someone sent me a link that features a few poems and miniature film clips said to be by him. His novel is a bit raw, language adult, the work-place and relations described quite frankly, but yet there is something I find to be revered in this man's legacy. He in my mind is unique. Consider spending time getting to know about one of our past authors, Charles Bukowski.

Thanks for dropping by; do say hello if so inclined.

Kevod Yeheveh.

Mellow Rock

David Russell

Friday, January 13, 2017

Classical For Colds: Piano Quintet, E Flat Major, Robert Schumann

Hello Grafted In Readers,

Today is Friday January 13, 2017 in my corner of blog land. For the past few days I have had a "common cold" for which there is no cure. The "HouseCall Newsletter" from Mayo Clinic though suggests some remedies to possibly make one feel less agitated during these experiences. The common cold can last for up to two weeks. I did add a remedy of my own today that I used as the title of this post; yes it is a bit high-brow I know for a mellow rock listener but hey.

The folks at Mayo Clinic recommend the following remedies to not rid the cold but ease the misery of one.
- Rest and hydration with water, juice, clear broth, or warm lemon water with honey. This evidently loosens congestion. Coffee, (oops), caffeinated sodas, and alcoholic drinks can make dehydration worse.
- Add moisture to the air. Use a humidifier or a vaporizer.
- Take Over-the-counter medications or decongestants as directed! These will differ for children and adults.
- My remedy: Enjoy some classical music, in particular the Piano Quintet in E Flat major by composer Robert Schumann.

Meantime, Kevod Yeheveh and enjoy a good story.

Mellow Rock

Thursday, January 5, 2017

This Will Be Our Year (Acoustic, Kelly Willis)

Hello Grafted In Readers,

This is our first post of 2017, January 5, and it is cold outside in my corner of blog land. Somewhere below freezing and slightly above 0 Fahrenheit but probably in the low teens if that. Cold! I'm not as being indoors for two days settles that issue for me! There are a few topics to highlight today.

-On the health front, the Mayo Clinic newsletter, Housecall, has an interesting article about sleep and weight loss. It might take a few minutes to fully wake up from sleep, especially deep sleep, because growth hormones, stress hormones, and insulin hormones get released when we are in deep sleep. Everything goes back to some type of normal. If we get fragmented sleep or poor sleep, is there really a difference, then we snack the next day and might eventually gain some weight. The hunger hormone is complaining and being passive aggressive. My interpretation from being a parent.

The Mayo experts tell us to consider changing the type of pillow. Look at what disrupts sleep and get rid of it. No, not your honey. Also, turn off the mobile devices and "find a screen-free way to relax." Cuddle with your honey..

-On the writing front, late last summer I answered a call for submission from author Dan Gilbert, and today, am in his poetry worship anthology titled, Stones Before An Ocean. Paper copies are available internationally from the book seller online, Lulu. I pasted a blurb below.
Stones Before The Ocean by Various (Paperback) - Lulu details
Dec 16, 2016 - Visit the Lulu Marketplace for product details, ratings, and reviews. ... Stones Before The Ocean is an anthology of poetry for use in prayer and worship, featuring over 200 poems from modern and classic poets. ... Copyright: Daniel Paul Gilbert (Standard Copyright License); Publisher: Hewson Books ...

Please tell your friends who practice faith about this volume. I am happy to be one of the authors with a short poem herein.

-For reading pleasure, "Coffee With" by fiction crime writer, Margaret Maron. A college Art Department chairperson is murdered by someone who taints his coffee and a few hours are being spent reading about "who done it." Answer yet to be revealed! There are eight or so possible prospects. The book in audio form is about six hours long and I have a little under 90 minutes remaining.

Until next post, Kevod Yeheveh, His Peace is with us in our moments of success and struggle.
Thanks for the drop-in!
Mellow Rock
David Russell