Monday, December 5, 2016

A Letter To The Editor (faith Perspective)

Hello Grafted In Readers,

Today is Monday, December 5, 2016, in my corner of blog land. Temperatures remain mild and somewhat wet where I live, but we could get a couple meters of snow later this week! It is nearing winter and of course, snow time here.

This morning, I composed a Letter To The Editor of one of our local newspapers that I would like to share with you. There is a considerable amount of writing that many in the western church still ignore that puts a positive light on the Jewishness of Yeshua.

My letter, less than 200 words is in question format, and challenges pastors, priests and all of us as persons of faith to consider thanking our ancestors for the heritage we have as believers and Christians.
This is my post today. If you wish to copy and share it, be my guest!

Dear Editor/Reader:
Where is the little town of Bethlehem?
For religious observance of Christmas, can clergy stand in front of their congregations and publicly thank the Jewish faith for: the Tehillim, Hebrew language with emphasis on action, the Daily Amidah, encouraging obedience, justice, care of the poor?
Also admit God too is King in our seasonal hymns?
State the reason(s) for ignoring the Biblical feasts and only portraying the nice sides of church history?
Finally, are we too smug and arrogant as 21st century western Christians?
David Russell

Kevod Yeheveh, His peace be among us today and tonight and tomorrow.

Mellow Rock

Friday, December 2, 2016

Sharing Appetizers Together!

Hello Grafted in Readers,

Today is Friday, December 2nd in my corner of Blog-land. We are experiencing a rainy start to the month of December here, with a very minimal amount of snow, which is mostly in flurry form occurring overnight for a brief period of time and then melting. No complaint here!

Continuing our health theme, our bodies are temples, and people of faith adhere to this belief as we feel God makes His dwelling within each of us. He writes His instruction on our minds and we are given charge to take care of what we have been given. With that in mind, I want to share a recipe with you from the Mayo Clinic Newsletter, HouseCall.
In fact, the most recent issue that came out on December 1, 2016, had a link to Appetizer Recipes. Categories include:
fruit recipes; fish and shellfish recipes; bean and legume recipes; poultry and meat recipes; rice and grain recipes; vegetable recipes and dairy recipes.

Here is one for a favorite of mine, Crispy Potato Skins. Two medium half potato skins per serving. Note that..

Benefits: No Cholesterol, no saturated or monosaturated fat, 2 g protein, 5 g dietary fiber, 27 g carbohydrates.

Seasonings: Use either fresh basil, fresh chives, dill or thyme.

Ingredients and Preparation
-One medium russett potato per person;
-butter-flavored cooking spray applied to potatos;
-one tablespoon minced rosemary applied to each potato;
-one teaspoon ground pepper applied to each potato;
-Add the above seasoning to each potato;

-Preheat the oven to 375 F.
-Pierce potatos with prongs of a fork so there are little airholes.
-Once oven has preheated, place potatos on flat baking pan or sheet in oven.
-Bake until crispy, about 50 minutes to 1 hour.
-Remove, allow to set and cool for 10 or so minutes.

-Then, scoop out the pulp.

-Leave about one-eighth inch of the potato flesh attached to the skin.

Note: From experience, best served the same day prepared, and at least warm on sturdy paper-plates or plastic plates. Can be eaten as finger food. My opinion..

For those of you who are observing Advent, I would like to recommend a very intriguing entertaining read. I am currently reading, The Christmas Mystery, by Jostein Gaarder, Norwegian author, and thoroughly enjoying this novella. It was published in the '90s and there are good reviews about it on

Your hello and comments are always welcomed, and sorry if I do not respond immediately as occurred recently. I do check the reader stats often, and am very happy you do notice my words!

Kevod Yeheveh, His Peace is with you.

Mellow Rock

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Can You Feel The Love Tonight (song, Lion King, Movie)

Hello Grafted In Reader,

Today is November 30, 2016. In about 32 days we will be saying, Happy New Year! This year, several of our posts have focused on health issues. We also continue to focus on faith issues as we look at the contribution Judaism makes to our faith heritage as believers in Messiah Yeshua, and will continue to do so Adonai willing.

I found an article that is titled, Thirty Simple Diet and Fitness Tips, by Leslie Barrie, online, and will simply list several below. These are lifetime practices not one-month events. Here you go.
-Curb your sweet tooth;
-Find the best fitness friend;
Stock up on these;
-Relieve those achy muscles;
-Buy comfy sneaks;
-Pick your perfect tunes;
-Police your portions;
-Combat cocktail hours;
-Up your exercise;
-Have a fruity ice cream sundae;
-Say good-bye to peer pressure;
-Ditch your working lunch;
-Slim up your snack;
-Find healthy fast food;
-Be a mighty maintainer.

Writers Waiting For Messiah
I am starting to work on an eBook (possibly anthology) titled Waiting For Messiah, and have invited some other writers to join me on a closed group at Facebook. This is set in first century Israel. Characters in short stories are awaiting the arrival of Messiah and describe life as it is, and as they wait. Tentative plans are to release this in eBook form, late summer, 2017. If interested in assisting with this project, please comment here, on GooglePlus, or request to join the group, Writers Wait for Messiah on FaceBook. David Russell, admin.

I have just started reading, The Christmas Mystery, by Norwegian author, Yostein Gaarder. It is a novella, short chapters, fascinating, perhaps a children's book for children of any age. For more details, I suggest you check out reviews of this at

Until our next visit, Kevod Yeheveh, His presence fill your being.

Mellow Roc