Wednesday, November 15, 2017

The Way You Make Me Melt (song, Mindy McCready)

Hello Grafted In Readers,

Today is November 15 in my corner of blog land. It is also the annual day on which deer hunting season begins for those using fire-arms in the state where I reside, and lasts for two weeks. Of course, many adult singles are looking for the special someone before and after the hunting season prescribed by law, but we're talking something different. Sorry, my attempt at dry humor.

I titled this post after the song, "The Way You Make Me Melt," based on a poem that is featured in American Public Media's presentation called The Writer's Almanac. This is a five-minute daily program hosted by writer and entertainer Garrison Keillor, and on the November 7, 2017, broadcast, he read the following romance poem. If you are in a special relationship, consider sharing it with that somebody!
Why I Love Being Married to a Chemist
by Barbara Crooker
Because he can still cause a reaction in me
when he talks about SN2 displacements,
amines and esters looking for receptor sites
at the base of their ketones. Because he lugs
home serious tomes like The Journal of the American
Chemical Society or The Proceedings of the Society
of the Plastics Industry, the opposite of the slim volumes
of poetry with colorful covers that fill my bookshelves.
Because once, years ago, on a Saturday before our
raucous son rang in the dawn, he was just
standing there in the bathroom, out of the shower.
I said Honey, what’s wrong? and he said Oh,
I was just thinking about a molecule.
Because he taught me about sublimation, how
a solid, like ice, can change straight to a gas
without becoming liquid first. Because even
after all this time together, he can still
make me melt.
“Why I Love Being Married to a Chemist” by Barbara Crooker from Les Fauves. © C & R Press, 2017. Reprinted with permission.  (buy now)
It’s the birthday of Polish physicist and chemist Marie Curie (1867). Curie discovered radium, without which we wouldn’t have X-rays or certain cancer therapies. Curie was born in Warsaw, which is now Poland, but used to be part of the Russian Empire.

For pleasure, I am reading the romance fiction by author Sarah Jio titled, "Always." The main character, Kailey Crane, is engaged and having dinner with her fiance at an upscale French restaurant in Seattle, Washington. During the evening, she steps outside and notices her former lover who is now homeless and apparently has amnesia. She feels it necessary to try and assist him in his circumstance. The book alternates between their late '90s relationship and the present, which is around 2008 in time.

In conclusion, whatever your season may be bringing, know Kevod yeheveh, the presence of G-d is with you always to sustain and support you. Thanks for dropping by and sharing time together!

Mellow Rock

David Russell

Author: Waiting For Messiah

Thursday, November 9, 2017

If I Had Known (acoustic Song, Greg Brown)

Hello Grafted In Readers,

Today is November 9 in my corner of blog land!
It was twenty-one years ago this evening that I became engaged to my wife Sherry, and we are still married happily today! Although this year we both have a common cold! Like then, minor snowfall is predicted in the weather.

The health letter, Housecall, Mayo Clinic, makes the following observations about the common cold:
The cold lasts about one week to ten days; it is a harmless viral infection affecting the upper respiratory tract, i.e. nose and throat.

Children under age six are at greatest risk for a cold, and adults may have up to three colds per year.

A cold virus enters the body through the mouth, eyes or nose. Furthermore, air droplets can carry the virus when someone coughs, talks, or sneezes that already has a cold. I did not note remedies.

Talk Big
Invite someone to confabulate with you. You're asking them for a chat or informal conversation.

Fossick: This is an Australian word according to It means to hunt, seek or ferret out.

Until next visit, Kevod Yeheveh, His presence be with you.

David Russell
Mellow Rock

Waiting For Messiah

Thursday, November 2, 2017

Moan Pussycat (acoustic song, Katie Webster)

Hello Grafted In and On The Journey Readers,
Today is November 2nd in my corner of blog land. Major League Baseball is behind us. The final game of the 2017 season occurred last evening. Now, it truly feels like Autumn!

The Mayo Clinic newsletter, Housecall, has an informative article about opioid use in its current issue. Some new things were learned as I read it and realized I didn't know all about this pharmaceutical either. First, I'm only sharing the highlights here, no med advice given!!

- Opioids are also called narcotics, although I have not heard that term of late on the news.
-- Opioids come from the poppy plant.
-- Opioids are either given by prescription from a doctor with a special license.
-- Opioids are classified as legal and illegal by drug enforcement agencies. Examples heroin, is an illegal drug substance. Legal opioids are prescribed.
-- Before a doctor prescribes an opioid, they may administer a detailed History and Physical exam, and get a thorough medical family history.
-- Laboratory tests will be required while on opioid treatment. These monitor for side effects and check for possible misuse.
-- Opioid treatment is meant to be short-term and treatment for pain relief.
-- Opioid treatment is given to relieve cancer-related pain and pain after major surgery or certain bone fractures.

For more info about opioids, consult your healthcare provider....


I keep mentioning my anthology, "Waiting For Messiah". Sometimes, new folks may read this blog, and I'm glad you do so! The anthology features eleven short stories about select Bible figures who met Yeshua/Jesus Christ when here on earth, and imagine the impact had. This is in EBook form, priced at $3.98.

You can acquire it from most major online vendors or go to

Waiting for Messiah by David Russell

Thank you for your visit, and any hello or comment on this topic you might leave.

Kevod Yeheveh, His presence is with you always.

Mellow Rock
David Russell