Monday, September 18, 2017

Waiting For Messiah, Vegetarian Dish, Book Recommend

Hello Grafted In Readers,

Today is Monday Sept. 18 in my corner of blog land. Unlike last week, tensions in our country seem to be again focused on one's inhumanity toward another, whereas last week, it was on "mother nature's inhumanity" as a second hurricane named Erma, traveled across the state of Florida leaving about six million without power and doing a LOT of damage.

This week too is the Jewish New year known as Rosh Hashanah, which arrives at sunset on Sept. 20. It is proceeded by a ten-day period of prayer and personal introspection leading to Yom Kippur, the Day Of Atonement, followed just days later by a one-week festival known as The Feast Of Tabernacles or Feast of Booths. This festival recalls the protection provided by G-d to His people past and present.

In light of this season, my anthology, Waiting For Messiah, is now available for purchase from major book vendors and also on

The link for your interest for this 13-story anthology is:

Six authors imagine what it was possibly like for first-century people to encounter Yeshua during his time on earth and reflect on their meeting him. Stories are personable, warm, and the reader will find a sense of connection with these persons!

As the author, I welcome your comments when you choose to read this anthology, Waiting For Messiah.

Health Recipe From Housecall
Recently, the Mayo Clinic health newsletter, Housecall, offered a recipe for a side dish called Cauliflower Mashed Potatoes. It does sound yummy! This serves four.

- 1 head cauliflower
- 1 clove garlic and 1 leek (white only);
- 1 tablespoon soft-tub margarine, nonhydrogenated
- Pepper to taste

- Break cauliflower (leeks) into small pieces.
- In a large sauce-pan, steam cauliflower, leeks and garlic until tender; 20-30 minutes.
- Use either a blender or food processor to puree the vegetables until the texture is much like mashed potatoes.
- Pepper to taste, then serve and enjoy!

Final Note For Book Lovers
I just finished reading a biography of the Russian composer Demetri ? Schostikovitz (probably misspelled) titled The Noise Of Time, by Julian Barnes. Somewhat maudlin, philosophical, reflective and serious are adjectives befitting this title of under 200 pages. I found it enjoyable and informative, and find some of the author observations worth pondering. It would be a good book to check out of one's community library.

Until next visit, Kevod Yeheveh, the presence of G-d be with you throughout your waking and sleeping hours!

Mellow Rock
David Russell

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Waiting For Messiah: Other News

Hello Grafted In Readers!

Yep, the exclamation point means this is going to be a special post. I'll start with the good news!
The anthology, "Waiting For Messiah" is about to be released on in E-book format.
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Discover the Messiah in a different way with this collection of stories about Christ from a Messianic Jew point of view.
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Six authors including me, created 12 stories and one free-verse poem set at the beginning of the Common Era, and imagine what it was like for some Bible persons to have encountered Messiah Yeshua, Christ Jesus. These are warm, humane accounts. In some way, they challenge us today to ask for what type of Messiah are we waiting for in our lives?

I wanted this anthology to come out around the time of the Jewish New Year, Rosh Hashanah. The date for that is sunset, Sept. 20. It also would be fitting for those Christ believers who observe Advent. I am donating about 25% from each book sale to the faith charity, Bridges for Peace International, which has numerous charitable causes ongoing in the Holy Land.

I noted a couple facts about Rosh Hashanah from the website, My Jewish Learning.

- Foods eaten to symbolize wishes for prosperity are varied and include apples dipped in honey; beets, dates, leeks, pumpkins, pomegranates and string beans.
- It is traditional to fast on the day after Rosh Hashanah.
-Rosh Hashanah became the Jewish new year between the time of the Torah and the codification of the Mishnah.

If you observe Rosh Hashanah and the period known as the Days of Awe, Yom Kippur and the Feast of Tabernacles, may these forthcoming days be truly special and full of meaning as you renew your relationship with Adonai and those loved ones in your life.

One final note, and this is from the Mayo Clinic health newsletter, Housecall.

The subject is Parkinsonism, which is different than Parkinson disease. Parkinsonism is believed to occur because of loss of dopamine-containing nerve cells (neurons). People with Parkinsonism may have slow movement, impaired speech or tremors, or some combination thereof. Keeping active, and keeping one's environment safe are two immediate things one can do to minimize hazards. Also, confer with your healthcare provider for further planning.

Thank you for dropping by and do leave a comment related to our post if you care to do so! Until next time, God bless and keep you in your season of life.

Mellow Rock
David Russell

Friday, August 25, 2017

Help For Stomach Aches or Heartburn?

Hello Grafted In Readers,

Today is August 25 in my corner of blog land. I am soooo glad to tell you our humid weather has broken like a fever! Weekend temps will be in the mid 20s C during the day, around 10 degrees C overnight. Love it!

Today, we'll talk about our stomachs, bellies, guts. The Mayo Clinic newsletter, HouseCall and Science Magazine newsletter are our resources for this post.
HouseCall talks about something called "Nervous Stomach." It usually is a term used when tests fail to show the presence of an ulcer or gallstone for example. You might have to suggest or ask about more testing.
Anyhow the symptoms of "nervous stomach" are said to be: anxiety, bloating, changes in bowel habits, e.g. times you poop, and frequent indigestion.

I was listening to the daily radio news program, All Things Considered, on Thursday, and they referenced this piece from "Science" online about a study concerning stomach bacteria and diet. I am posting the article below:
Early human gut bacteria may have cycled with the season
By Michael PriceAug. 24, 2017 , 2:00 PM
You may be what you eat, but trillions of other lives depend on your diet: the microbes that live in your digestive tract. Scientists have long known that the foods we eat influence our intestinal microbiomes, but a new study finds that the gut residents of one of the world’s few remaining hunter-gatherer groups change seasonally, with different bacterial profiles in the dry and wet seasons. The findings—the first to show such a cyclical change in humans—may help researchers understand what our ancestors’ microbiomes were like before most of them switched to agriculture.
Nearly 200 of the 1000 Hadza who live near Lake Eyasi in Tanzania’s Rift Valley practice a traditional hunter-gatherer lifestyle, eschewing agriculture in favor of hunting and foraging. In 2014, anthropologist Stephanie Schnorr and colleagues at the University of Oklahoma in Norman found that many of them harbored considerably more species of gut bacteria than people living in modern Western nations (a finding that dovetails with evidence that the Hadza don’t suffer from colon cancer, colitis, or Crohn’s disease). The Hadza’s gut bacteria also appeared to specialize in breaking down their fiber-rich diet.
Unlike most people in industrialized nations, the Hadza eat seasonally: During the wet season, they forage for berries and eat honey, and during the dry season they hunt and eat game like warthogs, antelopes, and giraffes. They eat starchy tubers and baobob fruits year-round.

Interesting stuff indeed. Increase the intake of vegetables, grains and oatmeal, (little brown sugar on mine without milk please).

Until next visit, feel free to say hello and leave a comment related to the post.

Kevod Yeheveh, his presence is with us.

Mellow Rock
David Russell