Wednesday, January 28, 2015

We Are The World - Happy 30ith!

Hello Grafted In Readers,
This post in some ways is taking advantage of a historic occasion to fit the format of my blog experience, song titles used to match reflection. Today January 28th has a few milestones in my recollection. It is the birth date of my younger brother, a couple NFL Superbowls were played on this date, the song, We Are The World, was released 30 years ago today, it also was the date of the Challenger Space Mission explosion shortly after take-off when all crew entered eternity.

When the song, We Are The World, was released, at the time my residence was in the metro Washington D.C. area. I had moved there in 1983 toward the end of summer to get a new start. My work-life was Friday through Monday evenings at a piano-bar, Mr. Smiths in Georgetown. My nicname over that 9 year stint from October 1983 to June 1993, got to be "the piano man". American Pie, Piano Man and of course We Are The World wewre popular sing-along requests then, along with the command, Play Bruce as in Bruce Springstein.

My living accommodations were the YMCA in Alexandria Virginia, and frequently ate at the International House of Pancakes chain restaurant ahalf hour bus ride away from the YMCA.

I recall in 1989 President George Bush Senior called for a kinder gentler America in his acceptance speech as US President on a cold January day. Perhaps calling people together was a dynamic of the time. We Are The World may mean a lot different things to us today with the flourishing of social media. The command still stands, Love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul, all your mind, and all your strength; love your neighbor as you do yourself.

Where did life find you on the release date of We Are The World?

Kevod Yeheveh, His presence will never leave nor forsake His own.
Mellow Roc

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Someone To Watch Over Me - Standard

Hello Grafted In Readers,
Today is January 20 in my corner of blogland. Winter is still here though snowfall is presently minimal. Temperatures are barely above freezing most days. I wanted to share a Hebrew word with you today that is packed with meaning.Our English word, faith, in part comes from this word. Like the post title, it is incomplete because "someone" is only identified as a vague personage.
A synonym of faith in English is amen. Catholic-influenced teaching tells us it means 'so be it' period.
The Hebrew word, aman, means to be firmly planted in a place such as depicted in the Tanakh, Isaiah 22 verse 23.
It speaks of a nail being fastened to a firm place. Yeshua our Messiah had nails in His hands as he hung from the stake at Calvary. He was God's beloved Son. Still is. The next time you say the word amen, consider what firm rooted person place or thing you are affirming.
This in part is copied from the Ancient Hebrew Research Center web site.
Kevod Yeheveh, His presence keep you firm in and on the journey today.
Mellow Roc

Monday, January 12, 2015

Doctor Doctor Give Me The News, 80s song, Bob Seger

Hello Grafted In Reader,
Today is January 12, 2015 in my corner of blogland and winter is setting in. I also had my annual medical check-up recently, and these advisements offered in an article by Elizabeth M Ward, MS, titled, "Aging Well, Eating Right for Longevity" (webMD) sum up well what the med experts natural and conventional seem to agree on these days.
"The most beneficial diets rely heavily on fresh vegetables, fruits, and legumes -- foods that are naturally lower in calories and packed with nutrients," says Bradley Willcox, MD, MPH, co-author of The Okinawa Diet Plan and professor of geriatrics at the University of Hawaii.
Experts suspect the antioxidant compounds found in produce, legumes, and whole grains are largely responsible for holding back the march of time.
Antioxidants, such as vitamins C and E, and other compounds, including polyphenols and anthocyanins, battle free radicals -- unstable forms of oxygen that damage cell function. Free radicals form from normal metabolism. Your body also produces them in response to strong ultraviolet rays from the sun; air pollution; smoking; and secondhand smoke.
The buildup of free radicals contributes to the aging process and to the development of a number of age-related diseases such as cancer, heart disease, and inflammatory conditions, including osteoarthritis.
-This is but an excerpt from that article. I have also started reading some newsletters by Dr. Joseph Mercola, and hope to integrate some of these dietary recommends into my overall eating plan.

As a writer, I am becoming familiar with w web site called mash They have a quarterly short story writing contest, and some other features relevant to those who have an interest in writing.

I want to thank you for reading, and Mary A for her recent comments! We all like to be appreciated!
Meantime, - Kevod Yeheveh, His presence accompany your coming in and going out on this life journey!
Mellow Roc

Monday, January 5, 2015

Shimcha Kodash by Barry and

Batya SegalHello Grafted In Reader,
How is your 2015 going so far?
If you started off with a bang, and finding now the tendency to pull back or put off, or procrastinate, we are not alone. Each day we need to choose whom we will serve in our living. Do we do it perfectly? No, not always. If our little mischievous selves find we are being drawn back to The Source, Yeshua Messiah, and follow willingly, then we are truly genuinely committed and He is Our King and suffering servant..

I titled this post after a song I heard on Chavah Messianic radio on line sung by Barry and Batya Segal. The first verse is in Hebrew. The second verse is a prayer with some of the Hebrew Names for God included that says basically "beginning holiness". Coming to a identifiable place in life where the mundane, the old, the stale, the ordinary, the business as usual, finds a road crossing it that is new, refreshing, challenging, bigger than self and life, involved, includes others, guided by a loving merciful Messiah, whose teaching methods are gentle and whose burden is light.. If you listen to this song on YouTube or Google Play, think of the lyric as a one-on-one conversation between the singer and Messiah, or between you and the Messiah. Keep on keeping on as they say, your 2015 is not totally wrecked.. Nor is mine. Course corrections needed?
Kevod Yeheveh, His presence guide and accompany us in the today!
Mellow Roc