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

Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Exercise Blues (acoustic, Pat Donnohue)

Grafted In Reader,

Today is Wednesday, November 23, 2016 in my corner of blog-land.

In the USA, Thanksgiving is celebrated tomorrow, Thursday. On the comedy show, Saturday Night Live, it was referred to as the "most magical Thursday of the year," a take-off from the lyric referring to Christmas as the "most wonderful time of the year." I will be playing for the dinner crowd at a local restaurant called the River Crab for my second year in a row. Depending on available seating, my wife and I will dine once my gig is over at 5:00 p.m.

-In the writing sphere, I just finished a 6-week online fiction writing seminar through the University of Iowa writing program. I am now embarking on an eBook that imagines life as a first century citizen of Israel awaiting the arrival of the Messiah. Much will be left to imagination, but there are some online articles from history, Scripture journalism and archaeology to fuel my imagination. I may have some other authors join me on this adventure. It's working title will be, Waiting for Messiah.

-In terms of reading, I am enjoying a novel by Kathryn Craft titled, The Far Side of Happy. It is a sad but true story about a marriage ending in divorce and suicide, and how the spouse has to make decisions that affect not only her but her two surviving sons.

-I did read "The Trouble with Christmas" just before this novel, so feel like I have gotten my holiday reading fix for 2016. Once the Michael Buble Special airs, well, that'll be it aside from Handel's Messiah! I did hear a webcast of this work last year performed in excellent fashion by the Cleveland Symphony Orchestra and Chorus.

Until we visit again, I wish you Kevod Yeheveh, the Presence of G-d to be with you always. Your hello or comment is always appreciated!

Mellow Roc (David)

Monday, November 7, 2016

Old Fashioned Love (Acoustic, Western Flyers)

Hello Grafted in Readers,

Today is Monday, November 7, 2016 in my corner of blog land. Today is the final day that TV ads and radio ads will run by candidates promising just about anything as general elections occur in the US on Tuesday November 8, 2016. I for one will be glad to have the bravado come to a conclusion!

This post though is going to talk about a health remedy for stuffy nose, and a word I learned recently that is relevant to good tasting wine.

Stuffy Runny Nose
A recent edition of the Mayo Clinic Newsletter, Housecall, reports in its Expert Answer section on a home device called a neti pot. It is described to have a long spout on one end, and is a shallow container. The experts claim it is used for irrigating or rinsing the nasal cavity. One must use water labeled distilled or sterile for best use in the neti pot.

For those of us who had moms or grandmothers that were "budget-conscious" there is always the pot that you may boil eggs in, boil soup, or vegetables, but simply fill with water, bring to boil on medium-low, and if tall enough and old enough, stand over the stove and slowly breathe in the steam (mouth closed) and then breathe out with mouth opened. Repeat this several times as you stand over the simmering pot. Have your face at least some inches or centimeters above the boiling water so as not to burn your face, nose, or nasal cavity. Also adjust the stove temperature to lower heat. Maybe simmer. We used to do this as children about age seven through teen-age years for five minutes at a time. Then we would rub some Vicks Vapal rub on our chest cavity, just a little on the lips, lie down, cover up, watch television or go to bed if nighttime.
Note: It may not be a good idea to do this with younger children, infants or babies..

What is your experience with treating nasal congestion? Leave comment.

Wine Making Word
Amaze and or amuse your friends by using the word "terroir." Sounds like tare-wa.
Definition from the Oxford English Dictionary:
"The complete natural environment in which a particular wine is produced, including factors such as the soil, topography and climate."

I recently had a short article to write for a client about the process of making wine, and industry experts seem to think too a large extent, the vineyard has much to do with the product as opposed to the winery where it may be processed. Nonetheless, this is a fascinating wine cooler topic!

Until next visit, Kevod Yeheveh, His presence be active in our lives!
Mellow Rock