Monday, June 12, 2017

Summer Time, The Livin Is Easy (standard, Gershwin)

Hello Grafted In Readers,

Today is June 12, 2017 in my corner of blog land. Temperatures are most definitely going to be quite warm and into the 30s Celsius or 90s Fahrenheit. A cool spell is to occur by this time tomorrow and Wednesday!

Generally, my mood has been beamish, and I have been keeping busy with a number of things highlighted below:
- The Anthology, Waiting For Messiah is now in editing phase. Our first potential readers may be from Texas, North Carolina and the country of New Zealand. Publication on Smashwords is planned for September 2017 in eBook form!
- I am reading a second book by novelist, David Baldacci. The first was titled, The Camel Club. The second is titled, The Collectors. Both are set in Washington, DC, and deal with the corruption of power among some high-end federal officials. Their sins are quite elaborate!
- My wife and I attended a local play over the weekend, and plan to attend a school assembly later this week to honor our granddaughter who was selected as school citizen of the week. In our area, public schools close for summer vacation on Friday until the first week of September.
- Father's Day in America is on Sunday June 18, 2017. I will be playing piano for a local restaurant brunch; then, plan to relax and have a quiet day with my wife. Our young adult children have plans of their own.

- Finally, in keeping with our study of faith heritage, for those who have a faith practice, I would suggest you inform yourself about the history of what that practice believes. How did it come about? I have found the clergy, "gate-keepers" do a thoroughly pristine job of upholding their duty to honor the loyalty they have sworn to their denomination whilst praying for G-d to reform the church, (better known as liturgical "collywobble." In a broader spanse, this is suggested by the folk at the Biblical Archaeology Society:
Why Study the Prehistory of the Land of Israel? Gaining better insight into the Biblical period
Excavations at prehistoric sites all over Israel have uncovered, among other things, stone tools, butchered animals bones and evidence for the control of fire. Daniel Nadel explains in BAR how studying the prehistory of Israel can give us a better perspective on Israel in the Biblical period. The long cultural history of this region can demonstrate how innovations that developed over millennia set the stage for the emergence of complex cities and mighty kingdoms in the Biblical period.
My comment, Then, you will be in a better position to determine if your clergy-person is giving you the "rest of the story" or the condensed church version.

You, of course can use sites like this or Ancient Hebrew Research Center, or the Holy Language Institute. Nevertheless, be informed! A clergy person after all will likely receive a pension when he or she retire, so they are going to protect their ass so it remains warm in winter, cool in summer, and comfortable in between because, they too, are human and enjoy creature comforts like the rest of us!

Until next time, Kevod Yeheveh, His presence surround you!

Mellow Rock
David Russell

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