Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Smile (Acoustic, Madline Peyroux)

Hello Grafted In Readers,

Today is Wednesday, July 26 in my corner of blog land. It's moderately warm with the humidity about 90% F or 30 C. Hey I'm catching on as a result of listening to Canadian radio. I guess that's an advantage of living near the border of our two great countries.

I am going to focus somewhat on health this post. Did I hear a cheer?

Having re-subscribed to the Mayo Clinic newsletter, Housecall, I am going to make us aware of some of the things they think we should know about. Not a bad idea to be honest. Then, I have some news about books, reading and writing.

Did you ever hear of a exercise routine called "Pilates." It sounds like Pi-la-tees.
Evidently, it is supposed to be part of one's overall exercise routine. You can sign up for beginner classes at a local gym or YMCA or perhaps Wellness Center. You need to check with places in your area to see if these are offered. One can even do light routines on the floor using an inexpensive mat. I like that idea!
What does this exercise routine do?
According to Mayo Clinic Housecall, Pilates
- Helps minimize back pain
- Improves flexibility
- Strengthens core muscles
- Improves posture and balance.
Pilates has been around for almost 100 years. It was created by someone named Joseph Pilates.
Sorry, no exercise routines included.


Editing has begun on my anthology titled, Waiting For Messiah!
The anthology, Waiting for Messiah, Editor David C. Russell
will be published in e-book form in late September on Smashwords.
Hint. If you are a member of you might be able to secure a copy through there to review once the book is ready. Stay tuned.
I am very pleased to be working with an astute editor by the name of Connie Flanagan.
She has experience in the book world, with other writers, and in editing.

In terms of reading, I am making my way through a novel from the mid 20th century by the late Christina Stead titled The Little Hotel. I heard of her and this novel when reading
Where Are You Reading From by Tim Parks. It is not a spell-binding read but entertaining and relaxing.

I welcome comments from any of you as long as they are related to posts, or to you, and not nonsense.

Until our next visit, Kevod Yeheveh, His presence is with us in our coming and going.
The month of Elul will soon be here, which is God calling us to begin prepping for the high holidays. We'll talk about that here in brief.
Shalom and Happiness,
Mellow Rock,
David Russell

Friday, July 14, 2017

Troubles, Trials, Tribulations (acoustic, Valerie June)

Hello Grafted In Readers,

Today is July 14, 2017 in my corner of blog land. I am amazed as we live in an age supposedly marked by inclusion, tolerance, political correctness, "understanding" that an international story like this would crop up in the news from a body believed to be the earthly expression of what Jesus Christ intended after his ascent into heaven. The main line church has an Italian or Greco-Roman Jesus as its head and Savior. This story reprinted from the Toronto Globe and Mail supports my claim in the Vatican ruling that no gluten-free bread can be used in its observance of Holy Communion. Here's the result of that grand mandate. I invite and urge you to read on those who kiss the Roman Catholic cheek:
Thursday July 13, 2017 Toronto Globe and Mail

When Andrea Adam’s Catholic priest told her she was coming between her daughter and God, she knew it wasn’t because of her lack of faith.
It was because of gluten.
The Ontario woman’s daughter has celiac disease, which makes her extremely sensitive to gluten, a protein commonly found in wheat, rye, and other products that make bread.
The condition means consuming hosts – the bread and wafers used to symbolize the body of Christ – at communion in Catholic churches has been a major problem for Adam’s daughter, who can become violently ill with even the smallest amount of gluten.
The Vatican, however, refuses to allow gluten-free hosts at communion and reaffirmed its stance in an announcement distributed last month. The notification said hosts used at communion had to contain at least a small amount of gluten to be valid.
For Adam, the Vatican’s position is deeply troubling and has affected how often she goes to church.
“When the church is struggling, I don’t understand why they’re chasing more people away,” she said.
The family’s first brush with the church’s ban on gluten-free hosts came seven years ago when Adam tried to take her daughter, who was seven years old at the time, for her first communion at her Catholic church in Dublin, Ont.
At the time, the priest at her church wouldn’t allow the use of a gluten-free host, even though a trace of gluten could make her daughter vomit over a dozen times.
When she tried to call another priest in the area to see if he would make an exception, he had already been warned about her case.
“He said it was ridiculous that I would do this to my daughter, and that I needed to just back off and let her do this,” said Adam.
In the end, Adam took her daughter to Ottawa, where she was able to receive communion with a gluten-free host.
Sue Newell, a spokeswoman for the Canadian Celiac Association, said the Vatican’s ban on gluten-free hosts has long been a contentious issue for her organization’s members.
“It is probably the most difficult problem for people who are active Catholics when they get this diagnosis,” said Newell. “We have priests and nuns who really struggle with what to do.”
For some with celiac disease, consuming gluten can cause a minor digestive upset, but for others, it can leave them ill for weeks, Newell said.
The Vatican has said extremely low-gluten hosts are valid at communion. Newell said those hosts have about 100 parts of gluten per million. Foods are generally defined as gluten-free when they have 20 parts per million or lower.
“Most people with celiac can tolerate them, but not everyone’s willing to do that,” said Newell. “Some people say ‘absolutely no gluten is going to cross my mouth.“’ According to Newell, some members of the celiac community have left the Catholic church because of its refusal to use gluten-free hosts.
But Terry Fournier, director of the national liturgy office for the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops said claims of people abandoning the Catholic church over the issue is a “gross exaggeration.”
“I think some of that is that people don’t inquire into what the alternatives are, because there’s usually a pastoral solution to everything,” said Fournier.
People who can’t ingest even the smallest amount of gluten can choose to receive communion solely in the form of wine, which symbolizes the blood of Christ, Fournier said.
He added that the need for gluten in the host is significant because of historic references to bread in the Bible.
But in Adam’s case, having her daughter receive communion in the form of wine wasn’t an option.
Not only was she averse to a child drinking wine, but the chances of cross-contamination from others who had eaten the host and then drank from the cup were high. Adam said she could even see crumbs in the wine.
Adam said the issue has been devastating for her and her daughter, who already had to be excluded from things like Halloween and in-class baking activities because of her condition.
“(The church) was kind of our safe place, so to have so many struggles and then have this on top of it,” she said. “It really brought to light that it’s not just a dietary disease, it affects every aspect of life.”
These days, Adam said she still calls herself a Catholic, but said she rarely attends church now.
“We definitely miss that, you know, leaving the house, the church bells ringing and seeing everybody going to church, it was a great time ... so it’s just tainted, it’s not something I enjoy anymore.”
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My Comment
When you strip Yeshua of his Jewishness you end up with incidence like this and more to come. History is full of past incidence like the crusades and Spanish Inquisition. Even the doctrine of the Trinity has a dark history.
The truth will shake you and then set you free.
Mellow Rock

David Russell

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Pathway Of Teardrops (Acoustic, Rhonda Vincent)

Hello Grafted In Readers,

Today is July 11, 2017 in my corner of blog land. On the Jewish calendar, it is said to be the 17th of Tammuz.
In our appreciation for our faith heritage, I begin this post with a short snippet about this date in Jewish history from "My Jewish Learning."
The 17th of the month of Tammuz is observed as a minor fast day, with eating and drinking forbidden from dawn until sundown. Like Tisha B’Av, which comes just three weeks later, the 17th of Tammuz (often called by its Hebrew name, Shiva Asar b’Tammuz) is said to commemorate not to just one calamitous event in Jewish history, but several tragedies of the Jewish people.

A week ago, Americans were hopefully giving thanks for our independence as a people, and today our prayers turn toward an apparent accident that occurred overnight when a couple separate incidents occurred involving air-planes, one apparently a marine plane tragically went down killing sixteen crew and another was spared a fatal accident. July 11, or 17th Tammuz has events that call for pause and that call for some happy thanks.

I continue to make headway on seeing the anthology, Waiting For Messiah, head toward publication on Smashwords. It is due to occur in September, and stories are currently being edited by my astute capable editor! For reading, I have stepped into nonfiction and am reading Tim Parks, Where Am I Reading From. It is a reflective book of essays for both reader and writer alike. Thanks to him, I will be acquainting myself with some new names for me: Christina Stead, Barbara Pym, and maybe D.H. Lawrence. These are fiction writers from the mid 20ith century and perhaps a good alternative to much of what American TV offers during prime time.

Now, the small details of life are softly calling my attention. I did receive a comment from a reader in the recent past whose remark was somewhat baffling. I will thank them for their unique display of their personage, tell them that it's not the end but maybe the beginning of a long and beautiful dialogue together..

They had commented to my blog post title, Old-fashioned Love. Hmmmmm.

Until next post, do comment as I read them and ponder their possible meaning if hazy.
Shalom and G-d be near you,
Mellow Rock

David Russell