Monday, September 25, 2017

The Book (popular song, Sheryl Crow)

Hello Grafted In Readers,

Today is a warm, humid, almost hazy day here in my part of blog land, Monday Sept. 25. I heard from one of you who also told me conditions are going to be the same for you until Wednesday. Ahhh, misery loves company, but I do enjoy our company when shared and don't find it miserable.. Meantime, our friends in Australia are probably starting to enjoy Springtime and glad that the snow and ice and frigid temps of winter are starting to lessen.

- Waiting For Messiah is finding its way into people's E-Readers or mobile devices. Sales are steady, which is a good thing. I just hope the results will be closer relationships with G-d and appreciation for the fact His love is constant and consistent down through the ages. We need to know things that are constant and consistent in this era when it seems like just about anything is being questioned in the western world, or here in America.

I note today in USA History is also National Comic Book day. I did a little song lyric search about the word "book" in song titles and made a couple interesting discoveries.
One of my favorite female singers, Sheryl Crow, has a song titled, "The Book" which is a rather direct stated displeasure at an ex for writing a book that includes shared personals by the person in the song. Whether fictional or not is questionable? The Kinks, a British Rock group from the 1960s through maybe the 1980s have a song titled Picture Book, about a family photo album; and of course, two classic singers, Barbara Streisand and Ella FitzGerald, respectively have songs about books.

For reading, I just began a triad of novellas by the late Rex Stout appropriately titled, Three For The Chair.

Health Advice from Housecall
Our weekly advice comes from Katherine Zeratsky, RD, LD, with Mayo Clinic who advises extreme caution with liquid calories.
She says water is our best beverage when counting calories. Keep the higher calorie beverages such as energy drinks in check. They have as much added sugars as most sodas.
- If we get hungry between meals, have a glass of water and snack on fresh and or whole fruit and vegetables. No ruffles I guess.

I appreciate you reading my posts as often as you may, and wish you would leave a comment sporadically. I am sorry that the link to Waiting For Messiah on does not automatically insert. You have to enter the URL. It is posted here for your convenience.

G-d bless you and keep you, and may His face ever shine on you. May He be gracious to you and grant you shalom!

Mellow Rock
David Russell

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