Welcome to RaMbLeS, a collection of weekly musings on life and Scripture. It all began in 2005 on Google’s blogspot as the aBeLOG (a name now recycled), a semi-autobiographical devotional that attempted to keep well-wishers abreast of my activities as I relocated to Scotland for a few years. Since my return, I’ve continued my RaMbLeS, and here’s its most recent incarnation on HOMILETIX.


October 13th, 2018| Topic: RaMbLeS | 0


Recently a Grand Rapids, MI, man, David Mazurek, saw on the news that meteorite hunters were finding shards and selling them for thousands of dollars after a meteor shower this January in the Detroit area.

That made the guy curious about a nondescript rock that he’d been using as a door stop in his farm.

Said Mr. Mazurek:

Wait a minute. I wonder what this rock is. Maybe it’s worth something.”

It was.

That 22.5-pound rock was recently identified by Department of Earth…   Read more →


October 6th, 2018| Topic: RaMbLeS | 0


Scientists from Oxford, Hellenic Pasteur Institute, and the Glasgow Center for Virus Research published “Human Endogenous Retrovirus-K HML-2 Integration Within RASGRF2 Is Associated with Intravenous Drug Abuse” in a recent issue of the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

The long and short of it is that a virus may be responsible for the warping of our pleasures, especially addictions.

The human RASGRF2 gene, that one researcher called the “pleasure gene”…   Read more →


September 29th, 2018| Topic: RaMbLeS | 0


The other day a Morgan County, Tennessee, correctional facility inmate escaped quite easily. But getting back in was another problem. He was caught doing so. Yes, caught attempting to sneak back in.

Robert Fusco, 37, was serving a 68-year sentence for especially aggravated kidnapping, when he decided to break out and then … break back in, two days later, accompanied by loads of contraband: drugs, cell phones, tobacco, and the like.

Apparently he was trying to sneak in…   Read more →


September 22nd, 2018| Topic: RaMbLeS | 0


The Window of the World is a theme park in Shenzen, in the People’s Republic of China. A few years ago, they opened a new attraction—a death simulator. For about $35, you can get a “death experience.”

The experience begins with a journey through a “morgue,” after which guests are placed in a coffin that transports into them into a faux incinerator. Once inside, these coffin-ated folks are blasted with hot air at 104°F. Recorded screams and shrieks echo through…   Read more →


September 15th, 2018| Topic: RaMbLeS | 0


Phan•tom adjective = fictitious, nonexistent, illusive (from Latin phantasma, from Greek phantazein = to make visible)

Phantom odor = the smell of something that isn’t actually there, usually unpleasant (“foul,” “rotten,” “chemical”)

That, apparently, is a condition afflicting about one in fifteen, report researchers from the National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders (NIDCD) in the Journal of the American Medical Association:…   Read more →


September 8th, 2018| Topic: RaMbLeS | 0


The other day, biological and experimental psychologists from Queen Mary University, London, performed an interesting study at the Buttercups Sanctuary for Goats in Kent: “Goats Prefer Positive Human Emotional Facial Expressions,” published in Royal Society Open Science.

Goats like happy humans!

(You’ve goat to be kidding me!)

Twenty goats (already domesticated and fully habituated to human presence) were shown greyscale human pictures of the faces of the same individuals—unknown…   Read more →


September 1st, 2018| Topic: RaMbLeS | 0


You think your kids are lazy? Well, they may be on to something.

So say researchers from the University of Kansas, authors of “Metabolic Rates, Climate and Macroevolution: A Case Study Using Neogene Molluscs,” published in Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences.

Of course, they were looking at fossilized and existing bivalves and gastropods in the Atlantic Ocean, but still ….

Laziness, apparently, is a fruitful strategy for the survival of individuals,…   Read more →

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