RaMbLeS

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, as random reflections usually based on current news articles and travel experiences and whatever else takes my fancy!

Art?

January 18th, 2020| Topic: RaMbLeS | 2

Art?

The other day, one of the most talked-about works of art at the 2019 Art Basel was—get this!—a banana duct-taped to the wall!

The fruit and tape in question were created by Maurizio Cattelan (of the $6-million-2017-golden-toilet fame). Called “The Comedian.” It sold for $120,000. Cattelan made another copy. That sold for $120,000, too. A third was made, and was expected to go for $150,000. More about that in a minute.

Emmanuel Perrotin—the founder of Perrotin,…   Read more →

Lottery?

January 11th, 2020| Topic: RaMbLeS | 0

Lottery?

Gloria C. MacKenzie, an 84-year-old Florida widow, won the $590 million Powerball lottery in 2013. The odds of her winning it was 1 in 175 million.

Robert Williams, a professor of health sciences at the University of Lethbridge in Alberta, who studies lotteries, noted:

People just aren’t able to grasp 1 in 175 million. It’s just beyond our experience—we have nothing in our evolutionary history that prepares us or primes us, no intellectual architecture, to try and…   Read more →

Imitation!

January 4th, 2020| Topic: RaMbLeS | 1

Imitation!

Ludwig van Beethoven (1770–1827) wrote some remarkable stuff, among them nine symphonies.

Apparently he had also begun working on the Tenth Symphony alongside his magnificent Ninth, with its epochal “Ode to Joy.” But quickly gave up on the former, leaving only a few notes and drafts, scribbling a few notes in notebook before he died, fragmentary sketches for the first movement of his Tenth.

Well, guess what?

Musicologists and computer programmers are working to complete…   Read more →

Bite!

December 28th, 2019| Topic: RaMbLeS | 0

Bite!

The other day, Susie Torres of Kansas City, MO, thought she had something inside her left ear.

I woke up Tuesday hearing a bunch of swooshing and water in my left ear. It was like when you went swimming and you have all of that water in your ear.”

Well, Susie went to the local ER. She was in for a surprise when a nurse checked her out.

Said Torres:

She ran out and said I’m going to get a couple more people. She then said, ‘I think you have an insect in there.’”

In…   Read more →

Untangler!

December 21st, 2019| Topic: RaMbLeS | 0

Untangler!

If you haven’t yet figured out what your true vocation in this world is, there’s still hope for you. Take a look at this.

The other day, Tesco, the multinational, UK-based groceries and general merchandise retailer, advertised a job opening for—get this!—“a Christmas light untangler.” To start “as soon as possible” for the festive season.

Apparently, Tesco is going to invite customers to bring in their tangled (and un-untangleable) lights. [Yup, we’ve all…   Read more →

Funeral!

December 14th, 2019| Topic: RaMbLeS | 0

Funeral!

If you have ever wondered what your own funeral would be like and wanted to experience it yourself, well, you can. You don’t have to wait till you die. Just head to Seoul, South Korea, to the Hyowon Healing Center.

They have a program including an instructional lecture and video, and then you are led to a dimly lit, chrysanthemum festooned hall. You sit by your own casket and tearfully pen your last testament to someone. Then comes the best part.

You put on a shroud and…   Read more →

Depravity!

December 7th, 2019| Topic: RaMbLeS | 0

Depravity!

Josef Levkovich was a teenage slave laborer in the a Nazi concentration camp.

I was working at the Plaszow concentration camp, dismantling the remnants of a Jewish cemetery. The cemetery’s wrought iron fence—all 150 tons—was needed to make weapons for the Nazi slaughter of millions across Europe.”

Josef was high atop the fence, removing some bricks, when Austrian SS chief Amon Goth rode up on his horse.

Up on the fence, my job was to carefully remove each brick, then…   Read more →

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