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!


November 9th, 2019| Topic: RaMbLeS | 2


RAND Europe, a not-for-profit research organization, published some interesting findings the other day. By means of literature review and statistical modeling, they concluded:

If every employee walked or jogged for an extra 15 minutes each day, the world could see an economic boost of $100 billion, in close to twenty years.”

We already know that regular physical activity has a host of health benefits: decreased risk for high blood pressure and heart disease; mental health…   Read more →


November 2nd, 2019| Topic: RaMbLeS | 0


From the title of this post, you would suspect it’s all going to be something about dying. You would be right. And so, you might not read the rest of it, say researchers.

Declared researchers, from Bar Ilan University (Israel) and Lyon Neuroscience Research Center (France), in “Prediction-based Neural Mechanisms for Shielding the Self from Existential Threat,” published recently in NeuroImage.

…   Read more →


October 26th, 2019| Topic: RaMbLeS | 0


All kinds of things are automated in society, so why not judges and juries, asked a journalist recently in Raconteur.

Technology doesn’t hold grudges nor does it lack the information to make a decision. It can help dissect the facts in a more efficient, objective and informed fashion, and save time when determining a judgment or even sentence if the judge’s role was to be augmented. In fact, a legal robot could be crammed with a far broader range of facts and figures…   Read more →


October 19th, 2019| Topic: RaMbLeS | 2


Last week, RaMbLeS was on aging.

This week, I’m going to let you in on the secret of preventing said process.

Nope, not with Botox, liposuction, fillers, or any such thing.

Here’s the real scoop. It is … [wait for it] … a quieter brain without too much activity in its nerves.

So saith a scientifically dense paper in Nature titled “Regulation of Lifespan by Neural Excitation and REST,” by a bunch of assorted biologists, mostly from Harvard Medical School.

We all…   Read more →


October 12th, 2019| Topic: RaMbLeS | 0


A few weeks ago, a woman got tired of aging. Like many of us.

Time flies. Things change. People age. And the clock ticks on, inexorably, irreversibly, incessantly. We might be unconscious of the fact, unmindful and unaware, but life is running out for each of us.

The old brain with its weary synapses isn’t pushing those neurotransmitters fast enough. Cholesterol rises. Waistlines expand. Joints creak. Eyes squint. Etc.

We are getting old. And so thought that lady in Sugarland,…   Read more →


October 5th, 2019| Topic: RaMbLeS | 2


Sagittarius A* (aka Sgr A*; pronounced “Sagittarius-A-Star”) has been the focal point for astronomers for many decades. That entity is a huge black hole (“supermassive black hole”) somewhere in the center of our own galaxy, close the Sagittarius constellation, 26,000 light years away.

[Black holes are areas that have such a strong gravitational force that nothing escapes from them, not particle, not even light.]

Of late, Sgr A* has been consuming far more than usual…   Read more →


September 28th, 2019| Topic: RaMbLeS | 2


You’ve heard of skinny jeans and baggy jeans. But there’s a new kid in town now.

Asymmetric jeans!

Gives you the best of both worlds, because one leg is wide and the other is skinny!

Apparently, these unconventional deals have been creeping their way into fashion in the last several months.

Maybe you couldn’t decide if you wanted your lower extremities to be wrapped in something skin-hugging or if you wanted an elephantine look? Or maybe one of your legs tends to get…   Read more →

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