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.


July 13th, 2019| Topic: RaMbLeS | 0


Allstate Insurance Company does an annual survey of America’s 200 largest cities and the average rating of their drivers from best (#1) to worst (#200).

#200? Baltimore, MD. Eight of the ten bottom-ranked cities are on the East Coast.

Ye olde city of Dallas, TX? #178. Worse than New York, NY, at #107!

But I’m proud to say that four of the top ten cities are in ye olde state of Texas; Brownsville (#1), Laredo (#6), Midland (#7), and McAllen (#9).

So, if you’re planning…   Read more →


July 6th, 2019| Topic: RaMbLeS | 0


You want to be a billionaire?

NASA has identified a nearby asteroid, Psyche-16, that is apparently worth $700 quintillion (= $700,000,000,000,000,000,000). This means that every man, woman, and child of the 7.7 billion (= 7,700,000,000) that currently live on this planet could, conceivably, get $90.1 billion (= $90,909,090,909.09) each.

What with a number of world powers who would like to get their hands on this jackpot, it will be another Gold Rush. Even tiny Luxembourg…   Read more →


June 29th, 2019| Topic: RaMbLeS | 0


A strange thing happened in a clinic in Taiwan a few months ago.

A 28-year-old patient, Ms. He, had been uprooting weeds around her relatives’ graves, as part of the annual Qingming Tomb-Sweeping Festival (which has been observed by the Chinese for over 2,500 years), when folks clean up loved one’s tombs and make ritual offerings of traditional foods and burn joss sticks. That was in early April this year.

Engaged in her act of devotion to her ancestors, Ms. He felt…   Read more →


June 22nd, 2019| Topic: RaMbLeS | 0


Last month I had the blessed opportunity to visit ye olde country of Japan for three weeks!

To eat sushi, drink sake, visit students, and see sumo.

“What?” you ask. “See sumo?”

Yes, sumo, 相撲 (sumou, which literally means “to strike another”).

If you come to this country, you see baseball to experience a slice of America. If you go to Japan, it’s sumo (though the baseball craze is also quite prevalent in that land).

When I realized I’d be in Tokyo during…   Read more →


June 15th, 2019| Topic: RaMbLeS | 0


The MIT Technology Review recently published an article based on a study by Jonathan Touboul, associate professor of mathematics at Brandeis University: “The Hipster Effect: When Anti-Conformists All Look the Same.”

Observed one blogger ten years ago:

Hipsters avoid labels and being labeled. However, they all dress the same and act the same and conform in their non-conformity. Doesn’t the fact that there is a hipster look go against all hipster beliefs?”

But now what…   Read more →


June 8th, 2019| Topic: RaMbLeS | 2


Jackee and Ben Belnap of Holladay, Utah, had worked hard to save $1,060. To repay Ben’s parents for the cost of season tickets to the University of Utah’s football games. The cash was carefully tucked into an envelope.

But over the weekend, this precious envelop disappeared. The Belnaps searched high and low, but to no avail.

Until they happened to empty their shredder’s waste bag. And guess what? There was the cash, all sliced and diced and atomized.

…   Read more →


June 1st, 2019| Topic: RaMbLeS | 0


Well, the results are in. Or so say researchers from Boston University School of Medicine (disclosure: your humble blogger’s alma mater for residency) and others from California, Texas, Denmark, and Australia in “Association of Accelerometer-Measured Light-Intensity Physical Activity with Brain Volume,” published recently in JAMA Network Open.

Here is the question they asked:

Is light-intensity physical activity associated with brain volume?”

The researchers studied…   Read more →

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