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.


August 11th, 2018| Topic: RaMbLeS | 0


Stomach bugs affect a lot of people every year. From cruise ships to the Olympic Village, outbreaks can cause some pretty serious and difficult-to-treat stomach illnesses. Noroviruses create about 685 million cases of gastroenteritis annually—the commonest cause of acute gastroenteritis worldwide—costing $60 billion in healthcare costs and lost productivity. Rotaviruses affect 111 million people worldwide each year.

Researchers based in Laboratory of Host-Pathogen Dynamics…   Read more →


August 4th, 2018| Topic: RaMbLeS | 0


Last year, new neighbors moved in next door to Hillary Harris, in Eau Claire, Wisconsin. Complete strangers.

Ms. Harris was adopted by a loving couple when she was just a month old. She always wondered about her biological family.

I always wanted to find them. It was always in the back of my mind and I knew that eventually I would search when I was ready.”

She was ready a few years ago, when she and Lance, her husband, were expecting their first child. Hillary decided to…   Read more →


July 28th, 2018| Topic: RaMbLeS | 0


A couple of months ago, there was a strange gathering in Rome.

Two hundred wannabe exorcists. They were there for a week-long course in casting out demons.

Apparently, there is a high demand for the service among Roman Catholics. We don’t have figures but Professor Giuseppe Ferrari, who regularly teaches “Course on Exorcism and Prayer of Liberation” at the Pontifical Regina Apostolorum University in Rome, said:

The number of exorcisms has definitely increased over the…   Read more →


July 21st, 2018| Topic: RaMbLeS | 0


A recent report described a nondescript free port zone in Geneva, blocks of warehouses protected by a barbed-wire fence, and surrounded by railroad tracks.

Apparently in these drab locations are more than a million of the most exquisite art works ever created: ancient Roman artefacts; old masters; at least a thousand works by Picasso.

Observed The New York Times:

As the price of art has skyrocketed, perhaps nothing illustrates the art-as-bullion approach to contemporary collecting…   Read more →


July 14th, 2018| Topic: RaMbLeS | 0


Psyc 157, “Psychology and the Good Life,” was open for registration for Spring 2018 at Yale. A few days later, 300 students had signed up. Three days later it was 600. Three more days after that, 1,200. One-fourth of Yale’s undergrad student population had enrolled in Psyc 157!

Dr. Laurie Santos is attempting “to teach students how to lead a happier, more satisfying life in twice-weekly lectures,” reported The New York Times.

Said Santos:

Students want to change,…   Read more →


July 7th, 2018| Topic: RaMbLeS | 0


Chinese traffic police in Dazhou, in the northeast corner of Sichuan (Szechwan) Province in southwest China, have come up with a novel punishment for minor moving violations: confession.

The scheme was launched a few months ago in one particular district and, if successful, will be implemented in other districts of Dazhou.

Those who want to avoid a fine are given the opportunity to make their mea culpas on social media. But that’s not all: their posts have to…   Read more →


June 30th, 2018| Topic: RaMbLeS | 2


A recent study supported by the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute and the National Institutes of Health showed that the eyes, indeed, are “windows to the soul.”

Well, at least windows to how well your brain might be functioning.

So claimed the authors of “Retinal Signs and 20-Year Cognitive Decline in the Atherosclerosis Risk in Communities Study,” published in Neurology.

The study was done with 12,313 men and women in their late 50s who were tested for memory,…   Read more →

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