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!


September 14th, 2019| Topic: RaMbLeS | 0


They say that karma will eventually catch up to you.

It did, the other day, for William Kelley, 42, who called the Kennewick, WA, Police Department at 6 a.m. on a Sunday morning to report that his red 1992 Chevy pickup truck had been stolen.

As part of the investigation, the police examined security camera footage in the vicinity. They saw a male on a bicycle riding by Kelley’s truck. He discovered the keys in the truck, and so, the enterprising thief that he was, he said,…   Read more →


September 7th, 2019| Topic: RaMbLeS | 0


The Bloomberg Annual Sushinomics Index. Yes, there is such a thing!

It is a cost-of-living gauge measuring not the price of items you’d normally think of, but of … sushi prices!

…   Read more →


August 31st, 2019| Topic: RaMbLeS | 0


Across the planet, over a billion tons of essential, nutritious, life-sustaining food goes to waste each year.

Eaten by pests, abandoned by farmers (who find it cheaper to do so, rather than sell it), trashed by restaurateurs, disposed by supermarkets (because “appearance quality standards” aren’t met), etc.

A third of all the food produced! Wasted between harvest and home, between farm and belly!

And this waste could double in a decade.

Or so saith the UN’s Food and…   Read more →


August 24th, 2019| Topic: RaMbLeS | 0


The other day an amazing thing happened to some Canadians.

And if you were one of them, you were blessed. “Them” as in Canadian customers of Chase Bank having either of its two VISA cards.

Their debt was written off!

Yup, earlier this month, Chase announced that it would forgive all outstanding debt for those lucky folks north of the border who owed Chase Bank monies.

Apparently, Chase is winding down the operation of its two VISA cards in that country, and this was part…   Read more →


August 17th, 2019| Topic: RaMbLeS | 0


Apparently, the first cheesecake was created on Samos, a Greek island on the Aegean Sea (another reason to visit the Greek islands). This was in 2000 BC, say archeologists, who suspect this delicious dessert was served during the first ancient Olympic Games in 776 BC. Yup, cheesecakes for energy. I second that!

Aegimius, a revered Greek physician of the 5th century BC, is said to have described the art of making cheesecakes: pound the cheese till it is soft, mix it (in…   Read more →


August 10th, 2019| Topic: RaMbLeS | 2


This may have happened to you, as you looked through the viewfinder of a camera, or a pair of binoculars, or even through your reading glasses: things are OK at the center, but it’s a bit blurry at the edges.

It’s really not the fault of the lensmaker. Blame Greek mathematician Diocles (c. 240 BC–c. 180 BC) who postulated the problem—the spherical nature of lens surfaces and the difference in refraction between centers and edges of said lenses.

In a 1690 book, Treatise…   Read more →


August 3rd, 2019| Topic: RaMbLeS | 0


Daniel Mascarenhas, a cardiologist in Easton, Pennsylvania, had a bright idea.

One of my patients had a pacemaker, and she died. I was a little upset. They put in a pacemaker, two days later she was dead, and they buried her with the pacemaker.”

Of course, being a cardiologist, he is probably used to sick patients, and dying ones. So that wasn’t what upset our good doc. It was what continued to live—that matchbox-sized, 50-gram device in his patient’s chest that…   Read more →

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