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.

Opinion!

May 27th, 2017| Topic: RaMbLeS | 0

Opinion!

The Mayo Clinic, based in Rochester, Minnesota, is a well-known non-profit medical practice and research group, employing over four thousand physicians and over fifty thousand allied healthcare personnel. One of the premier institutions in the world of its kind, it attracts many patients who come to Mayo for a second opinion or the confirmation of a diagnosis made elsewhere of a complex condition. Sometimes other doctors send them to Mayo for a consult; at other times

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Dirty!

May 20th, 2017| Topic: RaMbLeS | 0

Dirty!

You got mud on your jeans? Don’t wash it off. It might be worth a lot more now.

[No, I’m not kidding!]

Nordstrom sells them for $425 a pair! Shipped with the mud baked in.

Here’s Nordstrom’s description:

Heavily distressed medium-blue denim jeans in a comfortable straight-leg fit embody rugged, Americana workwear that’s seen some hard-working action with a crackled, caked-on muddy coating that shows you’re not afraid to get down and dirty.”

They’re

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Pacers!

May 13th, 2017| Topic: RaMbLeS | 2

Pacers!

Last week, Kenyan Eliud Kipchoge came 25 seconds close to breaking a record. Running a marathon in less than two hours. Then guy ran 26.2 miles in 2:25:00 beating the record of 2:02:57 set by Dennis Kimetto (another Kenyan), as well as his own best of 2:03:05. Like Roger Bannister’s breaking the four-minute mile in 1954 (he did it in 3 minutes 59.4 seconds), this one by Kipchoge raises hopes that one of the sporting world’s most formidable (and famous) barriers may

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Honesty!

May 6th, 2017| Topic: RaMbLeS | 0

Honesty!

You have to admit that we live in a world filled with lies, deceit, and fraud, engaged in by humanity at every level: from the princes to the paupers.

Is there any incentive, though, to be honest? There is!

“Moral Transgressions Corrupt Neural Representations of Value,” say researchers from Oxford and Yale, in a paper published in Nature Neuroscience.

It appears that there is a simple reason to be honest: we feel better about it. Decency trumps deception at a very physical

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Guidance!

April 29th, 2017| Topic: RaMbLeS | 0

Guidance!

I don’t know if you’ve noticed it, but whenever the rotund despot of North Korea, Kim Jong-un, makes site visits, he is surrounded by highly bling-ed military officers, all carrying tiny notebooks in which they are manically scribbling.

What in the world was going on, I wondered.

He’s watching women conducting a rocket launching drill. Notebooks and pencils. He rolls around a fishery station. Notebooks and pencils. He gives lackeys a pep talk. Notebooks and pencils

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Aid?

April 22nd, 2017| Topic: RaMbLeS | 2

Aid?

Dogs are clever (OK, maybe cats, too). Parrots are smart. Even pigeons are pretty astute. Of course, there are the primates and elephants and dolphins and such. Not to mention goldfish and other co-denizens of ours on this earth that can perform some amazing feats.

But horses?

Japanese cognitive scientists Monamie Ringhofer and Shinya Yamamoto from Kobe University decided to take a look. And they found something pretty impressive.

They tested eight thoroughbred equines in

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Missing!

April 15th, 2017| Topic: RaMbLeS | 0

Missing!

William Shakespeare (1564–1616) is buried in Holy Trinity Church in Stratford-on-Avon.

At least, most of him is.

In the 1800s there was a rumor that his skull had been stolen from his grave. That was dismissed as a myth for more than century.

But now, four hundred years after the bard died, archaeologists believe that claim is true. Using ground-penetrating radar to scan the grave, it appears that there is no skull with the rest of the skeleton. And there are signs that

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