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.


May 18th, 2019| Topic: RaMbLeS | 0


For close to 250 years, Le Grand K has ruled the standard, the absolute despot of “1 kilogram of mass.”

It’s a cylinder of platinum-iridium stored safe in an underground vault in Paris, at the International Bureau of Weights and Measures, with copies sent to various nations. Every measure of weight is compared to that dictatorial standard.

Because, as Robert Vocke, of National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), declares:

The mother ship is never wrong.”

Well,…   Read more →


May 11th, 2019| Topic: RaMbLeS | 0


An odd thing happened here in Texas, ye olde Lonestar State, last month.

Democrat William “Bill” McLeod is a judge in Harris County Civil Court at Law Number Four, the jurisdiction of which court includes ye olde city of Houston. Most, if not all, of the courts in Texas and its counties are run by elected judges. Evidently thinking of the future, McLeod—who’d only been elected to his current post last November—posted online his plans to run for the state’s…   Read more →


May 4th, 2019| Topic: RaMbLeS | 0


I found this on Nordstrom.com. Made by Gucci. “Flashtrek” Sneakers.

Wrapped in eye-catching crystals, this bold Italian fashion sneaker offers up a grand splash of color and light that is sure to turn heads.”

It has a lace-up closure, is made of leather, mesh, suede and synthetic upper, has those crystal accents, and is equipped with textile lining, and a rubber sole.

Item #5667973. Made in Italy. Only $1,590.00.

(Unfortunately only size 11 (men’s) is available, in…   Read more →


April 27th, 2019| Topic: RaMbLeS | 0


Here’s one—and the only one—reason not to complain about potholes. A guy now has a pothole to thank for saving his life.

A couple of weeks ago, Gretna Rescue’s EMTs, in Gretna, Nebraska (pop. 5,062), were called in to help a 59-year-old man whose heart was racing at his workplace. And he had no history of cardiac problems.

The good paramedics arrived on the scene, and loaded the patient for the 7-mile, 20-minute drive to the nearest emergency room. At one point the…   Read more →


April 20th, 2019| Topic: RaMbLeS | 0


An archivist stumbled upon an interesting find in the shelves on the third floor of the library at Union College, Schenectady, New York, last year. A red leather-bound book that no one had noticed thus far.

It was an almanac, printed in New York: Gaines Universal Register: Columbian Kalendar for the Year of Our Lord 1793. All kinds of information filled its pages—names of the new nation’s senators and that of its president (“George Washington Esq.”), and…   Read more →


April 13th, 2019| Topic: RaMbLeS | 0


Feeling down? Blue? In the dumps? Sour? Woeful? Lachrymose?

Try smiling more. Research indicates that expressing happiness can actually make us feel a little bit happier.”

That was Nicholas Coles, a PhD student in social psychology at the University of Tennessee (UT), lead researcher on “A Meta-Analysis of the Facial Feedback Literature: Effects of Facial Feedback on Emotional Experience Are Small and Variable,” published recently in Psychological Bulletin.

Coles and…   Read more →


April 6th, 2019| Topic: RaMbLeS | 0


66-year-old Jo Cameron is unique. Well, one of two in the world.

She (and the other person) has a rare genetic mutation. So report scientists in “Microdeletion in a FAAH Pseudogene Identified in a Patient with High Anandamide Concentrations and Pain Insensitivity,” published recently in the British Journal of Anesthesia.

Ms. Cameron realizes her skin is burning only when she smells singed flesh. Only when she sees herself bleeding does she know she’s cut herself.

The…   Read more →

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