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.
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.
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
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
Dutch teenager, Milan Schipper, planned to backpack Down Under before heading out to college this fall. Enjoy its coastal landscapes, beautiful cities, fabulous beaches, etc., starting in Sydney (pop. 5,000,000).
But, unfortunately for Mr. Schipper, things didn’t pan out that way. He ended up 10,000 miles away from aforementioned capital of New South Wales and the most populous city in Oceania. In a snow-covered, frozen land. Pop. 32,000. Sydney, Nova Scotia, Canada!
I learnt something about the Portuguese man o’war the other day (called so, because of their resemblance to a Portuguese war vessel of the 18th century). These things are found in the Atlantic, Indian, and Pacific Oceans. Their tentacles bear a venom that can be quite painful and cause a severe dermatitis; sometimes, though, the stings can be fatal, causing beaches to be shut down if these bad ‘uns are located in the vicinity.
What I discovered (thankfully not by contacting
A few weeks ago, here in my hometown of Dallas, Texas, a tragedy occurred. Bridget Alex had gone to funeral and was at her sister’s home afterwards. That evening, she got a panicked call from her friend, her six-month-old son’s babysitter and godmother, that Brandon had fallen off a day bed and wasn’t breathing. The babysitter called 911 at 5:55 pm and was on hold for 51 seconds. She hung up and performed CPR. She called again at 5:57 pm and was on hold, this time
When I was in Greece last year, I stepped into an Orthodox church in Thessaloniki, in Northern Greece. It was pretty deserted, so I made my around the precincts, taking pictures, enjoying the solitude. That’s when a young guy came in, looked around in the foyer, and made his way to the open Bible on display right inside the main entrance.
And he proceeded to kiss it!
Kissing an icon in an Orthodox Church is quite a common practice, especially of Jesus. Folks will usually
We check Facebook—what are our friends up to? We scroll through Instagram—what did they eat for breakfast? And so on, and so forth.
Well, it may not be so social after all. Or so claims “Social Media Use and Perceived Social Isolation Among Young Adults in the U.S.” published in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine, by authors from Center for Research on Media, Technology, and Health, at the University of Pittsburgh. They studied 1,787