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.

Beauty?

July 22nd, 2017| Topic: RaMbLeS | 0

Beauty?

All kinds of stuff is applied to one’s face these days. In an attempt to make oneself beautiful.

Even snail slime. Yup, you read that right. Snail slime. As long as you can overcome the “ickiness” of it, you, too, ostensibly, can look beautiful.

This is part of a whole category of K-beauty products. (The “K” standing for “Korean.”)

Sarah Chung, head of Landing International Inc., that partners with Ulta’s Korean collection said:

People used to talk about French…   Read more →

Eternal?

July 15th, 2017| Topic: RaMbLeS | 0

Eternal?

Some life forms are indestructible, they say.

David Sloan, Rafael Batista, and Abraham Loeb, from the University of Oxford and Harvard, said so in “The Resilience of Life to Astrophysical Events,” a scientific report recently published in the respected journal Nature.

They concluded:

Events which could lead to life being completely eradicated are rare.”

Because those tardigrades will have survived even those disasters!

Also known as “water bears,” these tiny things…   Read more →

Time?

July 8th, 2017| Topic: RaMbLeS | 0

Time?

On the busy street of Kalverstraat in Amsterdam, during a recent jaunt, I spotted a church tucked away in the midst of overstuffed storefronts and houses: The Church of Peter and Paul.

This entity, a Roman Catholic church, is also called “De Papegaai”—The Parrot. In the days of the Reformation when Amsterdam, indeed all of the Netherlands, turned to Protestantism, Catholicism could not be flaunted. All Catholic churches had to hide in the background, taking over houses,…   Read more →

Analgesia!

July 1st, 2017| Topic: RaMbLeS | 0

Analgesia!

Pavel Goldstein, a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Colorado Boulder, was witnessing the birth of his daughter four years ago.

My wife was in pain, and all I could think was, ‘What can I do to help her?’ I reached for her hand and it seemed to help. I wanted to test it out in the lab: Can one really decrease pain with touch, and if so, how?”

Goldstein and his team in the Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience Lab undertook the challenge. And the results…   Read more →

Irreparable!

June 24th, 2017| Topic: RaMbLeS | 2

Irreparable!

They say all things can be cured by time. (Of course, “they” also say there is no God!)

At least writers of songs, poems, and novelists do—well, at least they debate whether time truly heals everything.

It seems that, at least as far as the so-called “broken heart syndrome” is concerned, that ain’t true: time doesn’t.

So saith researchers led by Dana Dawson of the University of Aberdeen (ye olde …   Read more →

End?

June 17th, 2017| Topic: RaMbLeS | 0

End?

A strange entertainment, indeed. “The Cremator” is a bizarre “death simulator” in “Window of the World,” a Chinese amusement park in Shenzen.

You want a chance to experience cremation? Here’s the opportunity for the morbidly curious.

But, no, you won’t be rendered into ashes here.

First you journey through a morgue. Then they settle you into a temporary coffin that is placed on a conveyor belt. This device will carry the en-coffined you through a chamber filled…   Read more →

Leader?

June 10th, 2017| Topic: RaMbLeS | 0

Leader?

In 1934, a college questionnaire completed by the parent of an applicant, Sara Pollard, to Vassar University described his daughter as “a follower than a leader.”

Guess what? Vassar admitted this young lady, explaining that the school “had enough leaders.”

Imagine that! A college accepting a self-confessed “follower.” Were they crazy, or what?

Everyone wants leaders. And everyone wants to be a leader.

Harvard’s goal: “to educate our students to be citizens…   Read more →

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