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!


February 15th, 2020| Topic: RaMbLeS | 0


A corpse was brought in by a couple of women to a branch office of Old Mutual Insurance Company, somewhere in in KwaZulu-Natal province, South Africa. The body in question was that of Sifiso Justice Mhlongo.

The late and bereaved Mr. Mhlongo had funeral plan insurance, but Old Mutual refused to pay out without proof of death.

So Ntombenhle Mhlongo and Thandaza Mtshali took the body of their uncle, the aforementioned Mr. Mhlongo, to the insurance company’s office.

Ms. Mhlongo…   Read more →


February 8th, 2020| Topic: RaMbLeS | 0


A West Bloomfield, Michigan, dude, Sean Samitt, 26 claimed to have been the victim of an anti-Semitic stabbing outside his local synagogue, police revealed the other day.

Samitt reported that he was attacked and stabbed in the abdomen by an unknown man in the parking lot at the Temple Kol Ami, where he worked as a cantorial soloist (and music director). He told police that he was confronted about 7:00 p.m. as he was leaving work by a white male in his late 30s to early…   Read more →


February 1st, 2020| Topic: RaMbLeS | 0


The other day, drivers on Highway 99 south of Elk Grove in Northern California got a shock.

They saw a young girl in a vehicle holding up a handmade sign that read:

Help me, she’s not my mom!! Help!!”

The concerned motorists called 911.

California Highway Patrol dispatched officers and a K9 unit that performed a “high-risk stop” on the vehicle near 8 Mile Road in Stockton, a release from CHP stated.

Then they found out that it was all just a hoax, concocted by the girl…   Read more →


January 25th, 2020| Topic: RaMbLeS | 0


After all this is winter. So you can expect cold-weather warnings. Freeze warnings were in effect from Louisiana to the Carolinas, and even in Florida, where temperatures are averaging 10–15 degrees below normal. But the forecast issued by the National Weather Service in Miami last week was a new one. It was about low temps alright, but it pertained to—get this—iguanas!

Tweeted NWS Miami (@NWSMiami):

This isn’t something we usually forecast, but don’t be surprised…   Read more →


January 18th, 2020| Topic: RaMbLeS | 4


The other day, one of the most talked-about works of art at the 2019 Art Basel was—get this!—a banana duct-taped to the wall!

The fruit and tape in question were created by Maurizio Cattelan (of the $6-million-2017-golden-toilet fame). Called “The Comedian.” It sold for $120,000. Cattelan made another copy. That sold for $120,000, too. A third was made, and was expected to go for $150,000. More about that in a minute.

Emmanuel Perrotin—the founder of Perrotin,…   Read more →


January 11th, 2020| Topic: RaMbLeS | 0


Gloria C. MacKenzie, an 84-year-old Florida widow, won the $590 million Powerball lottery in 2013. The odds of her winning it was 1 in 175 million.

Robert Williams, a professor of health sciences at the University of Lethbridge in Alberta, who studies lotteries, noted:

People just aren’t able to grasp 1 in 175 million. It’s just beyond our experience—we have nothing in our evolutionary history that prepares us or primes us, no intellectual architecture, to try and…   Read more →


January 4th, 2020| Topic: RaMbLeS | 1


Ludwig van Beethoven (1770–1827) wrote some remarkable stuff, among them nine symphonies.

Apparently he had also begun working on the Tenth Symphony alongside his magnificent Ninth, with its epochal “Ode to Joy.” But quickly gave up on the former, leaving only a few notes and drafts, scribbling a few notes in notebook before he died, fragmentary sketches for the first movement of his Tenth.

Well, guess what?

Musicologists and computer programmers are working to complete…   Read more →

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