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.


August 26th, 2017| Topic: RaMbLeS | 0


George G. Klein, 96, is a World War II Veteran acclaimed as “one of the great celebrities” and a war hero as a veteran of the battle against the Germans in Normandy. He was celebrated during the 73rd anniversary of Normandy during a ceremony recently, honored as one of the 90 survivors in the elite 2nd Ranger Battalion that fought on the cliffs of Pointe du Hoc on June 6, 1944.

The guy participated in several commemorative events and, wearing his “Ranger” hat, signed…   Read more →


August 19th, 2017| Topic: RaMbLeS | 0


We can become fearless!

So say researchers from the University of California, Riverside, Woong Bin Kim and Jun-Hyeong Cho, in “Encoding of Discriminative Fear Memory by Input-Specific LTP in the Amygdala,” published recently in Neuron.

Cho and Kim used genetically modified mice to study parts of the brain processing sounds and those dealing with emotional memories, the amygdala.

More and more studies seem to indicate that memories can be rewritten, modifying, or even…   Read more →


August 12th, 2017| Topic: RaMbLeS | 0


Waiting in line consumes 15% of one’s lifetime. [I made that up. If it isn’t true, it certainly sounds true.] Between waiting in line and sleeping, no wonder I don’t have any time left for anything else.

Some places in the world, no one lines up. It’s a free-for-all. The survival of the fittest. So much so, leading up to the 2008 Olympics in Beijing, the People’s Republic undertook a vigorous program to train their citizens to queue. They even instituted a “Queueing…   Read more →


August 5th, 2017| Topic: RaMbLeS | 0


An ongoing University of Wisconsin Study (the Wisconsin Registry for Alzheimer’s Prevention: WRAP) has shown that stress “ages” the brain. Findings presented recently at the Alzheimer’s Association International Conference in London pointed to the negative impact on brain function of even one stressful experience in life. Cognitive decline was significantly affected, said the scholars, after studying 1,320 subjects who were asked about stress in their lives as…   Read more →


July 29th, 2017| Topic: RaMbLeS | 0


Hollywood did pretty well at the US box office till July 2017, shoveling in about $6 billion. But things have not looked that good since. Receipts went down 7.7% between May and the end of June, another summer slump, like the one of last year.

Declared one media analyst, Paul Dergarabedian:

We’re down—but versus a summer of 2016 that was not exactly impressive in terms of the number of sequels that failed.”

So that means this year, things are really down. Disappointments…   Read more →


July 22nd, 2017| Topic: RaMbLeS | 0


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 →


July 15th, 2017| Topic: RaMbLeS | 0


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 →

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