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!


June 29th, 2019| Topic: RaMbLeS | 0


A strange thing happened in a clinic in Taiwan a few months ago.

A 28-year-old patient, Ms. He, had been uprooting weeds around her relatives’ graves, as part of the annual Qingming Tomb-Sweeping Festival (which has been observed by the Chinese for over 2,500 years), when folks clean up loved one’s tombs and make ritual offerings of traditional foods and burn joss sticks. That was in early April this year.

Engaged in her act of devotion to her ancestors, Ms. He felt…   Read more →


June 22nd, 2019| Topic: RaMbLeS | 0


Last month I had the blessed opportunity to visit ye olde country of Japan for three weeks!

To eat sushi, drink sake, visit students, and see sumo.

“What?” you ask. “See sumo?”

Yes, sumo, 相撲 (sumou, which literally means “to strike another”).

If you come to this country, you see baseball to experience a slice of America. If you go to Japan, it’s sumo (though the baseball craze is also quite prevalent in that land).

When I realized I’d be in Tokyo during…   Read more →


June 15th, 2019| Topic: RaMbLeS | 0


The MIT Technology Review recently published an article based on a study by Jonathan Touboul, associate professor of mathematics at Brandeis University: “The Hipster Effect: When Anti-Conformists All Look the Same.”

Observed one blogger ten years ago:

Hipsters avoid labels and being labeled. However, they all dress the same and act the same and conform in their non-conformity. Doesn’t the fact that there is a hipster look go against all hipster beliefs?”

But now what…   Read more →


June 8th, 2019| Topic: RaMbLeS | 2


Jackee and Ben Belnap of Holladay, Utah, had worked hard to save $1,060. To repay Ben’s parents for the cost of season tickets to the University of Utah’s football games. The cash was carefully tucked into an envelope.

But over the weekend, this precious envelop disappeared. The Belnaps searched high and low, but to no avail.

Until they happened to empty their shredder’s waste bag. And guess what? There was the cash, all sliced and diced and atomized.

…   Read more →


June 1st, 2019| Topic: RaMbLeS | 0


Well, the results are in. Or so say researchers from Boston University School of Medicine (disclosure: your humble blogger’s alma mater for residency) and others from California, Texas, Denmark, and Australia in “Association of Accelerometer-Measured Light-Intensity Physical Activity with Brain Volume,” published recently in JAMA Network Open.

Here is the question they asked:

Is light-intensity physical activity associated with brain volume?”

The researchers studied…   Read more →


May 25th, 2019| Topic: RaMbLeS | 0


By 2020, all 1.39 billion people in China will be assessed, graded, weighed, and measured, according to “Planning Outline for the Construction of a Social Credit System (2014-2020).”

It’s a lifelong points program that assesses individuals and gives them personal ratings. A humongous, all-encompassing evaluation system that will gauge and assess the behavior and reputations of the denizens of China, and rank them all based on their “social credit.”

The…   Read more →


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 →

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