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.


January 27th, 2018| Topic: RaMbLeS | 2


A few months ago, I had the privilege of visiting a spot on this globe that has been on my bucket list for a long time: Angkor Wat (“Capital Temple”), in Siem Reap, Cambodia. This is the largest religious monument now existing, located on over 400 acres, and made up of a vast complex of temples, all in various states of ruin. Originally built as Hindu temples in between the 9th and 12th centuries, they were transformed into Buddhist shrines as the politics…   Read more →


January 20th, 2018| Topic: RaMbLeS | 0


Copyright issues are tricky. Here’s a particularly odd one …

You better be careful when photographing the Eiffel Tower on that celebrated trip to Paris that you take, as one of the seven million that visit it each year. Well, at least photographing that venerable edifice at night.

The European Union copyright laws cover artistic works—music, art, videos, buildings, etc.-for the lifetime of their creators plus 70 years. Now, Gustav Eiffel died in 1923.

(He, BTW,…   Read more →


January 13th, 2018| Topic: RaMbLeS | 0


If you had been detained in the Cameron County (TX) Juvenile Justice Department between 2008 and this year, you might have wondered why you weren’t served fajitas. Well, the answer is simple: the facility’s cafeteria doesn’t serve that delectable item.

But guess what? Since 2008, aforementioned Juvenile Justice Department has been paying for fajita deliveries.

It was only in August 2017 that the matter was cleared up. Apparently, the Labatt Food Service tried to deliver…   Read more →


January 6th, 2018| Topic: RaMbLeS | 0


All kinds of reasons in life to be anxious about. Jobs. Government. Wars. Disease. Death. Children. And so on. And so forth.

And you can take Valium or Xanax or some other to relieve yourself. And many do. Many. 12 percent of adults are on antidepressants, 8.3 percent on anxiolytics, sedatives, and hypnotics!

But a recent study from the University of Cork, Ireland, is interested in the role of bacteria in your gut on your mental health.

There is this entity called miRNA (micro…   Read more →


December 30th, 2017| Topic: RaMbLeS | 0


The man wanted to live forever. The first emperor of China, Qin Shi Huang (秦始皇 = “First Emperor of Qin”—the first dynasty of a unified China) (259–210 B.C.E.), who ruled from 220–210 B.C.E.

He didn’t want to die.

Supposedly, in 211 B.C.E. a meteor fell in the neighborhood, on which someone wrote:

The First Emperor will die and his land will be divided.”

The Emperor, of course, wasn’t pleased. Not being able to find out who had scribbled this bit of graffiti,…   Read more →


December 23rd, 2017| Topic: RaMbLeS | 0


Ginza Tanaka, a renowned precious metal store in Japan, is now in its 125th year.

Says, its PSA:

Going forward, it will continue to pursue possibilities for its distinctive precious metal ornaments with a fixation on quality that has been passed down the generations since its foundation, without forgetting to be continuously grateful toward the many people who have supported the company over its 125 years.”

Ginza has a tradition of making expensive Christmas trees. Make…   Read more →


December 16th, 2017| Topic: RaMbLeS | 4


The other day, there was an addition to my family. Dad became a great-grandfather; my brother, a grandfather; and my older nephew, a father—all to a newborn young laddie named Levi. The fourth generation!

And nice timing—he made it during the Advent season!


In fact, it is from the First Person of the divine Trinity, God the Father, that …

… every family [or “fatherhood”] in heaven and on earth is named.
Ephesians 3:15

The fatherhood of the Father includes…   Read more →

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