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!


October 26th, 2019| Topic: RaMbLeS | 0


All kinds of things are automated in society, so why not judges and juries, asked a journalist recently in Raconteur.

Technology doesn’t hold grudges nor does it lack the information to make a decision. It can help dissect the facts in a more efficient, objective and informed fashion, and save time when determining a judgment or even sentence if the judge’s role was to be augmented. In fact, a legal robot could be crammed with a far broader range of facts and figures…   Read more →


October 19th, 2019| Topic: RaMbLeS | 2


Last week, RaMbLeS was on aging.

This week, I’m going to let you in on the secret of preventing said process.

Nope, not with Botox, liposuction, fillers, or any such thing.

Here’s the real scoop. It is … [wait for it] … a quieter brain without too much activity in its nerves.

So saith a scientifically dense paper in Nature titled “Regulation of Lifespan by Neural Excitation and REST,” by a bunch of assorted biologists, mostly from Harvard Medical School.

We all…   Read more →


October 12th, 2019| Topic: RaMbLeS | 0


A few weeks ago, a woman got tired of aging. Like many of us.

Time flies. Things change. People age. And the clock ticks on, inexorably, irreversibly, incessantly. We might be unconscious of the fact, unmindful and unaware, but life is running out for each of us.

The old brain with its weary synapses isn’t pushing those neurotransmitters fast enough. Cholesterol rises. Waistlines expand. Joints creak. Eyes squint. Etc.

We are getting old. And so thought that lady in Sugarland,…   Read more →


October 5th, 2019| Topic: RaMbLeS | 2


Sagittarius A* (aka Sgr A*; pronounced “Sagittarius-A-Star”) has been the focal point for astronomers for many decades. That entity is a huge black hole (“supermassive black hole”) somewhere in the center of our own galaxy, close the Sagittarius constellation, 26,000 light years away.

[Black holes are areas that have such a strong gravitational force that nothing escapes from them, not particle, not even light.]

Of late, Sgr A* has been consuming far more than usual…   Read more →


September 28th, 2019| Topic: RaMbLeS | 2


You’ve heard of skinny jeans and baggy jeans. But there’s a new kid in town now.

Asymmetric jeans!

Gives you the best of both worlds, because one leg is wide and the other is skinny!

Apparently, these unconventional deals have been creeping their way into fashion in the last several months.

Maybe you couldn’t decide if you wanted your lower extremities to be wrapped in something skin-hugging or if you wanted an elephantine look? Or maybe one of your legs tends to get…   Read more →


September 21st, 2019| Topic: RaMbLeS | 0


Heartbroken? You need to do something about that ache in your chest, that pressure in your liver, that overflowing lacrimal gland, that sob from your lungs, etc.? Yup, you need to do something about this agony.

But, whatever you do, don’t do what Ariauna Chantell Lillard (19), of Lincoln, Nebraska, did the other day, after she broke up with her boyfriend.

Being in possession of a bunch of love letters from said ex, Lillard decided they needed to go. “Go” as in “wiped…   Read more →


September 14th, 2019| Topic: RaMbLeS | 0


They say that karma will eventually catch up to you.

It did, the other day, for William Kelley, 42, who called the Kennewick, WA, Police Department at 6 a.m. on a Sunday morning to report that his red 1992 Chevy pickup truck had been stolen.

As part of the investigation, the police examined security camera footage in the vicinity. They saw a male on a bicycle riding by Kelley’s truck. He discovered the keys in the truck, and so, the enterprising thief that he was, he said,…   Read more →

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