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.


July 1st, 2017| Topic: RaMbLeS | 0


Pavel Goldstein, a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Colorado Boulder, was witnessing the birth of his daughter four years ago.

My wife was in pain, and all I could think was, ‘What can I do to help her?’ I reached for her hand and it seemed to help. I wanted to test it out in the lab: Can one really decrease pain with touch, and if so, how?”

Goldstein and his team in the Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience Lab undertook the challenge. And the results…   Read more →


June 24th, 2017| Topic: RaMbLeS | 2


They say all things can be cured by time. (Of course, “they” also say there is no God!)

At least writers of songs, poems, and novelists do—well, at least they debate whether time truly heals everything.

It seems that, at least as far as the so-called “broken heart syndrome” is concerned, that ain’t true: time doesn’t.

So saith researchers led by Dana Dawson of the University of Aberdeen (ye olde …   Read more →


June 17th, 2017| Topic: RaMbLeS | 0


A strange entertainment, indeed. “The Cremator” is a bizarre “death simulator” in “Window of the World,” a Chinese amusement park in Shenzen.

You want a chance to experience cremation? Here’s the opportunity for the morbidly curious.

But, no, you won’t be rendered into ashes here.

First you journey through a morgue. Then they settle you into a temporary coffin that is placed on a conveyor belt. This device will carry the en-coffined you through a chamber filled…   Read more →


June 10th, 2017| Topic: RaMbLeS | 0


In 1934, a college questionnaire completed by the parent of an applicant, Sara Pollard, to Vassar University described his daughter as “a follower than a leader.”

Guess what? Vassar admitted this young lady, explaining that the school “had enough leaders.”

Imagine that! A college accepting a self-confessed “follower.” Were they crazy, or what?

Everyone wants leaders. And everyone wants to be a leader.

Harvard’s goal: “to educate our students to be citizens…   Read more →


June 3rd, 2017| Topic: RaMbLeS | 2


Apparently, until quite recently, the facilities of Beijing’s Temple of Heaven, an imperial complex of religious buildings constructed in the early 1400s, carried toilet paper. Sadly, thieves began ruining things for everyone. The Beijing Evening News showed TP pilferers making off with rolls of the white stuff in backpacks.

Posters and broadcast messages on public announcement systems exhorting visitors to use less paper have been of no avail. TP keeps disappearing!

Finally,…   Read more →


May 27th, 2017| Topic: RaMbLeS | 0


The Mayo Clinic, based in Rochester, Minnesota, is a well-known non-profit medical practice and research group, employing over four thousand physicians and over fifty thousand allied healthcare personnel. One of the premier institutions in the world of its kind, it attracts many patients who come to Mayo for a second opinion or the confirmation of a diagnosis made elsewhere of a complex condition. Sometimes other doctors send them to Mayo for a consult; at other times,…   Read more →


May 20th, 2017| Topic: RaMbLeS | 0


You got mud on your jeans? Don’t wash it off. It might be worth a lot more now.

[No, I’m not kidding!]

Nordstrom sells them for $425 a pair! Shipped with the mud baked in.

Here’s Nordstrom’s description:

Heavily distressed medium-blue denim jeans in a comfortable straight-leg fit embody rugged, Americana workwear that’s seen some hard-working action with a crackled, caked-on muddy coating that shows you’re not afraid to get down and dirty.”

They’re…   Read more →

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