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Saturday, May 13, 2017


The delicious avocados are eaten all over the globe, specially in South American cuisine. Be-careful when you try to cut the avocados with a knife. Due to its soft flesh and slippery nature of its round big eccentric seed, serious injuries to the hands may occur by the knife. Always handle cutting avocados with care and perhaps by wearing thick kitchen protective gloves. 

Friday, May 5, 2017


Blogger has a major glitch

In the past, like about a month ago, I could toggle my blog anytime I wanted between private and public by following these steps obtained from Blogger Help:

Choose who can see your blog

By default, your blog is public, and can be read by anyone on the web. To change who can see your blog:
  1. Sign in to Blogger.
  2. Select the blog to update.
  3. In the left menu, click Settings and then Basic.
  4. Under "Permissions," find "Blog Readers" and click Edit.
  5. Select Public, Private - Only blog authors, or Private - Only these readers.
  6. Click Save changes.

However, these steps do not work anymore! There is no such thing as an Edit key under Permissions. The Edit key has simply disappeared. If this continue another 72 days from today, I am deleting my blog.

Sunday, April 30, 2017

The Mandela Effect

If you search YouTube today most likely you are going to encounter videos related to the Mandela Effect. Very simply stated, this so-called effect proposes that many people are noticing things in their lives that do not match what they used to know, or at least what they thought they knew. For examples, Kit-Kat chocolate is now found as Kit Kat (no hyphen). The entire South America is, according to some, has shifted eastward rather than to be aligned with the USA geographically. This collective memory of things contradict what people actually find in life. Many attribute such a change as something is happening to us all, to our planet, to our existence. The Mandela Effect even seems to affect the Bible itself. According to some, King James Bible has been affected in such a way that specific words are no longer there and were replaced by other words. The name of this phenomenon is attributed to Nelson Mandela of South Africa. Many remembered him dying in prison. However, he officially died after he was released from prison and then becoming president of South Africa. Nelson Mandela passed away in 2014, but yet many remember him dying much earlier.  For more information on this effect consult YouTube channels.

I made Maamoul today

Maamoul is the invention of my grandfather Salim Nassif, famously known as Abu Nassif. Granddad had his Syrian Cookies Store in Damascus, Syria. He was famous regionally as the inventor and best Maamoul maker ever.

Today, I decided to make Maamouls. Nothing like my granddad. Mine look terrible; his were pieces of art as he decorated them each by hand using a jagged forceps. These are some pictures of terrible ones. Try Maamoul with coffee. Just delicious and out-of-this-world.

Friday, April 7, 2017

UNBOUND's Address

The Creation

The Big Bang Theory is a well-known notion to explain how the universe was made or came to existence. Those who believe in a creator state that God was behind the Big Bang. The unbelievers respond by stating "then tell me who created God?" It is an argument often heard and people finally give up. Not so fast. The problem with the unbelievers' question is that its premise is wrong. It assumes that God is bound by time like matter. Not so. In the Old Testament, God used to identify Himself as "I am," meaning that God always existed. There is no beginning or end to God because time does not rule the Creator. He was the one who placed "time" in the universe. In fact, if one can travel the speed of light, to that person time does not exist. If you believe that matter existed on its own, then you are bound to violate the First Law of Thermodynamics. This Law states that matter cannot be created from nothing nor destroyed into nothing, it simply transforms from one type into another type. The total energy in the universe is constant. Whatever happened during the Big Bang, that energy of the explosion is all the energy the universe possesses, which is the energy that the Creator gave to the universe to exist. The universe is a function of time, but not God. He is "I am", the alpha and the omega.

Sunday, April 2, 2017


UNBOUND is a Christian organization with the mission to help children in need worldwide. Please consider sponsoring a child in need. May the Good Lord bless you, friend.

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Haman's Hanging Tree

Haman hated the Jews who lived in Persia during the reign of king Artaxerxes. He plotted to destroy all of them in one day, on March 14th. He also prepared a hanging tree to kill Mordecai the Jew. However, God interfered and his evil plot against the Jews was thwarted. Not only he was hanged on the same tree he prepared for Mordecai, but the king reversed Haman's orders to kill all the Jews who lived in his land (127 satrapies, extended from India to Ethiopia) and granted them autonomy and freedom. As a result, a feast was born, the Feast of Purim which is celebrated on March 14th and 15th by the Jewish people. It is common to exchange gifts with neighbors while celebrating this feast.

For more on this story, read the Book of Esther in the Holy Bible.

The Ten Commandments

EXODUS 20:1-17 (The Orthodox Study Bible)

"Now the Lord spoke all these words, saying;

I am the Lord your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of bondage. You shall have no other gods before Me.

You shall not make for yourself an idol or a likeness of anything in heaven above, or in the earth beneath, or in the waters under the earth. You shall not bow down to them, for I, the Lord your God, am a jealous God, recompensing the sins of the fathers on the children to the third and fourth generation of those who hate Me; but showing mercy to thousands, to those who love Me and keep My commandments.

You shall not take the name of the Lord your God in vain, for the Lord will not hold him guiltless who takes His name in vain.

Remember the Sabbath Day, to keep it holy. Six days you shall labor and do all your work, but the seventh day is the Sabbath of the Lord your God. In it you shall do no work: neither you, nor your son, your daughter, your male servant, your female servant, your cattle, nor your stranger who sojourns with you. For in six days the Lord made heaven and earth, the sea, and everything in them, and rested on the seventh day. Therefore, the Lord blessed the Sabbath Day and hallowed it.

Honor your father and mother that it may be well with you, and your days may be long upon the good land the Lord your God is giving you.

You shall not murder.

You shall not commit adultery.

You shall not steal.

You shall not bear false witness against your neighbor.

You shall not covet your neighbor's wife or his house, and neither shall you covet his field, nor his male servant, his female servant, his ox, his donkey, any of his cattle, or whatever belongs to your neighbor."

Bible Dates (The Orthodox Study Bible)

Genesis (Moses) (During Israel's forty years of wandering in the wilderness-the period between crossing the Red Sea and the entrance into Canaan)

Exodus (Moses) (During Israel's forty years of wandering in the wilderness-the period between crossing the Red Sea and the entrance into Canaan)

Leviticus (Moses) (The period during the sojourn at Mt. Sinai)

Numbers (Moses) (Following the exodus from Egypt)

Deuteronomy (Moses) (Near the end of Moses' life and before the entrance into Canaan)

Joshua (Joshua) (600 BC)

The Book of Judges (Samuel) (Three centuries after Israel entered Canaan and covers the period of these centuries)

Ruth (Unknown) (1300 BC)

The First Book of the Kingdoms (Samuel) (1070-970 BC)

The Second Book of the Kingdoms (Samuel) (971-890 BC)

The Third Book of the Kingdoms (Jeremiah) (600-550 BC)

The Fourth Book of the Kingdoms (Jeremiah and Others) (651-609)

The First Book of the Chronicles (Ezra) (450 BC)

The Second Book of the Chronicles (Ezra) ( 450 BC)

The First Book of Ezra (Uncertain) (150 BC)

The Second Book of Ezra (Ezra) (538-410 BC)

The Book of Nehemiah (Nehemiah) (445-425 BC)

The Book of Tobit (Unknown) (400-200 BC)

The Book of Judith (Unknown) (135-105 BC)

The Book of Esther (Mordecai) (450 BC)

The First Book of the Maccabees (Unknown) (104 BC)

The Second Book of the Maccabees (Unknown) (124 BC)

The Book of Psalms (David) (1000-several centuries thereafter)

The Book of Job (Unknown) (1600 BC)

The Proverbs (Solomon) (970-931 BC)

The Book of Ecclesiastes (Solomon) (935 BC)

The Song of Songs (Solomon) (965-960 BC)

The Wisdom of Solomon (Unknown) (30-10 BC)

The Wisdom of Sirach (Jesus of Sirach) (180 BC)

The Book of Hosea (Hosea) (750 BC)

The Book of Amos (Amos) (754 BC)

The Book of Micah (Micah) (Before 720 BC)

The Book of Joel (Joel) (740 BC)

The Book of Obadiah (Obadiah) (587 BC)

The Book of Jonah (Jonah) (784-772 BC)

The Book of Nahum (Nahum) (663-612 BC)

The Book of Habakkuk (Habakkuk) (605 BC)

The Book of Zephaniah (Zephaniah) (627-625 BC)

The Book of Haggai (520 BC)

The Book of Zachariah (Zechariah) (520-480 BC)

The Book of Malachi (Malachi) (500-350 BC)

The Book of Isaiah (Isaiah) (745-680 BC)

The Book of Jeremiah (Jeremiah) (627-582 BC)

The Book of Baruch (Baruch) (After 586 BC)

The Lamentation of Jeremiah (Jeremiah) (October 587-December 587 BC)

The Epistle of Jeremiah (Jeremiah) (597 BC-Exile to Babylon)

The Book of Ezekiel (Ezekiel) (595-572 BC)

The Book of Daniel (Daniel) (605-530 BC)

The Book of Matthew (Matthew) (50-70 AD)

The Book of Mark (Mark) (70 AD)

The Book of Luke (Luke) (70-80 AD)

The Book of John (John) (96 AD)

The Book of Acts (Luke) (75-85 AD)

The Book of Romans (St. Paul) (55-57 AD)

The First Book of the Corinthians (St. Paul) (55 AD)

The Second Book of the Corinthians (St. Paul) (55 AD)

The Book of Galatians (St. Paul) (Uncertain)

The Book of Ephesians (St. Paul) (61-63 AD)

The Book of Philippians (St. Paul) (61-63 AD)

The Book of Colossians (St. Paul) (61-63 AD)

The First Book of Thessalonians (St. Paul) (50-51 AD)

The Second Book of Thessalonians (St. Paul) (51 AD)

The First Book of Timothy (St. Paul) (64-65 AD)

The Second Book of Timothy (St. Paul) (65-67 AD)

The Book of Titus (St. Paul) (63-65 AD)

The Book of Philemon (St. Paul) (61-63 AD)

The Book of Hebrews (St. Paul) (70 AD)

The Book of James (James) (55-60 AD)

The First Book of Peter (Peter) (50-67 AD)

The Second Book of Peter (Peter) (63-67 AD)

The First Book of John (John) (90-95 AD)

The Second Book of John (John) (90-95 AD)

The Third Book of John (John) (90-95 AD)

The Book of Jude (Jude) (60-80 AD)

The Book of the Revelation (John) (81-96 AD)


March 31, 2014 (Pass)-59.5
September 30, 2017 (Pass)-62
March 31, 2019-63.5
September 30, 2020-65
May 31, 2021-65.67
November 30, 2021-66.17*
May 31, 2022-66.67
December 31, 2022-67.25
May 31, 2023-67.67
December 31, 2023-68.25
May 31, 2024-68.67
December 31, 2024-69.25
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September 30, 2025-70
December 31, 2025-70.25
May 31, 2026-70.67

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