good, very good, or excellent

I started this post last in 2016 and got back to it this week. Hope it brings you some peace, sensing His presence in your day. Dear brother and sister, how was your day today? Multiple choice: good? very good? or, excellent? Dad asked my sister and I this question every day after school on…

Communion (without) Question

Growing up in the Orthodox Church, we may (or may not) have been told about the Holy Sacraments' central role in our lives. We may (or may not) have been told about the primary reason for celebration of the divine liturgy. We may (or may not) have been told about our resource of our power…

fast seriously

At some point this Lent, I want to be more serious. I think I’ve told myself that every day, since day 1...Lent is already almost over. Friends, pretty soon, we’re folding palms, walking to Golgotha, spending the night for the Apocalypse, and singing “Ekhristos Anesti” – Christ is risen. And responding to those who volunteer…

time flies

Hello November. The weather changes, the color themes change, the 'Holiday Season' is officially upon us. Focus on food, presents, travel, money and such is at the year's high.  You ever notice that your life has certain 'seasons' as well? Where are you right now?  Is it a joy-full spring, with light pastel colors, and…

Blind as (a) Karim

I'm sure you've heard the expression 'blind as a bat'. I decided to replace 'a bat' with my name. This topic of blindness has been in my line of sight (I know...great pun) all week. But, I'm different from a bat. Imagine you wake up in your room at night, you can probably make your…

going to Haiti: Trust and Honesty

This is an entry written on 2/11/16 during my flight to Haiti. Today I had a long conversation with a flight attendant. It was a struggle getting to the flight (as usual...woke up late), but thanks to the ticketing desk I got emergency-row seating (#thankful). Anyone at my height knows this is always a plus: no sore knees on the plane.…

7 weeks in. 7 steps in Mark 7.

February 2016 already. Can you believe it? Seriously, #1thingisneeded - never forget how quickly time passes. It feels like just yesterday, we were celebrating the new year. I didn't have like a big 2016 blog entry, but we bid 2015 farewell and paraded in 2016 with hopes, promises, and resolutions. But now, over a month has…

Can I take your order?

French fries, bean burritos...and tuna. That's essentially what I've had to eat since Advent began. The preparation period for Christmas, is not exactly 'fun' when it comes to our food. It's something we should discuss later - I can actually look forward to fasting. I know. Sounds crazy, right? And right around now, is when I start making…

the little deacon that could

Preface: This is a topic dear to my heart...and I hope we can learn from it together. Growing up in a home with a pre-school teacher for a mom, children's books are all over the place. These stories are usually based around a single moral message, 1thing that the author wants the child (whatever the age - even…

day and night

So I'm back on social media. First time in years. I've been praying and asking God that whatever is to come up next in my life is all for Him. Before you continue reading - say a quick prayer that this #1thingisneeded effort works for His glory. Nothing else. There are very few things I pick…

🎼 🎶 I’m gonna be a mighty king ♫ ♬

Growing up in the 90's, I experienced the Disney classics. People have debated before - but I don't think its much of a conversation: The Lion King, is the the all-time best Disney movie. Period.We still sing the songs and make references to them in our conversations - even though the movie is old. I want to draw our…

Ready, BREAK!

First off - welcome to the new and improved, 1thingisneeded.com - we're now officially our own domain. Special thanks to a generous donation from my paycheck. Most importantly, its easy to tell others about...so spread the news! Happy Feast of the Transfiguration! Have you ever played football? Yes - American, hard-hitting, organized-chaos, pigskin-centered - football.…

come( )back

I know...I know...its been a while. I didn't think I'd ever miss blogging when I started - but it happened. For starters- my apologies to those that received that rogue email of my notes last time. Somehow I lost the draft I was working on...maybe I'll rewrite it sometime. Since we last interacted a ton has happened in…

Chocolate Ice-Cream

I've had an interesting week. It began with a large chocolate ice-cream Sunday after church. Deliciously smooth, savory, and sweet. Who doesn't want some ice-cream in the middle of these 92-degree Miami days? Wednesday it continued with quite possibly the most exquisite quesadilla ever made. For the record, I doubt a quesadilla has ever been…

a power(ful) mnemonic

Good weekend? Great weekend. What is greater than a weekend jam-packed with church, family, and food? Basically nothing. Christ is risen people! Enjoy the resurrection. Enjoy life. Enjoy Christ.  “I am the resurrection and the life." (NKJV John 11:25) Last week was a beautiful journey. While tempted to redefine verbosity, I told myself to put…

Welcome Mats

Well, you're back. Welcome. Either you are back to see another terrible attempt at blogging, or amidst the chaos of the last post you picked up on something that you liked. Either way, you're here now, so let's make the most of it. Coming home Tuesday I realized something peculiar as I approached my apartment…

13 in 13

It would be pretty appropriate for me to dive right in and write about Mary and Martha today. I love their Christ-centered message so very much - you already know that. But that'd be too cliché. I started the message, but something else caught my attention, so I put that 1 on hold for now.I've…

Honest(l)y

So prior to writing my first real entry, I assume it is proper blogger-etiquette to write some sort of 'about me' section in which I greet the online world and introduce myself. I also assume its important to establish some sort of tone of voice that the readers can grow accustomed to hearing when they…