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I have held various positions in the insurance industry for over 20 years. I have been rewarded both professionally and personally due to results from taking responsibility and hard work. My fulfillment comes from the promotion of others.

I began writing for my own entertainment in 2015. My two blogs-BrewNSpew and ThusNSuch.


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Proverbs 12 (GENEVA BIBLE)

Proverbs 12

1 He that loveth instruction, loveth knowledge: but he that hateth correction, is a fool.

2 A good man getteth favor of the Lord: but the man of wicked imaginations will he condemn.

3 A man cannot be established by wickedness: but the root of the righteous shall not be moved.

4 A virtuous woman is the crown of her husband: but she that maketh him ashamed, is as corruption in his bones.

5 The thoughts of the just are right: but the counsels of the wicked are deceitful.

6 The talking of the wicked is to lie in wait for blood: but the mouth of the righteous will deliver them.

7 God overthroweth the wicked, and they are not: but the house of the righteous shall stand.

8 A man shall be commended for his wisdom: but the froward of heart shall be despised.

9 He that is despised, and is his own servant, is better than he that boasteth himself and lacketh bread.

10 A righteous man regardeth the life of his beast: but the mercies of the wicked are cruel.

11 He that tilleth his land, shall be satisfied with bread: but he that followeth the idle, is destitute of understanding.

12 The wicked desireth the net of evils: but the root of the righteous giveth fruit.

13 The evil man is snared by the wickedness of his lips, but the just shall come out of adversity.

14 A man shall be satiate with good things by the fruit of his mouth, and the recompense of a man’s hands shall God give unto him.

15 The way of a fool is right in his own eyes: but he that heareth counsel, is wise.

16 A fool in a day shall be known by his anger: but he that covereth shame, is wise.

17 He that speaketh truth, will shew righteousness: but a false witness useth deceit.

18 There is that speaketh words like the prickings of a sword: but the tongue of wise men is health.

19 The lip of truth shall be stable forever: but a lying tongue varieth incontinently.

20 Deceit is in the heart of them that imagine evil: but to the counselors of peace shall be joy.

21 There shall none iniquity come to the just: but the wicked are full of evil.

22 The lying lips are an abomination to the Lord: but they that deal truly are his delight.

23 A wise man concealeth knowledge: but the heart of the fools publisheth foolishness.

24 The hand of the diligent shall bear rule: but the idle shall be under tribute.

25 Heaviness in the heart of man doeth bring it down: but a good word rejoiceth it.

26 The righteous is more excellent than his neighbor: but the way of the wicked will deceive them.

27 The deceitful man roasteth not, that he took in hunting: but the riches of the diligent man are precious.

28 Life is in the way of righteousness, and in that pathway there is no death.




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David Bruce: Royalty Anecdotes

• When he was in his 90s, British conductor Sir Adrian Boult was no longer able to walk, so if he ever needed to travel, his chauffeur would pick him up and carry him to and from the car. Once, Sir Adrian traveled to meet the Queen Mother in order to receive some documents from her. When Sir Adrian reached the Queen Mother’s residence, he decided that he didn’t want to get out of the car, so he said, “It would be better for everyone were the documents to be brought out to me.” No problem. The Queen Mother brought the documents to him, as well as some footmen with a table, a chair, and a silver tray bearing food and tea. The Queen Mother sat on the chair, Sir Adrian remained in the back seat of his car, and they proceeded to have tea together.

• The Danish nobility was not anti-Semitic. The synagogue in Copenhagen celebrated its 100thanniversary in the spring of 1933, and King Christian X of Denmark was invited to attend the celebration. However, Germany was becoming more and more anti-Semitic, and Adolf Hitler ordered the German citizens to boycott Jewish-owned and -operated stores. The chair of the Jewish Community told King Christian X that Jews would understand if the king decided not to attend the celebration, but King Christian X replied, “Are you out of your right mind, man? Now, of course, is when I will be coming.” So in Germany, Aryans boycotted Jewish-owned and -operated stores, while in Denmark, the king celebrated the 100thanniversary of the Copenhagen synagogue.

• Celebrity photographer Richard Young was in Tangiers, Morocco, to shoot Malcolm Forbes’ 70thbirthday party. The morning after the party, Mr. Young learned that his flight back to London has been delayed. He saw King Constantine of Greece walking to his private plane, so he called to him, “Good morning, sir. Is there any chance of a lift back to London? I’m delayed.” The king waved to him, but kept on walking. The captain of the plane then approached Mr. Young and said, “King Constantine would love to give you a lift to London, but sadly he is flying to Austria.”

• Very early in her career, opera singer Ernestine Schumann-Heink sometimes sang at the Cathedral in Dresden. Unfortunately, she made a disastrous error when the King and Queen visited the Cathedral. Ms. Schumann-Heink was so busy looking at them that she missed her cue, then became so nervous that she not only sang the wrong notes but also sang them off pitch. (The 77-year-old conductor, Karl Krebs, even hit her with his baton and whispered to her, “You damn little goose — you are ruining my whole Mass!”)

• Author and artist Edward Lear, of A Book of Nonsensefame, once gave a series of art lessons to Queen Victoria. Of course, coming from a family that had been royal for a very long time, she had many, many portraits and other works of art hanging in the palace. One day, she took Mr. Lear on a tour of the palace, showing him many of the works of art there. He was amazed at such a wealth of art and exclaimed, “Oh! Where did you get all these beautiful things?” Queen Victoria replied, “I inherited them.”

• In 1924, the Prince of Wales visited Fanny Brice’s apartment in New York. She told him, “Sit down, kid, and take off your shoes. While you’re relaxing, I’ll whip up a couple of smoked sturgeon sandwiches on rye with some marvelous pickles a guy on Delancey Street puts up for me.” The Prince of Wales told her, “Miss Brice, I thank you from the bottom of my heart,” then he took off his shoes.

• At Wimbledon, women tennis players customarily curtsy before the royal box. In 1972, Chris Evert played Australian Evonne Goolagong at Wimbledon. Immediately before they were to walk in front of the royal box, Chris had to ask Evonne, “How do you curtsy?” Evonne demonstrated, and Chris was able to follow the custom, thus averting a potential international crisis.

• Lotte Lehmann once sang an opera in Vienna before the head of a duchy. After the opera, she waited eagerly to hear what he had thought about her performance, but he only wagged his finger at her and said, “I watched you in the second act when you sat with your head resting on the gentleman’s knee, to see if you would move. … It was very good but you wriggled once.”

• Alexander the Great could be merciful. After he had defeated King Porus of India in battle and conquered his kingdom, Alexander asked him how he would like to be treated. King Porus replied, “Treat me, Alexander, like a king.” Alexander the Great did just that, allowing him to keep on ruling his kingdom and even giving him more land to rule.

• During Word War II, the citizens of Denmark managed to save nearly all of their country’s Jewish population by sailing them to neutral Sweden. The King of Denmark, Christian X, fully supported these rescue efforts, saying, “The Jews are a part of the Danish nation. We have no Jewish problem in our country because we never had an inferiority complex in relation to the Jews.”

• Voltaire was controversial and thought to be impious. Because of the attacks against him, he lived at Ferney, close to the border with Switzerland, where he could escape if necessary. While on her deathbed, Queen Maria Lecszinska wanted his impiety to be punished. However, her husband the King answered, “What can I do? If he were in Paris, I should exile him to Ferney.”

• In Utrecht, Holland, very few people came to see Anna Pavlova and her troupe dance on a bitterly cold day. Ms. Pavlova’s husband asked the manager of the theater why so few people were in the audience. The manager replied, “But my dear sir, you cannot expect anybody to be here — it is the first ice. Even the Queen of Holland herself will be skating!”

• Soprano Adelina Patti was beloved by royalty all over the world. Once, she was asked who was her favorite royal personage. She thought for a moment, then answered, “Well, the Tsar Alexander gives the best jewelry.”


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