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Trivia Question of the Month: Which U.S. Embassy?

On August 15, 2015 th U.S. Embassy in ______ was officially reopened after being closed for 54 years.

A: Beijing

B: Havana

C: Hanoi

D: Pyongyang

E: Tehran

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Testimonial--"The Man Who Could Help"

My husband was retiring within a few months and we needed to know what Medicare insurance would be right for us. My friend recommended Ron as she said he was the perfect person to help. Well, she was correct. We had talked to a few other insurance consultants and had no idea what they were talking about. Ron came to our house and within a few minutes we knew that he was the man who could help. Ron answered all of our questions and we found the best Medicare program for us.

We will be happy to recommend Ron to anyone who is in the process of finding the best Medicare program.

Jeanette Jimenez
Monroe, GA

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The Ugly Tree

Long, long ago, in a dense forest there were thousands of tall and beautiful trees. They were happy, but proud of themselves. Among them there was also an ugly tree whose branches were badly twisted. Its roots had uneven curves. All the trees made fun of that ugly tree.

"How are you, hunchback?" the other trees always shouted, and their laughter made the ugly tree feel sad. But he never raised a voice against them. The ugly tree thought, "I wish I were as beautiful as the other trees. Why did God do this to me? Neither can I provide shade to the travelers, nor can the birds make their nests on me. Nobody needs me."

One day, a woodcutter came to the forest. He took a look at the trees and said, "These trees are lovely. I must cut them." As soon as he picked up his axe the trees became frightened.

'Chop, Chop, Chop' went the woodcutter's axe and one by one the trees started to fall. "None of us is going to be spared," screamed one of the beautiful trees. Soon that tree too was brought to the ground by the woodcutter's axe.

By now, the woodcutter had come near to the ugly tree. He had just raised his axe when suddenly he noticed how crooked the ugly tree was. "Hmm! This crooked tree does not seem to be worth anything. I cannot make long straight logs of this ugly tree," he thought. So he moved on to another beautiful tree. The ugly tree heaved a huge sigh of relief. He realized that by making him ugly, God had actually done him a favor.

From that day the ugly tree never complained. He was happy with his crooked branches. He never forgot how he was spared from the woodcutter's axe, only because he was crooked and ugly.

A Limit to Your Kindness

Recently Steve had a car accident. So, he took his car to a body shop to be repaired. Since he had to go to work, he decided to take the train. One day, he noticed a homeless guy at the train station. He felt sorry for him and gave him some change from his pocket.

The homeless guy thanked him for it. The next day he noticed the same homeless guy at the same place. This time he decided to get him something to eat, so he went to a fast food place and bought him a meal. The homeless guy thanked him for his kindness. Steve got curious and asked him, "How did you get to this point?"

The homeless guy looked at him with a smile and said, "By showing Love."

Steve didn't understand so he asked him "What do you mean by that?"

The homeless guy replied, "Throughout my life I made sure everyone was happy. No matter what was going right or wrong in my life, I always helped everyone."

Steve asked him, "Do you regret it?"

The homeless man replied. "No, It just hurts my soul that the very people I gave the shirt off my back to wouldn't give me a sleeve of that same shirt when I was in need. Son, it is better to build your own house and invite someone in for shelter than to hand them your bricks while you are building yours. Because one day you will turn around and look at the spot where you had planned to build your house and it will be an empty lot. Then you are the one looking for bricks."

Moral: Helping others is really a good thing. But sometimes, while we are helping others, we often forget our own problems and needs. We need to remember that sometimes sharing is better than giving away.

Dear Clients & Friends,

Today's newsletter is a response to some recent news.

In an effort to keep you and your family safe, I've decided to share some steps you can take to increase your safety in the face of a particularly dangerous situation. Please share the information in an appropriate manner with younger loved ones who might be more sensitive.

I encourage you to take adequate precautions with all your summer activities. Let's make sure the summer of 2019 is memorable to your family in good ways.

If you are in need of any personal insurance policies or simply have questions, please consider calling me. I am ready for your phone call. Call today.

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Something No One Likes to Talk About

Once passengers have entered an airplane, the plane is not allowed to take flight until after a safety briefing. No one expects the plane to crash, but in the very unlikely event the plane does experience some problems, passengers armed with a little bit of information are more likely to survive.

We conduct fire drills in schools and workplaces--not because we want everyone to spend their days thinking of horrible possibilities, but because a little bit of preparation can go a long way.

When it comes to an unfortunate reality in our world--"mass shootings" or "active-shooter" situations, there are ways to increase your likelihood of survival.

According to Paul Merritt, owner of Fortress Consulting, "You can't walk around thinking the sky is falling . . these are extremely rare occurrences, but things can happen and do happen."

So what can you do? Without becoming paranoid or anxious, form some new habits as you are out and around in public. Here are five suggestions from Fortress Consulting:

1. Stay Alert. Soft targets are almost always the targets of choice for shooters. A soft target is a public area with many people and less security. Churches, schools, malls and nightclubs are usually considered soft targets, but get in the habit of being alert in all public places.

2. Always be Situationally Aware. Remember the safety briefing on airplanes? You are told to become familiar with your location in relation to the exits. Likewise, as you visit the mall or other public places, notice the location of exits.

3. Deny Denial. What is the most common response from people who hear gunfire? According to Merritt, "They think it's fireworks . . but that's denial kicking in." When you think about it, there are very few situations or locations in which you will hear fireworks, and a crowded public area is not one of them. Assume what you hear is gunfire and take the necessary steps.

4. Move and Create Distance. It seems illogical, but sometimes we freeze when we're threatened. When we're prepared, however, with an idea of exit locations, etc. we are more likely to make better decisions under stress. Move quickly away from the gunfire and out the nearest exit or, if that isn't possible, to a hiding place. Silence your phone, but consider using the texting functions to notify others about what is happening.

5. Leave and Keep Going. Run and keep going until you are completely out of the area. If you're hiding in a safe spot, stay hidden. Sometimes there is no resolution to an active-shooter situation for hours. Stay hidden until authorities arrive. If you can help someone without endangering yourself, do so.

One last thing recommended by safety consultants is to learn how to use a tourniquet. Stories have emerged from mass shootings which suggest the use of a tourniquet could have saved many lives.

Nothing can guarantee safety in our world, but preparation is a key to minimizing your risks. Be aware that lifetime probability of death from a mass shooting is approximately four times less likely than from any "force of nature" and 22 times less likely than simply riding in a car, van or truck (based on statistics from the National Safety Council, compiled in an article by Business Insider). Stay safe!

(The preceding article was summarized from information found in an October 6, 2017 article entitled "5 Ways to Stay Safe in a Mass Shooting" by Jamie Allen at

National Immunization Awareness Month

August is National Immunization Awareness Month (NIAM). This annual observance highlights the importance of getting recommended vaccines throughout your life. You have the power to protect yourself and your family against serious diseases like whooping cough, cancers caused by HIV and pneumonia with vaccines.

During NIAM we encourage you to talk to your doctor, nurse or other healthcare professional to ensure that you and your family are up to date on recommended vaccines. These vaccines are covered by most insurance plans.

We encourage you to visit CDC's Interactive Vaccine Guide, which provides information on the vaccines recommended during pregnancy and throughout your child's life.

As children are just heading back to school, make sure that vaccinations are at the top of your checklist. August is also a key time to see that you are up to date yourself.

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V-J Day Clips from Honolulu
Japan Surrenders, VJ Day, August 14, 1945. World War II Ends.
Japan Surrenders, VJ Day, August 14, 1945. World War II Ends.
Back to School Puzzle (100 Pieces)

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Elaine's Recipe of the Month  

Bang Bang Shrimp
Elaine Dutton 
1 package frozen popcorn shrimp (about 18 ounces) 
1/4 cup Thai chili sauce 
2 tablespoons mayonnaise 
1 1/2 tablespoons honey 
1 tablespoon sriracha 
4 lettuce leaves, for serving 
Chopped scallions, for garnish

  1. Cook the shrimp according to the package instructions.
  2. Meanwhile, combine the Thai chili sauce, mayonnaise, honey and sriracha in a bowl and whisk until fully combined.
  3. Toss the cooked shrimp in the mayo mixture while it's still hot. Put the lettuce leaves down on a plate and spoon the shrimp over the lettuce. Sprinkle with scallions and serve.