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“In the household in which I was raised, the themes were pretty simple. 'Work hard. Don't quit. Be ...
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“In the household in which I was raised, the themes were pretty simple. 'Work hard. Don't quit. Be appreciative, be thankful, be grateful, be respectful. Also, never whine, never complain. And always, for crying out loud, keep a sense of humor.'” -Michael Keaton (actor) “In the household in which I was raised, the themes were pretty simple. 'Work hard. Don't quit. Be appreciative, be thankful, be grateful, be respectful. Also, never whine, never complain. And always, for crying out loud, keep a sense of humor.'” -Michael Keaton (actor)
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I trust in you; do not let me be put to shame, nor let my enemies triumph over me. No one who hopes in ...
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I trust in you; do not let me be put to shame, nor let my enemies triumph over me. No one who hopes in you will ever be put to shame, but shame will come on those who are treacherous without cause. Show me your ways, LORD, teach me your paths. Guide me in your truth and teach me, for you are God my Savior, ... I trust in you; do not let me be put to shame, nor let my enemies triumph over me.
No one who hopes in you will ever be put to shame, but shame will come on those who are treacherous without cause.
Show me your ways, LORD, teach me your paths.
Guide me in your truth and teach me, for you are God my Savior, and my hope is in you all day long.
Psalm 25:2-5
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A perfect pairing.
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A perfect pairing. A perfect pairing.
"Make it simple, but significant." -- Don Draper
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"Make it simple, but significant." -- Don Draper "Make it simple, but significant." -- Don Draper
“Little Joe never once gave it away. Everybody had to pay and pay. A hustle here and a hustle there, ...
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“Little Joe never once gave it away. Everybody had to pay and pay. A hustle here and a hustle there, New York City's the place where they said, "Hey, babe, Take a walk on the wild side." -Lou Reed. “Little Joe never once gave it away. Everybody had to pay and pay. A hustle here and a hustle there, New York City's the place where they said, "Hey, babe, Take a walk on the wild side." -Lou Reed.
I know it’s after Labor Day, but it’s also over 90 degrees, so the khaki suit lives to see another day.
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I know it’s after Labor Day, but it’s also over 90 degrees, so the khaki suit lives to see another day. I know it’s after Labor Day, but it’s also over 90 degrees, so the khaki suit lives to see another day.
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The final puffs of Friday. It’s hard to believe Labor Day weekend is here already. Wish everyone ...
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The final puffs of Friday. It’s hard to believe Labor Day weekend is here already. Wish everyone a safe and fun-filled holiday! The final puffs of Friday. It’s hard to believe Labor Day weekend is here already. Wish everyone a safe and fun-filled holiday!
It’s Wednesday! Whaddaya want from me? 🤣 📸: @angela_altus vía @privateairmag @gina_samarotto
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It’s Wednesday! Whaddaya want from me? 🤣 📸: @angela_altus vía @privateairmag @gina_samarotto It’s Wednesday! Whaddaya want from me? 🤣 📸: @angela_altus vía @privateairmag @gina_samarotto
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Enjoying premium cigars with spirits is a no brainer, but pairing them appropriately takes strategy. ...
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Enjoying premium cigars with spirits is a no brainer, but pairing them appropriately takes strategy. A premium cigar’s flavors are nuanced. Even a rich, full-bodied cigar is “delicate” compared to a high alcohol spirit. While it’s common to discuss flavors when trying to create a pairing, ... Enjoying premium cigars with spirits is a no brainer, but pairing them appropriately takes strategy. A premium cigar’s flavors are nuanced. Even a rich, full-bodied cigar is “delicate” compared to a high alcohol spirit. While it’s common to discuss flavors when trying to create a pairing, I also recommend paying close attention to temperature and mouthfeel. High alcohol spirits have heat- often referred to as “burn”. And depending on proof, it can range from moderate to excessive. The high alcohol spirit can also feel astringent on the palate, leaving your mouth drier than it was prior to sipping.
Often times we add an ice cube or some water to open the spirit and temper its ferocity, but before you do I’d recommend selecting a cigar that can do it for you. A longer format cigar with a slightly larger ring gauge (fatter than 50 and longer than 6”) incorporates more air, offering a cooler, rounder smoke and also likely induce saliva production, which can restore your palate while also delivering the complimentary flavors of the cigar.
Enjoying the pairing in the order of sip, followed by puff, allows the cigar’s flavors to layer “on top” of the heavier base of the spirit ensuring the pairing is successful in creating a “new balance” on the palate. A puff followed by a sip replaces the nuanced flavors of the cigar with the dominating flavors of the spirit, as well as the aggressive burn and astringent mouth feel spirits can impart, which leaves your palate in a state of unrest.
What is YOUR spirit and premium cigar pairing?
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Friday. Make it count. Have a great weekend.
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Friday. Make it count. Have a great weekend. Friday. Make it count. Have a great weekend.
Despite the National conflict in Nicaragua over the last several months, and the negative reports ...
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Despite the National conflict in Nicaragua over the last several months, and the negative reports in the news... my experience was as great as always. Though clearly fewer people and significantly less tourists, it’s been another terrific and productive trip. Thanks to @plasenciacigars ... Despite the National conflict in Nicaragua over the last several months, and the negative reports in the news... my experience was as great as always. Though clearly fewer people and significantly less tourists, it’s been another terrific and productive trip. Thanks to @plasenciacigars for the hospitality, education, friendship and commitment to excellence.
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What a great experience, riding through the fields in Estelí as the soil is beginning to be prepped ...
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What a great experience, riding through the fields in Estelí as the soil is beginning to be prepped for this year’s growing season. Incredible. What a great experience, riding through the fields in Estelí as the soil is beginning to be prepped for this year’s growing season. Incredible.
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It’s so easy to get caught up in work, and in life. But there’s so much more. We are all busy these days, but if we all prioritized a little time and effort to give back to our communities, and help those who need it, the world would be a better place. The Plasencia family opened a school across from ... It’s so easy to get caught up in work, and in life. But there’s so much more. We are all busy these days, but if we all prioritized a little time and effort to give back to our communities, and help those who need it, the world would be a better place. The Plasencia family opened a school across from their factory in Estelí, Nicaragua. I visited when they opened, and have been back a few times since. Today, over 100 students are enrolled, many the children of employees, others just young people from the local area. The lives and futures of these kids and their families are brighter thanks to the Plasencia family.
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Made by hand.
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Made by hand. Made by hand.
To make great premium cigars, it takes passion, hard work, a commitment to excellence and of course ...
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To make great premium cigars, it takes passion, hard work, a commitment to excellence and of course incredible tobacco. To make great premium cigars consistently, year after year, painstakingly maintaining the experience despite the agricultural fluctuations, it takes A LOT of incredible ... To make great premium cigars, it takes passion, hard work, a commitment to excellence and of course incredible tobacco. To make great premium cigars consistently, year after year, painstakingly maintaining the experience despite the agricultural fluctuations, it takes A LOT of incredible tobacco. Every leaf is handled with care. What a process. What an industry. Premium cigars are different.
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There is simply no substitute for tasting...
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There is simply no substitute for tasting... There is simply no substitute for tasting...
It’s FRIDAY! Have a great weekend!
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It’s FRIDAY! Have a great weekend! It’s FRIDAY! Have a great weekend!
( #tbt swipe through photos) I find a tremendous amount of inspiration from chefs. Chefs are passionate ...
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( #tbt swipe through photos) I find a tremendous amount of inspiration from chefs. Chefs are passionate artists who, in an endless pursuit of perfecting their craft, subject themselves to scrutiny on a daily basis. No chef presents a dish to a guest they think is mediocre. No chef opens a restaurant ... ( #tbt swipe through photos) I find a tremendous amount of inspiration from chefs. Chefs are passionate artists who, in an endless pursuit of perfecting their craft, subject themselves to scrutiny on a daily basis. No chef presents a dish to a guest they think is mediocre. No chef opens a restaurant they consider to be good enough. No different than a songwriter, author, visual artist, wine maker, and premium cigar manufacturer... the work is never done. Perfection doesn’t exist. It’s a constant process of refining and perfecting... and when their best is finally ready to be presented, it will always be met with criticism. There will always be people who simply don’t like it. But nevertheless, these artists are inspired to try harder, and be better... while still being true to themselves.
And what makes THESE particular chefs even more amazing is, despite their work in their restaurants and on television- these gents spend countless hours and days on the road, raising millions of dollars, and giving back to those less fortunate in their communities and around the world. Thank you for all you do! @conantnyc @gzchef @emeril @chefthomaskeller @chefmarcmurphy @chefcharliepalmer “Far better it is to dare mighty things, to win glorious triumphs, even though checkered by failure, than to take rank with those poor spirits who neither enjoy much nor suffer much, because they live in the gray twilight that knows neither victory nor defeat.” —Theodore Roosevelt .
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#foodnetwork #chef #culinary #inspiration #nothingisordinary #myfab5 #f52grams #dailyfoodfeed #lovefood #eatingfortheinsta #flatlay #spoonfeed #huffposttaste #infatuation #buzzfeast #feedyoursoull #cheatmeal #tastingtable #forkyeah #heresmyfood #eater #eattheworld #foodandwine #foodblogfeed #foodandwine #still_life_gallery #buzzfeedfood #rslove
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Happy Wednesday.
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Happy Wednesday. Happy Wednesday.
We don’t “smoke” premium cigars, we enjoy them. They are a hobby, not a habit. Beyond just enjoying ...
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We don’t “smoke” premium cigars, we enjoy them. They are a hobby, not a habit. Beyond just enjoying the flavors, we appreciate the craftsmanship and passion that go in to making each and every one so unique. The shape of the ash, the body of the smoke, the aroma in the air, the nuanced characteristics ... We don’t “smoke” premium cigars, we enjoy them. They are a hobby, not a habit. Beyond just enjoying the flavors, we appreciate the craftsmanship and passion that go in to making each and every one so unique. The shape of the ash, the body of the smoke, the aroma in the air, the nuanced characteristics that linger on our palates, and the friendships that endure long after a cigar is extinguished... premium cigars are different.
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Work station.
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Work station. Work station.
Tuesday. “Lack of direction, not lack of time, is the problem. We all have twenty four hour days.” ...
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Tuesday. “Lack of direction, not lack of time, is the problem. We all have twenty four hour days.” -Zig Ziglar. Tuesday. “Lack of direction, not lack of time, is the problem. We all have twenty four hour days.” -Zig Ziglar.
Sundays in the suburbs...
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Sundays in the suburbs... Sundays in the suburbs...
Love you, Sa! The best wombmate ever!! Happy Twins Day!! #twinsday #nationaltwinday #twinning ...
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Love you, Sa! The best wombmate ever!! Happy Twins Day!! #twinsday #nationaltwinday #twinning #twins Love you, Sa! The best wombmate ever!! Happy Twins Day!! #twinsday #nationaltwinday #twinning #twins
 #tbt 1990 When I was quite young, five or six years old, I started studying martial arts- a Korean ...
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#tbt 1990 When I was quite young, five or six years old, I started studying martial arts- a Korean style called Tang Soo Do, at Mike Bogdanski’s School of Karate in Putnam, CT. I started as a white belt, like everyone else... and slowly progressed through the ranks of blue, green, red, apprentice ... #tbt 1990 When I was quite young, five or six years old, I started studying martial arts- a Korean style called Tang Soo Do, at Mike Bogdanski’s School of Karate in Putnam, CT. I started as a white belt, like everyone else... and slowly progressed through the ranks of blue, green, red, apprentice black, and finally black belt in 1990. The impact martial arts had on my life was profoundly influential in my development as a person. I was terrible in sparring (truly awful, I frankly scared to death of being hit). more than anything, I appreciate what the actual art of #TangSooDo taught me- #respect. We addressed one another as Mr., Miss, and Ms, regardless of age or rank. We bowed and shook hands before and after every match regardless of who won or lost (rest assured I lost). But what still resonates in my memory today are the principles we recited before every single class. They’re simple principles, that frankly transcend Karate, and are essential to everyday life. They are:

The Student Creed
-I intend to develop myself in a positive manner and avoid anything that would reduce my mental growth or my physical health.
-I intend to develop self-discipline in order to bring out the best in myself and others.
-I intend to use what I learn in class constructively and defensively; to help myself and my fellow man and never to be abusive or offensive.
The Seven Tenets of Tang Soo Do
1 Integrity
2 Concentration
3 Perserverence
4 Respect and Obedience
5 Self Control
6 Humility
7 Indomitable Spirit
The Five Codes of Tang Soo Do
1 Loyalty to Country
2 Obedience to Parents
3 Honour Friendship
4 Never Retreat in Battle
5 In Fighting, Choose with Sense and Honour

TANG SOO!!!!!!!
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There’s no place like home.
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There’s no place like home. There’s no place like home.
Friday mode!
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Friday mode! Friday mode!
"When you photograph people in color, you photograph their clothes. But when you photograph people ...
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"When you photograph people in color, you photograph their clothes. But when you photograph people in Black and white, you photograph their souls!"― Ted Grant "When you photograph people in color, you photograph their clothes. But when you photograph people in Black and white, you photograph their souls!"― Ted Grant
Strength vs. Body. Body is mouthfeel.... it’s the weight and texture of a cigar’s smoke on the palate. In this case, the smoother more elegant cigar from Dominican Republic had a fuller body than the ligero-heavy Nicaraguan puro that was definitely stronger, but lighter in body. While I ... Strength vs. Body. Body is mouthfeel.... it’s the weight and texture of a cigar’s smoke on the palate. In this case, the smoother more elegant cigar from Dominican Republic had a fuller body than the ligero-heavy Nicaraguan puro that was definitely stronger, but lighter in body. While I enjoy both, generally I prefer fuller body over major strength. I enjoy cigars that I can taste, rather than cigars I just feel due to out of balance strength.
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Even in the rain it’s beautiful.... There’s no place on earth like the Big Apple.
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Even in the rain it’s beautiful.... There’s no place on earth like the Big Apple. Even in the rain it’s beautiful.... There’s no place on earth like the Big Apple.
Making my hobbies my profession is a blessing. Learning, sharing and learning some more... the ...
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Making my hobbies my profession is a blessing. Learning, sharing and learning some more... the cycle never ends. Making my hobbies my profession is a blessing. Learning, sharing and learning some more... the cycle never ends.
 #tbt #throwbackthursday 2005
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#tbt #throwbackthursday 2005 #tbt #throwbackthursday 2005
The best in the business!
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The best in the business! The best in the business!
"I’m a greater believer in luck, and I find the harder I work the more I have of it." – Thomas Jefferson
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"I’m a greater believer in luck, and I find the harder I work the more I have of it." – Thomas Jefferson "I’m a greater believer in luck, and I find the harder I work the more I have of it."
– Thomas Jefferson
Cruising in.
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Cruising in. Cruising in.
Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor ...
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Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always ... Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. Love never fails. But where there are prophecies, they will cease; where there are tongues, they will be stilled; where there is knowledge, it will pass away. 1 Corinthians 13:4-8.
Happy Anniversary, babe.
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New link in bio... What a pleasure to be included in the ipcpr issue of @tobaccobizonline. Article ...
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New link in bio... What a pleasure to be included in the ipcpr issue of @tobaccobizonline. Article by Antoine Reid @editorreid . Page 102. New link in bio... What a pleasure to be included in the ipcpr issue of @tobaccobizonline. Article by Antoine Reid @editorreid . Page 102.
Always great hanging at the lake. But it’s back to business!
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Always great hanging at the lake. But it’s back to business! Always great hanging at the lake. But it’s back to business!
 #fbf #flashback Summers at The Shack. @chefmarcmurphy @conantnyc @wtfeldman @gzchef photo by ...
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#fbf #flashback Summers at The Shack. @chefmarcmurphy @conantnyc @wtfeldman @gzchef photo by @kengoodmanphoto #fbf #flashback Summers at The Shack. @chefmarcmurphy @conantnyc @wtfeldman @gzchef photo by @kengoodmanphoto
Summer cigars.... while I enjoy cigars inside more than outside, I love a beautiful day outdoors ...
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Summer cigars.... while I enjoy cigars inside more than outside, I love a beautiful day outdoors with a fine cigar. I’ll generally lean towards fuller-bodied, more obvious cigars, rather than subtle and complex. A cigar makes the the time outdoors even more enjoyable... the last thing ... Summer cigars.... while I enjoy cigars inside more than outside, I love a beautiful day outdoors with a fine cigar. I’ll generally lean towards fuller-bodied, more obvious cigars, rather than subtle and complex. A cigar makes the the time outdoors even more enjoyable... the last thing I want to pay attention to on a beautiful day are the nuances and complexity of a blend. I just want to fire up and enjoy the day!
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Rosé all day! Happy Fourth of July!!
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Rosé all day! Happy Fourth of July!! Rosé all day! Happy Fourth of July!!
Seersucker season. When it’s 108 degrees, only one suit will do. Who else rocked a seersucker this ...
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Seersucker season. When it’s 108 degrees, only one suit will do. Who else rocked a seersucker this week!?! Seersucker season. When it’s 108 degrees, only one suit will do. Who else rocked a seersucker this week!?!
Homeward bound.
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Homeward bound. Homeward bound.
I get asked often, “How many cigars do you smoke a day?” The answer really depends. I light up many ...
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I get asked often, “How many cigars do you smoke a day?” The answer really depends. I light up many cigars in a given day; though often just puffing for an inch or so, to revisit blends, confirm consistency, ensure combustion etc... As cigars have become more “work” I really appreciate the opportunity ... I get asked often, “How many cigars do you smoke a day?” The answer really depends. I light up many cigars in a given day; though often just puffing for an inch or so, to revisit blends, confirm consistency, ensure combustion etc... As cigars have become more “work” I really appreciate the opportunity to sit and relax with a cigar, and truly enjoy it, start to finish, uninterrupted, as a “consumer”. Even when you work in the premium cigar industry.... there’s nothing like a moment with a great cigar to unwind, reset and and appreciate life’s blessings.
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Hot town, summer in the city Back of my neck getting dirty and gritty. -Loving Spoonful
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Hot town, summer in the city Back of my neck getting dirty and gritty. -Loving Spoonful Hot town, summer in the city
Back of my neck getting dirty and gritty. -Loving Spoonful
I have set my rainbow in the clouds, and it will be the sign of the covenant between me and the earth. ...
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I have set my rainbow in the clouds, and it will be the sign of the covenant between me and the earth. Whenever I bring clouds over the earth and the rainbow appears in the clouds, I will remember my covenant between me and you and all living creatures of every kind. Never again will the waters ... I have set my rainbow in the clouds, and it will be the sign of the covenant between me and the earth.
Whenever I bring clouds over the earth and the rainbow appears in the clouds,
I will remember my covenant between me and you and all living creatures of every kind. Never again will the waters become a flood to destroy all life.
Whenever the rainbow appears in the clouds, I will see it and remember the everlasting covenant between God and all living creatures of every kind on the earth.
Genesis 9:13-16.
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Enjoy your weekend!!!
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Enjoy your weekend!!! Enjoy your weekend!!!

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