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Feb 10Liked by Mary Plantwalker

Beautiful post! Putting love at the center is enriching in so many ways. Alice Duer Miller said, "Listening is not merely not talking, though even that is beyond most of our powers; it means taking a vigorous, human interest in what is being told us. You can listen like a blank wall or like a splendid auditorium where every sound comes back fuller and richer." She also wrote:

The English love their country with a love

Steady, and simple, wordless, dignified;

I think it sets their patriotism above

All others. We Americans have pride--

We glory in our country's short romance.

We boast of it and love it. Frenchmen, when

The ultimate menace comes, will die for France

Logically as they lived. But Englishmen

Will serve day after day, obey the law,

And do dull tasks that keep a nation strong.

Once I remember in London how I saw

Pale shabby people standing in a long

Line in the twilight and the misty rain

To pay their tax. I then saw England plain.

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