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The Classic Pamela Positive: “What Delightful Hosts ― Life And Love!” – James Whitcomb Riley

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What delightful hosts are they —
Life and Love!
Lingeringly I turn away,
This late hour, yet glad enough
They have not withheld from me
Their high hospitality.
So, with a face lit with delight
And all gratitude, I stay
Yet to press their hands and say,
“Thanks. ― So fine a time! Good night.”

― James Whitcomb Riley

Writer and Poet


We can have such great companions in life, Team Living and Giving! It is about Life and Love. If we keep them close, we will always be companioned!

How can you keep Life and Love close to you today? What does that mean to you?

I know one way, and it is to go hug or call someone you love. That’s Life-giving and Love-giving. What other ways can you think of? We can think of ways to be hospitable and welcome in pretty much every part of our day.


While I can\’t have you over for dinner tonight, I am going to try to open up hospitality with you, online, right here with my blog!


Today, I am grateful for you, our Living and Giving Readers, who are around our table of love. I wish I could add your photo here.

You are leaders who “Inspire Leaders to Live with Excellence and Love”, which is the mission of our blog.

James Whitcomb Riley taught us to cherish our time together. He taught us to welcome. He taught us to ever be giving hospitality.



James Whitcomb Riley (October 7, 1849 – July 22, 1916) was an American writer, poet, and best-selling author. During his lifetime he was known as the “Hoosier Poet” and “Children’s Poet” for his dialect works and his children’s poetry. His poems tend to be humorous or sentimental. Of the approximately 1,000 poems Riley wrote, the majority are in dialect. His famous works include Little Orphant Annie and The Raggedy Man.

James Whitcomb Riley was born on October 7, 1849, in the town of Greenfield, Indiana, the third of the six children of Reuben Andrew and Elizabeth Marine Riley. Riley’s father was an attorney, and in the year before his birth, he was elected a member of the Indiana House of Representatives as a Democrat. As a child, he was introduced to many people who later influenced his poetry. His father regularly brought home clients and disadvantaged people to help them. Riley’s poem The Raggedy Man is based on a German tramp his father hired to work at the family home.

The Riley Children’s Foundation is a nonprofit organization established in 1921 as the Riley Memorial Association with the intention of constructing a children’s hospital. The Foundation’s fundraising efforts have allowed for the hospital to flourish and for Indiana families to receive the benefits of free medical care.

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