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You know how you sometimes wake up and there is some thought in the back of your mind. So, I woke up this morning with the song-rhyme in my head: “Make new friends and keep the old, one is silver and the other is gold.” I am not sure if this is an inherently American rhyme, but I have only sung it here. Then the Latvian saying came to mind, which also uses the metaphor of the gold and silver. That is – “runāšana – sudrabs, klusēšana – zelts” (talking is silver, being silent is gold).  It pretty much sums up the cultural differences between Latvians and Americans, in my opinion. Not that one is better than other. I actually prefer silver to gold, for example.

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