Barry’s Gleanings: “Tuesdays with Morrie”

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Barry’s favorite quotations from Tuesdays with Morrie: 

“The way you get meaning in your life is to devote yourself to loving others, devote yourself to your community around you, and devote yourself to something that gives you purpose and meaning.”

“The most important thing in life is to learn how to give out love, and to let it come in.”

“A teacher affects eternity; he [she] can never tell where his [her] influence stops.”

Aloha, Barry (and Renée)

“Tuesdays with Morrie”

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Our blog was begun as a way to share our experiences in China. From August 2010 to July 2011, my husband, Barry Kristel, and I were at our University of Hawaii Maui College sister school, Zhejiang Agriculture and Forestry University in Lin'an, China, a city considered rural because it has only 500,000 people! We had a wonderful time. Then in February 2012, we returned to teach this time at our other sister school, Shanghai Normal University, in a city of over 21 million people. We've made many discoveries. Did you know that now Chinese girls, at least the ones who go to university, for the most part feel they are luckier than the Chinese boys? Did you know that Shanghai saved over 20,000 European Jews during WWII? Do you know how Chinese university students would deal with problems that come up in Dear Abby letters? What's it like to be on the Great Wall of China? Do you know how many Chinese girls had their feet bound and why? And we have recipes from many of the places we've visited. Among others, you can find instructions on how to fry cicadas from one of my ZAFU students and how to make chocolate-Kahlua waffles from my brother Mike in Gainesville. You can also look back to our earliest entry to see what we experienced in Oaxaca, Mexico, in 2006 during the mainly peaceful six months of protest until the Mexican government sent in the troops. Between our stays in China, Barry and I have been on the Mainland U.S. visiting family, friends and Servas hosts as we traveled home to Maui. We share those experiences too. Welcome to our blog! Aloha and Zài Jiàn, Renée and Barry

3 responses to “Barry’s Gleanings: “Tuesdays with Morrie””

  1. Rosita says :

    I loved those quotes ☺️ to talk the true, I love all who talks about peace and love. I’m a pacifist, of course. I would love to live in a world without poverty, inequalities, violence, only peace and true love. And I help street dogs on my travels around the world, because I feed and play with them. I believe that if I can’t change the world, it don’t have problems, because I know that I’m changing the world of those poor homeless animals. Visit Costa Rica’s one of my dreams, because it’s a demilitarized country, with a very sympathetic people, and it’s the most closely related with the music “Imagine” of John Lennon. Some persons like John Lennon and Bob Marley were always dreaming dreams of peace, and we are too dreaming dreams of peace, we have to stay always hopeful about world’s peace. My dream is to become an infectious doctor (a doctor who treats infectious diseases), and I think that the fact of I had chikungunya fever last year and my intense desire of traveling the world increased my interest on this area of Medicine. I’ve born as a Brazilian, but I feel that I have a Costa Rican or perhaps Panamanian soul, but it doesn’t matter 😉 I only know that I would like to visit, perhaps live, in any Caribbean country, as such Turks and Caicos hahaha but, talking serious, if, just if, anyone offers me a Nobel Prize of Medicine or Peace, I certainly would refuse it, because I’m just a person, with my own dreams and errors, and the world still a chaos, with all those diseases and wars 😦 it makes me sad, but I think that it’s a constant reminder that weren’t at Paradise, but yet at dreadful and nasty Planet Earth. But we can make of the world a better place, not with guns, only kind words and good acts, because violence only causes destruction, and love causes love 🙂 and we never have to lose our trust on humanity, because have some great persons who’re making the world as a better place, as Pope Francis, Dalai Lama and many others. But this’s just my form of see the world, at least.

  2. anisakazemi says :

    Such an amazing book. Just finished reading it!

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