Thought for the Day: In Order to Create

“In order to create an apple pie from scratch, you must first create the universe” – Carl Sagan

Of course, Carl Sagan would say that.

Quotation in –  Soul Pancake: Chew on Life’s Big Questions by Rainn Wilson

Aloha, Renée


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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

5 responses to “Thought for the Day: In Order to Create”

  1. Rosita says :

    I don’t have my own animal shelter, but, one day, maybe, I’ll create my very own…. When it don’t happen, I’ll adopt a rescued dog, probably an adult female, because I don’t have so much time to deal with mischief puppies 🙂 one thing who’s interesting is that BSDs (Brazilian Street Dogs) usually are thin, medium-sized, with shorthaired fur, floppy ears and a long face. BSDs are sufficiently exotic to have their own pedigrees, as they did with Bahamian Potcake, a Caribbean dog breed who looks like very similar to BSD, and is found at certain Caribbean islands, although it’s only recognized as a distinct breed at Bahamas. So, I think that BSDs also deserve to be recognized as a purebred. BSDs are too unique and indigenous to take role at the dog show, so, I hope that someone notice their uniqueness and recognize them as a distinct breed. I ❤️ BSDs by their uniqueness and charisma. And how’s the typical appearance of Hawaiian street dogs?

  2. Rosita says :

    As I explained to yours the typical BSDs appearance, I also have to tell yours that, unfortunately, they can be potentially rabies carriers, and, consequently, initiate a rabies outbreak, as it occurred in some Brazilian cities, as Corumbá, in Mato Grosso do Sul. To talk the true, luckily, dogs aren’t major rabies carriers in Brazil nowadays, but yes cattle are more prone to catch rabies and bats are major carriers of rabies in Brazil, who can cause an enormous injury to our economy, and, if you consider the fact that we’re facing an economical crisis here, it could be catastrophic, in both economic and public health. My city is rabies-free since 2008, but we can’t say the same of other cities, sadly. Although rabies is 100% lethal, it’s 100% preventable also. And Brazilian government, despite the fact of being bad administrated, pay a lot attention to both human and animal rabies prevention, who’s good, and, although we don’t have eradicated rabies from our territory, we’re doing efforts to catch up our target 😀 and I had heard that Hawaii is rabies-free, it proceeds? Do yours have heard that canine rabies outbreak who’s occurring in Bali started with an infected dog brought from a neighbor island, probably Flores, and, before that, Bali was rabies-free? Yes, yes, the “Island of Gods”, is, now, “Island of Rabid Dogs”, and, worst of all, the outbreak started in 2008 (coincidently the year that my city became rabies-free), and, with that, it still during EIGHT YEARS of unnecessary canine and human deaths due to that painful, but totally preventable disease, and it don’t achieved the target of eliminating the disease of its territory, due to a hypocritical government politic of killing healthy dogs instead of vaccinating them. And, do you know that, now, a dog can’t leave Bali legally due to the current rabies outbreak? How sad! 😭 But I hope that both BARC and BAWA (two Balinese NGOs who’re helping Bali dogs and cats) will teach balinese government an important lesson: never hurting a sentient creature, because bad karma will follow them. luckily there are some rabies-free countries and cities, and how’s rabies situation in Hawaii? Do yours have the fear of rabies entering in Hawaii by any infected animal of a neighboring state or country, as it occurred in Bali?

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