Thought for the Day: Unique

Oliver Sacks, M.D. (b. 1933) was a neurologist, professor of neurology at the NYU School of Medicine, and author of many books including The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a HatAwakenings, and An Anthropologist on Mars.   Sacks felt that the brain was the “most incredible thing in the universe” and, therefore, important to study.

After learning in 2015 that he had terminal cancer, Sacks wrote:

“When people die, they cannot be replaced.

They leave holes that cannot be filled, for it is the fate – the genetic and neural fate – of every human being to be a unique individual, to find his own path, to live his own life, to die his own death.”

(The New York Times Magazine, 12/27/2015, p. 23).

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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

One response to “Thought for the Day: Unique”

  1. Rosita says :

    We’re all unique, all of us have a particular way of living and can’t be replaced. Although some persons are bad, still there’re so many persons in the world that’re good. I did a test on internet to show me where I should live and the result is always the same, even if I change my answers: Trinidad & Tobago. Am I predestined to live in T&T? Who knows. I like to think that I am, but I’ll let destiny decides it 😉 I would like to know Bali island, one day… I heard that is better avoid kuta region. It proceeds? What’s the less crowded region (at least in your opinion) of the Island of Gods?

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