Thought for the Day: Those I Love

In her early novel Adam Bede, George Eliot writes:

“There are few prophets in the world; few sublimely beautiful women; few heroes.  I can’t afford to give all my love and reverence to such rarities: I want a great deal of those feelings for my every-day fellow-men [and women] especially for the few in the foreground of the great multitude, whose faces I know, whose hands I touch, for whom I have to make way with kindly courtesy.”

Aloha, Renée


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About reneeriley

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: Those I Love”

  1. Rosita says :

    we’re facing a reality that prove us that true love is as immortal and beautiful as frangipani flower, always reaching a cycle of infinite development, as we’re also doing it during our lives, not only this, but yes our past and future lives. And it’s also valid to loves too 😉 is sad to say it, but we’re living on a contemporaneous society in which certain matters, as world peace & social equality are being more and more far from our reality, they’re being utopias 😦 I’m doing my part in doing this world a better place, by helping poor & unwanted dogs and cats. As I couldn’t adopt a dog at the moment, I’ll sponsor a dog at one of our local animal shelter, I’ll visit it during all weekends and take care of it as it would mine! ❤️ Until it go adopted, when I’ll feel a mix of happiness & sadness 😉 So, we can do our part on doing this world a better place, anyone can do its part, before hope, true love & world peace become nothing more than monumental blurs. And we should take care of our planet too! It’s suffering a lot due to global warming & pollution 😦 I can feel its effects on my homeland, because it’s being more and more crowded & have a chaotic traffic, with lots & lots of motorbikes, buses & cars, who’s bad to our planet, although it’s the price to be paid due to globalization… Oh, if there’s any form of globalization who isn’t too aggressive to our planet & ourselves. But there’s still hope. When there’s life compassion and love, there’s still hope 🙂

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