Thought for the Day: Two Ways

“There are only two ways to live your life.  One is as though nothing is a miracle, the other is as though everything is a miracle” – Albert Einstein

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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

2 responses to “Thought for the Day: Two Ways”

  1. Rosita says :

    Hi, my friend. I loved that photo! Was it taken by yuh (I’m just representing my speech form)? If yes, I should say Hawaii is such a loving place to live. And about the phrase, it couldn’t be more correct! PS: I wanna buy another KBD (Kintamani Bali Dog), and I couldn’t wait to see them being internationally recognized as a distinct breed #excited 😉 so….can an expat be a doc in Hawaii, even though it’ll be just for an awhile? is there any volcano eruption risk in Hawaii? I hope not, but wha’ would yuh say about that probability?

    • reneeriley says :

      Hi Rosita: The rainbow photo is not mine, but we get to see such sights fairly often. There is volcanic activity right now on the big island of Hawaii – and it’s been going on for years! But here on Maui, we have one extinct volcano, the West Maui Mountains, and one dormant volcano, Haleakala, which last erupted in about 1790. We feel pretty safe. People from other countries do come here to work, but it’s not as easy to do that legally as it is in some other countries such as Australia. Good luck with your KBD. Aloha, Renee

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