Thought for the Day: “Pleasure . . .”

“Pleasure in the job —-


Enjoy what you do – and working is usually better if you are doing it with friends.

Aloha, Renée

– “Roofers” from the Laos Collection of hand-tinted photographs by Darvis.

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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: “Pleasure . . .””

  1. Rosita says :

    VERY TRUE!!!! If that means same thing than chasing yuh dreams, I’ll, I decide, be a vet and move to the maInland USA – perhaps Maine, Massachussets or Florida – or Puerto Rico, apart from doing volunteer work as vet in Latin America, Asia and Africa 😄 But I’ll also settle my own family & raise them among idyllic settlements, travel the world with children, while teaching them about compassionate animal welfare, apart from showing them how it changes from a culture to another, and learn it by myself. I won’t force children to be vegan, it’ll be THEIR choice, but I’ll raise them with a mostly vegetarian culinary, apart from showing them how we’re different from each other, not just in appearance, but yah in our thoughts, without being extremist, but yah tolerating, trying to understand and celebrating the unity in diversity. I’ll also write some books, mostly romance and poetry ones, I guess. It don’t matters whether will they be bestsellers, but yah the fact that books make a better world, through sharing our dreams and thoughts – good, hopeful ones, BTW! – about and with the whole world.
    Hope y’all are fine,
    Yuh Brazilian friend

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