Thought for the Day: Change

“To keep our faces toward change and behave like free spirits in the presence of fate is strength undefeatable” – Helen Keller (1880-1968) –

Helen Keller was the first deaf-blind person to earn a bachelor of arts degree. Wikipedia

The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched – they must be felt with the heart.
Life is either a daring adventure, or nothing.
Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much.


Aloha, Renée

Flowers from Joy R. & Dawn – Mahalo 🙂



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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: Change”

  1. Rosita says :

    of course!! also, I do admire Helen Keller pretty much, as a deaf woman myself, she’s such an inspiration and breaks taboos dat both blind & hearing impaired ppl ain’t able to take a normal life (yah, there are idiots who tinks it 😑), also, NOT all hearing impaired talks thro signal language. for example, I know very little of Libras (Brazilian signal language) and talk verbally, BOTH in Portuguese and a pidgin English❣️ also, has u installed InstaGram yet? 😊
    With love,

    • reneeriley says :

      Hey, Rosita: I haven’t signed up for InstaGram yet. I’m waiting to travel again when I can see things with new eyes – and share them. People like Helen Keller are extremely inspiring. Life is hard enough – but to have physical challenges too – and keep going show a wonderful way to be in the world. Sending you light and love, Renée

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