Quotations: Change & Love


Our son Johnny and ma belle-fille, Sandi, at sunset on Oneloa Beach, Maui  8/1/18

“To keep our faces toward change and behave like free spirits in the presence of fate is strength  undefeatable.”

 “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.”
Many blessings to Johnny & Sandi as their lives change in the adventure of life.
In Light & Love, Renée & Barry
Quotations from – Helen Keller (b. 1880- d.1968).  American author, political activist, and lecturer, Keller attended Radcliffe College and was the first deaf-blind person to earn a bachelor of arts degree. Wikipedia


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

3 responses to “Quotations: Change & Love”

  1. Rosita says :

    I must agree 🙂 Hellen Keller was a clever woman which did show world disabilities don’t make one more or less able to do stuff they really wanna 😁 I’m deaf myself, but I wouldn’t say disability is wha’ define myself.
    Hope y’all are fine – and consider Instagram -,

  2. Ania says :

    Beautiful people,
    with the world on their feet…
    Congrats and come over to Paris ,
    lots of love,

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