Happy Mother’s Day

Happy Mother’s Day to all who nurture others.  For those of us who have had caring mothers, grandmothers – or any adult, male or female, to pay attention and guide us, we are blessed – even if our time together is short.

Often the importance of a caring person in our lives involves passing on life lessons.  One woman I admire who is a mother says, “Life is practice, and I tell my girts this every day.  You are practicing who you are going to be.  Do you want to be dependable?  Then you have to be dependable.  If you want people to trust you, then you have to be trustworthy”  – Michelle Obama.

May you have such a wise person in your life — and be such a person too.


Who are you practicing to be?

Happy Mother’s Day.

Aloha, Renée


My dear Mom and Dad – my pesky sister, Patty (who turned out great on the left) and me on the right.  We were probably about 6 & 8 years old.   Essential people in my life.


Banner photo by guille pozzi on Unsplash



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 “Happy Mother’s Day”

  1. Rosita says :

    Adorable xx while I’m probably a bit late to the post, I agree we should nurture our mothers and those women which helped to raise us 🙌🏼 We must be thankful for having them in our lifes, even if some of them are not here anymore ♥️ Also, the pic turned out nicely 👍🏼💗 also, a bit off topic, but did u know on that case of the lady which got killed by rabid puppy? In case u didn’t, here it is:


    Take rabies shot in case any mammal bites u on a place which isn’t safe from the virus 🙂 Just a friendly reminder from a fellow animal lover buddy. ‘Cause at times, good intentions may lead to tragic results 💔 so we must be safe and protect and cherish our family as we never know how much more time we have among them. And, of course, carpe diem❣️
    With love,

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