Sally, a 70+ year-old student in one of my Maui College English classes years ago, took my class for fun and then left in the middle of the semester to go backpacking by herself in Arizona – neither (leaving in the middle of the semester nor backpacking by herself) probably a good idea. Taking the English class, of course, was an excellent choice. Coming back in time to save her good grade, she was an inspiration then, and is a great model for us now.

In a recent FB message, Sally said:

“I am having more fun each day than in any previous time of my life. No worries, no obligations. Lots of music, lots of friends and family. Free to have whims. I try new things at restaurants. I reach out to people more than I did before. Objective reality says I am old, sick, and feeble, but I claim the identity of “I am young, strong, and healthy”. I don’t want to celebrate my 90th birthday next January because I am really only 21. 😀

Go Sally, go.

And we don’t have to wait until we are 89 to act this way.

Go have some fun today whatever your age.

Aloha, Renée


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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

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