Thought for the Day: Just Do It

“The skies were clearing, the remaining clouds scudding fast across the blue as Watergate Bay stretched endlessly ahead.  We followed the beach, too fragile to face the up and down of the clifftop.  The wide expanse of sand lay pristine and empty beyond the restaurants and cafés.  The only person ahead came into focus as an old man with two spaniels.  He stopped to speak as we passed.

‘Are you walking the coastal path?’

‘Some of it.  To Land’s End a least.’

‘I’ve always wanted to do that . .. just walk for days and days.’

‘Then do it.  Just pack a rucksack and do it now.  You never know how long your fetch will be–depends on the wind'” (p. 129).

From: The Salt Path by Raynor Winn

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“The uplifting true story of the couple who lost everything and embarked on a journey of salvation across the windswept South West coastline. …” Google Books

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/38085814-the-salt-path

What do you want to do?  Start now.  Aloha, Renée

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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: Just Do It”

  1. Rosita says :

    This seems like a good book!! I’ll buy it. I also recommend “Traveling with Ghosts: A Memoir”, by Shannon Leone Fowler. Both are true stories about loss and redemption, emptiness and fulfillment, all at the same. Also, when are u installing InstaGram (my username now changed, its sunny.dingo)? ♥️

    With love,
    R

    • reneeriley says :

      Hi Rosita: I’ll look for “Traveling with Ghosts.” I like to get book recommendations. My InstaGram experiment should start in October. Stay tuned. Aloha, Renée

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