Frances H. Kakugawa
Hawai‘i Herald Columnist

Omoiyari . . . Think of others first and good karma will return to you. — Frances H. Kakugawa

Dear Readers,

At a bookshop recently, the perfect book jumped out at me. “Buy me, buy me,” author Graeme Simsion whispered to me. “I’m the perfect follow-up to last month’s column on retirement and nursing homes.”

So I bought “The Secret Diary of Hendrik Groen, 83 1/4 Years Old,” took it home and read it. It was funny and full of good advice on retirement and nursing home administrators and employees.

Hendrik lives in a home for elders and decides to write in his journal every day. His first entry, written on New Year’s Day, reads: “Another year and I still don’t like old people. Their walkers shuffle, their unreasonable impatience, their endless complaints, their tea and cookies, their bellyaching. Me? I am eighty-three years old.”

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