Frances H. Kakugawa
Hawai‘i Herald Columnist

Dear Readers,

Hi, my name is Wordsworth, I am the mouse poet from a series of children’s books written by Frances. This month, I volunteered to write this column while she is away giving lectures and book talks in Hawai‘i.

At first, she was skeptical about letting me write her column. Then I reminded her that in all of my books, I resolve human problems through poetry just like her.

First, let me tell you what I’ve been up to:

I am happy to announce that Patrick Toal — Big Island regional coordinator of the Alzheimer’s Association in Hawai‘i — named me the organization’s mascot. My job is to visit schools and libraries to teach our younger generation about memory loss and how to love our elders by showing them compassion, dignity and respect.

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