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Dear Frances – What Children Can Teach Us

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....
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Dear Frances – Picking up on the Signs

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....
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Dear Frances – In Praise of Poetry Month

DEAR FRANCES By Frances H. Kakugawa APRIL The poets, in droves Lick their pens, salivating Over metaphors, turning Death into life. It must be National Poetry Month. — Frances Kakugawa 26 LETTERS 26 letters of the alphabet — Infinite combinations of words, sentences, paragraphs. Yet feelings, emotions defy such combinations. After one exposure My 3-year-old....
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Dear Frances – More Thoughts on Surviving Loss

DEAR FRANCES By Frances H. Kakugawa Dear Frances, Funny (but not ha-ha funny) that you would bring this (February’s column on “To Help Us Make It Through”) up now about our loved ones who are no longer here. Just yesterday, the once-a-week mow-and-blow guy asked, “How’s your mother?” I must have looked stricken because he immediately....
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Dear Frances – “Dear Frances” to Help Us Make it Through

DEAR FRANCES By Frances H. Kakugawa Dear Frances, So, what did you get from your mother this past Christmas? Lilly Hawai‘i Dear Readers . . . Lilly is referring to a story I shared with you some time ago in this column. Lilly . . . you will find the answer to your question at....
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Dear Frances – The Mighty “P”: Poetry

DEAR FRANCES By Frances H. Kakugawa Omoiyari . . . Think of others first and good karma will return to you. — Frances H. Kakugawa Dear Frances, I was watching an Alzheimer’s program and it made me want to thank you for saving me from being who I was starting to become. It allowed me to....
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Dear Frances – Insights for the Coming Holidays

DEAR FRANCES By Frances H. Kakugawa I returned from my speaking engagements on the East Coast and found these insightful letters and emails waiting for me. Dear Frances, Your poem, “Tick Tock,” in the October issue, hit a nerve. When my father was in the nursing home, I asked him if my aunt and uncle....
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Dear Frances – A Read and Contemplate Column

DEAR FRANCES By Frances H. Kakugawa Dear Readers, As this issue of The Hawai‘i Herald reaches you, I am in New Jersey to speak and lead a workshop at the Brookdale Foundation National Respite and RAPP (Relatives as Parents Program) conference. I knew I would be away, so I decided to devote this month’s column....
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Dear Frances – Taking Life in Stride .. Breathe In .. Breathe Out

DEAR FRANCES By Frances H. Kakugawa Dear Readers, At our monthly poetry writing session, Lynda shared the following poem. She is her mother’s caregiver. As she read, we all began laughing. “Oh, you find this funny?!” Lynda asked.  Another caregiver in our group asked her if she was offended by our laughing. “Oh no, I....
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Dear Frances – Model Caregivers

DEAR FRANCES BY Frances Kakugawa Dear Readers, This column is devoted to Mary and to Linda and her two daughters. Their inspiring, yet worrisome stories address compassion, creativity and family. They also highlight the loopholes in our legal, financial and medical professions when a patient or client is seen only as a name on a....

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