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Dear Frances – A Potpouri of “Dear Frances” Thoughts

DEAR FRANCES By Frances H. Kakugawa Dear Frances, I heard you speak a few years ago in Kona. I’m now caring for my mother. I’m trying to write down some of our times together. Writing does help. Here is one that I recently wrote: As she wakes up every morning with a tear running down....
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Dear Frances – The Warmth of A Human’s Touch

DEAR FRANCES By Frances H. Kakugawa Dear Frances, Thank you for the two book titles in your March column. I truly enjoyed reading about those books. I learned a lot even without reading the book. Thank you. Sue Honolulu, Hawai‘i Dear Sue, Thank you. Your feedback helps me with my column. I’ll be reviewing another....

Planning Ahead… And Ooh La La Red Shoes!

By Frances Kakugawa Omoiyari . . . Think of others first and good karma will return to you. — Frances H. Kakugawa Dear Frances, I’m not a caregiver, but will probably need one in my old age....
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My Kind Of Home Run

Frances H. Kakugawa Hawai‘i Herald Columnist Omoiyari . . . Think of others first and good karma will return to you. — Frances H. Kakugawa Marguerite Higgins saved me from many a bored hour in class during...
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Dear Frances

DEAR FRANCES By Frances H. Kakugawa Dear Frances, I just wanted to thank you for your inspiration. I have been keeping a journal, which has been extremely helpful to me since my husband had a major stroke in December and passed Jan 7. Thank you so much for your support. Barbara Nance Kona, Hawai‘i Dear....

Family Support… and Remembering To Laugh

Omoiyari . . . Think of others first and good karma will return to you. — Frances H. Kakugawa Dear Frances, I’m taking care of my mother, who has Alzheimer’s. My sister and brother live...
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Dear Frances – Singing the Sick Bay Blues

DEAR FRANCES By Frances H. Kakugawa Dear Readers, I’m writing this in October, before I leave for my speaking engagements in Denver, because I know I won’t be able to meet my deadline after my trip. If I don’t do this now, it will mean an email all in capital letters from my “Boss Lady”....
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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 – View from Another Window

DEAR FRANCES By Frances H. Kakugawa Dear Frances, Do you know what bothers me at times? When I see my wife Fran just sleeping, unable to speak anymore. I wonder if she’s comfortable or if she’s in pain. I wish I knew what she was thinking. I can’t tell. I know she is still here....
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Dear Frances – How You Can Help From Afar

DEAR FRANCES By Frances H. Kakugawa Dear Readers, This column is especially for family members who describe themselves as “long-distance caregivers,” although I’m not sure a role like that even exists. A primary caregiver takes care of a loved one on a daily basis . . . period. Maybe family members who give support from....

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