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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 – Wife-bathing Column Generates Interest

Frances H. Kakugawa Hawai‘i Herald Columnist Happy New Year, Readers! I hope you had an enjoyable New Year’s Day. My Nov. 1 column interest in which two husbands shared their experience of bathing their disabled wives generated the kind of interest I had not expected. Here is some of the feedback I received. Dear Frances,....
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Dear Frances – Hawaii’s Treasure: “Eh, Aunty …”

Frances H. Kakugawa Hawai‘i Herald Columnist Omoiyari . . . Think of others first and good karma will return to you. — Frances H. Kakugawa Dear Readers, It looks like Wordsworth made quite an impression with his inspiring column during my absence. Here is some feedback I received to his column. • “Oh, Wordsworth and....
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Armed With Words

Editor’s note: Frances Kakugawa was a good poet and writer before Alzheimer’s disease attacked her mother and forever changed Frances’ life. She took her love for the written word and turned it into a...
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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 – Seeing Half-Full

Frances H. Kakugawa Hawai‘i Herald Columnist Omoiyari . . . Think of others first and good karma will return to you. — Frances H. Kakugawa Dear Frances, I’m one of the elders who still open doors. When a young man opened the door for my wife recently, she told him, “Thank you for being a....
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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 – 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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A Sense of Place – “Hilo Rains”

Juliet S. Kono From “Hilo Rains,” Republished with Permission Editor’s note: “Hilo Rains,” Juliet Kono Lee’s first book of poetry, was published in 1988 by Bamboo Ridge Press. The poems draw on Kono’s and her family’s...
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Dear Frances – And the Good News Is …

Frances H. Kakugawa Hawai‘i Herald Columnist Omoiyari . . . Think of others first and good karma will return to you. — Frances H. Kakugawa Dear Readers, I have some good news to share with you. You may have noticed that questions and interactions from readers have been on the decline in recent months. That....

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