My Publisher, Watermark Publishing, is honoring caregivers and their loved ones throughout November, Alzheimer’s Awareness and National Family Caregiver’s Month. I will be posting stories and poems on my blog and FB. To commemorate this occasion, each week Watermark’s blog will be posting a poem by me. I open the month with a simple start: Wouldn’t the caregiving experience be better if we started by treating our loved ones with dignity? If we remembered who they are as people, instead of only being frustrated that they don’t remember what we just said?
All of my’ books are 35% off at Watermark’s online store through the end of November. Use coupon code ALZCARE12 during checkout to claim the discount.
MY HAWAII CALENDAR:
Sat., Nov. 10; 9:30AM – 12:30PM Japanese Cultural Center of Hawai’i Kapoho Presentation, 9:30 – 10:00AM, Historical Gallery Book Signing, 10:00 – 10:30AM Aging With Dignity Presentation, 10:30 – 11:00AM, Historical Gallery Children’s Book Reading, 11:00 – 11:30AM, Historical Gallery Book Signing, 11:30AM – 12:30PM Thurs.,
Nov. 14; 8:30AM – Noon AARP Caregiver Conference, Ala Moana Hotel, Hibiscus Ballroom Keynote Address, 9AM Workshop: A Caregiver’s Pen, 11AM To register: 1-877-926-8300 or visit their website:
& SOLVE YOU XMAS SHOPPING PROBLEMS TOO!
Wordsworth’s has been very busy lately. His new adventure, Wordsworth! Stop the Bulldozer!, has just arrived. Don’t forget to put it on your Xmas list for all your young friends. If you thought poetry was just something to read in a book, you’ll be surprised when you read how Wordsworth, Eliot, Dylan and their new friend Akiko figure out how poetry can help save the planet too!
OTHER NEWS DEPT:
Frances and Wordsworth help grow a whole forest of trees – Well, they planted one of their own at Big Island’s Hawaiian Legacy Reforestation Initiative], and they have started the Wordsworth Plant A Tree Society Check it out and find out how you and your children can get involved in this exciting effort to save the earth, one tree at a time.
Phew, I must say Wordsworth has been one busy little mouse! A new book, Wordsworth! Stop the Bulldozer! Tree Plantings, The Wordsworth Tree Society, book signings, visiting Island friends and relatives, A new Wordsworth the Poet FB page, and (shhhhhh) he’s got another new adventure that will be coming out soon. I can hardly keep up with him. I swear, you want some excitement around the house, just invite a poet spouting mouse to move in — its a never ending barrel of cheese and excitement – for sure.
Don’t forget to come to my readings on Saturday, Nov. 10, at the Japanese Cultural Center of Hawaii if you’re anywhere in the area. Wordsworth & me would love to meet you there. The children’s book reading begins at 11AM, but Frances will be holding presentations throughout the morning. Visit this website for the full schedule , along with a listing of my other events.
In the book, Wordsworth’s favorite tree is a koa tree. We purchased a tree from the Hawaiian Legacy Reforestation Initiative, where it will grow on private conservation land, helping to provide a habitat for native wildlife and preserve our natural resources. Frances and Wordsworth were able to make it this week to the Hamakua coast to plant their own tree! What a trip! Visit our blog to read more about their tree planting adventure and see more fun photos! In the introduction to Wordsworth! Stop the Bulldozer! Frances and Wordsworth ask readers of all ages, far and wide, to each plant a tree in their own community. As Frances writes, “It’s not only about trees being cut down where we live, but our children and their children must have trees in their future to hug and enjoy and sit under in the shade. Trees also help keep us alive and healthy (“and they’re also good places to write poetry,” Wordsworth adds.)
Wordsworth wasn’t the first one to plant a tree in honor of his new book, though. Frances’ niece, Tammy Antonio, planted her Wordsworth tree quite a while ago, and it’s already as tall as she is! Tammy planted a native ‘ōhi’a lehua tree with beautiful orange blossoms in her garden in Hilo. Tammy and everyone else who plants a tree for Wordsworth will receive a certificate of membership in Wordsworth’s Plant A Tree Society. To see more photos of Tammy’s tree and what a Wordsworth Tree Society certificate looks like, check out at the this blog!
If you would and your kids would like to be a member of Wordsworth’s Plant A Tree Society and receive your own membership certificate, all you need to do is plant a tree for Wordsworth in your community (your backyard, your school, etc.) and post a photo of you with your tree on Wordsworth’s Facebook page (don’t forget to ‘like the page’, too!) Just tell Wordsworth where you planted the tree and what kind it is. (You can also email it to Wordsworth [email@example.com]]