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Yes, please clear your book shelf for the 4th Wordsworth. He is arriving on January 11th. Poor Wordsworth, all his friends are hooked to their electronic gadgets. Can he bring nature and humanity back into the lives of his friends  with that “something” in his pocket? Or are they lost to becoming robots?

Pre-order at Amazon.com or Watermark Publishing at 1-866-900-BOOK or http://www.bookshawaii.net

Or ask for him at your favorite bookshop.

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To: 100 educators at the first National Connected Superintendent Summit to expand technology in the classroom at the White House summit.


Won’t you please pack the following poem in your head on your way to Washington? Remember, once we lose the humanity, we lose it all.


To Children of the 21st Century


How do you keep your fingers so free of dirt?

How do you come in from play without

Mud on your feet, your clothes, your cheeks?

How do you not even sweat?


How do you live without giving eye contact

To the person sitting in front of you?

How do you spend time with your friend

Without conversation?


Oh Children of the 21st Century,

Why is there silence in a room filled

With family on this holiday?

How did you become so mute?


Do you know how rain feels

Soaking your shirt to your skin?

The smell of sea salt in your hair

After a dip in the sea?


Have you watched a little seed

Pushing its first breath

Out of soil you’ve patted down

A few weeks ago?


Can you see a cardinal, a mynah,

A crow, with your eyes closed, listening

To their signature songs they sing out to you

In your own back yard?


Do you know the feel of your grandpa’s grip

Warm and strong in your hand?

The story behind that long scar that runs

The length of his arm?


Do you ever count clouds, lying

On soft green grass, laughing

Over silly stuff shared with a friend?

Do you ever cry over a child starving


In Africa or in your neighborhood?

Feel upset over trees being cut

For freeways and shopping malls,

Fancy sports arenas?


Have you ever used the eraser

At the end of a pencil,

Writing a poem, a song, a story.

A thank you note?


Do you know the feel of crisp

New pages of a book, as they unfold

Moving plots, faster than your impatient

Fingers can follow your eyes?


Oh, Children of the 21st Century,

Forgive us, for what we have done.


© Frances Kakugawa



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Evan’s mom sent the following. Remember Evan, the little gardener planting his sunflower seeds. His seeds have popped out of the ground!

“We have these wild roosters and hens that like to come into our yard to eat the mulberries from our tree.  In the past week, we noticed that they had chicks. There are two hens so two  sets of chicks – 9 dark brown, and 5 light brown.  Evan was really excited as he saw them following their mom. He noticed that there’s one that’s  always left behind,just like in the cartoons.  He went to get his binoculars so he could get a closer look.  As he was watching them he also spotted a mongoose mom and two babies. He called me to take a look with his binoculars. I was enjoying watching them, too. Evan got impatient and said, “ok it’s my turn now.” I didn’t give it back, and he then said, “Mommy, give my binoculars back, this is like National Geographic! Since you don’t let me watch tv and use my ipad today, this is my National  Geographic!!!”   I love it when he is fascinated by the simple things in life, right outside our window!  And this would’ve gone unnoticed, if his head was buried in the ipad or tv. ”


I rest my case, your Honor.

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