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So here I am, reading Wordsworth, It’s In Your Pocket. Wordsworth is in deep grief because his friends are all addicted to their electronic devices. How can he get them back into the real world of friends? An old mouse tells him the answer is in his pocket.

During the reading, I heard a woman say the battery to her phone had died.

A man in the audience later said, “I felt I was transferred to a new dimension…it was so surreal. While you were reading, many were so busy with their electronic devices, they weren’t hearing your story at all. Amazing!”

Yes, Wordsworth has his job cut out for him.


Thank you Christine Reed of Basically Books in Hilo for the standing room only event.



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ErikaSandiNativeBooksIt takes Wordsworth to bring the past and present together. I had two special guests at my Wordsworth reading at Native Books this weekend. Months ago, young Erika wrote a poem for Wordsworth and sent it to Wordsworth, and they are now active pen pals. They both take karate. Sandi (far right) was a former kindergartner and first grader when I was a 24-year-old teacher. And here she is, after all these years. She showed me a class photo and I recognized each by name. My heart almost blew up.

AshleeNativeBooksAshlee Affonso and Native Books, thank you for hosting the reading/signing of Wordsworth, It’s In Your Pocket. What stories gathered around that table. I’ll see you next week for the lecture/signing of I Am Somebody:Bringing Dignity and Compassion to Alzheimer’s Caregiving. You make it possible for a visit home with my books. (The lecture will be Saturday, September 3 at 11 a.m. Native Books is at Ward Warehouse.)

After Native Books, I went to Barnes & Noble at Ala Moana. (Thank you, Ipo Roney, for your care there.) There I had a visit from Alia.

AliaWordworthAlia was 4 years old when she first met Wordsworth the Poet. A few days after hearing Wordsworth, her grandma found her in the yard in early morning. Her grandma asked her, “Why are you out in the yard?” and Alia answered, “I’m Wordsworth, I want to catch some dewdrops.”

Since then, Alia has attended each of Wordsworth’s four books signing. She was there on Saturday for the fourth book: Wordsworth, It’s in your Pocket. Alia is now a senior in high school.

What a wonderful weekend!

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To friends on Oahu, would love to see you during my coming visit. I’ll be at Ward Warehouse:Native books on August 17 and Sept 3rd:

11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Will be reading Wordsworth, It’s in Your Pocket on Aug 17th and I Am Somebody: Bringing Dignity and Compassion to Alzheimer’s Caregiving on Sept 3rd. Will be signing books on both days.

To my Hilo friends, I’ll be reading Wordsworth, It’s in Your Pocket at Basically Books at 1 p.m. on Saturday, Sept 10th. Am looking forward to seeing some of my former students who plan to be there. Book signing, too.

Now, to my Kona friends and former students, I’ll be giving the keynote address at the Hawai’i Community Caregivers Network conference at the Sheraton Keauhou on Sept 9th.

My first teaching job was at Konawaena High and Elem School. I taught Kindergarten.

During the first week, a child brought in one of those Life Science books and knowing it was too difficult for five year olds, I showed the illustrations and ad-libbed the text. Arnold ( I still remember you, Arnold) turned to look at his classmates and explained why I was not reading the book,”Her young yet, she don’t know how to read.” Being young, I had to prove I could read so I began to read the text and soon lost all their attention. Having proven my reading abilities, I went on and had a wonderful time. I still remember their names, as I do all the students I’ve taught. Hope some of my students still live in Kona, would love to see them.


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Once Upon a Time


Soon, soon,

I will be sitting alone

Under a tree perhaps,

Turning pages of a book.

The sound of paper, delicate

As hummingbird wings joins the rustling of leaves.

I take the top right corner of each page

Between my thumb and forefinger and savor

The sound now lost to man.


“Why are you weeping?” You will ask,

With Kindle in hand.

“Because this is the last book on earth.”

“A book?” You will ask. “What is that?”

“This” I say, and hand you my book.

“What is this?” you ask.

“That is a bookmark.”

I will then turn to the front of the book.

“This is an autograph signed by the  author.

She signed this to me in real ink eons ago

In a place  called a book store.”


Frances Kakugawa

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June with WW books

Wordsworth Inspires New Autistic Friend

Janet, age 20, who lives with autism met  Wordsworth the Poet.She now reads Wordsworth  every night, beginning with my inscriptions. Her family hears her voice as she reads the books ,  word by word.  Her sister who serves me coffee in a coffee shop described the joy on June’s face when she reads Wordsworth.

Janet  said, “I like Wordsworth because the stories are happy stories. A lot of books are not happy books.”

Thank you, Janet, and your family for allowing me to share your friendship with Wordsworth on my blog and FB. Wordsworth just nudged me with a message to you, June.  “Write some poems, Janet,  and send them to me.”


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Thank you, Wayne Harada, for your generous support of my work. I know Wordsworth and I don’t dance and sing so it’s an honor to appear in your Show Biz Column.wayne's column

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