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  • The Lie — Caregivers and Coping with Alzheimer's

    November is both National Alzheimer’s Awareness Month and National Family Caregivers’ Month. To commemorate this occasion, every week we will be posting a poem by Frances H. Kakugawa, author of Mosaic Moon and Wordsworth Dances the Waltz, titles aimed at helping caregivers and families cope with the stress of caring for a loved one suffering from Alzheimer’s disease.

    Frances views writing as a valuable tool for caregivers, a way to find release. "Writing requires no special tools, only a pen and your voice." It is a safe place for caregivers to express their innermost thoughts, even the feelings of anger or sadness that we may find shameful to reveal to others.

    My hope for caregivers is that my poetry and the poems and stories of those who have contributed their work to my books, Mosaic Moon and Breaking the Silence, will give you comfort, help you feel you are not alone, and encourage you to join our voices in preserving the life that must go on during and after caregiving. Only then can we confront this thief that comes into our lives.

    The following poem, "The Lie," appears in Mosaic Moon, along with more of Frances' work and contributions from members of her caregivers' writing workshop, led by Frances for the Alzheimer's Association Aloha Chapter.

  • Grab a Gift

    We sort of hate to bring this up, but the holidays are right around the corner...if you’d like to take care of your holiday shopping from the comfort of your desk chair, Watermark Publishing is here to help.

    Our ultra-popular Hawaii Book of Rice book + dish towel + rice paddle Gift Sets are back in stock, and we’ve added some new gift items: a Kau Kau set that includes a Cane Haul Road dishtowel + an assortment of crack seed and comes packaged in a white “plate lunch” box; and the new Splash of Aloha cookbook from Kapiolani Community College (coming out next week) set which includes a book + Cane Haul Road towel.

    We also have Chef Alan Wong’s exclusive Blue Tomato logo items (only available through us or at his King Street restaurant), which you can mix and match with his award-winning book The Blue Tomato and/or gift certificates to his Oahu restaurants.

         

    Kau Kau Gift Set

    Includes a copy of the award-winning Kau Kau: Cuisine & Culture in the Hawaiian Islands by Arnold Hiura; a white Cane Haul Road dishtowel with a dark purple "Kau Kau" design; and an assorted selection of "crack seed" (not pictured).

    Price: $45 // SALE: $40
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    Splash of Aloha Gift Set

    Includes a copy of A Splash of Aloha by Kapiolani Community College and a white Cane Haul Road dishtowel with a red and black "She Sells Sashimi" design.

    Price: $22 // SALE: $18
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    NEW RELEASE; PRE-ORDER NOW. SHIPS AFTER NOV. 7

    Book of Rice Gift Set

    Includes a copy of The Hawaii Book of Rice: Tales, Trivia and 101 Great Recipes by Cheryl Chee Tsutsumi; a plastic rice paddle (not pictured); and a white Cane Haul Road dishtowel with a red "Ochazuke" design.

    Price: $22 // SALE: $20
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    Chef Alan Wong's The Blue Tomato Gift Items

    Chef Alan Wong's line of Blue Tomato merchandise is available exclusively via our online store and at Alan Wong's Honolulu. Available logo items include koa bookmarks, mugs and tote bags. Receive a discount on logo items when you purchase The Blue Tomato.

    GIFT CERTIFICATE SPECIAL: Save 25% onThe Blue Tomato when you purchase gift certificates to Alan Wong's Honolulu (Chef Alan's King Street flagship restaurant) or The Pineapple Room at Macy's Ala Moana. Gift certificates available in $50 increments; must be purchased with a copy of The Blue Tomato.

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    These offers valid only at our online store.

  • Stop It, Stupid — Five Steps to Stopping the “Stupid Cycle”

    Five tips from Rosalie K. Tatsuguchi, Ph.D., author, Why Smart People Do the Same Dumb Things: Causes and Cures from Buddhism and Science

    • Step back. In order to break the cycle and stop repeating your mistakes, you must first recognize and admit that things are not working.
    • Embrace change. You must be adaptable enough to admit when you are wrong and brave enough to make the correction, even if it makes you uncomfortable.
    • Stop being a human sacrifice. Our society’s unspoken rules mandate helping others, even if they hurt you and are unappreciative of your sacrifice. Giving time, energy and money to unappreciative friends, family members and coworkers is a common bad habit.
    • Nurture Yourself First. Nurturing yourself is vital. It’s like putting on your own oxygen mask first before you help other passengers on a falling plane. If you don’t, you become part of the problem instead of part of the solution.
    • Speak up and stand up. There’s nothing wrong with a selfless sacrifice every now and then. It is when you continue to allow others to take advantage of your reluctance to say “no” that you end up in trouble. Don’t hesitate to say, “No, I cannot do this."

    Meet Dr. Tatsuguchi at her book signing on Thursday, November 15, from 10AM to noon at the Kuakini Hospital Gift Shop (347 North Kuakini St.).

  • At the Senior Fair - An Alzheimer's Awareness Poem

    November is both National Alzheimer’s Awareness Month and National Family Caregivers’ Month. To commemorate this occasion, every week we will be posting a poem by Frances H. Kakugawa, author of Mosaic Moon and Wordsworth Dances the Waltz, titles aimed at helping caregivers and families cope with the stress of caring for a loved one suffering from Alzheimer’s disease.

    Says Frances:

    Alzheimer’s disease is one of the most baffling and arduous journeys for caregivers and loved ones. Even while we are burdened with the everyday stresses, like cleaning up BM and repeating the same thing over and over until we want to scream, we need discover how to muddle through so dignity and honor can be preserved. It becomes our mission to give care to ourselves so our loved ones can in turn, receive the best from us. Writing can give us that way to care for ourselves.

    This excerpt from the poem "Senior Fair" captures Frances' thoughts as she takes a shift in the Alzheimer's Association's booth at a senior health expo. "Senior Fair" can be found in its entirety in Mosaic Moon: Caregiving Through Poetry.

    We invite you to share these weekly poems and graphics via Pinterest, Facebook, Twitter — or however else you like — and help us raise awareness that as difficult as it may be to cope with Alzheimer’s and caring for loved ones, there are resources to provide help. Many families struggle with finding effective ways to deal with the burdens of caring for older relatives suffering from Alzheimer’s. Author Frances Kakugawa offers 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?

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