Deskmates share snail mail system

In this era of tech everything, my daughter – a digital native! – encouraged me to return to communication by snail mail.

I told her that my friend Paul moved his desk next to mine. (Which is a whole ‘nother story because unearthing ten years worth of stuff from his former desk was quite something.)

I also said, “I’m not sure why he did it, because we never see each other in the newsroom.” We have different days off, and on the days we anchor together, he sits in the weather center outside the newsroom.

From the mind of an 11-year-old: Olivia said, “I’ll make you a mailbox where you can leave each other notes.” LOL, cute.

As if there weren’t enough ways to communicate already. In addition to the obvious options, our scriptwriting program also has a messaging function.

But it made Olivia happy to craft something she felt would be useful, so I brought the larger-than-expected, elaborate mail delivery system to work and set it up on the wall between our desks.

It looks like 6th grade has come to that section of KITV4, but Paul’s cool with it since he has a 6th grader, too. We shall be passing fancy notes. I just hope we don’t get busted.

Diane Ako

Peace of mind By Diane Ako I like to reflect on life. Sometimes it’s philosophically. Sometimes it’s humorously. For all its beauty, life is far too difficult a journey to take alone. You need the support and connection with others to help carry you along the way. Writing brings me that connection– within and without. It clarifies my thoughts and feelings. It helps me reach out to others for advice, wisdom, or feedback. Your thoughts become your actions. Your actions become you. A wise yogi- Patanjali- said, “Speak what is true. Speak what is pleasant.” Let’s speak of things pleasant to one another and seek some peace of mind along the way. ABOUT Diane Ako joined Hawaii: In Real Life in October 2016. She likes being part of a community of local bloggers – people who like writing and sharing, like she does. Ako is an anchor/ reporter at Island News (KITV4 – ABC) in Honolulu. She previously anchored and reported at KHON2 (FOX) and KHNL (NBC), and at stations in California, New Mexico, and Pennsylvania, In between news jobs, in 2017, she launched and ran her own p.r. company, Diane Ako PR. From 2010-2014, she headed the public relations department at Halekulani Corporation, which oversees luxury resort Halekulani and boutique hotel Waikiki Parc. She’s been blogging since 2009 – before Hawaii: IRL, she wrote for The Honolulu Star-Advertiser, the state’s largest daily newspaper, where her stories garnered a dozen journalism awards and an Emmy nomination. Ako has a BA in Communications from Menlo College and an MA in Political Science from University of Hawaii at Manoa. One day, she might figure out how to put that master’s degree to use.

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