52 Questions: A new way to start the conversation

If you could take over the garage or basement and do anything you wanted with the space, what would you do? What are five things that make you happiest in your life? When you open your eyes in the morning, what is the first thing you think about?

Courtesy: Hatherleigh Press

These are three of the 52 questions in a new book by author Travis Hellstrom, “52 Questions for Families.” It’s one in a series that themes questions around family, friends, and love relationships.

We often sit around the dinner table with our tech devices, and I’m sick of it. We adults try to make sure we have eye contact and conversation, but it’s not always easy. 

I have the “52 Questions for Families” book, and it inspired a nice, healthy conversation with not only our child, but our friends who were visiting, as well. This simple little book offers intriguing and meaningful questions to bring back intimacy, conversation, and connection. 

Hellstrom’s first three books are now available.

978-1-57826-689-0, $7.50 paperback

978-1-57826-691-3, $7.50 paperback

978-1-57826-693-7, $7.50 paperback

Published by Hatherleigh Press.
Distributed through Penguin Random House.
Available wherever books are sold.

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. She freelance writes for NMG Network's magazines. 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. She volunteers as a board member of the Honolulu Gay & Lesbian Cultural Foundation, a Shinto shrine maiden at Daijingyu Temple, a citizen-scientist studying shrimp, and a yoga teacher at a senior center.

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