Sidewalk Ghosts / Interview 510: “Just call me Cab…”

“Just call me Cab,” she introduces herself, adding, “because I don’t identify with my gender.” Because I don’t identify with my gender–a heavy statement to swallow, but coming from Cab, the reasoning for it makes sense. Reserved she is, but quite she is not. For in her pulled back claim can be felt esteemed power…

Sidewalk Ghosts / Interview 506: “I’m Just Guessing”

“Happiness is my favorite word” —Ecehan I pretty much know nothing of her. Other than the deep kindness that I felt radiating from her eyes, a soulful wisdom that blossomed through her soft and quite presence. An apparent respect of person human, proven in the way she open armed accepted time to join me in…

Sidewalk Ghosts / Interview 501: “The Plumberman”

There is genuine intent in his eyes; an obvious interest that literally stops me in my tracks. I stand at the base of our Operation-365 flagpole, raising our colors on this summer day. 365-rs I call us as we gather our army of real people. The silent majority, you and I. Everyday people living everyday…

Sidewalk Ghosts / Article-365: “We Are All Campers”

In meeting them I felt calmness. Quite, wise and understated, their combined experience could enlighten the most seasoned of philosophers or travelers. Their words spoke of a better life and their world point-of-view was as current as the most youthful of researchers. For one week I have replayed my feelings since meeting them. Their countenance…

Sidewalk Ghosts / Interview 497: “Just GO”

“When a person says your name and you know that it’s safe when they say it, or when they speak about you. I think that is love. You know that they love you” —Rikki We only worked together for a few short hours. I knew nothing of her until the day we met to do…

Sidewalk Ghosts / Interview 496: “Just Go To The Y.M.C.A.”

We chat generalizations for a while and as we get to know each other a little better the conversation turns to more personal perspectives: family, work, dreams, and most amazingly, of our inner trials of life. I don’t have a photo, even a name to share today. Not even a formal interview can I speak…

Sidewalk Ghosts / Interview 494: “It’s All Bigger Than Ourselves”

“Hurt people, hurt people. You never know why people treat people the way they do,” expresses today’s new friend, Talk show host Denise. Over the phone she expands, becoming our first long distance interview. “A lot of times it is because they are hurt on the inside and they are not dealing with the issues…

Sidewalk Ghosts / Interview 491: “Love, passion, accountability =”

The garden morphs. A little cool shade here, a little bright sun there. A local eats fruit at table seven while a group of world travelers inventory their new purchases under the canopy of an adjacent umbrella. Yes, here I am, the hotel Montage, dead center in one of the most publicized and featured destinations…

Sidewalk Ghosts / Interview 490: “The Cost Of Kindness”

“If they wouldn’t have been there, nobody would have found me and I would be dead. Day one of Operation-365 at PHAMExpo behind me and I was completely lost. Beads of sweat rolling down my forehead as I wandered the humid and still air of a parking structure hell. Short of breath I searched on,…

Sidewalk Ghosts / Article – PHAMExpo Epilogue, “Equally Human”

Remarkable, disillusioning, unforgettable, tiring, inspirational, only a few of the tags I can think of as I write this PHAMExpo epilogue. PHAMExpo. One of the up and coming trade shows for the cosmetic and hair industry. Two days; 1000s of people; booths, classes and demos of every scale. A hall filled with the young and…

Sidewalk Ghosts / Interview 486: “Water Balloons?”

Sometimes we have to put our technology down for a minute, to let our minds work again.” —Jennifer I’ll be transparent, feeling fatigued, a little tired as I author todays entry to Operation-365. The week has been a busy one. Not to complain, we all have hectic lives, but as I’ve confessed, I am a…

Sidewalk Ghosts / Interview 484: “The Sun Talks To Me”

“I don’t know, I’m shy,” he expresses, as he looks me directly in the eyes. I see him on the horizon. Walking towards me through an open parking lot. He is clean, relaxed and seemingly focused as he gathers cans off the asphalt. I’m curious, maybe even a little apprehensive to step in his space–seeing…

Sidewalk Ghosts / Interview 482: An Agent Of Change”

  “I became some sort of pot hero, like Cheech and Chong, Willy Nelson, Snoop Dog.” —Richard We are all in the thing together. A statement that is at the cornerstone of Operation-365s point-of-view: The grounding foundation that moves us to look at each other in the basic acceptance of inhabiting a shared planet. Every…

Sidewalk Ghosts / Interview 480: “All Is Sacred, All Is Living”

“Five and a half years ago, before I let go of material possession and accepted the call to travel, I just had this overwhelming realization. This overwhelming feeling of love, it came to me in such a simple little truth. But, I had to write down.” —Sean “’It came from such a state of being,…

Sidewalk Ghosts / Interview 478: “We Got Wiser”

“I trust people. You can take some wrong turns, but I do trust humanity” —Kerry “Is there anything that can’t be discussed?” Stranger now friend Kerry questions as he bridges to his council. “Does everything have to be something that can be done right now, today, or not?” “Is there anything that can’t be discussed?”…

Sidewalk Ghosts / Interview 477: “That’s Just Life?”

I had a great job, lots of friends and I loved my community.” —Jordan I’m humbled. Grasping for words to express. Looking at my life of ups and downs. Relationships flourished and relationships failed. Yes, as have we all, my life has been filled with ups and downs. Heroic moments as well as glances of…

Sidewalk Ghosts / Interview 476: “Create Bigger Problems”

“I see too many people try live life and run away from problems. Trying to engage in activities. Trying to avoid problems. When yet there is absolutely no happiness without problems.—Helmut It was my private time. 100 plus degrees outside today and with my car’s air conditioning on the fritz, stopping at Starbucks for a…

Sidewalk Ghosts / Interview 474: Will We Become Stronger?

“We are on one path. We cannot live without everyone because we are human. Passions and emotions… we are the same.” —Chuanhao We are the same, and even though we struggle a little to understand each other’s dialect, today’s “Stranger” now “Friend,” Chuanhao connects with us in a universal language. A language that could be…

SideWalk Ghosts: Forward

PROJECT-365… One sleepless year… Thousands of “Strangers…” now “Friends…” Hundreds of diverse interviews. 365 consecutive days, every day a new story. I can’t promise the grammar and spelling is correct, far too many blurry-eyed 3am writing sessions. But in all, the message is powerfully clear. We are connected… uniquely human. Welcome to Operation-365 my friends……

SideWalk Ghosts / A Note About 365 From the DW/BFF

Hi Everyone, this is Richard’s DW /BFF.  I have been thinking about what I could do for Richard today on his last post for this leg of his 365 journey, but all that has come to my mind is the thought that I should let you know just how much this project has meant to…

SideWalk Ghosts / Interview 366: “The Stranger Inside Myself”

Wow, this day has come way too fast… and exactly how do I express the impact “Project 365” has had on my life? Intent is the word that wakes me this morning as my eyes cracked open and my mind began running its sleepy headed reflections, booting up while pondering just what to say in…

SideWalk Ghosts / Interview 362: “We Are On The Right Road”

After listening to my explained history of 365, Rabbi Mentz looks into my eyes… “You’re on a journey to find yourself.” I cannot disagree, and in doing so, a peace fill my heart. A peace that I’m sure we all looking for. It’s that feeling of purpose, that joy of knowing that the path has…

SideWalk Ghosts / Interview 360: “Happy Belly Button Day”

At a pace that is difficult to keep up with, The Chief talks of medicine, his spiritual reference for prayers, of his outlook toward his fellow human beings, of his years living on Venice beach, the importance of parenting, the environment and of his wishes for a more loving world. “There was a lot of…