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How It Began

The roots of Sidewalk Ghosts were planted September 2011, when as my life hit a painful set of obstacles, I began blogging a series of daily essays, portraits, and videos based on my interviewing 1000s of absolute strangers. Hundreds of consecutive days that, no matter what was going on in the world, how I felt, or where I was, I journaled the hope, hurt and wisdom shared to me by 1000s of diverse individuals – I called it Project 365.

In it, a profound and far-reaching call-to-action was gifted to me. A premise proven as 1000s more from around the globe saw the faces of, listened to, and responded to the experiences, challenges, and stories of the absolute strangers I met.

People I did not even know, who by their responding to these stories and published words of diverse strangers, stood as evidence there are many who genuinely desire to better know their neighbor. I call them the compassionate majority.

A majority who appreciate diversity of perspective and  lifestyle; objective enough to quietly contribute to their communities and relationships; wise enough to look beyond race, creed, outlook, gender, age, attraction, religion; disciplined and loving enough to, whether in agreement or disagreement, live by a constructive code of conduct.

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From the Project 365 archives

So it is to this diverse majority of compassionate ones, I am ever grateful. For they have taught me that by opening our eyes, ears, and hearts toward one another, we can lighten the burdens we might be carrying. To more clearly see through the ghosts that divide us and beyond the barriers we are be facing. Able to find peace and focus in harnessing the best of who we are, and best of all, to more fully trust ourselves in knowing just how far our individual influence can touch the world around us. Welcome to Sidewalk Ghosts, my friends.

 

How It Began

The roots of Sidewalk Ghosts were planted September 2011, when as my life hit a painful set of obstacles, I began blogging a series of daily essays, portraits, and videos based on my interviewing 1000s of absolute strangers. Hundreds of consecutive days that, no matter what was going on in the world, how I felt, or where I was, I journaled the hope, hurt and wisdom shared to me by 1000s of diverse individuals – I called it Project 365.

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From the Project 365 Archives

So it is to this diverse majority of compassionate ones, I am most grateful. For they have taught me that by opening our eyes, ears, and hearts, we can lighten any barriers we might be carrying. And as we do, to more clearly see through the ghosts that divide us, to be able to find peace and focus in harnessing the best of who we are, and to trust ourselves in knowing just how far our individual influence can reach. Welcome to Sidewalk Ghosts, my friends.

In it, a profound and far-reaching call-to-action had been gifted to me. A premise proven as 1000s more from around the globe saw the faces of, listened to, and responded to the experiences, challenges, and stories of absolute strangers I published.

People I did not even know, who by their responding to these stories and published words of diverse strangers, stood as evidence there are many who genuinely desire to better know their neighbor. I call them the compassionate majority.

A majority who appreciate diversity of perspective and  lifestyle; objective enough to quietly contribute to their communities and relationships; wise enough to look beyond race, creed, outlook, gender, age, attraction, religion; disciplined and loving enough to, whether in agreement or disagreement, to live by a constructive code of conduct.

So it is to this diverse majority of compassionate ones, I am most grateful. For they have taught me that by opening our eyes, ears, and hearts, we can lighten any barriers we might be carrying. And as we do, to more clearly see through the ghosts that divide us, to be able to find peace and focus in harnessing the best of who we are, and to trust ourselves in knowing just how far our individual influence can reach. Welcome to Sidewalk Ghosts, my friends.

Project 365 Archives

Day 222: Make It Today

[ From the Archives of 365 ] “We all have a 6th sense that we all feel, and we need to learn to express it or at least recognize it.” “My wife and I just want to help people. We are all capable of amazing things if we stop judging and lashing out and learn

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Day 294: Food Truck Alley

[ From the Archives of 365 ] “My advice for the world? As a teacher, I hope that humanity doesn’t stagger in its upward swing.” “I like old stuff and new stuff. People say that I was born in the wrong era, but I have to nip that. I have an appreciation for antiquated things…

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Day 158: Nobody is a Stranger

[ From the Archives of 365 ] “Tell me what you know and you will entertain me, but tell me how you feel and you will intrigue me.” In sixty minutes I pick my daughter up from her drama class. And with that purpose in my mind, I find myself rushing through the local Smart

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Day 142: Just Livevil

[ From the Archives of 365 ] “It’s perfectly sane to go mad in order to understand.” “Lookout! A creepy guy is stalking the neighborhood! Why has he parked his car on the street? And what’s with his sidewalk pacing? Let’s stay away from him, I think he’s a serial killer!” First impressions are a

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Day 70: Clean, Fluffy, and Good Smelling

[ From the Archives of 365 ] “I want everyone to have a nice-looking, clean, fluffy, good-smelling dog.” The words my husband, Richard, sprang on me that morning. “I’m cheating.” He told me as the dog groomer called to confirm our appointment, “I just couldn’t help myself. I asked her if she would be my

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Day 24: If it’s nude, I’ll be there!

[ From the Archives of 365 ] “If it’s nude, I’ll be there!” Unbelievable! I actually found a couple of hours to relax poolside. An unexpected bonus seeing that, as I was at the beginning of a one-week workshop I was presenting to JPAC (Joint POW/MIA Accounting Command) at Pearl Harbor, was a moment that

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Day 157: Roberto’s Dream

[ From the Archives of 365 ] “I’d like to see younger people in the government. We need more young people in power. And what I mean about power is young people able to make decisions. They have a fresher perspective and listen to the people. It does not matter if they are Democrat or

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Day 147: They Think I’m a Paparazzi

[ From the Archives of 365 ] “I’d like to see the world become closer to being in unity. People loving each other, respecting all as one family. Back to the ways things used to be, helping each other, not that we have too, but because we want to.” It’s been a while since I’ve given you an outlined

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Day 200: Relax, It’s Gonna Work Out

[ From the Archives of 365 ] “So many people today are ‘self-aware,’ but lack the ability for ‘self-reflection’… when the door is unlocked, at least twist the door handle and check it out. Know yourself and see if it is what you want.” Richard has been glued to his chair for days, retouching images

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Day 360: Happy Belly Button Day

[ From the Archives of 365 ] Everybody is born into this world with nothing. Now when you get into the world… it’s a cold cruel world, and unless someone gets the right nurturing from a mother and a father, they are going to go haywire. At a pace that is difficult to keep up

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Day 301: Live Life to the Fullest

[ From the Archives of 365 ] “Stop placing blame. Don’t blame others. You can’t blame society and you can’t blame the government. You have to look at yourself in the mirror and realize that you have control over your situation. As soon as you take self-responsibility you enable yourself. You can’t blame others.” Tanner

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Day 113: Sic Vis Pacem Para Pellum

[ From the Archives of 365 ] “I’d like to see more people taking care of themselves and the planet.” Thirteen has always been a lucky number for me. Perhaps being born on May 13th is a contributor to my choice of fortunate digits, or maybe because I got my first driver’s license on Friday

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Day 106: Life is Like a Buffet

[ From the Archives of 365 ] “Working at Walmart, and with the holidays, I see this every year. People fighting over plastic junk, junk that is only to be returned the next morning.” “Life is like a buffet, there is something for everyone.”  Good words to hear as I heal from last night’s pre-holiday

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Day 172: There is Greatness In All of Us

[ From the Archives of 365 ] “I’m studying to be a dentist, and as soon as I finish my education, I intend to return to Cambodia, where I plan to help the poor and the sick, and more importantly, do all I can to stop sex trafficking.” After last night’s quarter tank of fuel

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Day 99: Treat the Planet Right

[ From the Archives of 365 ] “I’m tired of the little gestures. If we are going to change, we have to do more, get involved, and educate ourselves. It is amazing how little knowledge our current people know about the environmental impact of industry and population.” Out on a Saturday road trip with my

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