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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

Despite Talks of a Gloomy Future

[ From the Archives of 365 ] “No human being has the moral right to gamble with the fate of other human beings.” Hope you remember The Colonel and Antoinette from the Laundromat? Meeting them an event in itself. Especially in getting to know the Colonel. Yet on that night, we were not alone. There

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The Tinkerer

[ From the Archives of 365 ] “Find something you love to do, and, if you can make a living at it, good for you!” Smart is an understatement for describing entrepreneur, Curt. A master mechanical engineer, with the credentials to prove it: Cisco Systems, Lockheed Martin Space Systems, and a who’s who list of

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A Power Beyond Our Own

[ From the Archives of 365 ] “Stay honest and don’t lie. It’s always easier to remember the truth.” The start-up of this story may seem a bit vain, but trust me; it weaves into an interesting encounter. Not sure if I have told you this: I was raised in Las Vegas. Best not to play

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“I Want To Write My Own Words”

[ From the Archives of 365 ] “Not many people are very rich by definition and that sometimes will bring more problems than it solves. Just doing well by your own standards is a worthy goal and is challenging enough. I would think of myself as the low-end of middle class and yet I’m relatively

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With Peace and Power

[ From the Archives of 365 ] “Learning. Making more things, and not being intimidated to show my work.” Pointing to a shopping center studio, my daughter pushed, “we have to go in, there is your person to interview.” I’m telling you, out of the mouth of children does inspiration flow. The windows were covered

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Keep Truckin!

From the archives of Project 365 “Too many people turn a blind eye to the negative. There is a lot of messed up stuff in the world. People can do more that just watch the news or be fans of organizations helping others. They can get up and do something about it. I’m not saying

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I Met A Stranger, A Friend Departed

From the archives of Project 365 “Plans don’t always turn out the exact way you plan. You have to be open to change, and here is the best part. THINGS TURN OUT BETTER.” By the side of my good friend and photographer Elizabeth (not pictured) she was. Studio manager to Elizabeth, and in Los Angeles

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My Story Of Fairness

From the archives of Project 365 “I don’t lie, I don’t cheat, I don’t steal. If there is anybody who needs help, I’ll help them, even if I have to give the last possession I have, I will, if it helps someone else in greater need than myself. That’s the way I am.” As I

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Never Judge A Man By His Looks?

From the archives of Project 365 Day Of The Dead, Dia De Los Muertos: A holiday focused on praying for, and remembering, friends and family members who have died. It’s a big deal in Mexican culture and a huge day of celebration. It was on that particular day I decided to explore a busy festivity

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“Is The World Better Because I Was In It?”

From the archives of Project 365 “I was young; part of the reason I have so many tattoos.” I’ve come to know a few great boxers. All with interesting stories and background. Even past Olympic champions and pro-contenders, and at the gym where I taught cycling, there was one that always grabbed my attention. His

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“You Give and God Gives Back”

From the archives of Project 365 “America is different from Peru. Everything is easier, and there is opportunity for those who work for it, and remember to vote!” I’ve held a little secret regarding the story of Monica and Matthew, that being as I met with them, we were not alone. As in all interviews,

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“That Is Them!”

From the archives of Project 365 “Hate doesn’t take you anywhere.” 7:30 pm, November 4, 2011: I was with my family and starting to sweat a little. I thought, “here comes a late-nighter” as I tried to find a new friend to interview. We’d been to Home Depot, Target, and Ralph’s grocery store, followed by a

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“Really Listen”

From the archives of Project 365 “My kids like to talk to me, it’s an open-ended dialogue. I’ve learned to not dismiss their thoughts or try to redirect them into what I want to hear.” For fifty-five days I had openly written about my life, my journeys, and the people I met. Months with much

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Reid, knock’em dead in LV!

From the archives of Project 365 Wisdom, that after racing behind him for a quarter of an hour, through our small talk and witnessed in the courage he seemed to have in pursuing his dreams, I saw a story much deeper than any we could have shared in words. My heart was broken. A post-interview

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The Snore Storm

From the archives of Project 365 “If I die tomorrow, my funeral will take three days, so that all of my friends can attend.” It was the day I traveled to the interview I mentioned in the previous story. Can’t say I was comfortably en route, rather I was sitting cramped at some thirty thousand

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What Would Jesus Do?

From the archives of Project 365 “…have fun, but don’t live recklessly, for yourself or others. Focus on doing good, because what if it is your time and you’re not living up to your potential or doing bad things. You don’t want to go out that way. You want to be remembered for what good

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“It’s Totally Rad”

From the archives of Project 365 …more than an emerging artisan; she was a community activist. It was a Saturday afternoon. Fifty-one days since my commitment to interview a stranger and publish a story for 365 consecutive days. Lucky that my family had been patient toward a project that was still in its infancy as

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“Know The Sins / Do The Opposite”

From the archives of Project 365 “Be nice to strangers, and do your part to make the world a better place.” From left to right: Shane, Saya, and Kevin Not far down the road from where I live is a yearly tradition. A family fun destination, that, as fast as it is set up, it

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