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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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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 234: Pappy

[ From the Archives of 365 ]  “I used to have no remorse for anybody. I’d do anything, anytime… and with no questions. They called me Suicide. I’m not that person anymore.”  “I used to have no remorse for anybody. I’d do anything, anytime… and with no questions. They called me Suicide. I’m not that

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Day 170: Anarchy Scares Me

[ From the Archives of 365 ] “It is kind of scary seeing what is happening, but in this is the age of information, we can create a domino effect in getting the word out, to open people’s eyes. We have the ability to stir up the pot.” Let us keep moving forward in our

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Day 18: How Was Your Day?

[ From the Archives of 365 ] How Was Your Day? Quite a day today. I won’t go into details, but one note to share. I’ve been telling everyone about 365. A few ask me, “Why are you doing this?” There are two general answers: First, “Loving meeting people and am learning a tremendous amount

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Day 91: The Power of One

[ From the Archives of 365 ] “My goal is to inspire those who have chosen mediocrity out of fear to reach beyond themselves…way past their comfort zone into a life of adventure and meaning.” The social network has made the world a much smaller planet. Hold that thought for later, but for now, I’m

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Day 135: Teach a Man to Fish

[ From the Archives of 365 ] “My life is dedicated to giving people a second chance at a responsible life. From ex-convicts to recovering addicts to whatever, it does not matter; I want to help them.”  There is no other way to start today’s entry other than just getting to the point. But for

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Day 189: The Future of Genius

[ From the Archives of 365 ] “I’d like to see a future where education is more accessible and affordable, and a people who have a greater appreciation for each other, art and nostalgia.” “We have to learn to shake off society. There are always going to be battles, the world is just that way.

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Day 128: Random Act of Kindness

[ From the Archives of 365 ] Be courageous. Look at your life, but do not reflect on it. Lean on your experiences, education, spirituality, and conscience to make you decisions, and once made, constantly listen to your self-voice and be strong and humble enough to follow your own inspiration.” “Be present and mindful. Not

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Day 292: What If We Pay More Attention?

[ From the Archives of 365 ] “My agenda is me first… which is probably quite similar to the rest of the human race.” I’ll not lie. From the beginning of 365 I promised you that I would do my best to describe my feelings in one way or the other. And I have to

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Day 123: To Walk With Them As the Same

[ From the Archives of 365 ] “In high school, my career counselor told me that my tests showed that I had a propensity towards being a teacher, pastor, or someone sharing a message.” Dinner is in one hour and I decide to take a short evening stroll. Just need a little time of introspection

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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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