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 / “Just Wish I Could Make Out The Hashtag”

May Day! May Day! My good intents are going down in flames! 6am, the day ahead is looking slammed and the thought a long day of travel to interview a stranger is not looking all that attractive. So off to the park around the corner–Warner Park, Topanga and Califa, a location that I’ve often frequented…

Sidewalk Ghosts / A Four Letter Word Re-Post

I sit here writing, contemplative, examining… I sit here, looking at my wife and daughter across the room, wondering about the example I am setting for them? I sit here thinking about the sum whole of why Operation-365 even exists and the blood, sweat and tears put into building it. I sit here in analysis—self-debating…

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 / “The Power Of One Is Remarkable” Moves Closer

Last month I announced the production phase of our YouTube trailer. Well, 4 weeks in and we are almost done with it. Just putting the finishing touches on the color, score and a few more interviews of strangers. The message it will deliver is our core thought of how significant we each are, and that…

Sidewalk Ghosts / Contributors Interview: “It’s OK To Be Terrible”

A Chat with Michael Furman in St. Petersburg, Russia—interview and photos by Heidi Liou Operation-365 opens its doors to our first field ambassador, Heidi Liou. A person that I had the privilege of meeting face-to-face in March, thanks to her putting together a special program for the ethics department at Ohio State University; a program…

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 / Article-365: “The Season Is Changing”

The weather is clearing and as the sun rises, my heart rate is fluctuating; climatically speaking, a metaphor for the shift that Operation-365 is going through. Explained better, every day’s entry is going to be a little different from here forward. Some days you’ll be viewing O365blogumentary video interviews of strangers, others will bring you…

Sidewalk Ghosts / Article-365: “I’ll Admit”

The first year was remarkable, even featured by WordPress as one of the top ten daily blogs to follow in 2012. Many nominated it for a multitude of awards and its following rapidly grew to humble me greatly. At that moment I accepted this journey is bigger than myself and I committed to do all…