Sidewalk Ghosts / Interview 515: The New Abolitionists

“There are nearly 2 million children trapped in sex slavery worldwide.” I received an email this morning. You know, those spammed promos that plague our modern ways of communicating. “Slim Your Belly,” read the subject line. Its tag, “’New ‘Skinny Pill’ Takes County By Storm.’” Imbedded, a video titled, “New Secret To Burn Fat Fast.”…

Sidewalk Ghosts / Interview 514: Completely In The Words Of Leonardo

“Because the moment you find your purpose in life is the moment you will be really free.” —Leonardo “’I think, to me, probably one of the most important things would be to find your purpose in life, and that’s easier said than done. But I tell a lot of people, ‘don’t settle for what the…

Sidewalk Ghosts / Interview 512: “Do Angels Speak Russian?”

“I wish love on the world…” Every once in a while you just meet those special people; the quite ones, who, for whatever reason, radiate a peace that speaks louder than words. Whether it be language barriers, shy nature or as some might label, introverts, their presence is captivating and impossible to ignore. Today I…

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 508: “Defend it… Because what’s next.”

“’If I could say anything to the next generation, ‘safeguard that religious liberty, even if you are not necessarily a religious person…’” —Blair Treu There is a theme threading through our stories this week, partially brought to us via a film I’ve been covering; but more profoundly through a common connector that has been expressed…

Sidewalk Ghosts / Interview 507: “The Contender”

“Love is a verb, a decision to make something,” —Carolina I stood ringside as she warmed up, her trainer leaning into thundering right hooks and blurring jabs. Power an understatement; and holding the world number two ranking as an amateur kick boxer, she has right to claim the title champion. Like a bull she hits…

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 505: “Chalk Angel”

“’Nothing is impossible. The word is ‘I’m Possible.’” —Audrey Hepburn It was June 17 when her sidewalk voice vicariously healed me: A day too busy to fulfill all on my plate, and one where I was feeling rather alone and stressed. “You are alive, and everything is possible,” the sidewalk whispered, as I read the…

Sidewalk Ghosts / Challenge: “What If?”

What if each of us reached outside of our regular circle of friends and interacted with someone we’ve never noticed before. We invite you to be part of a community building effort by offering a simple smile, a sincere conversation, a helping hand or anything that influences the people around you in a positive way….

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…