Sidewalk Ghosts / Serendipity, Karma, Fate, Accident, Coincidence?

“Always look for that good in somebody, no matter what walk of life, or whatever that person is, there is always something. Any human on Earth has that something good inside of them. You may have to search deeper, but we need to try to find that goodness in all people” Serendipity, Karma, Fate, Accident,…

Sidewalk Ghosts / Maribel— “Just Give Without Expecting”

“I hope that in the future we come back, or at least turn around. There is no human contact anymore. There are emails. There are voice mails. There is text messaging. But, there is no human interaction” “Success is the best revenge.” Said nurse Maribel, whom I met one evening at a local blood drive….

Sidewalk Ghosts / “Ik Onkar (Gurmukhi)”

On the Western front of the Famous Route 66 lies the California coastline. Route 66. 2448 miles of ever-changing pavement. Asphalt, concrete and dirt that, since 1926, has reigned strong as a most prolific icon. A starting / stopping point (all depends on the direction of your travel) for a journey of grand proportion. At…

Sidewalk Ghosts / Taylor and Ben— Young Survivors

“When I was five I was shot because I am Jewish. I got hit by two bullets, one in the leg and the other in the abdomen. I lost fifty percent of my blood and almost died. “The next generation of guys need to treat their women better.“   Picture me as a 365 billboard,…

Sidewalk Ghosts / The Walter / Bing Debates

“When the war ended I transported surviving prisoners from the death march. “I was a pilot in world war two, I flew transport.” Retired engineer Walter reminisced as he described one of his war memories. “When the war ended I transported surviving prisoners from the death march. When they were released they were very undernourished…

Sidewalk Ghosts / Susan – “Do What We Preach”

“If everyone had more of an understanding of other people; and not just trying to thrash them on their beliefs, but just understanding that we are different; and if they accepted those differences, we would all get along so much better.” We have spoken to thousands of unique individuals since the inception of Operation-365, and…

Sidewalk Ghosts / Brownyn — “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.” I was out on a Saturday road trip with my daughter, our destination, Santa Barbara, land of healthy living and volleyball….

Sidewalk Ghosts / The Student of Paz (Peace)

“Modern man thinks he is wide-awake, with his third eye open and wise. But the wiser he thinks he is, the more insane he looks in the mirror of reason.” “’You can interview me but I want to remain anonymous, just call me ‘The Student of Paz (peace),’” and in respect to my new found…

Sidewalk Ghosts / Michelle — “Live Life With An Active Awareness”

“Live life intelligently, and acknowledge that mistakes are bound to happen. Take them as lessons and learn from them. Don’t beat yourself up in accepting that nothing and no one is perfect, even yourself” I spent a bunch of time trying to be witty, insightful and entertaining in my writing today. Draft after draft I’ve…

Sidewalk Ghosts / Doug — “No Big Deal. 40s Era Stuff”

Dark clouds were hovering outside and the sound of rain was chanting against the roof of my house, and sitting there,  my mind was numb from Nyquil and Aleve in relieving the cold I was fighting. Slightly and legally buzzed, it was impossible for me to not become a touch more self-reflective than my normal…

Sidewalk Ghosts / Meghan — Dare To Dream

“No matter how far ahead in the future you plan, unexpected things get in the way. Try to live in the now and enjoy the moment.” “’There is nothing to stress or pull your hair out about, and if the worse possible thing happens, it will always get better. We need to realize that even…

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…