Sidewalk Ghosts / Interview 494: “It’s All Bigger Than Ourselves”

“Hurt people, hurt people. You never know why people treat people the way they do,” expresses today’s new friend, Talk show host Denise. Over the phone she expands, becoming our first long distance interview. “A lot of times it is because they are hurt on the inside and they are not dealing with the issues…

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…

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 / 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 / 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…