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 / Article-365: “We Are All Campers”

In meeting them I felt calmness. Quite, wise and understated, their combined experience could enlighten the most seasoned of philosophers or travelers. Their words spoke of a better life and their world point-of-view was as current as the most youthful of researchers. For one week I have replayed my feelings since meeting them. Their countenance…

Sidewalk Ghosts / Article: “The Society Of What’s To Come”

There is a new millennia ahead and we are active participants as to “the society of what’s to come.” I’m the laptop guy. The writer. The artistic iceberg in the center of an ocean of people. To the right of me: two boys, their sibling rivalry represented by opposing major league baseball caps they are…

Sidewalk Ghosts / Interview 497: “Just GO”

“When a person says your name and you know that it’s safe when they say it, or when they speak about you. I think that is love. You know that they love you” —Rikki We only worked together for a few short hours. I knew nothing of her until the day we met to do…

Sidewalk Ghosts / Interview 496: “Just Go To The Y.M.C.A.”

We chat generalizations for a while and as we get to know each other a little better the conversation turns to more personal perspectives: family, work, dreams, and most amazingly, of our inner trials of life. I don’t have a photo, even a name to share today. Not even a formal interview can I speak…

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…