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…

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 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 461: Tess Part Two– “We Are All Guilty”

“We’re killing the human race with technology…” —Tess I look across the room at my daughter, her friends, my neighbors, strangers on the streets, society as a whole, and I’m perplexed. I remember the discussions of my parents. Those “things are not like they used to be” debates that as a teen, seemed to roll…

Sidewalk Ghosts / “Purposefully Look To Expand Your View”

“Make friends of many different backgrounds. (And you’ll learn we’re not so different after all.)” —Maren and Brian Maren, Brian, Thank you for sending us your photo and words of wisdom. It is so easy to get caught in our own worlds and in this new digital age, forgetting about the power of real contact…