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 / 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 / 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 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…