Well folks, I'm on the verge of launching this new series. Part of the process is finding a good primary photo to differentiate the series from my other posts. I found one and I'm now waiting for the photographer to get back to me about using it. Hopefully, he'll reply soon. Otherwise, I'll have to search again. Fingers crossed.
Lately, I've been posting announcements on craigslist in major cities throughout the US searching for people living on the fringes. The response has been great and I'm just getting started! I've only posted in Santa Fe, Boulder, San Diego and Seattle....lots more cities to go. Portland is next.
I've heard from a wide variety of people who are living in alternative dwellings for entirely different reasons including job loss, domestic violence, activism, to reduce expenses, freedom from working a regular job, the desire to travel, mental illness, to have more time to work on their art, to visit and live near family or a combination of those reasons. I've invited many of them to submit guest blog posts.
Now it's a waiting game. I'm waiting for people to submit guest blog posts as well as answers to interview questions I've sent out to a few of them. It's a process, but one that is well worth the time and effort.
Many people are resonating deeply with this series. Some are contacting me because they're doing related activities. I love the idea of a network of people taking action to bring awareness not only to those people who have been marginalized and forgotten, but also those who are walking away from possessions and jobs in search of a better way to live and connect with people and planet.
This is an evolving project and I welcome your ideas and feedback. I'm mostly excited by the opportunity to turn the lens away from my own life to the lives of others. I'm usually more of a behind-the-scenes person anyway and shifting to sharing other people's stories feels more authentic than generating so much content about what I'm up to.
Ultimately, my intention is to eventually shift my entire website to a site without my name to one that's based around a soul-transforming project dear to my heart that is currently under development. That project will take a bit more time and money, and will be shaped by all that unfolds from the smaller projects and collaborations I'm working on now.
Stay tuned...stories and photos arriving in this space soon! In the meantime, you'll probably hear from me again a time or two before the series launches.
Thanks for your patience!