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More Than Imagined

Last night at 8:56pm the campaign ended, with $22,054, 191 supporters and tears of joy welling up in these eyes of mine. At the beginning of this process, a good friend sent me a card in the mail, which you can see above. She encouraged me to have faith and promised me that it’d be [...]

The Notion of Home

What is “home”?  Walls and belongings in a physical sense.  A feeling of comfort and familiarity in a spiritual sense. Home is both external and internal, literal and figurative. When we travel we leave our physical dwelling and are freed up to explore and expand our immaterial home, the one we carry within.  The sights [...]

The Sweetest Gift

Tired and weary, I’m in need of a lullabye tonight, of someone cradling me and telling me it’s going to be OK. As if they knew, Sade and iTunes have conspired to gift me this … Quietly while you were asleep The moon and I were talking I asked that she’d always keep you protected She [...]

Just Close Your Eyes

This morning I awoke in the country. I grabbed my sarong and wrapped it loosely around my body, fumbled for my eyeglasses and headed out to the garden to find a spot in the sun. The grass soaked my bare feet with its chilly dew, waking me slightly. I settled down into a patch of [...]

Celebrity Kickstarters and Transcendental Art

Giving and receiving are integrally connected and so, as OPEN seeks funding for its own efforts, we are also looking for like-minded projects to support. For the past few days, I’ve been trolling Kickstarter, which has become the go-to hub for creative, crowd-sourced fundraising.  Of late, even celebrities have started to use this platform to [...]

Lady & West Go To Texas

Today two of my favorite souls, Jenn and Kirk of the musical duo Lady & West, are taking off to Austin to record their next album! Their story and their music are full of what OPEN loves the most – beauty in the small things, honesty and a sincere desire to connect through art and storytelling. [...]

Shine A Light

I am humbled and super inspired by the outpouring of support that OPEN has received in its 2 short days out there in the universe.  Last night when I went to bed The OPEN Series had 47 “likes” on Facebook.  I just checked in and we’re at 137.  You all have almost tripled the love in [...]

If You Could Go Anywhere…

Last night, at the launch party for OPEN, the energy was palpable, thick with love.  You had to wade your way through it, slowly. I took my time and let it wash over me. At a certain point, I stepped outside to observe from afar.  What I saw through the open windows, through light cotton [...]

And We’re Off!

One year ago I sat on a beach in Fire Island—legs crossed, spine straight, expectant. My eyes were closed and, as I listened to the ocean, I waited for some direction. A few months earlier my best friends had gifted me a recorder for my birthday. The card read, “To help you get your creative [...]

Be The One: Contest

Are you or someone you know ripe for a journey? Well, we’re having an OPEN call for our next travel subject. That’s right!  If you’re saying, “That’s me, I’m your man, I’m your woman!” email betheone@theopenseries.com and tell us your story. Tell us who you, what is going on in your life, where you want [...]