We’re all in this together

We’re all in this together Black or white. Gay or straight. Muslim, Christian, Buddhist, Jewish, or Atheist. Man, woman, or child. Republican or Democrat. Cop, soldier, artist, teacher, banker, farmer, or unemployed… We’re all in this together. When I started A Peace of My Mind, I set out to hear from people of all backgrounds. Especially the ones I didn’t know well. Especially the ones … Continue reading We’re all in this together

Stories from the Summit

It’s a lighter, faster version of A Peace of My Mind. Over the past three days, Karen and I gathered stories and photographed 50 participants at the Sojourners Summit for Change in Washington DC. The pace was quick, but the stories were rich. Not only did we photograph and gather stories, we immediately processed and produced the shots to be projected before the large group gatherings, … Continue reading Stories from the Summit

This is my response…what’s yours?

Those of you who know me recognize that A Peace of My Mind has become a labor of love. It is my response to a world that chooses division over unity and anger over compassion. A Peace of My Mind’s strength lies in its ability to amplify the voices of those who are working for positive change and encouraging others to do the same. It … Continue reading This is my response…what’s yours?

Angela Bates

Angela Bates is the director of the historical society in Nicodemus, Kansas, a town that was settled by freed slaves after the Civil War in an effort to experience real freedom. All of the current 16 residents, including Angela, are direct descendants of those original settlers. It is the only remaining all-Black town west of the Mississippi. Angela sees herself as a descendant of people … Continue reading Angela Bates

Our Campaign is Live!

Today we are launching an Indiegogo campaign to produce our second book, A Peace of My Mind: American Stories. Three years and 40,000 miles in the making, this new book (like the first) is built around inspiring stories of ordinary people doing extraordinary things. From its founding in 2009, A Peace of My Mind has grown from the grassroots support of people who believe that … Continue reading Our Campaign is Live!

Gone, but still with us

Sometimes people touch us for just a brief time, but make a lasting impact on our lives. Some of my best friends live far away. We might not talk often, but I carry them with me through my days, and it does my heart good to simply know they are in the world. I stay in touch with several of the people I have interviewed … Continue reading Gone, but still with us