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#923on923: 2015

By On October 21, 2015

I was in the shower when it hit me: the second annual #923on923 was less than twenty-four hours away. It had completely slipped my mind to hype the event as I had… Read More

#923oak #goldengatepark

two years in

By On September 29, 2015

I’ve always liked the idea of treating birthdays as a personal new year. Like a brand new spiral notebook at the start of school, with paper so crisp that the pages stick… Read More

923 oak pearl

voices & choices

By On April 3, 2015

You know the worst thing you can hear from someone? Parent to child, supervisor to employee, friend to friend: “I’m disappointed in you.” It stings the most when you say it to… Read More

#923on923 | the 923 oak project


By On September 29, 2014

923 was everywhere. License plates, cash registers, radio station bumper stickers, clocks, road signs and phones. I was seeing it so consistently over the past year, it seemed to me to be… Read More

happy birthday 923 | the 923 oak project

one year in

By On September 24, 2014

Yesterday was a big day. It wasn’t just my birthday (and I love all things birthday) — 9/23 is the genesis for the house number I chose for this project. And it’s… Read More

* tennessee *

welcome to nashville

By On June 25, 2014

March 2014 I am not my shiny, happy self right now. I’ve spent the past two weeks scouring the internet for names and phone numbers for every 923 Oak east of the… Read More

* tennessee *

light a candle

By On June 4, 2014

Someone is missing from 923 Oak. It’s a single mother, a few years younger than me. She lives in Tennessee, next door to Jamie, whom I met on my 923 Oak roadtrip.… Read More

923 Oak HQ | the 923 oak project
* new jersey *

god bless cindy

By On May 14, 2014

The romance of the road trip is over. There will be more open roads in my future, but for now, the work of The 923 Oak Project is mostly comprised of transcribing… Read More

on the road | the 923 oak project

one word

By On May 5, 2014

After 40 days and 40 nights of being on the road, spending 25 nights in hotels and 15 at friends’ homes (often displacing one of their kids – thank you again, guys),… Read More

923 oak florida | the 923 oak project
* florida *

gravel driveways & comfort zones

By On March 21, 2014

I walk up the long gravel driveway to knock on the front door of 923 Oak Lane. Under the watchful eyes of two curious female neighbors, I figure there’s no turning back… Read More

illinois #923roadtrip | the 923 oak project

20 days in

By On March 8, 2014

Today marks the halfway point of my #923roadtrip. I’m 20 days into my 40-day journey, and I’m halfway across America. I’m staying out in the country in central Iowa, with my aunt… Read More

the compass die #923roadtrip | the 923 oak project


By On February 27, 2014

One of the questions I like to ask the people of 923 Oak is “what advice would you give your 14-year-old self?” The advice I would give my 14-year old self is… Read More

new mexico #923roadtrip | the 923 oak project

seven days in

By On February 23, 2014

More than 2,700 miles. Nine states. A few looooong days on this solo road trip, but the weather was perfect and I snapped some spectacular scenery at 75+ miles per hour. Over… Read More

923 oaks across america | the 923 oak project

planning to be spontaneous

By On February 14, 2014

I hit the road for my six-week road trip in two days. “Where are you going?” everyone asks. “All over!” is my answer. But the truth is, I don’t really know where… Read More

letters to 923 oak | the 923 oak project


By On January 15, 2014

I stood in front of the rainbow of stationery colors at Paper Source for a long time, carefully considering the envelope color for the next batch of 923 Oak letters, wondering which… Read More