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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

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meet thomas: 923 oak | arizona

By On January 31, 2014

From our initial conversations on the phone, Thomas seemed like a character, and he didn’t disappoint in person. A real charmer, with a twinkle in his eye and a quick wit. I… Read More

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about thomas: 923 oak | arizona

By On January 27, 2014

We sat in the main room of 923 Oak – really the only room, aside from the bedroom and bathroom – me on a bar stool at the counter separating the living… Read More

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introducing 923 oak | arizona

By On January 24, 2014

“Have you ever done drugs?” Not a question I was anticipating. I’d pulled into the driveway of 923 Oak, a mobile home built into the Arizona foothills, and see two dudes, clad… Read More

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meet mike & pete: 923 oak | ohio

By On January 21, 2014

I am so grateful & appreciative of Mike & Pete for agreeing to participate in this project. Little did they know they’d be my guinea pigs. When I asked them why they… Read More

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about pete: 923 oak | ohio

By On January 18, 2014

Pete grew up in the country, outside of a small town in northwest Ohio. He is the youngest of three children, and the only son of a deeply religious, traditional farm family.… Read More

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synchronicity

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

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about mike: 923 oak | ohio

By On January 13, 2014

Mike studied nuclear engineering at MIT, so naturally we had a lot to discuss. (Ahem.) He thought he would be a scientist, but he realized he was more interested in learning about… Read More

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introducing 923 oak | ohio

By On January 9, 2014

I knocked on the door of my very first 923 Oak feeling a flurry of mixed emotions: excitement, nervousness and anticipation for this inaugural interview that would help to define the next… Read More

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really, it’s the journey?

By On January 8, 2014

I’m headed back to Arizona for a follow-up visit with the 923 Oak residents I met last month, and spend some QT with my parents too. Now that I’ve quit the working… Read More

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are you ready to meet the people of 923 oak?

By On December 17, 2013

This little idea started merely as curious speculation. Passing by people’s homes, warmly lit from the inside as day turned to dusk, wondering who was inside. What were they doing? How were… Read More

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concerned about the blueberries

By On October 24, 2013

                This billboard appeared recently in Flint, Mich, much to the confusion of everyone who drove by it. It was put up by local businessman… Read More

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and we’re off

By On September 21, 2013

I am happy to report that within days of sending out the first letters, some brave souls from two different places agreed to participate! I am especially tickled that the first response… Read More

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here we go

By On July 22, 2013

The letter has been written for a long time, patiently waiting for me to mail it. I’ve been         nervous of no response. Afraid of a ‘no’ response. But it’s time.… Read More

todd hido: house hunting | the 923 oak project
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strangers no more

By On June 2, 2013

I was first introduced to Todd Hido about 12 years ago, in the back of Houston’s restaurant in San Francisco. Introduced to one of his photographs, anyway – which hung between the doors… Read More