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The Emptiness of Our Hands: 47 Days on the Streets

Phyllis Cole-Dai, James Murray


"From February 17 to April 4, 1999, James Murray and I lived by choice on the streets of Columbus, Ohio, the fifteenth-largest city in the United States. We went to the streets with a single intention: to be as present as possible to everyone we met, offering them our sustained and nonjudgmental attention. Such attention is heart of compassion. Those forty-seven days changed our lives forever."

Location mentioned in the book: Columbus, Ohio.

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The Emptiness of Our Hands: 47 Days on the Streets by Phyllis Cole-Dai, James Murray.


In 1999, Phyllis Cole-Dai and James Murray gave up their homes for 47 days and lived on the streets of Columbus, Ohio. They wanted to go out and be present to everyone whom they met, without any judgement.

What did they experience after leaving a comfortable life and diving into the unknown? What would happen to us if we suddenly didn’t have a home to return to? Learn more about their journey, accompanied by pinhole black and white photographs. Discover more about homelessness and spirituality, social conscience and mindfulness.

More details:


  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Bell Sounds Book
  • Publication date: 2018
  • ISBN-10: 692080856
  • ISBN-13: 979-0692080855


Here’s a link to Phyllis Cole-Dai website, where you can learn more about her work and even subscribe to her newsletter.

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