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Great Leaders

Black and White

Tweet Nelson Mandela survived twenty-seven years in a jail cell. Have you spent even one day and night in jail?  Twenty-seven years was truly an eternity. The incomprehensible thing is how he managed to maintain his humanity amid this desert of timelessness. He wielded a heavy hammer for years in the hot blazing South African [...]

Abraham Lincoln & Donald Trump

Tweet I’ve just finished rereading Carl Sandburg’s great biography, Abraham Lincoln, The Prairie Years and The War Years. What Lincoln meant to the American people was shown by Lincoln’s final journey across the country by railroad car from the East Coast to Springfield, Illinois, where he was buried.  Along the journey, millions of people turned [...]

Traveling to a New America – Fremont, Ca. – People Along the Way

Tweet Fremont, California.  This is not the old white America of trim lawns and white-washed picket fences.  White America numbers only about a third of the population here.  Half of the population of this city of around 230,000, just north of San Jose, is Asian by roots – Chinese, Indian, Filipino, Vietnamese, Korean, Pakistani, Japanese, [...]

The Task of Creating Your Own Life

Tweet “Words of Wisdom” by Daisaku Ikeda. _____________ James Hilgendorf is a filmmaker, speaker, and the author of ten non-fiction books.

Daisaku Ikeda – Unknown Nobel Peace Prize Nominee

Tweet Just before the most recent Nobel Peace Prize was announced, CNN ran a piece listing ten people as possible leading nominees.  One of these people was Daisaku Ikeda. I imagine many readers, upon seeing his face and name, would have reacted with a puzzled look of non-recognition.  Who is this man? Daisaku Ikeda is [...]

Bernie Sanders & The Revolution

Tweet Bernie Sanders, in running for the office of President of the United States of America, talks of revolution. By revolution, he means drawing many more people into the political process, and then standing up together against the monied interests – the banks and Wall Street – that have consolidated their economic power and are [...]

O Beautiful For Patriot Dream

Tweet After listening to Barack Obama, our President, give his State of the Union message this evening, I began recalling the words and stanzas of our great national song, America the Beautiful, and especially the last chorus: O beautiful for patriot dream That sees beyond the years Thine alabaster cities gleam Undimmed by human tears! [...]

Lincoln’s Greatest Fear

Tweet In 1864, President Abraham Lincoln, in a letter to Colonel William F. Elkins near the end of the civil war, wrote: “We may congratulate ourselves that this cruel war is nearing its end.  It has cost a vast amount of treasure and blood.  It has indeed been a trying hour for the Republic; but [...]

Gandhi, King, Ikeda Exhibit Video

Tweet The Gandhi, King, Ikeda Exhibit is a traveling exhibit highlighting the peace-building efforts of Mahatma Gandhi, Martin Luther King, Jr., and Daisaku Ikeda, President of the Soka Gakkai International, a Buddhist lay organization with 12,000,000 members in 192 countries and territories around the world.  The exhibit was initiated by Lawrence Carter, religion professor and [...]

Who Shines the Brightest?

Tweet Around the world, one sees national leaders and politicians who are in the limelight, who strut their stuff on the national or world stage, and trumpet their importance to the masses via radio and television and the internet, or behind the barrel of a gun. We have seen them before, populating the trash bins [...]