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August 6th, Again – Hiroshima

Tweet Another year passes.  We come around again, remembering the horror of Hiroshima. Meanwhile, on the horizon, pointed shapes sprout from the Earth, deadly black missiles mushrooming into sight here and there – North Korea, Russia, France, Great Britain, Pakistan, India, the United States, and other countries planning and secretly hoping to bring into bloom [...]

Traveling to a New America – Reno, Nevada

Tweet Elizabeth and I were in Reno, Nevada, this past weekend, promoting my books and talking to people about their feelings about America. It was hot, but beautiful along the Truckee River which flows through the middle of town. “What’s your take on America at this time?” is the question we ask over and over [...]

“Maybe We Need A New Religion” Revised Edition Published.

Tweet “Maybe We Need A New Religion”, by author James Hilgendorf, has been released in a new, updated, and revised edition. The book was originally conceived when the author read a report of a young ten-year-old boy, who, after being exposed to continuing newspaper and television reports about the fighting going on all over the [...]

Traveling to a New America – Anger at the Root – Live or Die

Tweet One thing you see and hear in America these days is anger. Anger that people are not being heard or recognized or appreciated. This election between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump, with its unprecedented nastiness, is bringing many things to the surface that have been seething in our national psyche for decades. It is [...]

Traveling to a New America – Davis, California

Tweet Davis, California.  Home of the University of California at Davis. Students from many different ethnic backgrounds, and from around the world. Talking to students on the street, these were some of comments I heard. A young man, a graduate student, originally from Brazil. “I feel that what is happening in my own country is [...]

Traveling to a New America – PSU & Syria Boy

Tweet Standing on the beautiful Portland State University campus in Portland, Oregon, there is another image that impinges suddenly upon our mind in stark contrast to the serenity and atmosphere of learning found here. A young boy, bloodied, dazed, utterly lost among the carnage of civil war in Aleppo, Syria. Two worlds: One of young [...]

Traveling to a New America – Hayes Valley, San Francisco

Tweet I’m in Hayes Valley, San Francisco today, a trendy neighborhood of boutiques, art galleries, top-notch restaurants and nightspots in the heart of the city. The neighborhood has a nice community feel. San Francisco is a city of youth; and as I continue to talk to young people, and sometimes get into the subject of [...]

Traveling to a New America – Life & Death & Happiness in Walnut Creek, Ca.

Tweet Walnut Creek, California. A prosperous, upscale community where you would expect to find at least the average amount of that illusive quality called happiness. What is happiness anyway?  Ask a thousand people, and you might get a thousand different answers. Money in the bank.  A good job.  A wonderful girl friend or boy friend, [...]

Brexit – Britain just Exited the Future

Tweet With Brexit, Britain just relegated itself to the status of a backward, second-rate island nation player, totally out-of-sync with the trajectory of the future. Seventy-five percent of the youth in Britain, for example, roughly ages 19-24, voted to stay with Europe.  These young people are the future.  They envision a future that encompasses the [...]

Traveling to a New America – Berkeley, California

Tweet We’re in Berkeley, California today, talking to students on the Cal Berkeley campus. What is it that young people are looking for here today? Many will answer, to get a good job when they graduate, or to work in a field or career that they enjoy.   Some do not know exactly what their [...]