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Hope is High for America

Tweet America is in a quagmire.   The land around is shaking and sinking.  Vision is being dragged down into dark, dense, black holes. Oh, say can you see, by the dawn’s early light – an America desecrated, besmirched by its so-called leaders, by specters of darkness and division, and dreams of an all-white Republic. This [...]

Theodore Parker: American Visionary

Tweet Although relatively unknown today, Theodore Parker, who lived in the turbulent decades leading up to the Civil War, was an American whose life exerted a tremendous influence upon his own times, and whose thought and actions still reverberate at the very heart of modern day issues. In one speech, Parker used the phrase, “A [...]

Richard Wright, Our Own Native Son.

Tweet Richard Wright (1908-1960) was perhaps the most influential African-American writer of the twentieth century.  His books helped to change race relations in the United States. I was 16 or 17 when I first read Wright’s novel, “Native Son.” I still remember the impact it had on me.  I could only read the novel piecemeal, [...]

Trump & Pence: Nuclear Weapons & Christianity

Tweet In his State of the Union address, Donald Trump called for a modernization of our nuclear arsenal – to create a nuclear arsenal “so strong and powerful that it will deter any acts of agression.” This means sending more money after the trillions of dollars we have already spent on nuclear weapons.  The United [...]

The Heart of a Lion

Tweet Death is the failure to unleash the power of your own life.  Death is the stifling of your voice. Dreams incubate in the inner realm of our mind, crying for expression, one after the other, seeking a tongue, seeking to paint the universe beyond in the colors and drama of our own mind. Life [...]

Traveling to a New America – Arts & the World of Napa

Tweet Yesterday, I spent two hours giving a talk and doing readings from one of my books, then holding an open  discussion with the wonderful members of the Arts Association of Napa Valley. Part of the conversation centered around the mood of divisiveness we are experiencing in America at this time.  These were some of [...]

Hubert Harrison

Tweet Chances are you have never heard of someone named Hubert Harrison.  Until this past few months, I know I never had. I’d like to introduce you to a truly remarkable person in our own American history. I came across him in a strange way.  Somehow I clicked onto a page on Google that was [...]

“Mother” Jones – Battler for the Dream

Tweet Today, young people probably have never heard of a woman named Mary Harris Jones. She was famous, or infamous if you will, in her day, all across America as a labor and community organizer.  She lived 93 years, from her birth in County Cork, Ireland in 1937, to her death in Maryland in 1930. [...]

The Realm of the Heart

Tweet A new world is birthing. At present, this new civilization exists only in the hearts of men and women.  But from the hearts of men and women will eventually arise new, unsurpassed structures of life. The realm of the heart will take the place of everything.  Not economics, not politics leading the way, but [...]

All It Takes Is One Person

Tweet To the youth of America: All it takes is one person. The nature of reality is such that your determination can send tremors into the farthest regions of the universe. It is your universe, to create as you please.  Never mind what anyone has told you up to this point.  The world is your [...]