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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, [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

Trump, The Stock Market, Tax Reform & The American Dream

Tweet Our country has reached the apogee of the American Dream. The stock market is roaring, new heights almost weekly.  Tax reform has sent trillions of dollars to the most affluent of our citizens.  Daily, President Donald Trump is releasing all controls on the dammed up flood of investment and money flowing to new oil [...]

An American Dream, Come Finally to Fruition

Tweet With the passage of the Republican Tax Bill, we are finally brought face to face with the flowering of a vision of life here in America that had been pushing toward the light from a long time ago. It is a dream that has nothing to do with Liberty Bells, or the Statue of [...]

America Reborn

Tweet The old dreams of America are dying. These were white-washed fences, and movies where you never saw anyone with a different looking face.  Flags waving in the wind, sweetness everywhere, good guys and bad guys, America forever, blessed by God on high, and dreams of onward and upward, forever and ever. Our dreams have [...]

Black & 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 a desert of timelessness. He wielded a heavy hammer for years in the hot blazing South African [...]

Traveling to a New America – Sebastopol, CA

Tweet Last night, I presented a reading from one of my books, “A New Myth for America”, at Coffee Catz in Sebastopol, California, as part of “Traveling to a New America“. This year and next, I’m traveling to towns and cities all across America, meeting people, giving talks and readings, and holding discussions about the [...]

A New Myth for America – Centerpiece of Traveling to a New America

Tweet “A New Myth for America”, a book of renewal and hope amid the chaos, divisiveness, and loss of hope invading America, has become the centerpiece of a national journey by author James Hilgendorf, called “Traveling to a New America“. Hilgendorf has been traveling up and down the West Coast of the United States, from [...]