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Christmas: A New Name Needed for Ourselves

Tweet Christmas has come once again, the new year soon to follow. A new year….   Ah, dreams of a better world.  Round and round since the beginnings of time. Yet pain and suffering still cry out from this village, that town, this city, that nation around the globe. What is it that keeps us bound [...]

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 [...]

“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 [...]

Togetherness Is What We Want

Tweet “What should young people do with their lives today?  Many things, obviously.  But the most daring thing is to create stable communities in which the terrible disease of loneliness can be cured.” – Kurt Vonnegut, author of Slaughterhouse-Five, Cat’s Cradle, and other popular books. _________________ In traveling to different towns and cities and talking [...]

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 – Palace of Fine Arts, San Francisco

Tweet The beautiful Palace of the Fine Arts, in San Francisco’s Marina District. This beautiful structure was originally built to exhibit works of art, as part of the 1915 Panama-Pacific Exposition. The Exposition – a world’s fair – was held to celebrate the completion of the Panama Canal; but it was also an opportunity for [...]

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 – Larkspur, California/ Different Visions

Tweet Larkspur, California. The Larkspur area was once the site of an Indian village of the Coast Miwok people, reaching back 4500 years into the past, predating even King Tut’s tomb in Egypt. The village site and burial ground was only recently unearthed and then reburied to make way for a large development of modern [...]

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 – Haight-Ashbury, the Inward Journey

Tweet Haight-Ashbury, San Francisco.  Site of the 1960′s hippie counter-culture movement, which spread out across America, deeply influencing an entire generation.  High ideals, drugs, and music were the order of the day. For many of the younger generation, the 60′s were a fracturing of relationships with the status quo, and a descent into an unstructured [...]