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June 2016

Traveling to a New America – Haight-Ashbury, the Inward Journey

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 inner […]

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

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, or […]

Brexit – Britain just Exited the Future

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 world […]

Traveling to a New America – Berkeley, California

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 goal […]

Traveling to a New America – Rockridge, California

Out on the road today in Rockridge, California, a residential community that is part of  the larger city of Oakland. Wherever you go, you find a great spiritual shift happening, especially among young people.  More and more of our youth are breaking away from the past – from their own past, of growing up in […]

Traveling to a New America – Oakland, CA.

Traveling to a New America, today I’m in Oakland, California, at the City Center. On my way here, I was riding the BART train (Bay Area Rapid Transit train system), and two girls in their twenties sat down in seats across from each other, next to me, and they were laughing and talking, and I […]

Madness; and now Orlando.

Eruptions of violence are becoming increasingly common, around the world, and in our own backyard, the United States. Now it is Orlando, and the slaughter of tens of innocent people. What is at the heart of all of this?  Religion. By religion, I mean the vision we have of ourselves, and our relation to our […]

Time for a New Vision for Youth

I’m traveling the country this year and next, meeting people, giving talks, centered around the theme of “A New Vision of Ourselves.  A New Dream of America.  A New Religion for the World”. Key to all of this is giving the young people of our country a great new vision of their own lives, of […]

Traveling to a New America

________________ James Hilgendorf is a filmmaker, speaker, poet, and author of ten non-fiction books that are opening up a new vision of ourselves, a new dream of America, a new religion for the world. To arrange speaking engagements, contact the author.

Look Into the Mirror: America Reborn

Stars and galaxies beyond number and imagination. Look into the mirror.  Who is there?  It is ourselves. America is the promise of an unbounded self, reaching out to untold planets and moons and suns. America – and you and I – are something never before imagined. _______________ James Hilgendorf is a filmmaker, speaker, poet, and […]