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May 2017

Traveling to a New America – People Along the Way – Fairfield, California

Traveling to a New America – People Along the Way. Demetrius.  Fairfield, California. ________________________ Demetrius, what’s your take on America at this time? “I feel like it’s very divided.  For several reasons.  I feel that race is a big issue.  It’s dividing everything, and obviously the President is a big issue right now.  I feel […]

Ralph Waldo Emerson: The Church, God, The Infinitude of the Private Man, & The Buddha

In his famous address delivered to the senior class at Divinity College, Cambridge, on July 15th, 1838, Ralph Waldo Emerson attacked the teachings of the Church of his day in such a confrontational way that it would be years before he would once again be invited back to talk. “As it appears to us,” he […]

Traveling to a New America/ New YouTube Series on Facebook

“Traveling to a New America“, a nation-wide journey undertaken by author and filmmaker James Hilgendorf , aimed at spreading a new vision and Renaissance of the American spirit, is continuing with talks, readings, interviews with people of all ages on the streets, Facebook sharing, and, now, a new YouTube series of short video pieces, meant […]

Richard Wright – Black Boy

I finished Richard Wright’s book, “Black Boy” today.  An extraordinary tour-de-force of the human spirit. Fifty years ago, perhaps, I remember reading “Native Son”, and I constantly had to put the book down, its emotional impact was so great.  I could not take too much at a time. Near the end of “Black Boy”, one […]

Traveling to a New America – People Along the Way/Homeless

Kenneth.  Homeless. __________________ “I was born and raised in Oakland, California.  Unfortunately, I haven’t been able to live at home for thirty years because the cost of living has soared and the cost of rents.  Economically I haven’t been able to sustain a job that was paying the wages to support my lifestyle.  It’s been […]

Barriers Are Here To Make Us Grow

Today I came across a very tiny yellow flower that had somehow lodged its roots into a slim crack in the sidewalk concrete. What a lovely flower!  Shining, effervescent, a bold venturer where no other flower would go. All alone, yet seeming to care nothing for that fact.  Enough simply to be. There are many […]

Healthcare & A Morally Bankrupt Congress

Today, with the slim passage and repeal of the Affordable Care Act, or Obamacare, the Republican establishment in Congress have indeed shown for all to see their true nature and colors.  They, and their party, are truly a morally bankrupt lot.  They have thrown to the dogs a large portion of the American populace. For […]

Traveling to a New America – Pioneers from our Past – Josephine Baker

She was born in 1906 in St. Louis, Missouri, as Frieda McDonald.  Raised in a poor black family, she dropped out of school at the age of twelve, and was performing on stage at age thirteen. At age nineteen, she went to Paris and, almost overnight, became a tremendous sensation as a dancer and singer.  […]