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The Black Death, the Coronavirus Pandemic, & the Renaissance of America.

During the 14th century, the plague, or Black Death, ravaged all of Europe, Asia, and northern Africa, causing enormous upheavals in all areas of society. Its peak occurred around the years 1347-1350. During these years, upwards of two hundred million people died of the plague. Europe, alone, lost perhaps half of its population. The most […]

Capricorn & Cancer – A Love Poem Written upon my Wife’s Passing

CAPRICORN & CANCER Love is born out of opposites colliding. Look at the universe, with its swirling galaxies of stars, whole nebulae clashing and devouring phalanxes of suns. It is not a peaceful picture. We advance by facing that which we do not know. The love that becomes the strongest is the love that grows […]

Understanding America

America at a Crossroads There is a saying, that “When great evil occurs, great good follows”. Certainly the events of the last few days have triggered a tsunami of eruptions not only in America, but around the world. Who are we – Americans – as a people? Many would look at the display of thugs […]

Civil War – A Spiritual Crossroads

In 1851, Harriet Beecher Stowe was living with her husband on the campus of Bowdoin College in Brunswick, Maine, when she began writing “Uncle Tom’s Cabin”, the book that would become instrumental in galvanizing public opinion around the slavery issue just prior to the outbreak of the Civil War. She wrote: “Up to this year, […]

Become the Dream

We tend to think about ourselves in certain circumscribed terms. We are this, we are that.  We have certain limits, so far and no farther. We may dream of a different life, but reality drags us down.  How much can we expand ourselves to match our dreams? Everything starts and ends with the moment.  There […]

Traveling to a New America – Ten complete books in a New E-book Collection.

The Collected Works of James Hilgendorf, Ten Complete Books, is now available in e-book format for the first time from your favorite online bookseller. Included in the collection are these books: Traveling to a New AmericaA New Myth for AmericaForever HerePoems of Death: Time for EternityLife & Death: A Buddhist PerspectiveHandbook for Youth in a […]

Dreams & Dead Dreams: Traveling to a New America – People Along the Way – Vacaville, Ca.

Just one of the many people I met on the street, just before the coronavirus. Stefan.  Vacaville, California ____________________________ Stefan, what’s your take on America at this time? “I think that America has lost its way, has lost its soul.  In a lot of ways, I’m starting to feel like maybe this experiment was a […]

The Coming American Cataclysm

It has been said there is a cyclical 30-year or generational cycle in American history, evidenced by a return to the original ideals and dreams of the Republic. In the 1930’s, we saw the emergence of Franklin Roosevelt’s New Deal, which followed years of rampant capitalism and the crash of the Stock Market in 1929, […]

When You Come to a Wall

When you come to a wall…. This is the point of supreme opportunity.  This is a sign of gathering force, and a new way forward. The universe is behind you all the way, but it is up to you. Doubt, resignation, loss of hope, lack of faith, hesitation, fear – all aligned in a row […]

Ida B. Wells & The George Floyd Protests

Ida B. Wells, African-American journalist and a leader in the early Civil Rights Movement, was widely known for her campaign against the practice of the lynching of African-Americans. Born into slavery in Holly Springs, Mississippi in 1862, just a few months before the Emancipation Proclamation freeing slaves was issued by President Abraham Lincoln, she grew […]