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The Struggle to Awaken to a Larger Life

The carnage of a Trump Presidency, the division and chaos and twisting of the truth, have brought us to a point of deep introspection, forcing all of us, even against our will, to confront the question of who we really are, both as individuals and as a nation. It seems clear that we are going […]

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 […]

An Elephant Poem

ELEPHANT TIME Ah, the elephants Swinging their trunks, Then dangling along in the dirt. Two giants, side by side Moving to one another, Slowly, slowly, remembering. One trunk goes up against The other’s head, listening, Sensing, transmitting Memories from long ago. Their eyes are dark. They center themselves in an Elephant universe, Elephant time. Feeling […]

Hurricanes, Pandemics & Poetry

______________________________ James Hilgendorf is a filmmaker, speaker, poet, and the author of ten non-fiction books. To arrange talks, contact the author.

The Religion of the Future

THE RELIGION OF THE FUTURE The religion of the future must be a religion for all humankind. A religion of no distinctions, men or women, black or white or brown, heterosexual or homosexual, young or old, of whatever ethnicity, background, rich or poor, educated or uneducated, the entire gamut of human beings. A religion that […]

Hiroshima. The Bomb. Another year.

Hiroshima.  August 6th, 1945.  Another year gone by.  A watershed event in human history. The Bomb is as real and alive as ever, nuclear weapons, nuclear technology, nuclear threats spreading insidiously, silently, around the world. This is the world we live in, and still we bury the truth about the Bomb, we shut off its […]

The Real Size of the Universe & Of Our Own Individual Lives.

Carl Sagan, astronomer, astrophysicist, and co-author of the award-winning television series, “Cosmos: A Personal Voyage”, once wrote in another of his books, “Pale Blue Dot”, the following passage: “How is it that hardly any major religion has looked at science and concluded, ‘This is better than we thought!  The universe is much bigger than our […]

Soka Gakkai International – New Religious Kid on the Block

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America – The Land Where You Lived Forever

America is the land where Death has buried itself the deepest. Covered over from the very beginning of the Republic, buried away upon the darkened American prairies, no longer to be noticed or mentioned. There were voices, here and there, faint prophets in the wilderness, but they were drowned out by the sound of railroad […]

Our Face in the Mirror

On a clear night, looking up into the night sky, we see the Milky Way, the galaxy of which our own solar system is but a small part. A hazy band of light, estimated to contain between 100 to 400 billion stars, and at least that many planets. The observable universe is estimated to contain […]