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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 […]

A Religious Outlook: Necessity for Life’s Navigation

There is so much controversy whirling today among religious or non-religious outlooks on life: Questions of God or no God; Fundamentalism or Atheism. Overall, religion is a worldview, a way of shaping and perceiving reality.  In this sense, everyone is religious.  Atheism is a religion as much as Catholicism.  Each structures the way we perceive […]

Who I Am – A Tale of Identity

James Hilgendorf is a writer, speaker, poet, and filmmaker. His books cover a wide range of subjects – religion, politics, economics, science, social issues, the future of America. A highly-acclaimed filmmaker, his travel films and documentaries have been seen around the world. He is a long-time member of the SGI, or Soka Gakkai International, the […]

Traveling to a New America – A Broad Conversation

Samantha.   Rodeo, Ca.  From a small town in southern Illinois.  Works in a law firm. ________________________ Samantha, what’s your take on America at this time? “I’m worried about the future of a lot of people who live here.  The reason: the executive orders that Trump has signed that are threatening peoples’ liberties and our […]

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 […]

W.E.B. Dubois – The Souls of Black Folk

I found reading “The Souls of Black Folk”, the 1903 work by W. E. B. Dubois, an extraordinary experience. It’s a beautiful, heartfelt, insightful, and deeply moving book. DuBois was one of the greatest of African-American civil rights leaders, political activists, writers, and historians of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. He was the first African […]

Talk at 4th Street Fine Art Gallery, Berkeley, Ca.

Yesterday, Elizabeth and I were at the 4th Street Fine Art Gallery in Berkeley, California, where I presented a talk and readings from my books, and where Elizabeth showed off some of her flower photos inscribed with passages and poems from some of my books (she is developing into a great photographer). In the middle […]

Thomas Paine & The Age of Reason

This memorial to Thomas Paine stands in the town of New Rochelle, New York, where Paine lived from 1802 to 1806. Many people are aware of Paine’s contributions, especially his authorship of the inspiring pamphlets, “Common Sense” and “American Crisis”, which led to his being called the “Father of the American Revolution.” Not so many […]

Health Care Bill – Heart Surgery Needed

Republicans in the United States Senate have been desperately trying to pass a health care bill that will blatantly throw tens of millions of people out of any kind of health care coverage at all.  The bottom line is they would like to see all of us sink or swim, according to our ability to […]

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

Traveling to New America.  People Along the Way.  Napa, California. Linda, and her husband David, who has been a grape grower and winemaker for 37 years. _______________________ Linda, what’s your take on America at this time? “I feel it’s a hopeful thing now that so many more people recognize the need to take back our […]