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Life and Death

Our Dreams are the Dreams of Life.

Through pursuing our dreams, we learn to believe in ourselves. We gain power. We come to realize that nothing is impossible. ________________________________________ James Hilgendorf is a filmmaker, speaker, poet, and the author of eleven non-fiction books. His latest book is “Capricorn & Cancer”, a story of love and marriage amid the pandemic. In their 50th […]

Cancer, the Pandemic, America at Sea & Buddhism.

In December, 2020, my wife Elizabeth passed away after struggling for two years with pancreatic cancer and stroke. In addition, during this time, the pandemic was raging, and America was struggling with anger, chaos, and political and cultural division, in a struggle to salvage its own identity and survival. As the cancer was spreading through […]

In the End,What’s Important?

At the end of 2020, about a month before my wife Elizabeth passed away after a two-year struggle with pancreatic cancer and stroke, I was helping her out of bed one night and accidentally brushed against a beautiful lamp which had belonged to Elizabeth’s mother, and which she treasured. The lamp fell to the floor […]

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 […]

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 […]

What’s Next for America?

A few months ago, my wife Elizabeth of 50 years passed away after a two-year struggle with pancreatic cancer and stroke. For 2020, we battled not only the disease, but political chaos and a deadly pandemic. The covid virus was raging and metastasizing throughout the body politic of America. Love and marriage, life and death, […]

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 […]

Surmounting Death

On Christmas Day, 2018, my wife Elizabeth underwent a three-and-a-half hour operation to remove malignant pancreatic cancer from her pancreas. The operation is known as the Whipple procedure. Part of her pancreas was removed, along with her gall bladder and some sections of her intestines, and a new hookup of her internal organs was implemented. […]

In & Out

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 – 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 […]