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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 […]

Love, Marriage, & Life & Death Amid the Pandemic

Transformation is coming to America. Profound changes are underway. In the midst of an unprecedented viral pandemic, people are suffering from other growing human diseases – hopelessness, lack of meaning, despair, powerlessness. Who are we? In 2018, my wife Elizabeth was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer – a deadly, aggressive cancer – and for two years, […]

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 support the individual and his […]

Among Neanderthals

In antediluvian times – going back several hundred thousand years, men and women roamed the landscape – called Neanderthal, not quite human, but a subspecies of the genus Homo, closely related to all of us today. They led lives obscure until about 30,000 years ago. Then came Cro-Magnon men and women, early modern humans. For […]

Transforming America at the Core

In 1871, in “Democratic Vistas”, Walt Whitman wrote: “In the future of these States must arise poets immenser far, and make great poems of death.” Whitman was not talking about death, in and of itself, but rather of a deep spiritual transformation that he saw as necessary for the future of America – one that […]

Traveling to a New America – Sausalito, California

Sausalito, a picturesque artsy community just north across the Golden Gate Bridge from San Francisco. Italian restaurants and art galleries abound.  Tourists, from nations around the world, step off the ferry to find excitement and amusement. Just off the main drag, I stopped to talk to a tall young man who was standing on the […]

Unknown Songsters

Unnamed singers, unknown composers, singing in the dark, in the shadows of history. We never knew you. No Shakespeares here, no Bach or Homer plying his Olympian tales heard down the ages. Just a banjo strumming in Appalachian hollows.  Or a rare and fragile love poem composed in the light of the moon.  Or blues […]

The Moment is Forever Now

THE MOMENT IS NOW One has to believe in oneself, against all odds. There is nothing more important.  Let go all ordinary matters. Sharpen your intent.  Call up the voice that has always been within you, deep down, the magical self, that, once believed in and given credence, brings forth immense power and actualization. There […]

The Secret Door

The Secret Door.  Another dimension, beyond the common goals and dreams, struggles and strife. A reading from his books, by author James Hilgendorf _____________ A New Vision of Ourselves.  A New Dream of America.  A New Religion for the World. James Hilgendorf is the author of ten non-fiction books, including “A New Myth for the […]


One can die and still be alive.  So many ways. One can play golf from early dawn, with dew glistening on the fairways, until dusk, when the light shades down over the fairways. Marking down the score of the day, day after day, nothing left but the freedom of time slipping away through one’s hands. […]