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Theodore Parker: Early Religious and Social Reformer.

Although relatively unknown today, Theodore Parker, who lived in the turbulent decades leading up to the Civil War, was an American whose life exerted a tremendous influence upon his own times, and whose thought and actions still reverberate at the very heart of modern day issues. In one speech, Parker used the phrase, “A democracy […]

Emerson, Trump, & Hearts of Steel

Ralph Waldo Emerson, living at the time of the American Renaissance in the early 1800’s, wrote: “Good-nature is plentiful, but we want justice with a heart of steel, to fight down the proud.” He was encouraging people to stand up and fight injustice wherever they found it, and to unflinchingly oppose the arrogance of power. […]

Walt Whitman – A Call for a New America

In “Democratic Vistas”, our greatest national poet, Walt Whitman, wrote: “Never was there, perhaps, more hollowness at heart than at present, and here in the United States.  Genuine belief seems to have left us.  The underlying principles of the States are not honestly believed in, nor is humanity itself believed in.  What penetrating eye does […]

Buckminster Fuller, Visionary – Bring Out Your Own Unique Power and Self.

Buckminster Fuller, American architect, author, designer, and inventor, was the popularizer of “Spaceship Earth” and the “geodesic dome”. Interestingly, he was a grand nephew of the American Transcendentalist, Margaret Fuller, one of the most amazing women of the early American Renaissance, and a close friend of Ralph Waldo Emerson. As a young man, Fuller worked […]

The True America

THE TRUE AMERICA Whitman, Thoreau, Emerson. I take my hat off to you gentlemen. You are the true America, unearthed from the beginning.  You stood up, your voices called to everyone – a new way, a true way, original Man and Woman now to take their place along the sidewalks and country roads. What could […]

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 […]

The True American Founding Fathers

We speak of the spirit of the Founding Fathers, and arguments continue to swirl around the true intent of this country, bands of religious zealots claiming Christianity is at the root of our country’s founding. But this will never hold.  Those patriots who fashioned the Constitution were never aligned behind the concept of a theocracy; […]

Ralph Waldo Emerson – Mentor of Greatness

Ralph Waldo Emerson – essayist, lecturer, and poet – was one of the leading figures of the American Renaissance of the early 1800s, which included such greats as Henry David Thoreau, Walt Whitman, Margaret Fuller, and others. During his lifetime, Emerson gave over 1500 public lectures across the United States, which were meant primarily to […]

Ralph Waldo Emerson – Leading Figure of the Early American Renaissance

Ralph Waldo Emerson, the great essayist, lecturer, and poet, was one of the leading figures of the American Renaissance of the early 1800s. He was always trying to inspire his readers and listeners to a greater vision of themselves. He had this advice for you: “Hitch your wagon to a star.” “Once you make a […]

Traveling to a New America – Arts & the World of Napa

Yesterday, I spent two hours giving a talk and doing readings from one of my books, then holding an open  discussion with the wonderful members of the Arts Association of Napa Valley. Part of the conversation centered around the mood of divisiveness we are experiencing in America at this time.  These were some of peoples’ […]