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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 […]

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 […]

Hope is High for America

America is in a quagmire.   The land around is shaking and sinking.  Vision is being dragged down into dark, dense, black holes. Oh, say can you see, by the dawn’s early light – an America desecrated, besmirched by its so-called leaders, by specters of darkness and division, and dreams of an all-white Republic. This is […]

Three Books That Can Change Your Life

Three books – “A New Myth for America”, “Life & Death: A Buddhist Perspective”, “Handbook for Youth in a Muddied Age” – three of ten books by James Hilgendorf – are books that can open up dramatic new perspectives on your life, and on the transformation that even now is beginning to reshape the core […]

The Beginning & End of Time

The beginning and end of time. A reading by author James Hilgendorf, from his book, “The New Superpower”. ______________________ James Hilgendorf is a filmmaker, speaker, poet, and the author of ten non-fiction books that are opening the way to a new vision of ourselves, a new dream of America.  This year he is holding talks […]

Sowing Seeds of Hope & Transformation All Across America

Words of inspiration, flowers and poems, visions of a new America. A new world, a new civilization, is struggling for birth and expression beneath our very eyes. Division, chaos, shattered identities, the world darkening, darkening; yet shoots of lovely being and flowers breaking through everywhere. I’m holding talks, readings, and conversations wherever I go, conjuring […]

Urban Transformation in Toledo, Ohio

The transformation of America is being accomplished through the extraordinary efforts of individuals. One such case comes out of Toledo Ohio. In 2010, Rachel Richardson was the co-director of a Toledo-based nonprofit called Independent Advocates that worked with domestic violence survivors in the Lucas County Court System. They accompanied their clients to court hearings, helped […]

The First Coming of Ourselves

The Second Coming?  No, we haven’t gotten to the First Coming as yet. We’re headed for a storm the world has not yet seen. Batten down the hatches!  Hold tight to the helm! ____________________ James Hilgendorf is a filmmaker, speaker, poet, and the author of ten non-fiction books that are opening the way to a […]

Grace Lee Boggs

Just a little over a hundred years ago, in 1915, Grace Lee Boggs was born in Providence, Rhode Island.  She died only recently, in 2015, at age 100.  During those years, she and her husband James Boggs had an extraordinary career that impacted many lives, with prominent roles in the Civil Rights and Labor Movements. […]

All It Takes Is One Person

To the youth of America: All it takes is one person. The nature of reality is such that your determination can send tremors into the farthest regions of the universe. It is your universe, to create as you please.  Never mind what anyone has told you up to this point.  The world is your mirror.  […]