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James Hilgendorf

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 largest Buddhist lay organization in the world now, with 12,000,000 members in 192 countries and territories around the globe - a movement of  people of all backgrounds working for peace, education, and culture, grounded upon the fundamental premise that the life of the individual, and, indeed, of all of life is deserving of the highest respect.

In December, 2020, Elizabeth, his wife of 50 years, passed away after a two year struggle with pancreatic cancer and stroke.  During this time, the pandemic was raging, and America was struggling to salvage its very identity and survival.

The author writes:

“In response to all this, I wrote a book - “Capricorn & Cancer” - to confront the heart of death itself - not only of my wife’s passing, but of an America, fractured and dying - and the need here in America for a deep transformation in the way we view our own lives, our relationship with the universe around us, and to life and death itself.  

“Since then, I’ve written personally to thousands and thousands of people, in towns and cities all across America, sharing our story; and Elizabeth and I have embarked, online and in-person, on a journey together (yes, we are together still), with “Capricorn & Cancer” and another of my books, “Traveling to a New America” combined into one new book, “Traveling Together to a New America”, to reach out and spark a national dialogue about the true dream of America, and the power and potential of each of our individual lives.

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To arrange talks and discussions with your group on Zoom video, contact the author at jameshilgendorf1 (at) gmail (dot) com.