James Ch. Glica-Hernandez, Author

James C. Glica-Hernandez

James C. Glica-Hernandez

James thanks you so much for visiting his blog and welcomes you to comment on anything you read. 

James was born in San Jose, California, in 1959.  His family moved to Siskiyou County in Northern California in 1960 where he resided until 1976. He moved briefly to the greater Buffalo area of New York, and then to Sacramento, California, where he has lived since 1976. 

James attended California State University, Sacramento, as a Theatre Arts and Music student.  He has been teaching vocal music since that time.  He is now studying  Communications, with a concentration in Culture and Communication, at University of Phoenix online. 

James was first published in 1968 with a poem he wrote.  Since then, he has had several articles published in newspapers and national publications.  He also taught tenth grade English for a time. 

He is currently working on a memoir, entitled, “Interwoven,” that looks at his being an adoptee who found his family of birth and began investigating his genealogy for all four sides of his family.  The book reflects on the impact this search has had on him and the various branches of his family.

James has had his paintings and poetry exhibited, and has danced professionally in his young adult years. 

In addition to his written work, James is an award-winning music director, vocal directing for a prestigious performing and fine arts academy, teaching seventh- to twelfth-grade students, and acting as principal music director for the Woodland Opera House since 1999. 

James has been with his husband for more than 12 years.  Prior to their marriage, he was married to the mother of their six children.  They now share 10 grandchildren.

In addition to the work he loves, he is excited by the process of genealogy.  James has two family trees on Ancestry.com, including his birth family’s Herrera-Arroyo Family Tree (2,000+ names) and his adopted family’s  Chavez-Glica-Hernandez Family Tree (12,000+ names).

James looks forward to hearing your thoughts and questions about his blogs.

19 responses

  1. Hi, James,

    I hope that this reaches you. I read your blog about Rindy and would like to contribute to the fund for making Rindy’s CD. Can you please email me at mhb1954@msn.com and explain how this is done? I am a friend of the Sumners family. Thanks! Mark

    1. I will write you via e-mail with the information. Thank you so much for your generosity, Mark!


  2. James,

    I moved back to Morro Bay, CA last year and I get up to Sacramento every few months with my work with the California National Guard. My phone number is (805) 440-5782. What is your phone number?

    1. Hello Dan!

      How wonderful to hear from you! My number is 916-201-1168. I’m in a new home now, but still in Sacramento. Please give me a call soon. I’d enjoy hearing your voice. Take care.


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    1. Thank you, Kobos, for stopping in and visiting. James

  4. Thanks for publishing this it was used as a source for a paper I am currently writing for my thesis. Thanks

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    1. Hello,

      Thank you for your note today. I’m happy you found value in my blogs. I would be interested to know which blog you referenced.

      Thanks again,


  5. why do you have a Polish word in the title of your blog? I am not sure I like it being associated with some of your views.

    1. Dear Chrissy,

      Thank you for writing. The reason I have the word, “Powodzenia,” in my title is because as a Polish man, I love the meaning of the word, which I’m sure you know means good luck. It appears you believe that all Polish people believe the same way you do. I am sorry to inform you that this is not the case. There are liberals and conservatives, Democrats and Republicans, Christians and Jews, and many other polarities that can be found in our culture, as in every culture. I am surprised, however, to find someone who feels they can speak for an entire culture as you seem to be attempting to do.

      The other aspect of my concern is that as an American, under the First Amendment of the Constitution of the United States, I am freely entitled to express my views and use whatever language I choose. Lech Walensa also fought for those same rights in Poland. As a Polish culture, we have been embattled for centuries with being overrun by Russia, Germany, and many other countries in their futile attempt to cripple or destroy our culture. We were thrown in concentration camps during World War II, not because we were Jewish, but because we were simply Polish. No one person or foreign culture has been able to accomplish that goal. We Poles are too strong.

      It is with this understanding that I invite you to remember our culture, to celebrate the fact that we are free to speak our minds and hearts as both Poles and Americans, and to move toward a more compassionate understanding of others’ views. It is the same appearance of your close-mindedness that incited some of the greatest tragedies in our common Polish history.

      Powodzenia, pani Chrissy,


  6. Mr Hernandez! It’s John, I havn’t seen you in ages and have no way (that i can think of) to reach and and i’d love to have a conversation with you and catch up! If you could please e-mail me so we can exchange information that would be great, in the mean time i will try my best to reach you 😀

  7. I went to junior high and high school with Barbara Jean Jenkins. I have always remembered her.

    We never really hung out but she was in a lot of my classes and soforth. She was always a kind person. She never had a bad thing to say to anyone.

    I remember her death so well. I always wonder why she killed herself. Does anyone really know why? Did she ever leave a note ect. I have never forgotten her. So sad for her family.

    1. Dear Jamie,

      Thank you for remembering Barbara Jean. I know her family will be happy to hear that you remember her so fondly. Although I never knew her, everyone in her family felt the same way about her that you did.

      No one really knows why she chose the path she did. It’s a very sad question mark. What I do know is that in remembering her, you have kept her memory alive and for that, we are grateful.

      Best always to you.


  8. Life is strange. The people and events that never leave us. I was young at the time and I didn’t really understand. As I got older I always wondered why she would end it all. Young and sweet and so much ahead of her to live for.

    I am 43 now and I can’t imagine their heartbreak.

    I think I remember that her parents were divorced. Maybe she lived with her Mom???? Did she have any brothers or sisters? I don’t remember any in school. Was she found at the American River? If so, that was kinda far from where we lived on the South Side. If so, how did she get there? Are they sure she wasn’t murdered? Seemed strange a young girl would shoot herself.

    Please tell her family she will always be in our hearts.

    Kindest Regards,


    1. Dear Jamie,

      I relayed your wonderful memories to the family and they were so grateful that you remembered Barbara Jean.

      As for the details, I don’t really know what specifically happened; however, I was told she was upset about something. The place she died was a favorite fishing site where she and her cousins would regularly go.

      Thank you again for your kind words,


  9. Thanks for the background. Please tell her family she will always be remembered by all of the kids that went to school with her. She was a sweet girl.

    1. Thank you, Jamie.

      My husband tried to e-mail you at the address identified on your post; however, it was returned. He went to school with his cousin, Barbara Jean, too. They were the same age. His name is David Hernandez. Please feel free to contact him through me at James@SacramentoVocalMusic.com, if you you’re interested in chatting about Barbara Jean further. 🙂 Thanks again for writing.


  10. Greetings Sir,

    I have enjoyed much of your writing and I felt compelled to acknowledge you and your gifts and to let you know that you are not alone. It is so very easy to become cynical in this world as such I consider your thoughts to be a “balm” for that affliction. Peace and all the best of the New Year Sir.

    1. Dear Mr. Gavin,

      Thank you so much for your note. I appreciate your comments and good wishes. I look forward to hearing from you again.


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