New Year’s Resolutions | 12-31-2009

My New Years Resolutions

1. Stop going around the mountain when I should be climbing.

2. Return peoples Cellphone calls, emails, and text messages.

3. Give more, take less and celebrate my little story as one part of the great story of humanity.

4. Forgive myself for not living up to my high ideals and start everyday new.

5. Cut down on white sugar.

note: These are the first New Year’s Resolutions I’ve ever made… we’ll see how this goes.

Christmas Card – 2009

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year

…from Jon and Tania, Moseley and Suki, Redbot and The Baby Jesus Sacred Hearts Club Band…

Christmas Card - 2009 - 600px X 400px

The Baby Jesus Sacred Hearts Club Band
14.5″ x 9.5″
mixed media on cardboard
Jon and Tania | December 2009
(click on image above – or here – to see the card larger…)

Coming Christmas Morning – The key to the collage images

Are you wondering who all those people are with us on our Christmas Card? Click Here to see the Key to our 2009 Christmas Card Collage… (will be posted at 6:00am Christmas morning – 12.25.2009…)

Gemini with Canis Major and Canis Minor

Gemini with Canis Major and Canis Minor

Walking my dogs through the Heavens…

Every day I walk my two dogs, Moseley and Suki around the neighborhood – several times.

A while ago I came across a Star Chart from yesteryear (really old, that is) with drawings of the constellations, including Canis Major and Canis Minor, which looked a lot like my Moseley and Suki.

I scanned the drawings and then enhanced them a bit (added a little ink) and placed them on a modern star map to give you an idea of where we are in the Heavens when we walk around.

From top left to bottom right…

Gemini – that’s my constellation… born on June 18th.

Canis Minor – Suki the wonder pup! She’s part Rat Terrier and part Cairn Terrier… we got her second so that makes her number two.

Canis Major – Moseley the super dog! He’s part Jack Russell Terrier and something else. He’s like a super-sized Jack Russell – I call him my Lamb Hound. He likes to sit back on his hind legs and wave his front paws like in the picture above.

Not shown on this chart, but in the same bit of Heaven is Leo, which is Tania’s constellation – she’s born August 1st… funny that we all should live in the same house here, and in the Heavens.

Happy Winter Solstice!

Today is the first day of Winter, which officially began at 17:47 UTC – or 11:47 am our local time in Long Beach –  just thought I’d make a note of that…

Rainy Days With Whirlpools

For today I’ll just re-post the three songs about the weather, both inside and out, which I posted on Facebook this afternoon…

First Posting

Depression comes in like a storm with my thoughts washing down a gutter of whirlpools – The first day is always the worst…

Here’s a Verve song I listen to on days like this…

LINK HERE | The Verve | The Drugs Don’t Work – link to YouTube page…

Second Posting

Medicating with Music: Another Verve song from the Urban Hymns album… “One Day” – link is to the song – no video

Favorite line – “Just tie yourself to the mast my friend and the storm will end…”

Third (and last) Posting

And here’s one for the rainy day…

Post Script…

Hoping for better weather tomorrow…

My Wife – The Cover Girl!

The District - Tania on Cover - December 9, 2009

Above: Tania on the cover of The District – December 9, 2009

The District Weekly – December 9, 2009

The new issue of The District came out yesterday with an article that has been much anticipated around our home…

Rachel Powers, a writer for The District, has been putting this article together since the summer, and our friend and professional photographer, Russ Roca, took the photos several months ago.

We had no idea when the story would come out, or that they would choose this photo (above) for the cover shot…

I think it’s a great photo. That’s my beautiful wife, doing what she does everyday – giving her time, energy and love into making other peoples lives better.

I’m very proud of her!

The story is about the amazing place Tania works at called “The Village” which serves the homeless, “mentally ill” population with real care and true compassion.

Long Beach is finally learning about this world-famous and very successful resource in their own downtown.

People who work in the mental health field come from all over the world (right now there is a group from Japan visiting for a week) to do an “Immersion” and find out how the philosophy of The Village works.

The article does a great job of explaining the simple, but radically different approach The Village uses to help remind people that they are somebody of value, to reawaken their forgotten dreams and to both start and continue on that road back to health and stability.

Tania started working there in September of 2005 – how she got there is a story for another time – and since then she has grown in amazing ways.

I feel honored to be a part of her story and to be able to offer her my unconditional support for the work she does.

Article Links

Best Practices – The District Weekly, December 9, 2009

The Village Website – Information Page

Telomere Repair

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I rescued this flier before the rains came down because I thought it looked really cool – made with spray paint and a hand-cut stencil on cardboard.

It was posted on the corner for over a week, and I’ve been looking at it everyday. The show was a week ago so I figured it was time to take it home before the rains make a mess of it.

I’ve never heard of Telomere Repair before so I looked them up and found their MySpace Page which has 8 songs on it – I dig their sound! My favorite so far is “Capitalist KILLS Samuri.”

My first thought about their sound was “very Gang of Four meets Devo” and then I listen to their songs several more times and I thought “maybe I hear a Sonic Youth or very early Nirvana influence in there…” but then I decided that Telomere Repair’s description on their MySpace page says it best “Sounds Like: ((::.)=^.:.-_.: :)))..&lt.”

They make very cool fliers and posters for their shows with stencils and spray paint.

I love this one for their next show:

You can find out more about this Long Beach band here:

Telomere Repair – MySpace (includes music): http://www.myspace.com/telomererepair

Telomere Repair – Facebook Page: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Telomere-Repair/32984222011?v=wall

Enjoy!

In The Emporium – Central Services Buttons

Images from the whimsically strange world of Central Services on 1″ pinback buttons – Sets include Ed and Red, Scooters, Fishes, Flowers and little Neurobots…

Only $5 a set… shipping included!

Each set includes 3 buttons in a collectible button set package with hand-dated insert sleeve… and shipping is included in the price – what a deal! (shipped via the USPS)

Click here to find out more… (no longer available)

Rebuilding…

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Your host - Jon, the onehumanbeing behind onehumanbeing.com

Sometime around the end of October this year something went weird with my blog, the onehumanblog, and I lost control of the background administration area and links to my blog have been causing “Page Not Found” errors.

I have no idea how this happened, or how to fix it – and that’s after numerous hours making various attempts this last month.

It’s been exhausting, both time-wise and emotionally. All that work and no answers…

So now I’m taking a different approach and launching this new version of onehumanbeing (version 3, I think) with a new installation of the WordPress application I use for my project sites.

It’ll take a bit to get everything updated and make sure all the old image links are updated to the new address… but  just starting this new rebuild is one HUGE weight off of my mind.

What has changed?

The part of the web address that has been changed is shown below in bold.

OLD address: http://onehumanbeing.com/blog/

NEW address: http://onehumanbeing.com/central/