The Turning – A New Project Site

theturning_header_5I’ve been spending the last few days putting together a project site for The Turning, which is now open and ready for use… you can visit it here: http://theturning.onehumanbeing.com/ (site no longer available)

On the new site you’ll find the story has been organized to make it easier to follow.

I’ve added extra material to help you understand the various ideas from the story – Monthly Mayan calenders with downloadable PDF ‘s of the different periods of The Tzolkin, a playlist of songs that the story is partly based on, and even a scrollable timeline of postings… and I have many other things planned for the future.

I have also moved STEW, an allegorical story about the 2008 election, over to The Turning site, where these two story will soon be merged into one…

What Is The Turning?

This is serial – a story that will unfold over a seven year period of time – which tells the story of a mythical and imaginative journey taken by Jon, onehumanbeing that blends fiction and non-fiction as it explores ideas about time, being human, bipolar disorder, god(s), creation, history, Mayan calenders, astrology, space, the sub-conscious mind, quantum physics, American Christianity and the coming Long Cycle – among other things.

But most of the time this story is more about the questions it stirs up in you than anything else…

Find out more here... About The Turning

What Is A Project Site?

As an artist I’m always at work on more than one thing at a time. For example, when I’m painting I usually have about 5 paintings going at once – all in various stages of completion.

Currently, much of my work is done on very large scales. As an example – The MMJ Project, which uses my local city and community as the studio and working space for my various activities involving Medical Marijuana and the long struggle to get it established and normalized.

Some of my other projects include Redbot Loves You! and The Turning – A Serial. I also have some others that are “in the works” and not ready for public consumption yet…

To keep my various projects, and the different materials, concepts, and campaigns from getting lost in a confusing mass of stuff, I started to start creating “project sites” for each project idea – sort of like spin-offs from TV shows – and this gives each project it’s own home.

By using this “multiple project sites” approach, I find as my focus shifts over time I can move from one project site to the next, adding new material, making changes, adjusting the project to keep it on track, and whatever else needs to be done at that time.

Then, after a while, a shift or a change comes over me and I’m onto the next project – and around and around it goes…

I hope that helps you understand the process going on here at onehumanbeing.com

Until later, best of health…

Come On Wheels, Take This Boy Away…

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I was given a new bike today – the best bike I’ve ever owned… and no, it doesn’t look quite like the image above.

[A note about the image: I took some photos this evening of my new bike, none of which were very good on their own… Tania suggested a photo-collage…]

I’ve been sorta-wanting a bike for a while, not really needing it, just thinking it would be an added value to my life, eliminate some car and gas use, and be a nice way to get around Long Beach, which is slowly moving towards bike-friendliness…

But this last week, a friend said to me as he was helping me move a love-seat up our stairs, “Man, you are out of shape. You need to get some exercise, you need a bike…” and I had to agree. Continue reading

The Bankers and the Homeowners – A Story

It’s Friday, and I thought it would be a nice day for a little story…

The Bankers and The Homeowners

A new administration and a new Congress had come to Washington DC, along with a massive financial disaster brought about by a number of things, but one major factor was the greedy and shortsighted bankers collapsed plan built on inflated home values and reckless loans. And because of their bad decisions, economies around the world were devastated.

But the new administration came in and started to clean house, and they called these bankers before them to explain themselves. Even though they were guilty of massive frauds and mismanagement, the new administration and Congress forgave them, and in order to keep what was left of the economy afloat, they loaned them more money and told them to get their houses in order.

Very quickly the bankers had money flowing back to their banks, and their jobs were saved and bonuses were awarded… and then a letter came from a homeowner who was three months behind on his house payment, and was not asking for money, but just a little more time so he could save his families home.

The bankers were outraged. “You should be more responsible… no more time – foreclose on that house today…”

Well, word got around the Internet pretty quickly, and soon the outcry was so great that the new administration and Congress heard about it and called the bankers back in to question them about this situation.

“We forgave you and helped you to keep going, but your fellow citizen just asked for a crumb by comparison and you’re ready to throw him out on the street with his wife and children… Now, not only are we going to take your companies, but also your homes, cars, airplanes and bonuses, and you are all going to be put into prison for a very long time…”

Credit Where Credits Due

This would have worked just as well as The Bankers And The Credit Card Holders, but I went with the homeowners…

I hope you enjoyed my story, but I must admit that I borrowed heavily from the greatest story-teller of all time, Jesus of Nazareth.

Lots of people do comeback tours, I’d sure like to see Jesus do a return engagement. He’d be great on Letterman or with Jon Stewart, Live with Larry King…

The original version of my story can be found in any Bible – Matthew 18:21-35 (that’s the first book in the New Testament) – and really, Jesus tells it better… and the question he’s answering is about forgiveness, and how often should we forgive someone… a good thing to think about in the days ahead.

Have a great Friday and a blessed weekend,
Jon, onehumanbeing

Back from our Death Valley adventure…

We returned from Death Valley this evening. Tania and I traveled out there with our 2 dogs, Tania’s brother Derek, and our best friend Tina to celebrate her birthday. Death Valley is beautiful in December, and cold…

We stayed in Stovepipe Wells at the motel near the sand dunes. We explored the sand dunes for quite awhile on Friday morning. The wind creates really beautiful shapes and forms…

On Saturday afternoon, as we were about to leave on another adventure across the park, we saw what looked like a wall of haze or cloud coming down from the north end of the park. The wind was starting to blow harder, and after some ominous sounding words from the maintenance guy about a sand storm that was about to hit us, we changed our plans and moved back to the motel room.

We settled in to watch the storm, popped open some cans of Coors and put on The Doors… as we all talked, hung out, and drank more beer I drew in my sketchbook and this is one of the drawings; the Sand Dunes at Stovepipe Wells with the Devil’s Cornfield in the foreground.

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I decided to keep this one as a black and white ink drawing instead of adding any color.

I’ll post more a about our trip, and some photos later…

Enjoy.

The random images…

Making plans… trying to change my website around. I’ve been using an Open Source program called Joomla for my last version of onehumanbeing.com, but now I’m switching over to WordPress so I can blog, along with having image galleries, forums and a whole mess of other stuff…

I’ll be working on posting a random image of my day, either a found image, a collage, a political cartoon, a sticker… whatever is capturing my eye today, everyday.