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J. Harmon Grahn


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J. Harmon Grahn (a/k/a Harmon) has many years' experience in graphic design, writing, photography (analog, digital, and cine), computer support / liaison, and Web site design. Prior to 1975 he held various graphic arts / printing positions with firms in San Francisco, California, and Boulder, Colorado. While working concurrently as a foreign correspondent for a New York newspaper, he co-founded the Association for Education and Development (AED) in Nairobi, Kenya, in 1975. Beginning in 1982 he worked primarily as computer liaison / support for a major daily newspaper in Washington, D.C. Since 1989 he had been, until mid-2002, a homesteader on the Olympic Peninsula in (the other) Washington, where he authored the on-line essay series, The New Paradigm; provided technical and audio production support for a local radio station; and founded HARMONHOUSE™ Designs. He now resides in Taos, New Mexico, where he is the founder of The Wellspring Publishing Group. He has written The Writing on the Wall essay series, and other works taking their place within The Wellspring Library from time to time.

Selected Writings of J. Harmon Grahn:

  • "Post-Civilized" Possibilities is a work in progress that picks up where The Writing on the Wall left off, and ventures into the uncharted territory of what Earth-humanity may eventually make of ourselves in Cosmos, and how we may go about it.

  • Suicide Note (19 December 2012, 5 pp, 58.6 kB) Fiction. A short short story, set on the Moon in the year 2064: a cautionary tale giving a parting account by one born to privilege and power of how the plutocrats inadvertently murdered planet Earth.

  • Suicide Note, read by the Author, 15:55, 84.2 MB.

  • Suicide Note, HTML edition.

  • The Writing on the Wall is a book-length series of essays that explore a broad spectrum of interrelated topics having to do with the "phasing-out" of the human experiment known as "civilization," and the transition into the next phase of human evolution in Cosmos.

  • A Meditative Visualization of Everything: An Illustrated Essay (21 April 2012, 39 pp., 39.1 MB) commences with a 28-frame visual exploration of a tiny detail of the Mandelbrot Set, with a large colorful image on each page, combined with a running commentary: drawing comparisons between features within this supremely complex geometric shape and those encountered in "the real world."

    From the Introduction:
    The Mandelbrot Set appears to me as a visual metaphor for . . . well, everything. The difference in scale between the smallest and greatest magnification of the Mandelbrot Set is comparable to the difference in scale between the smallest and largest physical objects we are able to apprehend. As in the "real world,” however, at any magnification, one cannot quite make out the finest visible details — which may be remedied by boosting their magnification, or "zooming in” on the part of the figure one would like to see in greater detail.

    However, there is a trade-off involved in this. As in the "real world,” magnifying a particular feature brings into view details that were not visible at lower magnification; but it also throws the surrounding parts of the figure entirely beyond the field of view, so they cannot be seen at all, while the small feature of focus fills the frame with a surfeit of formerly invisible detail. Yet still there are details that cannot quite be made out, inviting further magnification, and expanding many or most of the formerly visible details beyond the frame of observation. . . .

    At the very least, the reader is treated to a dazzling gallery of large color images of this most provocative shape from the domain of sacred geometry. But there is more to this work than may at first meet the eye, including visionary speculations into the cause-and-effect relationships between past, present, and future; and the "make-or-break" global transition we Earth-humans seem to be experiencing at this time.

  • A Discussion of Sacred Economics: Money, Gift & Society in the Age of Transition by Charles Eisenstein (Saturday 28 January 2012, 16 pp., 126.1 kB) encourages further discussion of Eisenstein's visionary approach to money, economics, and the relationship between humans and our planet, at an historical juncture in which the viability of our existing relationship seems to be increasingly in doubt.

    Excerpt from A Discussion of Sacred Economics

    Although I cannot claim to have read them all, the impression I get from what I have read of economists and financial analysts, even from opposing schools of economic theory, is a broad consensus among all of them to the effect that economic growth is the universally recognized indication of economic health and well being; and that when growth slows, halts, or (God help us) declines, measures are urgently sought, one way or another, to stimulate growth. And I would not disagree — if Earth, the Solar System, and the Universe were populated only by economists and financial analysts.

    On Earth, however, the mix of beings seems still to be considerably more heterogeneous than that; and among them — or I should say, among us — limitless growth is highly anomalous, and not a "good thing" at all. The image springs to mind of a good-natured Uncle, who visits the family of his young Nephew at infrequent intervals, greeting the lad with something like, "My goodness, what a strapping young man you've become! You're growing like a weed!"

    But what if the youth never stopped growing? Fast-forward twenty years or so, and replay the encounter — this time with the Uncle, squinting into the sky at the young Goliath into which his Nephew has meanwhile grown, and his thoughts, if not his words, might be more along the lines of. . .

    Upon what meat doth this our Cæsar feed,
    That he is grown so great?
    Why, man, he doth bestride the narrow world,
    Like a Colossus; and we petty men
    Walk under his huge legs, and peep about
    To find ourselves dishonourable graves.

    In youth, growth is a fine thing to behold; but there comes a time in the natural order of things when growth in stature and sheer bulk must cease, and give place to other dimensions of development. Eisenstein argues that such a time has arrived for humans, and human economies, on planet Earth.

  • A Patient's Adventure With the Allopathic Medical Profession (29 pp., 171.9 kB) is a companion piece to Dr. Daniel Cobb's Reversing Heart Disease The Easy Way; and provides a detailed account of the application of Cobb's approach to an actual heart attack, medically known as a myocardial infarction.

    This may be of no particular interest to those who have never suffered a heart attack, and do not expect to — which is exactly how Harmon felt at the time he was overtaken by one anyway, one fine June afternoon in 2011. At that point, he was unspeakably grateful to have Dr. Cobb's little book manuscript brought to his attention; and applying Cobb's methods, wrote in turn the kind of personal account he would have liked to have had available to guide his steps through (for him) entirely uncharted territory.

    The upshot of the event was a) that Harmon has completely recovered; and b) that Cobb's book, and Harmon's essay appear together here in The Wellspring Library, for the benefit of those with a need for this valuable information — or are aware of others with such needs or interests.

    The last time Harmon visited a Medical Doctor, in August, 2011, the Doctor told him, "I hope by the time I'm your age, I'll be in as good shape as you are."

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