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Coming Soon - Radical Second Things Volume 3

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I am currently preparing the third issue of Radical Second Things.

Each print issue of this magazine has been a bit of a learning experience. The first was just really about getting my late wife Jennifer Reimer's "Girl X" in to print. The second incorporated my collaborative work with Jordan Denato - "Stars of Courage" - in to print. In addition, I tried out different programs and ways of putting together Radical Second Things with each issue.

The third issue will continue with Jordan's art, although we are going a bit further than just artistic portraits of Daniel Barrigan or Martin Luther King Jr. and diving in to real Catholic material. I am in the process of RCIA initiation at Saint Columba Catholic Church and want to communicate the process effectively to my readers.

Opening for the Bay Area Book Festival, a Berkeley …

Liberating and Re-Branding

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For the last few years, I have been lethargic. I am just being honest about it. Perhaps not a total bum - I did volunteer work at charities or organizations like Tikkun, intentionally avoiding anything really professional, along with freelance jobs that were irregular in pay. I skated by and even figured out an elaborate system for myself to make it functional. The closest to a regular job I had was doing transcriptions for Rev, an Uber like transcription company based out of San Francisco.

Then over the last year, someone came in to my life that messed that up. Ignoring all excuses, she reminded me repeatedly that I was basically being a bum without using that word and also saying how intelligent I was and how many skills I knew about. I responded very badly when initially met with this and only got worse and worse as it went on - until I couldn'…

Moving Past Rejection

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So today I got this letter:

Dear Michael,
Thank you for your email. The editors have decided that your pitch is not suited to Commonweal at the moment. Thank you for giving us the opportunity to consider.Peace,Re***
I blurred out the letter writer's name for privacy reasons.
I've been published numerous places and currently have two freelance gigs, including a dream one with the Bay City Beacon, whose editor calls my work "beautiful" and says I "have my shit together." I don't take this personally although I would really like to have contributed to Commonweal. 
When I met the brilliant Catholic artist Stefan Salinas at the Bay Area Book Festival, he told me about how Ignatius Press had rejected, after a long process of having even contributed and created work for their publication, the book that became A Muslim Family's…

My friend Raphael Unpingco's Art!

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I have been friends with Raph Unpingco, an esteemed carpenter and renovation specialist, manager of a Chamorro Cultural Center and aspiring film set designer for some time now. He has a casual interest in art and art that many people wouldn't appreciate. He regularly posts about archeological finds, including art ranging from sculptures of Ghengis Khan in Mongolia to medieval artwork. Please check out his own recent art creation, the "J. M. Taotaomona tree:"




Stars Of Courage Digest

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Hello all,

This next month is a month where I'm going to be changing alot within my personal life for the better. As such, cleaning out my desktop is a huge part. I'm clearing out Jordan Denato's Stars of Courage series and putting it on a thumb drive and thought it would be a good excuse to post all the best art in one post so that people could appreciate it alone without going through all the original text. Here goes.













Learn About Guam

Note: I wrote this early in the morning - I am going to update it with links to news stories.

Guam, a small island 2,000 km. from the Phillipines that hosts 160,000 Americans, has been the talk of the world recently. North Korea has repeatedly threatened it with a strike and the threat level is at such a stage that the territory's government has issued a warning to its citizens about what to do in the response of a nuclear blast.

This isn't the first time this has occurred. The same scenario played out and defused early on in Barack Obama's second term. However, the danger is greater with the sort of reckless rhetoric that Trump is known for - with him and his administration threatening North Korea with "fire and fury" and "the destruction of its people." Like with Iraq, it's possible North Korea could be a problem that was simmering during a Democratic presidency and popped during a Republican one.

Guam, in the twenty first century, could have any …

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About Radical Second Things

Michael Orion is a blogger, writer, artist and photographer based in the Bay Area. Besides his maintenance and promotion of Radical Second Things, he contributes to the San Francisco newspaper SF Western Edition, where he writes about local non-profit organizations.

Mark Cappetta is a practicing Catholic and active LGBT activist. He has been instrumental in keeping Radical Second Things and updates the Facebook account almost daily.

Eva Gnostiquette is an artist, programmer, "future scientist," bi-trans girl and graphic designer. She voluntarily helped to create the first print issue Radical Second Things and designed our beautiful banners. Thanks so much, Eva!

Jordan Denato is a professional artist based out of Iowa. He took the initiative to illustrate both Jennifer Reimer's story and Michael Orion's Oscar Romero work. He has his own art studio, Tar and Feather Studios, and is a critical part of Radical Second Things.

Radical Second Things is a liberation theology themed blog that has clear cut goals - we see the structural decline of the United States and much of the west and hope to present alternatives that will offer "a preferential option for the poor" as more become vulnerable.

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