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Sponsored Post: How Are Church Pulpits Made?

David Woodburn works in the Church and has some information to share about Pulpits.

This article seems like it is only for those who lead church congregations and happen to be a bit handy around wood. But really, if you are any kind of public speaker or you are someone who stands in front of audiences on a regular basis, you could stop renting church podiums (or are they podia?) or pulpits can be a thing of the past if you actually learned how to make a wooden podium of your own that can fit your height and size and the amount of books or notes you use.

It does take some work, but it is not one of the more difficult woodworking projects to do, and you could put some casters on the bottom to help move it easily from venue to venue as you need it. Here is a quick guide to making your own church podium or pulpit.

Tools you will need

As with many wood projects, even a relatively simple project seems to need a lot of tools and supplies to be pulled off, so do not be intimidated by this list.…

Paris Thoughts

Islamic terrorism has been a part of western life since I was a little kid. I still remember people assuming the Oklahoma City bombing was the work of Muslim terrorists as well as the attacks in Kenya that took place in 1998. While many people like Salman Rushdie or Bill Maher are taking the opportunity of a horrible terrorist attack in Paris to make sweeping generalizations of religion, I think it'd be more constructive to look at how terrorist groups become so bold and "coordinated," a word that was used to describe the terrorist attacks who attacked the Charlie Hebdo newspaper in Paris, France.

I don't think there is an intentional goal to enhance Islamic terrorism on the part of Washington elites. Nevertheless that is exactly what policy from supporting mujahideen in Afghanistan against the Soviets in the 1970s to arming the groups that later became ISIS in Syria has done. I have given alot of thought over the years to what the goal of U.S. policy is to that part…

Maiello And Orion Wish You A Happy New Year

Maiello's Questions for Orion

Your readers know you endured a tough 2014, to say the least.  But, you endured. What are your plans for 2015?  What are your major aspirations for the year?  Pick things not to achieve, but to make progress towards.  After all, our achievements don't respect the calendar.
It definitely was tough. However, I have perspective on it. I achieved alot this past year. I had a strong hand in getting a really bad slum lord replaced and even received diplomatic apologies from the company he was employed by. I found myself fulfilling my time in public housing until the lease ran up, despite the harassment I dealt with (which, when I brought it up with his superiors, I found out was actually tame compared to what others dealt with).
 As tragic as Jennifer Reimer's passing was, one female friend said that it was a bit like an abused cat who knows to seek shelter in the right place. Jen had been in heavy drug use and had a serious eating disorder for a…

Sponsored Post: 5 Of The Strangest Words In The English Language

Words are a very, very strange thing and English may be one of the stranger languages humans have employed. English has developed for two thousand years since the times that England was known as Albion, an outskirt province of the Roman Empire. In this list, we're going to explore some of the more oddball words our language has produced and their equally odd origins.
Logorrhea – Pronounced log-uh-RI-uh, logorrhea is pronounced disturbingly like another English word, diarrhea. Unlike diarrhea, which describes the excessive flow of one's bowels, logorrhea describes something altogether more pleasant on the sense – an excessive flow of words. “Rhea” apparently is the root descriptor of any kind of “excessive flow.”
Like diarrhea, logorrhea is defined as an unpleasant physical condition, apparently treatable with some medications. It is defined with excessive wordiness, incoherence and incoherent talkativeness. The description of the condition makes one think that, if he hadn…

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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.

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