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Unification and Liberation

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For the last year or so, I've been exploring the spectrum of Christianity intensively. I had walked tepidly in to it before but Jennifer's death sort of accelerated things. She had handwritten a quote from Matthew 25 on a piece of paper that she was about to send to a family she had lived with and had left behind several Catholic books on ecology before she died. I wasn't thinking about providence a whole lot but I figured it meant something.

While in California, I got exposed to Unificationism. Un…

Chronic movement: Last relapse in Jersey

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This is Sharon's second piece she did for me. Sharon told me that she's going to be spreading the word about Radical Second Things in her psychiatric survivor groups. Having Sharon on board is very important to me - while she is obviously a different person, her writing is in the same sphere as Jennifer's and her memorial was able to provide an intellectual appreciation while Richard and I provided a personal one. Keep on, Sharon. This blog is your home.

By Sharon Cretsinger

Here are aspects of bein…

Sex and the Single Girl Survivor

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By Sharon Cretsinger


Art by Amy Smith
Hey everyone, Sharon was a big fan of my fiance Jennifer's website and work. Her memorial of Jen was so good that I have decided to allow her free reign to let her brain out all over this blog. She sent me two pieces to publish but both are pretty intense - I'm spreading them out so that people can handle it. Enjoy. - Michael

I turn the camera on myself.  There we are, face to face.  My words in front of me are

reflected into infinite space in the flash and my bifoca…

We're All Mad Here

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Ostracism is in effect a means of control and shame. In social situations and family hierarchies most effective and damaging. I will elucidate further with a recent experience, where I sat a table full of relatives who don't know where they are being pushed and why they're turned reactionary.

As it becomes harder to challenge reactionary ideas in mainstream American politics, in regards to Militarism and Racism my voice has been exceedingly shut out of familial dialogue. This is due to social hierarchi…

Radical Second Things Art Gallery: Jeanne Smith

A note - Blogging isn't free. Right now I provide gifts to my writers as a way of thanking people for writing. I would like to be able to afford to give them some sort of renumeration, even if it is small, for making this blog what it is. I'm in talks with a friend who may be able to help connect this blog, which has been in existence for one year now, with more religious communities dedicated to interfaith dialogue. Your donation will do a lot toward making that happen.


When I was at Tikkun, I helped several art galleries for various artists. The artists tended to be female and their iconography tended to be religious, with overtones of motherhood and stewardship of the earth which are omnipresent in most feminist theology. One of my favorites I helped produce with Lisa Bigeleisen, my predecessor while I was there, was called "Images of Empowerment." Please check it out.

My little website here is not Tikkun. It doesn't have the same sort of backing or support an…

Jennifer L. Reimer's "Girl X: Part One"

We're a little over two days from one of the more strange and pivotal events in my life and the final event in Jennifer's life. It's not a situation most ever expect to be in so my honoring her is completely makeshift. I thought one way would be to present her work. This is "Girl X," the article that Sharon mentioned in her memorial of her.

My sister was born after my mom had two stillbirths and six miscarriages. They were obsessed, and claimed to be doing this all for me, so that I could have a sibling. The first stillbirth, when I was almost three, was the worst, because she was in labor, full-term, and bled in the waiting room in the ER and no one would help. The gynecologist on call was at a dinner event. Probably drunk. That was the first time mommy was supposed to die. They did almost lose her, too. Rather strange, to almost bleed to death in a place filled with experts on dealing with health emergencies, much more severe ones. It’s funny, my first memory i…

Tough Questions With Michael Maiello

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Here we go again, people!! Questions for Maiello:

Orion: This world really seems like a dark place. Every day provides some new level of fucked, with this time being provided with a madman flying an entire commercial jet in to a mountain. I asked you this after Robin Williams - how do we stay in tact in a world so dark? How do you stay optimistic?
Maiello: I like that you consider me optimistic. I don't always feel it.  The world is a dark place.  It's an unfair place.  Good does not triumph, evil is not…

25 Bucks and a Cracker: Richard Yves Sitoski's Remembrance of Jennifer Reimer

Michael Powell-Deschamps: A little note about this - Richard Yves Sitoski has a lot of respect from me. It felt like I met everyone Jen ever was intimate with after she died. She knew some really messed up people. I unfortunately know too well that they did reflect one side of her - but I know also that it was only one side. Richard is an accomplished poet - he recently published one book of poetry. While talking to him, reading his work and much else, I realized that the two of us were really, really similar types of men. Women like Jennifer usually have two sets of men in their lives - the men they really care about and are scared of failing and the ones they keep around to tell themselves they can do better. Both sets end up feeling burned by such women - but it's the ones the woman really cared about who end up having the lasting impact.

When she died, he posted pictures of her from poetry readings wearing her trademark glasses and also put a lantern in the air in her honor. Ri…

Girl X Thoughts

A note - Blogging isn't free. Right now I provide gifts to my writers as a way of thanking people for writing. I would like to be able to afford to give them some sort of renumeration, even if it is small, for making this blog what it is. I'm in talks with a friend who may be able to help connect this blog, which has been in existence for one year now, with more religious communities dedicated to interfaith dialogue. Your donation will do a lot toward making that happen.



Sharon has agreed to post more with Radical Second Things. I'm happy to say that her memorial of Jennifer was a ratings success here. This isn't the sort of blog that updates every day in order to get as many hits as possible. I've got two other writers here - Josh and Sharon. I hope to get more but that is the gammot of what I have right now. Both Sharon and Josh have brought in an impressive readership, which I hope could possibly, some day, lead to more sponsorship and advertisement beyond the m…

Nothing New In Origin II

Origin II made me feel a bit depressed. X-Men was both the first comic book and first cartoon that I ever got in to, back when I was only a very young child. I loved X-Men – I loved all of the dynamic characters, all the crazy powers and all the strange and zany villains and situations they faced. The 1990s TV show mostly featured the stories of Chris Claremont, which were original as hell. From the Dark Phoenix saga to the Brood, Claremont pulled all sorts of out of left field stories in to the X-Men world.
That's what makes Origin II really, really depressing. There is nothing original about Origin II. Whereas the first Origin went in bold directions by showing a young Logan growing up sickly in the 1800s Canadian frontier, there is nothing new in Origin II.
We pick off where Origin left off, with Logan leaving humanity to try his hand at living literally amongst wolverines. Logan's way with people apparently applies to animals as well and his penchant for conflict gets h…

Sharon Cretsinger's Memorial Of Jennifer Reimer

It's a necessity for me to publish work about Jennifer L. Reimer as her death nears a one year anniversary. I am very, very cautious about who I choose to publish regarding her. I knew her for three years and lived with her every day for several months - I know how difficult she was and her friends reflect both the dark and light parts of her. Sharon isn't just a friend but a fan. She has read through Jen's website and her writing and actually understands it. Her analysis of Jennifer, as someone who actually understands the enigma and doesn't try to tarnish what they don't understand, reminds me how privileged I was to be her final lover and to have had her as a partner. She tells me she has a lot of fans in feminist circles still. I'm glad to publish this work, her memorial of my fiancĂ©, my love, Jennifer.

Also, Sharon doesn't really spell it out but Jen's mother died of a form of uterine cancer. It was extremely difficult for her to produce children an…

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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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