Most of you know I'm working on something right now. Besides that, I have just a little time here.
A friend wrote to me - a friend who is new here- and had a concern for the content. What she had heard was that Open Salon was a community of writers. What she discovered was a "cacophony of disjointed posts..." Her comment made me laugh.... Then, she asked me why I stayed. "Isn't there a lot of garbage?"
"Who is the best?" she asked, calling for my opinion. I shuddered, knowing that she and I don't see eye to eye all of the time.
There is no such thing as “the best”. The best rose, the best actor, the best food...the best friend. With so many offerings in this world, there are too many to choose from. Currently I am reading “Bleak House” by Dickens at the same time I am reading “The Tin Drum” by Gunter Grass. It is impossible to say which is better. As I settle into bed each night, I glance over at both and say “Which am I in the mood for?” I choose based on what I want right then.... The same is true here on Open Salon.
"If I were to give you a guided tour," I told her, "you would never find peace." Then I gave her a list of my faves and told her why they were there(it is not saying –in any way- that this is the best of OS). I told her to read carefully those who have a voice, follow rabbit trails, and look at the front page for samplings of what the editors like. [ ~I don’t know...even editors have editors and sometimes there is a board-room decision meeting where the guy who doesn’t read anything except market reports says “We need more________ so start a trend!”~]
Below is the list I gave to her...forgive my synopsis...but it is what it is for the day I wrote it.
The Sages: (quality writing, gorgeous prose, wise life experiences)
Jan Sand – If you only have one favorite... this is the guy. His writing is as valuable as his comments. You’ll see what I mean.
Matt Paust- wisdom in most things. I always sigh after reading him.
Wendyo – a piece of Filet Mignon, when she’s here, when she posts.
William Hazelgrove – Stunning, literally stunning flavors.
Snowden – I have grown to trust this voice – a surprising gift to readers here.
Mark Trost – powerful. All man.
Marytkelly – Each post is different, but so much wisdom encapsulated in one page.
Lauren B. Davis – a sage and a muse...a good writer to read when you are working on something....
David McClain (AKA Torman) – transports you from wherever you are to his porch on his ranch. There he will teach you secrets of life and being happy. Solid Gold.
Down Home and Readable: (the mashed potatoes and gravy of pleasant reading – getting to know a someone through their words)
Toritto- Gorgeous and meaty every single time
L in the Southeast – life experiences with a twist: painfully vulnerable
Erica K- a great read every time. Her mom has Alzheimer’s and there is so much fresh perspective here.
Victoria Carlson – stunning portrayals of everyday life as a single mom.
Jersey Girl at Heart – without a doubt, a natural writer. Pretty sure that she’s younger than me, but a real gifting.
Ande Bliss – Gorgeous and comfortable, like a blanket.
Teresa Puente – Latina flavor...and an intellectual and careful writer. A delight.
keri h – it didn’t take long for me to make her a favorite...edgy but delightful.
Nick Leshi – Broadway, movies, TV – an instant favorite. His website (City of Kik) also a delight.
Alison Rood – fabulous story-teller
Fernsy – Gifted, alive, full volume. Gorgeous stuff... real life beauty and truth.
l'Heure Bleue – vulnerable, delightful...a slice of life that I have grown to enjoy every single time.
The Deliverers: (Some of the OS favorites - every single time they write it’s good...)
Bellwether Vance – she makes me smile, and most of the folk here on OS. Great stories.
Scanner – Easy, readable, lovely and creative. Genius.
Ann Nichols- read all the way through to get the full impact – don’t stop half-way and skim.
Alysa Salzberg – An American in Paris...with a deep appreciation for beauty.
Mary Stanik – every post is wonderful. Think Mary Tyler Moore crossed with your best friend.
Gerald Andersen – In a bad mood?? Read Gerald. He always delivers a smile.
Miguela Holt y Roybal – Never disappointing. Like Peeling an Orange, she is a writer and an artist. I love her posts and her comments.
Brassawe – a wild, strong soulful writer in Mexico. One of my first favorites here...
dirndl skirt – when she posts it is amazing.
If You Dare... :(Get Over yourself and enjoy edgy, witty writing that you may not agree with)
Con Chapman – His bi-line is a quote from Mort Sahl: “Is there anyone I haven't offended yet?” – that should give you a clue...
James M. Emmerling – Sometimes I laugh out loud when I read him... a diamond in the rough. Kind of reminds me of Dito Montiel.
Helvetica Stone – I am so glad I read her posts over and over. At first I found them too edgy for me, but I love how she phrases things and wakes me up.
Kate O'hehir – gutsy, strength personified... never afraid to speak up. She lives in China, brings a perspective in posts that are very enjoyable.
Tom Cordle- not just your average, ordinary Nashville singer...his opinions make me cringe, then laugh.
Beauty: (To see their posts, it’s like visiting a gallery or going to a reading)
Algis Kemezys – makes OS beautiful...
Greg Correll – dark chocolate – powerful, cogent poetry
PeelingAnOrange – delightfully light and breatheable. Now and then she posts her drawings.
Zanelle- an artist and a very good writer. She reflects light....
Vivian Henoch – absolutely gorgeous photography
Romantic Poetess- Gorgeous, beautiful, aching poetry. Even the font she uses displays her other-worldliness."Remember, ____, " I finished my letter, saying. "Good readers read good writers. People who appreciate beauty look at posts that are beautiful. Seeing samplings of everyone inspires writers. It keeps us alive in the way that we should be kept alive. We are not born to agree, but to think. "