This one's got to last the next couple of days, as Critical Mess is going to be engaged in family matters this weekend. Thank you for all your comments and picks and please keep those picks coming in. Ciao.
pat-on-mars: Look Quick, the Green Comet is Leaving the Neighborhood Fast The most beautiful name: Lulin. You'll learn from the author's wonderful exposition and gaze at the pictures with wonder.
Michael Fox: Four Obama Inspired Lessons for Democrats - Part Two Distills the lessons of Obama's victory into a tactical roadmap for Democrats in California and elsewhere. Great analytical insights.
Caveat Canem Croceum: The President's Budget: A mandate for Change The best analysis of the Budget and the Stimulus Package and the explication of its long term implications that I have seen anywhere. Original, clear, forceful. A must read if you care about the future.
devin jones: I am 9015476470 and Can Gay People really hope to overturn 'Don't Ask'? New poster. Receives Selective Service System invitation to join a club which wouldn't accept him if they knew! Is there something odd about this?
bryan harrison: Sharon Stone's Nipples Actually a very thoughtful essay inspired by Ms. Stone's mammaries. First post
Helen Polychronakos: Where the Sun Don't Shine in the Land of the Rising Sun New Member Excellent, suspenseful writing goes beyond the culture shock experienced by an alien in Japan. Great story.
Cassandra Berg: Returning to Amurrca First post Reverse culture shock here. Back in Cedar Rapids, Iowa from Japan. Acutely observed, very well written.
JRDOG: Sound at My Desk Zen. Mindfulness. Quiet sound. Perfect.
Pseudonombre: I write words Mindful of sounds, erupting in joy. Great introduction to New Member.
Cap'n Parrotdead: A Most Perfectest Day on Utah Ave. From Norman Rockwell to Uncle Byron is not a straight line. Pitched in perfect voice. Exquisite.
Del Stone: For me to have a good day, somebody must die Terrific writing about a different kind of perfect day. Another pitch perfect voice: wry, resigned, yet conveys depth of feeling. In the spirit of the piece, I keep wanting to say, "Have a nice day." Is that macabre or what?
Oliver King: Panthropus' digest: vegetarianism and you Get in on the debate. "Because carnivores have feelings too. For that matter, vegetarians have feelings because of carnivores." Mrs. Michaels
GinnyK: Ash Wednesday Mardi Gras with a stubborn and persnickety three-year-old boy; or why Mommy needs a Bloody Mary at 10am." Leeandra Nolting
iphigeneia: Stories from the mental ward "A painfully real account -- not like a Lifetime movie." mumbletypeg
John Guzlowski: My Parents After the War and the Camp " Sad/happy memories of family." mumbletypeg
Esse Est Percipi: Grace Under Pressure (Part III of III) "And the two parts earlier are SO WORTHY of more attention. Damn, he's good. Part three is the softest, parts I and II have such GOOD dialogue skills going on... " Catamitebastard
Padraig Colman: Tamil Separatism in Sri Lanka Part 1 "Padraig provides consistently better reportage from Sri Lanka than anything you find in Western media, with great detail and color." Caveat Canem Croceum
Writing Raven: These videos are messing with my mind "Beautiful, innovative, by an Alaskan young woman." Dolly Baruch
Real Live Preacher: Martin Luther, Diet Coke, and canned soup "An imaginary conversation between the author and ML. It's funny and profound--two of my favorites!" SquilloOshiyay: Exercise is good for you (part I) "This starts out slowly in part I, builds up in Exercise is Good for You (part II) and part III Exercise: the conclusion had me looking under my chair for alligators. Leaves one semi-hysterical, in both senses of hysteria." mumbletypeg
artmasters: Solving Mysteries with Science Geeks in the Museum Basement The science behind the art with our super sleuths. "A very cool post." Verbal Remedy
Mary King: Redstocking Grandma's Closet "Recommending a red royal resurrection. An OS favourite reveals herself!" psychomama
More Vox Pop:
Marcela K: Land of Infinites " Marcela's gorgeous pictures will cause her readers to want to visit Argentina to experience its beauty for themselves." Lisa Kern
Have good reads. And please make your suggestions to add to the list.