I had to skip a week, due to snow storms and work keeping me offline for 3 days straight, so to make up for that this is my Newsvine equivalent of a double album, with about 20 articles give or take one or two, instead of the standard ten
1-6: I felt bad last week because I'd announced plans to try to do a Valentines-Day-themed Newsviners Picks. I called on Newsvine writers to write something on that topic. While I was unable to do that special edition of Newsviners Picks there were many great pieces composed and shared. You can find links to all of them here.
As I wrote there
I'm awed that I helped spark these pieces, that you guys were so quick and eloquent with your responses to my request. I promise to use my apparent powers as your muse for good and not evil.
Or you can get there directly from here, since all were worthy of a good read:
Anna wrote The Lights Are On, But Nobody's Home
Moeloe wrote Make Every Day Valentine's Day
Jazzman writes an incredible piece about A Valentine's Day Reunion
Megan to Pagan Film Noir - The Stranger
I joined others in begging for a sequel, which she has now posted.
7,8 - Rob Ballew wrote about doing something I encourage everyone at Newsvine to do from time to time, namely taking a break from the site. Sometimes things here can get intense and one can get quite frustrated and a break helps one deal with that. Or, as Rob titled his piece, Taking time away from Newsvine can do a person good.
Rob also wrote his Iraq tale #5.
9 - Speaking of frustrations with Newsvine, there's been a good discussion taking place about amending the Newsvine Code of Honor.
10 - In response, at least partially, to the return of Raymont as Titsey and the absence of new help threads since Aine is still away (and very much missed) Viki set up an article to respond to Newsviner's questions.
11 - The Listen-In Writers wrote their own own music awards, a far superior alternative to the Grammy's. The Blammy's are a great read.
12 - I was deeply touched by this piece, On Feb 8, I became an Adult
13 - Celestina explained eloquently, with the help of her son, why she believes Obama is the way to go if you want this nation to become united again, why There Is No Such Thing As False Hope Give her son a cookie if not his own Newsvine account because he'll give Killfile et al a run for their money with his political analysis.
14, 15 - When Claus writes something you can usually guarantee it will be interesting. Such is the case with his Neil Gaiman book review of Neil Gaiman's American Gods
Later in the week this was followed by a story about the American Nightmare
16, 17,18 - Winsome Cowboy wrote a good piece about the frustration known by many Newsviners, especially those fools like me who try to read everything: the conversation tracker lies!He also wrote a cute piece about how he was, temporarily, #1 on the leadboard and then lamenting when he fell back down the leaderboard for the week.
19. Wheel wrote about the recounting he's had quite the wild life, more so than the average wheel and how he's learned from those scars. Come share your scar stories, after reading his
20, 21 - Raat detected something new was coming down the pike at Newsvine. With Something Big Cooking In The Newsvine Kitchen we speculated on what that might be. In recent days we learned of one technical new addition to Newsvine Audio Interviews though it was not immediately clear if that was what had goen the system fits lately or if something else is coming.
22 - And Scott Isaacs wrote about the serial killer you've never heard of, probably the most "successful" one ever. Warning: Don't read right before going to bed.
I promised to do this as part of my Newsviners Resolutions
And this, today, is the fifth
For each edition my goal is to spotlight the best articles I've read in the last week or so. Seeds are great but I, for one, much prefer reading original writing. This is a way to give back to the newsvine community, the one I'm addicted to.
If your article - or one you consider deserving of attention - is not included feel free to email me the link. Also feel free during the week to post links to this or past articles pointing me toward articles you think I should check out. I can't read everything so an omission is probably not a snub so much as I just didn't see a particular article.