A comment (or two) to my recent reference to Emma Shipman has prompted me to repeat some recommendations of inspired and uplifting writers for the periodicals from, with a few exceptions, 1900 to about 1960. It is obvious from recurring comments that the writing in the periodicals these days is for many "a little lacking in sparkle" ("Kind Hearts and Coronets"--a guilty pleasure).
Many of the early standouts were editors: William P. McKenzie, Archibald McLellan, Annie M. Knott, Ella Hoag (a possible primus inter pares), and Violet Ker Seymer. Samuel Greenwood, Emma Shipman, Martha Wilcox, and Milton Simon are, for me, the creme de la creme, though there isn't much available from Emma Shipman and most of Martha Wilcox is her association papers. Ms Wilcox served in Mrs. Eddy's household for a couple of years, so her metaphysics obviously come directly from the source. Also top drawer are Dr. John Tutt, Paul Stark Seeley, and the more recent Geoffrey Barratt. Add to them L. Ivimy Gwalter, Arthur Wuth, and Alan Aylwin.
I've no doubt overlooked someone's favorite, but this isn't intended to be a definitive list. Many Scientists would doubtless recommend very highly Bicknell Young, but for some reason I have read very little of his, and much of what is available are his voluminous association papers, letters, etc. Until recently I would have placed Blanche Hersey Hogue very high on the list. She is one of only two or three writers Mrs. Eddy recommends in her published writings (Miscellany), but she wrote a lot over many decades and often for the Journal. The Journal articles especially seem intended for some official archive or a church cornerstone. They are often heavy, Victorian, overstuffed furniture--antimacassars everywhere--and have at times a stilted style. Still she has much to say, though trekking through her complete writings would be a major undertaking.
Ditto the equally prolific Louise Knight Wheatley/Cook/Hovnanian. She is the Elroy "Crazy Legs" Hirsch of writers for the periodicals. She needed, but didn't apparently always get, the best of the defensive backs (editors) put on her, because when she breaks into the secondary unimpeded it can be an exhausting chase. She had very "happy" feet. Still, she shouldn't be overlooked since her "Problem of the Hickory Tree" and "Teach Me To Love" (poem), for example, were frequently reprinted. And there are other articles worth perusing. Articles of Wheatley, Seeley, and Simon should be available from The Bookmark. Tutt had one collection there as well, but it may no longer be available.
Mary Baker Eddy is obviously sui generis, but these writers are indeed, with the noted exceptions, the quill. I got to know them while serving in a Reading Room with all those bound volumes of the periodicals, so here is a good, if slightly self-serving, reason to sign up for duty. All these writers will repay munificently the time one spends with them.