Five-O

12 Aug

One of my favorite people on the Internet is celebrating a milestone birthday today.

And although I have offered up my share of geezer quips,  including asking if Luby’s Cafeteria will have Wi-Fi so he can tweet while he’s eating the senior plate, I’m going to set the snark aside for a moment.

When I first started writing this blog, it came after years as a television news producer. I did plenty of writing, but it was to tell other people’s stories, in styles geared to please news directors and consultants, and then to watch from a control room as other people gave a voice to those words.

So this blogging thing has been a sometimes terrifying process, like going from helping with costumes backstage to walking on a tightrope. I’m hardly new to the circus, but this is a new role, and the balance bar is still unsteady in my hands.

Richard has been sauntering across that tightrope for awhile, as a sports writer and amazing storyteller. We have mutual friends, my husband worked with him for awhile, but we’ve never met. But when I started following him on Twitter, he was gracious enough to return the favor.

In 140-character snippets at a time, we’ve traded snark and sports talk, and occasionally, even sincere snippets of conversation. And Richard, one of the best writers I know, regularly takes time to read this blog, and amazingly, tell me he thinks it’s worth reading.

It’s easy to take small kindness for granted, but today, my friend, I want you to know I do not. Because of the deep respect I have for you as a writer, a journalist, a man of faith and integrity, those 140 characters are powerful. They make the tightrope not so daunting.

I hope, as you celebrate this milestone and begin this year, that God blesses you and your family, and gives you many more years to laugh and write and encourage. Happy 50th.

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7 Responses to “Five-O”

  1. Kelli Levey August 12, 2009 at 10:29 am #

    What a beautiful tribute to a wonderful person. I am glad you stepped out on the tightrope once more and published these words.

  2. ingrid August 12, 2009 at 12:30 pm #

    I think that he is also very lucky in the fact that he can count you as a funny even when you’re being snarky.

    Happy 5-0, Richard!
    ~ingrid

  3. ingrid August 12, 2009 at 12:33 pm #

    Did you hear that? That’s me hitting my head because once again I’m hurrying to leave a comment while I’m at work. I swear I’m not a complete idiot though I admit my typing skills leave A LOT to be deserved.

    Richard’s lucky to count you as a friend. 🙂
    ~ingrid d’idiot

  4. Aunt Becky August 12, 2009 at 12:51 pm #

    Aw! Happy Birthday, Richard!

  5. Elle August 12, 2009 at 1:43 pm #

    Happy Birthday, Richard! And here’s to many more. If Dawn says you’re cool, then you must be.

  6. dawn August 12, 2009 at 3:17 pm #

    well aren’t you a sweetie! nice.

  7. Richard Oliver August 12, 2009 at 5:07 pm #

    I bow to Dawn’s greatness, as always. Though she doesn’t seem to be very good at reading people. Poor thing.

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