October 29, 2003

Random Facts, but Expected Result

SHEILA O'MALLEY has a fabulous post up -- a sort of stream-of-consciousness entry in which she lists a variety of facts about herself, in bullet-point style. It is testament to her skill as a writer that she is able to take such a simple form of expression and turn it into art.

I must also say that I have been remiss in waiting until now to thank Sheila for her very kind and generous words about the work here at The Rant.

Recently, as many Rant readers know, Sheila celebrated her one-year anniversary as a blogger. As part of this, she wrote up a list of bloggers whose sites she reads, and thanked them for doing what they do. I happened to be among those listed, and her words left me feeling not merely surprised -- the post came as a bolt out of the blue -- but also very humbled and certainly very appreciative.

And I will say this, too -- her words could not have come at a better time. It had been a pretty tough week here; one of many tough weeks that I've had throughout this young and cruel century of ours. I have had my high points along the way, and they have been truly wonderful; but the low points have driven me to despair more than once. War and death and uncertainty is not a formula which leads to happiness! But to receive such a compliment, as I did, was quite cheering -- and, as it turned out, a small note of goodness that other life events here in New Hampshire have recently compounded into chords and stanzas of goodness. God willing, they will quickly multiply to a symphony. We shall see, I suppose.

In the meantime, I shall very much look forward to reading more of Sheila's work on her excellent site.

Posted by Benjamin Kepple at October 29, 2003 01:09 AM | TrackBack

Just read Shelia's kind remarks - she appreciates you as much as I do! Reading yout blog today from sunny San Miguel! Don't feel far from home at all! - cousin jannie

Posted by: cousin jannie at October 29, 2003 12:15 PM


You are most most welcome.

I am also glad to read that my words came at a good time for you. Makes me feel happy.

Posted by: red at October 30, 2003 09:59 AM