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Whispers from Heaven

By Carol Einarsson | 01/09/2011
Two people were murdered this week in Omaha, Nebraska. One made national news, the other didnít. Iím not exactly sure why the place a person was shot and killed should determine if a story is national news or local news, because a life is a life, and two innocents were taken this week in the town I call home.

You may have heard about Vicki Kaspar, the assistant principal at Millard South High School. She was killed by a student who felt he was wronged. Vicki Kaspar reportedly loved children and served in the public school for decades. She surely touched many lives, and in a very public way. She is being mourned with prayer services held, top stories on every local channel dedicated to the incident that took her life, and citizens being interviewed by the local news about what a great person she was.

But Thursday, there was another tragedy in Omaha that you surely never heard about.

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By Carol Einarsson | 04/04/2010
Some things shouldn't ever change, and some things in NASCAR likely never will. One of those things is that we don't race on Easter Sunday. It's pretty safe to say most folks that have read this site for any length of time are certain what I celebrate this time every year, and the meaning it holds for me. Recently, though, a friend told me this story, and I knew instantly it was a story that should be shared.
This Easter will be 16 years since my mom passed away.

After the funeral, I was chatting to the lady who lives next door. She said she had spoken to Mom the day she was taken ill.  Mom had walked to the local shop for a few bits of shopping, and was sitting on the wall at the top of the drive, bags by her feet.

The neighbour had seen her and went to ask if she was okay. Mom said, "I'm fine, thanks. I was just sitting in the sunshine. We haven't seen much of it lately, and I didn't want to waste it."

She was taken ill a couple of hours later.

I always think of her when I'm in the sunshine.

As I listened to the words of my friend, I was moved. This woman who appreciated the most basic of God's gifts and didn't want to waste a bit of it can be such an example to those of us who rush through life busy with such things that, in the big picture, are meaningless really.

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By Carol Einarsson | 09/26/2009
One night a couple of years ago, I was getting off work. It was about 1:00am, and after putting everything away at my desk, I grabbed my purse and stood up with keys in hand. With one last glance, I noticed Iíd left my notebook out. How did I miss that? I had to stop and put my purse down again and put the notebook away in my drawer. I remember being aggravated by this stupid little inconvenience because I was ready to go. It took three seconds, but at that time of night, even a three-second delay was an annoyance. I regathered my stuff and was out the door headed home.

Approaching the first intersection, I was happy to see the light was green. Iíd be home in no time. But then my peace was shattered.

I was maybe 150 feet from the intersection, and a speeding car with headlights off blasted through the intersection from my left, running a red light at about 60mph. It literally took my breath away.

It was so close. I was so close.

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By Carol Einarsson | 06/13/2009
An excerpt:

This awning that I had been stressing about was apparently not up to code.  How it became "out" of code, I don't know, presuming it was ever "in" code at the time it was built. Evidently the difference was between a 2x4 and a 2x6. Thankfully they didn't slap me with a $200,000 fine for those two inches or kick me out of my house for 12 weekends, so I consider myself quite fortunate.

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By Carol Einarsson | 04/04/2009
The other day I wrote an article to preview the race at Texas, and I noted that the race would begin at 1:16pm. I emphasized the start time in bold because it was such a strange start time, I thought. Not 1:00 or 1:15 or 1:30. 1:16pm. Odd. There were ideas among the readers as to what that meant. Some thought it might be based on this being the 16th race at Texas. But one reader had initially thought it was some kind of hidden meaning that I was trying to convey. Maybe a hunch that driver #16, Greg Biffle, would win or maybe some other hidden message, because he'd been trained to look for things like that in my columns. I sensed he was almost disappointed that there was nothing to find between the lines.

Knowing that God often uses these same tactics when reminding me of life lessons, though, I wondered what I'd find if I looked up Scripture for 1:16. Yes, it might seem like just an arbitrary number, the start time of a NASCAR race, but into my head jumped the book of John. Not any other book, not any of the other Gospels, but John. What might be found in God's word in the book of John, chapter 1, verse 16?

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By Carol Einarsson | 07/20/2008
You probably don't know this about me, but I play billiards online. Pretty much every day. I play via the Nintendo Wi-Fi network with Clubhouse Games, and it's a game similar to 9-ball that I play. To understand what I've learned about life lately, you have to know some of the basics of 9-ball.

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By Carol Einarsson | 06/06/2008

Several months ago when FOX SupPORTS announced their joining with Autism Speaks to raise money for research and awareness, I remember feeling proud to be a viewer of a network that has stepped out to help an organization that is near and dear to so many. There are well-known cases of autism in the NASCAR world, from Hermie Sadler's daughter to Jamie McMurray's niece. But there are many other NASCAR (and non-NASCAR)families quietly affected by this condition that medicine so far has no answer for.

I have to confess that when I used to see the puzzle pieces, and I'd hear about Elliott's niece, I'd feel a certain amount of sympathy, but that's where it ended. It wasn't until a friend of mine confided that his son had been diagnosed that I really felt the impact of this on families and parents. It was that conversation that moved me to get involved. It might be a small thing that I can do, but I contacted Autism Speaks and signed a contract giving me permission to use their logo on my website.

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By Carol Einarsson | 03/31/2008
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I'm sure you've heard the one about the dyslexic agnostic insomniac who stayed up all night wondering if there was a dog, right? For some reason, that joke always comes to mind when I realize parallels between my dog's behavior and my own lack of faith.

Currently it's 4:42am and I'm awake. I shouldn't be awake, but I am. And so is the dingo. Why? Because it's late March. I went to bed at a respectable 12:30, but was awakened by the strange sounds of Duke trying to break into the litter box area behind the bathroom door and under the baby-gate that is there to prevent his indulgence in kitty-box crunchies.

You're probably wondering where I'm going with this, but let me explain...

Duke loves me. He loves me in a little bit of a psychotic way, though. When I come home he is beside himself even if my time away consists of running out to my car to get something and returning in through the front door. When I am away, he will curl up with my pillow just to breathe the scent of me. If I've been gone more than an hour, when I return home, he will attempt to sit on my lap -- all 100 pounds of him. When I walk from room to room, he follows. He adores me. In fact, and here we go with our parallel -- he worships me.

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By Carol Einarsson | 03/08/2008
I have occasion to spend quite a bit of time on the phone, and if there is one thing that has always put me on edge, it's those women that call me "Sweetheart" or "Honey", as a term of endearment. I don't know why it grates on my nerves, but grate it does. And when you have one woman that calls you Sweetie, she is not likely to be the kind to use that only once in a conversation.

I've pondered ways to prevent this from happening, occasionally interjecting politely that my name is Carol. It's all to no avail, however, because to anyone that is comfortable enough to call a stranger Sweetie, a subtle correction like that will be as effective as trying to use a toothpick to rotisserie a turkey.

Sometimes I'm so annoyed by this practice which I consider to be an emotional intrusion that I even pray that God will give me words to gently correct those that verbally hug me against my will this way. And in a loving parental way, God sometimes says no. Today I learned why.

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