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Whispers from Heaven

By Carol Einarsson | 10/06/2007
 

The storms in Kansas on Sunday were well-documented thanks to the race coverage (or rain coverage as the case may be) on TV. What you might have missed, however, was the fantastic storm that blew through Kansas City on Tuesday afternoon. It stretched across many hundreds of miles from southwest to northeast, and to drive home from Kansas to Omaha there was just no way to avoid it. The extra night we spent in glorious comfort on our sleep number beds was to cost us the inconvenience of having to drive home through a severe storm.

To fully appreciate this storm, you need two things: a scuba mask and a jar of Vaseline. Take the Vaseline, at least half the jar, and generously smear it all around the mask. Then put it on and run quickly around your living room without breaking a toe. (You can sit in your car for the full effect, but please don't drive. Friends don't let friends drive with Vaseline masks.)

The sky didn't look tornadic, so we were pretty sure that it was only bringing rain with some gaps of impressive wind. The fear was that with such limited visibility and so much water on the road, should I need to stop quickly, I would risk losing control. I slowed as much as I could, but even still the conditions were frightening. Oddly enough, there were still cars flying by me like I was an old lady doing 30mph on The Autobahn.

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By Carol Einarsson | 09/22/2007
 
I'm not sure when it began, but somewhere along the way we realized that all of our pets had their own theme song. I think Conrad was the first one to have her own. I would often sing to her, "Conrad Kitty, she's so pretty, Conrad is the pretty kitty cat..." I think she liked it.
 
Long before she had her own theme song, though, she came into my life as a temporary pet. A friend was moving and was trying to skirt the rules of his new apartment complex. They allowed cats, but only in the "pet section" of the complex. Not wanting to give up the floor-plan he had his heart set on, he figured he'd find a temporary place for Conrad to live until he got settled. And that's how Conrad adopted me.

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By Carol Einarsson | 12/14/2006
 
Welcome back! Oh, wait, you didn't go anywhere. It was ME that was missing. But thanks to a way cool guy on eBay, I'm back!

So it's the Christmas season, and for some reason this is the time of year when real life in this world seems even more hopeless than at any other time of year. When loved ones die in June, August, or February, we're sad and we mourn. But when there is loss and suffering this time of year, the sadness can envelop us like the darkest of nights.

Typically I try to avoid watching the news any time after the second week of November. And I go out of my way to read the oddball news. You know, news like the Grandmother that was arrested two weeks ago with 214 pounds of marijuana in her trunk that she was apparently selling to support her bingo habit. Yes, bingo. Sure, as a parent, I'm as concerned as the next guy about drug dealers, but supporting a BINGO habit?? How funny is that? Way better than reading the serious news.

But two stories unfolded in the past few weeks that gripped me in a way I can't explain.

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By Carol Einarsson | 11/10/2006
 

Driving around town running errands today, my assistant and I saw a guy in a Bobcat moving a tree. "Now that's a cool job to have," he commented. "He's not moving mountains, but trees are pretty impressive."

"Y'know, a hill is a mountain if your perspective is different." I wanted to make him think, and that did leave him a little puzzled. Asking me what I meant by that, I explained that to an ant, even a tiny hill looks like a mountain. It's just a matter of perspective.

That's when I heard the whisper from heaven: "It's always about perspective."

How often have I been faced with a challenge in life and seen it as an insurmountable mountain before me? How often have I given up because I knew I couldn't move the mountain and would never have the strength to climb over it? But now, thinking about the perspective, I realize that any mountainous problem I have looks only like a small hill when viewed from above.

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By Carol Einarsson | 10/20/2006
 
When our family watches TV, we sit together on the same couch. I sit on the left, and Colby sits on the right. Our couch has dual recliners, so that leaves a middle cushion between us where we typically keep the remotes, the hand-held video games, cell phones, and any other electronic helpers that we don't want to get up to retrieve once the race comes on.

Sometimes the cat sleeps atop the back of the cushions behind one of us. I think she does this just so she can shift position and step on our hair to cause us pain.

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By Carol Einarsson | 10/15/2006
 

Why do I feel discouraged? Why do the shadows come?

"Can we get a bird?"

"No."

"Why not?"

"Because we already have a dog, three cats, two toads, a gecko, and some fish."

"Yeah, but birds are cool."

"We don't need a bird."

This conversation has been heard at our house more than a time or two, most recently this past Monday. The answer doesn't change, and we still don't have a bird.

That evening as we were going out to run errands, Colby opened the front door, and before it was even opened a full twelve inches, a bird flew in the house followed by a shriek, "It's a bat!" But after a moment we realized that a bat it wasn't, rather it was a bird. Apparently an adrenaline junkie bird that felt there would be no bigger rush than flying around a house with three cats. He must have known that the bird-eating dingo was still boarded after our recent vacation.

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