posted on Apr, 26 2011 @ 12:26 PM
Tornado season this year in Arkansas started before the ball dropped in Times Square on New Year's Eve.
In Arkansas, there was already someone mourning the loss of three killed the night before. In Arkansas, New Year's Day was one of grief and loss for
those friends and loved ones.
Last night was another tragic night all over the state. Flash floods, and of course the half-mile wedge tornado that hit Vilonia last night. In rare
and extreme events, weatherpeople can pick up the flying debris on the radar. That's what made a straight line for Susan's hometown, a big, killer
Thankfully Susan and her family are safe. I couldn't sleep last night. But when I did and woke, I tried to think of the positives. She knew it was
coming. And lives a little out of town. From what the weatherquys were showing, I thought she may have escaped the actual path. And wonderfully, even
though it's not Susan herself, we now know she is safe. Probably discomforted by the destruction all around her. But in the end, she's alive and
that's the final word.
Arkansas need to make a t-shirt with tornado's, floods, earthquakes, and bird death's on the front. It could say something like this, Land of
Arkansas. I survived all the signs of Revelations. We breed'em tough down 'ere.
Or any local slogan about their character and ability to live in an unforgiving place. Beautiful, but wild and savage.
That's the grace of nature. No prejudice.
I'm not going to have a heart attack. After many weeks of needed denial, I went to the hospital and my ticker is fine. Just stress.
I know if anything was wrong with my heart, it'd show up this morning. I was awake until almost 3am, and walked to the hospital, and since I was so
stress about my friend Susan, I thought I'd have a heart attack soon as I walked in the door and exhaled.
Nope. My ticker's good. And the icing on the cake is that Susan and crew are okay. After an internity of grim news, I'm glad I have so many things
to be thanful for all at once.
Kathy is good. She the first to write that the tornado was on the ground and headed to Vilonia. It missed Greenbrier.
Keep your open still.
Keep being as safe as you can.
I will pray if I have to.
I almost never pray. God and I have a strange relationship.
I save my prayers for times I really want to believe.
I'm glad I didn't use up all mine on stupid stuff.
It had been so long since my last prayer, God paid attention only because he was so shocked.
I am anti-religion. I'm just not an atheist.
Sometimes I want to believe in God.
In an email Susan wrote to me, she said that she knew I wasn't religious but she was going to pray for me anyway. Well, I was just returning her
love. Praying is an expression of love.