Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Take Good Care

The literary world lost one fine author today. Elizabeth Edwards was perhaps best known for being the estranged wife of the politician whose indiscretions made headlines (and allowed another undeserving woman her 15 minutes of fame.) Elizabeth Edwards was also a breast cancer victim.
But she was a writer, too. Her books are more than accounts of her trials & tribulations, her illness, her family, the scandal. They are the story of a life. Her words were beautifully crafted as in this excerpt from "Resilience..." wherein she describes her father: "...the images of my well father, strong and full of life, gathered on top of one another. Eating a hot pepper from his garden in Naples and thinking it a green pepper, his face goes flush, tears fills his eyes, his glasses fog up, but he chews on." Gorgeous. This book is on my nightstand now and I look forward to reading on.
I wanted to take a moment to wish the family of Ms. Edwards my condolences at their tremendous loss. I also wish to make a public service announcement about the importance of being as diligent as possible about getting yearly exams. This is of the utmost urgency for women but men should take good care, too.
May God bless and keep you close, Elizabeth.

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