Saturday Morning Coffee with Elizabeth Edwards

No, not in person, sadly -- just in a post. Don't hate me for getting your hopes up. :)

The Democratic Women in these parts started a fund-raiser last year we call "Lunch in a Bag." It consists of amazing chili and brunswick stew (with other stuff like bread and cookies, etc.) and its sold and prepared by pre-order especially for folks to have on the first weekend of March Madness.

Well, the chili is now in the final phase. Flavors are melding and the consistency is approaching perfect. My work is nearly done, so I'm sitting here with my French press coffee and not much else to do. I'd write a new post, but this morning I'm not sure I could figure out what 2+2 is, much less make any sense in a written composition. Since we have a whole lot of new registrants and traffic here at blueNC and Saturday is usually a relaxed day, I thought I would finally cross post something I put up at dKos back in December. Its about Elizabeth Edwards.

Oh. right. You probably figured that out by the post Title. See? Not too sharp this morning.

Why don't we just skip right to the post? ;)

This isn't a book review, though I've read her book and loved it. This post was just me sharing my experience at her book signing in Fearrington. NCDem did all the graphics and vlogging. Hope you enjoy.


Elizabeth Edwards: A long night of steady grace and care

”Saving Graces: Finding Solace and Strength from Friends and Strangers” by Elizabeth Edwards

Fearrington Village, NC Book Signing with Elizabeth Edwards

The evening at Fearrington turned into a late night.

I had forgotten to eat lunch yesterday, I didn't stop for dinner and there is an achy nasty cold trying to get the best of me, but last night I didn't even care. Meeting Elizabeth Edwards will surely remain one of the most memorable events of my days.

The evening began at 7:00. When I arrived at about 6:45, Mrs. Edwards was eating in a private little corner of the big Fearrington Barn with her children. There were about 400-500 white folding chairs set up for attendees and the barn was decked in white muslin and tiny white lights as though a wedding were about to begin. It's a large space. And it was packed. Mrs. Edwards spoke and read from her book and took questions from the audience. And then she began signing books.

I've been to book signings before. They are almost always oddly hurried processes. This one was different. Mrs. Edwards sat in the chair and had a real, unhurried, full conversation with each person who came to speak with her. She never once appeared inattentive. Several people obviously had stories of their own to share with her. She listened to everyone. She gave hugs. She called for tissues. And she was just like that until the very last person had shared their story and said their thank you's ... even me.

I stayed for the entire evening. I was hanging out with other bloggers who were taking pictures and I somehow became the defacto line stander. I was more than happy to do it and I am so glad that I did. I learn so much by watching and listening. But I ain't stupid. They were standing with tripods and cameras. I got a chair. I got some diet Pepsi ... in a wine glass, mind you ... from the bar. I sat down, read a little, talked a little, listened a lot, and then after what seemed like three days of reading and talking and laughing, I got up to stand at the end of the line when there were about five people left.

Through the entire evening, Mrs. Edwards never wavered or flagged. One of the last couples in line had driven down from Virginia. Their daughter had been one of Senator Edwards' Military Academy appointees. They were sharing stories of how much that appointment had meant and how grateful their daughter was for the opportunity she had been given.

At the end of the evening, we bloggers left. Mrs. Edwards still had two tall stacks of books yet to sign for folks who had left or sent theirs because they were unable to come or to stay. She asked for the first book and as we were walking out the barn's southern end, I turned around to see Elizabeth Edwards, at 11pm, reading the note left for her by the first book's owner.

I was so tired, and she was still there, having a silent but attentive conversation with one of her readers like there was nobody else in the world.

Elizabeth Edwards must surely be the personification of grace and genuine serenity. What an inspiring First Lady she would be. Her light seems woven with generous threads of humility, strength and amazing intelligence.

Her husband ain't such a slacker, either. :)

You know, if you think about it, there has to be something deeply strong and good about a man who can make a woman like that fall in love with him.

[props to NCDem Amy for all the pics and the video]

Video: Part I of Raleigh, NC Book Signing with Elizabeth Edwards

Video: Part II of Raleigh NC Book Signing with Elizabeth Edwards

For more about Elizabeth Edwards: One America Committee


Nice, Les & Amy.

Very nice indeed. I read this last December, and I read it again just now, even though I need to be out the door in 15 minutes & I'm not dressed yet. I, too, loved the book; had to keep putting it down to get more kleenex.. . Thanks for posting it, Leslie. (Looking forward to some of your chili later.)

You, too?!

Gotta take the girl to soccer practice and deliver chili to its appointed place at the appointed time.

"They took all the trees and put them in a tree museum Then they charged the people a dollar 'n a half just to see 'em. Don't it always seem to go that you don't know what you've got till it's gone? They paved paradise and put up a parking lot."

I meant to add

after the "You, too?!" that I was constantly putting the book down to get dang kleenex. Its a great read but it is emotionally intense in some spots.

"They took all the trees and put them in a tree museum Then they charged the people a dollar 'n a half just to see 'em. Don't it always seem to go that you don't know what you've got till it's gone? They paved paradise and put up a parking lot."

You did a beautiful job on this post

(both of you).

Now....about that chili! I love the fundraiser idea. I don't know if we could ever get something like that going in Mecklenburg County, but it's a great idea to propose when I move to Lincoln County. I need to go ahead and make contact with them. I think I'll enjoy being part of a smaller county party - even if outnumbered by Republicans.

Vote Democratic! The ass you save may be your own.

You'll Only Be Outnumbered -

until you convert them.

The chili??

Yes. It was tested prior to packing. Its perfect. Of course. :)

This lunch in a bag thing is fairly popular here. The Johnston Dem women are awesome!!! Lots of smart, funny, dedicated, hard working ladies in that bunch. Not a wilting lily among 'em. Do try out the Lincoln county group, SD. You'll enjoy it, I think. I've had a blast.

"They took all the trees and put them in a tree museum Then they charged the people a dollar 'n a half just to see 'em. Don't it always seem to go that you don't know what you've got till it's gone? They paved paradise and put up a parking lot."


I forgot to add that.

I would like to take this opportunity to remind everyone at BlueNC that you can help control what moves to the front page with a recommendation.

Vote Democratic! The ass you save may be your own.

Recommended too.

And thanks for the nudge. Maybe Lance will make the recommending thingie more better somehow. It's important that we get it into practice.

Incredibly good read X2

both of you are so good at this I just wish you would grace us with your writing and vlogging more often. Leslie, I can't tell you enough how much I enjoy your writing, you are truly gifted! Rec'd!

No matter that patriotism is too often the refuge of scoundrels. Dissent, rebellion, and all-around hell-raising remain the true duty of patriots.

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wow. Thanks, mo. {{{hugs}}} You are just one of the sweetest human beings in this world. Why are my eyes getting all watery? :)

"They took all the trees and put them in a tree museum Then they charged the people a dollar 'n a half just to see 'em. Don't it always seem to go that you don't know what you've got till it's gone? They paved paradise and put up a parking lot."

She continues to amaze

Her response to coulter is great.

Draft Brad Miller -- NC Sen ActBlue :::Petition

"Keep the Faith"

Why America needs John Edwards as our next President

The clamor for the White House is on. Clinton, Bush, Kerry, Obama, Gore, McCain and a fountain of other well known Washington insiders, steeped in years of cozy relationships, cloak and dagger histories of deal making and inside political trading, not focused on Americas well being, but aimed and purposed for the retention of power or extending one’s influence. Political dynasties somehow permitted by the electorate to remain, in many cases, at the expense of America’s democratic health and vitality. We have permitted old money, old influence and all the political experience and seasoning it could buy to get us where we are today, drowning in two wars and a nine trillion dollar debt, trillion with a “T”.

America’s infrastructure is collapsing, and her education system is lagging behind many third world countries. Our reputation and standing in the world community has fallen off a cliff and over forty million of America’s citizens cannot get health insurance or earn enough income to put any away for a rainy day. Poverty in America is growing at an astounding rate.

The onslaught of attacks, by our government, on our personal liberties, in the name of keeping America safe, is unyielding and stifling freedom of thought, speech and the press, all of which represent the very foundations of a free society. The overreaching of Homeland Security, the Patriot Act and the Detainee Bill, are simultaneously chipping away at the very fabric of what makes America great; Freedom.

Health care issues are plaguing greater numbers of Americans, poverty is growing and security at our borders with Canada and Mexico is dismal. America’s international esteem, education and the inclusion of average Americans in the conscience of the person occupying the Oval office is all but absent.

America needs change. The American people want a new direction for our country. Change is a natural derivative of Democracy and it is the citizens of democracy who mandate the timetables for that change to occur. The time is now. Americans want our national esteem back. Leading the world in freedom and peace has been America’s hallmark. Strength and wisdom had been America’s calling card in the world and can be again. A new path, born of old traditions of principle, honor and integrity is America’s future.

Washington D.C.’s old blood has prevented the flow of free ideas and constructive participation. Freedom and liberty have been slowed in the pursuit of power and advantage in the Washington DC halls of power. We need a new leader. America needs a visionary. America needs the type of leadership that inspires us to be awed at the power of freedom and liberty. In our great history, these kinds of leaders have answered the calling of their country. Just to name a few;

George Washington, a man who would not be king.

Abraham Lincoln, a man of humility and awe inspiring presence and spiritual strength.

Harry Truman, an unassuming man of deep conviction and strength when America needed it.

Martian Luther King, a great man of peace, humility, suffering, example and leadership.

John F. Kennedy, who caught the world’s imagination and who inspired us all by leading us to be greater than our own circumstances and to reach just beyond our grasp.

Each one a great leader and a confirmation that, in the midst of chaos, calamity and uncertainty, a champion of the people and democracy can emerge to hold the lamp and lead the way. America needs a leader who can once again inspire us all to greatness, a leader who understands personal suffering and the humility of pain, born of humble beginnings and who has himself aspired to the American Dream. America needs John Edwards as the next President of the United States.

Edwards was born on June 10th, 1953 to Wallace R. Edwards and Kathryn Juanita Wade in Seneca, South Carolina. During John’s childhood the family finally eventually settled in Robbins, North Carolina where his father worked in a textile mill and his mother was a postal employee. Edwards was the first person in his family to attend college. He graduated with in 1974 from North Carolina State University, and later earned his law degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill where he also met his wife Elizabeth Anania.. They married in 1977 and have four children. Their first two, Wade and Cate, were born early in their marriage. Later, then sixteen year old Wade, was killed in a car accident. Following Wade's death, the Edwards had two more children, Emma Claire, born 1998, and Jack, born in 2000.

John Edwards and his wife have known the pain of great suffering. Losing one’s own child is the greatest fear of any parent. Knowing the otherwise unimaginable pain and the incalculable sense of loss that comes with the death of a young son, or daughter is part of who they are. As many other parents in America who have lost a child through accident, war, sickness, or violence John Edwards and his family also share the experience. As with many other American families, the Edwards have come through this terrible time knowing more than before, understanding that unknown part in all of us that allows us to endure and helps us to overcome that which seems overwhelming and impossible.

Strength of character is not common today in Washington. Over the past six years our halls of greatness in Washington D.C. have turned into passages known well by the elite and privileged. A place where corporate influence and the pursuit of personal gain and advantage has managed to drown the will of the people, where even those elected representatives of conscience and morals are quickly derailed or compromised, leaving them to no effect. I believe John Edwards has the strength of character and the moral temperance to overcome the forces in Washington that are so easily succumbed to and to overcome them for the sake of the greater good and security of the American people.

Before becoming a US Senator, Edwards was a personal injury attorney. He represented families and children, and specialized in corporate negligence and medical malpractice claims. The people he represented, in many cases, may have otherwise never had their day in court had John Edwards not represented them.

Of the 2008 Democratic presidential contenders who voted to give President Bush authority to wage war in Iraq, only one, John Edwards, has openly and publicly stated his serious regret for having casts his vote in favor of the President. As with many others in Congress, he had no reason to believe the President had misled America into engaging militarily in Iraq.

Edwards called attention to his vote in fall 2005, writing an op-ed piece in The Washington Post that began with: "I was wrong."

"It wasn't just the weapons of mass destruction I was wrong about," Edwards said. "It's become absolutely clear - and I'm very critical of myself for this - looking back, that I should not have given the president this authority."

During a recent broadcast interview Edwards said he believes that "anybody who wants to be president of the United States has got to be honest and open, be willing to admit when they've done things wrong." I was wrong," Edwards said, but he added that voters should also consider "who has the depth, the maturity, the judgment to be president of the United States." I believe John Edwards has grown to the extent he stands alone in the flood of contenders to the Oval Office.

I believe he is qualified, ready, sincere and determined in his quest to do what is right for America and I have decided to support John Edwards for President.

Marshall Adame
2014 U.S. Congress Candidate NC-03