Wednesday, December 8, 2010

in memory...

Don't cry because it's over.  Smile because it happened.  ~Theodor Seuss Geisel, attributed(Dr. Seuss)

You've probably all heard that Elizabeth Edwards died yesterday.  I didn't know her or John, but before the infidelity scandal he was a very popular US Senator here in NC.  Although there were some not very flattering rumors about Elizabeth (I don't know if they were true or not and honestly, I don't really care), she struck me as a smart, strong woman who was first and foremost a loving mother. And like many others, I was struck with the bravery she showed, at least to the outside world, during both the horrendous end of her marriage and her struggles with the cancer that finally took her.  I know her family, especially her children, will miss her.

Elizabeth Edwards
Today is also the 30th Anniversay of the death of another person I never met, but one who had a huge impact on my life as a teenager, as well as all these years after.  A person who made me think about who I wanted to be and how I wanted to live my life.  To this day, 30 years later, I listen to him with tears in my eyes - not just because he's gone, and gone way too soon - he had a lot left to offer the world.  Mostly I feel grateful to have had him at all.

John Lennon - Imagine 
So today is a day to celebrate the lives of two people who found a way to change the world!


  1. I love Elizabeth...she was style, grace, love, sincerity, genuine all wrapped up in one. Thanks for doing such a lovely post to her.

  2. I was going to say it was my pleasure, but that's not quite right, is it? I did find her to be inspirational and I know she'll be missed by many.

  3. hi karin,

    what a wonderful tribute. i was so sad yesterday when i heard the news of her death. i cannot fathom how she carried on. i don't have that kind of strength.

    and john lennon is just an amazing musician who touched my life deeply too.

    thank you for mentioning them both today, it really does put a lot in perspective, esp this time of year when we can all get wrapped up in the most insane details that don't matter at all really.


  4. Thank you Janet, for such a nice comment. And yes, it really does help us keep things in perspective, doesn't it? As for you not having that kind of strength - well we never know how we will deal with things until they actually happen, but something tells me you have a huge reservoir of strength - maybe more than you realize. I think most women do.

  5. Thank you for this post. I was so saddened at the news of Elizabeth Edward's death. She was such a brave, honest, strong person. I had the greatest admiration for her.

    And John Lennon. How can it be 30 years? Such a wonderful musician. Think of what he could have brought us had he lived.


  6. Thank you for this. I'm embarrassed to say I'm so crazy busy at work, the world is spinning on without me being aware of the details.

    A lovely tribute to both and a reminder that the world is a bigger place than my design room.

    xo Jane

  7. Karin,

    Thank you for your tribute to Elizabeth and John. It's tragic that these two influential people left our world so young. I wonder what incredible contributions they would have made had their lives not been cut short.