Homes are a big deal to presidential candidate John Edwards.
His own home - a $6 million, 29,000-square-foot bungalow tucked away on 100 acres or so of North Carolina real estate - has earned a ton of negative press for the former U.S. Senator whose 2004 bid for the presidential nomination was based on values transcending what he saw as the inequities of "two Americas" - one for the rich, one for the not-rich.
But Edwards has also offered up something for the masses in a coffee table book carrying his name as author entitled "Home: The Blueprints of Our Lives." The book presents 58 people telling their recollections of their childhood homes. Most are celebrities from humble backgrounds, sharing the house-related events that helped shape them as they grew up.
As you might expect, the book is an Oprah selection. The lesson here is that the memories of a childhood home are powerful. Use that power when crafting your own personal history. Mentally go through the rooms of your own childhood home and start recording your memories, room by room.
That's what this reporter did. You can do it, too.