How Nora Ephron Shaped My 20 and 30's

As I am in my mid late thirties, its is starting to get quite apparent the reason why I am feeling instant immense sadness when I hear of certain movie star passings. Gone are the days where I was like, yikes...sad, but, he was old wasn't he?? It is now become a time when the people that I have grown to respect or admire are slowly leaving this world. I absolutely don't count the overdoses and dumb asses that have cheated themselves and us of a greater future together...but it is the people that either have had a disease or simply died of natural causes that have lately shaken me to the core.

Tonight, for instance, Nora Ephron has passed. A women in just in her 70th year was someone whose vision became the foundation for the movies that changed a lot about the way I see the world. Who doesn't have a Harry in their life? Who didn't watch You Got Mail with such a sense of love for the city of New York? I was also forever altered during this movie when it was so eloquently described in a few words what it feels like to lose a parent.

This scene changed me:


It’s coming on Christmas. They’re cutting down trees. Do you know that Joni Mitchell song? “I wish I had a river I could skate away on”. Such a sad song! And not really about Christmas at all, but I was thinking about it tonight as I was decorating my Christmas tree, unwrapping funky ornaments made of Popsicle sticks, and missing my mother so much I almost couldn’t breathe. 

And finally, Julie and Juila...a blogger's forever dream.  

Thank you Nora for your mark that you left in my life and many others. 

Photo:ABC News

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  1. Such a wonderful post. Her books and movies are so wonderful. My mom just finished reading "Heartburn" and laughed so much. My mom is always quoting her about her "neck". So funny. My favorite movies are those she made...When H met S,and Sleepless, You've Got Mail..oh my..

  2. Definitely lost someone too early. She was young still and I say that as I get closer and closer to that age. Her writings/movies/influence on women was immense.