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Friday, June 29, 2012

Have an inspiring weekend.

What are your plans for this weekend? We're flying to Chicago tonight (Toby is out of his mind excited for the plane) and are looking forward to hot dogs and ferris wheels. (And wouldn't these be cool at the beach?)

Next week, I'm thrilled to be featuring a second work/baby/life balance series. The first series was about mothers who work freelance, but now we'll focus on mothers who work full time in office jobs. The amazing women will share how they try to juggle everything, from babysitters and bedtimes to meetings and marriage. The interviews were fascinating, and I can't wait to discuss them with you.

Finally, this week's round-up is all about Nora Ephron (1941-2012), who was such a talent and inspiration. In her books and movies, she really captured the voice of a certain type of young woman--neurotic, imperfect, complex, loving. Everyone sees themselves in Nora, and she's the kind of person that you want as a best friend (and mentor). She will be missed...

"I have a theory that children remember two things—when you weren't there and when they threw up." –Nora Ephron.

What she will and won't miss.

Her most recent book, which I ordered immediately. (I loved her other books--Heartburn, I Feel Bad About My Neck...)

14 photos.

Funny wisdom.

Why you shouldn't be a lady.

“And then the dreams break into a million tiny pieces. The dream dies. Which leaves you with a choice: you can settle for reality, or you can go off, like a fool, and dream another dream.” –Nora Ephron.

Tom Hanks remembers Nora. (Love the last paragraph.)

Nora writes about her love affair with her Upper West Side apartment.

10 great movie lines.

How to live life to the fullest.

"Above all, be the heroine of your life, not the victim." –Nora Ephron.

(Photograph by Linda Nylind for the Guardian)

75 comments:

Clara said...

I am SO excited about next week's series! I so enjoyed last year's posts, can't wait to pour over them all next week. Have a great time in Chicago, Joanna! xoxo

Sarah @ See Sarah Bake said...

What a beautiful round-up of such a lovely lady. Thank you. And have fun in Chicago!!!

Diana Mieczan said...

I can't wait for the next week's series. Sounds really interesting. Have a wonderful week in Chicago and a safe flight! xoxo

Alexa said...

such a lovely round up to honor a truly brilliant woman. we are so lucky to have had her!

Lonestarcasie said...

sigh....makes me sad. I loved her films. I think what got me most was the list of things she will miss. I can't bear to think of what I would miss...don't even want to discuss it. And I loved the bit about giving Tom Hanks a tree. That part made me a little less sad.

Heidi said...

Thanks for this. All words that I needed/wanted to read this morning. What lovely sentiments from a woman who knew how to live, before she died.
-Heidi
www.therusticmodernist.com

stephanie said...

one my favourite weekend roundups. thank you, joanna. for what it's worth, i think you have a gift for voice and detail, too. cheers, stephanie

Trina said...

Aw, I love this roundup. Thanks for finding these; I'd been wondering what Tom Hanks's thoughts were on Nora Ephron passing. I seem to remember her saying once that whenever she penned a romantic comedy, she envisioned him and Meg Ryan in it and hoped they'd agree to do it.

Looking forward to reading next week's series too. :) Hope Chicago's a blast! Have a Sal Tessio at Hot Doug's. ("It's not personal, it's strictly sausage.")

Roseann said...

That Tom Hanks article makes me want to go back and watch all her movies. Such a sweet way to remember her, the orange tree.

Kristi said...

I also loved this remembrance by Lena Dunham: http://www.newyorker.com/online/blogs/culture/2012/06/lena-dunham-remembers-nora-ephron.html

Amy said...

Have a wonderful weekend! I hope the plane ride is all that Toby is looking forward to and more!

I love your tribute to the awesome Nora Ephron and this great list of links.

Next week's series about working moms sounds fascinating. Looking forward to the posts.

Joanna Goddard said...

trina, that's so sweet that she pictured them. and stephanie, thank you so much, what a nice thing to say.

Deanna Pai said...

The list of things Nora Ephron will and will not miss are making me bawl like a baby in my cubicle.

Annie said...

Yep. She pretty much nailed it. The whole shebang.
RIP

jenny said...

I've never read any of her books...and now I want to! Which one would you recommend starting with?

13bees said...

news of her passing made me so very sad.

Caitlin said...

Have a great trip to Chicago! How long are you staying? I think Taste of Chicago (very fun!) is coming up!

www.hardlyhousewives.com

Nicole FR said...

What a coincidence! I just read this article in the Atlantic about life/work balance: http://m.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2012/07/why-women-still-can-t-have-it-all/9020/?single_page=true

I'm not a mom yet and nowhere near that at 24 but I know I'll face the challenges that come with those choices at some point. Can't wait for the series!

Have a great trip!

Stefania said...

Used to be a working fulltime mom, now I'm a SAHM trying to start a business, so I LOVED that last series and can't wait for next week's! Have fun in Chicago, it' beautiful!
revitalizewithstefania.blogspot.com

Meadow said...

Have fun on your trip!! Your upcoming series sounds like it'll be a good read :)

I'm looking forward to having a fun long weekend (it's Canada Day July 1 yay!).

Roxy said...

Can't wait for the series on mothers who have full time jobs. As an "aspiring" mother who works full time in an office AND freelances on the side, I am sure I will eat it up!!

www.ontheroxyoga.com

The slow pace said...

She was an extraordinary woman. She will be missed :'(

lillian said...

I think I like her even more now that I read that list of things she will miss and things she won't.

Kelly Golightly said...

Great roundup. I was so sad to hear she had passed away, but we're lucky she left us with so much.

I posted my own ode to Nora, if you'd like to see. She was such an inspiration.

http://kellygolightly.com/thank-you-nora/

Lisa said...

I'm very excited for the next series. I tried to stick with my full time job, but between my schedule and my husband's, it was rough. I'm lucky enough that I can be a SAHM. I'd be interested to know what these women's husbands do. We both had relatively travel heavy jobs which made it tough.

poisonwood said...

What a wonderful friday post! I am going to miss Nora, after reading all those quotes from her best loved movies I've got a craving for watching When Harry Met Sally, such a lovely film.

Have fun in Chicago!!

Wallace said...

She really was brilliant wasn't she? So many people thought of her as only a RomCom writer/director but she was so much more (literally and figuratively). I think she was one of the greatest observers of the human complex and a genius at translating that to the page and screen (which is REALLY hard to do well - any writer knows that).

Enjoy Chicago! It's where I'm originally from. GREAT city... it's hard to go wrong (though this weekend you may want to find some shade or a/c). :)

kimberly said...

these all made me cry. I loved Nora Ephron...I think I've just decided that I need to have a daughter and call her Nora.

Kate Zasada said...

Wonderful list-- have a great trip!

Brigette Olmos-Arreola said...

I felt like I lost one of my best friends when she passed. So easy to build a bond with her and all of her wonderful characters!

Notes from Holly St. said...

I so enjoyed this weeks round-up. Especially the article about her love affair with her apartment. I can so relate! Yet, that's probably why I love Nora Ephron so much. She is so relatable. Thanks for the read!

Sara said...

wonderful tribute to Nora Ephron.What a smart heart.and so generous of her to share it with us.

Danielle said...

Thank you for this round up. I had an emotional reaction to hearing of Nora. She left me the gift of a movie that can always lift my spirits, comforts me and conjures up laughter even on the my saddest days. For that I am thankful.

.chelle. said...

Thank you so much for all these great links! What a great lady, she will be missed.

Kelly Utah said...

Seriously can't wait for the full time working mom series! I'm in need of some inspiration and good perspective!

Anonymous said...

Oh Nora lovely Nora " When your children are teenagers get a dog so someone will be pleased to see you" i've just had the mother of all arguments with my teenage daughter which has left me shattered I'm buying that effing dog right now!

Jo (and Mr Jo!) have a fab holiday and little Toby have a wonderful new adventure and remember be nice to your mother when you are older or she may buy a Doberman..........
Jane xx

anu said...

Thanks for collecting these, Joanna. Have a blast in Chicago! I just made a dinner reservation at SEPIA for my Chicago trip next month :-)

Aja Lake [the gold hat.] said...

ah! the work/baby/life balance is one of my all-time faves. and, since i'm currently considering (fulfilling a lifelong dream of) taking a job as a children's librarian, your coverage of mothers working outside of the home is impeccably timed. after staying home with my son for the past two years it would be quite the adjustment, but it's an exciting prospect! i can't wait to read how other moms do it:)

enjoy your chicago holiday. i've never been, but have heard it's beautiful!

p.s. i love the nora ephron quote. it rings so very true!

xx,
Aja Lake
the gold hat.

E. and Baby P. said...

i can't wait to read the next series, esp since i'm a full time working mom! loved the first. by the way, would love an update from you re: life work/balance. has it been the same or have things changed in the past year?

Aja Lake [the gold hat.] said...

the kids + throw up quote, that is:)

Catherine Masi said...

Gosh, what a beautiful collection of words and images to honor a very very cool woman. It was so awesome, I feel like my impending flu has lifted. You can't credit that to too many things (except maybe theraflu, but still...)

Aya said...

What a great round up. Her list made me tear up--thinking of the richness of life, the things I waste my time with and the things I will miss when I'm gone. I know it's morbid, but it makes me feel more happy than sad, realizing there are so many wonderful things to miss. It inspired me to make my own list.

Also, very much looking forward to next week's posts.

GLENDA CHILDERS said...

Welcome to hot Chicago. If you are looking for an amazing breakfast place while you are here ... try Lou Mitchells downtown. Super cool diner ...the start of route 66.

Marty J. Christopher said...

This has been one of my favorite posts of yours since I started reading your blog years ago. I love Nora Ephron (Heartburn is one of my favorite books, too!) and I am so sad that she is gone. I am inspired by this post to go chase some old dreams. : )

Karlita said...

well, I am supposed to have a one month blog (writing and reading) break. I followed you at Google Friend Connect like 2 months ago but never really found the time to READ your posts. Now I have been hooked for about 2 hours and it is just a different feeling from reading fashion or pure design blogs. Yours is just about LIFE and whatever fits inside of it, I love the balance you have reached in your life and want to thank you for so many great posts!

cecylia said...

this is so inspirational! Love the last quote- thank you for sharing :)

ABBY said...

So nice to read more about Nora. Thanks, Joanna!

Heather said...

What a fantastic round-up. I've always enjoyed Nora Ephron's work: her movies, her essays, her joy of life. A really lovely tribute. Happy weekend! And happy travels :)

Judy said...

I wish you hadn't put an affiliate link on her books. It's disrespectful to indirectly profit off her recent passing. I understand this blog is a business, but still.

JESSICA said...

Enjoy Chicago! It's my hometown and I miss it all the way over here in Portland, OR. Check out the fountain at Millenium Park; in the summer its full of people making a stop off Michigan Avenue to run through the water or just gett their feet wet to cool off!


JessPatrice

Lisa said...

I'm totally stoked for that work-life-balance series!! i was reading a women's magazine for the first time in a long time today, and it struck me that your one-woman blog show is 10 times more interesting and inspiring than major magazines are.

reina said...

Might be a little late...but a few Chicago places to hit up:

- make a brunch reservation at the Publican
- head up to Belmont Harbor and take a walk down Lake Shore trail—beautiful in the summer. Grab a tamarind or mango popsicle from one of the ice cream vendors walking around the beach
- Downtown is full of attractions for visitors, but if you find yourself departing a bit from the downtown area, head north to Spacca Napoli for authentic wood fired pizzas and get cocktails at the Fountainhead (their roof is now open).
- Andersonville is a ways north but has an awesome stretch of vintage furniture shops on Clark (fun for window shopping too). Good food spots here are Vincent (dutch) and Anteprima (Italian). Or head up here for brunch at M. Henry. The beach is a mile-ish away from here too; grab a picnic of hummus and pita from the Middle Eastern bakery and head east for beach time.
- If all you want to do is sit on a patio and drink prosecco, go to Perennial Virant during the afternoon and be sure to stop into the florist / event shop right behind it, A New Leaf--full of great flowers and random but higher end, giftable knick knacks.
- A shameless plug for the Chicago Design Museum: a pop-up design museum I helped to open for just the month of June. This is the last weekend we're open and we're featuring 5 great exhibitions.

Hope you enjoy! The summer is the best time for this fair city.

Claire (Harrie) said...

Waiter, there is too much pepper on my paprikash. When Harry Met Sally is one of the most perfect movies ever written.

P.S. We're so thrilled you are a fan of our Sombrillas - perfect for a beachy weekend or creating instant shade for picnics and little ones playing outdoors. And they make great cubby houses too! Thank you, Joanna!

Laura said...

Have a wonderful weekend you too!

Sending love from Buenos Aires,

Lau

http://fallinlove.com.ar/?lang=en/

Beatrix said...

I can't help tearing up anytime I read about her!

Loesie. said...

I absolutely love your tribute to Nora Ephron.

Her movies were always so wonderful in so many aspects. She had a way of capturing New York which really brought out the best of the city.

I once posted this quote from 'You've got mail' on my blog:

"Don't you love New York in the fall? It makes me wanna buy school supplies. I would send you a bouquet of newly sharpened pencils if I knew your name and address."

Have a great time in Chicago!

http://impressionsbyloes.blogspot.com

Ashley said...

This is an amazing tribute to an amazing woman! How important it is to honor women like this - and women everywhere. My favorite is the quote about being the herione of your life, not the victim. How incredibly true....

Stylist Steph said...

Love Chicago! Have an amazing time!

www.styliststeph.blogspot.com

christine said...

I LOVED NORA. REALLY loved her work and her books. Very sad to see her go.

(that's so) raven said...

I'll be honest here. I was aware of her passing (because of CNN) but I didn't really know who she was. I only spared some familiarity because the story associated her with Tom Hanks + Sleepless in Seattle. But I must say, your post was a beautiful ode to her life. I chased all of your links, and as much as I meant to, I couldn't skim through 'Moving On. A love story' about her Upper West Side apartment. She's a hoot, and just so honest.

I've never in life had a inner hankering to visit NY, but she makes me want to experience the city + plant a fruit tree for someone special so they can enjoy for the rest of their days. What a lady. I'm a flight attendant, and I'm ashamed to say I've never been! One day.

many thanks,
raven

jing iver said...

the list of things she will miss
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live sports said...

nice wrok

Jessica Quadra Photography said...

thanks for this, joanna. i also read a really great article on nora ephron by lena dunham. you can read it here if you haven't:
http://www.newyorker.com/online/blogs/culture/2012/06/lena-dunham-remembers-nora-ephron.html

i haven't made it through all your links yet, so sorry if you already linked to it.

the list of the things she'll miss makes me really sad. :(

Amielle said...

This was a great post! Thank you so much for all the links and the little tidbits. I can't wait to explore your last series and am excited for this next one as well!

Amielle said...

This was a great post! Thank you so much for all the links and the little tidbits. I can't wait to explore your last series and am excited for this next one as well!

Jenni Austria Germany said...

i wish you knew how many goosebumps this post evoked!

Mindy said...

Love love love, thank you for posting all of those links. I read every single one of them. I was so sad to hear she was gone. She really is an inspiration. One of my favorite lines was from "You've Got Mail" when Joe (Tom Hanks) and Kathleen (Meg Ryan) were talking on a bench about what 152 could mean and Kathleen says "152 insights into my soul!". I don't know why I love that line so much but I could watch it over and over again. I also loved when Joe said that the fall always makes him want to buy school supplies and that if he knew Kathleen, he would send her a bouquet of freshly sharpened pencils. So good... She will be missed...

doogen said...

Thank you for sharing this. I felt similarly moved and wrote about how Nora's work affected me too!

http://doogen.wordpress.com/2012/06/27/thanks-for-f-o-x/

But I think you're round-up hit the nail on the head!

Thanks!

Lara said...

You will make money from hear death thanks to people clicking on that amazon affiliate link though, right?

Shauna El said...

I have been treading water for too long.
I needed these words today to make me snap out of just getting by and start DOING more.
thank you Joanna. xo+

Anonymous said...

Just got a chance to read this! Nora was one of my favorites...I was so heartbroken, but reading through your tribute really warmed my heart. Thank you!

Dovecote Decor said...

We are having Amy Ephron to our book festival in Winston Salem this Saturday and are so excited. I can't resist sharing that I am cooking dinner for her and the other writers on Saturday night!
Best,
liz

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