Nora Ephron died yesterday. 
She will be remembered an accomplished author, filmmaker, mother, feminist, activist, and as someone who lead the sort of kickass life we all dream about.
And while her legacy is grand by any standards, I will always remember her as the lady who once told me I had “a great laugh”– a compliment delivered the day I waited on her table. When she saw another customer being rude to me, she pulled me aside and suggested I pour salt in his coffee; “If you are concerned about getting in trouble, don’t worry, I’ll do it for you.
As I read her obituary this morning, I could not help but chuckle to myself when I reading this passage:
I haven’t waited tables in ten years but now I feel like applying for the job just so I can pour salt in some asshole’s coffee.
Ms. Ephron, you will be missed. 


  1. tracylee says

    you are a bit of a troublemaker, Aunt P 😉
    and I’m sure you do have a great laugh

  2. PeachesFreund says

    Thanks Tracy 🙂 meh…my laugh is sort of honky and loud ….sometimes I catch strangers looking at me sideways and I think “up yours pal. My laugh is approved by the director of Sleepless in Seattle!”
    Every time. It makes me feel so validated.

  3. Mardie Rhodes says

    Your blog was forwarded to me and I loved your Nora Ephron story! I also love your blog. Fun discovery today.

  4. Mizz Joe Moxie says

    Wow. You have no idea how much your post means to me. I don’t ‘fit in’ with my sex. I am so different from other women that people, unless they know me (and if you know me you love me 😛 ), find me difficult to understand. And I don’t WANT to fit in! When I was 6 my friends and I were all discussing what we wanted to be when we grew up. I said “I want to be eccentric”.

    And I am 🙂

    So kudos to Nora and thank you to all women like her.

  5. nutbirds says

    I think we need an audio portion here. Can you make one and we can vote? Is your laugh as bad as Maria Menunous’s? (spelling?…) Anderson Cooper has a funny giggle also. I guess we can say that Nora was a great Broad! Can you imagine being married to Dan Greenberg? He was really geeky way back when, then Carl Bernstein was not so attractive. He must have had great lines, though.

  6. Candace Jedrowicz says

    How sad and what a wonderful memory of her! Thanks for sharing!

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