“I Feel Bad about my Neck” by Nora Ephron at Laura’s

Reading Nora Ephron’s “I feel Bad about my Neck” was the perfect summer read – I read it sitting on my porch on a lovely summer afternoon – laughing out loud, shaking my head and thinking about how lucky I was to be in that exact spot at that exact time.

Like Nora, Laura was a thoughtful host and prepared a wonderful meal using Nora’s recipes and we were all encouraged to wear a scarf and come prepared to play one of Nora’s “parlour” games:

“We have a game we play when we’re waiting for tables in restaurants, where you have to write the five things that describe yourself on a piece of paper. When I was [in my twenties], I would have put: ambitious, Wellesley graduate, daughter, Democrat, single. Ten years later not one of those five things turned up on my list. I was: journalist, feminist, New Yorker, divorced, funny. Today not one of those five things turns up in my list: writer, director, mother, sister, happy.”

From Karen:

A wonderful evening Laura – a definite highlight of my summer.  The meal was DELICIOUS and offering us a glass of good French champagne was such a treat.  Champagne is synonymous with celebration. And anytime we get together is cause for celebration!  (I wish my retirement budget allowed me to bring a bottle to every one of our gatherings).  Thanks also for giving us a well-researched and interesting lecture on Nora’s life.  I think the only thing missing from last night was Nora herself.  She would have enjoyed our conversation and would have fit right in.

From Jill:

Many thanks Laura, a truly enjoyable evening of great conversation, game fun, and a delicious meal! Recipes please! I love champagne!
As I lay awake last night, ( it seems to occur more as one ages..I hesitate to say in our old age:), and mulling over our conversations of how our lives unfolded and how we dealt with our circumstances, the word inspired came to me. When I think back over the years, I realize how many people have inspired me, helped me to think, to become and be a better person.
The other word is motherhood. As a woman, it was the greatest miracle and brought me such joy to bring a little human being into the world.
Thank you again Laura for choosing this book, and to Nora Ephron for writing it, and to give us much food for thought that enables us to give voice to our own vulnerability, awareness and destiny.

From Moira:

wonderful evening spent in the company of wonderful women- who could ask for more?! Many thanks Laura, for choosing the book and giving us such insight into Nora the person, wife, mother, screenwriter …. extraordinaire. Loved BOTH  the meals, and the scrumpdilyicious key lime pie. Please put up the recipes- I might actually attempt one of them, haha. 

PS I love the picture of Josee – reading her list 🙂

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