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The other day I was in the grocery store and Don Henley’s “Dirty Laundry” was playing.  Another customer walked by me and was singing along:

I could be an actor but I wound up here.
I just have to look good.
I don’t have to be clear.
Come and whisper in my ear.
Give us dirty laundry.


It’s a great song and great commentary by Henley on tabloid journalism.  So what the heck does this have to do with writer Nora Ephron passing away?  It’s simple.  Good writing stays with you.  That guy in the grocery store knew the words because it’s good.

I can’t say I’ve memorized all the lines to Ms. Ephron’s movies, but I can say her movies have definitely stayed with me long after I left the theatre.   After I saw the movie “When Harry Met Sally” the audience applauded. You know it’s a good movie when an audience cheers even though all those involved in the film can’t hear it.

Ephron wrote many films including “Sleepless in Seattle”, “Julie and Julia”, “You’ve Got Mail” and “Michael”. 

Every time I would see an Ephron film, I pictured her writing these clever stories from her home somewhere in New York City.    I had no idea she had been married to Carl Bernstein (Woodward and Bernstein fame) or that she had written a number of plays.

I did know that her stories made me think about relationships and how to make them better.  The end of “When Harry Met Sally” where Billy Crystal finally tells Meg Ryan they should be together still gives me chills:

“I love that you get cold when it's 71 degrees out. I love that it takes you an hour and a half to order a sandwich. I love that you get a little crinkle above your nose when you're looking at me like I'm nuts. I love that after I spend the day with you, I can still smell your perfume on my clothes. And I love that you are the last person I want to talk to before I go to sleep at night. And it's not because I'm lonely, and it's not because it's New Year's Eve. I came here tonight because when you realize you want to spend the rest of your life with somebody, you want the rest of your life to start as soon as possible.”



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