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Saturday, May 16, 2009

Favorite phrase, book

A few years ago I read a book that I saw highlighted on Oprah's talk show. You'll have to bear with me a bit while I work my way up to the point... The title of the book is a phrase that I've used quite often because it's so catchy and I enjoyed the author's interview on the show. So, when I read the lede of the article "Considering an Eye-Lift?" by Robin Wolaner in the February issue of More magazine, I just had to share with you.

Wolaner wrote,
"I'm not the kind of woman who has plastic surgery. In my high school, when nose jobs were de rigueur, mine looked perfectly fine without one. During my thirties and forties, when I noticed signs of "work" on other women, I didn't feel, to quote Nora Ephron, bad about my neck. Of face."
Ephron is the author of "I Feel Bad About My Neck and Other Thoughts on Being a Woman," which is a wonderfully written and hilarious account of noticing the signs of aging. The title stuck with me so much that I've often used that phrase when telling my daughter about moisturizing:

"Be sure to moisturize your neck in the morning and the evening 'cause you don't want to feel bad about your neck." To which she gives a slight smile and a roll of the eyes that I've said it again.


After I saw Ephron on Oprah I continued to say, "'cause I don't wanna feel bad about my neck" in order to remind myself to apply moisturizer and creams to an area of my body that a lot of women seemed to have neglected. Don't take my word for it - just look around when you're out at the mall or in the grocery store.

For months after seeing Ephron and reading her book I was obsessed with noticing women's necks especially on television. I admit I became a little over the top, but I know one thing is for sure: I refuse to feel bad about my neck!
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