This is not a newsletter... it's a collection of essays tied by a thread.
I’m not sure why the “yard” party piece made me cry so much - except it was such an exquisite description of those rare rare places that feel like home with non of the burdens, just pure joy. Thank you.
What a great story, you say it so well and took me right into that meeting with you, I could hear your gorgeous words. It reminds me of my own “lifter-upper’ Noreen. God how I love that woman. It was a million years ago, a big meeting, I was standing in for Noreen at an important meeting with the president, rumored to use the F-bomb and call you out. Unlike you, Debra, presenting your gorgeous words and perfect tone, I was presenting numbers on a billion dollar excel spreadsheet, not my long suit. Prior to the meeting, I took Noreen through a rehearsal walk-through, nervous as a cat for the impending meeting. She took out a red felt-tipped pen and wrote across the top in big bold letters “You are my expert.” I still well up with tears whenever I think about or retell that story. She gave me such a rush of confidence, I walked into that meeting feeling prepared to meet the bear — who said “f*cling great.” Thank you for reminding me of how important it is to lift people up around us, to be generous and patient and kind. Luv ya! Luv Ruffle!
Congrats! Here's to your impeccable style and smarts.
So glad to be able to enjoy your writing Debra. It’s been so many years but reading your words snaps it all back. Writing from the heart. Thanks.
You are simply stunning. Equal parts talent and beauty.
I had a matching top and skirt my mom made for me in 6th grade. Prints. It was so uncool except to my teacher who asked me to stand up and show it off to the class. Oh god!!
Congratulations Pearl! Love, love, love your style! As one person already noted, “write on” my friend! So incredibly excited for you!😘
I like this woman's POV. Mainly because I like this woman and also her unique writing style. Keep at it.
I was right there with you. Not that industry. Not those people. Didn’t get the smile but wished for it. You connected with the hope for it. That’s the art of writing. Individual experiences that connect and reveal universal truths. Well done.
With regard to your MOST-engaging writing style & views on life…I’ve been like a man after many days in the dessert. This new venture, is a cool pitcher of water! Write on!! ✌🏻🙏🏻
I love this story!! Been in same position! It’s nice to have someone lift you up!! Keep going!! I appreciate this!
i was right there beside you. great job! as usual :) xoxo
Cool! I'm so glad to see you over here on Substack. Great start. Keep going. Hal
I'm late to this but let me just say, I remember this moment w those chic women and you were always in their fashion camp in my eyes. I also remember the little black dress you wore for "Hello Tomorrow" with Reese and Patrick D shooting...you were always the most elegant and audacious. Both with your words and your style.