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deborah wenzler farris

not according to plan

stories and thoughts on love and loss

When things don’t go according to plan,

there is a greater purpose and plan unfolding.

The Sun Comes Up

Your voice came to Elijah in a whisper A light from heaven flashed, You spoke to Paul In a vision You came to Annanias I sit with Bible open, and long to hear Your call 1 Kings 19:12, Acts 9:3, Acts 9:10 Once a Day Bible Day 165

Like a Prayer

Oh, Solomon. What a heart you had. I will never forget your request for a discerning heart above all else. I return to this over and over again. I cannot conceive of the wisdom God blessed you with as a result of that request, but your words land on my heart and take...

My Little Chickadee: Recovering from a Fall

A fall leaves you shaken. Failure is no fun. Frankly, who wants to fall and as a dancer, I did everything possible not to, to the point of hurting my dancing. So in the end, in not wanting to fall, taking every precaution possible not to, I failed. If managed...

Lead Like the Light of Morning at Sunrise.

Consider this...David’s Last Words in 2 Samuel 23 are words that help define leadership. His spirit speaks through me, he writes, His word is on my heart. I search as I read, for treasures of wisdom, His pearls. When you lead people in righteousness, when you lead in...


“For what's important in this life What everyone must do Is never stop the quest for What makes you uniquely you.” —Christina Rukavina Todd walked into the kitchen on Friday night carrying a big box. I figured it was auto parts, but he said it was for me. It didn't...

In Remembrance Of

To some, it might not be noticed. And to some, it might just be stone. Still for some, it might be a message. Just for them. And for their eyes...

When You Hear Silence

There is this something within me that wants to separate itself from good and evil. It cries out not to be judged as one or the other, but to just be this human being woman—heart, body, soul. There is this unsettled something within me, that accepts, the longer I live...

Stirred by a Noble Theme

  My heart is stirred by a noble theme. It is not the first time. But I will not let it go this time. He comes to me in the early morning hours. I wait, listening for the wind but hear none. It’s too early for the birds so I lie in silence. Only the sounds from within...

A Day of Dance in the City

I haven't had the head space to write this past week (though I tried to gather some thoughts on the Old Testament Book of Judges...phew, that's a tough one! Maybe good to take a break. To be continued.) Anyway, I'm not sure this video I made from my event at work...

Do You Ever Wonder Where Wonder Went…?

From where I sit staring out the window, the sun is backlighting the tree, camouflaging any sign of green on the branches. A tiny red capped bird comes and sits. She’s a lovely little creature. I love red. She turns, stares at me head on and neither of us moves. It’s...

“This is what I call a Master piece in every sense. Beautifully thought and beautifully written. I am always glad for my visits here.” –Sarah

Deb Farris

Deb Farris

Author / CEO

Deborah Wenzler Farris was born and raised in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. She is President/CEO of Danceworks Inc., an award-winning nonprofit arts organization serving the Milwaukee region. Farris began her career in theatre. After twenty years and forty-seven moves across the country, she bumped into her husband, an old friend from high school, one night during a snowstorm while home over Christmas. They married in 1999, and she returned to Milwaukee with her son, Charlie. Several years later, they bought the house she grew up in, where they currently reside with their dog and cat—Sam and Mary. That encounter on the street corner in a snowstorm led to a homecoming that made this book possible.

Conversations With Dad – The Book

Layered with the author’s personal account of her walk with her parents as they aged and their health declined, Conversations with Dad grew out of time spent together—father and daughter—sharing the stories of those who paved the way for her. It is rich with memories of her father’s life adventures and career as a noted architect. Told with tenderness and humor, it is a love story—the love of a man for his wife and family, his love for his work and church, and the love of a daughter for her parents.

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