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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.

Would You Like to Dance?

I am a dancer and I work at a nonprofit called Danceworks. I usually write about my work on our Danceworks blog instead of here. This is my personal blog but since this post ventures a little into the personal, I thought it might be better served here. Our mission at...

Our Mothers in Heaven

Like the new moon your face shines unseen. Your past now hidden in clouds of recollections. But as the sun streams through your smile in my dreams, you shatter the stars and light hearts for all eternity. Photos of my late parents by Janet Lew Carr at Danceworks...

Evening Reflection

There is a space within every beating heart that reaches beyond what the eye can see on earth, below the earth and above the earth, beyond the stars and the clouds we carry within. A love higher and wider, deeper and greater than our ability to understand reaches down...

A Time for a Rod and a Time for a Net

She sits with a line to the water and watches a yellow bobbing ball against its surface. There is no bite. But she sits. She waits. Waiting is discipline, an act of faith. Alone, she is free of others' calculations and accusations. Bobbing ball drops out of sight and...

Rise Gentle Woman

Rise gentle woman. Now is the time. The people are in trouble and need your maternal compassion. Fully equipped, you will fight the good cause for which you were created. Rise woman of strength. Light floods in so we see God in each other as our scars become symbols...

The Dance for Liberty and Justice

We have no control over what someone does to us. What we have control over is our response. The dance teaches our students to respond to the missteps, failures and rejections of others with grace, respect and patience. It guides them to respond to their dance partner...

Spring Sand Seagulls and Snow?

The one good thing about a spring snowfall is that you can have a lengthy Sunday afternoon nap and take a walk in it while it's still light out! Last month I would have already been pouring a glass of wine and cooking dinner at 6:00. Springtime takes on an...

The Heart of Gardening

Seeds planted in hearts where peace is promised. Seeds planted in fields where weeds grow. Gardener is careful not to pull them up too quickly—tender, unrooted seedlings shrivel and die. Garden takes time, still I become impatient, atuned to what I have not. Unbelief...

My Liebster from Lynn

I remember the day when blogging began to feel like a community of friends. It was because of Lynn Abbotts. I’ve moved around a lot in my life so I know that it can take a couple years for a new place to feel like a home. Three years is probably stretching it. Four...

Rise Above

Rise up...Beautiful One. See! The winter is past...the rains are almost over. Buds are appearing, the Season of Song has come. Rise up...my Beautiful One. We've seen the scourging, stripes and spearing. We wait in silence. Blood poured out, sacrifice for sin. Mine. I...

“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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