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encouraging stories of hope one chapter at a time

when things don’t go according to plan there is a greater plan and purpose unfolding

The Most Beautiful Thing

The most beautiful thing about the delicate pages that hold the power of the Universe within them is this: they speak loudly on some days and in whispers on others, but they always have something important to say. Whether I weep or laugh (wait, have I ever really...

The “Little Way”Through: One Writer’s Morning

It’s early on a beautiful summer morning. Just as I’ve finished doing all these little things— like waking up, praying, making the bed, drinking water, taking Fannie around the block, drinking water, doing 22 minutes of classical stretch with Miranda Esmonde-White on...

Sometimes Never Forever

—On Publishing, Prayers and Healing in My Second Chapter Sometimes I get so overwhelmed and filled with self doubt when I do my query searches for agents and publishers I feel like Dorothy in the field of the poppies. Oh, it can be discouraging and draining. Never is...

A White Bleeding Heart

Birthday Benediction for June 22 Driving down (or is it up) North Avenue we passed the Black Holocaust Museum and I noticed the glow of the beautiful lighting. It’s a rainy gray day that made the track lighting fixtures stand out like bursts of starlight. I had just...

Through the Lens of Truth and Beauty

How often do you see Someone with tears in their eyes Because they are so Happy to see you? How often do you sit and Share all that life has Given and taken away? “I’m a Quaker now,” She said before she left for The airport. “I wanted You to know that." “My old boss...

Writing in the Flow

Sometimes I’m so excited to get back to my work that I forget to enjoy the French toast and blueberries and warm maple syrup. And butter. At breakfast. Sometimes I race through the raindrops so I don’t get wet and miss the best pictures of spring unfolding. And other...

A Confession: All Things New (Even This Post)

Heads up. If you’re on my email list, you may have seen a rough draft of this story last weekend. I accidentally published it (that’s humbling) then moved it into private so no one else could see it. I’m trying again. Because this flower can’t hang out in private! My...

Holy Week and an Unexpected Call

Where do I begin? It’s Holy Week. I decided I would hold off on writing because I wanted to soak it in, not spill out. Well, this is probably one of the longest posts I’ve written in a while, in spite of my best laid plan. I want to drink in these holy days ahead,...

Little Isla the Changemaker

Little Isla turned nine on March 5. She was supposed to visit her Auntie and Uncle to celebrate her birthday, but she got sick and had to wait a week. For her birthday treat, they all went to Boswell’s Bookstore and she picked out Goodnight Stories for Rebel Girls...

Sticky Buns and Sundays

I just got home after walking over to pick up some Sunday morning bakery from Patty at Sendicks on Downer. Including a big Sticky Bun! We had a croissant in the freezer leftover from Charlie’s last visit but Todd likes sugar. So Fannie and I went to surprise him. As I...
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Deborah Wenzler Farris

Deborah Wenzler Farris


Farris is a writer living in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Her stories and prose focus on the intersection of faith, art and being human. She is a former equity actress and singer who served on the adjunct faculties of Tulane University, the University of North Carolina—Chapel Hill, and the University of Wisconsin—Milwaukee. She was Executive Director of the nonprofit arts organization Danceworks MKE for 18 years and is the author of Conversations with Dad. She recently completed a new Creative Nonfiction about the missionary journey of Marc and Nancy Erickson, and is currently working on an autobiographical novel.

Farris holds a BFA in Inter-Arts with a focus on Voice and an MFA in Dance, both from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee — though during her many moves and adventures in theatre, she also earned credits at the New School for Social Research in NYC, the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill and the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She writes weekly on her blog to encourage hope in hard places.


Conversations With Dad – The Book

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

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