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deborah wenzler farris


dancing through

~where grief meets grace


prose poetry & story

to encourage hope 

in hard places

 “The great dance of life shared by the Father, Son and Spirit is the mystery moving behind the scenes of our lives. The invisible river running through our souls and through all things.” 
C. Baxter Krueger

She Called Me Gracie

Some people make an indelible difference in our lives. A woman named Sally was one of those people in mine. I’m sure many called her their best friend and she was surely mine. I called her Grace, she called me Gracie, to remind ourselves, she said, how much we needed...

For Our Mothers Who are In Heaven

At the hem of Christ’s cloak you wept. At the foot of Christ’s glory you bowed. At the center of centuries you stood, one with the resurrected One, who with two scarred hands, wiped away your tears. For you were convinced that neither death nor life…nor anything else...

Saturday Thoughts: What Do You Want?

The cat purrs against my leg. I look down at her and ask, “What do you want?” I pick her up, she wants down. I give her food, she walks away. Is life that simple? Just purr affectionately to be seen? To be, to be seen, to be…come. We can’t escape that there are...

Finding You, Finding Me, Finding Sacred, Finding Community,

We meet on Wednesday’s at 11:30, not every Wednesday but at least twice a month. We meet at a place where the ceilings are high, not cathedral-like but high enough to feel holy space around you. The tables are wood, I don’t know what kind of wood but they are sturdy...

One Spring Morning

“Valdaree Valdah rah…” he sings as we’re walking along through the neighborhood this morning. Soon enough, I realize I can’t get the tune out of my head and start humming it. Its a beautiful morning, temperate, hazy sunlight has appeared—the sun comes in, the sun goes...

Tater Tots on Tuesday(s) Dr

The post below was originally posted on Feb 24, 2015. So it's a repost from Sundays with Dad. Although it's a very different year, it is a Tuesday and apparently the day for Tater Tot casseroles in my life. I made one this week (we'll have leftovers tonight). And as...

Sharing the Homeward Bound Series

~turning hearts toward the hope of eternity I’m a little late sharing this story that was published for Holy Week, but I’m very grateful to Jennifer Wier for including me in her HOMEWARD BOUND series. I’d feel remiss if I didn’t, plus it’s also really nice to connect...

My Jesus

He is like the trillium catching me by surprise in the woods, the milky white of the stars spilling across the sky, the flash of red in a forest of umbers and olives, the flames of glory in the setting sun. He is more than I ever hoped for and far exceeds what I...

When Overcome By the One Who Became

I have come from one place, arrived here, and am now in-between here and the place I am going. I wait in my favorite room facing north with a beautiful view, all yellow and blue like Van Gogh's Starry Night. He trusted his life’s work and was not led astray. Was it...

White Air

A song through the wind to my ears. Robin withdraws from spatting sparrows to tiptoe through white air. Wordless, sparks in mist, crystal airwaves of the morning sky land on my hood. I sense your presence, unseen and formless. Or is it here I see you? Low branches,...
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Deborah Wenzler Farris

Deborah Wenzler Farris


Deb Farris is a writer from Wisconsin. She is a former equity actor 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 biography about Missionaries Marc and Nan Erickson, Just Along for the Ride, and is currently working on her debut novel. Deb holds an MFA from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee in dance and writes weekly on her blog to encourage hope in the 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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