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deborah w farris

not according to plan

stories and thoughts on love and loss

when things don’t go according to plan

there is a greater Plan and Purpose unfolding

Lake at Dawn

  Bend my heart to the rising Sun, toward the flames of the Spirit’s brush. I long to see, to hear, to know, to follow, to do what is just. To each You've given good purpose, and promises in Your Word. Open our ears to listen, to the Voice of the Wind unheard. God,...

Don’t Be Discouraged

Sometimes when I wake I'm surprised to discover Something stuck in my head I worked hard to let go of Yet it’s from this place Where discouragement lingers from those we’ve allowed to discourage us that We can close the door Be reminded instead To encourage others who...

Surviving the Vicissitudes of Writing

“Todd,” I say after reading the comments from my writing mentor on my new manuscript. It seems the banter between two old(er) souls who have stuck together through the vicissitudes of life, with his guidance, what I have somehow captured and assembled, might work. It...

Outside Inside Healthy Happy New Year

I am standing at the stove eating blueberries from a bowl as I sauté onion and orange pepper for lentil soup because the big blueberry muffin Todd and I are sharing seems to be lacking. Blueberries. Everything else about it is great: a big crunchy cap with peel off...

On Cashews and Self Control

Cashews always remind me of the Holidays. Cashews remind me of my son who can eat a while can. Cashews remind me of my mom who loved them with caramels. When there are two-for-one cans at CVS I stock up. Actually, our current stash are the cans I bought to send to my...

On Magical Moments and Meeting in the Middle

“Have you noticed the nests in the trees?” I stand looking out the window waiting for the toast, or am I waiting to see how thought and prayer, what’s seen and unseen, merge simply in these moments of quiet, are revealed in what’s happening around me in the middle of...

On the Mystery: A Meditation

It’s the Season to climb higher toward deeper Truth To ask Wisdom questions we’ve been afraid to ask To follow our own Path laid out toward the Light like the Magi traveling to the Manger To set our eyes on the Hills and know the Presence of God is here with us in the...

On Finding Your Way Home

The nature of Love cannot live with the nature of Fear any more than the nature of Peace can make a home with the nature of Confusion Love and Peace will always rise above Fear and Confusion when given the okay Guidance shows up and leads the way Free from all...

On Blooming Beauty

Hopes and fears Of all the years were met in the Humblest of the humblest Helpless but Not hopeless Faith can feel fragile Facing the fears filling The world and yet Into the world He came He comes He will come again Advent Preparation Are we prepared? “Teacher we...

Rough Terrain

Amidst the rough terrain, against the winds, through stormy days you bloom. Dry earth and sand and rock your bed, your splendor surpassing. Now rest, as Sun reigns in Light. Rain, like oil, anoints your fragile buds yet unseen, contents your roots beneath the earth....
“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
Deborah Wenzler Farris

Deborah Wenzler Farris


Farris was born and raised in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. She began her career in theatre, moving from Milwaukee to NYC, traveling coast to coast in an old Ford Van named Hamlet. Forty moves and one divorce later, she bumped into Todd Farris, an old friend from high school on a street corner during a snowstorm while home one Christmas. They eventually married and she returned to Milwaukee with her son, Charlie. When her parents downsized, they bought the house she grew up in, where they currently reside with their dog and cat—Fanny and Mary. That encounter on the street corner led to a homecoming that made this book possible.

Farris led Danceworks Inc., a Milwaukee nonprofit, from 2002-2020. The organization served 30,000 Milwaukee students during her tenure through Danceworks Mad Hot Ballroom & Tap program and people of all ages and backgrounds through the joy of dance. She never planned to lead an organization. She never planned to dance. Her plan was to be an actor. She believes God used her in spite of herself and in leading, learned how to follow. Him. She believes new beginnings are possible at any point in life, that God has a Divine plan and purpose for each of us, and a great sense of humor. She will be appearing in her first film, a comedy, Mags and Julie go on a Road Trip, opening in November 2020.

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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