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about deb farris

(and this blog)

Hi! You can call me Deb, short and sweet. Thanks so much for stopping by!

I write from personal experiences to encourage hope in the hard places.

What do you do when life throws you the unexpected?

For many years, I danced. It was my focus, my healer. It kept me moving through a marriage that didn’t go according to plan and eventually through my divorce and transition into a new life.

Then the unexpected happened. My brother—my Tom Hanks, Sleepless in Seattle-like big brother—an architect, married with two beautiful sons, didn’t drink or smoke or eat red meat or sugar, suddenly died of a heart attack. He exercised and took good care of himself. He was a man of faith and poured his heart out for everyone he met. I didn’t understand why God would take him and leave me. It made no sense.

I stopped moving. I sat. In my chair. In stillness with grief. And a Bible.

I read and I wrote until I began to discover new life moving within me—a new dance. The dance within. I began to experience what I’d seen in my late brother—an overflow of God’s love.

The dance within is the place of God’s grace moving within us, flowing in to flow back out. That’s why I write. I can’t keep the overflow of God’s love for myself!

After 18 years, I recently stepped down from my role as Executive Director of a nonprofit called Danceworks, so I find myself once again in a place of transition. In all honesty, I’ve just completed a new manuscript so my blogging has been spotty lately.  I found I couldn’t do both well. Generally, I post once a week and I just set up a new website email list to do that more efficiently.

If you’d like to join me on a new journey in writing and life, please sign up in the red box at the bottom of this page (or on the Home page). 

I’m so glad you found your way here!

More soon—



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