• The Story Behind the Lupine Award

    The Good Braider has won the Lupine Award from the Maine Library Association. Here’s some backstory on this award.  The award is named for the flowers grown in Barbara Cooney’s picture book, MISS RUMPHIUS.  I just listened to the story on this beautiful audio book version:


  • Madhu’s Seeds

    Mustard Seeds Darjee

    Illustration by Ram Darjee

    An essay for spring published in  New Hampshire Home‘s back page feature “At Home in New Hampshire.”

    Madhu’s Seeds

    by Terry Farish

    Madhu Bhandari tells me, “When I bring the greens home from the garden, that is the best thing.”

    I am in her home in downtown Concord where she lives with her husband; her children, including her grown son Nilhari and daughter-in-law Devika; and grandchild, Neeja.Devika sits with us and translates for Madhu, who speaks Nepali. Dressed in turquoise trousers and a white shirt, Madhu is “wearing pote,” glass pote beads around her neck that say she is married.

    “What kind of greens?” I ask.


  • “The Writer’s Life” in Cambridge, MA

    boston_local4I’ll be speaking at a National Writers Union/Cambridge Center of Adult Education  event on May 1st on a difficult subject. Writing About the Unspeakable is the name of the program in The Writer’s Life series.  On the panel with me are Mark Vonnegut author of THE EDEN EXPRESS and Iris Gomez  author of TRY TO REMEMBER.

  • Christmas Visits With The Cat

    A child from Pittsfield, NH retells the story of The Cat Who Liked Potato Soup.

    I have enjoyed Christmas class visits.  I went to New Durham School in New Hampshire and met all the children, grades 1 -6.  They are very fun to puzzle out with about what’s really going on in THE CAT WHO LIKED POTATO SOUP.  The children are savvy. They see the truth about the old man who in the story claims to have no affection for his old cat. He complains about her. He calls her a “worthless cat. Never caught nothin’ Not a mouse, nothin’.”  But the children read between the lines. They see the old man let her sleep on his electric blanket and  he takes her bowls of potato soup.  And they see the READ MORE