I went to the Boston Public Library yesterday where I was meeting my editor, Melanie Kroupa, to accept the Boston Authors Club Young Reader Award. I took the train into North Station. As I traveled south from New Hampshire, fierce pain from a headache was building. By the time I travelled from North Station on the green line to my stop at Boylston Street, all I could think of was finding relief. Coming up the stairs from the T, my eyes keyed in on a sign – CVS. I got my pills, slowly walked across the street where I saw benches beside what looked like a flea market. Across Dartmouth Street was the block-wide, grand BPL. I sat, took the pills, drank cold water. Sitting absolutely still, I let the pain slowly shift and ease. I was aware I was not cold, after days of cold rain. I began to take in the space READ MORE
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:
An essay for spring published in New Hampshire Home‘s back page feature “At Home in New Hampshire.”
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.
I’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.