• A Boston Story

    I went to the Boston Public Library yesterday where I was meeting my editor, Melanie Kroupa, to accept the Boston Authors Club IMG_1247 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 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.


  • 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