When I was a kid, someone read me this book.
In the story, a little girl's grandfather tells her to make the world a more beautiful place. The girl grows up and, after traveling all over the world, remembers her grandfather's words. She scatters lupine flower seeds across the countryside. The next spring, beautiful lupines bloom everywhere.
Writing this up, I realize it's literally been decades since I had that book read to me. Still, I remember the name of the flower and the image of the woman on her bicycle, scattering the seeds. I still remember loving the story and the beautiful pictures. (The story, which I just Googled, is MISS RUMPHIUS by Barbara Cooney.)
For my bio, I thought of that book because of two things: one, I love that the little girl kept her beloved grandfather close to her (even when he wasn't with her any more) by carrying on something he loved. I have a handful of personal heroes in this life and I hope I can 'carry' them on by being a little more awesome.
And two, I want to make the world a more beautiful place. Through writing, painting, teaching little humans good stuff, or just being kind myself -hopefully all of the above. Either way, my goal is to leave this spinning rock a cooler place than when I got here.
The name Lennon Faris is a pen name I chose because of its colors. Colors, you ask? Oh, yes. My brain shows a different color for each letter. Reading a written word is like looking at a painting.
Once, in school, I was studying with a group and pointed out how color association could help us remember things. Er...The silence and ensuing (incredulous) conversation was how I discovered not everyone sees this stuff. They thought I was losing it (I was a little nervous myself) until we looked it up and discovered it's a real thing called synesthesia.
'Lennon Faris' looked great to me. Plus, a tiny tribute to my love of music (John Lennon, here's to you) seemed appropriate.
Reader, thank you for reading!