Bacon on the Bookshelf

Savory picks for the free range reader

April 24, 2017
by jenniferpuryear

The Book of Joy: Guest Post by Farrell Mason

Book Titles: The Book of Joy , The Book of Joy

“Each of us in our own unique way is scavenging our lives for twigs of wisdom to help build a safe haven for ourselves in the world,” writes Farrell Mason. We find twigs, we share them, our hearts feel full. Today, I’m so delighted for Farrell to stop in at Bacon and share some wisdom gleaned from The Book of Joy: Lasting Happiness in a Changing …

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April 20, 2017
by jenniferpuryear

Hidden Figures: Guest Post by Anne Nesbitt

Book Title: Hidden Figures

Oprah’s starring in a big budget production of The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks (HBO premiere, April 22), and Hidden Figures “Lost At The Oscars But Triumphed At The Box Office,” according to Forbes. The bold telling of these stories is no small thing. Today, Anne Nesbitt shares her thorough and thoughtful reading of the book on which the latter is based – Hidden Figures: The American Dream …

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April 14, 2017
by jenniferpuryear

Good Friday Special: On Suffering

The empty tomb is stunning, transcendent – also hard to imagine – not impossible. The death and anguish of Good Friday? Not hard. Suffering and death we GET – though that doesn’t mean we don’t ask why. It seems a good time to share a post by Dr. Todd Jones, pastor of First Presbyterian Church in Nashville, on What Shall We Say? Evil, Suffering and The Crisis of …

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April 5, 2017
by jenniferpuryear

Mindful Parent, Mindful Child: A Simple Approach for a Hyperconnected World

Mary Agee calls it “the pinball game going on inside my head.” I know what she means! Internationally recognized author, public speaker and educator Susan Kaiser Greenland has some thoughts on the subject. She’ll present “Mindful Parent, Mindful Child: A Simple Approach to Mindfulness and Meditation for a Multitasking, Hyperconnected World,” on Thursday, April 6th at 7 pm at Valor Collegiate Academies. (For more information …

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April 4, 2017
by jenniferpuryear

Thunder in the Mountains: Interview with Vanderbilt Professor Dan Sharfstein

History lurches forward – “Let Freedom Ring!” we cry. And it does. But sometimes in one person the heartbreaking contradictions of our society – its imperfect dreams of freedom – darkly flourish. Vanderbilt Professor and author Daniel J. Sharfstein illuminates the life and times of General Oliver Otis Howard – leader of the Freedmen’s Bureau after the Civil War – who subsequently chased down and defeated Chief …

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March 31, 2017
by jenniferpuryear

Why Anne of Cleves: Women’s History Month Special by Rebecca Price

Today’s guest writer, Rebecca Price, thinks about women’s history every month as President and CEO of Nashville-based Chick History, Inc. Five years ago, when she launched Chick History, she asked a wide variety of people – Which woman in history inspires you?  I asked her the same question, and she gives a provocative answer at Bacon today. From Rebecca: I would choose Anne of Cleves, the fourth wife …

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March 19, 2017
by jenniferpuryear

Spring Break in Nashville: Three Things To Do When You’re Left Behind

Book Title: Richard Nixon: The Life

It’s Spring Break in Nashville and the city has left the premises. Those of us left behind are possibly dreaming of piña coladas in tropical locations. Today’s post features three fantastic happenings in Nashville this week to distract us from any woes! First up: The Frist Center for the Visual Arts My daughters had friends visiting from out of town, and we all headed down to …

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March 13, 2017
by jenniferpuryear

Journeys from East to West: Guest Post by Grace Awh

Book Title: Daughters of the Samurai

Today – in a time of national conversation about immigrant journeys – Grace Awh shares a remarkable work of history, Daughters of the Samurai: A Journey from East to West and Back, by Janice Nimura, then reflects on her own family’s journey from East to West. From Grace: Not many Nashvillians know that the Consulate-General of Japan is located right on West End Avenue. It’s the Japanese …

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March 6, 2017
by jenniferpuryear

Confidence Woman: Guest Post by Carrington Fox

The guys at construction school tease their classmate, Carrington Fox, about her cautious approach. “They’re already launching in with hammers, while I’m still double-checking Pythagorus,” she quips. Mary Raymond’s post on The Confidence Code got her thinking about that difference.  Today, she shares what she learned about confidence last week from the guys in her class (originally published at BuildMeUpButtercup, chronicling the adventures of a …

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March 3, 2017
by jenniferpuryear

The Confidence Code: Guest Post by Mary Raymond

Dallas Wilt wrote a guest post a few months back on Presence, by Amy Cuddy, and it struck a nerve with Bacon readers. Today’s post by Mary Raymond continues that conversation: What is confidence, and why is it so hard for women to believe in themselves the way men often do? Raymond’s starting point is a book that changed her life, The Confidence Code: The Science …

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