Bacon on the Bookshelf

Savory picks for the free range reader

July 22, 2018
by jenniferpuryear

Ten Things to Bring to Beijing

Today’s photo essay features a few things I learned in Beijing over the last two weeks. It was both fantastic and disorienting to live for a while in a city of 22 million people, the vast majority of whom do not speak English and whose cultural background includes emperors and concubines and Mao, Buddha and Confucius and the Tao. President Xi Jinping has just secured …

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June 6, 2018
by jenniferpuryear

kate spade

Sometimes the world reminds us of the hidden sadness all around us, even (especially?) in unexpected places. The thought of Kate Spade ending her life with a red scarf is shocking and awful. Here’s my contribution to the mourning – a minor poem, in a minor key. kate spade   Kate Brosnahan from Kansas City used her boyfriend’s name for the handbag she made the …

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May 13, 2018
by jenniferpuryear

Mother’s Day Special: In Search of Faith

I ran into Walgreens, frazzled. The day before,  I’d picked up my older daughter and a thousand pounds of dorm room detritus. In a couple of hours, I was leaving to catch a flight to the other daughter’s school. Both daughters – thriving, mostly – nonetheless worried me to death most of the time. I’d just taken the dog to the kennel and was making …

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May 2, 2018
by jenniferpuryear

Things That Happen On The First Day of May: Photo Essay

On the first day of May, I led a creative writing class at a corporate retreat where thirty-five women shared some thoughts about the children they had been and the women they have become. “I’ll never forget the day my kindergarten teacher told me she could leave the room and she had no doubt I would teach the class!” exclaimed one. “I was a boss …

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April 22, 2018
by jenniferpuryear

Things Seen at the Beach in Spring

Today’s post is inspired by fresh air, a strong breeze, a big storm, and the coast. Also a great children’s book… can you guess which one? Happy Sunday, Bacon friends! Things Seen at the Beach in Spring You’re at a resort so you’re not surprised to see the big white tent with gauzy curtains kissing the white sand while inside floats the sleek white dress …

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April 4, 2018
by jenniferpuryear

Spring Is The Season (Part 2)

Spring is lovely and hopeful and all that as the world renews itself around us. Spring can also be wet and cold, and sometimes dark moods overtake us. Here’s another poem and photo essay from The Backyard Poem Collection…   Spring Is The Season (Part 2) Spring is the season of blooms and decay, Cherry blossoms heading to the gutter, Red buds slumming on the …

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March 24, 2018
by jenniferpuryear

Spring is the Season of Mud and Wild Violets (Photo Essay)

Spring is the season of mud and wild violets The self-importance of tulips Green vines creeping up old oaks And cherry trees in radiant bloom – Arms stretching wide and high Pink and white blossoms exploding softly with beauty and the uselessness of all things (no fruit will follow). Meanwhile the violets go about their business feet in the mud keeping things organized making sure …

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March 6, 2018
by jenniferpuryear

Dispatch from Nashville: On Our Former Mayor, Megan Barry

Here’s a Bacon poem for the sadness of today. In time there will be a far better country song or novel. In the meanwhile, here’s this. I’ve been thinking about what we owe each other. And the journeys we’re on. Things You Say To A Friend I grew to like our mayor – And I hate the way her story – for the moment – …

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February 14, 2018
by jenniferpuryear

Valentine’s Day Special, Part 2: Not a Red Rose or Satin Heart

My friend’s daughter, a freshman in college, just wrote her first article for the school paper (The Crimson) – “Top Five Reads for a Vicarious Valentine’s Day.”  Allison Pao’s intriguing list includes a link to one of the best poems I’ve ever read about this silly, wonderful, aggravating, awful, hopeful day…    Valentine By Carol Ann Duffy   Not a red rose or a satin …

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January 12, 2018
by jenniferpuryear

Snow Day – Maybe!

It’s not a snow day in Nashville yet – but it might be! The schools are closed. I’ve cancelled my morning appointment and dinner plans. This is how we roll in the South, dear readers who live elsewhere. Billy Collins captures a snow day best. And oh my God – does he understand girls on the playground? Yes. Snow day Today we woke up to …

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