Bacon on the Bookshelf

Savory picks for the free range reader

August 26, 2018
by jenniferpuryear

Ordinary Grace: Guest Post by Beth Alexander

I asked today’s guest writer, Beth Alexander, for a photo to run with her post. “Don’t you think people have seen enough of me lately?” she asked – laughing, half serious. (She and Patti Smallwood have been hard to miss, it’s true, as Swan Ball co-chairs). Maybe you can send a few historical photos, I suggested…   The truth is: We can never get enough …

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August 20, 2018
by jenniferpuryear

Pepper and The Genetic Test

“What kind of dog is she?” asked the friendly woman at the kennel where I take Pepper for Doggy Daycare. She was picking up her dog too. I’ve only been asked about a thousand times, and I never have just the right answer. “She is – a black dog. We tell her all the time that she won the genetic lottery,” I said, smiling, as …

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January 14, 2018
by jenniferpuryear

Sunday Night Special: Drop Everything for “I, TONYA”

Friends – Don’t miss “I, TONYA,” the most heartbreaking, heart-pulsing, badass, ALL CAPS, affecting movie. It might complicate the way you think about one of the biggest scandals in sports history, and it explains in part how the scruffy tough girl Tonya Harding came so close – and fell so far. Tonya’s having her moment. A better moment, I should say. Sufjan Stevens is out …

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December 10, 2017
by jenniferpuryear

Things Seen in Tokyo

Today’s poem and photos come to you from a city cold and grey and drear – it’s winter here. But there’s Christmas cheer, and the Buddha, and Shinto shrines too. The lights that glow in the Christmas trees and the gingko trees with their yellow leaves made me want to share some of Tokyo with you.   Leaves in Tokyo The gingko trees sing bright …

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November 15, 2017
by jenniferpuryear

A Lousy Idea

I have bad ideas all the time. Some good ones. I have learned humility over the years – and keep learning it anew all the time. But today’s post is not about humility. Or good ideas. It’s about… *      *      * A Lousy Idea Saucer magnolias launch next spring’s buds – green, fuzzy, and small – while their own leaves yellow, …

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November 8, 2017
by jenniferpuryear

From One Leaf to Another

It’s possible I’m losing my mind, friends! It’s the leaves. They started whispering their tales – and now they won’t stop. From One Leaf to Another I thought that you were happy. I thought you didn’t mind the way we went about our lives – or should I say the way you went about your life and I lived mine, listening to different songs on the …

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October 29, 2017
by jenniferpuryear

Things I Saw On The Way to the Mailbox (Photo essay)

Things I Saw On The Way to the Mailbox (Photo essay)… A radiant beauty stared at the lovers and those who wished they were. Friends comforted each other, holding hands when necessary. The old and weary rested near the young. The teenagers hung out and made bad decisions; the mother and father loved their child forever. The yellow mums gave up the ghost while the snowcap …

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October 5, 2017
by jenniferpuryear

And the Nobel Goes to – Kazuo Ishiguro!

In a return to sanity, the Nobel Committee has chosen British novelist Kazuo Ishiguro as this year’s winner of the Nobel Prize in Literature! He must be particularly thrilled to follow someone he’s called his “hero” – Bob Dylan.   Ishiguro was born in Japan in 1954, but his family moved to England in 1960. From an exceptional article in The Guardian: “Ishiguro attended the local …

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