Bacon on the Bookshelf

Savory picks for the free range reader

December 8, 2019
by jenniferpuryear

Duty

Would it be wrong to share a non-holiday themed poem this morning, one that’s kind-of sad and kind-of beautiful? I can’t seem to find my way into a book this month, but I’ve always got time for a poem on the fly. I keep “The Best American Poetry 2019” laying around the house. It travels here and there. I often forget where I’ve left it, so it’s a pleasant surprise when I happen upon it. Today’s poem is about the stories we tell, again and again, to others – and to ourselves.

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November 28, 2019
by jenniferpuryear

Thanksgiving Special: The Testaments

I hope you find yourself in the company of people you like today, even if they sometimes make you crazy; I hope you find yourself at a bountiful table!

I hope you enjoy a delicious Pinot Noir with your turkey – or sweet tea, if that’s your pleasure. I hope the marshmallows on your sweet potato casserole are perfectly puffed and browned.

I hope the perfect is not the enemy of the good today.

I hope you’ve saved a seat at the table for the most generous guest of the day – patience.

I hope you can greet the sorrows and regrets that come knocking at the door and say – hello, there is even room for you here. I can live with you.

I hope happiness slips in the side door when no one is looking.

The only guest I hope you turn away is the lean spirit of bitterness. 

I hope you ask for what you need today, whether that is help in the kitchen or more kindness in your home. 

I hope you get to watch that football game. Or take that nap. 

I hope that gratitude comes quietly and finds you where you are.

I hope that you feel love – and loved – today.

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