Bacon on the Bookshelf

Savory picks for the free range reader

September 26, 2020
by jenniferpuryear

It’s a Disaster

I’ve got to slow down on the unhealthy coping mechanisms for our times. Specifically, Jeni’s ice cream with breakfast. It probably wouldn’t hurt to turn away the Whispering Angel from time to time. “Challenger,” a new Netflix documentary, served up one kind of distraction this week. It’s enlightening; and awful; and something else too. Something to do with courage. I thought you might want to know …

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September 22, 2020
by jenniferpuryear

A Day in the Life…

In the morning we rise when Daisy cries. She cries to be released from the crate. I reach in, retrieve her, and she and I go to Pepper’s crate. Daisy bounds in with bunny jumps and face licks and face nips and ear tugs, then we rush outside before she has an accident. When we come in, I serve the girls breakfast. Pepper gets big …

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September 13, 2020
by jenniferpuryear

Sunday Morning Special – and Friday Night Lights

Hello Bacon Friends! I hope you wake to a cool Sunday morning with late summer flowers lingering in the yard. I hope you have milk in your refrigerator. I hope you have a good dog – or spouse – or friend by your side today. This Tuesday morning September 15th I’ll speak at First Presbyterian Church, and I hope you might join me virtually or …

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September 6, 2020
by jenniferpuryear

In My Mother’s Garden

Dear Bacon Friends – I just spent several nights at my parents’ home, and in my mother’s garden the flowers were whispering rather loudly amongst themselves… In the magical garden September Cle – o – me feel bound by the ground so they aim for the sky. Oh sky, Oh sky! Cry September Cle – o – me, We do not know why but we must …

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September 2, 2020
by jenniferpuryear

Life in the Time of Corona: Miracles, and Cherae Farmer-Dixon

The other day I loaded Pepper and Daisy into the car along with their boundless energy and enthusiasm. Sometimes it feels like I have four dogs instead of two. We drove to Miss Kitty’s, where Daisy goes to doggy daycare, and I realized that I didn’t have my phone. Hmmm, I thought. Where could that phone be. And how am I going to get Daisy …

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August 30, 2020
by jenniferpuryear

True Grit

My couples’ book club just discussed “True Grit” by Charles Portis, one of the finest, funniest books I’ve ever read. I was out of town for the conversation – DARN – but some of my book club friends were happy to share a few thoughts. After a brief summary and a few Bacon ruminations, I’ll turn it over to Goldilocks and the Hunter, Pulaski and …

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August 23, 2020
by jenniferpuryear

Right Here, Right Now

Half the time I feel like yelling HELP or EMERGENCY because the virus messes with your head after a while even when you don’t – yourself personally – have the virus.

August 19, 2020
by jenniferpuryear

In the Dog Days of August…

In the dog days of August – and the double-dog days of Covid 19 – we seek solace where we can. You might find me eating Jeni’s Buttermint ice cream or watering the flowers obsessively. My older daughter and I have been watching a lot of Grey’s Anatomy while she recovers from a tonsillectomy, but I’m thinking we could have made a better choice. “It’s …

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August 16, 2020
by jenniferpuryear

Ring the Bells!

Cities across the United States rang bells to celebrate the ratification of the 19th amendment in August of 1920. Though the crucial, tie-breaking vote had taken place in the Tennessee legislature, Nashville remained quiet. A streetcar strike required his full attention, the Mayor said – and that was that. Well goodness it’s about time we rang some bells, friends! The Nashville Public Library is spearheading …

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