Bacon on the Bookshelf

Savory picks for the free range reader

February 14, 2021
by jenniferpuryear

Some Say Love…

Happy Valentine’s Day, dear Bacon friends! Let’s consider – today – the rose. A rose – in particular – imagined by Magritte in his watercolor, Utopia. “Few flowers carry as much cultural significance as the rose… [it] has been used to symbolize a multitude of concepts and ideals, from war to peace and everything in between. Perhaps part of the rose’s universal allure is the …

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February 10, 2021
by jenniferpuryear

Aggravations and Consolations, feat. Todd Jones

Yesterday was full of aggravations and concerns. The Lenten roses – in their humility, peacefulness, and acceptance of their particular geography – seemed to understand something I didn’t. The pansies, on the other hand? We were on the same page. I was reminded – as if one needs reminding – that almost every single thing is out of my control. Including each person I love …

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January 31, 2021
by jenniferpuryear

Sunday with Sean: Top 10

If you want to know a person, figure out what aggravates them. For Sean Kinch? “My hips creak when I run, clever mice in our basement have learned how to avoid traps, Balzac wrote too many novels, and I have no memory whatsoever of the summer of 1990. None.” I’m waiting for this book to be written, Sean!! In the meanwhile, I’m so delighted for …

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January 29, 2021
by jenniferpuryear

Daisy and the Eternal Questions

 On a strangely warm morning in January, Pepper and Daisy and I puttered around the yard before the torrential rains came. The hairy bittercress had sent up its small, sturdy, white-flowering stalks in various locations.  The tiny blue blossoms of Birdeye speedwell had opened in the rock garden. “Look at the pretty weeds of January!” I said to the girls.  “Why are they called weeds, …

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January 24, 2021
by jenniferpuryear

On the Best Days, feat. Deena Drummond

On the best days, words fail the gleaming – fading – world.   A tiny songbird with a yellow stripe on her head visits the old spruce tree. She hops from one branch to another, eyeballing me. I’ve never seen her like before – and maybe I never will again. Even the darkest clouds are illuminated. On those days “sorrow and love flow mingled down” …

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January 17, 2021
by jenniferpuryear

3 Good Gifts, feat. Betsy Davies, Tracy Kornet, Shelby Moody

My friend Shelby Moody recently gave me a small devotional called “A Moment with God,” by Betsy Davies. Betsy made it on Shutterfly – it’s a personal collection of photographs and meditations that she put together following the passing of her husband last year. I love the way she talks about wind… The tree outside my window is still, there appears to be no wind. …

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January 6, 2021
by jenniferpuryear

Whiskers on Kittens

Staying sane in the time of corona has gotten easier in some ways and harder in others. I find myself Really Impatient in the home stretch.  ML Davis stops in at Bacon today with some good energy and reading recommendations, including a terrific 25 cent purchase. I’m in a better mood already! *      *      * Thank you for spending some time …

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September 26, 2020
by jenniferpuryear

It’s a Disaster…

Not talking about the debate. It was hard to watch, yes. But I hope and believe our republic will survive. Last week my husband and I saw a new Netflix documentary, “Challenger: The Final Flight.” It’s enlightening; fascinating; awful; and something else too. Something to do with courage. I thought you might want to know about it… Where were you when the Challenger exploded? I …

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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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