Bacon on the Bookshelf

Savory picks for the free range reader

August 14, 2020
by jenniferpuryear

Letter to a Bookseller

I’ve been trying to write something about Keltie Hays Peay for days as a way to honor her memory. Many of you who shop at Parnassus in Nashville know Keltie as a golden-haired goddess of a bookseller. Things you might not know about her? She graduated from Harvard back in the day. She practiced law for nearly 20 years. I only knew Keltie for a …

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August 12, 2020
by jenniferpuryear

If Life is a Highway…

“Puppy for sale. Looks like something bought at Cracker Barrel. Ankle biter, toy stealer, attention hound, cry baby. Pees in house. Price: $1, negotiable. Contact Pepper@BaconOnTheBookshelf.” It’s rough going at our house if you want some peace and quiet.  But if you’re in the mood for a party, you’ve come to the right place! We’ve got wild days and long nights. Rampant mischief and creative …

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August 9, 2020
by jenniferpuryear

Getting the Job Done in the Time of Corona

I think I’m getting the job done in the Time of Corona – tending the dogs and the mostly grown kids and the new flower beds, trying to be an encouragement to those around me. Daisy Baby is a big help with the flowers. I’m finding contentment close to home – often – despite the worries and the despair at the ways I fail and …

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August 5, 2020
by jenniferpuryear

Solving Problems in the Time of Corona

One problem I’ve solved in the Time of Corona is how to stay busy… her name is Daisy. In truth she creates as many problems as she solves, but on balance – I’ll keep her! Or our daughter Ruth will reclaim her, once Ruth is feeling better. Or my mother-in-law will adopt her. We might share fractional interests in the puppy. It’s also possible that …

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August 2, 2020
by jenniferpuryear

Sunday Morning Special with Mary Oliver

Dear Bacon Friends – I can’t run the interview planned for this morning due to a minor technical problem, but I’m happy to share a couple of beautiful poems from Mary Oliver’s collection A Thousand Mornings. These poems ask (me) the right questions… maybe you too…

July 29, 2020
by jenniferpuryear

Ice Cream Friendships – and Kickin’ Up Dust

My friend and neighbor Mary Jo came over and helped me kill a large bug a few days ago. I could tell it was a smart, savvy, creative insect, and I sensed that it might elude me with its speed and mad skills. It glared at me from a tricky location – where the sunroom wall meets the ceiling. Thank you, Mary Jo, for helping …

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July 26, 2020
by jenniferpuryear

In a Pink Haze

I begin my days in a pink haze of sunrise and heavy humidity and stillness – except that Baby Daisy is not still, she has woken me and we are outside because it is time to get the day going and she is full of the joy of the day already.  Yesterday afternoon I noticed a “palmetto bug” creeping from my dining room towards the …

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July 4, 2020
by jenniferpuryear

Saturday Night Special with the Allens: Celebrate Good Times (Come On)!

Tonight’s interview concludes the 4th of July series at Bacon; thanks for joining me! (I’ll be taking a little time off following tonight’s post – back before long). I’m delighted to wrap things up with Lawson and Mary Lauren Allen and their celebration of the 4th, Center Hill Lake style…

July 3, 2020
by jenniferpuryear

God Bless America – and Marina Lien

In today’s installment of the “4th of July” series, Dr. Marina Lien speaks her mind, from the heart… I’m in awe.