Bacon on the Bookshelf

Savory picks for the free range reader

June 16, 2020
by jenniferpuryear

Nick Zeppos & Lydia Howarth: Life in the Time of Retirement

Vanderbilt Chancellor Emeritus Nick Zeppos and his wife Lydia Howarth are figuring out life in the time of retirement, corona-style. Lydia’s doodling during Zoom calls and “expanding her gardening empire”; Nick’s grilling and chilling and getting ready to teach law again in the fall. They’re both worried about the state of affairs in our country, a lot; they’re both eating fewer carbs. You won’t be …

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June 14, 2020
by jenniferpuryear

Sunday Special: Voices of Gratitude

This morning I’d love to share two songs with you – “For the Beauty of the Earth” performed by a combined men’s chorus in Taiwan, and “Breathe in Hope” performed by Vox Grata women’s choir in Nashville. I sang John Rutter’s “For the Beauty of the Earth” with my high school choir, and the melody still finds me from time to time. It gives me …

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June 13, 2020
by jenniferpuryear

Saturday Morning Special: A Little Princess

Beth Alexander stops in at Bacon today with a radiant essay on a favorite children’s book. She makes me want to stay in bed and read – to ignore the glorious summer morning and the flowers that need watering and the laundry that needs doing and the bills that need paying.  (Perhaps I shall read in bed, for just a little while, perhaps a book …

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June 9, 2020
by jenniferpuryear

“Perched on the Strange Cusp of History”: Hope, Despair, Science, Love, Quaran-Streaming…

I sometimes feel despair when I read the news in the morning. Maybe you’re feeling it too, but for different reasons. Can you and I possibly get to a place of collective hope? Where we can together be proud of our country and also have the energy to keep forming a more perfect union? “We’ll get through this,” said one of my friends. And I …

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June 7, 2020
by jenniferpuryear

Sunday Morning Special: It Is Well With My Soul

Only watch this video if you want to cry. I suppose I thank God for tears. The Nashville studio musician collective “Ten Two Six” recorded this version of “It Is Well With My Soul” by cell phone some weeks ago. I am reminded of what a stunningly beautiful and harmonious city and country we can be – and that we are – in many ways. …

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June 4, 2020
by jenniferpuryear

Great Reads for Time Travelers

My friend Gray Thornburg sent me an article from “National Geographic” featuring the favorite travel reads of several bestselling authors. The authors were scheduled to speak at the Hay Festival in Wales this month (the Festival went digital instead – beautifully!). Five of the books sound so enchanting – gentle invitations to imagine a different time and place and to reflect on essential virtues of …

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