Bacon on the Bookshelf

Savory picks for the free range reader

August 1, 2021
by jenniferpuryear

Order, Chaos, and Change: Guest Post by Patricia Eastwood

Patricia Eastwood returns to Bacon today with a lovely meditation on the mad, mad world (and two books she’s read recently). From Patricia: Some things seem so routine – the rhythm of the tides, traffic, me walking to my mother’s refrigerator every time I enter her kitchen. If I think about any of these things hard enough – with a critical eye and mind – …

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July 16, 2021
by jenniferpuryear

Soft Core Book Store

It began innocently enough. She walked into a bookstore, a famous one… The green carpet had seen better days. It almost had a seedy feel, that carpet. Like it should have been in a roadside motel.  It had seen a little THIS, it had seen a little THAT –  It could read between the lines – and so could she.  It all seemed a little predictable.  …

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June 13, 2021
by jenniferpuryear

After The Fire

It started in the attic, where a fan shorted out.  “It then caught the HVAC ductwork on fire and followed it like a fuse,” Matt texted. He and his wife Mary were visiting their older daughter in Atlanta at the time. Their home suffered extensive damage. He and Mary are living at a Residence Inn. Matt was able to save three books… “Yeah the rest …

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May 30, 2021
by jenniferpuryear

Summer Reading 2021: Pure Imagination 🌈

I’m dreaming of Dandelion Wine and Tokyo nights; of rock bands and robots; of love. I’m dreaming of happily ever after; of journeys, and childhood, and home. I’m sailing to a world of pure imagination in these Top Five Summer Reads… please join me! Top Pick: Dandelion Wine, by Ray Bradbury From the Wall Street Journal: …[W]hen we asked our news­letter sub­scribers to name a sin­gle book that cap­tures …

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February 21, 2021
by jenniferpuryear

Life, uh, Finds a Way…

  My friend Mary Jo Shankle has found her way – perhaps her calling – during the pandemic. Here’s what she has to say. Thank you for spending some time in the Bacon Neighborhood today, Mary Jo! It’s a beautiful day in the neighborhood because you’re here. Let’s start at Monteagle – an hour away, as the car drives – and yet also a world …

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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 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 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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