Bacon on the Bookshelf

Savory picks for the free range reader

June 30, 2020
by jenniferpuryear

Go America, Beat Corona!

July 4th is an All-American opportunity for the entrepreneurs among us! This year, in particular, many will also reflect on the ways we must continue to improve as a country. On the ways we have failed. Today I would love to spotlight and honor some wonderful traditions, a terrific family, and the beautiful truth – I believe – that we are all in this together. …

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June 28, 2020
by jenniferpuryear

Kalinda Fisher, the 4th of July, and The Great Reset…

This week I’ll feature a variety of folks thinking about life in America in the time of corona, and I’m happy for Kalinda Fisher to lead us off! She has one of the coolest July 4th stories I’ve ever heard. And such an earnest, hopeful voice. Sometimes – in moments I’m not proud of – I am tempted to despair for our country. But not …

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June 27, 2020
by jenniferpuryear

Getting a Handle on 2020: Guest Post from 2 Cece’s

“Wherever there are four Episcopal priests, there is always a fifth,” it has been noted, with a sly smile. In particular, Mary Laurie Cece’s father used to say this (an Episcopal priest and college professor himself). Mary Laurie recently recounted this to her four grown kids, living at home. “What’s a fifth?” one of them asked.  For those under 25: it’s a handle. These are the …

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June 25, 2020
by jenniferpuryear

The Vanishing Half: Guest Post by Mary Raymond

The ever-thoughtful Mary Raymond returns to Bacon today with her review of Brit Bennett’s new novel, The Vanishing Half. I didn’t love Bennett’s debut work, The Mothers, but Mary makes a strong case for The Vanishing Half. I value Mary’s voice, and I think she values mine. We are friends who can talk about politics, and not entirely agree, and still love each other. From Mary: Brit Bennett’s …

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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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