Bacon on the Bookshelf

Savory picks for the free range reader

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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November 8, 2020
by jenniferpuryear

And Now We Exhale

And now – we exhale. It seems the perfect moment to check in with Mary Raymond, in between one place and another herself. She moved not too long ago and has been figuring out furniture, paint, the rest. Her bookshelves.      *     *     * “What got you thinking about your ideal bookshelf, Mary?” I asked. “Well, Jennifer, it started, as …

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October 29, 2020
by jenniferpuryear

On Kindness

  I’ve seen a lot of kindness the last 6 days, after taking a spill with Daisy the puppy on the stairs while spending a weekend away. A surgeon in Nashville repaired the 3 broken bones in my left ankle, adding some shiny new hardware and reattaching a tendon; the 2 breaks in the right foot will heal on their own in a boot. In the meanwhile – immobilized, …

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