Bacon on the Bookshelf

Savory picks for the free range reader

February 28, 2021
by jenniferpuryear

Chatter, feat. Mary Raymond

Bacon Celebrity Mary Raymond stops in today with her thoughts on Chatter: The Voice in Our Head, Why It Matters, and How to Harness It.  I have some reservations about the book’s title. It feels kind-of – I don’t know – slick. But I have no reservations about Mary at all. And I’m interested in quieting the negative voices in my head. I asked Mary …

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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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February 17, 2021
by jenniferpuryear

What We See in the Snow…

Ash Wednesday invites reflection on sin, suffering, and grace. A massive winter storm invites reflection as well. Our world is transformed by snow and ice. Today’s Bacon features photos from around town as well as a Lenten devotional recommendation from my friend Jane Anne…                               A        

February 10, 2021
by jenniferpuryear

Aggravations and Consolations, feat. Todd Jones

Yesterday was full of aggravations and concerns. The Lenten roses – in their humility, peacefulness, and acceptance of their particular geography – seemed to understand something I didn’t. The pansies, on the other hand? We were on the same page. I was reminded – as if one needs reminding – that almost every single thing is out of my control. Including each person I love …

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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 17, 2021
by jenniferpuryear

3 Good Gifts, feat. Betsy Davies, Tracy Kornet, Shelby Moody

My friend Shelby Moody recently gave me a small devotional called “A Moment with God,” by Betsy Davies. Betsy made it on Shutterfly – it’s a personal collection of photographs and meditations that she put together following the passing of her husband last year. I love the way she talks about wind… The tree outside my window is still, there appears to be no wind. …

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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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