Bacon on the Bookshelf

Savory picks for the free range reader

July 29, 2020
by jenniferpuryear

Ice Cream Friendships – and Kickin’ Up Dust

My friend and neighbor Mary Jo came over and helped me kill a large bug a few days ago. I could tell it was a smart, savvy, creative insect, and I sensed that it might elude me with its speed and mad skills. It glared at me from a tricky location – where the sunroom wall meets the ceiling. Thank you, Mary Jo, for helping …

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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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April 22, 2020
by jenniferpuryear

Jerry Williams, Tricia Carswell, and How to Catch a Mole

“I’m not sure I will choose my old pace on the other side,” says Tricia. “I’m surprised by how easily we gave up some of our personal freedoms, like freedom of assembly, though there’s nothing like a pandemic to get one’s attention,” says Jerry. “We won’t ‘unshelter’ perfectly, but overall I like what I see,” says Tricia. “Well, I’m in awe of Dr. Birx’s scarves,” …

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April 5, 2020
by jenniferpuryear

Sunday Night Special: But I Washed My Hands!!!

What little kid in the history of the universe has ever wanted to wash her hands? I remember distinctly hoisting up my 2 or 3 year old daughter Ruth at the downstairs sink – to wash her hands – while she screamed bloody murder and I pretty much did too. It was not my finest hour. Parents need all the help they can get. Karyn …

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March 29, 2020
by jenniferpuryear

Life in the Time of Corona: Sunday Morning with Farrell

  I am always learning the same thing: there is no other way to live than this, still, and grateful, and full of longing. Eric Gamalinda, 1956 Farrell Mason brings her beautiful gifts to Bacon today with a meditation on fear, upheaval and faith in the Time of Corona. She and her husband have six kids at home… if she can stay sane, we all …

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March 21, 2020
by jenniferpuryear

Life in the Time of Corona: Chicken and Sancerre

Book Title: Impractical Thinking

Good morning, friends! I’m delighted for poet Arne Weingart to answer interview questions from Chicago at Bacon today. He writes about God and despair, chicken and Sancerre, among other aspects of Life in the Time of Corona. You might have seen his poem “Joe Namath at Whole Foods” a few days ago. I am also relieved to share some good news. Day 10 seems to …

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