Bacon on the Bookshelf

Savory picks for the free range reader

August 16, 2020
by jenniferpuryear

Ring the Bells!

Cities across the United States rang bells to celebrate the ratification of the 19th amendment in August of 1920. Though the crucial, tie-breaking vote had taken place in the Tennessee legislature, Nashville remained quiet. A streetcar strike required his full attention, the Mayor said – and that was that. Well goodness it’s about time we rang some bells, friends! The Nashville Public Library is spearheading …

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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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April 3, 2020
by jenniferpuryear

Life in the Time of Corona: Friday Night Lights with the Bainbridges

Book Titles: Permission to Fly, Ladies and Gentlemen, Man's Search for Meaning

It’s 5:00 somewhere… oh, actually here in Nashville! Another Friday night home in the Time of Corona. I’m delighted for Paige and Bill Bainbridge to stop in and share a few laughs – while keeping it real.

March 31, 2020
by jenniferpuryear

Love in the Time of Corona: Signs

  Today my friend Beth Alexander reflects on her trip to Israel a few weeks ago, before the world changed. “Parents permeate the lives of their children,” she writes…

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 28, 2020
by jenniferpuryear

Life in the Time of Corona: Dispatch from Bhutan

Good morning, friends! Please join me in Bhutan as we hear from Nashville native Linda Leaming, who finds much to appreciate in her adopted country and how it is handling Life in the Time of Corona.