Bacon on the Bookshelf

Savory picks for the free range reader

March 7, 2021
by jenniferpuryear

Sunday Afternoon Special

One of these things is not like the other… The dissing of Dr. Seuss; Megxit; Avril Lavigne’s first hit:   Pure magic: Yes, it’s a book “on dogs”. But mostly it’s a book about E.B. White. Hearing his voice this week made me smile and inspired that most treasured of emotions – wonder. I want to share it with you! I want to give it to …

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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 14, 2021
by jenniferpuryear

Some Say Love…

Happy Valentine’s Day, dear Bacon friends! Let’s consider – today – the rose. A rose – in particular – imagined by Magritte in his watercolor, Utopia. “Few flowers carry as much cultural significance as the rose… [it] has been used to symbolize a multitude of concepts and ideals, from war to peace and everything in between. Perhaps part of the rose’s universal allure is the …

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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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January 3, 2021
by jenniferpuryear

3 Years of New Year’s Resolutions…

My friend Patricia Eastwood stops in today with a funny and heartfelt reflection on 3 years of New Year’s resolutions, plus a book recommendation. I’m starting the book tomorrow, if not sooner! It sounds so intriguing and thought-provoking for January of 2021… From Patricia: For the past three years, I have come up with a New Year’s resolution that I felt might make some kind of positive change …

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September 26, 2020
by jenniferpuryear

It’s a Disaster…

Not talking about the debate. It was hard to watch, yes. But I hope and believe our republic will survive. Last week my husband and I saw a new Netflix documentary, “Challenger: The Final Flight.” It’s enlightening; fascinating; awful; and something else too. Something to do with courage. I thought you might want to know about it… Where were you when the Challenger exploded? I …

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