Bacon on the Bookshelf

Savory picks for the free range reader

July 9, 2022
by jenniferpuryear

The Inner Voice of Love

A friend of mine shared some profound life advice with me yesterday. “You cannot hate yourself into change,” she said.  “Wow – that’s deep. The idea that maybe you could love yourself into the changes you want to see. I don’t think I’ve ever tried that. I want to think about what that might look like,” I said. “Where did you read that, or hear …

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July 2, 2022
by jenniferpuryear

For Every Parent Who Fails

Dear William: A Father’s Memoir of Addiction, Recovery, Love, and Loss, by David Magee, came to me on the wings of a friend’s recommendation. The epigraph reads: “For every child who is lost and every parent who has lost a child.” I would say it is for every parent who has done their best. And has, in some ways, failed. (Is that all of us?) …

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June 18, 2022
by jenniferpuryear

When Covid Came Calling

Covid came calling, an unwelcome suitor, but some part of me said yes. (Isn’t that always the way? Be careful, I tell my daughters.) He brought all manner of unpleasantness. I felt pretty low. A friend brought sprigs of mint and flowers in a jar, and I realized that Covid had taken away my sense of smell. That made me mad. I’ve been showing him …

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February 19, 2022
by jenniferpuryear

You Are Here *For Now

  It’s Saturday morning – dark, early – and I’m in a hotel room in the desert. I’m eating a Twix bar in bed and drinking English Breakfast tea. A tiny fire burns in the tiny fireplace, fed by a fake log.  That’s my Here, that’s my Now, and I’m not thinking about the fires burning in my life.  Friends help. God helps. God helps …

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January 29, 2022
by jenniferpuryear

What Is Life Showing Me Now?

Book Title: The Awakened Brain

Is it possible to see yourself and the world anew, from a broader perspective, honoring a deep “inner knowing” that we all possess? Lisa Miller makes a powerful case for it in The Awakened Brain: The New Science of Spirituality and Our Quest for an Inspired Life.  The title sounds New-Agey. The book is anything but. The author, Lisa Miller, holds joint appointments in the department …

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January 8, 2022
by jenniferpuryear

The Boxwoods and The Bus

In the hush and glory of this week’s snow, I worry about the boxwoods. Their burdened boughs bend to extremes. De-formed, the bushes no longer resemble themselves. Wretched and wrecked, they need some relief, and soon. And yet – each moment, each hour – they bear this extraordinary weight.  They bend as they wait for sun and for rain. The green boughs of the boxwoods hold. …

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August 1, 2021
by jenniferpuryear

Order, Chaos, and Change: Guest Post by Patricia Eastwood

Patricia Eastwood returns to Bacon today with a lovely meditation on the mad, mad world (and two books she’s read recently). From Patricia: Some things seem so routine – the rhythm of the tides, traffic, me walking to my mother’s refrigerator every time I enter her kitchen. If I think about any of these things hard enough – with a critical eye and mind – …

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