Bacon on the Bookshelf

Savory picks for the free range reader

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: Saturday Night Special with The Pattons

Book Titles: The Body, Daisy Jones & The Six

My friend Kristen Weaver spotted this driver and his cargo on Belle Meade Boulevard in Nashville yesterday. Camo + Angel Soft is a good look in the Time of Corona. Thanks for sending the photo, Kristen! For another good chuckle, please enjoy this Saturday night special with Robin and Richard Patton. Cheers, friends!!

March 27, 2020
by jenniferpuryear

Life in the Time of Corona: Friday Night Special with the Mays

How are you spending your Friday night in the Time of Corona? My husband and daughter and I will watch a “Parks & Rec,” then she will run away to her room and my husband and I will watch the season opener of “Ozark.” The dog will join us for both shows. Things are a little – quiet. And I am grateful for that! But …

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March 26, 2020
by jenniferpuryear

Life in the Time of Corona: I Lift My Eyes

  Today’s post is brought to you by poet Margaret Widdemer (1884-1978), my friend Mary Jo Shankle, my friend Patricia Eastwood, and the local trees. Have you ever heard of Margaret Widdemer? Me either. She shared what is now the Pulitzer with Carl Sandburg in 1918; he was recognized for “Cornhuskers” and she for “The Old Road to Paradise.” I’m going to try to get …

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March 25, 2020
by jenniferpuryear

Life in the Time of Corona: ZOOM! With Tom and Dana Sherrard

Book Titles: The 13th Valley, The Coldest Winter

I spent much of yesterday on the phone – well, on Zoom calls – using my iPad. Zoom is the coolest thing I’ve seen in the Time of Corona, and it’s something you might enjoy using too! I’m in deep with two arts organizations, and several Zoom calls were scheduled for the day. I wasn’t sure I could figure out the technology.   I’m happy to …

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March 24, 2020
by jenniferpuryear

Life in the Time of Corona: Notes from Washington, D.C.

Yesterday morning my husband came out of our bedroom for the first time in 12 days. I was a little worried about how things would work, post-quarantine. We had gotten into a pretty good Corona routine: he stayed in bed with a fever and tried not to die while I brought him meals on trays with flowers and worried and prayed. I had the rest …

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March 23, 2020
by jenniferpuryear

Life in the Time of Corona: Shelter in Place

Book Titles: First: Sandra Day O'Connor, The Mirror and The Light, Talking to Strangers

At the risk of stating the obvious: good things are happening every day, even as most of us wonder whether we’re facing a best case or worst case scenario, as described by Nicholas Kristof in his New York Times column Sunday. (Perhaps most likely something in between?) Nashville just got the news that we’ll be sheltering in place for 14 days at least. One of the …

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March 20, 2020
by jenniferpuryear

Life in the Time of Corona: Julie Frist and The Importance of Frozen Pizza

Book Titles: The Splendid and The Vile, Beartown

Several of you have asked about my oldest daughter in Atlanta – corona positive – and husband in Nashville – presumed positive. Thank you so much for your care and concern and love. They are doing okay! Most importantly, not worse. Our daughter has had a cough, fever, and tightness of chest for 9 days. She and her roommate remain about the same, together in …

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March 18, 2020
by jenniferpuryear

Life in the Time of Corona: The Food Issue

Book Titles: Lady in Waiting, The Cutout Girl

I’ve spent more time in the kitchen in the past couple of weeks than I have in the past year. Cooking in my kitchen, that is. Cooking also includes rewarming, in my opinion. I am not proud of this. Today’s Bacon brings you several tasty treats… a curated list of high quality Nashville food delivery options, a speed date interview with Betsy and Ridley Wills …

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