Bacon on the Bookshelf

Savory picks for the free range reader

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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May 15, 2021
by jenniferpuryear

The Curse of Jonah (Or: Two Tales of Colonial Gas)

  Sometimes I am really late to the party. Will someone please text me when there is important breaking news? I didn’t realize until Wednesday afternoon that Colonial Gas supplied Nashville. When my younger daughter told me, we drove to the Green Hills Kroger and filled up (only regular gas available, and not at every pump). We were due to leave for Atlanta the next …

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May 9, 2021
by jenniferpuryear

Mother’s Day Special

Another day, another tooth to be pulled at the dentist’s office. My teeth didn’t want to fall out. My orthodontist wanted them gone. Each time, my mom would drive me to the office near Broughton High School. I was scared but trying to be brave. I hated the novacaine shot, I hated the wrenching pull, I hated the bloody mouth afterwards. I’d been to this …

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May 7, 2021
by jenniferpuryear

On Courage

We all need courage for the facing of this hour; for the living of these days.  Have a little? Give a little. Need a little? Take a little. This is the way my world works at its best.  Courage moves among us like love – or a virus; it is contagious.  It wants to grow. Everyday courage can be nourished by a book, and last …

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