Bacon on the Bookshelf

Savory picks for the free range reader

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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March 17, 2020
by jenniferpuryear

Life in the Time of Corona: Stocking Up on Optimism

I asked my friend and neighbor Mary Jo Shankle to send a few photos for today’s post. “OK now that I am finished sheltering in place (meaning 45 minutes soaking in the tub with a double pour) I will look,” she texted back. I can’t wait for you to see them.    Today, Mary Jo answers a few questions for Bacon as we all try …

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March 16, 2020
by jenniferpuryear

Love in the Time of Corona: Cheetos. A closed door. Books, and music.

My husband called me on my cell phone. He lay in our bed, feverish but not at death’s door, while I sat in the kitchen. “I hate to bother you,” he said, “but would you mind bringing me a ration of cheetos?” I smiled, power-mad perhaps. Also more than happy to deliver cheeto joy. The man loves them. And I love him. “Of course, dear,” …

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March 14, 2020
by jenniferpuryear

Life in the Time of Coronavirus

I’m beginning a series at Bacon right now – “Life in the Time of Coronavirus” – with installments each day for the next few weeks. I’m doing this at least in part to distract and occupy myself. My husband is in quarantine in our house with fever and body aches. He’ll be fine! There’s no reason to think otherwise. Our oldest daughter – with her …

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March 13, 2020
by jenniferpuryear

Not Being Able to Govern Events, I Govern Myself

I learned a couple of nights ago that my daughters will not be returning to class at Emory University after Spring Break. They’ll be distance-learning for the rest of the semester instead, and they are not happy about it. In other news, my husband came back from Florida feeling not quite right, with a fever. The fever is gone and he never had a cough, …

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