Bacon on the Bookshelf

Savory picks for the free range reader

April 18, 2021
by jenniferpuryear

When the Heart Waits (feat. Sue Monk Kidd)

In pajamas, I slipped downstairs for a breakfast of champions.  I passed my father’s bedroom. He was awake, lying in bed with his hands behind his head. “Good morning, Jennifer!” he called out, as I paused in the door. “When did you get here?” he asked.  “Last night,” I answered, so as not to upset him. “We’re so glad you’re here,” he said, and in …

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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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