Bacon on the Bookshelf

Savory picks for the free range reader

March 31, 2021
by jenniferpuryear

Halfinated and It Feels So Good

“All is swell here, I’m halfinated,” my friend Don texted last week – and I think he’s come up with the cleverest word I’ve heard in a long time. They’re giving out shots like candy in Georgia where my daughters live. Both girls – in their 20s – are now halfinated. As are more and more people I know. My friend Carrington came over a …

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March 18, 2021
by jenniferpuryear

Coming Home from the Moon, feat. A.A. Milne

I lived on the moon for a while With the dusty dune-dwelling sparrows And odd signs and symbols, ever-shifting. One time I saw a purple balloon That had made it all the way to the moon But mostly I dwelt in sand and clouds, alone. Then it was time to come home. Green had happened while I was gone – And Blue – And Pink …

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March 4, 2021
by jenniferpuryear

The Yellow Pail

I walked too far on a cold, grey day – all the way to the Portman house. It’s a local landmark for obvious reasons. There was nothing to be done except walk back, the hardware in my left ankle moaning. Or at least complaining. These are some things I saw… A boy, alone, rode his bicycle While two small castles returned to dust. A yellow …

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March 3, 2021
by jenniferpuryear

Skeletons on the Shore

Walking slowly – ankles aching – you tend to see the small things on the shore. Each shell a death – they delight and enchant. I can’t quite wrap my mind around that. Is it something to do with mortality – the big picture – what we leave behind, un(in)tended? In the right light it’s all beautiful. (Sounds like I’m lit; sadly not.) I imagine a beach scattered …

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February 17, 2021
by jenniferpuryear

What We See in the Snow…

Ash Wednesday invites reflection on sin, suffering, and grace. A massive winter storm invites reflection as well. Our world is transformed by snow and ice. Today’s Bacon features photos from around town as well as a Lenten devotional recommendation from my friend Jane Anne…                               A        

January 29, 2021
by jenniferpuryear

Daisy and the Eternal Questions

 On a strangely warm morning in January, Pepper and Daisy and I puttered around the yard before the torrential rains came. The hairy bittercress had sent up its small, sturdy, white-flowering stalks in various locations.  The tiny blue blossoms of Birdeye speedwell had opened in the rock garden. “Look at the pretty weeds of January!” I said to the girls.  “Why are they called weeds, …

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January 15, 2021
by jenniferpuryear

When, Near the End of Day…

For my friend who has suffered a profound loss, and for anyone lost… For the Interim Time by John O’Donohue When near the end of day, life has drained Out of light, and it is too soon For the mind of night to have darkened things, No place looks like itself, loss of outline Makes everything look strangely in-between, Unsure of what has been, or …

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January 1, 2021
by jenniferpuryear

Bitter-Sweet

Happy New Year, friends! Here’s a poem/prayer by George Herbert to start the year, either reverent or irreverent – you decide – Bitter-Sweet Ah my dear angry Lord Since those dost love, yet strike; Cast down, yet help afford; Sure I will do the like. I will complain, yet praise; I will bewail, approve: And all my sour-sweet days I will lament, and love.   …

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