Bacon on the Bookshelf

Savory picks for the free range reader

November 21, 2018
by jenniferpuryear

Thanksgiving Special: What Our Eyes See

This time of year my eyes find the leaves. Just like the people who go to Gatlinburg in the fall and every amateur poet who’s ever lived and I think maybe just about everyone else. We’re all in this together! I am reminded that all is transitory and transforms, no matter how much we might wish otherwise. Today’s Bacon features leaf photography from my yard …

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November 4, 2018
by jenniferpuryear

Testify

I was thrilled when the Headmaster of my daughters’ boarding school asked me to give a chapel talk on the topic “Why Read” over Parents Weekend. What a lovely invitation! What an honor! I worked quite hard to write a speech that I thought might be interesting to parents and students.

September 30, 2018
by jenniferpuryear

Pepper and The Fall of the Great Black Oak

On a hot, still day in September – a day that did not feel like autumn – the Great Black Oak in the backyard fell. It had grown at an angle most of its life, stretching out over the Rock Garden and an ancient gnarled hackberry and some pink dogwoods. When it came down, drawn finally to earth, it broke the old hackberry and took …

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August 20, 2018
by jenniferpuryear

Pepper and The Genetic Test

“What kind of dog is she?” asked the friendly woman at the kennel where I take Pepper for Doggy Daycare. She was picking up her dog too. I’ve only been asked about a thousand times, and I never have just the right answer. “She is – a black dog. We tell her all the time that she won the genetic lottery,” I said, smiling, as …

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July 22, 2018
by jenniferpuryear

Ten Things to Bring to Beijing

Today’s photo essay features a few things I learned in Beijing over the last two weeks. It was both fantastic and disorienting to live for a while in a city of 22 million people, the vast majority of whom do not speak English and whose cultural background includes emperors and concubines and Mao, Buddha and Confucius and the Tao. President Xi Jinping has just secured …

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June 6, 2018
by jenniferpuryear

kate spade

Sometimes the world reminds us of the hidden sadness all around us, even (especially?) in unexpected places. The thought of Kate Spade ending her life with a red scarf is shocking and awful. Here’s my contribution to the mourning – a minor poem, in a minor key. kate spade   Kate Brosnahan from Kansas City used her boyfriend’s name for the handbag she made the …

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