Bacon on the Bookshelf

Savory picks for the free range reader

September 22, 2020
by jenniferpuryear

A Day in the Life…

In the morning we rise when Daisy cries. She cries to be released from the crate. I reach in, retrieve her, and she and I go to Pepper’s crate. Daisy bounds in with bunny jumps and face licks and face nips and ear tugs, then we rush outside before she has an accident. When we come in, I serve the girls breakfast. Pepper gets big …

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September 6, 2020
by jenniferpuryear

In My Mother’s Garden

Dear Bacon Friends – I just spent several nights at my parents’ home, and in my mother’s garden the flowers were whispering rather loudly amongst themselves… In the magical garden September Cle – o – me feel bound by the ground so they aim for the sky. Oh sky, Oh sky! Cry September Cle – o – me, We do not know why but we must …

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August 23, 2020
by jenniferpuryear

Right Here, Right Now

Half the time I feel like yelling HELP or EMERGENCY because the virus messes with your head after a while even when you don’t – yourself personally – have the virus.

June 27, 2020
by jenniferpuryear

Saturday Night Special: The Land of the Free and The Home of the Brave

“Nothing good happens after midnight,” we’ve told our daughters over the years. They’re old enough to know that’s not quite the truth. Sometimes the best things happen after midnight! And sometimes, the best things happen in America…

June 2, 2020
by jenniferpuryear

What I Saw By the Sea

A strong wind blew the seas were rough with discontent the sky was blue and the cormorant flew the moment he saw me.

May 30, 2020
by jenniferpuryear

What Are You Waiting For?

I flew from Nashville to Jacksonville, Florida, on Southwest yesterday. I don’t know that guy behind me. But we had a good laugh! There were 143 seats on the plane and 100 passengers, so everyone had a window or an aisle. Masks were required and I saw a lot of cute ones, especially on younger people. The Nashville airport was strangely quiet but by no …

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May 22, 2020
by jenniferpuryear

Friday Night Special: Don’t Give Up

Yesterday I drove to an adjacent county. It is important that my hair remains its *natural color. (“Dad and I think you’ve given up,” said my younger daughter last week. I have not given up.) In other news, my sister’s twins turned 16. On their birthday my sister Cheryl Lloyd posted a poem on Facebook – some gentle life advice to them, if you will. …

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May 19, 2020
by jenniferpuryear

Graduation Special: The Kingfisher

Pepper and I sat outside for a while after the rain passed. I scattered safflower seeds close by and wondered how brave the finches and cardinals might get. (They kept their distance. Ahhh, but they looked!) Pepper and I thought about how a cool green day soothes the spirit, and it came to me – if someone asked me to give a speech on graduation …

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May 13, 2020
by jenniferpuryear

Stranger Things in the Time of Corona

  I feel like I’m getting weirder in the Time of Corona. You? It’s a time for stranger things. Yesterday my dog wouldn’t walk with me. She has grown accustomed to walking with my husband and me together, and she didn’t want him to stay behind. Really she HATED the idea of him staying at home. She and I made it about two houses down …

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