Bacon on the Bookshelf

Savory picks for the free range reader

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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June 3, 2018
by jenniferpuryear

Pepper and The Beach Vacation

Hello, Bacon Readers! The Bacon “Top 10 Summer Reads” post is in the works – coming June 14th. In the meanwhile, I’m dreaming of the beach and thinking of one of my adventures with Pepper over Spring Break… There’s nothing like a trip to the beach to lift your spirits. The sun! The surf! Even the rain’s not so bad. Life hums and thrums while …

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May 28, 2018
by jenniferpuryear

Pepper and The Towhee

  A new bird has taken up residence in our yard, and he has troubling tendencies. I’d seen evidence for several weeks – plenty of evidence – but caught him in the act just yesterday. A towhee perched on the passenger side mirror of my car, pecking like crazy, pooping up a storm. Pepper and I were sitting on the front porch, reading and/or relaxing, …

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May 13, 2018
by jenniferpuryear

Mother’s Day Special: In Search of Faith

I ran into Walgreens, frazzled. The day before,  I’d picked up my older daughter and a thousand pounds of dorm room detritus. In a couple of hours, I was leaving to catch a flight to the other daughter’s school. Both daughters – thriving, mostly – nonetheless worried me to death most of the time. I’d just taken the dog to the kennel and was making …

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