Bacon on the Bookshelf

Savory picks for the free range reader

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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May 8, 2020
by jenniferpuryear

Life in the Time of Corona: Pepper and Hunter

My husband and I walk our dog Pepper in the neighborhood every day in the Time of Corona. This is new for us. In the last several weeks we’ve encountered ducks, geese, a wild turkey, a dog on the lam, walkers, runners, and moms and dads with their wild offspring in the yard. We’ve seen a venomous snake in a creek where a grandfather and …

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April 30, 2020
by jenniferpuryear

Downtown Nashville: What We Found in the Time of Corona

My cousin Christina and I enjoyed a socially distant walk a few days ago. It was the first time I’d walked with a girlfriend in weeks. She lives in the Gulch, so we met there and walked through her urban neighborhood then downtown. We might have jaywalked some – extreme jaywalking – which felt strangely exhilirating. I’d like to share some photos, and what we …

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April 23, 2020
by jenniferpuryear

Life in the Time of Corona: What I Carried

I’ve been proud of my mother, a sociable sort, who has not left her house in weeks in the time of corona. She’s being extra careful since my Dad is a diabetic and has other health issues. I’ve been proud of my husband’s mother, planning her weekly outing to the grocery store judiciously, walking every day. Neither of them complains. They have simply – adjusted. …

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March 21, 2020
by jenniferpuryear

Life in the Time of Corona: Chicken and Sancerre

Book Title: Impractical Thinking

Good morning, friends! I’m delighted for poet Arne Weingart to answer interview questions from Chicago at Bacon today. He writes about God and despair, chicken and Sancerre, among other aspects of Life in the Time of Corona. You might have seen his poem “Joe Namath at Whole Foods” a few days ago. I am also relieved to share some good news. Day 10 seems to …

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March 19, 2020
by jenniferpuryear

Life in the Time of Corona: Joe Namath at Whole Foods

Book Title: Unpractical Thinking

We’re all thinking more about our trips to the grocery store, right? I made a quick trip to my local Kroger at 10 am yesterday, and though there weren’t many shoppers, I still felt – you know – concerned. The shelves were pretty decimated, certainly of popular items. That being said, no one is going to starve in Nashville, Tennessee based on what I saw. …

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March 14, 2020
by jenniferpuryear

Life in the Time of Coronavirus

I’m beginning a series at Bacon right now – “Life in the Time of Coronavirus” – with installments each day for the next few weeks. I’m doing this at least in part to distract and occupy myself. My husband is in quarantine in our house with fever and body aches. He’ll be fine! There’s no reason to think otherwise. Our oldest daughter – with her …

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