Bacon on the Bookshelf

Savory picks for the free range reader

January 19, 2020
by jenniferpuryear

Sunday Bacon: Three Movies

My dad and I found ourselves at three matinees this week sharing buttered popcorn and a giant-sized medium coke. We’ve seen “1917,” “Ford versus Ferrari,” and “Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker.” “1917” left us somber and awed, “Ford versus Ferrari” – energized and proud. “The Rise of Skywalker” sparked elation.  His feelings fade as he shuffles and I walk to the car. His thoughts …

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December 8, 2019
by jenniferpuryear

Duty

Would it be wrong to share a non-holiday themed poem this morning, one that’s kind-of sad and kind-of beautiful? I can’t seem to find my way into a book this month, but I’ve always got time for a poem on the fly. I keep “The Best American Poetry 2019” laying around the house. It travels here and there. I often forget where I’ve left it, …

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November 28, 2019
by jenniferpuryear

Thanksgiving Special: The Testaments

I hope you find yourself in the company of people you like today, even if they sometimes make you crazy; I hope you find yourself at a bountiful table! I hope you enjoy a delicious Pinot Noir with your turkey – or sweet tea, if that’s your pleasure. I hope the marshmallows on your sweet potato casserole are perfectly puffed and browned. I hope the …

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November 24, 2019
by jenniferpuryear

Pepper and the Coyote: What November Brings

A cold grey morning in November dawned with a steady rain – the earth already wet – the rain coming down as if it would never end. Had there ever been a more miserable morning for man or beast? Yes, of course – but this one was pretty bad.  The sky barely brightened, I lit a candle and put water in the teakettle. Pep had …

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