Bacon on the Bookshelf

Savory picks for the free range reader

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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April 5, 2020
by jenniferpuryear

Directions

  Sometimes I get out my book of Good Poems selected by Garrison Keillor. I think I know this book inside and out, yet I always find something new. Today’s post is for those who suffer an anguished present in the Time of Corona.

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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March 1, 2020
by jenniferpuryear

A Day in February

As we leave February behind, here are a few thoughts and photos from a chilly day at the beach. Also – just so you know – I haven’t heard anything from Reese or Hello Sunshine on my job application! I’ll let you know as soon as I do. Thanks for keeping me company on this journey.

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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January 12, 2020
by jenniferpuryear

Sunday Bacon: Food, Poetry, Dogs (and Megxit)

This week I was intrigued by a segment in the Washington Post book blog featuring Meals on Wheels in New York City – delivering poetry with their meals.