Bacon on the Bookshelf

Savory picks for the free range reader

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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December 8, 2019
by jenniferpuryear

Duty

Book Title: The Best American Poetry 2019

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

Book Title: 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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