Bacon on the Bookshelf

Savory picks for the free range reader

November 12, 2020
by jenniferpuryear

Bacon On The Sofa…

When God, the universe, and a small puppy knock you off your feet so completely that you break both ankles, it feels kind-of personal. In an Old Testament kind of way.  An invisible match still burns the toes on my left foot. Super grateful it’s not a blow torch any more! I’m motivated to learn what I should. I’ve been thinking about habits of mind, …

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November 1, 2020
by jenniferpuryear

Sunday Morning with Barbara Kingsolver

Barbara Kingsolver has a new book of poetry out – “How to Fly (In Ten Thousand Easy Lessons)”. It is marvelous. Her poems are readable, easy on the ears, honest; they cut to the heart of things. They sometimes feel like hard-won wisdom; they are never smug or self-satisfied. Her poems sound like poems written by a novelist. Words are workaday things that might take you …

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September 6, 2020
by jenniferpuryear

In My Mother’s Garden

Dear Bacon Friends – I just spent several nights at my parents’ home, and in my mother’s garden the flowers were whispering rather loudly amongst themselves… In the magical garden September Cle – o – me feel bound by the ground so they aim for the sky. Oh sky, Oh sky! Cry September Cle – o – me, We do not know why but we must …

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May 30, 2020
by jenniferpuryear

What Are You Waiting For?

I flew from Nashville to Jacksonville, Florida, on Southwest yesterday. I don’t know that guy behind me. But we had a good laugh! There were 143 seats on the plane and 100 passengers, so everyone had a window or an aisle. Masks were required and I saw a lot of cute ones, especially on younger people. The Nashville airport was strangely quiet but by no …

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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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