Bacon on the Bookshelf

Savory picks for the free range reader

October 1, 2019
by jenniferpuryear

October Special: The Trees

The grass in my yard crunches underfoot, yellow as straw in some places. Pepper rouses small tornadoes of dust as she chases the squirrels. Yet the trees remain mostly green heading into October – a dry green, a stubborn green – full of vitality even though some few leaves brown early and fall in the heat. Today’s poem by Mary Oliver says exactly what I …

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January 27, 2019
by jenniferpuryear

Wintergreen

On my best days I feel more gratitude and less worry. Often those are the days I’ve puttered around my yard, a good dog not far away. She’s sniffing for the coyotes who have taken up residence in the thick undergrowth at the yard’s borders. She and I and the coyotes are all wondering if we’ll be able to live together in harmony – or …

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July 22, 2018
by jenniferpuryear

Ten Things to Bring to Beijing

Today’s photo essay features a few things I learned in Beijing over the last two weeks. It was both fantastic and disorienting to live for a while in a city of 22 million people, the vast majority of whom do not speak English and whose cultural background includes emperors and concubines and Mao, Buddha and Confucius and the Tao. President Xi Jinping has just secured …

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June 6, 2018
by jenniferpuryear

kate spade

Sometimes the world reminds us of the hidden sadness all around us, even (especially?) in unexpected places. The thought of Kate Spade ending her life with a red scarf is shocking and awful. Here’s my contribution to the mourning – a minor poem, in a minor key. kate spade   Kate Brosnahan from Kansas City used her boyfriend’s name for the handbag she made the …

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