Bacon on the Bookshelf

Savory picks for the free range reader

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.

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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September 8, 2018
by jenniferpuryear

The Meaning of a Fried Egg on the Sidewalk

Book Titles: Nine Continents: A Memoir In and Out of China, Kudos, A Marriage in Dog Years, Lake Success, Meet Me at the Museum, Penelope Lemon: Game On, The Incendiaries

Today’s photo essay comes to you from a sidewalk in Raleigh, North Carolina. (Sometimes a walk lightens a heavy heart, you know.) Skip to the end for Fall Reading Recommendations – 5 Books to Curl Up With!

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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