Bacon on the Bookshelf

Savory picks for the free range reader

March 26, 2021
by jenniferpuryear

Dead and Buried

I was already feeling bad about uprooting the orange and black pansies – flourishing in their pots since October – for the sole reason that they look like Halloween, not Spring.“I’m sorry,” I whispered to them. “You have been very good pansies.” I felt like crying. What is wrong with me, I thought.  “I’ll meet you in the dirt,” I whispered, but they just kept …

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March 21, 2021
by jenniferpuryear

Sunday Morning Special: A Fever Dream; a Hymn

Yesterday in a fever dream I walked through a forest of strawberry cream –  lay down upon a petal bed – swiftly sinking… sinking, sleeping… sleeping, walking… walking, waking… among the hellebores who hissed with dragon tongues and cursed me.  Now – running – stumbling – falling – tumbling – into the bamboo forest – where possums and lions and even coyotes haunt and torment. Lost – …

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February 7, 2021
by jenniferpuryear

Silent Spring

Have you become more comfortable with silence and solitude in the time of corona? Has social media filled more time – or less? Friend of Bacon Beth Alexander was deeply affected by the Netflix documentary “The Social Dilemma,” and today she explains why… From Beth: During this strange time of Covid when the norm is separation, I’m missing friends and the little perks of friendship that …

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January 10, 2021
by jenniferpuryear

Winter’s Feast

In my yard, unsteady, I’ve taken my first steps since October. Winter’s glories abound, and its desolation… Winter’s Feast At winter’s feast, I drink the yellow jasmine –  Paint my lips with blood-pink bloom –  Rub my hands with Rose of Mary; In their rooms, dear pansies flirt and swoon.   At winter’s feast, I touch the veined hydrangea –  Dress my hair with leaves …

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June 13, 2020
by jenniferpuryear

Saturday Morning Special: A Little Princess

Beth Alexander stops in at Bacon today with a radiant essay on a favorite children’s book. She makes me want to stay in bed and read – to ignore the glorious summer morning and the flowers that need watering and the laundry that needs doing and the bills that need paying.  (Perhaps I shall read in bed, for just a little while, perhaps a book …

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May 24, 2020
by jenniferpuryear

Sunday Morning Special: At Home with the Hawkins

In January of this year, Caroline Hawkins was teaching in Uganda. Her younger sister Eliza was studying in Sydney. Middle brother Charlie was working in Dallas. The kids found their way home to Nashville as the virus spread, and the girls are staying for a while. Caroline, Eliza, and their mom Elizabeth stop in at Bacon today to reflect on the unexpected…

May 21, 2020
by jenniferpuryear

Girlfriends in the Time of Corona: I Don’t Give Anxiety Permission (But Wine Is Allowed)

Sometimes a girlfriend knows you better than you know yourself. Sometimes a girlfriend likes you better than you like yourself. Sometimes a girlfriend laughs with you and helps you laugh at yourself. Agenia Clark and Marlee Mitchell make each other laugh, and they’ll make you smile too! Agenia Clark is the charismatic CEO of Girl Scouts of Middle Tennessee; Marlee Mitchell is a badass, National-Park-loving …

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May 7, 2020
by jenniferpuryear

Life in the Time of Corona: Giancarlo and Shirley Guerrero Under One Roof

You can’t miss Giancarlo and Shirley Guerrero in a crowd. They are gorgeous, warm, and effusive. They have embraced Nashville – and Nashville loves them right back. Giancarlo, a six-time Grammy-Award-winning conductor, is now in his 11th season as Music Director of the Nashville Symphony. (He also serves as Music Director of the Wrocław Philharmonic in Poland and Principal Guest Conductor of the Gulbenkian Orchestra …

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April 19, 2020
by jenniferpuryear

Neighborhood Wildlife in the Time of Corona

This week, I spotted 4 vultures in a tree in our yard, a wandering turkey two houses down, two ducks enjoying a conjugal visit in a local pond, and cardinals and mockingbirds, in particular, establishing territory. I also spotted two couples from our neighborhood who came over for an outdoor, socially distant cocktail (on different afternoons). I was kind-of worried about the vultures, but a …

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