Bacon on the Bookshelf

Savory picks for the free range reader

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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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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