Bacon on the Bookshelf

Savory picks for the free range reader

October 1, 2017
by jenniferpuryear

Feel The Rain on Your Skin: October Happenings

Most of the time I’d really rather stay home. I have to fight the good fight against inertia. Maybe you do too! Today’s post features five ways to drench yourself with words unspoken, to live your life with arms wide open – to feel the rain on your skin.  I’m featuring Nashville events, but I hope this list will inspire you wherever you live. 1. …

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September 17, 2017
by jenniferpuryear

Pepper and The Hurricane

The weakened remnant of Hurricane Irma brought 3 days of gentle but persistent rain to Nashville. We had nothing to complain about.  “I’m bored to tears,” Pepper complained on day 1, stuck inside, and I gave her a large bacon and cheese stuffed bone to help pass the time. “I’m bored to tears,” she complained on day 2, and I gave her a large peanut …

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August 28, 2017
by jenniferpuryear

Back to School Special: A Little Tooth

Book Title: Good Poems

This is a teachable moment, I thought, chatting with my younger daughter after returning from an event I was almost too tired to attend. “Half of life is just showing up,” I told her, “Especially when you don’t feel like it. I had great conversations with x, y, and z, you remember x, y, and z?, we talked about…” I noticed mid-stream that she was …

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July 20, 2017
by jenniferpuryear

Bacon Readers Survey Results

Thank you, Bacon Readers, for your enthusiastic and candid responses to last week’s survey! I especially appreciated the warm, honest, heartfelt, and often funny comments about your worries and what makes you happy… but first, the nuts and bolts. If you don’t live in or around Nashville, you most likely call another Southern city home (hello, Atlanta, Birmingham, Huntsville, Louisville, Paducah, Richmond, Chattanooga, Raleigh, Miami, …

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April 23, 2017
by jenniferpuryear

Pepper and Coco

Parting was such sweet sorrow the afternoon my friend Ann and I picked up Pepper and Coco from puppy daycare at the same time. It’s hard to say who caused more trouble (well, honestly, it’s not that hard. You can imagine.)           We eventually got the pups disentangled and into our respective vehicles. “How was your day?” I asked Pep. “How …

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February 12, 2017
by jenniferpuryear

Pepper and The Plague

Nashville’s robins – thousands of them, locals and visitors – made quite a racket over the last few weeks. They spattered my car every day. They seemed agitated, dawn to dusk – or at least they made me feel agitated. I have never considered myself a robin hater, but my feelings were not as warm and friendly as the weather. “They’re as bad as the cicadas …

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January 22, 2017
by jenniferpuryear

Pepper, The Hawks, and The Cardinals

Another damp late afternoon found Pepper and me puttering around the yard. As daylight faded, a red-tailed hawk soared overhead then landed in a large oak tree. I spotted another red-tailed hawk perched in the same tree, both of them somber in manner and hue in the greying light.   “It’s neat to see the hawks together!” I exclaimed to Pep, and we stopped to observe …

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April 24, 2016
by jenniferpuryear

And Then This (On Prince, and Canada Geese)

The brilliant young Prince collapses – dead – while the old Queen lives to reign another year.  The mad and the cunning spew venom as they slash and burn their way across the land, gathering armies of voters to themselves.  It’s all feeling very Game of Thrones to me this week. And then this:  the simplest of encouragements.  Winter is not coming, not today; Spring is here. From regular …

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April 10, 2016
by jenniferpuryear

Bacon In The Pine Straw: 6 Lessons I Learned at the Masters

Augusta National Golf Club is as beautiful in person as it is on TV, manicured perfection.  The azaleas!  The pines!  The greens!  The only piece of debris I saw during two full days among thousands of people was one orange slice which had originally been garnish in a beer. Augusta National Golf Club also reeks with the stench of cigar smoke during the Masters.  In …

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April 4, 2016
by jenniferpuryear

Bacon Solicitation

Dear Readers, I’m updating the images in the Bacon photo gallery and would love to include YOUR favorite Bacon-flavored photo!  As inspiration, here’s my picture from Sunday brunch yesterday: But please – don’t be limited by the plate!  Surprise me!  Your name will run with your photo unless you’d rather it not.  Please send images to jenniferhpuryear@gmail.com by April 15th.  I can’t wait to see what …

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