Bacon on the Bookshelf

Savory picks for the free range reader

January 12, 2018
by jenniferpuryear

Snow Day – Maybe!

It’s not a snow day in Nashville yet – but it might be! The schools are closed. I’ve cancelled my morning appointment and dinner plans. This is how we roll in the South, dear readers who live elsewhere. Billy Collins captures a snow day best. And oh my God – does he understand girls on the playground? Yes. Snow day Today we woke up to …

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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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October 25, 2016
by jenniferpuryear

Three Shivers

Book Title: The Rain in Portugal: Poems

As the days grow short and mornings chill and those last knockout roses cling sadly to summer, it seems the time to share this unsettling little poem by T.S. Eliot.    Song When we came home across the hill No leaves were fallen from the trees; The gentle fingers of the breeze Had torn no quivering cobweb down. The hedgerow bloomed with flowers still, No …

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May 22, 2016
by jenniferpuryear

Today (A Poem by Billy Collins)

I’m in Delaware, where it’s in the 50s and raining.  That being said, it’s a very pleasant 72 in my room at the Hampton Inn, newly remodeled.  I’m here for a little while so I bought some lilies and a cheap vase at the grocery store.  Their fragrance doesn’t stand a chance against the chemicals they use to clean this place, but I don’t really mind. …

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March 7, 2014
by jenniferpuryear

Spring Break: And the Days Go By

Book Titles: Aimless Love, The Girl with a Clock for a Heart, Goodbye, Little Rock and Roller, Starting Over

You may find yourself in another part of the world.  You may find yourself behind the wheel of a large automobile.  You may find yourself in a beautiful house with a beautiful wife.  And you may ask yourself – well – how did I get here?   You and David Byrne can think about that.  Or you might happily distract yourself with one of the …

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