Bacon on the Bookshelf

Savory picks for the free range reader

May 15, 2021
by jenniferpuryear

The Curse of Jonah (Or: Two Tales of Colonial Gas)

  Sometimes I am really late to the party. Will someone please text me when there is important breaking news? I didn’t realize until Wednesday afternoon that Colonial Gas supplied Nashville. When my younger daughter told me, we drove to the Green Hills Kroger and filled up (only regular gas available, and not at every pump). We were due to leave for Atlanta the next …

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January 1, 2021
by jenniferpuryear

Bitter-Sweet

Happy New Year, friends! Here’s a poem/prayer by George Herbert to start the year, either reverent or irreverent – you decide – Bitter-Sweet Ah my dear angry Lord Since those dost love, yet strike; Cast down, yet help afford; Sure I will do the like. I will complain, yet praise; I will bewail, approve: And all my sour-sweet days I will lament, and love.   …

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November 1, 2020
by jenniferpuryear

Sunday Morning with Barbara Kingsolver

Barbara Kingsolver has a new book of poetry out – “How to Fly (In Ten Thousand Easy Lessons)”. It is marvelous. Her poems are readable, easy on the ears, honest; they cut to the heart of things. They sometimes feel like hard-won wisdom; they are never smug or self-satisfied. Her poems sound like poems written by a novelist. Words are workaday things that might take you …

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April 20, 2020
by jenniferpuryear

Life in the Time of Corona: An Idle and Dangerous Person

Good morning, Bacon Neighborhood! I’ve been given permission to share a few journal entries from my friend Jack Barnwell, who has been chronicling his life and our times for many years now. I asked him to share journal entries from April 13 and April 18 because they reflect states of mind that many of us may feel right now, or sometimes: I am not good …

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September 4, 2018
by jenniferpuryear

Bacon Bit: Historians Have No Heroes

My high school history teacher became a lawyer – since retired. With his PhD in American history, he taught at several colleges (as well as my high school) before pivoting to a more secure profession. Somewhere along the way, he also became a friend. I saw him in Raleigh this weekend while visiting my parents. He and my classmate Lyn and I shared a bottle …

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June 14, 2018
by jenniferpuryear

Summer Reading 2018: What is Love?

Book Titles: The Mars Room, Educated, Less, You Think It, I’ll Say It, Warlight, Sing Unburied Sing, Varina, Bury What We Cannot Take

I’ve just finished up a year of “Leadership Nashville,” which involved 14-hour days and field trips and a lot of time on the bus with strangers who – thankfully, wonderfully, quickly and sometimes slowly – became friends. In our group of 44: a sparkling news anchor, a beautiful rabbi. An editor of our newspaper and a museum curator. The heads of Metro Nashville Sports Authority, …

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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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June 21, 2015
by jenniferpuryear

Father’s Day Special

We moms and dads do learn a few things along the way, thank goodness.  Today’s post features a recent email exchange between two fathers… Jack:  Where is your daughter in school? Bill:  She’s still a junior in high school but hoping to go to U of Chicago. Jack:  Wonderful university!  Good luck to her.  Almost went to law school there.  But in retrospect it is …

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