Bacon on the Bookshelf

Savory picks for the free range reader

May 31, 2020
by jenniferpuryear

Sunday Morning Special: A Few Thoughts on George Floyd

We are better than this murder. I’d like to offer two pieces this morning: a heartfelt message from my friend Rick Ewing written on May 29, 2020, when I asked how he was doing, and what he thought; and a heart-wrenching letter written by Sullivan Ballou, Major, 2nd Rhode Island Infantry Regiment, on July 14, 1861…

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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January 8, 2020
by jenniferpuryear

Rough Riders: A Few Thoughts on American Foreign Policy

Book Title: The Crowded Hour: Theodore Roosevelt, The Rough Riders, and The Dawn of the American Century

My former history teacher, Jack Barnwell, stops in at Bacon today to ask: who have we been, we Americans, in world affairs? And – who should be we?

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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