Bacon on the Bookshelf

Savory picks for the free range reader

September 13, 2020
by jenniferpuryear

Sunday Morning Special – and Friday Night Lights

Hello Bacon Friends! I hope you wake to a cool Sunday morning with late summer flowers lingering in the yard. I hope you have milk in your refrigerator. I hope you have a good dog – or spouse – or friend by your side today. This Tuesday morning September 15th I’ll speak at First Presbyterian Church, and I hope you might join me virtually or …

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September 6, 2020
by jenniferpuryear

In My Mother’s Garden

Dear Bacon Friends – I just spent several nights at my parents’ home, and in my mother’s garden the flowers were whispering rather loudly amongst themselves… In the magical garden September Cle – o – me feel bound by the ground so they aim for the sky. Oh sky, Oh sky! Cry September Cle – o – me, We do not know why but we must …

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September 2, 2020
by jenniferpuryear

Life in the Time of Corona: Miracles, and Cherae Farmer-Dixon

The other day I loaded Pepper and Daisy into the car along with their boundless energy and enthusiasm. Sometimes it feels like I have four dogs instead of two. We drove to Miss Kitty’s, where Daisy goes to doggy daycare, and I realized that I didn’t have my phone. Hmmm, I thought. Where could that phone be. And how am I going to get Daisy …

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August 5, 2020
by jenniferpuryear

Solving Problems in the Time of Corona

One problem I’ve solved in the Time of Corona is how to stay busy… her name is Daisy. In truth she creates as many problems as she solves, but on balance – I’ll keep her! Or our daughter Ruth will reclaim her, once Ruth is feeling better. Or my mother-in-law will adopt her. We might share fractional interests in the puppy. It’s also possible that …

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July 26, 2020
by jenniferpuryear

In a Pink Haze

I begin my days in a pink haze of sunrise and heavy humidity and stillness – except that Baby Daisy is not still, she has woken me and we are outside because it is time to get the day going and she is full of the joy of the day already.  Yesterday afternoon I noticed a “palmetto bug” creeping from my dining room towards the …

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July 2, 2020
by jenniferpuryear

“Life in America” Special: Brigitte Arenhold Porter

Today’s post in the “Life in America” series belongs to Brigitte Arenhold Porter, who grew up in Germany during World War II… “I witnessed humanity at its very core when the US Allied forces liberated my old hometown in 1945. The Americans had ordered houses to be unlocked and all inhabitants assembled in one room. When the soldiers left, the black sergeant took the time …

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June 18, 2020
by jenniferpuryear

The Family Satz in the Time of Corona

The Family Satz doesn’t do things halfway. They’re all in! Easter AND Passover. Salty and sweet. Stay up late, get up early. Laughter and tears. Three dogs and a black cat named Spot. Today, Kate Satz (aka “Spicy K”) and her daughter Maclin settle in and stay for a while…

June 9, 2020
by jenniferpuryear

“Perched on the Strange Cusp of History”: Hope, Despair, Science, Love, Quaran-Streaming…

I sometimes feel despair when I read the news in the morning. Maybe you’re feeling it too, but for different reasons. Can you and I possibly get to a place of collective hope? Where we can together be proud of our country and also have the energy to keep forming a more perfect union? “We’ll get through this,” said one of my friends. And I …

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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…