Bacon on the Bookshelf

Savory picks for the free range reader

May 22, 2020
by jenniferpuryear

Friday Night Special: Don’t Give Up

Yesterday I drove to an adjacent county. It is important that my hair remains its *natural color. (“Dad and I think you’ve given up,” said my younger daughter last week. I have not given up.) In other news, my sister’s twins turned 16. On their birthday my sister Cheryl Lloyd posted a poem on Facebook – some gentle life advice to them, if you will. …

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May 21, 2020
by jenniferpuryear

Girlfriends in the Time of Corona: I Don’t Give Anxiety Permission (But Wine Is Allowed)

Sometimes a girlfriend knows you better than you know yourself. Sometimes a girlfriend likes you better than you like yourself. Sometimes a girlfriend laughs with you and helps you laugh at yourself. Agenia Clark and Marlee Mitchell make each other laugh, and they’ll make you smile too! Agenia Clark is the charismatic CEO of Girl Scouts of Middle Tennessee; Marlee Mitchell is a badass, National-Park-loving …

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May 19, 2020
by jenniferpuryear

Graduation Special: The Kingfisher

Pepper and I sat outside for a while after the rain passed. I scattered safflower seeds close by and wondered how brave the finches and cardinals might get. (They kept their distance. Ahhh, but they looked!) Pepper and I thought about how a cool green day soothes the spirit, and it came to me – if someone asked me to give a speech on graduation …

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May 15, 2020
by jenniferpuryear

Friday Night Special: John and Allison Beasley in The Villa on the Hilla

“John Beasley is Vanderbilt University” for many alumni and friends of the school, said then-Chancellor Joe Wyatt on Beasley’s retirement after a five-decade career. John has been a wit, a wag, and an institution himself, widely admired and respected. Does it sound too old fashioned to say that Allison Beasley has been right by his side? I’ll just say it. She’s been right by his …

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May 13, 2020
by jenniferpuryear

Stranger Things in the Time of Corona

  I feel like I’m getting weirder in the Time of Corona. You? It’s a time for stranger things. Yesterday my dog wouldn’t walk with me. She has grown accustomed to walking with my husband and me together, and she didn’t want him to stay behind. Really she HATED the idea of him staying at home. She and I made it about two houses down …

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May 8, 2020
by jenniferpuryear

Life in the Time of Corona: Pepper and Hunter

My husband and I walk our dog Pepper in the neighborhood every day in the Time of Corona. This is new for us. In the last several weeks we’ve encountered ducks, geese, a wild turkey, a dog on the lam, walkers, runners, and moms and dads with their wild offspring in the yard. We’ve seen a venomous snake in a creek where a grandfather and …

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April 30, 2020
by jenniferpuryear

Downtown Nashville: What We Found in the Time of Corona

My cousin Christina and I enjoyed a socially distant walk a few days ago. It was the first time I’d walked with a girlfriend in weeks. She lives in the Gulch, so we met there and walked through her urban neighborhood then downtown. We might have jaywalked some – extreme jaywalking – which felt strangely exhilirating. I’d like to share some photos, and what we …

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