Bacon on the Bookshelf

Savory picks for the free range reader

November 13, 2022
by jenniferpuryear

The Last Himalayan Kingdom

 I went to Bhutan to visit my friend, Linda Leaming (Married To Bhutan, A Field Guide to Happiness). I went by myself to know that I could. I went to learn more about Buddhism.  About halfway through the trip, I shared some impressions with a friend… “Life in these stunning mountains and valleys produces a rugged and meditative people and culture… I have a few …

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August 13, 2022
by jenniferpuryear

On Awakening

“It was a couple of springs ago. I was driving into New York City from New Jersey on one of those crowded, fast-moving turnpikes you enter it by,” writes Frederick Buechner. “It was very warm. There was brilliant sunshine, and the cars glittered in it as they went tearing by. The sky was cloudless and blue. Around Newark a huge silver plane traveling in the …

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August 21, 2015
by jenniferpuryear

Guest Post: Linda Leaming on An Unlikely Hero

Not so many little girls raised in Nashville move to Bhutan when they grow up.  Possibly only one.  It takes a certain spirit and courage and confidence – a certain curiosity about the world – and a strong will.  Linda Leaming visited Bhutan in 1994; moved there in 1997 to teach English; a few years later, married a Bhutanese thangka painter, Phurba Namgay; they raised a child together.  Now …

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March 23, 2015
by jenniferpuryear

A Field Guide to Happiness

Book Title: A Field Guide to Happiness: What I Learned in Bhutan about Living, Loving, and Waking Up

Over Spring Break, I had a chance to take a deep breath and feel some peace inside.  It’s not hard when I’m walking on a beach, especially on a cool day when the sky is grey and it’s mostly just me and the gulls.  In Nashville I often feel pulled in many different directions, and crowded days make a cluttered mind.  It’s also true that a cluttered …

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