Bacon on the Bookshelf

Savory picks for the free range reader

September 22, 2020
by jenniferpuryear

A Day in the Life…

In the morning we rise when Daisy cries. She cries to be released from the crate. I reach in, retrieve her, and she and I go to Pepper’s crate. Daisy bounds in with bunny jumps and face licks and face nips and ear tugs, then we rush outside before she has an accident. When we come in, I serve the girls breakfast. Pepper gets big …

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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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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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November 24, 2019
by jenniferpuryear

Pepper and the Coyote: What November Brings

A cold grey morning in November dawned with a steady rain – the earth already wet – the rain coming down as if it would never end. Had there ever been a more miserable morning for man or beast? Yes, of course – but this one was pretty bad.  The sky barely brightened, I lit a candle and put water in the teakettle. Pep had …

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September 15, 2019
by jenniferpuryear

Pepper and The September Blues

  I sat on the back patio in the late afternoon, watching the grass dry up and die in the heat and the leaves on the tulip poplar turn yellow and brown. The new dogwoods suffered too, not even six months in the ground, their tender, thirsty leaves curling inward upon themselves.

January 17, 2019
by jenniferpuryear

When Death Comes (for Mary Oliver)

Book Titles: Devotions, Dog Songs

Have you heard? Mary Oliver has died. The best beloved poet of our time? Yes. Maybe. But I’m sure – not only in my mind. She walked in beauty, like the night.

December 30, 2018
by jenniferpuryear

Pepper and The Sausage Balls

Sometimes you know exactly what lies ahead.   ”Like on Christmas Eve,” Pepper said (watching me make sausage balls, licking her lips).

December 2, 2018
by jenniferpuryear

Pepper at the Beach

On a cool autumn day at the beach, Pepper and I  walked alongside huge grey boulders possibly left by giants. Pep was intrigued. Enchanted even. She sensed that something lay beyond them – just out of view.