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Subscribe to Jasper. Word of the Day: PROTECT A crowd surrounded Jesus as he was walking toward the village. They were excited. “You should do this for him,” they said. “He has been good to our people.” “He built a synagogue for us.” “He has kept the tax collectors honest.” “He believes in the Lord...
Subscribe to Jasper. Song of the Day: “The Minstrel Boy” If you look at a map of the world, you will see an island called Ireland, separated from the larger island of Britain, with the Irish Sea between them. You probably know that pretty much everyone in Ireland speaks English, and that is because the...
Subscribe to Jasper. Word of the Day: BETHLEHEM When Jesus was about to be born, Joseph and Mary had to go on a journey from Galilee in the north, to a place called Bethlehem, south of Jerusalem. That was because the Romans were counting up everyone in the land, to register them for taxes, and...
Subscribe to Jasper. Story of the Day: A Battle of Gods The old man, his shepherd’s staff in hand, stood in the great palace, glaring at the king upon his throne. He knew where he was, because long ago, when he was a boy, he had been brought up in this place. “Thus says the...
Subscribe to Jasper. Curiosity of the Day: A Big Vacuum Cleaner How would it be if there were a big vacuum cleaner in space, sucking up all the big flying rocks that would batter the earth and leave it as scarred and barren as the moon? Well, there is such a thing. It is called...
Subscribe to Jasper. Word of the Day: AUGURY The twin brothers had begun not to like one another at all. Each one was trying to become the sole ruler of the new settlement they were building. So they decided to call upon the gods to decide the issue. They went with their soldiers to the...
Subscribe to Jasper. Man of the Day: The Hermit in the Desert The old man sat in his cave, cross-legged, with a broken loaf of bread on a platter in front of him, and a jar of wine. That was his usual fare for the day. But this time, for the sake of the company,...
Subscribe to Jasper. Curiosity of the Day: Cincinnati “I know what Cincinnati is!” you say. “It’s a city in Ohio, on the big Ohio River.” That’s true enough. But do you know why they called it Cincinnati, and not Losantiville, which is what the first settlers called it? We have to go back fifteen hundred...
Subscribe to Jasper. Word of the Day: WISE “Wise guy, eh?” shouts Moe, and gets Curly’s nose in the clamp of a pipe wrench, to give it a good hard twist – rrrrnk! What’s the difference between being WISE, and being SMART? When I was three years old, I taught myself how to read and...
Subscribe to Jasper. Man of the Day: The Man Who Saved the Past “Colonel,” said the aide, “your commands are clear. We have to shell the cathedral.” The scene was fifty miles away from Paris, the great capital of France. The countryside far and near showed all the signs of war: burnt fields, buildings falling...
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