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Subscribe to Jasper. Tale of the Day: The Confrontation at Canossa The old man paced back and forth, thinking and praying, thinking and praying. His steps echoed down the long halls of the castle. It was winter, and snow lay deep on the ground outside. He could hear sounds from the high window. They were...
Subscribe to Jasper. Word of the Day: LARVA Have you ever seen a butterfly crawling on the top of a leaf, munching away at the edges? “Butterflies don’t crawl!” you tell me. “Butterflies FLY!” Yes, they do, but not all the time. In the early stages of its life, the butterfly, as you probably know,...
Subscribe to Jasper. Curiosity of the Day: The Boy’s Voice A long time ago I read some pages in a book by a woman who didn’t like men and boys very much. She said there was reason to believe that boys are taught to make their voices deep when they are around thirteen years old....
Subscribe to Jasper. Story of the Day: A Dog and a Glacier “Come on, boy, come on, Stickeen!” cried the man. The wind was blowing hard and it was starting to snow. It had rained most of the day, and now it was a dark twilight, and the man was soaked all through. That didn’t...
“Pursuing the life of the mind is the most joyful thing there is and everything that comes with that should be joyful as well … The spirit of the whole place should be a celebration.” — Peter V. Sampo, February 2020 Today, with great sadness, Magdalen College of the Liberal Arts mourns the death of...
Subscribe to Jasper. Word of the Day: WRONG “That’s just WRONG,” said the boy, as he watched his friend put ketchup on his ice cream. “Don’t you like ketchup on your ice cream?” “It’s WRONG. Now if it was mustard, that would be different.” Did you ever wonder why in English we have words like...
Subscribe to Jasper. Painting of the Day: Breaking Home Ties by Norman Rockwell Nobody in America was ever better at painting a story than was Norman Rockwell. How can you paint a story? A story goes from one day to the next, while a painting can show you only one moment. You’d need hundreds of...
Subscribe to Jasper. Poem of the Day: “The Wild Swans at Coole” by William Butler Yeats Other children liked having birthdays, but I never looked forward to them. And now I know for certain that I have seen far more birthdays than I will ever see again. My dog Jasper grows old, but he doesn’t...
It has been an unprecedented year at Magdalen College of the Liberal Arts. In the fall and early spring semester we enjoyed the tangible fruits of learning and praying together, of our community, friendships, and the graces of our collegiate mission and life. How little did we know about what the future held? And yet...
Subscribe to Jasper. Word of the Day: DISCIPLE You are in school one day, when a creature from Mars walks into your room. He turns his antennas toward the teacher and they start to vibrate and hum. That is how creatures from Mars talk, as you know. “Are – all – these – chil-a-der-en yours?”...
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