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“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?”...
Subscribe to Jasper. Story of the Day: The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett Jesus warns us that unless we become like little children, we shall not enter the kingdom of heaven. Our salvation comes from a child, because Jesus was that child whom prophets and seers foretold. He was the son whose mysterious name...
Subscribe to Jasper. Man of the Day: Saint John Bosco How would you like to have as your friend a big gray dog who looks like a shaggy wolf, who seems to appear out of nowhere when you’re in trouble, and when you look around after the bad men have run away, he’s gone? A...
Subscribe to Jasper. Painting of the Day: Snap the Whip (1872) by Winslow Homer I told my students once that if they ever saw me walking down the street singing a war song in Welsh, at the top of my lungs – Ni chaiff gelyn ladd ac ymlid, Harlech! Harlech! Cwyd iw herlid – they...
Subscribe to Jasper. Story of the Day: The Winter’s Tale by Shakespeare There once was a jealous king who had an old friend, and his friend came to visit. He stayed for nine months, and in the end the jealous king tried to poison him. Remember that, next time you are at your friend’s house...
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