photo by Hannah Harrison
Lord of Time
by Peter Leithart
What is time? It’s a perennial and difficult question, probed by Aristotle, Augustine, and many other thinkers through the centuries.
Our answer has been irrevocably changed by technology. For moderns, the clock not only measures time, but defines it.
British sociologist Anthony Giddens has observed that modern people are unique in our experience of time. Pre-modern cultures had calendars, but their everyday calculation of time was “imprecise and variable.” They kept time by noting the place of the sun and the moon, rising with the sun and sleeping when it set. Phases of the moon determined the months. Day was light-time; night was dark-time. Natural times aren’t uniform, so for pre-moderns, some days were longer and some shorter than others. Time was elastic.
photo by Rosalind Hutton
DIY Bird Feeders
Spring is (hopefully) in full swing where you live. It’s finally warm enough for the birds to return to their summer homes, and what liveliness they bring! As a child, I was always fascinated by birds and their ability to soar through the sky. Their beautiful feathers were unlike the fur of land animals. My grandmother used to take us to the park, binoculars in hand, and she’d point out the different Pennsylvania birds. Since then, I’m not convinced it’s spring until I’ve seen a red-breasted robin.
As adults we tend to lose that wonder. We shoo birds away when they get too close to our food. We wouldn’t dare touch them for fear of getting some disease. We’re even sometimes unimpressed by their ability to fly—an amazing anatomical gift that only God could design.
photo by Faith Linton
Short Story Contest Winners
Last month we shared with you two winners of the Epistula Short Story Contest, and this month, we're sharing the winners of the 4th - 6th grade category and the 10th - 12th grade category. In our January issue of Epistula, students were challenged to write their own story from two of our story prompts. Below are their stories. Congratulations Elysia and Abigail!
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