gnomons

sundial gnomongno·mon

/ˈnōmän/

noun
plural noun: gnomons
  1. the projecting piece on a sundial that shows the time by the position of its shadow.

Here are more than seventy gnomons from the Sundial Writers’ Corner.

A gnomon is the part of a sundial that sticks up and casts its shadow on the dial to show the time; thus we use that label for these three-minute pieces, which have appeared on WLRH-FM, the National Public Radio station for Huntsville, Alabama in the past decade, on a program called “The Sundial Writers’ Corner.

Judy Watters was there when WLRH-FM first aired (89.3 on your FM dial!) in 1967. She was soon joined by her husband, Harry, and they started the Writers’ Corner to showcase all sorts of word-people of the Tennessee River valley. Over the years a crazy-quilt collection of poets and prophets and preachers and people has been drawn together; their words are heard every weekday morning at 9:30 and each evening at 6:44, in two or three minutes of verbal trapeze acts.

One of these wordsworkers is Huntsville’s Houston Hodges. He has been a Presbyterian minister since 1954, and a Sundialer for more than a decade. He enjoys musing about the intricate variety of God’s world and how we interact with it. These little sunbeams were culled from the station’s podcast archives to respond to the question, “What time is it, anyhow?”

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These commentaries were recorded and produced at WLRH Huntsville Public Radio and are shared with permission.

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To listen to audio, ensure your speakers and audio are on, then select the “play” button on any player below. For more information please contact Houston Hodges.

 

Title Year
$180 Woman
2009 read transcript (PDF)
83
2013 read transcript (PDF)
84
2014 read transcript (PDF)
A Small Hotel
2011 read transcript (PDF)
Abishag 2007 read transcript (PDF)
Abolish Christmas 2010 read transcript (PDF)
All Over Again 2011 read transcript (PDF)
Baby-Chips 2013 read transcript (PDF)
Bach Thing 2011 read transcript (PDF)
The Baker 2010 read transcript (PDF)
Butter Knife & Boxcutters 2009 read transcript (PDF)
Charlie Allen 2009 read transcript (PDF)
Christmas Gift 2008 read transcript (PDF)
Christmas Solos 2012 read transcript (PDF)
Christmas Surprise
2012 read transcript (PDF)
Church Door 2006 read transcript (PDF)
Church Names 2014 read transcript (PDF)
Cleaning Story
2014 read transcript (PDF)
Crime Wave 2014 read transcript (PDF)
Disencumbering 2009 read transcript (PDF)
Draftee 2015 read transcript (PDF)
Encouraging Words 2015 read transcript (PDF)
Fantasy Job 2010 read transcript (PDF)
Flame Thrower 2008 read transcript (PDF)
Grandpa’s Bible 2007 read transcript (PDF)
Horsing Around 2008 read transcript (PDF)
Ice Bucket Challenge 2015 read transcript (PDF)
If We Do Not Forgive
2008 read transcript (PDF)
Improving Preaching 2008 read transcript (PDF)
It’s About Time
2014 read transcript (PDF)
Jesus’ Wife 2012 read transcript (PDF)
Jim Thorpe
2013 read transcript (PDF)
Keeping House 2010 read transcript (PDF)
The Kitchen 2010 read transcript (PDF)
Last Time 2011 read transcript (PDF)
Lion Tamer 2015 read transcript (PDF)
Man From Mars 2008 read transcript (PDF)
 The Mosquito  2016 read transcript (PDF)
The Movie 2012 read transcript (PDF)
Musical Son 2013 read transcript (PDF)
My Four 2012 read transcript (PDF)
New Vision 2009 read transcript (PDF)
Nursing Home 2013 read transcript (PDF)
NY, Phil 2009 read transcript (PDF)
Operating Instructions 2013 read transcript (PDF)
Philly Trio 2009 read transcript (PDF)
Postjudice 2008 read transcript (PDF)
Pulpit Accidents 2015 read transcript (PDF)
Ready…Set…Stop 2013 read transcript (PDF)
Role Reversal 2007 read transcript (PDF)
The Response 2015 read transcript (PDF)
The Rook 2009 read transcript (PDF)
Santafying 2007 read transcript (PDF)
Second Base 2009 read transcript (PDF)
The Secret of the Universe 2016 read transcript (PDF)
Serious Baseball 2012 view transcript (PDF)
Shampoo & Set 2013 read transcript (PDF)
Street-walking 2008 read transcript (PDF)
Strictly Speaking 2013 read transcript (PDF)
Therapy 2015 read transcript (PDF)
Therapy Pool 2007 read transcript (PDF)
To Prejudice 2015 read transcript (PDF)
The Top
2015 read transcript (PDF)
Tornado Learnings 2011 read transcript (PDF)
Turkey Tale 2013 read transcript (PDF)
Two Bells 2007 read transcript (PDF)
Two More Sips
2016 read transcript (PDF)
The Un-Call

2015 read transcript (PDF)
Whutter 2008 read transcript (PDF)
Why Do We Die?
2015 view transcript (PDF)
Yankee Stadium 2009 read transcript (PDF)
Zucchini Friends 2009 read transcript (PDF)