Daily Prompt: Trance

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With all this hype about the eclipse happening tomorrow, I feel like the uncool kid because I find myself not interested.

I have never been into astrology. I think the stars are pretty and I can find the Big Dipper, but that is about it. I remember when Pluto wasn’t considered a planet and I felt like everything I learned in school was a lie. Then it was reinstated as a planet and I was more confused.

Anything I know about our solar system comes from 4th grade and what I learned watching The Big Bang Theory. When my 7-year-old son asked me what the solar eclipse was, I had to Google.

So what I learned is tomorrow’s sky event is considered a total solar eclipse. The moon will pass between the earth and the sun casting a shadow on the planet. I’m guessing making it look like night for a few minutes?

I can see why this is considered a major event because I guess the last time the whole U.S. could see the total solar eclipse from coast to coast was back in 1918. I bet they thought it was the end of the world. Could you imagine going about your day like normal and then pow…complete darkness not knowing how long it would last?

In 1970 a total solar eclipse hit from Florida to Virginia and was total darkness for over three minutes. Hawaii got to experience a total solar eclipse in 1991, but the U.S. mainland hasn’t seen a total solar eclipse since 1979 where it went from Oregon, Washington state, Idaho, Montana and North Dakota. That was also a good year because that was the year I was born. Chuckle, chuckle.

Tomorrow parts of the U.S. will be at a stand still. I just picture thousands of people standing around outside, wearing those solar glasses (that have become the “Tickle Me Elmo” of today.) looking up at the sky like they are in some trance.

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The eclipse is supposed to be seen in my area, Kansas, around 1:10 p.m. My son will be able to see it at school. I signed the permission slip stating if he blows out a retina it is not their responsibility. They are providing the solar glasses, so that’s cool. I will be at work during the eclipse. I might need to set an alarm on my phone to remember it is happening. However, I don’t have a pair of those glasses, so I will probably watch online.

If you happen to miss this eclipse, the next one in the U.S. will be on April 8, 2024. It can be seen from Texas up through the Midwest. It will be a complete blackout almost directly over Indianapolis, Cleveland, Buffalo and up to New England. You might want to go ahead and book your hotel now.

For those of you that are pumped for the solar eclipse tomorrow, right on! I hope you enjoy it to the fullest. May it be the best two or so minutes of your life. I hope there are no clouds in the sky. Just remember to keep your eyes safe.

Prompt: Trance

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My Thank You On Memorial Day

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I am not sure what the reason, but this year I feel more patriotic than ever before. I know I am more in tune with what is going on around the world and my country. Maybe that is why?

All I know is everything I have done today I thought of the fallen heroes. These might seem trivial or silly, but when you think about all the things we, as Americans, get to do because of freedom I don’t take them for granted.

  1. I woke up from a peaceful sleep this morning.
  2. I drove to the store to buy all the food and items I needed.
  3. I ate until I was full.
  4. I listened to my radio in the car.
  5. I got to go swimming.
  6. I was able to do yard work.
  7. I got to eat again.
  8. I worshiped God publicly without fear.
  9. I am doing my laundry.
  10. I am watching Nascar.
  11. I get to take a hot shower.

I am thankful for all the selfless men and women who loved me and my country enough to leave their families to defend mine. So many soldiers never made it back to their loved ones. That is an ultimate sacrifice.

Thank you, courageous men and woman. We are the land of the free because of the brave.

 

Life is tough my darling, but so are you

Life is tough my darling, but so are you. Stephanie Bennett-Henry

You never know how tough and strong you can be until you have a sick child. You want to run and hide. You get angry. You scream. You cry. You feel helpless. You feel fear. You don’t understand all the big medical words.

Confusion sets in. You feel small, helpless, weak.

You fall to your knees. You look to the sky. You pray.

You find strength. You find hope. You find understanding. You find peace.

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Do you believe that you can have absolutely anything you want?

This is a post I read earlier today. Loved it and had to share. Click the link to read. You won’t be disappointed.

 

Do you believe that you can have absolutely anything you want? If not, then why is that? Give it some thought: why do you think that you cannot have anything you desire? Is it because it’s too hard, or impossible, or just not logical…? Or do you believe you’re not worthy? Ask yourself: why do…

via You Can Have Anything You Want When You Give Up The Belief That You Can’t Have It – Bashar — The Seeds 4 Life