May the Shadow Of The Moon Fall On a World at Peace

May the Shadow of the Moon Fall On a World At Peace. — Frank Reynolds, ABC News — February 26, 1979.

I don’t remember much about the last solar eclipse seen from this continent, but I will this time. My only real memory of a significant discussion about a total solar eclipse comes from Carly Simon’s song, You’re So Vain. and that may be because I once sat next to Carly at a dinner.

This time I hope you and all you love will take time to witness what you can about this phenomena. My daughter and granddaughters will be joining us, and hopefully the clouds won’t hide the sun. Why is it so significant? What can you tell your children that may go further than a few minutes of darkness?

I heard a good explanation and answer to my questions on my listening tour this last week. The answer came from David Baron, an eclipse follower and former science editor for NPR. He said,

“And so this is a lesson I’ve learned, and it’s one that applies to life in general: duration of experience does not equal impact. One weekend, one conversation — hell, one glance — can change everything. Cherish those moments of deep connection with other people, with the natural world, and make them a priority. Yes, I chase eclipses. You might chase something else. But it’s not about the 174 seconds. It’s about how they change the years that come after.”

His words gave me a good start for my last week’s journey. I hope I will always remember — “duration of experience does not equal impact.”

Get outside today, and may we all whisper as darkness begins, “May the Shadow Of the Moon Fall On a World At Peace.” Words for a lifetime even though we may only get a chance to whisper once or twice in our life.

About the author

Webb Hubbell is the former Associate Attorney General of The United States. His novels, When Men Betray, Ginger Snaps, A Game of Inches, The Eighteenth Green, and The East End are published by Beaufort Books and are available online or at your local bookstore. When Men Betray won one of the IndieFab awards for best novel in 2014. Ginger Snaps and The Eighteenth Green won the IPPY Awards Gold Medal for best suspense/thriller. His latest, “Light of Day” will be on the bookstands soon.

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