Monday, August 21, 2017

Total Eclipse of the Heart


By: Becca Leighton (16 years old)
From: Leave It to Cleaver
Pub. Date: June 23rd, 2017
Series: Vintage Kitchen Mysteries
Author: Victoria Hamilton
Website: Victoria Hamilton Mysteries

So on Wednesday, May 30th of this year (1984) we had a cool spectacle in the US... a solar eclipse! The last total solar eclipse was in 1979, and I remember it really well (it was just 5 years ago, when I was 11!). We went out then and watched the eclipse through photo negatives. (By the way, that is apparently NOT safe at all!!) It was very cool.

The eclipse this year was what is called an 'annular' eclipse. According to my science teacher 'annular' means ring shaped, from the Latin 'annulus', meaning ring. It is an annular eclipse if the 'ring of fire' - a ring of the sun still visible when the moon is blotting out the center of the sun - is seen in even one location for even just one second.

Most of us saw what looked like a partial solar eclipse. I will say, in Michigan we had a pretty good view of it, as we're close to the exact path.

The next total solar eclipse in the United States happens Monday, August 21st, 2017.

Total Eclipse of the Heart
2017!

That's a lifetime away. I wonder where I'll be?

Anyway, one of my favorite songs from last year was Bonnie Tyler's Total Eclipse of the Heart. It totally ROCKS!

Think I'll play my tape of it again. I just made a mixed tape with that on it, as well as Flashdance by Irene Cara, All Night Long, by Lionel Ritchie, as well as songs from this year, Missing You, by John Waite, Drive by The Cars, and others as well as my fave from last summer, True, by Spandau Ballet.

I could listen to True all day. Always slipping from my hands/ Time's a sand of its own...

So anyway... it's a new school year, 1984/85, and things are touchy at home (Mom had a new baby, Jaymie, and I love my little sister to death, but man, does she whine a lot! And poopy diapers... yuck!) and my friends are acting kinda weird, and one of them Dolores, who I hung out with all summer is now dating (Eeuw!) Brock Nibley, Valetta's older brother and... things are just really, really weird. Maybe by 2017 we'll all have our acts together.

So... Total Eclipse of the Heart... coolest song of all time or what?



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GIVEAWAY

So everyone... please be careful viewing the total eclipse of the sun today. Enter my draw instead!

You will LOVE this prize package including a copy of Leave It to Cleaver, a Cozy up to a Great Mystery! mug, pen, and the neatest skull teaspoon.

Follow these guidelines:
1 - Canadian and US entries only, please!
2 - Enter by Midnight, August 23rd: don't worry if your comment doesn't show up immediately. After midnight on the 21st it will go into a queue to be moderated and I'll approve the next day.
3 - Leave an email address (yourname (at) yourserver (dot) com) and a first name.

Good Luck!!

88 comments:

  1. I'm looking forward to watching some of the eclipse. I have my glasses and hope that any one else that is planning on watching have theirs. Lisa at poohwine1217@gmail.com

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  2. I shall see some of the eclipse. If I cannot then there is always TV.
    debby236 at gmail dot com

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  3. I hope to see the eclipse but it may not be visible here because of cloud cover. I will use the internet, if need be. dbahn(at)iw(dot)net.

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  4. I have my glasses all ready for the eclipse!
    Bridgetcollins26 at yahoo dot com

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  5. amy guillaume lindermanAugust 21, 2017 at 8:26 AM

    i think i was in 3rd grade for the last eclipse...i remember it. my family is all set with the glasses. thanks for the giveaway aelinderman@sbcglobal.net

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  6. Raining here. No eclipse today. gretaduerstatgmaildotcom

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  7. I will watch it on television , later. memryrose@aol.com

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  8. I am taking your advice...I will check it out through NASA later...thank you for the contest...
    Marilyn ewatvess@yahoo.com

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  9. I will watch on tv or computer - thanks for the contest

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  10. Thanks for the opportunity! I love this series. Leslie at LeslieAnnB@yahoo.com. Enjoy your day!

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  11. Might watch the eclipse on NASA's website. Thanks for the chance to win. I love this series! mcastor07(at)gmail (dot)com.

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  12. I will be watching the eclipse. Thanks for this lovely giveaway.saubleb(at)gmail(dot)com

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  13. I love the song "total eclipse of the heart" because we played it as a marching band song during competition one year. I was the field commander and I loved singing along to it as the band was playing.

    I am excited about watching the eclipse today. I'm hoping that everyone goes blind today and all the kids at school listen to their teachers and wear their glasses. If not, all the optometrists will be having a lot of business.

    Here's to eclipses, strange plants with weird, huge appetites (feeeed me Symour) and amazing 1980s songs. Thanks for the giveaway too! Sherylhbooth(at) gmail (dot) com

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    1. Does not go blind, I hope everyone does not go blind! Good grief. Typing on my phone can be dangerous.

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  14. I will watch on TV. It is very cloudy here with rain expected so who knows. Thanks for your giveaway. elliotbencan(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  15. We are not in the path of the eclipse. Lots of places to see it through.
    cjreynolds52(at)comcast(dot)net

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  16. Sheila Siarkiewicz says Happy Eclipse Day! Hopefully the clouds will disappear so we can see it.
    Sheila at generallylost(at)hotmail(dot) com

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  17. We will only get to see a little bit of the eclipse.

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  18. I'd love to be able to go watch the eclipse today but I am at work. Hopefully if I time it just right I can go see it on my lunch.

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  19. I'm not planning to watch the eclipse, not even on the tv. Think we are in an area of 90%, or almost that much, but 1) I have way too much to do today -- moving in 3 weeks. 2) Didn't get any glasses, and not interested in making the pinhole thing. 3) Just really could care less??
    Give me a good book to read any time. 😀


    Donna ---
    donna (dot) durnell (at) sbcglobal (dot) net

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  20. Brooklyn is getting almost 72% viewing of this event. I'm going to opt out and be in the house reading a book and watching it on the tv. I didn't bother buying the special filter glasses... When I finish typing this comment I'm heading out to get ALL of my errands done quickly.

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  21. not watching(except on line). staying in and reading.adding your book to TBR!

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  22. Thanks for the chance. Janngrogan@yahoo.com

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  23. We are in the path of the eclipse, but not at its totality. We are having a big thunderstorm now, so if it doesn't clear up, we won't see it. We will probably watch it on tv or the internet. Becky lelandandbecky at reagan dot com

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  24. Well, we are only going to have a partial eclipse here----but now it has started raining so we won't even see that. Darn! Thanks for your contest.
    suefarrell.farrell@gmail.com

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  25. I'm watching the eclipse on tv, the safe way! lclee59(at)centurylink(dot)net

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  26. What an awesome prize package, thank you! barbie17(at)gmail(dot)com

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  27. Here in the UP of Michigan, it will be partial, but I'm still going to watch it with my pinhole projector. bobwiesmann at gmail dot com.

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  28. Looking forawrd to seeing the eclipse today !!! Thank you for the chance to win! readingjunkie209@gmail.com
    - Tori

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  29. No elcipse for us..it is raining..figures right??? Vickiela3@hotmail.com Vickie

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  30. The forecast is cloudy for this afternoon when the eclipse is supposed to be! Hope we can tell when it does. Thanks for the chance to win! annelovell12@yahoo.com

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  31. My first and only eclipse (until 10:18 this morning) was the 1979 event. I was in the 4th grade and living in the Eclipse Center of the World-Goldendale, WA!!!! Can hardly wait for the one today!!! This time I get to share it with my GED students!!!! Amazing that this time around I am the teacher instead of the student! Thanks for the chance to win!!!!

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  32. Not sure what will happen here in upper NY with the eclipse but excited to see it! Thanks for the great giveaway!!

    drose10276@optonline.net

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  33. I am in Colorado, and the eclipse starts here at 10:20 a.m. and peaks at 11:43 a.m. I actually have a pair of solar eclipse glasses, the sky is clear, so it should be an amazing experience. I remember watching the last eclipse through a box, and that was pretty cool. I'm going to go and play Total Eclipse of the Heart now! bobandcelia@sbcglobal.net

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  34. Our library is going to be streaming the NASA feed
    sgiden at verizon(.)net

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  35. Not gonna lie, I'm a little excited that I live in the path of totality (Salem, OR). I have my daughter with me today so we can watch it together.
    awilcox1182@gmail.com

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  36. I'll be watching the eclipse on TV. We're only getting a partial here, and it may also be storming. lkleback@hotmail.com

    Linda

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  37. 85% here in Wisconsin the library is having a party about it. Donamaekutska7@gmail.com thanks for the chance!

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  38. Will be watching it on the news. Thank you for the opportunity! Meg85242 at gmail dot com.

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  39. That is a great song! Supposedly the eclipse is happening here right now, but it ended up being overcast today so I'll have to view it online. Thanks for the contest! Marla: mbradeen@yahoo.com

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  40. Great song - watching the eclipse on TV.

    jtcgc at yahoo dot com

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  41. What a fun post! It was a bit cloudy here, but watched some good coverage on tv too.
    JHolden955(at)gmail(dot)com

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  42. I'm in Illinois and I was lucky enough to get a pair of eclipse glasses from the library. We had an 87% eclipse here. It was cloudy but I was able to see the eclipse. It was really amazing to see.
    diannekc8(at)gmail(dot)com

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  43. I'm in Illinois and I was lucky enough to get a pair of eclipse glasses from the library. We had an 87% eclipse here. It was cloudy but I was able to see the eclipse. It was really amazing to see.
    diannekc8(at)gmail(dot)com

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  44. I was able to view the eclipse today. Very cool. turtle6422(at)gmail(dot)com

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  45. A great selection of songs. Bonnie Tyler and Lionel Ritchie were a couple of our faves. Enjoyed the post. Love the cover. Am looking forward to this book. So hoping for sooner. Rather than later. Della at deepotter (at) peoplepc (dot) com

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  46. I saw some of the eclipse. And love those songs! Karamarks0463 at att dot net.

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  47. Watch eclipse on T.V since I am in Nevada not much to see until 2045 mama2bulls(at)gmail(dot)com

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  48. I love this "blast from the past"...and I remember all those songs! Saw some of the eclipse from the safety of my office window. aut1063(at)gmail(dot)com

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  49. Had a great time at the Adler Planetarium watching the eclipse, even though it was cloudy.
    Trotskyn@att.net

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  50. ha ha I laughed as we also watched through negatives in 1979. Don't think glasses were so readily available. None of us went blind. Would so love this book. Georgia
    queenvictoria50 (at) aol (dot) com

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  51. It was fantastic seeing today's eclipse. Thanks for the fun giveaway. doward1952(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  52. What a fun, historical piece! And yes, I remember Total Eclipse of the Heart well...Didn't have the right "specs" to watch the limited view we had in Arizona so I am enjoying people's photos, instead. Thank you for the opportunity to win; have enjoyed this series so far and love the mug! jeaniedannheim (at) ymail (dot) com

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  53. I watched on tv. Couldn't find glasses and I need my eyes to read books!!!!!!!!
    Oneponychick66@hotmail.com

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  54. I watched the eclipse today with my kiddos, we loved it. 90% were we live so we didn't drive, we just stayed home. I can't wait to read this, I need a mini vacation... Thank you for the chance!
    konecny7(at)gmail(dot)com Marci

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  55. There was not much to see in NJ...skies were a little cloudy and it never really got that dark. Oh well. At least I got to see it on TV. Thanks for the lovely giveaway opportunity. Kuzlin(at)aol(dot)com

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  56. Only had partial and did not see it. Loved news coverage on the areas in totality. Thanks for the chance. Maceoindo (at) yahoo (dot) com

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  57. The song has been on my mind all week, lol! Good prizes. Veronica, vboudreau57@gmail.com

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  58. Didn't have glasses so didn't see much. Barely got grey even, kinda expected darker but the whole experience watching people outside with their excitement was fun. crucible3 (at) cox (dot) net

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  59. Living in Ohio there was only a partial view of the eclipse but through television news I found many segments to follow. The music you included in your blog are right up my genre. Thanks for the memories and chance to enter your giveaway. robeader53(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  60. It was partial and overcast where I am so it just got a little darker - looked like it was going to rain.
    My favorite eclipse meme was one of Rutger Hauer as Navarre with a Hawk on his arm saying "Some people look forward to the eclipse more than others."

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  61. I saw a partial solar eclipse a long time ago, so I didn't try to see this one. I will look into this again in 20 or 30 years!

    jsmith[delete brackets]3may[delete brackets]2011

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  62. I saw the eclipse in cloudy Chicago through welder's glass. It was very cool. Can't begin to tell you how pleased that this series lives!! kim7corn(at)gmail(dot)com

    Thanks for the contest!!!

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  63. Eclipse was amazing in Tennessee! So happy the hubby and I got to see it in our own front yard. dr(dot)oldsmobile(at)icloud(dot)com

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  64. Unfortunately didn't have the glasses, so watched it on TV. It didn't get very dark here either. The pictures from the places that did see the whole thing were awesome. Thanks for the giveaway package. Louise, lou817bee@neo.rr.com

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  65. Boy does 1984 seem like a lifetime ago, oh wait it was, lol. We were lucky this time to be in the path of the totality. Even got a few photos. Thanks for the chance to win this amazing prize pack. kayt18 (at) comcast (dot) net

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  66. I live on the West coast so we just got to see a bit of it. Thanks for the chance to win
    penney penneyw(at)sbcglobal.net

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  67. It was too overcast here to see anything, plus I live in Indiana so wouldn't have seen all that much anyway, even if I'd used the welding goggles in the house. Oh well, there's always next time!

    christineocheallaigh (at) yahoo (dot) com

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  68. watched it all on TV but did have to go out about the time it was in our area. Only darkened a little bit here in Pennsylvania!!! patkuhn05(at) gmail (dot) com

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  69. had partial where I am was pretty cool watch coverage on tv

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  70. I didn't watch the eclipse, but I really love that song. Thanks for having the giveaway.
    ayancey1974(at) gmail (dot) com

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  71. Not much of an eclipse where I live. There was a bit of cloud cover so watched it on tv. awesome
    Joy
    jwisley(at)aol(dot)com

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  72. Watched on NASA tv while plying some yarn on my spinning wheel. Thanks for the giveaway! teabird17 *at* yahoo * dot * com

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  73. We had an 86% eclipse. Fabulous!
    littleone
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  74. Hard to decide between reading your book or watching the eclipse. So, I read between checking the sun/moon

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  75. I will watch it on TV. Thank you for the giveaway.

    Kit3247(at)aol(dot)com

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  76. I watched on TV, but also was fascinated at the shadow reflection by the front door of our library. ljbonkoski@yahoo.com

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  77. I've been thinking of that song too. We watched partly on TV and through a small hole in a cardboard box.But our trees put on a pretty show too, on our deck and cartop, etc. It was pretty neat. jluebke(at)frontier(dot)com

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  78. We watched it on Science Channel from Oregon. Fabulous as is your books. Thank you for this opportunity.

    Jeannie - cozynice@yahoo.com

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  79. Love this series! stylewise by debra (at) gmail (dot) com

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  80. I missed the eclipse! Thanks for offering this giveaway!
    lindaherold999(at)gmail(dot)com

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  81. Oh those 80's, what memories of the hair, the clothes and the music. Thanks for the giveaway.
    sallycootie(at)gmail(dot)com

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  82. No eclipse watching for me thanks to rain and a nap!
    kpbarnett1941[at]aol.com

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  83. The eclipse was great! I got to see it with my grandsons. In 1984 I had one son and one on the way. Oh, the memories!
    eswright18 at gmail dot com

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  84. Thank you all so much for entering. I have chosen and emailed the winner!!

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