Two Minutes Forty Seconds Equals One Awe Inspiring Day In Kentucky

If anyone mentions Kelly, Kentucky, you might shake your head and say, “I got nothing.” But for me, August 21, 2017, became a moment of spiritual connection with the universe, a moment with history, and a memory with my daughter and granddaughter I would not trade for anything. 8-21 4

Leaving home Sunday afternoon for the 3 hour trip to South Western Kentucky to camp out under the stars before attending the spot for 100% totality for the solar eclipse that made the United States gather together in friendship with no negative thoughts and no political agenda. The three-hour trip was nice and went by at a quick pace. Only a few stops for gasoline, drinks and a potty break, meant we were right on time. While driving toward the house we were camping outside of, we noticed a few interesting features near the corn and tobacco fields. There is a “Share the Road” sign, but it is the most adorable sign I have ever seen.

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We arrived with enough light to put up the tent and blow up the air mattresses. I admit the air mattresses were a selling point for me. Hips that sleep on a hard ground hurt at my age.

After the mooing cow, howling coyote, and hooting owl quieted down we all grabbed some sleep. A very early morning wake up call by the most cheerful bird ever, meant I had a little time on my hands for my morning relaxation, meditation, and quiet. To me, meditation is scrolling through mail reading blogs. I never learned that “clear your mind” technique.

By nine o’clock everyone was ready to go to the park and attend the Little Green Man Festival.

After leaving the camp site, we ran across some of the “Natural monuments and visitors” in place for the event.  Just a few blocks from the mooing midnight insomniac cow and hooting owl, the festival was laid out for human and canine entertainment.

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Once we arrived at the park,  we began to see the familiar theme that celebrates the local history of the Kelly Kentucky Invasion.  An event that occurred on, August 21, 1955, and has been told and retold throughout the years.  There is a book written by the Taylor Family. Plus several episodes on Discovery channel and other space questioning networks.  The Taylor family members claimed to have encountered at least one and as many as fifteen little silverish men with a green glow and yellow eyes.

Games filled the square such as the hamster ball where children and adults alike were climbing inside and attempting to spin an air filled ball. Bobbing on top of the pool over the water like a hamster wheel. Fun areas of bouncy houses for the kids and even the popular harnessed bungee jumping opportunity, everyone was eating, playing, and laughing as we waited for the designated time. 11:56 AM was when the very first bite was taken out of the top right corner of the Sun by our own small Moon.

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Everyone began to claim a chair under the tents so that they could fight off a little of the 93-degree day. With bottles of water and the scent of sunscreen, we crept out of the edges of the tent to see how the moon was progressing. On and on it moved as the children grabbed a quick last ride and one last bounce.

When the countdown began that we were five minutes from the totality, every person grabbed a spot on the grass, looking up, eclipse glasses perched on the nose.  One man wore a welders helmet, I only felt bad for him as he had to be burning up.

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Then the magic moment happened. The Moon slipped in front of the Sun and there for one brief breathtaking moment, the diamond ring appeared then utter beauty. A black circle with a dancing halo surrounding it. A burning ball of gas we could safely admire for the next two minutes.

At that time glasses came off and stunned people spun round and round looking at everything at once.  The two planets winking in the sky reminding us that they hide there during the daylight hours all the time, just one brief blink away.

Clapping that had begun at the sight of the diamond ring was abruptly silenced. It was completely silent. No one spoke. Children gripped their eclipse glasses which they had until a moment before been so afraid to look without, in order not to be permanently blinded by a careless glance.

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Children laid back on the ground as photos were taken of the complete 380-degree sunset colored horizon.  This was why it was so important to make that trip. This is the thing, you didn’t expect to see.  The air was now almost ten degrees cooler. It felt good, damp hair began to cool in the breeze and for two minutes and forty seconds everyone had a look of awe on their faces, big burly men, dainty women, cool teenagers in designer clothes, and cosplay girls, all stood together feeling the tranquility of the moment.

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Then a wink, a blink, and the command, “Put on your glasses, now!”

Twilight began to move off as the afternoon sun began to once again heat the earth with that eons old promise to shine and protect us and give us a habitable environment to call home.  Yes, the moon was still creeping across the front of that glowing orb, but the magic still enveloped us. We all felt connected. We all shared that moment. It was magical.

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The minutes had ticked by and we were now ready to move back into the real world. The world of massive traffic jams, five miles an hour treks home. the magic was disbursing.  But there was still a hint of joy. A total stranger won an Eclipse car and we all cheered like he was our baby brother winning. There was still a newness to the event. We had shared a moment. For that two minutes and forty seconds, we were all changed.

Now we needed to return to our lives at home. The schools would be back in session, the boss would expect us to clock in, the hurried drivers would cut off each other and grumble about the traffic. But one thing remained when we all got off on various exits, we stood in line, for the restrooms, the counter to order dinner, or a tall bottle of water to cool off from the heated day, we stood in a line, spoke of what we had seen, and laughed. We smiled, we shared and we felt a kinsmanship with the other 3 million people that were packed onto a two lane parkway heading Nort South East and West.  We all were heading home separately, after one awe inspiring day together.

 

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When I said we laughed, I meant it. We laughed when Angie found the line between EST and CST on the Parkway in Kentucky.  My daughter is a comedian. We laughed for miles.

What did you see? Where did you go? How did you find humanity? Share with me, I truly am interested!

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Exciting Giveaways each week! Join in Weekly and Win!

If you like children’s book and middle-grade books or just family friendly books, then join us for our new feature.  The Feature: We’re Sharing with You is live now.

In the Facebook group, Parents, Find Children’s Books and Authors here, you can sign up for a chance to win a variety of prizes.  Children’s books, merchandise from participating authors, special bling, and swag will be issued to the weekly winners. With just a few hours notice, we already have authors lined up with prizes. Prizes will be drawn on Friday, August 18, 2017, and every Friday after that while supplies last.

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If you have never been on Facebook this is a wonderful way to begin. Sign in at Facebook.com and create a profile. Add a nice profile picture and you will be on your way. click the link and you will find yourself surrounded by authors, readers, parents, and more. We will show you the ropes.

One thing is for sure, these authors love to share with readers. Take a moment to meet the authors, meet the other parents, and other readers. It is a welcoming group what will love having you with us.  As readers, we love books as much as you do.

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This is the fabulous prize this week.  A signed copy of The Adventures of Nick and Billy by Michael Hoard.  By the way, if you are in Poughkeepsie Saturday, drop in at Barnes and Noble and meet Michael in person.

We can’t wait to see you in the group!

 

 

Austin Texas Book Fair. Here is your personal invitation to participate and attend!

A special invitation to anyone close to Austin Texas from participating author Sarah Hays.   Thank you for sharing this opportunity.

 

Book Fair!

Hi everyone!  Recently, I discovered that Orange CoWorking is hosting a local Austin author’s book fair!  They are looking for authors who would like to participate in book readings and signings.  To participate, contact Laurie at laurie@orangecoworking.com

The deadline for entries is July 15th.

 

When : Saturday, July 22, 2017

Time : 10:00 am – 3:00 pm

Where : Orange Coworking

2110 West Slaughter Lane Suite 160

Austin, Texas 78748

 

As a new author, I emailed Laurie Leiker directly.  She sent me a google form, in which I provided my information.  Three levels of participation are available:

 

Level I : Books on display for sale, a table shared with other authors.  Participate in book signing.  $20.00

Level II : Books on display for sale on a table (shared with 1 other author).  Participate in book signing and read aloud.  $45.00

Level III : Books on display for sale on a solo table.  First choice of time slot for book reading and book signings. $60.00

 

To prepare, I am ordering stock of both my paperbacks and hardbound books as well as bringing a display stand.  I plan to bring stickers and brochures to pass out as well.  Feel free to bring whatever you’d like to promote your book!  I’d love to see you there!  

 

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I will be sharing more about Sarah Hays as she participates in a live reading on Facebook July 12th.  Children’s Book Authors are swimming in opportunities this summer. Join us for these amazing events.

Facebook and Goodreads Meld into one unified Group.

Today there is an active and ready for participation group on both Goodreads and Facebook.  These groups share a common name, Parents, Find Children’s Books and Authors. This is an excellent time to join up and look for new authors, old classics, fun series, and child appealing characters.

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Let’s start with a few links to show where you can join in the fun.  On Goodreads, you may join the group here.  Now before you think this is just another crazy idea bunny from Vicki, I can assure you we already have over 20 members. They might be quiet now, but you know I will get them talking sooner or later, I am hoping for sooner.

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Facebook is newer and less formed, but it is there ready for occupancy. The paint is a little sticky and the grout is still drying, but we are open for business. So meander on into the Facebook group here.

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So let’s talk about group plans on both sites.  We see this as a group that can share great books and new soon to be great books with children and their parents.  A chance to meet a few authors, order a signed copy of a book, ask questions of writers, readers, authors, publishers, and all genre specific.

Readers, meet your authors

This is not a spamming site where links will be posted on a daily basis running off readers with their sheer magnitude. There will be a book room where books can be listed, there will be an area for discounts, freebies, and giveaways. There will be an area for new releases.  So come on over to one of the two sites (read join both!) Share your skills in the children’s literature, early reader, chapter books, and child-friendly series.

 

What we need most at this point is word of mouth and sharing of the links. We are talking full out sharing, Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Google +, Reddit, Tumbler, and any other site you have seen parents, readers, and or authors lurking.  Help us make this a fun and totally interactive place for parents, readers, authors, and children at heart. And by all means, if you are a reader, writer, child at heart, then join us! We can’t wait to meet you too!

 

Looking for Authors, Artists, and More for Live hour Interviews on Online Radio

Itching to get your brand heard, find new followers, readers, fans? This is your opportunity. The always fun and interesting Yvonne Mason is searching for the guests for the final months of the year.  This means she is seeking Indie Authors, published authors, indie musicians, and others to join her for 60 minutes of entertaining and spontaneous radio.

It is fun, I have been a guest on the show, and Yvonne makes you feel comfortable and just as your getting all relaxed, the hour is gone.  This should show you what a fun time you are in for.

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Contact this wonderful host and get your 60 minutes of fame. It is a lot more lasting than the 15 minutes Warhol promised.  Yvonne will share your links, your website address, and your book information. Share this with your talented friends, for this great opportunity.

Email her today! Reach her here

Check out her show here: Off the chain Radio with Yvonne Mason

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Find out about her thrillers and mysteries here. YvonneMason.com

Finally, check out my book review on her amazing thriller The Mad Hatter

 

#MTW PLANNING SESSION 11-3-16 AT 7:00 PM EST. FACEBOOK GROUP EVENT!

EVERYONE IS WELCOME!  BRING A FRIEND, ANOTHER WRITER, OR A FELLOW BLOGGER. WE NEED YOU!

 

Also  bring your social media ideas for 10 days of Mystery and Thriller goodness. We want to hear everyone’s ideas and thoughts. This is all about you, Mystery Thriller writers, Join in and get involved!

 

WHAT IS #MYSTERYTHRILLERWEEK? 

An annual event that celebrates the Mystery, Thriller genre. Welcome to all writers, published or unpublished. The first annual Kickoff week begins Feb.12, 2017!

From February 12, 2017, until February 22, 2017, Authors, writers, bloggers, interviewers, and fans will unite to share the latest and greatest traditional and Indie mystery and thriller books available.

CAN I JOIN IN? 

Anyone that writes, blogs, reads, loves, and promotes mystery and thriller books can join in the fun.  In order to make this a success, we need participation from people willing to provide books to reviewers, bloggers to review these books, as well as interviewers who will allow us to get to know these amazing writers. Fans we need you to join in the events and meet and support these writers.

I’M NEW HERE: WHERE CAN I SIGN UP? 

The official website is www.mysterythrillerweek.com. Sign up there, keep up with the events and see who all is involved. Sign up as a writer or a blogger there are plenty of opportunities fro everyone.

WHAT CAN I DO TO HELP?

Pass the word along to other bloggers and writers.   Tweet hashtag #mysterythrillerweek and get others involved.  We are excited to be bringing this event to life and look forward to working with you.

Join us for a planning meeting on November 3, 2017, on Facebook. Join in here.