It’s Coming…with Another Surprise!

Dear Reader:

I thought it would be fun to create a compilation of ‘eclipse of the sun’ mementos for this Monday’s blog….so the post is filled with your personal or favorite photos of souvenirs and/or keepsakes of this once-in- a -lifetime event!

So if you have picked up a t-shirt or cap, found a memento in a gift shop or department store, postcards, notecards, etc….take a photo and email it to:

(*Would love to see some modeling going on with you readers too…perhaps with your cool protective glasses on! 🙂

I was trying to remember if Due West, South Carolina (my alma mater- Erskine College) was in the viewing path of the March 7, 1970 last total eclipse in S.C.)

*That path came up from Mexico through Florida, Georgia, the Carolinas, Virginia and then headed out to sea around Nantucket, MA.

I found a school picture of myself from 1970…my junior year at college and somehow I think the eclipse missed Due West…imagine that…a huge metropolis like Due West, S.C.?

(Either that or I was a typical college student… too involved in my “extra-curricular” dating activities to worry about some little dark circle covering the sun…having a date for Saturday night was eons more important back then!

As I stared at this projected map of the path of the total solar eclipse through South Carolina Monday…something started nagging at me…and then I realized what it was: * Look at the second map

The path Hurricane Hugo followed in September of 1989. The only difference is a slight turn to the right at the last minute as it headed to Charlotte.

*History repeating itself….did you notice how close Summerville came to not being in the viewing path of the total eclipse of the sun in the top map…we just squeaked in!!

You might have seen in the Post % Courier that NASA has arrived at the College of Charleston…Charleston is the last point in the U.S. where the eclipse will be seen until it heads out to sea. NASA’s first item of business is making sure that Clyde, the cougar mascot of the College of Charleston, has his protective glasses on.

BUT WAIT…there’s more. The God Wink of all God Winks…I still can’t believe something else special  is happening Monday, August 21…I have checked and re-checked this amazing phenomena…but you will have to wait until Monday to discover what it is!

Bring on those photos of the solar eclipse mementos you have -think of  pictures of posters, billboards,  signs along the road….there are a lot of public mementos…even if you don’t have a personal one.

*Email them to me by late Sunday afternoon so I will have time to get them added for Monday’s blog.

So until tomorrow…Just think…the wonder of the universe is about to be revealed to us.

Psalm 8: 3-4

When I look at your heavens, the work of your fingers, the moon and the stars, which you have set in place, what is man that you are mindful of him, and the son of man that you care for him?

“Today is my favorite day”  Winnie the Pooh

*****! And here is a free ‘Solar Eclipse” gift from Anne to anyone interested in having one of her post cards as a keepsake of this very special event. (She ordered 50 more postcards to give anybody who would  like one as a memento…You can email Anne to get her home address, then send a self-addressed enclosed… return/stamped envelope for the delivery back to you.)

Thank you Anne…how generous of you to share your talents for this special day!

* If you are interested in ordering several postcards or in bulk just let Anne know what you need when you email her and she can provide the information  needed for your individual wants .

(*You just aren’t going to believe this)

Stephanie emailed me last night and asked if I would like any other commemorative Clemson Tiger coke cartons and I said that I was sure Tommy could probably use some for clients if she just happened upon another carton anywhere when she was out and about…. but I was fine…don’t go to any extra trouble. (This was after nine o’clock last night) so I didn’t give it another thought.

Later I heard a ping on my Iphone and there was Stephanie again…saying Publix still had some and they were off. “They?” I thought!



The next ping said: “Score! Double God Wink. Mom went with me and we got you 4!  And we met Rose!”

Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson were at it again! Thank you Stephanie and Greta…y’all are amazing…I am still laughing and shaking my head!

About Becky Dingle

I was born a Tarheel but ended up a Sandlapper. My grandparents were cotton farmers in Laurens, South Carolina and it was in my grandmother’s house that my love of storytelling began beside an old Franklin stove. When I graduated from Laurens High School, I attended Erskine College (Due West of what?) and would later get my Masters Degree in Education/Social Studies from Charleston Southern. I am presently an adjunct professor/clinical supervisor at CSU and have also taught at the College of Charleston. For 28 years I taught Social Studies through storytelling. My philosophy matched Rudyard Kipling’s quote: “If history were taught in the form of stories, it would never be forgotten.” Today I still spread this message through workshops and presentations throughout the state. The secret of success in teaching social studies is always in the story. I want to keep learning and being surprised by life…it is the greatest teacher. Like Kermit said, “When you’re green you grow, when you’re ripe you rot.”
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2 Responses to It’s Coming…with Another Surprise!

  1. Rachel Edwards says:

    Wonder if they still have any…Blake and Emily are here and would like some. ..

    On Aug 19, 2017 6:03 AM, “Chapel of Hope Stories” wrote:

    > Becky Dingle posted: ” Dear Reader: I thought it would be fun to create a > compilation of ‘eclipse of the sun’ mementos for this Monday’s blog….so > the post is filled with your personal or favorite photos of souvenirs > and/or keepsakes of this once-in- a -lifetime event! ” >


    • Becky Dingle says:

      Call the Publix on Trolley and select Customer Service…they can tell you immediately….they still had some last night. The other Publix on Dorchester and Ashley Phosphate were supposed to put theirs out today….so there is a good chance they have some if the the Publix on Trolley is out.


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