” … God Bless the Moon and God Bless Me…

Dear Reader:

Another beautiful full moon prior to the solar eclipse… I took two photos around 10 PM Sunday evening… beachcombers told me the beach strand looked like there was flood lights reflecting off the ocean until the eclipse began and then flashlights and lanterns dotted the beach.

This photo I took looks like a Van Gogh painting with the inexplicable wavy abstract lights

From the beginning of creation… man has been fascinated with myths and stories about the moon’s existence and particularly an eclipse. The earliest story on record comes from China dating back to 2134 B.C.

The Chinese believed a solar eclipse was caused by an invisible dragon eating the sun. So the emperor thought if the drummers beat drums and the archers shot arrows… the frightened dragon would leave the sun alone and daylight would return.

Unfortunately two royal astronomers, Hsi and Ho, mis – estimated the correct time of the eclipse, thus no drums or arrows… even the return of daylight later didn’t spare the emperor’s wrath and the two astronomers’ heads!

Christopher Columbus used a solar eclipse ( while stranded in Jamaica) as a way to keep the natives feeding the explorers when he announced that God would send darkness into the midday if they didn’t keep feeding his men… so when the darkness descended and later lifted ( by the boastful Columbus) the once reluctant and now scared natives quickly scurried around collecting more food.

These days, even with all the scientific knowledge we have about a solar or lunar eclipse … it still feels magical as we watch in awe! Yesterday I went searching for more awe inspiring natural beauty sites and more fun unexplained Edisto whimsy!

Beautiful entrance to Botany Bay
Entrance into John and Mandy’s wedding site on Edisto… gorgeous!
14 year anniversary this month!
Meet Mr Boogie Bones-the pirate who still hangs around the island… fun whimsy!

So until tomorrow… As awe-inspiring as the lunar eclipse was Sunday night… don’t we get the feeling that it pales behind the Creator Who started it all… life and all its mysteries.

Today is my favorite day… Winnie the Pooh

It was another fun, favorite day… Jackson’s sister, Em, and her brother-in-law Jack came to Edisto to see Jackson! We had such fun!!

Emily gave us these adorable ” Porch Drinks” cups-so we followed the directions!!!🙌

Safe travels home yesterday Jack and Em… what fun we all had catching up! 💗

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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