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Just checking in

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How are you guys doing? 

The news is frightening, and I hear so many heartbreaking stories hitting too close to home.

The world is so vast, but we’re all sharing this experience.

And we’ve chosen none of this.

Many of our usual cultural and personal touchstones are off-limits now.

So here online and on the phone, I’ve been touching base with various local and not-so-local friends.  I want to know how you are. 

Author Michelle Holland and the New Forest Pony

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A few years ago, a story made the rounds on the internet about the New Forest Pony being listed on the U.K.’s Rare Breeds Survival Trust , along with Clydesdale and Shire horses.
Then, author Michelle Holland approached me about appearing here on the blog as she releases her second book for young adults.
New Forest ponies are a breed with a registry and a long history but many are also living and roaming in the New Forest, and a part of British culture since the end of the last Ice Age, according to the New Forest Pony Breeding and Cattle Society.
About 3,000 ponies reportedly roam the New Forest of southern England, but they’re not wild, technically. The New Forest website talks about how they’re owned by “commoners” — think “Boston Commons,” for a starter image — and graze on common lands.

How Michelle got started

Eclipse! No, THE Eclipse!

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Calendar pageOn my desk calendar for weeks has been an entry for Aug. 21, 2017 – Eclipse!

A flip forward to future weeks with quick glance always caused me to do a doubletake:

“What? This early?”

Every. Time.

I had to hastily scrawl a “The” above “Eclipse” to stop the “What?” and involuntary spike in adrenalin.

My days have enough of those.

So, “Eclipse” refers to this:

Solar Eclipse Diagram
Image courtesy NASA

Not that: