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News and Views: Solar Eclipse

Newsletter – Tuesday, April 16, 2024

April 16th, 2024

Did everyone get a chance to check out the total solar eclipse that occurred last week? If you’re reading this from the path of totality, send pics! 

If you missed it, you’ll have to wait a while; the next solar eclipse visible from the U.S. won’t occur until 2044. The true umbraphiles among us won’t have to wait quite so long, as there is another eclipse coming on August 12, 2026. You’ll just have to travel to Greenland, Iceland, or the Iberian Peninsula to see it. Umbraphile is a new word that I learned last week. It’s Latin for “lover of the shadow.” Hopefully, that serves you well at trivia night someday!

My parents took our youngest daughter camping in Ohio for three nights so they could get a good view from the path of totality. Mila is 5 and that was the longest that she had been away from her parents by herself (without her sisters). I’m happy to report that she had a lot of fun, and she barely missed us!

I caught my glimpses of the eclipse through the sunroof of my car as I was headed to a leadership development class in Arlington, VA. I promise I was not distracted driving, there was a bad accident on Interstate 70 that had traffic shut down for a couple hours, so it was all perfectly safe.

Mila and I are probably the most high-maintenance members of our household, so my wife really enjoyed those couple days of peace and quiet at the Tuscano abode. Caitlin would tell you that is rarer than any total solar eclipse!

I hope everyone had the opportunity to stop and gaze skyward for a few moments on April 8th as the moon and the sun did their celestial dance. This world is full of wonder, and sometimes we need an event like the eclipse to remind us of that. Eclipses are awe-inspiring, and awe reminds us that we’re a small part of something much larger. When we realize that, it’s easier to feel a connection to other people, which is never a bad thing!

Speaking of, have you connected with our brokerage team lately? Jeremy and Linda have been knocking down some nice specialty brokerage accounts lately. They’ve been finding success with tougher habitational, high TIV property, energy and environmental risks, hazardous contracting classes, and high limit excess lines (to name a few). Our brokerage team has the knowledge and expertise, as well as the relationships with the carriers that specialize in those classes and lines of business, to help you get those deals done. If you’ve got something really hard to place, or if you’d like a second opinion on a large renewal, give Jeremy or Linda a call. They love to help!

As always, I’d love to hear how we’re treating you. Please call or drop me a line to let me know!


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