Eclipsing Antiquated Laws

Today in Denver, which lies just south of the Path of Totality, I was offered the opportunity to look directly at the solar eclipse by someone proffering a pair of paper sunglasses adorned with the printed logos of an oil change chain and a local news station. I declined, saying that I would watch it on television or Twitter.

My eyes, while still reasonably good, are not what they used to be and I didn't want to take any chances. I was already experiencing the eclipse without seeing it. A surreal dimming of the mid-day light at 11:47 am was accompanied by cooler air. One client, who lives in the foothills, said that she heard warnings about possible increased rattlesnake activity due to the eclipse (which made no sense to me, since as I understand it, reptiles become less active in cooler temperatures.)

Eclipse can be used as both a noun and a verb. I have always preferred the verb form:

"Today in Denver, the sun was 95% eclipsed by the moon."

I like this one even better:

"Within our lifetimes, antiquated laws rooted in shame and secrecy will be eclipsed by new ones guaranteei