Tomorrowland

Magical Blogorail: Tackling Tomorrowland at Night!

Welcome to this month’s Blogorail Green Loop. Today we are taking a tour of the lands at Walt Disney World’s Magic Kingdom Park.


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Seen from Bay Lake Tower, Space Mountain in the foreground, with Cinderella Castle in the distant.

Tomorrowland, that land in the Magic Kingdom, home to some incredible attractions:

Walt Disney’s Carousel of Progress

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Walt Disney’s Carousel of Progress

Buzz Lightyear’s Space Ranger Spin

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Buzz Lightyear’s Space Ranger Spin

Astro Orbiter

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Astro Orbiter

and many others!  But for this post, I’m focusing on perhaps the greatest part of this land — experiencing it at night!

For me, outside of Main Street, U.S.A., I think that Tomorrowland has the best setup possible to really capture what the Magic Kingdom is like at night.  With the futuristic theming, incredibly brilliant colors for such rides as Astro Orbiter and the neon of some of the attraction signs, Tomorrowland is truly a land that you will want to experience both day and night at the Magic Kingdom.

With that being said, though, what better way to show what I mean than by sharing some great photos? Have a look at these!

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©Disney — Monsters, Inc., Laugh Floor shines brightly in the night in Tomorrowland.

 

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©Disney – The Astro Orbiter is a fixture in Tomorrowland, with it’s ring of planets.

 

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©Disney – Another shot of Astro Orbiter, with Space Mountain in the background.

 

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©Disney – In Tomorrowland, you can also enjoy the Wishes Fireworks Dessert Party!

Thank you for joining me today!  Please tell me, what do you think of visiting Tomorrowland at night? For me, it’s a must, I hope it is for you as well!

For more tours of the lands of the Magic Kingdom,
check out the other great posts from the Blogorail!


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On the Road at the NC Museum of Art

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The West Building of the North Carolina Museum of Art. Image Credit: On the Road with Mickey.

On the Road at the NC Museum of Art

By Mike Ellis.

Yesterday we talked about the Museum Park that exists on the grounds of the North Carolina Museum of Art; today, we continue our look at this museum by exploring the museum itself, and tomorrow, to wrap up our look at this great museum, we are going to talk about the special exhibit that is wrapping up soon, featuring works of M. C. Escher and Leonardo Da Vinci.

The NC Museum of Art features two buildings; the West Building and the East Building.  East Building is where the special exhibits are featured, and where the Escher and Da Vinci exhibits are housed.  Today, Cindy and I explored the West Building, which is home to the permanent collection.  I don’t know exactly how big it is in terms of square footage, but it houses a large collection of paintings, sculptures, and more, including the tranquil Rodin Garden.  At just two miles from my house, the Museum of Art is conveniently located to be able to get over for a visit almost any time.

Background History

In 1947 the state legislature appropriated $1 million to purchase a collection of art for the people of North Carolina. The appropriation, which was unheard of at the time and drew national attention, was in response to a then-anonymous challenge grant from noted philanthropist Samuel H. Kress of New York through the persuasive efforts of Robert Lee Humber. Humber was an international lawyer and native of Greenville, N.C.

Humber worked tirelessly with the legislature to ensure the bill’s passage. An amended bill was finally passed in the waning hours of the last day of the legislative session. Rep. John Kerr of Warren County, in support of the bill, famously said, “Mr. Speaker, I know I am facing a hostile audience, but man cannot live by bread alone.”

The initial $1 million legislative appropriation was used to purchase 139 European and American paintings and sculptures.

The Kress Foundation matched the $1 million appropriation with a gift of 70 works of art, primarily Italian Renaissance, adding the Museum to its program of endowing regional museums throughout the United States with works from the Kress Collection. The Kress gift to the Museum became the largest and most important of any except that given to the National Gallery of Art. The Museum’s original collection, along with the Kress gift, established the North Carolina Museum of Art as one of the premier art museums. (NCMA)

Until today, I had no idea that North Carolina’s art heritage went back that far, or that the State had such an early attention towards the arts.  That in and of itself is pretty cool to me.  What follows is some of the pieces that I enjoyed the most, I hope you like them, and that it is a driving force towards getting you over to the Museum on a visit of your own one day!

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Lines that Link Humanity, El Anatsui, 2008

 

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Indian Fantasy, Marsden Hartley, 1914

 

A201 Ribat, Jackie Ferrara, 1979.

A201 Ribat, Jackie Ferrara, 1979.

 

Tar Baby vs. St. Sebastian, Michael Richards, 1999.

Tar Baby vs. St. Sebastian, Michael Richards, 1999.

 

Untitled, Kay Hassan, 2013

Untitled, Kay Hassan, 2013

 

Egungun Costume, Artist Unknown, 20th Century.

Egungun Costume, Artist Unknown, 20th Century.

 

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Coffin of Amunred, Egyptian, Possibly from Heracleopolis, Third Intermediate – Late Period Dynasty 25-26, circa 715-525 B.C.E.

 

Inner Coffin of Djedmut, Egyptian, possibly from Thebes, Third Intermediate - Late Period Dynasty 25-26, circa 715-525 B.C.E.

Inner Coffin of Djedmut, Egyptian, possibly from Thebes, Third Intermediate – Late Period Dynasty 25-26, circa 715-525 B.C.E.

 

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Sawfish Headdress, Artist Unknown, 20th Century

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The Kiss, Auguste Rodin, Modeled circa 1881-1882, cast later.

 

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Part of the Rodin Garden, a tranquil setting outside the NC Museum of Art.

 

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The Eruption of Mt. Vesuvius, Pierre-Jacques Volaire, 1777

 

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St. John the Baptist, Jusepe de Ribera, circa 1624.

I hope you have liked exploring the NC Museum of Art with me.  There is a lot to see and do here, and it is well worth your effort to make the trip if you are a local or in the area.  Have you been to the Art Museum? Tell me, what did you think of it?  Let me know in the comments, and thanks for stopping by!

 

Prayers for the Week – The Great Commission

The Great Commission

Hello my friends, and welcome to this week’s Prayers for the Week post.  Last week, Cindy, Sophie and I went to Virginia to celebrate our niece Kennedy’s first birthday!  As part of the weekend, we also went to Stephanie and Shane’s new church in Middletown, the First Baptist Church of Middletown.  We had never been before, but the hospitality we received there was very gracious, and quite humbling to us.  During his sermon, Pastor Mike Blitch spoke on what we Christians are called to do in our daily lives — and front and center, our focus needs to be on witnessing to others, to make disciples of Jesus Christ throughout all the lands.  In Theology speak, I know of that as the Great Commission, as illustrated in Matthew 28:16-20.  Let’s read it together here:

16Now the eleven disciples went to Galilee, to the mountain to which Jesus had directed them. 17And when they saw him they worshiped him, but some doubted. 18And Jesus came and said to them, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. 19Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.” ~ Matthew 28:16-20 (ESV)

My friends, it is as simple and clear as that.  We are to go out and share with them the love that Jesus has for them, and to remind them that He loves them just like He loves us.  I do this somewhat through these prayer posts, but that isn’t enough.  I’ve got to be better at witnessing to others throughout the day, each and every day, not just on Sunday mornings when this posts or when I’m at church.  To help in that, I’m taking with me everywhere I go a special journal that is for prayer requests.  Here are the prayers that are needed from that book.  If you need prayer, please let us know so that we can pray for you also.

Prayers for Health

  • For Daniel and his wife Amanda, the cancer that Daniel is fighting.
  • For my Dad, who overdid it last weekend.
  • For my Mom, and her continued recovery from breast cancer.
  • For Stephanie and her baby, and their continued good health as she approaches her due date.
  • For my wife Cindy, and the ailments that she is fighting.
  • For Nyruthi’s father, who was in a car accident.
  • For Phil’s Mom, who was in a car accident with multiple injuries.
  • For Chase, who was injured many years ago and has been on my mind this past week.
  • For Aunt Kitty, who suffered injuries in a car accident.
  • For Phil and his mysterious ailment.
  • For President Carter and his cancer treatment.
  • For Joyce’s husband Milton who has Pancreatitis.

Prayers for Jobs

  • For Alex who is looking for a programming position.
  • For those that were RIFfed recently.
  • For Stephanie.
  • For Angie.

Prayers for Peace

  • For Cindy
  • For Sophie
  • For Robin
  • For Jim
  • For Sherry
  • For Sebastian
  • For Holly
  • For Aunt Saundra

Prayers for our Enemies

  • For those that act foolishly without giving consideration to how it will impact others.
  • For those that would cause harm to others.
  • For terrorists that they would see the folly of their ways and repent.
  • For those that speak unkind words without thinking about the harm they may have on others.
  • For bullies, who need to know that their behavior is not correct, but who also need to be loved.

Prayers for the Lost

  • A special prayer for those that do not know Jesus, for those that haven’t been saved, for those that don’t realize that not choosing either for or against Jesus is the same as not choosing Jesus.
  • A special prayer for those that have lost loved ones, even if they are not “Lost”, they still have a hole that is empty at this time.

Prayers for Finance

  • Prayers for those that are struggling, that need some assistance in dealing with their finances.  It is a humbling experience to know that you are not managing your money wisely and that often, Pride gets in the way of asking for help from whomever, whether it be your bank, your spouse, your family, whomever.

Praises!

  • Praises to God for Stefan, who has been at Edenton Street for 8 years now!
  • Praises to God for Stephanie and Shane and Lindsey!
  • Praises to God for Leslie and Matt and Kennedy!
  • Praises to God for Mom and Dad!
  • Praises to God for Brett and Tara!
  • Praises to God for Robin and Jim!
  • Praises to God for our celebration of our 15th Anniversary!
  • Praises to God for Sophie!
  • Lastly, Praises to God for Jesus, and His ultimate sacrifice for us.

Lord, please be with us this week, as we think of those that we have listed here today.  Please be with them and help them as only You can, and grant them Your Peace in their lives, so that they wouldn’t worry, but would be filled with the Peace that only You can give, the Peace that says that it’s going to be okay, that You are with us.  Please impart on them a spirit of confession, that they would confess to You the sins that they have in their lives, and that they would ask for Your forgiveness and that they would turn their lives over to You.  Now, please be with us as we pray the prayer that Jesus taught us to pray:

Our Father, who art in Heaven,
Hallowed be thy name.
Thy Kingdom come, Thy Will be done,
On earth as it is in Heaven.

Give us this day our daily bread,
And forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us.
Lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.
For thine is the Kingdom, and the Power, and the Glory forever and ever. Amen.

Have a safe week, everyone, and remember, add your prayer requests to our lists so we can pray for you as well!  Thank you for following us and praying with us so faithfully!

Prayers for the Week – Proverbs 27:1-2

Proverbs 27:1-2

{Editor’s Note: Hello my friends, welcome to this week’s Prayers for the Week post!  Starting today, we are sharing things a little differently.  I’ve created a special site, called Prayers for the Week, and that is where we will write our prayer posts on.  However, each week we’ll write an introduction here, and invite you to link over to that post to read it fully.  Please give this a try, and let me know what you think.  It may be that this is a good idea, but it may be that this isn’t, so give it a shot and let me know what you think.  Thanks!}

1Do not boast about tomorrow,
for you do not know what a day may bring.
2Let another praise you, and not your own mouth;
a stranger, and not your own lips. ~ Proverbs 27:1-2 (ESV)

Why do we as a people find it so easy to march to the beat of our own drum?  Why do we insist on telling the world how great we are?  What is it that we absolutely must look after number one?  Why have we forgotten so much about the one who created us?  Over at our Prayers for the Week site, explore with me some of the Biblical reasons for why we are here, and let’s look at how we can change our thinking.  Please click on over and read our post and pray with us!

Prayers for the Week – Independence Day

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Yesterday was Independence Day in the United States.  The 4th of July is a remembering of the day that our country fought to be independent from the tyranny of the English rule under King George III.  Yesterday was the 239th birthday of the United States.  I hope that you had a great day, that you were safe, that you were able to celebrate with family and friends, and that you were able to enjoy the freedoms that you enjoy today because of the blood of those that serve today and served in the past to keep America free.  I hope you took time to remember them on this day.

As great as this day is, in many ways I’m saddened by the direction our country is taking.  I don’t have a whole lot to share with you, except perhaps this: as independent as our country is, we would do well to remember that it isn’t our independence that matters, but rather, our dependence on God that will save this country going forward.  The battleground for our souls starts in the grey matter, our minds, where the Devil is busy telling us that we are doing great, that we are free to choose our own path, and that all we need to rely on is ourselves!  While this is true, we are free to choose, we should think about all of the paths available to us before we actually make that choice.  I’m going to close with a Bible verse of what I see happening in this day and age, and what I believe is going to happen even more moving forward.  Read with me, please the words from the second book of Timothy:

1But understand this, that in the last days there will come times of difficulty. 2For people will be lovers of self, lovers of money, proud, arrogant, abusive, disobedient to their parents, ungrateful, unholy, 3heartless, unappeasable, slanderous, without self-control, brutal, not loving good, 4treacherous, reckless, swollen with conceit, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God, 5having the appearance of godliness, but denying its power. Avoid such people. 6For among them are those who creep into households and capture weak women, burdened with sins and led astray by various passions, 7always learning and never able to arrive at a knowledge of the truth. ~ 2 Timothy 3:1-7 (ESV)

My friends, I urge you — as good as it is to have an independence about you, to be able to think on your own, to not rely on others, there is a point where too much independence can be a bad thing.  I hope that you will think this through, and remember that it is okay to be dependent on God, that He is here for you, and He will see you through the trials of life if you just ask Him to.  Now, please pray with me the prayer that Jesus taught his Disciples to pray:

Our Father, who art in Heaven,
Hallowed be thy name.
Thy Kingdom come, Thy Will be done,
On earth as it is in Heaven.

Give us this day our daily bread,
And forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us.
Lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.
For thine is the Kingdom, and the Power, and the Glory forever and ever. Amen.