Thursday, December 8, 2022

Fresh With Wonder

Birmingham, Alabama

“Look at everything as though you are seeing it for the first time, with eyes of a child, fresh with wonder.” 
Joseph Cornell 

That would be me one with the moon...

Working and Watching the Mesmerizing Moon set. Can this moment be more beautiful? Better and better until my heart is so full of moonlight and music!

Can we approach everything with childlike wonder and curiosity, as if experiencing it for the first time? Joseph Cornell's quote inspires us to see the world through fresh, awe-filled eyes.

Children embody innocence, playfulness, and boundless imagination. As we grow, we can become desensitized to the wonders around us, missing out on the magic of everyday life. But by rediscovering that enchantment, we unlock a world of endless possibilities.

So, when you step outside or explore new horizons, open your eyes with a renewed perspective. Notice the intricate details. Prepare to be amazed by the abundant wonders that surround you.

JJoseph Cornell, the renowned American artist known for his captivating shadow boxes, believed in sharing the beauty he encountered. Through his artistry, he crafted miniature worlds that captured the essence of mystery and wonder. As he wisely said, "Beauty should be shared for it enhances our joys. To explore its mystery is to venture towards the sublime."

Embrace the mysteries, cherish the beauty, and embark on your own journey of endless discoveries!

With childlike wonder,
@mscator ☀️

Monday, December 5, 2022

The Right Use of Strength


Vulcan Park, Birmingham, Alabama

"Greatness lies not in being strong,
but in the right use of strength."
Henry Ward Beecher

Strength goes beyond physical power. It is about utilizing all our abilities, whether physical, mental, or emotional, for the benefit of others. It includes standing up for ourselves and others, taking on challenges, and pursuing our passions with purpose. True greatness lies in the right use of strength, which is to make a positive impact on the world around us.

This photograph captures the 56-foot-high Vulcan statue atop Red Mountain in Birmingham, Alabama. The Vulcan is the largest cast iron statue in the world and was created by Italian sculptor Giuseppe Moretti for the 1904 World's Fair in St. Louis. The statue represents the Roman god of fire and metalworking, symbolizing Birmingham's origins in the iron and steel industry.

The statue stands just a few blocks from my apartment and I see it every day. With his spear pointed towards the sky, the Vulcan reminds me of my inner strength and resilience. The sight of the statue inspires me, and its presence reminds me that I am close to home.

View From Vulcan Park

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Sunday, December 4, 2022


 Birmingham, Alabama

"The nitrogen in our DNA, the calcium in our teeth, the iron in our blood, the carbon in our apple pies were made in the interiors of collapsing stars. We are made of starstuff."
Carl Sagan

In the midst of a long day at work, it can be easy to forget the beauty that surrounds us. But yesterday, as I stepped out of my car and looked up at the sky, I was filled with wonder and awe. The vibrant colors of the downtown Birmingham sunset took my breath away, and I couldn't resist capturing the moment with my camera.

As I settle into my home now, the beauty of the sky and the wisdom of Carl Sagan's words still resonate with me. The quote "We are made of star-stuff" serves as a reminder that we are part of something greater than ourselves, connected to the vast universe around us. This helps put the challenges of the day into perspective, and reminds me to be grateful for the gift of life.

Despite the difficulties we may face, the sky is a constant source of inspiration and hope. Looking up reminds us that tomorrow is another chance to shine, and that we have the power to make a positive impact on the world around us.

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