Tuesday, February 14, 2017

What is Love? by N.T. Jordan

Happy belated St. Valentine's Day everyone. This past week we celebrated a day for love, I think it is a good idea to think about what love actually is? Love isn't a feeling, sure feelings come with love but we can love people without feelings. Love is making a sacrifice for someone. Love is putting someone else before yourself. This video by Nehemia is super awesome and a radical video purposing the question of; what is love? Watch and Enjoy.

I had a wonderful February 14, my best friend and I met in a rustic town and rode around on a tandem bike, visiting local coffee shops, and dancing in scattered parks along the city's edge. We found an amazing swing that was hung from a rope way up in a tree. The swing itself was a circular shape with tight netting for the sitting area. It is big enough to lay back and then when you get pushed super high it feels like soaring. We topped off our time together with a picnic under an oak tree. Sandwiches, healthy home made cheese danishes, and orange chocolate. Such a great day.

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Saturday, December 3, 2016

Living With 11 People

             I am the second eldest of nine children... Yes, wow, I know. My favorite part of telling people that is the shock on their faces. I enjoy the reaction. Normally preceding this statement I receive a  series of questions about how things work in my family; how big is your house? is it super loud? how old is the youngest? how do you survive?
             Well here are some answers;  My youngest brother is one and my youngest sister is three. Our house is normal sized; three bedrooms two bathrooms. I doubt anyone would think it was different from the normal house, with exception to a few extra bunk beds in each room. There are points where my family sounds as loud as a train, but I would have to say I think the majority of the time it is calm and peaceful here. Actually right now the only sound I can hear is the hum of our washing machine, it is always constantly going. My family is wonderful and so inspiring. Having them all be with me throughout my life has taught me how to accept others differences and care for others with real love.
             I would like to group my siblings into three sections, the little ones, the middle ones, and the older ones. The little ones are my brother James and Joshua, 1 and 6, and my littlest sister Marianne, 4. They are all super precious and hilarious. You know that phrase, "kids say the darnedest things" these three are the epiphany of that saying. One of James' favorite words is, "why." But the way he says it, sets it off. He takes in a huge breath and lets out a accentuated "wHHHY" and for a baby he has a deeper voice so it is the funniest thing to hear. You can tell him anything and he will ask why. "James you're so sweet" "wHHHY." "James can you hold my hand?" "wHHHY." 
             The middle ones I would include, my sisters Molly and Megan, 8 and 12, and my brother Justin, 10. They have such strong personalities. Their personalities are so strongly characterisable. My sister Molly is extremely sassy. She is adorable, loving, kind and sweet but she is also sassy. My sister Megan is the gentle mama's helper, type of kid. Justin is the jokester of the family always joking around saying funny things even if they are jokes that shouldn't be said. He is the kid who likes to pull pranks on everyone although there are lots of moments where the loving side of him shows. A few weeks ago we were walking around downtown Jacksonville and as we were going to cross the road he grabbed my hand and held my hand when we crossed. 
             As for us the older ones there is my brother Jeremy, my older sister Jessie and then there is me, 15, 19, and 17. We all have crazy stories from when we were little, the trio we called ourselves. My brother Jeremy, he is super rad. Jeremy is probably the easiest person to get along with and he is a really funny guy. My youngest brother James and him are best friends. Jeremy plays with him and watches him everyday when the kids do their school. Jeremy has a great personality and I admire him for his friendliness towards every person he meets. He also is very musically talented. He can play practically any instrument you hand him, and he is exceptionally good at the guitar, piano, and mandolin. My sister Jessie is a very successful human. I always will take the opportunity to brag about her. She recently graduated from her physical therapy program, with her AS degree. She is going to start her career soon. She is engaged and getting married next May, and she is a Cancer survivor... and she is only 19!
            My family is swell. All of my siblings are great and we get along just fine. As for the answer to the last question people always ask me; yes I like having a big family. I think it is great and I wouldn't want it any other way. In fact I hope I can have more brothers and sisters because I think that would just be super cool.
            I hope you have enjoyed this intro to my family, and be sure to keep an eye out for future post here at The Explorer Camp. Feel free to subscribe by email or follow my blog to see all upcoming stories of adventure, creativity, and more.

Monday, November 21, 2016

Spending five minutes in front of God

          Read. Dont think about the past. Read very slowly. Dont worry about the future it will come. Pay attention. Focus on right now. Read one sentence at a time. Relax. Notice your breathing. In...Out...In...Out... Breathe Slowly. In... follow it down your windpipe let it fill your lungs. Feel them expand. Out... this is what keeps you alive. your air, your breath. In... Although sometimes you don't even notice it is there. Just like God. Out... Sometimes we forget don't notice he is there but he always is. In... breathe. Breathe slowly. Picture you are in a church, and it is dark. Not a cold dark, but a warm, comfortable dark. you feel very safe. You are sitting in a church. Now in your mind look up. You look up and you see the tabernacle. And out of the tabernacle comes Jesus. In your mind look at him. What does he look like? what do his clothes look like? What does his hair look like? What color is it? What does his skin look like? What color is it? Is it rough or soft looking? Does he have facial hair or is he clean shaven? Jesus is walking towards you and he sits down right in front of you. He looks into your eyes. What color are his eyes? Do you see your reflection in his eyes? Jesus is sitting in front of you. Now think of that sin, that one you cant stand yourself for. That bad thing you did. The one you always think of when you are feeling guilty about yourself. That sin that you're always asking yourself why did I do that, how could I do that. place your hands together in front of you, as if cupping them together to hold water, and put that sin in your hands. Now take all your sins from your whole life and put those in there too. Think of a time when you were most happy. Think of what makes you happy. Think of a time when you were sad, when a loved one passed away. and put those in your hands. Take all your past put that in there and take all your future, all future anxieties, worries, and plans and put that in your hands. Now take this moment. The moment you are in right now and put that in your hands... and give it all to Jesus. Say here lord, here Jesus, take all that I am, all the Joy, all the sad, all the sin, all my past, all my future, my life is yours. And Jesus looks at you, and smiles, he smiles at you with so much joy and love. He loves you so much more than you can ever love yourself. Jesus pulls you close and holds you to his heart. Now dont say anything, listen to his heart beat... With every beat he says I love you, he holds you and he says I love you, I love you, I love you. Jesus has cleansed you by his blood and died so that you might be able to attain eternal life and be happy with him forever in heaven. He died for you because he cannot even imagine ever being without you.

Monday, November 7, 2016

keeping a journal: featuring SoSonia

           Keeping a journal is something I have done since I was little, even though I don't remember to write every week in mine anymore. It is something that I hope to grow in and I am currently working on. For me I believe writing and keeping a journal is a enjoyable form of creativity and personal expression. It is also good way to collect thoughts and words you want to get rid of or hold onto as well as the stories of your life. A youtube creator SoSonia recently made a video about journaling, and it is so cool. If you have never heard of this girls beautiful youtube videos, nows your time to watch them. I hope you find yourself encouraged and inspired as I have from Sonia. Watch and Enjoy. 

Saturday, November 5, 2016

A Younger Inspiration

I have a sister named Megan. She has long brown hair, blue eyes, and a contagious laugh. Megan is twelve years old and she has a passion for dance that truly inspires me. She pays for some of her classes, her costumes, her show fees. Every day she is finding some way to earn money and work so she can dance. Whether it is doing chores around the house, babysitting, doing people's laundry, or selling knitted scarves at craft fairs, she is determined to earn enough to be able to dance. Today she is getting pointe shoes and I am so proud and I can honestly say I want to be like her. I want to be as dedicated as she is to what I need and want to do. I remember when she was 6 and just starting dance lessons, I said to her, "maybe someday you will go on pointe, you will have to not give up and work really hard to be a good dancer" and she said that is what she wanted to do. Now 6 years later Megan is a ballerina performing all over the state, I can only congratulate her with much admiration.

Thursday, August 11, 2016

Working Creatively #iAppreciate

N.T.Jordan To Make a Minute
        I have great appreciation for these artists; Nehemiah Jordan, Joseph Hardin, Dave Crosby, Elijah Emerald, Terri Windling, Gary Turk, Jack Innanen, and Teresa Woodcock. I value what they make and what they try to accomplish with their art. You can view their work through the links below. When a person does creative work their is surely a lot more hours and effort behind just what we see. Their timeless involvement in their work to make something big or small. Perseverance with the little details that might not even be noticed goes a long way in making their work better as well as themselves better creators.

These people make videos and short films.
Nehemiah Jordan / N.T.Jordan
Joseph Hardin / aflyingspacerocket
Elijah / Elijah Emerald
Jack Innanen / Jack Inanen
Gary Turk / Gary Turk
Theresa Woodcock / IGottaLoveCereal

This person is a musician.
Dave Crosby / Crosby

This person is a writer.
Terri Windling / Myth & Moor


Wednesday, July 27, 2016

A Short Story Written by Morgan Erickson

           Man was driving to work one day when he stopped to introduce himself to a stranger. The stranger called himself Death and Death offered to take him on a journey. Man agreed to go with Death and was told to go secure his home for while he was gone traveling. So Man set off. He decided he didn't want to travel alone with Death, and he thought it would be more of an adventure if he could travel with some of his friends as well. So Man went to Companions. Man asked Companions to go traveling with him saying, "My friend Companions shall you go with me on a great adventure?" Companions replied, "why of course! My dream is to go with you everywhere!" Then Man told Companions, "I have met someone who's name is Death, he too we shall travel with." At this Companions disappeared... So Man went to Family and said to him, "Come with me you have known me since I first came to be" and Family replied only too willing, "we will follow you and be with you forever." Then Man told Family, "good early in the morning I will show you Death, who we will travel with." At this Family was gone... The man feeling forlorn turned to his close friends Pleasure and Treasure. Great were their size and Man asked longingly for them to go with him on his journey with Death, to only see them turn to dust. Man walked through the park trying to remember anyone who might go with him, but nobody would come to mind. While walking and thinking and lost in thought man bumped into Knowledge. Man had not seen Knowledge in a while and he was pleased to see his elderly appearance once again. Man desperately pleaded with Knowledge to come with him on his journey, and Knowledge said, he would... but only if Man could convince his most important friend to go also. Man intimidated by the proposal went with Knowledge to where this friend lived. Knowledge called to his friend when they arrived, "hello Charity!" Man looked at the young boy sitting on the curb with his friend as they shared their lunch and then Man looked at the woman cradling her new child, her husband holding her close and combing her hair. Man glanced over to see a son holding his sick mothers hand and Man watched as two kneeled to be one and he saw... Man took a deep breath and walked straight up to Love, and Man asked Love if she would come with him and death... and Love said yes. Man looking around finally happy picked up Love's small friends; Humility, Compassion, Gentleness, Temperance, who cried out to Man with their willingness to go. Man carried Knowledge on his back and he set forth, holding tight onto Love's Hand, Man walked side by side with Faith and Hope to Death.
By Morgan Erickson

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Terms to Know

Allegory- A representational work to present an abstract thought, idea, or concept to the viewer.

Momento Mori- A reminder that we all will die. A Concept of life, from birth to Death, and a reminder to be thankful.

Faith-Firm Belief in The truths that God has revealed.

Hope-The desire for eternal happiness and confidence that in Gods mercy he will give us the means to attain it.

Charity-The action of doing all things with love. To love God above all things and to love all humans for the love of God.

I have been working on a project that will be posted soon. It is something that I had written over a year ago and am now going to share it with you in hopes that it will inspire you in one way or another. For now here are some terms that will come in handy to know in regards to reading posts to come.

Written with love for Our Lord,

Saturday, July 9, 2016

The world needs more love

Day 6
          The world needs more love. There has been so much traumatic terrible occurrences around the world recently. I think the world needs more people to love loudly. Not love as in feelings either. Love as in kindness, gentleness, forgiveness, loyalty, self-control and generosity. Self giving love. Love that sacrifices ones own person need for someone else. If love was anything other than self giving, then that would not be real love... it would be the opposite if you think about it. We need to learn to love ourselves too because how is anyone supposed to show love if they cant love themselves first and know their own self worth. We need to be daring and bold with our love. So do everything with love. Every little thing you do can be great if you do it with great love. So be bold, as bold can be! People can change the world by loving loudly, with real sacrificial love.

Thursday, July 7, 2016

Independence and justice for all

Day 5
          "The winds of war that had blown so strongly for so long through the fertile valleys and across the craggy peaks of America finally were quelled. It now was time to forge a strong new nation from individual parts that once had been "the thirteen sisters by the sea." It was time to establish an independent government that could be protect the precious liberty that war had won. With Gods help it was time to build the United States of America."

Wednesday, July 6, 2016

YOUR story

Day 4
         Every person, has their own story. A story with lessons learned, traditions rooted deep within, and dreams that keep them reaching for the stars. With stories that have brought them to the top of the tallest mountains or down to the valleys in between. Stories with love, passion, hope, and joy at the core. In each story are places that bring the brightest joy, and biggest smiles. Those moments frozen in time where peace within the soul is found. There are paths and roads within these stories that are filled with wishful thinking, curiosity, and adventure. Yet every story different and unique.

Saturday, July 2, 2016

Nostalgic Childhood Dresser

Day 3
           What do you think of my new dresser? I just put my childhood dresser back into my room. It was so nostalgic to take off that butterfly sticker I put on there when I was six or seven. I can remember putting on that sticker, I wanted it to be flying with the painted butterflies. Its so mental to think back to when I was six and say; did I ever think I would still have this dresser with the butterflies? Would I ever have imagined that when I was a teen I would still love how the stamps seem to fly off the wood drawers and into my imagination? It makes me think to the future, what will my future self be thinking about my present self? Will I laugh at how I have a hard time finishing books before starting a new one or how I pin my hair back some days with three clips? and what will I think of my dresser?

Friends Around the World

Day 2
          I have friends from a lot of different places. A great friend of mine lives all the way in Argentina and I miss her a lot, even though I have never met her in person. This is a very new concept in our generation, being able to make friends through emails, and Skype calls. I also have friends that are living in Germany, New Zealand, India, Indonesia, Egypt, NY, TN, AR, IN. Each one of them an amazing person. My friend in New York I haven't seen him in so long, and I only wish I could be more part of his life, but I am so happy each time I get a phone call every few months from him. Some of them I have met in person, some I haven't yet. Whether we got to know each other because of someone else, or because we happened to be apart of the same website, or maybe just taking an online class together. Each one of my far away friends have my love with them from where ever they are in the world, and I miss you guys a lot.

Friday, July 1, 2016

1-100 days of drawings

Day 1.
          It was an busy week for both of us. He was getting so wrapped up in his work he was forgetting to take meals, just working away on various projects. With each creative glimmer motivating his spirit to try something new, and work hard at what was a struggle, but what he loves to do. I myself had taken up classes again for summer B. As I was walking to class on my first day back, it seemed like it was same as always, as if I was going to spend just another day on campus, enjoying the sunshine in the pavilion, and the free printer in the library. I even chose the same professor I had in the spring. The familiarity felt nice, maybe not very special as I thought going back to school would be, but nice. As energetic work and studying goes, it is easy to get physically and mentally tired, especially if anything goes a bit wrong. But I would say one thing, Gelato and Wes Anderson films sure does help brighten tough weeks.

Thursday, May 26, 2016

The Conclusion of Create and Connect

           I find the most intriguing part of creating is being able to connect and share what you make with others, and meet other like minded, creative individuals. Three weeks ago I made a poll over on the right side of my blog so we could all share with each other what type of artistic outlet we preform and pursue. Through doing this we were able to see what type of art people were doing and talk to more alike creators. It was a successful poll, and it was inspiring to see that so many artists are interested in my blog. The top type of artists entering the poll were people who draw, write, and film. You can put links to any of your art websites and art designations, if you would like me and others to view them. Give yourself some promotion on this blog post ;)

Morgan Erickson