• 2015 07 01 Grace Mendez Light at the end of the tunnel

    Light At The End Of The Tunnel

    I live a few blocks away from the Emeryville Amtrak station. There are several places to cross the train tracks at gate arms. If I am walking, I have the option to cross the tracks via a pedestrian walkway at the Emeryville station. The tracks are shared with Union Pacific and a really long cargo train makes crossing via the pedestrian walkway the better choice (and safer). I still have images in my head from the movies they showed us in elementary school about the dangers of crossing railroad tracks. Crossing above the tracks makes it fun to take photos when the trains are at the station. Sometimes I imagine…

  • Life Flows Grace Mendez
    creativity,  quotes

    Life Flows

    There is nothing sweeter than when life flows. I recently watched a drama series on Netflix. It was interesting to watch the characters have to wrestle with their¬†lives. But to have all that drama in my life would not be what I would call fun. It would be draining. We all hit rough patches, that is just the way it is. Hopefully, interspersed are times when life flows. Time has a way of letting us know when we are enjoying something and when we are not. I would gladly trade time at the DMV for time in the art studio. The time spent in the art studio has a way…

  • creativity,  quotes

    Moving Away From Fear

    Moving away from fear is what most of us do all of our lives. We want safety, security and all the answers. I believe this how Google rose to such high popularity. If you have a need, Google will help you find The Answer. Sometimes the blank page or canvas causes fear. It’s not life or death fear but it still causes an uneasy feeling. Our natural reaction is to turn away from fear. Where do we start when we have a blank surface? The possibilities are endless. It’s the unknown. When we make that first mark, we have started on our path. If we don’t like the path, it…

  • How to Improve Your Life: Grace Mendez
    creativity,  quotes

    How to Improve Life

    Do you want to¬†improve life? I don’t believe creativity is the only way. But I do believe it’s an excellent pathway to take. Do you know people who are dead inside? They also seem to be the same people that don’t understand the value of visual or performing arts or the written word. I don’t believe it is a coinsidence. I come more alive when I go to a live music event or listen to recorded music. I appreciate the beauty of nature and the how the colors and scents affect me. I couldn’t imagine my life without books. All of these activities inspire me to be more creative. Adding…