9 lives of mercutio blog

  1. Make Time for Art!

    26 Oct 2016
    My current favorite watercolor field kit. Sakura from Japan $25 “You can learn new things at any time in your life if you’re willing to be a beginner. If you actually learn to like being a beginner, the whole world opens up to you.” - Barbara Sher When I was about…

  2. Keys to Success (feat. The Trolling Agneses)

    23 Sep 2016
    “Action is the foundational key to all success.” – Pablo Picasso If you search Google for “the keys to success,” you’ll get about 126,403 different sites, all lending advice on a variety of ways to succeed. Some sites address money, others eating and diet, and some will discuss networking or encourage…

  3. Disagree Without Fear!

    13 Sep 2016
    “You can disagree with people and debate over their positions with issues without engaging in the politics of personal destruction.” – Hillary Clinton Clinton, despite her quote above, and Trump have been indulging us with their “politics of personal destruction” for months now and their vitriolic attacks are usually reserved for divorce…

  4. Stifled By Social Media?

    07 Sep 2016
    “If social media is too much for you to handle, then don’t have a Twitter or Facebook account – just be yourself!” – Khloe Kardashian Today, while searching for a reference image on the internet, I found myself on Facebook, again. First, I checked messages. Looked at notifications. And then…

  5. Everyone’s a Critic!

    02 Sep 2016
    “If you have no critics you’ll likely have no success.” – Malcolm X Throughout history, if people listened to critics, we’d likely have no art, no music, or literature. Successful people often ignore critics, picking apart hidden truths within the critique. Gleaning useful bits and learning to apply them can be a difficult process, but mostly…

  6. The Enviable Truth Behind Envy

    31 Aug 2016
    “Envy comes from people’s lack of belief in their own gifts.” – Jean Vanier, philosopher If you look up the word, “envy,” it’s defined as, “a feeling of discontent, discord, or resentment aroused by the success, possession, abilities, qualities, or good fortune of others.” Much of the angst and strife…

  7. The Problem is All In Your Head

    30 Aug 2016
    “We can’t solve our problems with the same thinking used to create them.” – Albert Einstein Years ago, I lived in an apartment infested with mites. Little green nasties in every crevice, which saw me as an endless buffet and mountain for their leisure strolls. For months, I lost my reason,…

  8. When Motivation Takes a Vacation

    28 Aug 2016
    “When I lose the sense of motivation and the sense to prove something as a basketball player, it’s time for me to move away from the game.” – Michael Jordan For me, the best time of the day is 4 - 5am in the morning, when I become Will Smith in…

  9. If You Park On Your Talent, Shame On You!

    25 Aug 2016
    “The saddest thing in life is wasted talent.” – Lorenzo, the father in A Bronx Tale  That quote has stayed with me ever since I saw the film in the theater, years ago.  When I get into that zone of self-pity and that my art isn’t good enough, or that…

  10. Working from Home = Time-Travel

    23 Aug 2016
    “Einstein’s general theory of relativity allows for the possibility that we could warp space-time so much that you could go off in a rocket and return before you set out.” – Stephen Hawking Ever take a long drive and when you get to your destination, you can’t quite remember the…

  11. 9 Lives of Mercutio

    23 Aug 2016
    “A best friend brings out the best in you.” – Henry Ford When Shakespeare wrote Romeo & Juliet, he gave Romeo a best friend, Mercutio, that was idealistically as loyal and devoted as they come. He also gave Romeo a pure rival, Tybalt, whose name echoes the name Tibert, from…