Memoria Arts

finding the art of the everyday

Category: the mothering arts

  • Reset the clock…

    Wendell Berry’s poem “The Peace of Wild Things” from GMO OMG from Compeller Pictures on Vimeo. It is telling that something so simple- lay down your weapons, lay down your tools, lay down your books, lay down, lay down- is so very hard. When I am resting well- sleeping well- I am at peace. When…

  • Pace yourself…

    {{sometimes there is an advantage to being one’s own editor. I had written this entire series in rough draft form before beginning to post; I paused with the vacation so that I would not have to worry about technical aspects while I was gone. While on vacation, I realized I wanted to change this post…

  • Over the river and through the woods…

    “Over the river and through the woods, to Grandmother’s house we go…” It seems strange to realize that we have truly entered a season of traveling with children, not traveling with babies and toddlers. There is a pretty vast difference. I did not realize how much of a difference until this trip! We’ve been making roughly the…

  • Cadence…

    Cadence: Also known as stride turnover, a runner’s cadence is the number of steps taken per minute while running. — I am not a runner. I am, or at least I was, a competitive swimmer. I’ve been exploring running terms while writing this series- totally fascinating. Cadence compares most closely to a swimmer’s idea of…

  • One foot in front of the other…

    It’s hard to parse the difference between giving one’s best and trying to be good, but it’s a conversation I have with my kids often. With two children that face significant learning challenges, giving their best is going to look significantly like failure to the outside world. As one lamented to me, “I’ll never be…