On Friday, we invoke the muse of motherhood to shine her light of inspiration upon us.

As an artist, I am always intrigued to discover the “source” of inspiration behind an idea, a piece of music, a book, poem, or someone’s path in life. I have two videos revealing these sacred seeds that were planted, tended to, and nourished into something pretty amazing.

The first video is from Taos’s 6th Pecha Kucha Night, where creative people present twenty slides in approximately six minutes. Treska Stein, 17, daughter of midwife Kiersten Figurski, who I interviewed in the Mothering Muse ~ Midwife post, shares her passion for birth.

Treska Stein – Pecha Kucha Night Taos volume 6 – The Remarkable Women of Taos Edition from pechakuchataos on Vimeo.

In this second video, Anita Silvey, the amazing author and advocate of children’s books, shares about adult’s memories of books from childhood. Most don’t remember the author, but the person who read it to them. Of course what I love also in this excerpt (if your time is limited) is at 5:36 minutes, when Anita shares the source, or “back story”, of the children’s books about a curious little monkey you ALL know from childhood…and perhaps your children’s childhood. I heard this story from Anita when I met her in the Spring, and again today, and both times I cried. You can read more back-stories from children’s books you love (while discovering new ones!) on her blog, Children’s Book-a-Day Almanac.

Have a beautiful weekend!