Category Archives: Smiles

Things That Make Me Smile No. 244: Folk Tradition in the Modern Age

I come from a long-standing folk music tradition. I was raised on guitar music, including American political folk and traditional folk music from all over, though with an emphasis on Irish songs. So, you might imagine how delighted I am … Continue reading

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Things That Make Me Smile No. 243: Codes of Honor

A friend introduced me to Testify, a Navajo Nation band, on Indigenous People’s Day last year (the second Monday in October). This acoustic song is inspired by the Navajo code talkers in World War II.

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Things That Make Me Smile No. 242: Fun, and Funny, Street Art

This video contains a large collection of street art with pieces to amaze and startle a laugh out of you. Hope you enjoy them as much as I did.

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Things That Make Me Smile No. 241: Sea Shanty?

This song, and the video with it, brought forth a chuckle or two on top of a smile. I’ve enjoyed sea shanties since I was a wee little girl singing What Shall We Do with the Drunken Sailor at the … Continue reading

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Things That Make Me Smile No. 240: Kinetic Art

This organic motion sculpture is a beautiful combination of kinetics and nature. The designer, Derek Hugger, displays a good number of kinetic artworks on his website. He also sells plans for you to make your own version, including directions for … Continue reading

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