Category Archives: Smiles

Things That Make Me Smile No. 250: Traditional Foods

This short video offers a glimpse of the food enjoyed by indigenous Zapotecs in pre-colonial Mexico thanks to the efforts of world-famous chef Abigail Mendoza. She keeps Zapotec traditions and philosophies alive in her restaurant, which her sisters also staff. … Continue reading

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Things That Make Me Smile No. 249: Singing the Blues

A friend shared this blues video on Facebook, and it brings back the smoky bar resonating with music that’s classic noir.

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Things That Make Me Smile No. 248: Mexican Street Art Traditions

While this video belongs in my interesting links as much as smiles, I found the murals displayed beautiful, especially the indigenous art-inspired ones. The history of street art in Mexico, and its influence on U.S. artists, is fascinating. I believe … Continue reading

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Things That Make Me Smile No. 247: When a Generous Heart Comes with Creative Hands

This is a bit of a long video, but it’s amazing watching the mud house come to life. Plus, we get to see cute puppies greeting their new home. Apparently, these houses are a thing. I found many examples on … Continue reading

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Things That Make Me Smile No. 246: Codes of Honor

A friend introduced me to this Navajo Nation band on Indigenous People’s Day last year. The four-member, hard rock/metal band Testify drew inspiration from the Navajo code talkers in World War II for this haunting acoustic song.

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