Today is Dia de Los Muertos and while the holiday is primarily Mexican, it’s actually celebrated through Latin America including Panama, where I’m from.  I’m old enough to have lost more than a few people in this life and I love the idea of celebrating them, not through tears, but through humor and joy.  You can read more about Dia de Los Muertos on this National Geographic site.   One of the things I’m most looking forward to doing is writing a letter to my ancestors as suggested by one of my favorite arts organizations, St. Elmo’s Village.

Book of Life is a great Dia de los Muertos movie:

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Readers of this blog know that if I had to buy gifts for the rest of the year from one single site, I’d choose, a collection of individual artisans and vendors.  Although British based, they always bring the awesome,  even with their Day of the Dead offerings:

For example, skull prints are not my thing but this gold print Day of the Dead print is really tempting:


Gold Day of the Dead

How cool are these Sugar Skull cushion covers:


And this Sugar Skulls dress, wow!:



Detroit Institute of the Arts has a great selection of Frida Kahlo gifts and all these years after Frida’s death, her work brings together the artistic and the spiritual in powerful ways.  Detroit was a special city for Frida and you can support a great museum with these gifts:

I love this print of Frida and Diego watching an eclipse in Detroit:


I grew up playing with paper dolls so a gift like this always makes me smile:


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What can I say about this Frida Kahlo Little Thinker doll?

I love the Detroit museum description: “Frida Kahlo was so different from all others in so many respects, that we’re not certain if she ever played with dolls when she was a child. Nevertheless, we’ve turned Frida herself into a doll that we believe captures her artistic sprit and flare for life. The Frida Kahlo Little Thinker Doll stands about 11 inches tall and wears a traditional Mexican outfit, complete with skirt, blouse, scarf, and even her trademark flowers in her hair. She also has a pretty intense expression on her face which, if we had to translate, would be saying something like, “What, you don’t like my paintings? I couldn’t care less.””

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