FRIDA KAHLO HONORED IN U.S. POSTAGE STAMP AND NEW FILM

Mexico City- Famed Mexico City artist Frida Kahlo is the subject of a US Postal Service stamp, making her the first Hispanic woman to be part of a series of stamps featuring fine arts. The 34-cent stamp that debuted June 21, 2001 uses one of her colorful, powerful self-portraits. The issuance of the stamp also coincides this year with two museum exhibitions featuring her work and the release of a Miramax film on the artist’s life starring Salma Hayek. Known for her dramatic self-portraits, Kahlo was one of the best-known Latin American artists, and one of the most widely admired female artists in the world.

Born in Mexico City in 1907, Kahlo was in a near-fatal bus accident, which left her bedridden and practically immobile for months. During this time, she taught herself to paint and soon found a passion for art. Influenced by Mexican folk art, the politics and religion of the time and her own suffering, Kahlo painted in bright colors with unusual and occasionally disturbing images. She gained further fame for her association with communist Leon Trotsky and her turbulent marriage to Mexican artist Diego Rivera. After her death in 1954, the house she shared with Rivera in the colonial Coyoacan district, Casa Azul (Blue House) was turned into a museum.

Dr. Julieta Campos, President of the Mexico City Tourism Authority, said: “This is the first time ever an Hispanic woman is the subject of a US stamp, and it pays homage to one of the greatest contemporary Mexican painters whose work can be seen throughout Mexico City.”

More than five museums in Mexico City permanently house Kahlo’s original works, although her popularity has spread rapidly outside of Mexico in the past years resulting in traveling exhibits in North America. The postage stamp, the exhibits in Mexico City and the biographical movie will continue to showcase this talented and unique Mexico City artist to the US.

 

NEW STUDY REVEALS AVOCADOS HIGHEST FRUIT SOURCE OF VITAMIN E AND OTHER DISEASE-FIGHTING NUTRIENTS

New research from UCLA indicates that avocados have nearly twice as much Vitamin[ E as previously reported, making avocados the highest fruit source of the powerful antioxidant. Vitamin E is known to slow the aging process and protect against heart disease and common forms of cancer by neutralizing free radicals, which may cause cellular damage.

In addition to the Vitamin E findings, the study also revealed that avocados are the highest fruit source of lutein among the 20 most frequently consumed fruits. Lutein is a phytochemical known as a carotenoid,which helps protect against eye disease such as cataracts and macular degeneration, the leading cause of blindness in the elderly.

According to Dr.David Heber, director of the UCLA Center for Human Nutrition, the data strengthen the healthful profile of the avocado. “Avocados are recognized as an excellent source of monounsaturated fat which is known to lower cholesterol levels.

Other phytochemicals found in avocados include glutathione,which functions as an

antioxidant like Vitamin E to “mop up” free radicals.

Top 5 Fruits* for Vitamin E Content (Per 100g Raw, Edible Portion Fruit)

1 ­ Avocado 4.31 IU

2 ­ Kiwifruit 1.67 IU

3 ­ Nectarine 1.33 IU

4 ­ Grapes 1.04 IU

5­ Peach 1.04 IU

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One day a father of a very wealthy family took his son on a trip to the country with the firm purpose of showing his son how poor people can be.

They spent a couple of days and nights on the farm of what would be considered a very poor family. On their return from their trip, the father asked his son, “How was the trip?”

“It was great, Dad.”

“Did you see how poor people can be?” the father asked.

“Oh, yeah,” said the son.

“So what did you learn from the trip?” asked the father proudly.

The son answered:

I saw that we have one dog and they had four.

We have a pool that reaches to the middle of our garden and they have a creek that has no end.

We have imported lanterns in our garden and they have the stars at night.

Our patio reaches to the front yard and they have the whole horizon.

We have a small piece of land to live on and they have fields that go beyond our sight.

We have servants who serve us, but they serve others.

We buy our food, but they grow theirs.

We have walls around our property to protect us, they have friends to protect them.”

With this the boy’s father was speechless.

Then his son added,”Thanks, Dad, for showing me how poor we are.”

Too many times we forget what we have and concentrate on what we don’t have.

What is one’s persons worthless object is another’s prize possession.

It is all based on one’s perspective. Makes you wonder what would happen if we all gave thanks for all the bounty we have instead of worrying about wanting more.

Take joy in what you have and see the treasure in it.

Author Unknown