new years

Woody Guthrie's New Year's resolutions

Woody Guthrie's New Year's resolutions

What are your resolutions for 2012? Please, something other than “go to the gym” because, let’s not kid ourselves: we know that’s not going to happen. I recommend adding “regularly read SUNfiltered” to your resolution list. If still looking for an inspiration for resolutions, get inspired by this timely and brilliantly whimsical list of 33 new year’s resolutions set by folk singer Woody Guthrie in 1942 or as it should be called “life rules” because it’s a pretty good guideline for living a virtuous (yet fun) life, especially number 26: Dance better. Overall, there’s also a certain sense of prudence and levelheadedness to Guthrie’s goals that recalls this sensible to-do list written by Johnny Cash (My favorite: 2. Kiss June), which I blogged about here earlier.

2009: The Year in Pictures

2009: The Year in Pictures

Two were killed from the explosion of a homemade bomb in Helman Province, Afghanistan.

These last few days of 2009 seem jam packed with “Top Ten” lists. The Top Ten best movies and the Top Ten worst. The Top Ten breakout designs and their designers. The Top Ten most shocking celebrity moments. The Top Ten best commercials, best albums, best nose jobs – the lists only gets more inane. Who decided on ten anyway? When we’re talking about the year in general, ten just doesn’t cut it. To spare you yet another numbered list, the New York Times recently published “2009: The Year in Pictures,” because sometimes words just aren’t enough. Take a minute to scroll through the significant moments from this past year.