Happy New Year!

American folk singer Woody Guthrie drew up an illustrated list of 33 resolutions for the following year, 1942. They are still pretty perfect. Let's all keep our Hope Machines running this coming year, wake up and fight, work more and better and most importantly, stay glad and love everybody!

NEW YEARS RULIN'S

1. WORK MORE AND BETTER
2. WORK BY A SCHEDULE
3. WASH TEETH IF ANY
4. SHAVE
5. TAKE BATH
6. EAT GOOD - FRUIT - VEGETABLES - MILK
7. DRINK VERY SCANT IF ANY
8. WRITE A SONG A DAY
9. WEAR CLEAN CLOTHES - LOOK GOOD
10. SHINE SHOES
11. CHANGE SOCKS
12. CHANGE BED CLOTHES OFTEN
13. READ LOTS GOOD BOOKS
14. LISTEN TO RADIO A LOT
15. LEARN PEOPLE BETTER
16. KEEP RANCHO CLEAN
17. DON’T GET LONESOME
18. STAY GLAD
19. KEEP HOPING MACHINE RUNNING
20. DREAM GOOD
21. BANK ALL EXTRA MONEY
22. SAVE DOUGH
23. HAVE COMPANY BUT DON’T WASTE TIME
24. SEND MARY AND KIDS MONEY
25. PLAY AND SING GOOD
26. DANCE BETTER
27. HELP WIN WAR - BEAT FASCISM
28. LOVE MAMA
29. LOVE PAPA
30. LOVE PETE
31. LOVE EVERYBODY
32. MAKE UP YOUR MIND
33. WAKE UP AND FIGHT

Wild Man: Photographs by Charles Fréger

Photographer Charles Fréger traveled through 19 European countries to capture a variety of Wilder Mann, or "Wild Men", in a spectrum of Pagan festivals. These Wild Men come in many forms but they are all rooted in celebrations of seasons, rites of passage and Fréger said many of the traditions are full of joy and, regardless of the country, had a lot in common.

“There was a slight touch of universality because a lot of the groups were doing something similar without knowing one another. Because many of the festivities were focused on animals and vegetation, you could photograph someone dressed like a bear for example in Portugal or Spain or Romania. To me this was really exciting and interesting.”

 

We can't help but think of Nick Cave's SoundSuits! You can see them in action below.  

Behind The Scenes on Sesame Street - The Early Days

Here are some amazing shots taken on the set of Sesame Street in the 1970s. There are so many familiar faces we grew up with, muppets and humans alike! You can see even more - including shots from Fraggle Rock, Dark Crystal, The Muppet Show, Labyrnth and more Henson projects here at the Muppet Wiki!  

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All photos courtesy of Muppet Wiki