Learning To Love You More

63. Make an encouraging banner.

62. Make an educational public plaque.

61. Describe your ideal government.

60. Write a press release about an everyday event.

59. Interview someone who has experienced war.

58. Record the sound that is keeping you awake.

57. Lipsync to shy neighbor's Garth Brooks cover.

56. Make a portrait of your friend's desires.

55. Photograph a significant outfit.

54. Draw the news.

53. Give advice to yourself in the past.

52. Write the phone call you wish you could have.

51. Describe what to do with your body when you die.

50. Take a flash photo under your bed.

49. Draw a picture of your friend's friend.

48. Make the saddest song.

47. Re-enact a scene from a movie that made someone else cry.

46. Draw Raymond Carver's Cathedral.

45. Reread your favorite book from fifth grade.

44. Make a "LTLYM assignment".

43. Make an exhibition of the art in your parent's house.

42. List five events from 1984.

41. Document your bald spot.

40. Heal yourself.

39. Take a picture of your parents kissing.

38. Act out someone else's argument.

37. Write down a recent argument.

36. Grow a garden in an unexpected spot.

35. Ask your family to describe what you do.

34. Make a protest sign and protest.

33. Braid someone's hair.

32. Draw a scene from a movie that made you cry.

31. Spend time with a dying person.

30. Take a picture of strangers holding hands.

29. Make an audio recording of a choir.

28. Edit a photo album page.

27. Take a picture of the sun.

26. Design an article of clothing for Mona to crochet.

25. Make a video of someone dancing.

24. Cover the song "Don't Dream It's Over".

23. Recreate this snapshot.

22. Recreate a scene from Laura Lark's life story.

21. Sculpt a bust of Steve.

20. Take a family portrait of two families.

19. Illustrate a scene or make an object from Paul Arensmeyer's life story.

18. Recreate a poster you had as a teenager.

16. Make a paper replica of your bed.

15. Hang a windchime on a tree in a parking lot.

14. Write your life story in less than a day.

13. Recreate the moment after a crime.

12. Get a temporary tattoo of one of Morgan Rozacky's neighbors.

11. Photograph a scar and write about it.

10. Make a flier of your day.

9. Draw a constellation from someone's freckles.

8. Curate an artist's retrospective in a public place.

7. Recreate 3 minutes of a Fresh Air interview.

6. Make a poster of shadows.

5. Recreate an object from someone's past.

4. Start a lecture series.

3. Make a documentary video about a small child.

2. Make a neighborhood field recording.

1. Make a child's outfit in an adult size.

The Oliver Family Reports
Assignment #37
Write down a recent argument.

Argument between Carol and Pete Oliver, written by Nigel Oliver
10:30 P.M. Sunday, July 15
MOM: Pete, it's time for bed.
PETE: But I went to bed early last night!
MOM: No you didn't, because you were still up when I went to bed at 10:20.
PETE: Yeah, but you said I had 20 minutes to clean the kitchen and go to bed.
MOM: Which means you were up past 10:30, that's not an early night.
PETE: I should be able to stay up because I'm going to be tired anyway. I have to get up early for rowing every day. I don't mind being tired.
MOM: Just go to bed.
PETE: But why?
MOM: Because I said so.
PETE: Why do I have to have a bedtime anyways?
MOM: Because otherwise you wouldn't get enough sleep.
PETE: I know when I'm tired. I'll go to bed when I'm tired. I'm like a normal person.
MOM: But you don't. If you're doing something you like doing, you ignore the fact that you're tired and you won't go to bed.
PETE: Yeah, but I'll just sleep in later.
MOM: You can't do that though, you're getting up early every morning.
PETE: But still...I'll just take a nap, or go to bed early the -
MOM: (cuts him off) When was the last time you took a nap?
PETE: A long time ago, but -
MOM: (cuts him off again) Okay! I rest my case, because you know what? You don't take naps, so you can't use that as your defense. If you're tired the next day you won't take a nap, you're just gonna keep going, and then that night you'll want to stay up again because you'll get a second wind, or a third wind.
PETE: So? If have a second wind or a third wind and I feel fine and I'm not tired then I don't need to go to sleep!
MOM: Yes, you do. Because when you deprive your body of sleep it can't grow properly, it can't mend itself properly, and you don't have good judgment the next day.
PETE: (indignant) I have fine judgment!
MOM: And you have a bad attitude the next day, too.
PETE: I never have ...the only reason I have a bad attitude the next day is 'cause you make me go to church or something.
MOM: No, you have a bad attitude when you're tired.
PETE: I do not!!!
MOM: Michael, what do you think?
MICHAEL: All parents know, that even bringing up an argument like this means you're not getting enough sleep.