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 #40
Heal yourself.

"Carol's cures for different ailments"
Carol Oliver
I have always used non-traditional methods to heal myself and my children. I am very in touch with my body, despite appearances to the contrary. It has been my considered opinion for some time that nutrition - even small nuances of nutrition - plays a much larger role in the health of an individual than does medicine. I have been aware of this since my early twenties when I saw stars in my vision. It was suggested to me (by a physician) that I should add magnesium or zinc to my diet. Very few physicians in my experience before or since are so enlightened. They'd rather address symptoms surgically or chemically than to do the research needed to ascertain what might be of benefit nutritionally.
Years ago many around me were alarmed when I suddenly began to have bouts of chills and chest pains. These were to me instinctively not life-threatening occurring right above my sternum higher in altitude and more shallow in location than where my heart resides. People near me only saw an obese woman with chest pain and jumped to the worst conclusions. To appease their fears I went the allopathic route and ruled out anything heart related. I then turned to a naturopath who after blood work and dietary journaling helped me to realize that my problem was very nearly the opposite of what everyone feared. The involuntary muscles in my chest (those that cause us to draw breath for instance) were not sufficiently lubricated. My cholesterol was lower than normal despite the fact that I was not a vegetarian and already consumed red meat. I was advised to add more organ meat to my diet and perhaps supplement with some other form of oil or fat.
After doing some research of my own, I hit upon flaxseed oil as a great alternative to the seafood I could not afford and the organ meat the rest of my family would not eat. After a few weeks of consumption of same, I was “cured.” Recently when I again experienced chest pain, I wondered if I should get a check up and realized that the pain was familiar. A few days of flaxseed ingestion later and the pain is gone.
Likewise in my life have I cured dizziness with an increased potassium intake. For me this means a tablespoon of molasses instead of the customary banana since I don't care for bananas anymore. And many a cold has been averted in myself and my children by the expedient use of aconite whether by herbal tincture or homeopathic delivery. My medicine cabinet is never without the Roxalia which I always need when I have a cold to save my voice from departing with the virus. Arnica for all the bumps and bruises of life is another staple for our family. I know that I am a hunter and not a gatherer. I'm firmly convinced that those of likewise persuasion when they reach middle age would do better to give up flour and anything made with it than to procure the most expensive nsaids and most advanced pain relievers in the world.
Sometimes, though, the medical community has its uses. Recently I was experiencing excruciating pain in the top of my foot at the ankle after no apparent injury. I visited a chiropractor for weeks and obtained some relief and some good advise for a change of shoes, but still the pain persisted though some days were better than others. In desperation I availed myself the services of a podiatrist. After thorough examination of the joint and the movement it could and could not do he concluded that I needed more support in my shoes. Outfitted with arch support and ankle brace I have only twinges now of the pain that once plagued constantly. Interestingly enough, I had for years augmented nearly all my shoes with “arch cookies” in order to better support the foot I instinctively felt pronated out of line with my leg. In Seattle I could find none and so had been going without for awhile. This prolonged walking flat of foot resulted in the inflammation of the tendon at the top of my ankle. My instincts were right all along - if only I'd kept after a different solution I could have saved myself a lot of pain.