In my “Resolutions for 2011,” #11 was “I shall make a 11th resolution before April 30th, 2011.” I now have one (aside from changing “before” to “by” next time around, since that’s what I intended).
In a recent chat about times long past, I mentioned that my second-least favorite part of my high school art classes was the teacher I had from eighth through twelfth grade. She was a nice lady, but she was a loon. By the end of my junior year, I’d had enough of her and registered for Creative Writing instead of her art class. At senior orientation, she told me that “they” had put me in the wrong class by mistake, so she got me switched “back” into AP Portfolio. I didn’t have the heart to tell her it wasn’t a mistake, and suffered another year.
I then mentioned that my least favorite part of those classes was ruining a pencil sketch by painting over it. Granted, painting over the sketch was the point of most assignments, but I could never get those sketches back. We didn’t have a copier in the room, we didn’t have any pantographs lying around (though in the art room, there could’ve been a hundred of them and we might never have found them), and cameras were still several years away from being everywhere.
Sketching was the most funnest part of my art classes. That in mind, I hereby resolve that:
11. I shall make a pencil sketch at least once a week.
I’m off to buy a sketch book and some art pencils.
Here’s an article about a tax reform proposal called the Purple Tax Plan, purple because it’ll appeal to both blue and red states. Regardless of the merits (or lack thereof) of the plan itself, the article is a reminder of the importance of tax simplification. If tax collection is less confusing, we’ll be better able to think about who pays how much, about whether taxes are too high or low, and whether we’re getting a good product for the price we pay.