Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Free Speech Wall



A writer is someone who can make a riddle out of an answer.  ~Karl Kraus

Come with me for a visit to the Free Speech Wall! It is a sunny winter day, but bitter cold and windy. The Charlottesville Downtown Mall erected this slate wall  recently. There are ledges for chalk, and anyone can write anything on this wall that they want. ANYTHING! I think it gives one a good idea of the people of this city. So Phil and I had to get our pictures taken while writing on the wall.  What would YOU write??? As we walk back to the car, our shadows say good-bye until the next adventure. Have you thought what you would write yet? If I get enough answers, I will likely do a post about them.


“Dear children, let us not love with words or speech but with actions and in truth.”
1 John 3

23 comments:

SquirrelQueen said...

What a wonderful idea. I have no idea what I would write but I like the idea that I could express myself freely.
It does look cold Ginny.

Annie said...

I would write - Truth is not determined by popular opinion.

Annie said...

p.s. I love the idea of this wall.

DawnTreader said...

Your weather looks like ours just now. Good idea with a chalk wall as it can also easily be washed clean every now and then. Don't know what I'd write... What comes into my head just now is 'hold on to your hopes, my friend'

CalamityJr said...

"Way to go, Jen!" Instead of trying to think of something profound to write, I'd simply show my pride in my daughter who will be receiving her IPhD soon.

Lisa @ Two Bears Farm said...

What a neat idea. I've no clue what I would write. I guess I'd have to live in the moment.

From the Kitchen said...

I would write "be respectful of one another". What did you and Phil write?

Best,
Bonnie

Sandra said...

not sure what i would write or if i would write. i would be so busy snapping photos. if i were there i might think of something but right now i can't think of anything. i do have to say the first thing that popped in my mind when i read the question was Sandra was here...love that shadow shot..

Ma said...

Never Give Up!

Laurie Mcknight said...

what a beautiful idea! Oh my gosh what would I write, mmm, I think I would write, : today is the first day of the rest of your life, make it count"!!!!

Mary said...

I love the idea of this wall. On a much more mundane level - I really love your jacket. The color is wonderful. Have a great day, Ginny. Blessings...Mary

Donna said...

What a neat wall! Think I'd write, "No to the UN!"
hughugs

Chatty Crone said...

Oh my gosh that is a FANTASTIC idea! I wish they had something like that here - might stop of slow down the graffiti - but I doubt it. Can't wait to see what you write. sandie

Dee said...

Great idea...i would doodle something:)

wildlifewatcher said...

Hi Ginny, I sure like that wall. Would be good to have in many spots but I'm sure some would get upset when others erased "their" comments. Beats spray-painted graffiti. I would likely write the Golden Rule. Have a good day and another good day tomorrow.

Annmarie Pipa said...

interesting! and pretty sad how we need a wall to practice free speech because everyone is so politically correct!

Linda said...

This is amazing, Ginny, I have never seen anything like this!

Ann said...

What a cool idea. That is awesome.
I think I would write "I came, I saw, I wrote." :)
And what did you and Phil write?

Jeanne said...

Very cool! I'm not sure what I would write. Maybe - Choose hope!

Ruth's Photo Blog said...

I'm thinking I would probably say,Jesus is the answer for all your needs.

Rose said...

Not sure what I would write...but what a great idea!

reana claire said...

Good idea! I think I have a 101 things to write on.. lol..

Fred Alton said...

Great idea about the WALL! Our city has designated a certain section of the walk-way and they are providing chalk for people to write with. They forgot that not all of us are so limber as to stoop down to write! Don't know what I would write tho. You and Phil both looking good in the pictures.