Free speech, words & ROW80 update


It has been a puzzling week for this old lady. Wrestling with the idea of censorship PC speak and free speech.the unfolding events in France has brought it to the fore. I had been contemplating the thin line last week when I joined the Banned Books Reading Challenge.   I was intrigued, when I read about it, to find so many of the books I had read and enjoyed through my life had been on a banned list somewhere or the other.

So I had thought I would read them again for this challenge and see if older eyes and experience than my teenage ones would be able to see where the offense had been. Now with the massacre in Paris my secure thoughts on the rights to free speech and censorship have taken another battering.

Censorship, free speech these are subjects all writers from whatever nation have to consider and consider well. We must be sure how we stand on these subjects but I find I no longer do and it is unsettling to say the least. I haven’t yet worked out my doubts and fears so will not say more at this point but soon I think I will have to write about it.

Words are still on my mind as my sister after a long absence from her braille machine discovered she had forgotten some contractions and because of an injured finger couldn’t read the braille so well. Her fingers are like our eyes. We are working our way through and with practice the contractions are back we can’t do anything about the finger yet. She is still on her voyage of discovery with words, who would have thought at her advanced!(not really) age she would suddenly discover the wonder of them – ‘tis nice:)


Only blogs this week, however, I have sorted out The Children’s Tale, thrown quite a bit out and am ready to hook up Dragon and go again – I have to have Dragon as wrists are bad at the moment. I have also sorted out in rough a couple more short stories.

Done well have posted

Hazel Gold  and Scrumbles, art Journals & counterpane.

Hopeless case moi     & The Adventure is the Unknown.

and here Words and Author’s quotes

It is the beginning of the year when I regularly tidy up blogs and website but not quite there yet. Have managed to keep on top of commenting and have divided the places I network into groups so instead of trying to do them all every day – and failing!- I visit each group in turn over the week it is working out much better.

I tried to re-erect my 2nd twitter account but they had voided it because I had been absent so long(impatient shake of head:) so I had to start again from scratch. Have begun following people but it is a slow business. I was wondering if any ROWers could give me a follow while they are up there – this account is @al_berta_ross, it will be mainly about writing and reading plus reviewers, promos, challenges etc as opposed to the other one which includes many of my interests as well.

Reading :
Has been going well, two fiction and three non fiction this week. Have one more to read before Tuesday so no writing tomorrow!

Produced another page in Art Journal52 – I am enjoying this.
Exercise, put in an extra walk and two climbs of the stair as well as usual walks but failed on the dancing ah well.
Ran my Living History group and realized I had been running it over 8 years now – seems hard to believe.
Wrists have been too painful to scrumble or sew my counterpane – shame

Not to bad a week – it has taken time to ease myself back into the whirlwind of cyberspace but the old enjoyment of it is returning:) hope everyone has a good week – keep smiling.

4 thoughts on “Free speech, words & ROW80 update

  1. It looks like you have had quite the good week, Alberta. I so appreciate your encouragement when I am in the doldrums, too.
    The free speech thing is a conundrum for me–hate speech, for example, as you mention. I never understood the child’s rhyme that “words cannot hurt me,” when clearly they can. But I am a firm believer in free speech–so, what to do??

    • alberta says:

      What to do indeed – am still wrestling with it – and the problem has become even more difficult I think with violence brought into the picture – not sure there is an answer – as to encouragement that is what is so good about this group – always a kind hand around – it has def. kept me going through some dark patches:)

  2. alberta says:

    of course we should not allow our freedoms to be hi-jacked but what puzzles this old lady is where do we draw a line – do we allow child porn – do we say anything may be said – in UK there are laws that curtail free speech – for instance anything that can incite violence against another – there do have to be boundaries and where do we draw them – I would always defend the principle of free speech but. . but . .

  3. Sounds like a productive week to me. The troubles in Frace have certainly been very unsettling. Coming from a place that is relatively close, it is easy to consider things spilling over into other countries. However, we cannot fear, we must not ever let them censor us. Art is expression and should not have to be curtailed for anything.

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