A Tire Swing Story is a bite-sized "imagining" inspired by an object I discover while wandering. It could be a curbside trash gem or a message sprayed on a wall. A lost mitten, or an antique store find. Anything goes. I photograph the object and post them together, the story and its inspiration. There will be a new story every Monday and Wednesday. On Fridays, I'll discuss writing, life, love, and coffee. (In no particular order and maybe all at once.)

Friday, April 15, 2011

Casual Fridays: Mr. Brainwash & the Public Journal Part 2

Hi guys, it's Britt.
As I mentioned last Friday, I started my own "public journal," by taping a sheet of paper and a pen to a pole outside my apartment. At the top of the paper, I asked the question: "What do you want to say?" 

my sheet
I planned to leave the journal up for a full week. But then something funny happened. 
After less than 12 hours, the page was full. I printed a fresh sheet and tacked it up. By the next afternoon, that one was full too. 

Wow. People really love to share their thoughts. And it was a whole mixed bag--from genuinely moving statements, to graffiti-like declarations. (Otto Rules!)

Here is a sample of what I got:

What do you want to say?  

I want my dogs back. Divorce sucks.
Otto Rules! 
Spring is coming soon.
Everyone ends badly. 
Tomorrow is a new page. 
Mr. Brainwash. 
I wish the TTC was on time for once. 
Jesus loves you, and he's the only one who can save you. 
Gods start wars. Just be good to the people around you.
An ache inside of me. 
Bill Clinton. 
Find me somebody to love. 
Let your creative juices flow and make today a more sexy day than yesterday. 
Find the killer of George. 
Otto was here. 
Soul is toxic. Mind is dead. 
I am disappointed by my species. 
I heart Lamb. 
The life of a "cheb," "chet" "chef"??? (word is illegible) aint easy.
Harper is a weenus.
Jesus loves you!
Everything is Perfect. Maybe.
Can I borrow a pen?
Aim Low Stay High. 
Going to see the Tim Burton exhibit. Yay! 
Just be nice. 
Love your neighbour. 
Beautiful sky at 7am. The light is gorgeous. 
Is this a sociology project? Where can I find the results, and how dirty is this pen? 

Just think: each of these statements belongs to a person with their own story to tell. Would you have written on this journal if you'd stumbled across it in your day. And what would you have said? 

Now, just cause it's Friday, please enjoy a photo of my cat, Joy wearing a party hat. 

Have an expressive weekend, story-makers. See you back here on Monday. 


  1. If I had stumbled upon this, I definitely would have written something. (using my own pen!). What I would write however, would depend upon the day. If it was today- it would something like this- "I am a strong woman and I DID IT. and I am SO PROUD OF MYSELF and it's the biggest thing I've ever done in my life"

    (oh, did I also say that it would take up one or two lines :-)

  2. Oooh! Gramma Sue, what have you done? I am so curious! Please share.

  3. Brittany, I really would love to, and I hate to be cryptic, but it is so personal that I just cannot. but suffice to say, that I have not let this "thing" define me, or confine me. And I am a survivor and I did something that many other women never have the strength to do. So just celebrate my "silent" victory with me.

  4. I can totally understand you not wanting to post something so close to your heart as a "blog comment." Whatever your victory is, I am so happy you've achieved it. Congrats, congrats. Much love.

  5. LOVE the experiment, BS, and especially love that people jumped right in. That's what art is all about, in my books: engagement!

  6. I am glad that nobody stole your pen. Fascinating stuff.