marks in the sand – CB’s Blog
created and maintained by Chris Biles


I created this blog to share some of my original work, and some of the words and images that have given me inspiration over the years. These marks in the sand come and go, helping to shape and reshape my life. I hope you enjoy.

A bit about myself: I like creative writing, and especially reading and writing poetry. Hiking/exploring outdoors has always been a favorite activity for me, and wildlife/wild places are a favorite focus for my photography. My life would certainly not be complete without music. I enjoy playing the drum set, other percussion, and accompanying myself on the guitar with some singing. Hopefully I will find the time to experiment with recording some of my music and poetry soon.

During my time at University, I studied abroad in South Africa. My experiences, interactions, and research informed an independent study project that included a creative writing section of about 30 of my own poems. A selection of these can be found in one of the drop down menus at the top of the blog page.

My most recent adventure was doing the Peace Corps (Tanzania, 2015-2018). In the body of my blog are posts from my PCTZ experience, and now beyond. There is also poetry and prose I wrote while abroad in the drop down menus. I hope you can explore this country’s culture as you dig into the stories and visuals from my life there.

(Disclaimer: The views expressed in this blog are mine and mine alone, and are not affiliated with the US Peace Corps in any way.)

Now I live and work in Washington, DC. Life is a journey and I walk it step by step. Noticing the small things makes my heart beat, feeling the magnitude of the big things checks my step and ensures I walk the right path. I love music, words, images, art. I love the majesty and complexity of the natural world, playing within its realms. And I love the connectivity and depth of humanity, the fact that we are only people through other people (Ubuntu.). There is beauty in the world – what we must do is choose to see it.

“And forget not that the earth delights to feel your bare feet, and the winds long to play with your hair.” (Khalil Gibran)


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