marks in the sand
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 in a cycle that should never end. I hope you enjoy.
A bit about myself: I thoroughly enjoy academic work and research in both the life sciences and creative writing. I especially enjoy reading and writing poetry. Hiking and exploring outdoors has always been a favorite activity for me. 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 senior year 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 few of these can be found in one of the drop down menus at the top of the blog page. If you’re interested in how South African poetry has transformed pre-Apartheid, to Apartheid, to post-Apartheid, to the new millennium, feel free to contact me.
My most recent adventure in life was the Peace Corps (Tanzania, 2015-2018). Feel free to explore the words and pictures based on my time there. 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 dropdown 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.)
Life is a journey and I walk it step by step, open to any and all adventures and possibilities. 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. 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)