Author Archives: charlottesblock

June 01

Funky Chicken.

Work is winding down after a busy three months and I’m in a weird place all together. A funk. There’s just no other way to describe it. Things are somewhat mundane, unchanging, and downright (Yes, I used a Harvard comma) rudimentary. My brain finds itself scrolling through Facebook, reading the Washington Post (thanks Amazon Prime), listening to […]

March 26

It’s All in the Ending…

Just when you thought you had it figured out right? A recent review of over 350,000 email threads by Boomerang found that some email closings resulted in much higher response rates. We all know that the end of an email is dependent on the content and context of the email. So for example, if you’re writing […]

March 18

A Book and Its Cover.

I was recently part of a scoring panel for an essay competition for middle-school students. We didn’t have that many entries to begin with, so the process wasn’t all together time-consuming. Part of the process included reviewing the essays, stack-and-rack them from first to fifth place based on the rubric provided, and provided an explanation […]

April 23

Just Say “No” to Dogs (Temporarily)… When You Have Babies or Toddlers

We have two dogs and two cats. Cats are self-sufficient, though black kitty gets on my nerves for peeing on my fancy rug. She’s a rather prissy cat, with high litter box standards. I, however, digress. This post is about dogs. Our two dogs, a 13-year old cocker spaniel and 1.5 year old golden retriever, […]

April 23

Ties That Bind in Friendship

The introvert in me isn’t likely to have a large circle of friends. While I do have a significant network of peers, colleagues and acquaintances, friendship as a general rule is tricky. So much of friendship building and nurturing is lost because of the way we communicate and connect with people. I’m talking about the […]

February 12

The Reality We Create

I listened to a story about a young woman who woke up one morning next to a man she didn’t remember after a weekend of filled with parties, alcohol and drugs. Horrified by what might have possibility happened, she was devastated and distraught, but she sought counsel from her pastor because she needed to talk […]

January 08

WTF Luck

I’m a little tired these days. For a number of reasons. Mostly because I’m still dealing and reeling from another pregnancy loss. Having run the gamut of losses from missed miscarriage to regular miscarriage to an ectopic pregnancy and now – a molar pregnancy – I think I’m only missing a blighted ovum from my […]

January 05

Offloading…..

Thursday, Sept. 9th, 2010 (11:50 p.m.) To our little one, We found out you were in my belly on August 7th though I suspected a few days before. Without much fuss, and a positive pregnancy test, we found out we were going to be parents. You can imagine our delight (albeit quiet delight) but without […]

January 05

Photography: Get Up Close (Don’t Be Shy)

I’m a self-taught photographer with some pretty nifty equipment and a decent eye for the creative stuff. I’ve been fortunate to be able to afford quality equipment, but as I’ve told aspiring photographers: It’s not about the equipment as it is about understanding what you’re doing. There are some pretty sophisticated entry-level cameras out there that […]

December 23

It’s OK to Miss Mom

“You’ll get over it…” It’s the clichés that cause the trouble. To lose someone you love is to alter your life for ever. You don’t get over it because ‘it” is the person you loved. The pain stops, there are new people, but the gap never closes. How could it? The particularness of someone who […]