Author Archives: charlottesblock

December 19

My Accidental Cocker Spaniel

My mom is a neat a freak. Growing up, we just weren’t allowed to have dogs. She kept the house spotless and no animal was going to walk on our pristine tile flooring with nasty paws. We had hamsters that got pregnant every other week (my dad insisted they were lonely apart), pigeons and doves (my […]

December 19

Where I’m From

Rebecca Vincent, a good friend of mine and an exceptional writer, sent me this writing prompt not too long ago when I was asking her for suggestions on how to write regularly outside of what I was already did at work. Good writers understand that motivation (and reading) is  a big part of writing frequently […]

October 08

Good Writers Write (I’m working on it)

Write About What You’re Passionate About  That’s what a recent guide book referenced to when I was looking for ways to encourage me to write on a more regular basis. My usual excuses for not writing are usually that I don’t need to write more since I write a great deal for work and I’m […]

August 16

You Are More. Happy 35 to Me. (A Year Later)

I wrote this last year but never published it. Re-read it a year later, and it’s still apropos. I turned 35 years old last month. I’m a little delayed on blogging about it – but it’s official – I. Feel. Old. For the most part, yours truly planned on having a little bit more time […]

August 16

Poetry: “Mending Wall” by Robert Frost

Something there is that doesn’t love a wall, That sends the frozen-ground-swell under it, And spills the upper boulders in the sun; And makes gaps even two can pass abreast. The work of hunters is another thing: I have come after them and made repair Where they have left not one stone on a stone, […]

August 08

Photo: Hide Me

“But behavior in the human being is sometimes a defense, a way of concealing motives and thoughts, as language can be a way of hiding your thoughts and preventing communication” – Abraham Maslow

July 17

If My Dogs Could Speak

Is it time to play? How about now? Now?…. [Silence] Now??? Begging is my way of letting you know that you’re not feeding me the right food. Don’t you know I’m still a growing pup? (and I’d rather have steak than dry kibble!) If I hog your side of the bed, it’s only because you […]

July 17

Cambodian Randomness (December 2011)

Ran Random things I learned about Cambodia (December 2011): It’s primary industry is agriculture though tourism is a close second particularly in Siem Reap, mostly due to the popularity of Angkor Wat. Transactions are typically completed in US Dollars. It’s the standard currency accepted everywhere aside from the local currency. Toyota Camry is the most […]

July 17

Quote: “Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness” (Mark Twain)

Can you tell that we love to travel? I can’t imagine not being able to see the world and everything that it has to offer. What a blessing to be able to share culture, perspectives and viewpoints through domestic and overseas travel. “Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness.” – Mark Twain “Twenty years from […]

July 16

Poetry: Stopping By Woods on a Snowy Evening by Robert Frost

Whose woods these are I think I know. His house is in the village though; He will not see me stopping here To watch his woods fill up with snow. My little horse must think it queer To stop without a farmhouse near Between the woods and frozen lake The darkest evening of the year. […]