Auf Wiedersehen

 

I believe one should always leave on a high note.

Here’s my high C.

After almost nine years of blogging, I’m bowing out. Why? Illnesses. Books to write. Family drama. Death. Despair. Exhaustion.

My health is poor. I need to focus on improving that. Maybe in a year or two, when I am finally able to retire, if I’m not dead, I will resume my blog and start fresh. As for now, I’m a snake that’s shedding her skin and in no position to read or respond to your posts or have the creative juices to come up with something interesting to read.

Good riddance, 2020.

Love & Friendship,

Cindy

 

84 thoughts on “Auf Wiedersehen

  1. A very sad day for me, but I understand completely.
    You know my email address of course, and please let me know when your latest book is for sale.
    As for anything else, contact me anytime, dearest Cindy.
    I will miss you even more than you already know.
    As ever, Pete. xx

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    1. You are a true blue friend. It has been my honor.

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      1. The title of your post made my heart sink. x

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  2. Hi Cindy, I wish you a return to good health very soon – of course that should be a priority, and it has been a tough year for you. I hope to see you around and, if not here, then maybe the North coast of Scotland! Do take care.

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    1. I would love that. I have to repair and heal. It was great getting to know you.

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      1. And likewise, you as well.

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  3. Yes please take time your you! You need to heal in so many ways. Rest, rejuvenate and get you mind, body and soul healthy again. In a few years I will be able to step away from the noise and spend time in nature and it will be nice to spend some time with my sister out there. Take care!!

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  4. Definitely a high note. You go with my good wishes for health, energy, and productive writing

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    1. Blessings to you and the Master Chef and gardner.

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  5. Sorry to hear that you are halting your blog, Cindy. Your smart and fair commentary will be missed. You must rest. Rest is your best friend right now.
    –Pam

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  6. Cindy,
    It saddens me to hear that you’re not doing well, and of course I don’t like for you to leave the blogosphere, but I can fully understand the reasons. I wish you all the best for your future, and I hope to maybe see you blogging again some times in the future.
    Take care, and get/stay well: alles Gute und auf Wiedersehen,
    Pit

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  7. I hope 2021 is everything you want it to be, and you keep in touch with us as it makes sense for you!

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    1. Thank you, John. Best wishes! I hope you and Alex get to Santorini next summer.

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      1. Here’s hoping 2021 is better for all of us…enjoy your life and continue to take incredible photos!

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  8. I’ve enjoyed your essays, and hope you’ll be able to return to the blogosphere one of these days. Best wishes. Neil Scheinin

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    1. I liked your photos and essays, Neil, because your posts got at the heart of the NE. I was stationed in E. Machias, ME in the 1980s. I love Cape Cod and got my MFA at Goddard in VT. I have a big love for the NE. Living in AZ, your posts were a drink of water. Cheers!

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  9. Oh, Cindy, I am going to miss you so much. I understand though. Please finish the novel and above all please get well. Love and fingers crossed.

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    1. You might find this strange, but you are one of the prime reasons I will finish this book. Maybe I’m a mediocre writer and this is a vanity project, you are my ardent supporter. Since the beginning, you have encouraged me and found my writing worth reading. Wow. Bless you.

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      1. First, you are not a ‘vanity writer’. You have something to say and the skill to say it. I got a lot of enjoyment in your first two and I can hardly wait to read the third.
        Anthony Burgess, who I had the pleasure of knowing, was a schoolteacher who was very sick and wanted to leave his family something. So he wrote A Clockwork Orange and he credits the therapy of writing it for his getting better and writing so much more,
        Rest and write.
        I have faith in you and your talent.

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    1. That’s very kind! My best wishes to you, Wolf.

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  10. I am very sorry to see you leave us, Cindy, but I more than understand. May you rest on Veterans Day knowing you will be in my thoughts then and ever after. Take care my friend and please stop in once in a while.

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    1. GP, you are authentic in your devotional beliefs to those who died for our freedoms. We are so spoiled and have no clue. But you and I know. That’s our bond and why your posts matter. Carry on, white knight!

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  11. Really sorry to see you leave the blogosphere, Cindy….I do hope your health improves, and you get some much needed rest

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    1. I have enjoyed your photo posts, Sue. Thank you for your kind words.

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      1. Thanks, Cindy, you are most welcome

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  12. Sad to see you go and certainly wish you good health and happiness. Hopefully as things clarify for you we will see you again soon in spite of the decision to chill out for a while. I have really appreciated your photography and the interesting blogs you share with us. You are special Cindy and you have blessed our souls. πŸ™‚

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    1. I have always found it peculiar that my virtual friends, such as yourself, have made an impact on my emotional and intellectual health more than “real” people I know. You are generous with your kindness. Blessings to you and your family, Ian.

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      1. Just remember virtual friends are real people and real friends. We will miss you πŸ™‚

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  13. Oh man, this news hurts.

    And yet I completely understand. I’ll hope without expectation you’re on a prolonged sabbatical rather than retiring from WordPress. πŸ˜‰ Your blog has been a mainstay in my time with WordPress for the last decade. You’ve been a terrific place for me to escape to via your photography and prose, a portfolio of content I really think is unmatched around here. You’ve been a steady and unwavering supporter of my writing for all these years, whether it’s been DSB or Thomas J, a commitment of your time that I cannot thank you enough for. It’s always been a pleasure, and I wish you the best in your writing and education and far above and beyond that, your health as well. Cheers.

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    1. There are a lot of film bloggers out there. You were always my favorite. My sincere wishes you have a flourishing outpour of admiration and success. You have the talent for both. Aim high.

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      1. Ah, that’s a very motivating comment. Thank you! Be well friend, hope you have as good a holiday season as you can with everything going on. I’ll miss you dearly.

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  14. Much love and luck, Cindy. πŸ’™

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  15. You do what you need to Cindy. Congrats on your decision and I hope to see you back sometime. Know you will be missed…
    Best wishes

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    1. Thank you, June for the kind thoughts and well wishes.

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  16. Say it ain’t so Cindy 😦 Reading this made me cry, especially since your blog entries brighten my days. Nevertheless, I understand you have a lot on your mind and need to go on hiatus and I hope your health improves as well. Anyway, keep up the great work as always πŸ™‚

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    1. You were a welcome contributor to L13FC. I enjoyed your enthusiasm for films, John. Thank you!

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    1. You still are my Ww2 expert. I hope you will give the rough draft a look over for blaring mistakes. Even little ones…

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  17. Cindy this is a sad day indeed but a happy one too. You were very pivotal in encouraging my blogging and making me engaged in a blogging community. You are a teacher through and through. I thank you for our time together and keep an open mind it may continue but for now your health and your dreams and the things that give you the most joy should be pursued. Nothing else. You earn that a long time ago. I will miss you but I hope, I hope. Best wishes to you and yours in the future and thank you MS Bruce Man. πŸ™‚

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    1. 😊 We go back many years. Time to graduate. Take care, my friend.

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  18. Good luck in all you do, and I hope you get to Cornwall one day.

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    1. And I know who to search out for some of that glorious history!

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  19. All the best luck in the world to you, Cindy. Will miss your posts – hope your health improves rapidly. Godspeed πŸ™‚

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    1. I took your reviews seriously. So often we agreed. I wish you the best, Paul.

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  20. I left 3 comments here in the end, but discovered that yesterday most of my comments to people ended up in the spam section. Sigh. So You’ll have 3 of mine in there telling you that I’m going to miss you and your words and photo’s, and maybe if this one goes in there there’ll be 4!!

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    1. Hi Fraggle! Thank you for saying so–you were always an inspiration to me in photography. I have enjoyed our conversations over the years. My best wishes to you!

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      1. Be well and one day come back and let us know you’re in good health and spirits. 😘

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  21. I sincerely hope to see you on the other side of this, Cindy. My best to you in whatever life brings.

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    1. Michael. I love your taste in music and have enjoyed your blog for years. Thank you so much for being a friend.

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  22. Rest well my friend; there are better times ahead. cheers from Aussie, Richard

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    1. Richard! I have not heard from you in ages. Aussie bloggers are the best. Keep reviewing! Cheers, friend.

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      1. Just returning to form after the covid film drought. I cant wait for all the Trump movies to hit the screens…..actually, I can.

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  23. Cindy, I hear you. All things are changing. And us too. We have to make choices.
    Thank you for what you have given us over these years.
    You will be missed.
    Just hope you might be back again at some point.

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    1. We will see. Not for awhile. Thank you for your loyal support!

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  24. Sad news. I’ll miss your photographs and your wonderful prose. Best wishes to you and your loved ones. I really hope your health improves.

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    1. Whenever I see MP and MR on the screen, I think of you. Thanks, Paul.

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  25. All the best with your future endeavors, Cindy.

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  26. Hello Cindy! Oh my, sorry i haven’t stopped by in a while… sorry to hear you’re no longer going to be blogging but I totally understand. I think at some point I may have to give it up as well, esp when I can finally make my feature film. I’m sorry to hear about illnesses… I was thinking about my blogging friends and how they’re coping w/ this pandemic. Well, I wish you all the best with everything, Cindy. i know you’ll be missed, your blog is extremely popular πŸ™‚ Take care!

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    1. Ruth, thank you very much. Just too much for me to juggle right now. Thanks for stopping by! Good luck with your feature film. How exciting!

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  27. This breaks my heart but I have full confidence that you know what’s best for you. And the selfish side of me waits and hopes for your return. More importantly is your health and happiness. Here’s to both flowing to you in abundance. Thanks for the MANY great conversations over the years about movies and several other things (travel, teaching, sunsets). Take care of yourself and I wish you the best of everything.

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    1. It has been a pleasure reading your reviews. You are one of the original blogging buddies I have had the good fortune to “know”. I hope to return. Maybe when this WW2 novel is over. My best wishes to you and your family.

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  28. It’s sad news for the blogging community, but everyone understands how draining blogging can be and the main focus of everyone’s life should be their health and family. I have been away from blogging myself, but resumed it (somewhat). I just want to say that I love your blog, and love discussing films with you over the years. I also really appreciated your comments on my blog during that time. I wish you all the best – health-wise, but also in your book-writing! I will certainly want to buy and read your books in future! x

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    1. Bless you! I was just released from the hospital (again). I am reading and writing with some success. I read an article about how time has changed. It has become “confetti”. Blogging does that. Snips of time conversing and creating posts. If I were retired, I would gladly spend the time with my virtual friends. Your movie reviews were always well done. I learned and loved reading your words, DB!
      I find I am at a loss with film industry. I feel uninspired with the quality of films these days to review them. The older ones are comforting and instill nostalgia. IDK. Just lost in today’s society. Too much turmoil. I feel fragile on many levels. Hence the big time out. Thank you, my friend, for the kind well wishes. First my health. This 3rd book. Then I might revamp my site and begin again. I have to be real and embrace the quiet.
      Ha! 50 years ago, they would have locked me up in a sanitorium

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      1. Thank you, and your blog has introduced me to many interesting films and curious points of view on them. I also feel very “let down” and uninspired by recent films; in fact, a couple from 2019 and 2020 I reviewed, I provided negative reviews, but the older ones (including “Quiz Show” – a film from the 1990s which I am now sure I first saw reviewed on your website!), I reviewed positively. Again, I really hope everything turns out well for you! Health is the most important thing in the world and your books look and sound amazing. It has been a crazy year for everyone. The blogging community will stay your friends, I am sure and will continue to be so whenever you decide to return (or not, – very understandably! – given everything). X

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        1. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you and your family.

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  29. If you are going to revamp your site, please do not erase any of these blog entries because me and other frequent visitors on this site love them so much πŸ™‚ If you want to do revamp the background, that sounds great, but all of us have such wonderful memories of your past blog entries (and no, it is not just because that joint collaboration between me and you on Robert Altman back in 2019 :)). Either way, I want to wish you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year πŸ™‚ And let us hope that 2021 is better than 2020 πŸ™‚ Anyway, keep up the great work as always πŸ™‚

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    1. Thanks John. No, I won’t erase the history of the blog. I will give it a facelift visually. I hope you are happy and well. Merry Christmas, Cindy

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  30. I couldn’t let today go by without saying merry Christmas!!

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    1. Thank you, GP. πŸ™‚
      Blessings to you and yours.
      Your friend, Cindy

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      1. I hope 2021 brings you better health, my friend!!

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  31. That’s a sad note, but I understand. You did great with your blog, but working on your book requires time and energy, and the blog has to be left behind for now. Please let us know when your book is out. Be well, Cindy. Take a good care of yourself. Enjoy 2021, all 365 days of it. I will keep an eye on your blog. I know you will be back some day ❀

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    1. Probably sooner than later. I miss everyone!

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      1. Take your time. Blogging is supposed to be a pleasure πŸ˜‰ I think you will be back in summer:)

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