About Me

Hi there. I teach AP US/World History, Holocaust Studies as well as community college Humanities courses. My home state is Illinois, but I have traveled and lived all over the place. I am a Navy Veteran and was fortunate enough to have been stationed in Scotland for four years in the 80s. Fast forward–I started college late at age 30 and now have a few expensive pieces of paper to show for myself. I’ll be paying back student loans until I’m 70. Ha! How brilliant is that?

I wrote a historical novel set in 1900. It would be great if you decided to buy The Knife with the Ivory Handle on Kindle or Amazon HERE. Meet the characters in “Inside the Gold Plated Pistol” in the tab above. My goal is to write a series of novellas that captures the historical climate of Americans in the 20th century.

I enjoy sharing my photography when I travel. I annually escort students, adults, and families to Europe and beyond. Jim, Bear, and I like to explore the Southwest; you will frequently see our hiking/camping trips posted. Finally, movies have been a part of my entire life. I like to write about films, the stars, and the way directors make movies. If you are willing and able, check in on the 13th of the month to participate in the discussion about the film industry. Would you like to be a co-host? Wonderful!

I have many interests but consider watching movies, writing, blogging, reading, photography, and shooting pool favorite ways to occupy my time.

Have a great day,  CB

P.S. I use Google images and IMDb for the details about my film posts. The analysis is all me.



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  1. I used to teach as an adjunct English faculty member at several different universities, and when I read this “I have many interests but consider watching movies, blogging, reading, traveling, hiking, photography, writing, and shooting pool favorite ways to occupy my time,” I thought you were talking about me rather than yourself.

    1. Moody, Yes! Great, I would love to have more females contribute. I can tell you Dec. 13 we will be discussing the new release, ‘Allied’. Hope you can catch it in the theater and stop back on the 13th. 🙂

    1. Richard, I did. It takes time to get used to the limited camera work. On one hand, I wanted the camera to pan out to include his surrounds. On the other, I thought it highly effective that the horrors of the gas chamber/crematorium were distinctly out of focus. The contrast between horror and beauty appealed to me greatly. That is, Saul’s desperate attempt to regain his humanity by saving the life of the boy was exquisite. I loved the ambiguous ending when he smiles at the end facing the German boy. Three cheers to Hungarian director, László Nemes.

        1. I showed it to my students this year. Half of them loved it; the other half found it frustrating, the limited camera. I’ll happily pop over and check out your post. Thank you for sharing.

          1. Your students might find it useful to understand the power of long-take hand held camerawork. It creates in the viewer a claustrophobic frustration at not being able to see. Its disempowering and fear-inducing. Given the aims of the filmmaker, these are emotional and physiological reactions that help carry the narrative of horror.

  2. I look forward to reading your blog. I am just getting started here. I am also a Navy veteran, started college full time at age 39, and actually started this blog as part of my multimedia storytelling class, but I think I will keep it up long after the class is over. The blog is about women veterans. Like I said, I look forward to reading your blog as well. I love movies. My honors paper is about women in Hollywood.

        1. Sometimes I go through my reader and unfollow those who aren’t interested in my blog after I have commented over and over. I assume it is not a good fit, no hard,feelings. That is not yoy, though. I just accidently pressed the bottom but must have been distracted. Anyway,

  3. Hi Cindy,
    So I was thinking about North by Northwest and there are 3 things that I find fascinating about it: 1. The fashion 2. The title “North by Northwest”? What does it mean? 3. The scene at Mt. Rushmore. Where did that come from? And here’s another thing: The sexual banter between the two leads. Very racy for the time. So there’s four things that stand out to me. I would be happy to do a post with any one of those topics as theme or a combination of thereof.
    What do you think?

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