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Barbara Blomquist

Barbara Blomquist is a Naperville resident, wife, mother, quilter, and screenwriter. Contact her at BWBLomquist@aol.com.

Transitions – Hot rocks for a clean planet

In November, the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) met in Dubai, UAE. Over 200 countries participated with 70,000 attendees, including business leaders, young people,...

Transitions – Music that honors our Veterans

Music evokes strong feelings; I love it when the Naperville Men’s Glee Club or Naperville Municipal Band performs the Armed Forces Medley. I always...

Transitions – A Naperville friend and neighbor

Bert Toppel, one of my husband's colleagues, recently passed at 97. We shared many fond memories with Bert and his late wife, Leona. They...

Transitions – Girls and dolls

Dolls bring up intense feelings for many girls and women.  When I was an adult, my mother told me she had only one store-bought doll,...

Transitions – When a bee sting is a wake-up call

If you’ve ever experienced a bee or wasp sting, you know that it can be painful and, in a few cases, lethal. There is...

Transitions – When warmth means healthy growth

I have been a quilter for over 25 years. I like helping make the 200-plus quilts that our group completes in a year. In...

Transitions – Harry Belafonte more than ‘Day-O’

Harry Belafonte had his career breakthrough with the album Calypso, which was the first million-selling LP by a single artist. The best-known song on that...

Transitions – Remembering Vietnam

On March 29, the Judd Kendall VFW recognized the 50th anniversary of withdrawing from Vietnam on National Vietnam War Veterans Day. Like many in...

Transitions – Warriors for justice: Walt Longmire, Joe Leaphorn, and Lyda Conley

I enjoy Craig Johnson’s Longmire and Tony Hillerman’s Leaphorn and Chee series. The popular Western series’ feature Sheriff Longmire and his best friend Henry...

Transitions – A tangible difference with fabric

I have been quilting for close to 30 years. I learned because I wanted to make quilts for my young daughters from fabric leftover...
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