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Barbara Blomquist

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

Transitions – Nyota Uhura: Freedom Star

This column is dedicated to the memory of Nichelle Nichols who for many years played the iconic Star Trek character Nyota Uhura. (Uhura is...

Transitions – Perspective over time

“Life is about perspective and how you look at something…ultimately, you have to zoom out.” —Whitney Wolfe Herd I’m a history major and a Sci-Fi...

Transitions – Down the rabbit hole: social media

I recently discovered Tic Tok. Don’t even know how I got there, but what a mistake – two hours gone and not enough sleep...

Transitions – Military Reserves: Day jobs and active duty

This is the third column that will feature thoughts from Army Reservist Jeff. According to a report in Military News, Military.com, on May 13, 2022,...

Transitions – A Guardsman Protects our Capital

Last month, in the first of a three-part series, I introduced Jeff a Soldier in the Indiana National Guard. This is a continuation of...

Transitions – A new generation of Army reservists

I was recently introduced to Jeff, a military man from outside the draft era. One downside of a draft-free military is that there is...

Transitions – The recent face of weddings

We’ve attended three weddings in the last few months. In one, the couple requested that you show proof of vaccination. The live band was...

Transitions – Harder not impossible: A Tribute to Sidney Poitier

I greatly admired the late Sidney Poitier, the first Black man to win an Oscar for 1964’s Lilies of the Field. His portrayal was non-traditional...

Transitions – A positive new year

I recently had my annual blood workup. I did not like the results. I must exercise more, drink more liquids, (not caffeine or alcohol), and avoid...

Transitions – A different tradition

My little granddaughters are like many of today’s affluent kids – they have more dolls, toys and books than anyone in my generation. Unfortunately,...

Transitions – Powell and Jefferson

What do Thomas Jefferson and the late General Colin Powell have in common? They were both the first. Jefferson was the first Secretary of...

Transitions – Fun with non-digital treasures

I am of the age where fun was enjoyed without electrical power. So, when I buy gifts for children I go to the old...

Transitions – An Olympics Without Spectators

The 2020/2021 Olympics prevailed despite overwhelming doubt of their success. The lackluster opening ceremony did not inspire confidence, but the athletes went out and did...

Transitions – STEM AND MEDICAL BREAKTHROUGHS

Several years ago, I saw movie critic Roger Ebert “speak” using a computer. Ebert’s lower jaw had been removed to treat his cancer, which...

Transitions – Independence Day: A debt owed to our immigrants

We think the Revolutionary War was fought over taxes, but a bigger complaint was that King George prevented immigrants from coming to America and...

Transitions – Back to the movies?

There is nothing quite as exciting as going to the movies with the big-screen experience, surround sound, popcorn, and the "Wow" factor when hundreds...

Transitions – The cemeteries that honor our fallen

Have you ever driven by a military cemetery and got a chill mingled with sadness and respect? Military cemeteries are meant to evoke some emotion...

Transitions – The Pledge & The Anthem

Recently we experienced one of those small Zoom blessings when we saw our kindergarten granddaughter recite the Pledge of Allegiance. It was a proud moment...

Transitions – Yeomanettes, the first enlisted women

March is Women‘s History Month, so it seems appropriate to honor some women firsts. Amy Bauernschmidt was recently selected as the first female captain of...

Transitions – A heroic ruse

In 1946 Jackie Robinson, the first black man to integrate baseball, was chased by white men – his fans. Robinson had helped the 1946...

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