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Barbara Blomquist

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

Transitions – An actor and a gentlemen: Lou Gossett, Jr.

A Broadway actor at 17, Lou Gossett, Jr., spent over 70 years entertaining on stage, screen, and voice-overs. His Emmy performance as Fiddler, a...

Transitions – Tshukudu (and the big five)

Tshukudu, “rhino” in South African Sotho, is also the name of the game lodge that became more than a mere item on Roger’s and...

Transitions – Eighty years of Rosie the Riveter

My first cousin, Roxie, was a generation older than me. She was a beautiful woman. She also had the saltiest language of any man...

Transitions – Blacks in Westerns

Recently, I was sharing a modern-day Western script with a film agent, and he asked if I liked Westerns, which I do. As a...

Transitions – What women must wear

After SciFi, my guilty reads are female-oriented historical fiction. I especially relate to stories in the 19th and early 20th century. It’s recent, but...

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...

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