Guest columnist Terry J. Martin has been a professor of English at Baldwin Wallace University since 1989. He posts much of his best photography on Instagram, where you may follow him at

When I bought my first DSLR Nikon camera in 2011 at the ripe age of 52, I hardly expected it to change my life. Yet almost from the moment that I pulled the camera out of the box, two wholly unsuspected passions took hold of me, as if I had been secretly harboring an unknown self inside me for years.

First, I became absolutely enchanted by the possibilities of fine art nature photography. Second, I became oddly enamored of birds, which soon emerged as my favorite photographic subject.

Although my mother had been both an avid birder and photographer, those seeds had failed to take any root in me until long after her death in 2004. Then,

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BELOIT — Not even a pandemic and a snow storm could stop this year’s Black Women in Business Expo in Beloit, with the event drawing its largest number of vendors ever on Saturday.

The annual event aims to shine a spotlight on women-owned Black businesses and coincides each year with Black “Herstory” Day, an event organized by the expo’s creator Vickie Lynn to celebrate the achievements of Black women.

Businesses of all kinds were on display Saturday, from health and wellness products, clothing, books, apparel, jewelry, photography, art and more. Entry-fee donations from the event will go to the Center of Hope and New Life Ministries International in Beloit.

This year’s expo, with over 50 vendors, almost didn’t happen due to COVID-19, Lynn said. But organizers rallied to make the event socially-distanced and masks were required.

“We were really unsure about it at first, but then we came together

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