Touched My Heart

Hello everyone—it is so terrific to be back! This is our 34th Anniversary Issue in Omaha and our 20th Anniversary Issue in Lincoln.

Last month, we made the decision to combine our May and June issues. In our 34 years of publishing, we have never gone down this path. We heard from a lot of you…our readers. We got emails, phone calls, snail mail letters! Where is the May issue? Where can I find you? It was humbling to hear from so many of you who missed us. Thank you for contacting us and letting us know how we hold a place in your lives. It touched my heart.

I would also like to thank all of our loyal advertisers. They are what makes Omaha and Lincoln the great communities that they are. They are back…stronger than ever. Let’s all make a point to support them!

The last couple of months have been a strain on everyone. What I have learned is that communication is the key to making businesses work, families work, and marriages work. This has been a challenge with social distancing, but if the relationship is important, it’s worth the work.

My husband, Manny, and I have become closer to my daughter, Carissa, and her family over this time. My 15-year-old granddaughter, Savannah, is taking driving lessons from Grandma. It is wonderful. I go pick her up and we drive…and talk…for an hour or two. Last Sunday, she made a leap—went from simply staying on residential streets to driving on roads with speeds up to 45 miles per hour. I was so proud of her! She did terrific.

I have to do a little bragging about Savannah. She sent me and her other grandmother a text a couple of weeks ago that she had received a Bronze award on the National Latin Exam. The test covers general knowledge of Latin grammar and vocabulary, mythology, Roman culture, and so on. I was so proud of her. 

It is astounding to me how quickly she is growing up. I was looking at pictures the other night of when she first came home from the hospital. It seems like a millisecond ago. Life moves so very fast. We have to cherish every single moment.

I hope that all of you are staying well…and sane. As my late mother, Anne Albracht, always said: “This, too, shall pass.” 

We are thrilled to be back at Women’s Edition. Please take extra special care of one another…and of yourselves. We’ll see you next month.

Positive Thought of the Month


“Being challenged in life is inevitable,
being defeated is optional.”—Roger Crawford

Janet Van deWalle,
National Publisher

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