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Publisher's Notes

Happy Spring, Everyone!


Wow, the past few months have brought us some interesting weather. As I write this column, in the first week of February, we have been blessed with some of the mildest winter weather I can remember. This was preceded by one of the most BRUTAL cold snaps we’ve had in Omaha in a very long time. 


I don’t know about you, but Manny and I hunkered down inside our home during that arctic blast. We didn’t even head out to catch a bite to eat! As we venture back out, we are hearing that we were not the only ones who stayed put. One restaurant hostess said that the staff actually brought in board games to play with coworkers, since they had so few customers. 

My heart went out to all of them…the restaurant owners and the entire staff. The good news is that when the nice weather came around, they were slammed!


Living in Omaha my entire life, you would think that I would have gotten used to the crazy ups and downs of our weather. Nope! I still find myself shaking my head when we have such drastic changes in temperatures.


Manny is originally from Los Angeles, and he is finally getting used to the cold weather. The other day, he wore shorts and a polo shirt to meet me for lunch when the high hit around 50 degrees. I told him he has finally become a Nebraskan! Manny said that if his hometown buddies were here, they would be wearing heavy coats, scarves, the whole lot. As we know, it’s all relative. I find it amusing when we hit a warm spot here in Omaha in the middle of winter and so many people…men mostly…head out in a sweatshirt and shorts. It’s how we roll!


Spring officially begins March 19th. Let’s start counting down the days! Also, the groundhog didn’t see his shadow on February 2nd. These are good signs…let’s keep our fingers crossed! 


Before I sign off, I would like to wish Manny a very happy birthday. His birthday is March 8th, and I’m wracking my brain to come up with a great gift for him. He’s been around the world 14 times in his Navy career, so it can be kind of challenging to come up with something original. I’m open to suggestions.


I hope you all have a fabulous month of March. Let’s all take a deep breath and see if we can slow down time…just a little!

Omaha Women's Edition Janet, Omaha Magazine, Omaha Advertising

Janet Van deWalle,

National Publisher

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