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Publisher's Notes

Galentine’s Day

Women Celebrating Women

Happy Galentine’s Day, everyone! Yes, you read that right. I feel a little foolish to admit that I had never even heard of Galentine’s Day before this year. Galentine’s Day, celebrated on February 13th, is to Valentine’s Day what Friendsgiving is to Thanksgiving. Instead of the romance of Valentine’s Day, Galentine’s Day gives us a chance to celebrate with all the girlfriends in our lives. You know them…the ones who bring us love, laughter, and joy all year long.


I absolutely love the concept! Apparently, the idea sprang from the television show “Parks and Recreation.” (I’m not a television watcher, so I’ll cut myself a little slack.) The idea is to join your lady friendship clan and enjoy brunch/dinner/spa day and gift-giving with one another. It’s a way for us to stay connected with our girlfriends and thank them for all they do for us throughout the year. 


I feel that girlfriends are an absolute necessity in our lives. Some of us have many of them; others prefer to have just a few. No matter which camp you are in, I am sure you concur that our girlfriends make our lives better.  


Having a few close friends gives us the anchor that we need. A close friend is someone who you may not see very often…but when you do meet, you never skip a beat. You both talk really fast to “catch up” and then delve into the details of day-to-day life. A true friend will listen, always have your back, answer your questions honestly, and accept you…even with all of your faults. They authentically want what is best for you. I don’t know what I would do without them!


I am one of the lucky ones, as my husband, Manny, is actually my best friend. He provides all the things listed above and more. I feel that Manny will always tell me the truth…even when I don’t want to hear it. Manny obviously knows me very well, as we have been together for more than 10 years and married for over three years. Living together gives a spouse a vantage point that even our closest girlfriends don’t see.


Still, I need my girlfriends. I think it’s just a different energy among women. We share a part of the gene pool that Manny will just never have!


I hope that we start a new tradition here in Omaha with Galentine’s Day and Valentine’s Day. I love all of my girlfriends and I love my husband…I have the best of both worlds!

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

Janet Van deWalle,

National Publisher

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Positive Thought of the Month

“I think if I’ve learned anything about friendship, it’s to hang in, stay connected, fight for them, and let them fight for you. Don’t walk away, don’t be distracted, don’t be too busy or tired, don’t take them for granted. Friends are part of the glue that holds life and faith together. Powerful stuff.” —Jon Katz

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