Omaha artist Watie White is currently creating a series of murals in partnership with Justice For Our Neighbors-Nebraska where he interviews and creates a linocut portrait of several new immigrants to Omaha. With support of other organizations including the Intercultural Senior Center, Omaha Public Schools, the South Sudan Community Association, and the Anti-Defamation League, he's creating these small-scale carved portraits and then turning the art into giant murals all over town. This is one of two murals Watie is doing currently in the neighborhood of Benson in Omaha--you can see it on the side of the Benson Law Center. The themes in the text are inspiring--the desire for education, the bravery of leaving home in hopes of a better life, and a compulsion to give back to the communities that have welcomed them.
Right down the street from our downtown office is Pettit's Pastry, a 60-year-old downtown institution that still makes the best glazed old-fashioned donuts in the city. The original signs outside on the corner of 16th and Cass match the kitchy decor inside, where vintage bakery cases are packed with fresh and delicious donuts and pastries of all types. Seasonally decorated cookies and cakes, donuts with every filling and topping, and flaky krispies and pies fill the air with the aroma of sweetness, fryer grease, and childhood memories.
As a single parent, I put a lot of effort into building new traditions with Alice and trying to find ways to create happy memories that she will be able to look back on in the future when times are harder. When so many old traditions I loved are a thing of the past, I work hard to make new magical moments of peace and joy that bind Alice and I together as a family unit of our own. It's hard for me to look forward into a future of Just Us, but making things normal for her is sort of the goal. Last week we went to the pumpkin patch, one of those Omaha Things You Do where you are likely to see five or six people you know as you walk around enjoying all of the kid-friendly attractions on a crisp autumn evening after work. I forgot to take photos with the actual pumpkins, which is actually a good sign...we were having so much fun, it was more about the experience than the documenting of it.
We left with a five pounds of freshly picked apples, a purse full of parade candy, worn-out carnival wristbands, and an angry sunburn to remember the trip by. Big thanks to the Nebraska City Tourism department and chamber of commerce for the amazing day at the Applejack Festival in Nebraska City. I grew up going…
This will be my 5th year on the Barcamp Omaha team and we just launched this year’s webpage! Over the years, our partners at Grain & Mortar has received plenty of awards and praise for their Barcamp sites, and this year’s might be the best yet. Sign up and come see what it’s all about. Opening party Sept 5, the big show September 6th. It’s chaos, humor, lots of learning plus a few special guest stars. And for once I don’t mean myself. If you’ve ever wanted to plan a trip to Omaha, this is an opportunity you should take.