Dumplings, Leopards, and Sherpas, Oh My!

January 9, 2014 · Posted In: Family, HerFamily, Parenting, Pets

Silas and Kimberly West have four children who are actively involved in soccer, ballet and tap, golf, Awana, choir, and a smattering of other hobbies. Those hobbies include taking care of a small zoo: two […]

Farmers Market in the Fall

August 29, 2013 · Posted In: Downtown, Encounter, Food & Drink, Lifestyle, Places

In 1994, Gene Sivard had an oversized garden with veggies to spare. The Old Market was having its first Farmers Market and was “begging for vendors.” Now, Sivard’s Gene’s Green Thumb has 14 acres, and […]

Bringing Bali to Nebraska

June 20, 2013 · Posted In: At Home, Downtown, Encounter, Home, People

Concrete floors and 26-foot ceilings. A spiral staircase up to the loft where Stephanie Francois has made her “comfy-couch room.” Vast windows. A huge balcony with an honest-to-God cabana, drapey white curtains billowing from the canopy over the […]

Public Art Primer

Posted In: Art, Downtown, Encounter, Lifestyle, Places

One thing never in short supply in this city of ours is public art. Downtown Omaha in particular has a vast collection of pieces—some you’ve surely seen and some that are tucked away. Keep your […]

The Break-Point Generation

Posted In: 60 Plus in Omaha, Lifestyle, Retirement, Social Media

It’s not an uncommon tradition. The Roemmich family gathers every year for a reunion. It’s also not uncommon at such reunions to have boxes of black-and-white photos of family members no one can identify any […]

The Corner Creperie

April 25, 2013 · Posted In: Coffee & Tea, Downtown, Encounter, Food & Drink, Restaurants

Derek Olsen pours a careful ladleful of batter onto one of two crêpe griddles, about 16 inches in diameter. Then he lightly spins a sort of crêpe trowel—a wooden dowel T’d with a smaller wooden […]

Let’s Get Icky

February 25, 2013 · Posted In: Encounter, Entertainment, Music, People

Derek Pressnall’s enthusiasm is warm and contagious. Get him talking about creating music or playing live, and he’ll get a light in his eyes and say, “I love it.” He’s the veteran, been in a […]