Tag Archives: From the Editor


February 23, 2018 by
Photography by Bill Sitzmann

Spring has officially sprung, and I am itching to spruce things up around my house—inside and out.

In other words, spring cleaning. Washing the windows is typically the first item on the list, but this is not as fun as changing my throw pillows or creating floral arrangements to add something more colorful and lighter to coordinate with the new season. Combining succulents with bold colors and metallics is a hot trend (and I’m planning to experiment with them at my own home). I also take the opportunity to weed through my closet and transition to my spring/summer wardrobe.

Normally I create a spring DIY project, but after my yearlong room makeover we decided to change things a bit and feature some new creative talent out there in our city. This issue spotlights a painting project by a professional artist whose love of Moroccan style helped turn an ordinary bookshelf into a portal of sorts.

Omaha architect Steve Ginn spent five years designing a picturesque woodland masterpiece situated on 20 acres in Tennessee. If you love nature and being surrounded by it in almost every sense, you will love this tranquil home.

Does mixing old and new styles ever get old? The Nabitys would say no, as that is exactly their style—rustic elegance. It turns out you don’t have to live at Cape Cod to get the look and feel of being there, minus the ocean.  Hopefully some of these homes or projects will inspire warm weather decorating ideas of your own.

I enjoy that spring is also the beginning of yard sale season. It’s a great way to pick up some great bargains for new weekend projects on a budget.

If you have something you just have to share with the rest of us DIYers, email me at sandy@omahapublications.com. I love to hear from fellow decorators and creatives. 

This article was printed in the March/April 2018 edition of OmahaHome.

Sandy Matson is the contributing editor for Omaha Home.

Entrepreneurial Spirit

January 19, 2018 by
Photography by Bill Sitzmann

My grandparents owned a small grocery business in central Iowa—Shinn’s By-Lo Foods. The business was started by my great-grandparents and sold before I was born. What I know of it is stories gleaned from my mother and her sisters—stories of them spending time at my great-grandparents’ home while my grandparents were working, stories of food that came home from the store to be used for dinner because it was time for it to be off the shelves. These stories were often told as the family used plastic coins bearing the company name that were issued as food stamps, left over from the business, as poker chips during games of Michigan rummy.

Their entrepreneurship has become central to the American Dream narrative realized by subsequent generations of our family (myself included).

Merriam-Webster defines the American Dream as the ideal that every U.S. citizen should have an equal opportunity to achieve success and prosperity through hard work, determination, and initiative. Many people consider a part of this dream owning a business.

The February/March edition of B2B is devoted to those whose entrepreneurial spirit is propelling them forward into their version of the American Dream. I myself smiled when reading about cousins Muhib Hassan and Niamatullah Habibzai, who came to the U.S. in pursuit of the American Dream and have been able to purchase their own grocery store. Omaha boasts several great entrepreneurs in this issue. I hope you enjoy reading about all of them.

Daisy Hutzell-Rodman is the managing editor of B2B, a publication of Omaha Magazine LTD. She can be reached at daisy@omahamagazine.com.

This column was printed in the February/March 2018 edition of B2B.

Healthy New Year’s Resolutions

December 22, 2017 by
Photography by Bill Sitzmann

New Year’s resolutions often involve health goals. I know mine do. Whether I follow through on the resolution is another story.

With health on our minds, our January/February issue focuses on the theme with several health-related articles and a guide to the best local nurses and doctors.

One article in the issue explores the breakthrough stroke technology that Dr. Vishal Jani has advanced with CHI Health’s Neurological Institute at Immanuel Medical Center; however, most of the latest edition’s health stories take a less medically focused approach.

Our profile of musician Ed Archibald tells the story of how the saxophonist grew up in Omaha’s vibrant jazz scene, only to get bogged down with the daily grind of his 9-to-5 before a work-related injury precipitated his experimentation with digital recording and a return to his jazz roots.

Our profile of “Dr. Donna” Polk, the chief executive officer of the Nebraska Urban Indian Health Coalition, tells her personal story. Polk is a cancer survivor. But the focus of the story pays attention to the nonprofit’s work with behavioral health, youth, and families of Native American people living in the Omaha metro. Polk is  trying to raise $7 million to make possible the coalition’s new facility in South Omaha.

Omaha’s Nurse of the Year Awards recognize the metro’s best nurses in several categories (including student nurses, specialty fields, Nurse of the Year nominees, and the individual “Nurse of the Year” winner). In addition to the region’s best nurses, the magazine also features Omaha’s “Best Doctors,” excerpted from a nationally produced list of the nation’s best doctors. These special listings have both appeared in Omaha Magazine over the years. But this year is the first time we have included both sections together in the same issue.

This issue is also the first time that OmahaHome will be printed separately from Omaha Magazine’s full city edition (rather than an overrun edition); however, subscribers and those who buy on newsstands will still find Omaha Magazine and OmahaHome bagged together. Likewise, in the spirit of the new year, this is the first issue we have tried consolidating our augmented reality capabilities into the table of contents page (rather than featuring scannable pages throughout the magazine). Scan the table of contents page with the LayAR application on a smartphone or tablet to enjoy digital bonus content that complements select articles.

We have a long-form article about elder abuse, which is focused on financial abuse. Of course, financial health is a form of health.

Meanwhile the entire 60PLUS section has turned into a 24-page fashion package that explores the styles and biographical details of local community influencers (age 60 and older) who are looking good and feeling great in the “prime time” of their lives.

Doug Meigs is the executive editor of Omaha Publications.

This letter was printed in the January/February 2018 edition of Omaha Magazine.

Stork Deliveries and Publication Deadlines

August 27, 2017 by and
Photography by Provided

Around the time when our July/August “Food Issue” arrived in subscribers’ mailboxes, special deliveries from “the stork” arrived for the families of two Omaha Magazine staffers.

One of those families is my own. My wife and I became first-time parents with the birth of our baby girl, Faye-Marie.

The next week, an office-wide e-mail shared good news from a colleague in advertising. Omaha Magazine branding specialist Josh Peterson welcomed his third son into the world.

Because of our staggered editorial deadlines, these births coincided with the middle of production on this September/October issue.

Because Josh is a more experienced parent—and he had the audacity to hand-deliver the baby—we share his story here.

The Art of Baby Catching

story by Blair Emsick

Upon arriving at the hospital to give birth to their third child, Josh and Stephanie Peterson had two questions: Can we deliver standing up, and can Josh catch the baby?

The husband and wife had discussed these possibilities with their doctor previously, but she was out. The on-call doctor quickly responded, “No,” to both questions. Josh didn’t want to push (no pun intended), so he let it go. However, upon learning that Josh was an EMT and was interested in learning the skill (just in case he ever had to deliver a child in the back of an ambulance), the on-call doctor agreed to let him “catch” his child.

Experiences during the childbirth of their first two boys influenced Josh’s desire to catch baby boy No. 3.

Twenty-five hours into labor on baby No. 1, doctors realized that Andy was stuck and had to be delivered via C-section. Stephanie’s platelets were low, so she had to be anesthetized for the procedure. She was unconscious for the first few hours after the birth as well. Although Josh was the first to hold his baby, he missed those first special moments between mother, father, and baby.

Then with baby No. 2, Connor came six weeks early and had to be rushed to the NICU right after being born. Yet again, Josh and Stephanie missed that special post-birth cuddle with their newborn. Instead, they watched doctors insert an IV into their newborn’s head.

With their third, Josh and Stephanie wanted to do it right. “I thought, ‘Well, there is no way this can go worse than our past births,’” Josh says. He was right. When Stephanie went into labor, and after the doctor gave the go-ahead, Josh gowned and got into place.

“Now, I know what crowning really means,” Josh says with wide eyes, remembering the experience. Then, after what felt like a nanosecond, Rory was right there in his arms—alive, healthy, breathing, and crying. Josh quickly passed the baby to his wife, but that first moment, to be the first person to touch his newborn, is something he will never forget.

Mother, father, and baby were finally together—happy and healthy. It was just like they had imagined. Perhaps the third time really is the charm. Catching baby Rory, Josh says, was “the coolest thing I’ve ever done.”









This letter was printed in the September/October 2017 edition of Omaha Magazine.