Home for Christmas

With my niece, Penelope and Nephew, Luke

For most of the year the temperature in Buffalo, NY where I live, is cooler than Omaha, NE where I was born and raised. Surprisingly though, the winter months in Buffalo are slightly warmer than November – February in Omaha. As I type, it’s zero degrees in Omaha and 11 in Buffalo. Including four years I spent in Kansas City, MO attending Art School, I’ve now lived away from Omaha almost as many years as I spent there during my formative years. Every year around this time, I travel to Omaha for Christmas, spend a few days with loved ones, then turn around and head back to Buffalo to greet a brand new year. Buffalo is home now, but Omaha is where I return to reconnect with the people and places that raised me.

In Buffalo and in my other travels, I’ve grown and changed in many ways, but I’m still the same person I always was. I long for the sound of thunderstorms that roll in from the high plains of Nebraska and shake you from your sleep. I listen for the familiar voices that reassured me as a child. It is colder in Omaha this time of year, but I have come to search for the warmth of home. Thank you to all my family and friends who love me for who I am and welcome me with open arms.

Christmas Craft: I Love Cheese!

I was invited to participate in a benefit and an art event, both honoring the holidays.  I decided to try my hand at a craft project which is NOT normally my thing and at first I struggled to think of what to make.  The art event specifically called for hand-made ornaments so I started with that.  After a lot of trial and error, this fun little project sprung from somewhere in my imagination.  It came from just playing with some materials I had lying around and eventually evolved into the below.  Not surprisingly it has a forest animal theme and serves as a cheesy, but sweet tribute to my ongoing photo project entitled, Tangled.  I liked the outcome so much a made one for the benefit as well.