Last night there was the sound like the firework’s crackle and in my startle, a sudden uprush in bed. I had forgotten! I had forgotten My Omaha Obsession’s sixth birthday. Armed with my pillow and blankie, I consulted the ceiling and a special furry friend. I slumped back down and hoped to remember the anniversary by morning.
The only explanation I have is that I have been so very pleasurably buried in investigations. The anniversary date simply slipped my mind. The dream home currently consuming me has weighed so heavily that I dream of the house and I have almost phoned up all of its family members. I am certain that they would not like to hear from me. This has become an intense devotion. Recently I have committed to knocking out many old stories that I had begun long ago—with the goal of focusing on domestic architecture. These are my favorites hunts and something that I can contribute to the growing landscape of Omaha “history” writers. I put history in quotes only because I am interested in investigation and architecture, not so much about history writing. But in that commitment to you, please know that I must see about a monkey and motor hotel and a bowling alley in the very soon future.
I have so many people to thank for helping me and generally making life better but I want to particularly shower the librarians of the W. Dale Clark Library with praise. Martha Grenzeback and Lynn Sullivan have helped me so much, always give uplift and are a wealth of wisdom and creative research.
Big Thanks to Mary Barnes and Susanna Nunes at the Douglas County Register of Deeds Office have been such a great help and of good cheer. I will miss Miss Mary in her retirement but I celebrate her next chapter. Scott Barnes of the Douglas County Assessor/Register of Deeds Office is also a really good egg and is always helpful.
Friends, I have cherished all that you have shared with me. I shall never forget our collaborative mysteries and I cannot wait to get on to my next adventure. A spirit of Nancy Drew curiosity and beginner’s mind seems to reverberate. May we always search and never know. And now for some cake…
Thank You, Detectives.
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