Theresa Cassiday, freelancer

Copy writing & editing in Omaha, Nebraska and the U.S.



Metamorphosis: Basking in the glow

A couple of weeks ago I had the pleasure of viewing the Metamorphosis exhibit at Lauritsen Gardens. I was fortunate enough to attend on the last Friday when the exhibit was lit up at night for a special “Art Aglow” show.

I bought a membership to Lauritsen Gardens that day, and made a donation as well. I did this in honor of my aunt, Barbara Stander, who had passed away earlier that week. She and her husband, Chuck, lived in Pensacola, Fla., and were avid gardeners. At one point, they had more than 400 varieties of roses in their yard and greenhouse. What better way to honor her memory?

I saw the exhibt by day, took a dinner break, then came back for the night show. It was fun and eerie both to see the conservatory lit up at night. Most of the sculptures were lit from underneath, giving visitors the best view of the hundreds of recycled objects used by Sayaka Ganz and Aurora Robson to create each sculpture. I’ve decided that next time I have insomnia, I’m going to go over these pictures and see how many objects I can find.

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New year, new direction, new website

Every business owner knows that it’s important to look back and see where you’ve accomplished, as well as look ahead to see where you’d like to go in the future.

One of the hazards of freelancing is the temptation to do ALL the things you can do just because someone asks for them. On the surface, it seems like you’re offering good service to your clients. But over time, you risk becoming a jack of all trades, master of none.

After evaluating the services we’ve been offering, Catena Creations has defined a new direction for 2018. Our core services will be:

Website design. First and foremost, we design great websites.We use WordPress to make sure our sites are user-friendly, secure and fully functional. We also make sure our websites have search engine optimization (SEO) techniques incorporated as we build our websites so our clients can be found online once their sites launch.

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Merry Christmas from Catena Creations

Merry Christmas from Catena Creations

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year from Catena Creations! Thank you for your support and friendship in 2015.

I shot this at Stinson Park in Aksarben Village, Omaha. It’s quite a sight as you’re driving up to the area.

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Open house: Meet the alpacas

A family enjoys the Alpacas of the Heartland open house.
A family enjoys the Alpacas of the Heartland open house.

I got to meet a new animal Sept. 27 when I went to the annual open house of Alpacas of the Heartland. This 13-acre ranch near Ft. Calhoun is owned by Mike and Sherri Jacoby. Mike is in my Sarpy Chamber TIPS group with me.

Meeting the alpacas
Meeting the alpacas

In case you don’t know, alpacas are similar to llamas. But they are too small to be pack animals, so they are bred for their fiber and meat. Their wool is very fine and makes really soft sweaters. I know, because I got two of the sweaters at the boutique, along with a pair of lined wool mittens.

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Super Heroes respond to call for Make-A-Wish

Posing for photos at the Leavenworth Bar
Riders pose for photos at the Leavenworth Bar

Catena Creations once again was asked to be the event photographer at the Super Cruiser Ride 2014. This event is a fund-raiser for Make-A-Wish Nebraska. Last year’s event raised enough money to fund two wishes for children.

Captain Underpants at the 2014 Super Cruiser Ride
Captain Underpants rides up to the Leavenworth Bar for the second stop.

For the second year of this event, the start time was moved back from 3 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. This gave everyone more time to complete the ride and hit the stops along the way. Omaha Police were there to block the exit from Midtown Crossing so riders could take off safely.

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