Pulpit of Bones - Book review: 'To Be Sung Underwater'
May 19, 2011 Deb Carpenter-Nolting   
This novel by Tom McNeal is about Judith, a young woman who, when her parents divorce, moves from Vermont to a small college town in Nebraska where her father is a professor. It is also about Willy, a young man she “abandoned, and yet never quite left behind.”

The story is about two worlds: the surface and what lies beneath the surface; the present and the past; the world Judith finds herself in when she reaches a mid-life crisis, and the world she longs for.

Judith lives in Los Angeles with her husband of twenty years. She edits movies. The turning point or “swerve” in her life begins when her husband buys a new bedroom set for their daughter Camille and places the old set out by the pool. To Judy, this bedroom set is not just any furniture. It is a birds-eye maple bedroom set that has family history and a special significance to her.

Judith rents a storage unit and secretly reconstructs it to look like the room she had when she was a teen. She escapes her reality of editing movies and the façade of her marriage by thinking back to the simple joys of her high school years. She finds herself drawn to the storage unit, again and again losing track of all time while she naps peacefully on her birds-eye maple bed.

We quickly realize that Judith’s life in Los Angeles is superficial. Her musings about the high plains of Nebraska have the depth of simplicity. Her memories reveal who Judith really is beneath the surface. Those memories involve Willy, a young carpenter who ushered her into womanhood on the birds-eye maple bed and helped her appreciate the beauty of a sunset and his dream of a little acreage where he would one day create a small lake.

Judith’s transformation into an alternate world is so complete that she creates a new identity and hires a detective to find three friends from her past. Of course, one of them is Willy, the boy she left in Nebraska.

Tom McNeal, author of award winning “Goodnight, Nebraska,” spent part of every summer in Nebraska, at a farm where his mother was raised. To those of us familiar with the area, we recognize Rufus Sage as Chadron and are pleasantly startled to read references to Hemingford, Highway 385, Herman the Germans and other local places. I was not surprised, however, to realize that what matters most happens in small communities in America’s heartland, and not on either coast.

I wondered about the title of the book, but then I thought about when I was a kid, taking a bath, and I let my head rest on the bottom of the tub, ears completely submerged, nose above waterline. I remember singing and listening to how different the tune sounded underwater. I remember how the words and music were clear and pure and limited to the voice inside my own head. Those two worlds – life on the surface and life beneath the surface – still mesmerize me and those same worlds are captured eloquently and reflectively by Tom McNeal.

Immerse yourself. This book is “to be sung underwater.”

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1945Jane’s Secret, part II: Gertrude’s choice
1906The Good Life: Campaign ad using Jesus goes too far
1883Our View: Museum merger a good thing, but let’s go slowly
1871A Small World: Time traveling
1840Across the Fence: A Cheyenne weekend
1838Teen Voice: Just ten minutes
1834Completely Different: Tales from the mat
1816Totally Random: Astrology: It’s all in the stars…
1811Time keeps flowing like a river
1786A last look at the Nebraska Zone
1780Completely Different: Look around, what are you missing?
1777Life in the west: Betting on the end of the world
1773Our View: Mayor should insist on civility
1765Letter to the Editor
1748Observations Only : The orphanage
1738My mini Pen and me
1719Observations Only : Mission accomplished
1715Teen Voice: March Madness
1710Our view . . .Sports Complex
1703From the Pastor's Pen: Unbelievable breaking news
1701Observations Only: Little Girl Lost: Adopted
1693Livestock Production: My Paradigm Shift
1692Completely Different: Your local government and you
1688Observations Only: Sisters lost, part I
1683Remembering When
1679Across the Fence: Ah-ho-appa (fallen leaf)
1678Observations only : Sisters of the world
1669Our view... Gering stands upon important threshold
1667Miss Movies: Ten great horror flicks for Halloween, part I
1664Observations Only: Little girl lost, part 3
1663Bright Ideas! Brighter Future! Common sense prevails
1661Bright Ideas, Brighter Future: Leaving a Legacy
1660Completely Different: The good, the bad, and the remedy
1655Curiosity Corner : The tale of the travelling train station
1645Observations Only: Little Girl Lost, part six
1637Across the Fence: All aboard the Transcontinental Express
1621Across the Fence: James Butler Hickok: The thoughtful gunfighter
1617From the Superintendent’s Desk - Parent Teacher Conferences
1613It's a small world : Everything we do has meaning
1604Teen Voice: What diabetes taught me
1601Teen Voice : Leave your legacy
1588Our View: Scottsbluff attitude damages future collaborations
1531Jane’s Secret, XXX: A new wrinkle
1505Observations Only: Reality check
1493Across the Fence - Catherine’s boys
1474SBNM View: Do you want to be a VIP?
1465Across the fence: Something worth remembering
1464Totally Random: December 6, the day I lived
1452Jane’s Secret, part XVIII : Devil’s bargain
1413Teen Voice: Don’t be fooled by fads
1378Barr’s Bacon Wrapped Fantasy Picks: A rookie's guide to drafting your dream team
1354Completely Different: The Quest
1339Our View: Come home to Nebraska, but not just anywhere
1289Observations Only: A soul’s journey
1285Totally Random: The Golden Rule
1275Jane’s Secret, XXIII: Molly’s plan
1269Miss Movies: Miss Movies recommends her top 10 films of 2013
1266Jane’s Secret, XXIV: The last drive
1256Across the Fence: Sioux Ordnance Depot: stories to be told
1243Life in the Rearview Mirror: I’m on a road to someplace
1243From the Superintendent’s Desk: Get ready for Parent-teacher conferences
1241The Good Life: Extending grace, the lost art
1234Across the Fence: Building Barns
1231Across the Fence: Burnett’s Mound and the Topeka tornado
1230Theatre West’s Cabaret torch burns brightly
1230Dear Fellow Nebraskans: Governor’s Ag Conference overview
1216Across the Fence: Dull Knife’s Quest, part 1
1212Totally Random: Hemp: considering the real benefits of the miracle plant
1208Across the Fence: Lions, wolves and bears
1207Across The Fence: Union Pacific robbery at Big Springs
1198From the Superintendent's Desk: Thank You
1194No-Till Notes: Plan to attend 2014 No-Till Conference
1190Jane’s Secret, XXXIII: Night walk
1190Building Bridges: Save the world, educate through agriculture
1183From the Superintendent's Desk: NePAS – State Accountability
1174Observations Only: Blinders aren’t just for horses
1174Our view: Gering’s future needs your vote
1174Jane’s Secret, XXV: Mysteries
1164From the Superintendent’s Desk - Option Enrollment
1163From the Superintendent’s Desk: Welcome to new certified staff
1152Across the Fence: Class of ’67, last remnants of home
1151Completely Different: It’s the end of the world as we know it
1148Across the Fence: Dull Knife’s Quest: Part 2 of 2
1140Life in the West: Inside the minds of serial killers
1138Across the Fence: Wyoming settlers lay siege to the TA Ranch
1138The Good Life: Through my father’s eyes
1135A Stray Moment: Merry Christmas – God save us all
1122Completely Different: New Year’s Resolutions
1121Across the Fence: Judge Roy Bean : Texas prizefight promoter
1113Cat on a Hot Tin Roof a mixed bag
1113From the Superintendent’s Desk: Early Childhood Education
1111Jane’s Secret, part XI: Grand Duchess
1110Across the Fence: On The road
1109Completely Different: The game is afoot, a look at Sherlock Holmes
1099Across the Fence: Discovering Ed Stemler
1098A Stray Moment : Carry the weight
1098Across The Fence: Crow Dog, Spotted Tail’s assassin
1091Jane’s Secret, part IX: Mrs. Huber’s chagrin
1090From the Superintendent’s Desk : Thank You for another Great Year
1090Assad’s endgame
1088Jane’s Secret, part XIII: Blackberry pie
1088A Small World: Savoring county fair days
1085The Good Life: Hey, I’m a winner!
1082Jane’s Secret, part VI: Molly’s surprise
1071Jane’s Secret, part VII Clem’s confession
1068Jane’s Secret, part VIII: Molly's plan
1066Lyman Review: Hubby’s got my goat
1060Guest Editorial: Fischer will see U.S. ‘living within means’
1058From the Superintendent’s Desk: Thanks for the memories
1056From the Superintendent’s Desk - Haig and Aurora Buildings
1055Jane’s Secret, part XX: Change of plans
1054Teen Voice: I guess it’s just a western Nebraska thing
1051A Stray Moment: All's well that ends well, usually
1046Jane’s Secret, part XVII : Plans gone awry
1042Observations Only - Two ages of man
1041Miss Movies: “Bully” a powerful documentary
1026Across The Fence: Billy Dixon; Plainsman, Hunter, Indian fighter and Scout
1024Across the Fence: Consumed by fire
1024The Good Life: Your dollar is a vote for what you care about
1023Across the Fence: Black Hills Gold and the Thoen Stone
1021Thinking About Health: The challenge of signing up for Obamacare
1019Across the Fence: The Spirit of Crazy Horse
1013Across The Fence: The Hat Creek Outpost
1007Completely Different: That’s so Pinteresting
1005From the Superintendent’s Desk: Accountability
1005Jane’s Secret, part XVI: Fate takes a hand
1002A Stray Moment: Earth Day, am I doing my part?
997Jane’s Secret, part V: Aggie’s complaint
997Teen Voice: New Year’s goals
991Jane’s Secret, part XIV: Molly’s dream
991A Small World: Chokecherry season evokes memories of yesterday
988Observations Only: Painting a picture
983Across the Fence: The Great Solomon River Stampede
978Jane’s Secret, Part XVIV: Crystal Waters
976Across the Fence: Mud Springs revisited
976Teen Voice: Today’s television
975Life in the Rearview Mirror: I hate coffee
970Across the Fence: The Wellnitz Fire, day 1 and 2
969Jane’s Secret, part XV: Unrequited love
966Across the Fence: The much maligned Ms. Watson
966Across the Fence: First scalp for Custer
966 Across the Fence: ‘Aunt Sally’ and Dakota Gold
962Across The Fence: Celebrating the 120th anniversary of the Chadron to Chicago Cowboy Race, part I
961From the Superintendent’s Desk: Summer School – 2013
960Jane’s Secret, XXVIII: Lame Johnny
959Across the Fence: Sitting Bull: The Last Surrendering Sioux
957Jane’s Secret, part XII: Jane's Vow
955From the Superintendent’s Desk - District purchase of building
953Jane’s Secret, part XXII: While the cat’s away
948From the Superintendent’s Desk
947From the Superintendent’s Desk: Parents’ role in the educational process
947Our View: County Manager option leads to Good Old Boys' Club
945From the Superintendent’s Desk : Draft Calendar 2013-14
945Across The Fence: A day For thanks
944Miss Movies: Ten movies for romance
938From the Superintendent’s Desk: Current enrollment count
938Teen Voice: What senior year taught me
937Across the Fence: Just For the Thrill of It
935Teen Voice: Fifty reasons to smile
933Life in the Rearview Mirror: Cleaning off the ‘what if’ shelf
932Observations Only: A new direction
926Across the Fence: A hometown 4th of July
922Teen Voice: Learning calculus more than numbers
921The zombie apocalypse and you
919From the Pastor's Pen: Lord, teach us to pray
916A Stray Moment: Star Trek: Infinite diversity in infinite combinations
915Across the Fence: Fort Mitchell on the Great Platte River Road
912Completely Different: The Marilyn Monroe conundrum
910Jane’s Secret, XXVII: Town Meeting
906Across the Fence: Faded photos and vivid memories
900Jane’s Secret, part XXI: Gertrude’s Agenda
898Across the Fence - Boston: April 18, 1775
896Teen Voice: Experiencing versus remembering
896Across the Fence: Submarines and railroads
894From the Superintendent’s Desk: Merry Christmas and Happy New Year
894Across the Fence: Bloody Pocket, the final battle
891From the Superintendent’s Desk - Financial Outlook for Gering Public Schools
891Totally Random: I’m a backwards reader
886Completely Different: What’s speech got to do with it?
883Completely Different: Confessions of an out of shape twenty something
882Teen Voice: Respond to defeat
882From the Superintendent's Desk: Election over – work begins
881The Good Life: It’s hard to believe, the Citizen is four years old
877Observations Only: Giving up
877Observations Only: Sisters lost, part IV
874Trash cans
872A Stray Moment - Celebrating Gering's Quasquicentennial
871A Stray Moment: Now is the winter of our disconnect
869A Stray Moment: In praise of silence
867Anno Domini: Independence, an ideal worth celebrating
864The Good Life: Our most precious right, gagged
863The hills, part 1: Mustangs
863Teen Voice: Catfished
862Thinking about Health: Getting insurance under the Affordable Care Act
861From the Superintendent's Desk: Elementary attendance areas
860Across the Fence: The hand dug well
858Observations Only: Curious things
858Across the Fence: Fact, fiction or fragmented dreams?
858Across the Fence: Celebrating the 120th anniversary of the Chadron to Chicago Cowboy Race, part II
857Teen Voice: Let us be beautiful
856Teen Voice: The road of hatred
853Lyman Review - Tales of the renegade rooster
852Observations Only: The joy of money
851Teen Voice: 'Pretty Little Liars'
851Across the Fence: Cynthia Ann Parker, Comanche captive
847The Block
846Teen Voice: The more the merrier
846Observations Only: Sisters lost, part III
844Completely Different: The mystery of Vivian Maier
843The Good Life: The best Christmas gift
842Across the Fence: Rural free delivery
841Teen Voice: Lessons I learned from my eight-year-old brother
840Observations Only: Saturday delight
840At the Library: Words of Radiance by Brandon Sanderson
837A Stray Moment: Waiting on a train
829Completely Different: The Hills, part 3: Rediscovering the spirit
829A Stray Moment: I love Sookie Stackhouse
826Political Cartoon by Doug Hoevet
824Jane’s Secret, XXIX: Fred’s debacle
823Teen Voice: What’s so great about pizza?
819Life's curve balls
819A Stray Moment: On Canada and the forgotten bicentennial
817Life in the Rearview Mirror: Greensburg strong
816Completely Different: The Mind Palace Memory Technique
815 Taking a big risk
815Jane's Secret, part X: The arrival
815From the Superintendent's Desk: School year now in full swing
814A Stray Moment: Without a net
813The Good Life: We are not separate, we are one family
813A Stray Moment: God Knows
813Teen Voice: Congratulations, you’re awful
812A Stray Moment: Tacos! Our embarrassment of riches
807Completely Different: Remembering Aurora
807A Stray Moment: It's a dog's life
806Teen Voice: Not just another ride
805Political Cartoon by Doug Hoevet
804Across the Fence: Standing on the wagon
803A Small World: Scotts Bluff Valley Fiber Arts Fair classes offer great variety
801Life in the Rearview Mirror: The Moments we live for
801The Good Life: Mom, my partner in life
800Miss Movies: Ten great horror flicks for Halloween, part 2
799Teen Voice: Confessions of the financially disabled
799Completely Different: The Hills, part 2: The Civilian Conservation Corps
796Observations Only: Going home
795Observations Only: Scourge of violence
794The ghost of Ayn Rand
794A Stray Moment: World War Two is not forgotten
793Seeing the works of the master
792Observations Only: Extreme measures
790From the Superintendent's Desk: PLAS School
790The Good Life: A farm girl in my heart
787Observations Only: Counting chickens
786Teen Voice: Sticks and stones
786Across the Fence: Wounded Knee; December 29, 1890
786Teen Voice: Gleek tragedy
785Across the Fence: When Fiddler quit running
784Across the Fence: When Lady Luck sleeps
783A Stray Moment: - The case for Hagel
782Timing makes perfect
781Jane’s Secret, XXXII Jane’s Bad Day
781A ‘city’ kid goes to the fair
780Observations Only: Just around the corner
780The Good Life: Leave the quilt shop and laundromat alone
780The Good Life: Christina Baker’s mom: Thank you
779Our View: County has some ‘splainin’ to do
778Completely Different: Happy Hollowthanksmas
777Our View: Extreme caution needed with fireworks
776View from the block
776Across the Fence: Tomb of the Unknown
775Pulpit of Bones: Man's best friend
774Capitol View: Lincoln Highway captures spotlight
773SELL-OUT!
773A Stray Moment: A voice from the past, haunting myself
771Observations Only: The two faces of poverty
770Across the Fence : November 1864: Pole Creek, Politics and Patriots
769Observations Only: A soul's journey, part III
768A Stray Moment: The last time
766Totally Random: My journey, life after living
765Observations Only: Uneventful flight
765The Good Life: The two different types of business people
764Teen Voice: Living within our means
760It's no surprise
758Teen Voice: Body image
757Guest Editorial: Bob Kerrey is the true fiscal conservative
755Teen Voice: Not according to the plan
755Observations Only: Surprises
755Guest Voice: If I could do it over again
753Welcome to Gering
753Across the Fence: Places near forgotten
753Across the Fence: A boy called Slon-Ha
752Miss Movies: Top ten holiday films, part II
752Our View: Pipeline not a solution to oil problems
752The Good Life: We are the Valley’s emissaries
751Across the Fence: Cheyenne County, Nebraska: cattle country
750A Stray Moment: Ready for the storm
750Completely Different: How the savings stole Christmas
750Teen Voice: Twitter as sleep criminal
748Silence please
748Completely Different: The bucket list phenomenon
747Age of reason
747Rural America and immigration reform
746Observations Only: Journey's end
746Teen Voice: The benefits of online learning
745Do You Tube?
744Observations Only: Musings of an odd duck
744From the Superintendent's Desk: School Safety and Security
744Teen: Voice : Drinking enough water
744Life in the Rearview Mirror: Personal control of an individual response
744A Stray Moment - A night owl born to an 8 to 5 world
744Observations Only: The awful truth
743Observations Only: No thank you
742Observations Only: What's in a word?
741Life in the Rearview Mirror: The world is a stage
740Observations Only: A gift of serenity
738Teen Voice: Serendipity
737Completely Different: Hey there, four eyes!
736Book Review: I Forgot to Remember By Su Meck
735Teen Voice: Shadow art
732LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Gering Public Schools seeks imput
732Observations Only: Critical thinking
732Capitol View: Wild life proposal costly but worthwhile
732Completely Different: Perfect memories made in imperfect moments
731Across the Fence: Thanks for the memory
727Economic development update
727A Stray Moment: For the love of theatre
727Across The Fence: Jules, Jack and lawless justice
726Observations Only: North Powder
724Teen Voice: Eighth day of the week - Someday
724Miss Movies: The top ten films of 2012: The year of the geek
723Observations Only: Together again
723Observations Only: A strange Thanksgiving
722Observations Only: Curious things, part II
722Across The Fence: Freedom Triumphant Over War and Peace
721Across the Fence: Wasicu Wakan
719From the Superintendent's Desk: Student transportation changes for 2012-13
719Teen Voice: Sit back and enjoy YouTube
716Life in the Rearview Mirror: Is it possible to just drive in the 21st Century?
716Observations Only: Sister odyssey
715Building Bridges: Cleaning up for company--or not--reveals a lot
713Observations Only: Spider adventure
713Teen Voice: An eventful homecoming
713The Good Life: A very interesting meeting indeed
713Observations Only: Sister lost
712Observations Only: Blue chip stock
711A Stray Moment: Having a blast on the Fourth of July
710Across The Fence: The hanging of Cornelius Donahue a.k.a. John A. Hurley
707From the Superintendent's Desk: Our goal: Improve student performance
707Anno Domini: The memorial nobody wants
705Completely Different: Do you know John Green?
704Teeing Off: Lessons learned from golf
703I'm falling for Tumblr?
702Teen Voice: On becoming politically active
700Their View: Hey Gering, mind your own business!
698Across The Fence: The Spanish Flu
697Guest Voices…
696Building Bridges: Chautauqua will bring out the best in everyone
690Observations Only: Sisters lost, part two
690A real leaning tree Christmas
688Across the Fence: Pawnee legends in the Nebraska Panhandle
687From the Superintendent's Desk: Why so soon?
685From the Superintendent's Desk: State report card
683Observations Only: Expect the best, part II
682The Good Life: A holiday recipe for peace
680Teen Voice: Dealing with stress
678Teen Voice: Go ahead, make my day
678Jane’s secret, XXVI: The suitcase
677Teen Voice: Pinning your interest
677Teen Voice: Being a girl
677Completely Different: I go to seek a Great Perhaps
676Observations Only : White water
676Across The Fence: The Heartland plague of 1874-75
675A Stray Moment: Guilty pleasures
674Permission to remember
672Observations Only: A soul's journey, part two
672The Good Life: A time to be proud of our ancestors
672The Good Life: The lasting effects of bullying
671My Thanksgiving prayer
671Miss Movies: Top Ten Holiday Films
671Five Good Reasons to Create an Investment Strategy
671Building Bridges: Planning now for tourism season 2014
669Jane’s Secret XXXV: Bugs and things
668Observations Only: The meeting
667Teen Voice: Indulge In moderation
667Teen Voice: Until we say goodbye
665A Small World: Special guest
663Teen Voice: Say yes to branching out
661Across The Fence: A Fourth of July Montage
660The Good Life: The economic footprint of one small business
660Observations Only: Wilkerson Pass
658Our View: The elephant in the room
655Social time has important benefits
655The Lyman Review: I love baby ducks
654Jane's Secret, XXXI: Sixes and sevens
653Teen Voice: Go ahead, make my day
652Home of the Brave
652Teen Voice: Outbreak of the Gamers
652The Good Life: Cooler breezes bring anticipation of fall
651Life in the Rearview Mirror: Work is more than a four-letter word
649Life in the Rearview Mirror: The cumulative effects of giving
649A Small World: Legends week promises fun for everyone
648Teen Voice: Saying Goodbye
645Teeing Off: Around the Green
644Observations Only: Good and evil
643LETTER TO THE EDITOR: No tax state unrealistic
642Across The Fence: Billy Dixon at Adobe Walls, June 1874
641Practice safe barbecue basics
641Teen Voice: Happy news
639Observations Only: A matter of matter
636The Good Life: Innovation and young energy enriches us all
635Teen Voice: Practice makes perfect
635Teen Voice: Making sense of the Sandy Hook tragedy
635Observations Only: Expect the best
634Across The Fence: By the dawn’s early light
634Across The Fence: The Pawnee on Pumpkin Creek
632Across the Fence: The Overland Camel Company
631Observations Only: The shadow of error
631Observations Only: Indifferent love
630The Good Life - The worst day on record at the Citizen
630Observations Only: A fine line
627Building Bridges: Being grateful for the hardships in life
626Teen Voice: By my side until the newness wears off
625Observations Only: Beginnings
625The Good Life: People of the Valley, we have a choice
624Teen Voice: The daily struggle to a lifelong battle
621Jane's Secret XXXIV: Gin Rummy
618Anno Domini: We gather together
615Our View: Bravo OTD committee
615Observations Only: Divine spirit
614Teen Voice:  Body bashing and self-image
612Teen Voice - On the outside looking In
610Teen Voice: Equality
601Observations Only: A matter of paradox
601Teen Voice: Sticks and stones
601Building Bridges: Tend to 2014 and be Happy, Happy, Happy
600Completely Different - The magic of spring
600The Good Life: What a wild ride it’s been
598Teen Voice: I’ll be healthy – tomorrow
597Observations Only: Choices
596Observations Only: Divine prompts
594A Stray Moment: Learning how to walk
593Observations Only: A sad week
592Teen Voice: Silence
589Teen Voice: Previously unwritten cell phone rules
587Life in the Rearview Mirror: Experiencing life passion
583A Halloween Story: The scary dream
583Teen Voice: Thanksgiving
581Observations Only: Temptation
581Totally Random: Life’s ripples
581Totally Random: October, the pink month
580Observations Only: Off to the races
579Building Bridges: Love your enemies
578Welcome to Gering and the 92nd Oregon Trail Days Celebration.
578A Stray Moment: In praise of encouragement
578Building Bridges: Celebrating the Bulldog homecoming
578Observations Only: Fuzzy angel
574Across the Fence; Prelude to the Red River War of 1874
574Lyman Review: Devil calf
573Teen Voice: Positive effects of social media
572Across The Fence: First train from Saply Grove
571Life in the Rearview Mirror: Adapt and adjust
571Across The Fence: Amos Bad Heart Bull
569Dear Fellow Nebraskans: We Are Proud of the Nebraska National Guard
565Observations Only: The vision
563Observations Only: Willfulness
563Teen Voice: The need to get away
561Guest Editorial: The future of health care at Regional West
552Teen Voice: Do It Anyway
550Teen Voice: Stress test
547Observations Only: The need to understand
546Our View: Visionaries wanted
546Anno Domini: Ask the digital dust
539Life in the Rearview Mirror: Life enhancing memories
536Across the Fence: The Pony Express
534Observations Only: A good daughter
531Building Bridges: Observing bullies, abuse and pastors
531Updates from NRD: NRD promotes conservation
528Teen Voice: Is respect dead?
526Across the Fence: A Cowboy kind of Christmas
525Teeing Off: Persistence
525Teen Voice: Footprints
525Building Bridges: Asking officials to speak and work as a body
524Teeing Off: Mind Gym
521Observations Only: The unvarnished truth
520Lyman Review: The elusive farm cat
519Observations Only: Afraid of the dark
517Building Bridges: “New” will become a buzzword in the Valley
517Dear Nebraskans: Massachusetts should not determine Nebraska’s Presidential vote
516Building Bridges: Serve on the school board—or say no more
514Teen Voice: The rivalry
511Lyman Review: The love goat
509Teen Voice: Remember what you have
506Up The Creek Without A Paddle: The NRD wants to do what with your money?
505Observations Only: Saint Marge
505Building Bridges: Following the spirit of Gering
505Anno Domini: On this remembering day
503Observations Only: Waiting time
503Building Bridges: Building us up to be what others see
498Teen Voice: Nobody else can lower you
497Dear Fellow Nebraskans: Collegebound Nebraska
495Totally Random: Happy Halloween
494Across The Fence: The Three Guardsmen
493Teeing Off: The thing about state
493Our View: Why rush the interlocal agreement?
491Final Point: Golf, cross country feats headline fall season successes
491Across the Fence: Battle of Summit Springs, Part I: Tall Bull Killed
489Jane’s Secret XXXVII: A starry night
488Teen Voice: The Other Side
487Across The Fence; ‘Johnny Appleseed’ of the Oregon Trail
483No-Till Notes: Water Funding Task Force
481Teen Voice: My rebellion
481Observations Only: Gone away
481Across the Fence: The Blizzard of ‘49
480Lyman Review: Now that's a set of handlebars!
476Teen Voice: What is love?
472Jane’s Secret, XXXVIII: Bad girls
472Update From the NRD: Winter has arrived
465Observations Only: Hog wash
463Capitol View: Delay tactics a gamble as session draws to a close
462Jane’s Secret XXXVI:  The dream
462Lyman Review: Something wicked this way comes
462Teen Voice: Self-expression
461 Across the Fence: Remembering Armistice Day
460Welcome to the ‘New’ in Gering
452Building Bridges: Pause a moment...save a child’s life
445Building Bridges: Objectivity and fairness make a winning plan
445Why you should visit the zoo in February
442From the Hill: More Work Ahead
441Across The Fence: Moc-chi, A Southern Cheyenne warrior
439Across the Fence; Massacre on the Marias River
435Teen Voice: Shopping days or holidays?
434Observations Only: The visit
432
430Lyman Review: One mean chicken
427Observations Only: A day in August
425Teen Voice: Cyber War
425For the love of the game – best courses in the valley
425A Stray Moment: Robin Williams – Good night sweet prince
422At the Library: March into a good book
418Across The Fence: Crazy Horse’s Last Battle
417Across the Fence: New eyes on the Panhandle
413Teen Voice: Hope for a New Year
411Across The Fence: Mustangs on Pumpkin Creek
409What’s really going on with our water?
406Jane’s Secret, XLI Black widow spider
403Observations Only: The last goodbye
402Observations Only: One more time
400In the Hills: Nebraska Bighorn Sheep
397Lyman Review: Goat-chasing cardio
393No-Till Notes: Looking Back
392Teen Voice: My School, Their Rules
389Updates from NRD: Happy New Year
388Observations Only: Final moment
387Our View: Childcare not school district’s role
387Building Bridges: #speaklife is a goal for students, a goal for all
385Teen Voice: The gift of caring
382Jane’s Secret: Jane’s Secret, XLIII: Jail house rock
381Across the Fence: Remembering English Joe
380Teen Voice: Family for all intents and purposes
379No-Till Notes: Joe Franks Memorial
378Capitol View: Yes, Virginia, the Legislature has done something, so far
378Their View: Goal post move unfair
377Teen Voice: To the future
375Teen Voice: Writing love on our hearts
372View from Capitol Hill: Solutions for our economy and the budget
371Building Bridges: Be a Destination Ambassador
370Gering ninth graders answer the questions of life
370At the Monument: Junior Rangers
368Lyman Review: Branding Time
366Across The Fence: Last Christmas
366Across the Fence: Prelude to Battle
366Capitol View: Considering additional education choices
365Across the Fence: David F. Cook and ‘Indian Joe’
362Across the Fence: John Colter, the first mountain man
361Building Bridges: Awards are only part of our success
360Teen Voice: Where is the love?
359Across the Fence: The Colorado Coalfield War
358Our View: Community responsible for kids
357Totally Random: Where does it go?
357In the Hills: Pollinators – the buzz
356Mayor’s Monthly: Moving on Gering’s momentum
355Observations Only: The last toothpick
355Letter to Editor clarifies drug testing policy
352Jane’s Secret: Jane’s Secret, XLII: Sunflowers
351Jane’s Secret: Jane’s Secret XLIV: Jail break
350Nature Notes: Love is in the air
347In the Hills: Arbor Day in Nebraska
344Capitol View: The 103rd Legislature is history … finally
343Totally Random: Trusting the fates
342Building Bridges: Five years old IS a milestone
342Capitol View: There was more to the session than just the big ticket items
341Jane’s Secret: Jane’s Secret XLV: Gun smoke
335Christmas stories from Freshman Academy students
335Coach Schadwinkel promoted strong sense of tradition
335Building Bridges: Be American - help your candidate
335Across the Fence: Roy Bean; scoundrel with a law book
334Observations Only: The vigil
333Teen Voice: Trouble Maker or Hard Worker?
332Lyman Review: Taste of boot?
331Across the Fence: Missing; Nelson Buck survey party
330Arts Scene: Theatre West’s Les Miserables not to be missed: Anniversary production proves to be a memorable winner
329Building Bridges: When ‘FAMILY’ and fellow Nebraskans are all you’ve got
327Linked Lives
324Lyman Review: Nudge to the Butt
323At the Library: “My Name is Resolute” By Nancy E. Turner
322History Revisited:A Stray Moment: Life (and death) on the Oregon Trail
321No-Till Notes: Enjoyable Day
320Dear Nebraskans: Nebraska is the place for business
319Capitol View: Legislature overrides gubernatorial vetoes
316Final Point: Citizen receives first honor for ‘Final Point’
314Religious freedom must be protected
311Support emergency services personnel
311At the Library: “I Shall Be Near to You” By Erin Lindsay McCabe
309Across the Fence: The Cholera Corridor
307Notes from NRD: Thanks agricultural producers
307College Thoughts: Rotten for the minds? Think again
305In the Hills: Explore the state parks
304Website Resources
302Across the Fence: Who was Martha Jane Canary?
301Lyman Review: Winter's dog
300Update from the NRD: March updates from the NRD
300Capitol View: The Legislature did provide tax relief
300Building Bridges: Oregon Trail Days—making our present a celebrated past
299At the Monument: That old (historic) building
299Our View: Confidentiality agreement disrespectful
297Capitol View: Redistricting needs new procedure
296Anno Domini: The Textbook of Freedom
295Building Bridges: Don’t wait to develop
294From the Capitol: The conduct we choose reflects our character
294No-Till Notes: Annual PNTP Tour
292Capital View: Can prison reform survive property tax relief?
291Across the Fence: Charles Badger Clark
290Across the Fence: On the Old Chisholm Trail
290Across the Fence: Amanda
289Teen Voice: Holiday horrors
288Teen Voice: Home is where the heart is
287Capitol View: It sounded like a good idea at first
287Across the Fence: Investigation at Spring Creek
285Building Bridges: Dive into summer—dive into living
283No-Till Notes: Cheat grass
281Across the Fence: Old barns and memories
280No-till Notes: Moving forward
277Lyman Review: Dog fun
275Capitol View: Clock keeps tickin,’ many issues remain unresolved
274New at the Zoo: Volunteer at the Zoo
274At the Monument: Where are the animals?
273At the Zoo: Spring in to the zoo
273Lyman Review: Sheep Royalty
271Capitol View: Legislature to tackle meatier issues
269Teen Voice: Inspire me
264Washington Report: Honoring America’s heroes
263No-til Notes: Changing plans
262Teen Voice: The clock is ticking
260Greetings from the State Capitol
259Across the Fence: The Spring Creek Raid
258No-Till Notes: “Fish and Mud”
257Jane’s Secret XLVI: Sour grapes
255Building Bridges: Turning a space into a sense of place
254Across The Fence: Justice in the Big Horn Basin
252No-Till Notes: Back in the field
239Capitol View: State aid proposal just might make some sense
235Jane’s Secret XLVIII: Jane’s agenda
233At the Monument: Art in National Parks
233Jane’s Secret XLVII: A stormy afternoon
232Across the Fence: Six went to the gallows
227Synchronicity:What brings me back
227Be kind through communications
222Dear Nebraskans: Technology helps serve Nebraskans
222View of the Zoo: VIPs at RCD
216Fellow Nebraskans: Congratulations on graduation day
216No-Till Notes:Enjoyable meeting
213Letter to the editor
211Jane’s Secret XLIX: Phillip’s agenda
203Across The Fence: Hinhan Kaga Paha
194Letters to the Editor
192Across the Fence: Aftermath: Part III, The Battle of Summit Springs
191In the Hills: Awesome Amphibians and Rough Reptiles
190A Stray Moment: Time to get moving
182A Stray Moment: Goodbye old house – sorting their things
169Battle of Summit Springs, part II: Warpath to White Bear Creek
169Fourth of July meetings
159Building Bridges: Seeking a big win out of the 4th quarter
157Building Bridges: Supporting our teachers supports our children
151Jane’s Secret XLX: Day’s end
147Prairie Dogs
144Teen Voice: Unexpected joys of being a sibling
144Across The Fence: Steamboats on the Missouri
143 Across The Fence: County Fair
142Building Bridges: Fair time—learn, respect, appreciate, enjoy!
140
135Dynasty made Gering the biggest little town in Nebraska
134Across The Fence: Scalped at Plum Creek
132Across The Fence: Deserters or Outcasts; Three who left. (Part I)
131No-Till Notes: Last chance for North, South Dakota tour
128At the Library: One Zentangle a Day
125Creatures of the Night
119No-Till Notes: American Society of Agronomy
118A Stray Moment: Brand new used cars
115In the Hills: Get to Know Our Feathered Travelers
113No-Till Notes: "Harvest"
112Across The Fence: New England’s Heroine Scalptress
109Building Bridges: “It’s happening” at the Harvest Festival
108At the Monument: Night Sky
107Gering freshmen introduce personalities, styles: Writing assignment encourages students to let individualism shine
106Across the Fence: Here lies Major Alexander Culbertson
105Sychronicity: Thrive, don't just survive
103
102Jane’s Secret LI: The telling
101Across The Fence: The Pawnee and human sacrifice
91
90Across the Fence: Deserters or outcasts; Three who left (Part II)
90No-Till Notes: "Different Approaches"
89Across The Fence: Grandpa’s Grays
87No-Till Notes: Different Approaches Part II
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76Jane’s Secret LII: Eavesdroppers
71No Till Notes: Final Stop
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