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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1668From the Pastor's Pen: Unbelievable breaking news
1660Observations only : Sisters of the world
1658Observations Only: Sisters lost, part I
1657Livestock Production: My Paradigm Shift
1648Observations Only: Little girl lost, part 3
1646Bright Ideas! Brighter Future! Common sense prevails
1645Our view... Gering stands upon important threshold
1645Bright Ideas, Brighter Future: Leaving a Legacy
1639Curiosity Corner : The tale of the travelling train station
1635Miss Movies: Ten great horror flicks for Halloween, part I
1628Observations Only: Little Girl Lost, part six
1623Across the Fence: Ah-ho-appa (fallen leaf)
1620Completely Different: The good, the bad, and the remedy
1591It's a small world : Everything we do has meaning
1583Teen Voice : Leave your legacy
1579Our View: Scottsbluff attitude damages future collaborations
1573Teen Voice: What diabetes taught me
1571Across the Fence: James Butler Hickok: The thoughtful gunfighter
1563Across the Fence: All aboard the Transcontinental Express
1559From the Superintendent’s Desk - Parent Teacher Conferences
1522Across the Fence: Bose Ikard; Texas Cowboy
1470Jane’s Secret, XXX: A new wrinkle
1452Across the fence: Something worth remembering
1437Jane’s Secret, part XVIII : Devil’s bargain
1434Totally Random: December 6, the day I lived
1417Across the Fence - Catherine’s boys
1344Teen Voice: Don’t be fooled by fads
1332Completely Different: The Quest
1321Our View: Come home to Nebraska, but not just anywhere
1281Barr’s Bacon Wrapped Fantasy Picks: A rookie's guide to drafting your dream team
1248Totally Random: The Golden Rule
1245Miss Movies: Miss Movies recommends her top 10 films of 2013
1227Jane’s Secret, XXIV: The last drive
1220The Good Life: Extending grace, the lost art
1215Observations Only: A soul’s journey
1213Across the Fence: Building Barns
1207Across the Fence: Sioux Ordnance Depot: stories to be told
1205Dear Fellow Nebraskans: Governor’s Ag Conference overview
1193Theatre West’s Cabaret torch burns brightly
1193From the Superintendent’s Desk: Get ready for Parent-teacher conferences
1190Life in the Rearview Mirror: I’m on a road to someplace
1177Totally Random: Hemp: considering the real benefits of the miracle plant
1175Across The Fence: Union Pacific robbery at Big Springs
1174Across the Fence: Lions, wolves and bears
1166From the Superintendent's Desk: Thank You
1165Across the Fence: Burnett’s Mound and the Topeka tornado
1160Building Bridges: Save the world, educate through agriculture
1158No-Till Notes: Plan to attend 2014 No-Till Conference
1156Across the Fence: Dull Knife’s Quest, part 1
1139Observations Only: Blinders aren’t just for horses
1137Jane’s Secret, XXIII: Molly’s plan
1127From the Superintendent's Desk: NePAS – State Accountability
1125Jane’s Secret, XXV: Mysteries
1118Our view: Gering’s future needs your vote
1116Across the Fence: Class of ’67, last remnants of home
1115From the Superintendent’s Desk: Welcome to new certified staff
1105Across the Fence: Wyoming settlers lay siege to the TA Ranch
1104The Good Life: Through my father’s eyes
1103Life in the West: Inside the minds of serial killers
1102Jane’s Secret, XXXIII: Night walk
1098From the Superintendent’s Desk - Option Enrollment
1093Completely Different: It’s the end of the world as we know it
1091A Stray Moment: Merry Christmas – God save us all
1086Across the Fence: Dull Knife’s Quest: Part 2 of 2
1084Cat on a Hot Tin Roof a mixed bag
1078Across the Fence: On The road
1077Across The Fence: Crow Dog, Spotted Tail’s assassin
1075Completely Different: New Year’s Resolutions
1068Jane’s Secret, part XI: Grand Duchess
1068A Stray Moment : Carry the weight
1063Across the Fence: Judge Roy Bean : Texas prizefight promoter
1062From the Superintendent’s Desk: Early Childhood Education
1060Completely Different: The game is afoot, a look at Sherlock Holmes
1059From the Superintendent’s Desk : Thank You for another Great Year
1051The Good Life: Hey, I’m a winner!
1050Assad’s endgame
1049Across the Fence: Discovering Ed Stemler
1047Jane’s Secret, part IX: Mrs. Huber’s chagrin
1045Jane’s Secret, part VI: Molly’s surprise
1043Jane’s Secret, part XIII: Blackberry pie
1039A Small World: Savoring county fair days
1030Lyman Review: Hubby’s got my goat
1029Jane’s Secret, part VIII: Molly's plan
1025Jane’s Secret, part VII Clem’s confession
1024Guest Editorial: Fischer will see U.S. ‘living within means’
1017Observations Only - Two ages of man
1017Teen Voice: I guess it’s just a western Nebraska thing
1015A Stray Moment: All's well that ends well, usually
1013From the Superintendent’s Desk: Thanks for the memories
1011Jane’s Secret, part XX: Change of plans
1007Miss Movies: “Bully” a powerful documentary
1003The Good Life: Your dollar is a vote for what you care about
999Across the Fence: Consumed by fire
997From the Superintendent’s Desk - Haig and Aurora Buildings
991Across the Fence: The Spirit of Crazy Horse
989Jane’s Secret, part XVII : Plans gone awry
977Thinking About Health: The challenge of signing up for Obamacare
975A Stray Moment: Earth Day, am I doing my part?
971Observations Only: Painting a picture
968Jane’s Secret, part XVI: Fate takes a hand
967Across the Fence: Black Hills Gold and the Thoen Stone
966Jane’s Secret, part V: Aggie’s complaint
963Across The Fence: The Hat Creek Outpost
959Across the Fence: The Great Solomon River Stampede
959From the Superintendent’s Desk: Accountability
959Across The Fence: Billy Dixon; Plainsman, Hunter, Indian fighter and Scout
948Across the Fence: Mud Springs revisited
947Life in the Rearview Mirror: I hate coffee
943A Small World: Chokecherry season evokes memories of yesterday
941Jane’s Secret, part XIV: Molly’s dream
941Teen Voice: Today’s television
941Completely Different: That’s so Pinteresting
941Jane’s Secret, Part XVIV: Crystal Waters
939Across the Fence: First scalp for Custer
938Across the Fence: The Wellnitz Fire, day 1 and 2
938Jane’s Secret, XXVIII: Lame Johnny
936Jane’s Secret, part XV: Unrequited love
933Teen Voice: New Year’s goals
928Across the Fence: The much maligned Ms. Watson
927Across The Fence: Celebrating the 120th anniversary of the Chadron to Chicago Cowboy Race, part I
923Jane’s Secret, part XXII: While the cat’s away
918Jane’s Secret, part XII: Jane's Vow
918Across the Fence: Sitting Bull: The Last Surrendering Sioux
914Teen Voice: What senior year taught me
911Across the Fence: Just For the Thrill of It
909From the Superintendent’s Desk
909From the Superintendent’s Desk: Summer School – 2013
908Across the Fence: A hometown 4th of July
908 Across the Fence: ‘Aunt Sally’ and Dakota Gold
908Across The Fence: A day For thanks
906From the Superintendent’s Desk - District purchase of building
905Observations Only: A new direction
904From the Superintendent’s Desk: Parents’ role in the educational process
903From the Superintendent’s Desk: Current enrollment count
903Our View: County Manager option leads to Good Old Boys' Club
895The zombie apocalypse and you
892From the Pastor's Pen: Lord, teach us to pray
891Teen Voice: Learning calculus more than numbers
888Teen Voice: Fifty reasons to smile
888Miss Movies: Ten movies for romance
887Life in the Rearview Mirror: Cleaning off the ‘what if’ shelf
878Across the Fence: Fort Mitchell on the Great Platte River Road
878Completely Different: The Marilyn Monroe conundrum
878Across the Fence - Boston: April 18, 1775
876Teen Voice: Experiencing versus remembering
871From the Superintendent’s Desk : Draft Calendar 2013-14
870Across the Fence: Submarines and railroads
868Completely Different: What’s speech got to do with it?
867Across the Fence: Faded photos and vivid memories
863A Stray Moment: Star Trek: Infinite diversity in infinite combinations
862Jane’s Secret, XXVII: Town Meeting
861Observations Only: Giving up
861Across the Fence: Bloody Pocket, the final battle
860Teen Voice: Respond to defeat
857Jane’s Secret, part XXI: Gertrude’s Agenda
856Trash cans
854From the Superintendent’s Desk: Merry Christmas and Happy New Year
854Totally Random: I’m a backwards reader
850From the Superintendent’s Desk - Financial Outlook for Gering Public Schools
849Completely Different: Confessions of an out of shape twenty something
847The Good Life: It’s hard to believe, the Citizen is four years old
844A Stray Moment: In praise of silence
844From the Superintendent's Desk: Election over – work begins
843A Stray Moment - Celebrating Gering's Quasquicentennial
842Observations Only: Sisters lost, part IV
841The hills, part 1: Mustangs
840A Stray Moment: Now is the winter of our disconnect
839Teen Voice: Let us be beautiful
838Teen Voice: The road of hatred
838Anno Domini: Independence, an ideal worth celebrating
836Observations Only: The joy of money
836From the Superintendent's Desk: Elementary attendance areas
835The Good Life: Our most precious right, gagged
833Lyman Review - Tales of the renegade rooster
832Teen Voice: 'Pretty Little Liars'
830Teen Voice: The more the merrier
825The Good Life: The best Christmas gift
825Teen Voice: Catfished
824Completely Different: The mystery of Vivian Maier
822Observations Only: Saturday delight
822Observations Only: Sisters lost, part III
819Across the Fence: Fact, fiction or fragmented dreams?
818The Block
818Across the Fence: Cynthia Ann Parker, Comanche captive
817A Stray Moment: Waiting on a train
817Across the Fence: The hand dug well
816Teen Voice: Lessons I learned from my eight-year-old brother
816Across the Fence: Celebrating the 120th anniversary of the Chadron to Chicago Cowboy Race, part II
816Thinking about Health: Getting insurance under the Affordable Care Act
816At the Library: Words of Radiance by Brandon Sanderson
814Observations Only: Curious things
812Completely Different: The Hills, part 3: Rediscovering the spirit
808Across the Fence: A Cheyenne weekend
804Jane’s Secret, XXIX: Fred’s debacle
803Life's curve balls
803A Stray Moment: God Knows
798Across the Fence: Rural free delivery
795A Stray Moment: On Canada and the forgotten bicentennial
795Jane's Secret, part X: The arrival
794 Taking a big risk
794From the Superintendent's Desk: School year now in full swing
794Life in the Rearview Mirror: Greensburg strong
793Political Cartoon by Doug Hoevet
790A Stray Moment: Without a net
787Completely Different: The Mind Palace Memory Technique
787A Stray Moment: I love Sookie Stackhouse
787A Stray Moment: Tacos! Our embarrassment of riches
785A Stray Moment: It's a dog's life
784The Good Life: We are not separate, we are one family
784The Good Life: Mom, my partner in life
783Completely Different: Remembering Aurora
781Teen Voice: What’s so great about pizza?
780Teen Voice: Not just another ride
779A Small World: Scotts Bluff Valley Fiber Arts Fair classes offer great variety
778The ghost of Ayn Rand
777Completely Different: The Hills, part 2: The Civilian Conservation Corps
777Political Cartoon by Doug Hoevet
775Observations Only: Counting chickens
773Across the Fence: Standing on the wagon
773Teen Voice: Congratulations, you’re awful
772Miss Movies: Ten great horror flicks for Halloween, part 2
772From the Superintendent's Desk: PLAS School
772Observations Only: Scourge of violence
771Teen Voice: Confessions of the financially disabled
770Teen Voice: Sticks and stones
770Observations Only: Extreme measures
769Timing makes perfect
767Pulpit of Bones: Man's best friend
767A Stray Moment: World War Two is not forgotten
766Seeing the works of the master
765The Good Life: A farm girl in my heart
764Across the Fence: Wounded Knee; December 29, 1890
762Observations Only: Going home
761Our View: Extreme caution needed with fireworks
759View from the block
757Life in the Rearview Mirror: The Moments we live for
756Across the Fence: When Fiddler quit running
755Observations Only: Just around the corner
755Observations Only: The two faces of poverty
754Across the Fence: When Lady Luck sleeps
754Teen Voice: Gleek tragedy
752The Good Life: Leave the quilt shop and laundromat alone
751Completely Different: Happy Hollowthanksmas
750SELL-OUT!
748A Stray Moment: The last time
747Observations Only: Uneventful flight
746A Stray Moment: A voice from the past, haunting myself
744Jane’s Secret, XXXII Jane’s Bad Day
744A ‘city’ kid goes to the fair
743It's no surprise
743Observations Only: A soul's journey, part III
743Capitol View: Lincoln Highway captures spotlight
742The Good Life: Christina Baker’s mom: Thank you
739Teen Voice: Body image
738Across the Fence: Tomb of the Unknown
737Our View: County has some ‘splainin’ to do
736Teen Voice: Not according to the plan
736Welcome to Gering
736A Stray Moment: - The case for Hagel
735Guest Editorial: Bob Kerrey is the true fiscal conservative
732Across the Fence: A boy called Slon-Ha
732Rural America and immigration reform
731Silence please
731Observations Only: Surprises
731The Good Life: The two different types of business people
729Across the Fence: Places near forgotten
726Age of reason
726Completely Different: How the savings stole Christmas
726Miss Movies: Top ten holiday films, part II
726Completely Different: The bucket list phenomenon
726Our View: Pipeline not a solution to oil problems
724Across the Fence : November 1864: Pole Creek, Politics and Patriots
722A Stray Moment: Ready for the storm
722Observations Only: Musings of an odd duck
721Observations Only: What's in a word?
721Observations Only: No thank you
721Across the Fence: Cheyenne County, Nebraska: cattle country
721Observations Only: A gift of serenity
721Observations Only: The awful truth
720Do You Tube?
720Teen Voice: Living within our means
719Observations Only: Journey's end
719The Good Life: We are the Valley’s emissaries
716Life in the Rearview Mirror: Personal control of an individual response
714Observations Only: Critical thinking
714From the Superintendent's Desk: School Safety and Security
713Economic development update
713Teen Voice: Serendipity
713Teen Voice: Twitter as sleep criminal
713Guest Voice: If I could do it over again
712Teen Voice: The benefits of online learning
712Teen Voice: Shadow art
712Completely Different: Hey there, four eyes!
709Totally Random: My journey, life after living
707Observations Only: Together again
707A Stray Moment - A night owl born to an 8 to 5 world
706LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Gering Public Schools seeks imput
705Across the Fence: Thanks for the memory
704Teen Voice: Sit back and enjoy YouTube
704A Stray Moment: For the love of theatre
704Completely Different: Perfect memories made in imperfect moments
703From the Superintendent's Desk: Student transportation changes for 2012-13
703Observations Only: North Powder
702Teen Voice: Eighth day of the week - Someday
702Teen: Voice : Drinking enough water
702Capitol View: Wild life proposal costly but worthwhile
700Observations Only: A strange Thanksgiving
700Book Review: I Forgot to Remember By Su Meck
699Life in the Rearview Mirror: Is it possible to just drive in the 21st Century?
699Miss Movies: The top ten films of 2012: The year of the geek
699Life in the Rearview Mirror: The world is a stage
696From the Superintendent's Desk: Our goal: Improve student performance
696Observations Only: Sister odyssey
696Observations Only: Blue chip stock
696A Stray Moment: Having a blast on the Fourth of July
694Across The Fence: Freedom Triumphant Over War and Peace
693The Good Life: A very interesting meeting indeed
691Observations Only: Spider adventure
690Teen Voice: An eventful homecoming
690Observations Only: Curious things, part II
689Across The Fence: Jules, Jack and lawless justice
686Completely Different: Do you know John Green?
683Teeing Off: Lessons learned from golf
683Anno Domini: The memorial nobody wants
682Across the Fence: Wasicu Wakan
681Observations Only: Sister lost
680Their View: Hey Gering, mind your own business!
677Guest Voices…
677Building Bridges: Cleaning up for company--or not--reveals a lot
674Across The Fence: The hanging of Cornelius Donahue a.k.a. John A. Hurley
669Teen Voice: On becoming politically active
667Observations Only: Expect the best, part II
664From the Superintendent's Desk: Why so soon?
664I'm falling for Tumblr?
663Jane’s secret, XXVI: The suitcase
662Building Bridges: Chautauqua will bring out the best in everyone
661A Stray Moment: Guilty pleasures
660From the Superintendent's Desk: State report card
658A real leaning tree Christmas
657Observations Only: Sisters lost, part two
656Teen Voice: Go ahead, make my day
656The Good Life: The lasting effects of bullying
655Permission to remember
655Teen Voice: Dealing with stress
653Teen Voice: Being a girl
652Teen Voice: Pinning your interest
652Completely Different: I go to seek a Great Perhaps
652Across The Fence: The Heartland plague of 1874-75
652Across The Fence: The Spanish Flu
649The Good Life: A time to be proud of our ancestors
648The Good Life: A holiday recipe for peace
645My Thanksgiving prayer
645Miss Movies: Top Ten Holiday Films
645Observations Only: A soul's journey, part two
643Teen Voice: Indulge In moderation
643Jane’s Secret XXXV: Bugs and things
642Teen Voice: Say yes to branching out
641Five Good Reasons to Create an Investment Strategy
640Observations Only: Wilkerson Pass
640Across the Fence: Pawnee legends in the Nebraska Panhandle
638Social time has important benefits
638Observations Only : White water
636Observations Only: The meeting
635A Small World: Special guest
634Teen Voice: Until we say goodbye
633Our View: The elephant in the room
632Home of the Brave
632Teen Voice: Outbreak of the Gamers
632Jane's Secret, XXXI: Sixes and sevens
631The Good Life: The economic footprint of one small business
631Building Bridges: Planning now for tourism season 2014
629A Small World: Legends week promises fun for everyone
628Teen Voice: Go ahead, make my day
626Life in the Rearview Mirror: The cumulative effects of giving
624Practice safe barbecue basics
624Observations Only: Good and evil
624The Lyman Review: I love baby ducks
623LETTER TO THE EDITOR: No tax state unrealistic
623Teen Voice: Saying Goodbye
622Life in the Rearview Mirror: Work is more than a four-letter word
622The Good Life: Cooler breezes bring anticipation of fall
620Teen Voice: Happy news
619Remembering When
618Observations Only: Expect the best
617Teen Voice: Practice makes perfect
617Across The Fence: A Fourth of July Montage
616Across The Fence: Billy Dixon at Adobe Walls, June 1874
614Observations Only: A fine line
612Teeing Off: Around the Green
611Teen Voice: Making sense of the Sandy Hook tragedy
611The Good Life: People of the Valley, we have a choice
611The Good Life: Innovation and young energy enriches us all
609Teen Voice: By my side until the newness wears off
609Observations Only: A matter of matter
608Our View: Bravo OTD committee
608Across The Fence: By the dawn’s early light
607Observations Only: The shadow of error
606The Good Life - The worst day on record at the Citizen
604Observations Only: Beginnings
599Jane's Secret XXXIV: Gin Rummy
598Teen Voice: The daily struggle to a lifelong battle
595Observations Only: Indifferent love
594Observations Only: Divine spirit
592Building Bridges: Being grateful for the hardships in life
591Across The Fence: The Pawnee on Pumpkin Creek
587Teen Voice - On the outside looking In
587Across the Fence: The Overland Camel Company
586Observations Only: A matter of paradox
586Teen Voice: I’ll be healthy – tomorrow
585Teen Voice: Equality
583Observations Only: Choices
583Anno Domini: We gather together
581Completely Different - The magic of spring
579A Stray Moment: Learning how to walk
575Observations Only: Divine prompts
571Teen Voice: Silence
569Building Bridges: Tend to 2014 and be Happy, Happy, Happy
567Teen Voice:  Body bashing and self-image
566Teen Voice: Previously unwritten cell phone rules
562Teen Voice: Sticks and stones
561Life in the Rearview Mirror: Experiencing life passion
560Totally Random: Life’s ripples
558A Stray Moment: In praise of encouragement
557Observations Only: Temptation
557Observations Only: Off to the races
553Welcome to Gering and the 92nd Oregon Trail Days Celebration.
553Across the Fence; Prelude to the Red River War of 1874
552Observations Only: A sad week
550Observations Only: The vision
548Life in the Rearview Mirror: Adapt and adjust
547Dear Fellow Nebraskans: We Are Proud of the Nebraska National Guard
546Observations Only: Willfulness
546Teen Voice: The need to get away
546Lyman Review: Devil calf
541Teen Voice: Thanksgiving
539Teen Voice: Do It Anyway
538Our View: Visionaries wanted
537Totally Random: October, the pink month
534Building Bridges: Celebrating the Bulldog homecoming
533Observations Only: The need to understand
533Building Bridges: Love your enemies
531Observations Only: Fuzzy angel
531Across The Fence: Amos Bad Heart Bull
527Across The Fence: First train from Saply Grove
524Life in the Rearview Mirror: Life enhancing memories
524A Halloween Story: The scary dream
522Anno Domini: Ask the digital dust
519Guest Editorial: The future of health care at Regional West
517Teeing Off: Persistence
512Teen Voice: Stress test
511Observations Only: A good daughter
510Teeing Off: Mind Gym
509The Good Life: What a wild ride it’s been
507Updates from NRD: NRD promotes conservation
506Across the Fence: A Cowboy kind of Christmas
506Building Bridges: Serve on the school board—or say no more
505Across the Fence: The Pony Express
504Teen Voice: Footprints
502Observations Only: Afraid of the dark
501Observations Only: The unvarnished truth
498Dear Nebraskans: Massachusetts should not determine Nebraska’s Presidential vote
491Teen Voice: The rivalry
491Building Bridges: Observing bullies, abuse and pastors
491Building Bridges: Asking officials to speak and work as a body
490Teen Voice: Remember what you have
489Observations Only: Waiting time
488Observations Only: Saint Marge
484Lyman Review: The elusive farm cat
482Building Bridges: Building us up to be what others see
480Teen Voice: Is respect dead?
475Teeing Off: The thing about state
474Teen Voice: The Other Side
474Building Bridges: “New” will become a buzzword in the Valley
473Up The Creek Without A Paddle: The NRD wants to do what with your money?
469Lyman Review: The love goat
467Our View: Why rush the interlocal agreement?
467Building Bridges: Following the spirit of Gering
459Teen Voice: What is love?
457Observations Only: Reality check
457Jane’s Secret XXXVII: A starry night
457Anno Domini: On this remembering day
454Totally Random: Happy Halloween
454Observations Only: Gone away
453Dear Fellow Nebraskans: Collegebound Nebraska
453Capitol View: Delay tactics a gamble as session draws to a close
452Update From the NRD: Winter has arrived
451Across the Fence: The Blizzard of ‘49
449Final Point: Golf, cross country feats headline fall season successes
448Teen Voice: My rebellion
445Across The Fence; ‘Johnny Appleseed’ of the Oregon Trail
445Teen Voice: Nobody else can lower you
443Lyman Review: Now that's a set of handlebars!
443Across The Fence: The Three Guardsmen
439Building Bridges: Pause a moment...save a child’s life
438No-Till Notes: Water Funding Task Force
436Jane’s Secret, XXXVIII: Bad girls
435Welcome to the ‘New’ in Gering
430Lyman Review: Something wicked this way comes
428Teen Voice: Self-expression
427Observations Only: Hog wash
424 Across the Fence: Remembering Armistice Day
423Jane’s Secret XXXVI:  The dream
422Building Bridges: Objectivity and fairness make a winning plan
421Teen Voice: Shopping days or holidays?
421Why you should visit the zoo in February
413Across The Fence: Moc-chi, A Southern Cheyenne warrior
413Across the Fence; Massacre on the Marias River
411Lyman Review: One mean chicken
409Teen Voice: Cyber War
408Observations Only: The visit
404
404At the Library: March into a good book
402From the Hill: More Work Ahead
393Observations Only: A day in August
392Across the Fence: New eyes on the Panhandle
392SBNM View: Do you want to be a VIP?
388Teen Voice: Hope for a New Year
386Across The Fence: Mustangs on Pumpkin Creek
386Across The Fence: Crazy Horse’s Last Battle
385What’s really going on with our water?
383Jane’s Secret, XLI Black widow spider
378For the love of the game – best courses in the valley
376Observations Only: The last goodbye
375No-Till Notes: Looking Back
372Observations Only: Final moment
372Updates from NRD: Happy New Year
369Jane’s Secret: Jane’s Secret, XLIII: Jail house rock
365Observations Only: One more time
365Our View: Childcare not school district’s role
361Teen Voice: To the future
361Teen Voice: My School, Their Rules
361Across the Fence: Remembering English Joe
361Capitol View: Yes, Virginia, the Legislature has done something, so far
359No-Till Notes: Joe Franks Memorial
358Teen Voice: The gift of caring
358Teen Voice: Family for all intents and purposes
356Lyman Review: Goat-chasing cardio
356In the Hills: Nebraska Bighorn Sheep
353Across the Fence: Prelude to Battle
353Gering ninth graders answer the questions of life
352Teen Voice: Writing love on our hearts
351Lyman Review: Branding Time
350Across The Fence: Last Christmas
349View from Capitol Hill: Solutions for our economy and the budget
348Building Bridges: Be a Destination Ambassador
348Across the Fence: Battle of Summit Springs, Part I: Tall Bull Killed
346Teen Voice: Where is the love?
346Building Bridges: Awards are only part of our success
345Our View: Community responsible for kids
344Across the Fence: John Colter, the first mountain man
343Mayor’s Monthly: Moving on Gering’s momentum
342Observations Only: The last toothpick
342Totally Random: Where does it go?
342At the Monument: Junior Rangers
341Teen Voice: Positive effects of social media
340Their View: Goal post move unfair
339Capitol View: Considering additional education choices
338Across the Fence: The Colorado Coalfield War
334Across the Fence: David F. Cook and ‘Indian Joe’
333Nature Notes: Love is in the air
331Jane’s Secret: Jane’s Secret, XLII: Sunflowers
329Letter to Editor clarifies drug testing policy
329Jane’s Secret: Jane’s Secret XLIV: Jail break
327Totally Random: Trusting the fates
323Jane’s Secret: Jane’s Secret XLV: Gun smoke
322In the Hills: Arbor Day in Nebraska
321Building Bridges: Be American - help your candidate
320In the Hills: Pollinators – the buzz
319Observations Only: The vigil
319Christmas stories from Freshman Academy students
319Across the Fence: Roy Bean; scoundrel with a law book
318Capitol View: There was more to the session than just the big ticket items
315Teen Voice: Trouble Maker or Hard Worker?
313Coach Schadwinkel promoted strong sense of tradition
312Building Bridges: Five years old IS a milestone
311Lyman Review: Taste of boot?
309Dear Nebraskans: Nebraska is the place for business
309Across the Fence: Missing; Nelson Buck survey party
305Capitol View: The 103rd Legislature is history … finally
300Capitol View: Legislature overrides gubernatorial vetoes
298Lyman Review: Nudge to the Butt
297Across the Fence: The Cholera Corridor
297Notes from NRD: Thanks agricultural producers
296Support emergency services personnel
296Linked Lives
293History Revisited:A Stray Moment: Life (and death) on the Oregon Trail
292Our View: Confidentiality agreement disrespectful
292Building Bridges: When ‘FAMILY’ and fellow Nebraskans are all you’ve got
290In the Hills: Explore the state parks
289Religious freedom must be protected
288At the Library: “My Name is Resolute” By Nancy E. Turner
288Arts Scene: Theatre West’s Les Miserables not to be missed: Anniversary production proves to be a memorable winner
287Final Point: Citizen receives first honor for ‘Final Point’
283Update from the NRD: March updates from the NRD
283Capitol View: Redistricting needs new procedure
282At the Library: “I Shall Be Near to You” By Erin Lindsay McCabe
281Building Bridges: #speaklife is a goal for students, a goal for all
280Lyman Review: Winter's dog
280At the Monument: That old (historic) building
275Website Resources
274Teen Voice: Holiday horrors
273From the Capitol: The conduct we choose reflects our character
273College Thoughts: Rotten for the minds? Think again
272Capital View: Can prison reform survive property tax relief?
271Across the Fence: On the Old Chisholm Trail
271Capitol View: It sounded like a good idea at first
271Across the Fence: Amanda
271Across the Fence: Who was Martha Jane Canary?
267Teen Voice: Home is where the heart is
267Anno Domini: The Textbook of Freedom
264Across the Fence: Charles Badger Clark
264No-Till Notes: Annual PNTP Tour
263Lyman Review: Dog fun
263Building Bridges: Don’t wait to develop
262Building Bridges: Oregon Trail Days—making our present a celebrated past
261Across the Fence: Old barns and memories
259At the Zoo: Spring in to the zoo
259Capitol View: The Legislature did provide tax relief
258Across the Fence: Investigation at Spring Creek
257Capitol View: Legislature to tackle meatier issues
255Capitol View: Clock keeps tickin,’ many issues remain unresolved
254Teen Voice: Inspire me
254New at the Zoo: Volunteer at the Zoo
250No-till Notes: Moving forward
250At the Monument: Where are the animals?
248Greetings from the State Capitol
248Building Bridges: Dive into summer—dive into living
245No-Till Notes: Cheat grass
242Washington Report: Honoring America’s heroes
240Lyman Review: Sheep Royalty
235Across the Fence: The Spring Creek Raid
235Teen Voice: The clock is ticking
232No-til Notes: Changing plans
231No-Till Notes: Back in the field
229Jane’s Secret XLVI: Sour grapes
228Across The Fence: Justice in the Big Horn Basin
225No-Till Notes: “Fish and Mud”
219Building Bridges: Turning a space into a sense of place
218Capitol View: State aid proposal just might make some sense
216At the Monument: Art in National Parks
211View of the Zoo: VIPs at RCD
210No-Till Notes: Enjoyable Day
209Dear Nebraskans: Technology helps serve Nebraskans
201Synchronicity:What brings me back
200Be kind through communications
199Jane’s Secret XLVII: A stormy afternoon
198Across the Fence: Six went to the gallows
195No-Till Notes:Enjoyable meeting
194Letter to the editor
193Jane’s Secret XLVIII: Jane’s agenda
189Fellow Nebraskans: Congratulations on graduation day
177Across The Fence: Hinhan Kaga Paha
169Letters to the Editor
166Across the Fence: Aftermath: Part III, The Battle of Summit Springs
161In the Hills: Awesome Amphibians and Rough Reptiles
159Jane’s Secret XLIX: Phillip’s agenda
151A Stray Moment: Goodbye old house – sorting their things
144Fourth of July meetings
140Battle of Summit Springs, part II: Warpath to White Bear Creek
130Building Bridges: Supporting our teachers supports our children
120Building Bridges: Fair time—learn, respect, appreciate, enjoy!
112A Stray Moment: Time to get moving
102Across The Fence: Scalped at Plum Creek
100Prairie Dogs
98No-Till Notes: Last chance for North, South Dakota tour
97Teen Voice: Unexpected joys of being a sibling
96Across The Fence: Steamboats on the Missouri
88A Stray Moment: Robin Williams – Good night sweet prince
84Dynasty made Gering the biggest little town in Nebraska
84 Across The Fence: County Fair
83Across The Fence: New England’s Heroine Scalptress
76Jane’s Secret XLX: Day’s end
72No-Till Notes: American Society of Agronomy
63In the Hills: Get to Know Our Feathered Travelers
53Sychronicity: Thrive, don't just survive
35At the Library: One Zentangle a Day
31Across the Fence: Here lies Major Alexander Culbertson
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