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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191Up The Creek Without A Paddle: The NRD wants to do what with your money?
191Nature Notes: Love is in the air
191Linked Lives
191Our View: Streamlining is great...when all are informed
190From the Superintendent’s Desk: Summer School – 2013
190Teen Voice: Pinning your interest
190Teen Voice: The rivalry
190Why you should visit the zoo in February
190Teen Voice: Cyber War
190At the Library: March into a good book
190View of the Zoo: VIPs at RCD
190
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189Teen Voice: Learning calculus more than numbers
189Our View: Childcare not school district’s role
189Update from the NRD: March updates from the NRD
189Capitol View: Legislature overrides gubernatorial vetoes
189To The Editor
189Jane's Secret LVI: A mystery part II
188Teen Voice: Is respect dead?
188Teen Voice: Thanksgiving
188What’s really going on with our water?
188Gering freshmen introduce personalities, styles: Writing assignment encourages students to let individualism shine
187Teen Voice: Equality
187Teen Voice: I’ll be healthy – tomorrow
187Across The Fence: Victory at Valverde and on to Glorieta
186Life in the Rearview Mirror: Personal control of an individual response
186Five Good Reasons to Create an Investment Strategy
186Our View: Community responsible for kids
186At the Zoo: Spring in to the zoo
186For the love of the game – best courses in the valley
186Be kind through communications
186Jack’s Insights: Knowing harvest
186Jane’s Secret LIV The bargain part II
185From the Superintendent's Desk: School Safety and Security
185From the Hill: More Work Ahead
185Teen Voice: Holiday horrors
185In the Hills: Arbor Day in Nebraska
185Easter
184Teen Voice: Twitter as sleep criminal
184Updates from NRD: Happy New Year
184View from Capitol Hill: Solutions for our economy and the budget
184Their View: Goal post move unfair
184Letter to the Editor: A call to defend the U.S. Constitution
184Jack’s Insights: Basing decisions on facts, not opinion
183Teen Voice: Where is the love?
183Capitol View: Delay tactics a gamble as session draws to a close
182Teen Voice: Shopping days or holidays?
182Capitol View: Considering additional education choices
182Teen Voice: Footprints
182Dear Nebraskans: Massachusetts should not determine Nebraska’s Presidential vote
182Support emergency services personnel
182In the Hills: Explore the state parks
182Capitol View: Redistricting needs new procedure
182Sychronicity: Thrive, don't just survive
182At the Monument: Bird Homes at the Bluff
181Capitol View: State aid proposal just might make some sense
181Synchronicity:What brings me back
181No-Till Notes: It’s more than no tillage
180Capitol View: Legislature to tackle meatier issues
180Mayor’s Monthly: Moving on Gering’s momentum
180In the Hills: Get to Know Our Feathered Travelers
179From the Superintendent’s Desk: Early Childhood Education
179Dear Nebraskans: Nebraska is the place for business
179Washington Report: Honoring America’s heroes
179Letters to the Editor
178Gering ninth graders answer the questions of life
178
177Letter to Editor clarifies drug testing policy
177Totally Random: Where does it go?
177Lyman Review: The Frozen Tundra
177Across The Fence: Charles Goodnight a Man of Indomitable Spirit (Part I)
177Across The Fence: Road Trip and Discoveries
176Rural America and immigration reform
176Christmas stories from Freshman Academy students
176Our View: Confidentiality agreement disrespectful
176Teen Voice: Home is where the heart is
175Teen Voice: Inspire me
175Across the Fence: Oliver T. Jackson, Colorado pioneer
174Teen Voice: Trouble Maker or Hard Worker?
173Life in the Rearview Mirror: Life enhancing memories
173Across The Fence: To Honor a Flag
172Our View: Come home to Nebraska, but not just anywhere
172Capitol View: It sounded like a good idea at first
172Capitol View: The Legislature did provide tax relief
171Teen Voice: What is love?
171Capitol View: Clock keeps tickin,’ many issues remain unresolved
171A Stray Moment: Winter Wonderland (and Thank You to the Snow Crews)
171No-Till Notes: Field peas and age
170Religious freedom must be protected
170Capital View: Can prison reform survive property tax relief?
168Capitol View: There was more to the session than just the big ticket items
167Greetings from the State Capitol
167Letter to the Editor
166Dear Nebraskans: Technology helps serve Nebraskans
165Dear Fellow Nebraskans: Governor’s Ag Conference overview
164From the Capitol: The conduct we choose reflects our character
164Letter to the Editor
162Capitol View: Yes, Virginia, the Legislature has done something, so far
159Our View: County has some ‘splainin’ to do
153Letter to the Editor - Injection well public hearing restricts participation
139At the Library: Smoke Gets in Your Eyes: And Other Lessons from the Crematory by Caitlin Doughty
133Guest Opinion: Nebraska losing big-time
131Religious freedom or freedom to discriminate?
123At the Monument: Water, Will There Be Enough?
113A mom’s thoughts on social media
106Letter to the Editor
106Jane’s Secret LV A mystery
85Jane’s Secret LVII: A mystery revealed
77Across the Fence: Surrender, April 9, 1865
60Star Gazing: Earth Day call to action: we must do more
38Jane’s secret LVIII: Mr. Valentine
36Across the Fence: FDR’s New Deal and the CCC
Most Read News Stories of 2012
1085Across The Fence: The hanging of Cornelius Donahue a.k.a. John A. Hurley
852NRD Update: National Groundwater Awareness Week
840Building Bridges – Teens in the Driver Seat is a program for LIFE
766All Points West: Coming home, a veteran’s perspective on what it means
664Across the Fence: Roosevelt’s campaign tour of the west
646The Christmas Story
595Jane’s Secret column on hiatus
584Across The Fence: Barbecue Campbell and the XIT
579To whom are we thankful?
562A Stray Moment: Football – Violence, Death, and Denial
560Curiosity Corner: An Uncommon Christmas Story
558Jane’s Secret, XXXIII: Night walk
550Across The Fence: Portugee Phillips and a horse named Dandy
544A Stray Moment: Thanksgiving myths and traditions
525Building Bridges: Regionalism should be focus of our core-idor
513A Stray Moment: To honor them all their days
510Across the Fence: Bose Ikard; Texas Cowboy
497No-Till Notes: Drilling Edible Beans, part 2
494Across The Fence: Barbecue Campbell and the XIT
488Across The Fence: The Pawnee and human sacrifice
486Barr’s Bacon Wrapped Fantasy Picks: A rookie's guide to drafting your dream team
480Across The Fence: The Christmas Truce of 1914
477At the Monument: Museum collections
473Across the Fence: All aboard the Transcontinental Express
465No-Till Notes: No-Till Conference
458Across The Fence: Billy Dixon; Plainsman, Hunter, Indian fighter and Scout
455Jane’s Secret, XXV: Mysteries
454Across The Fence: The Hat Creek Outpost
450Across the Fence: Black Hills Gold and the Thoen Stone
450No Till Notes: Colorado Conservation Tillage Association Conference
443Across the Fence - Catherine’s boys
440The Good Life: There is good everywhere
438A Stray Moment: Brand new used cars
431Across The Fence: Over The Edge; Niagara’s Argonauts
429Building Bridges: Cleaning up for company--or not--reveals a lot
429Rotary International observes World Polio Day Oct. 24
427The Good Life: What a wild ride it’s been
426Our View: Let the downtown revitalization begin
421A Stray Moment: Those we lost in 2014
415History Revisited:A Stray Moment: Life (and death) on the Oregon Trail
415Building Bridges: Honoring our blessings and our leaders
414Across the Fence: Celebrating the 120th anniversary of the Chadron to Chicago Cowboy Race, part II
413Curiosity Corner: A Christmas with Buffalo Bill
412Battle of Summit Springs, part II: Warpath to White Bear Creek
411No-Till Notes: Dakota Lakes Dry Land Rotations
410No Till Notes:
408Across the Fence: Aftermath: Part III, The Battle of Summit Springs
407Across the Fence: Class of ’67, last remnants of home
406Support letters requested for airport
403A Stray Moment: Je ne suis pas Charlie Hebdo
402Observations Only: A soul’s journey
402Across The Fence: Amos Bad Heart Bull
401Observations Only : White water
400A Stray Moment: O Holy Night
398Across the Fence: Burnett’s Mound and the Topeka tornado
397A Stray Moment: Time to get moving
393Across The Fence: “…a date that will live in infamy.”
390Across the Fence: Judge Roy Bean : Texas prizefight promoter
388Building Bridges: Turning a space into a sense of place
388Across The Fence: Captain Silas S. Soule; The face of moral courage
385What's the deal with organic milk?
384Across the Fence: Who was Martha Jane Canary?
383Jane’s Secret, XXVII: Town Meeting
383Building Bridges: Shovels and skills are as valuable as degrees
380Across the Fence: Pawnee legends in the Nebraska Panhandle
376At the Library: “The Master Switch” The rise and fall of information empires By Tim Wu
373A Stray Moment - A night owl born to an 8 to 5 world
373A ‘city’ kid goes to the fair
373Across the Fence: Before Barbed Wire
372Across the Fence: When Lady Luck sleeps
372Across The Fence: The Spanish Flu
372Across The Fence: A Fourth of July Montage
372A Stray Moment: Robin Williams – Good night sweet prince
370The Good Life: Looking back on 2014
369No Till Notes: Drilling edible beans
367Across The Fence: Hinhan Kaga Paha
366Building Bridges: “It’s happening” at the Harvest Festival
365Completely Different: New Year’s Resolutions
365Across the Fence: Discovering Ed Stemler
364Across the Fence: Ah-ho-appa (fallen leaf)
364Building Bridges: Save the world, educate through agriculture
360In the Hills: Learn the Dutch Oven
358Across the Fence: The hand dug well
358Across The Fence: Freedom Triumphant Over War and Peace
357Across the Fence; Massacre on the Marias River
352Jane’s Secret, XXIV: The last drive
352Teen Voice: Positive effects of social media
352Across The Fence: The Harmar Campaign
351Jane’s Secret, XXXX: A tale of mayhem
351At the Library: Book Review: “Landline” by Rainbow Rowell
350Jane’s Secret, XXXII Jane’s Bad Day
349Letters to the Editor
348Across The Fence: The Pawnee on Pumpkin Creek
347Jack’s Insights: A word about weed control
347No-Till Notes: Path to Soil Health
346A Stray Moment: I love Sookie Stackhouse
346Across the Fence: Rural free delivery
343Jane’s Secret, XXVIII: Lame Johnny
343Across The Fence: Celebrating the 120th anniversary of the Chadron to Chicago Cowboy Race, part I
343Welcome to the ‘New’ in Gering
342Across the Fence: The Battle of Hungry Hill
341Across the Fence: Dull Knife’s Quest, part 1
341Across the Fence: Here lies Major Alexander Culbertson
338Across the Fence: A Cheyenne weekend
337Across the Fence: When Fiddler quit running
336Across the Fence: The Overland Camel Company
336Building Bridges: Love your enemies
336Building Bridges: When ‘FAMILY’ and fellow Nebraskans are all you’ve got
335A Stray Moment: For the love of theatre
335
334The Good Life: Through my father’s eyes
334Across The Fence: Jules, Jack and lawless justice
333Lyman Review: Now that's a set of handlebars!
332Jane’s Secret, XXX: A new wrinkle
332Across the Fence: Old barns and memories
331Jane’s Secret, XXIII: Molly’s plan
331Across the Fence: The Blizzard of ‘49
331All Points West: Looking for holiday inspiration?
330Across the Fence: Cynthia Ann Parker, Comanche captive
329Building Bridges: Following the spirit of Gering
329Across the Fence: Charles Badger Clark
329Across The Fence: New England’s Heroine Scalptress
329Across The Fence: Steamboats on the Missouri
328Across the Fence: The Spring Creek Raid
327A Stray Moment: Having a blast on the Fourth of July
327At the Library: Son by Lois Lowry
326No-Till Notes: Water Funding Task Force
326Across The Fence: Grandpa’s Grays
325Across the Fence - Boston: April 18, 1775
325Across the Fence: On the Old Chisholm Trail
324No-Till Notes: "Different Approaches"
323Across The Fence: Moc-chi, A Southern Cheyenne warrior
323Building Bridges: Help! is the key word for the holidays
322A Stray Moment: Star Trek: Infinite diversity in infinite combinations
322Building Bridges: Celebrating the Bulldog homecoming
322Across the Fence: Missing; Nelson Buck survey party
322Jane’s Secret: The Telling
321From the Superintendent’s Desk: Thanks for the memories
320No-Till Notes: Enjoyable Day
320In the Hills: Nature for the Holidays
319Across The Fence: The Three Guardsmen
318Across The Fence; ‘Johnny Appleseed’ of the Oregon Trail
318A Stray Moment: A ‘city boy’ visits the Harvest Festival
317Across the Fence: Bloody Pocket, the final battle
317A Stray Moment: Tacos! Our embarrassment of riches
317Across the Fence: Cheyenne County, Nebraska: cattle country
317Across The Fence: The Heartland plague of 1874-75
317Across The Fence: Crazy Horse’s Last Battle
316A Stray Moment: Learning how to walk
316Across The Fence: Crow Dog, Spotted Tail’s assassin
315A Stray Moment: Now is the winter of our disconnect
314A Stray Moment: All's well that ends well, usually
314Building Bridges: Be a Destination Ambassador
314 Across The Fence: County Fair
314No-Till Notes: Different Approaches Part II
314No-Till Notes: The value of water
313Teen Voice: Don’t be fooled by fads
313Anno Domini: The Textbook of Freedom
313Across The Fence: Scalped at Plum Creek
313At the Library: The Underground Girls of Kabul - In Search of a Hidden Resistance in Afghanistan
312Observations Only: Indifferent love
312Across the Fence: David F. Cook and ‘Indian Joe’
311Across the Fence: Dull Knife’s Quest: Part 2 of 2
311Building Bridges: Chautauqua will bring out the best in everyone
311A real leaning tree Christmas
311Across the Fence: Remembering English Joe
311A look at - and helping - the State of the Valley
310Across the Fence; Prelude to the Red River War of 1874
310At the Monument: Where are the animals?
309Across the Fence: Fort Mitchell on the Great Platte River Road
309Anno Domini: The memorial nobody wants
309Building Bridges: Five years old IS a milestone
308Across the Fence: Roy Bean; scoundrel with a law book
307The Good Life: It’s hard to believe, the Citizen is four years old
307Observations Only: A good daughter
307Across the Fence: John Colter, the first mountain man
306A Stray Moment: World War Two is not forgotten
306Teen Voice: Serendipity
306Across the Fence: Standing on the wagon
306Across the Fence: The Battle of Coon Creek
306At the Monument: So You want to be a Ranger?
305A Stray Moment: Earth Day, am I doing my part?
305Building Bridges: Awards are only part of our success
304Jane's Secret, XXXI: Sixes and sevens
304Building Bridges: Oregon Trail Days—making our present a celebrated past
303A Stray Moment: A voice from the past, haunting myself
303Building Bridges: Being grateful for the hardships in life
303Across the Fence: Battle of Summit Springs, Part I: Tall Bull Killed
303Dynasty made Gering the biggest little town in Nebraska
302Across the Fence: Wasicu Wakan
302Across the Fence: A Cowboy kind of Christmas
302No-Till Notes: A word about weed control
301Across the Fence: James Butler Hickok: The thoughtful gunfighter
301Observations Only: A soul's journey, part III
301Anno Domini: Independence, an ideal worth celebrating
301Across the Fence: New eyes on the Panhandle
301Jane’s Secret XLVIII: Jane’s agenda
301No-Till Notes: "Harvest"
300Anno Domini: We gather together
299Jane’s Secret, XLI Black widow spider
299Building Bridges: Objectivity and fairness make a winning plan
299No-Till Notes: Plan to attend 2014 No-Till Conference
298A Stray Moment: - The case for Hagel
298Teen Voice: Gleek tragedy
298No-Till Notes: Cheat grass
298Final Point: Citizen receives first honor for ‘Final Point’
297Final Point: Golf, cross country feats headline fall season successes
297Lyman Review: A Tunnel of Birds
296Across the Fence: Sioux Ordnance Depot: stories to be told
296Observations Only: The shadow of error
296Across the Fence: Six went to the gallows
295Observations Only: Temptation
295Across the Fence: Amanda
295Jane’s Secret LII: Eavesdroppers
295Across The Fence: Flossie, love child of the eighties.
295Building Bridges: On tourism and trash
295A Stray Moment: Leonard Nimoy - Live long and prosper
294Completely Different: The Disney princess debate: an exercise in the ridiculous
294A Stray Moment: Without a net
294Across The Fence: Billy Dixon at Adobe Walls, June 1874
294Across the Fence: The Cholera Corridor
293A Stray Moment : Carry the weight
293Across The Fence: First train from Saply Grove
293Building Bridges: Tend to 2014 and be Happy, Happy, Happy
293Across the Fence: Prelude to Battle
293Building Bridges: Pause a moment...save a child’s life
292Across the Fence: Lions, wolves and bears
292Across The Fence: A day For thanks
292Across The Fence: Justice in the Big Horn Basin
292Jane’s Secret LI: The telling
291Observations Only: Sisters lost, part IV
290Building Bridges: “New” will become a buzzword in the Valley
290Building Bridges: Don’t wait to develop
290Across the Fence: Investigation at Spring Creek
290A Stray Moment: Goodbye old house – sorting their things
290Across the Fence: Deserters or outcasts; Three who left (Part II)
290At the Monument: Living History
289A Stray Moment: God Knows
289Anno Domini: On this remembering day
289No-Till Notes: Looking Back
289No-Till Notes: Annual PNTP Tour
289Building Bridges: Fair time—learn, respect, appreciate, enjoy!
289At the Library:Neil Patrick Harris: Choose Your Own Autobiography
288Jane’s Secret, part XXII: While the cat’s away
288Observations Only: A gift of serenity
288Observations Only: The need to understand
288Observations Only: Gone away
288Building Bridges: Dive into summer—dive into living
287Across the Fence: Building Barns
287Building Bridges: Observing bullies, abuse and pastors
287Jane’s Secret XLX: Day’s end
286Across the Fence: Fact, fiction or fragmented dreams?
286Observations Only: Divine prompts
286Observations Only: Divine spirit
286A Stray Moment: In praise of encouragement
286Across the Fence: The Colorado Coalfield War
286Across The Fence: Deserters or Outcasts; Three who left. (Part I)
285Jane’s Secret, Part XVIV: Crystal Waters
285Observations Only: Journey's end
285Jane’s Secret, part XXI: Gertrude’s Agenda
285Observations Only: Beginnings
285Observations Only: Reality check
285 Across the Fence: Remembering Armistice Day
285Book Review: I Forgot to Remember By Su Meck
285No-til Notes: Changing plans
285Building Bridges: Supporting our teachers supports our children
285No-Till Notes: American Society of Agronomy
285Our View: Officials should take advantage of available training
285No Till Notes: Moving Forward
284Observations Only: Sisters lost, part III
284Observations Only: A sad week
283Jane’s Secret, part XVII : Plans gone awry
283Building Bridges: Seeking a big win out of the 4th quarter
282Completely Different: It's all in the family
282Jane's Secret XXXIV: Gin Rummy
282Thinking about Health: Getting insurance under the Affordable Care Act
282Jane’s Secret XLVII: A stormy afternoon
281Observations Only: Expect the best
281Across The Fence: Mustangs on Pumpkin Creek
281No-Till Notes: Last chance for North, South Dakota tour
281No Till Notes: Final Stop
280Observations Only: Curious things, part II
280Observations Only: Expect the best, part II
280Observations Only: A matter of matter
280Life in the Rearview Mirror: The world is a stage
280Building Bridges: Planning now for tourism season 2014
280Building Bridges: Serve on the school board—or say no more
279Observations Only: Critical thinking
279Jane’s Secret, part XX: Change of plans
279Completely Different: The game is afoot, a look at Sherlock Holmes
279Across The Fence: Last Christmas
278Observations Only: Uneventful flight
278Observations Only: Curious things
278Observations Only: Saint Marge
278Building Bridges: Building us up to be what others see
278Jane’s Secret XLIX: Phillip’s agenda
278Our view: United we can build
277Observations Only: A matter of paradox
276Jane’s Secret XXXV: Bugs and things
276Anno Domini: Ask the digital dust
276College Thoughts: Rotten for the minds? Think again
276No-till Notes: Stripper head
275Totally Random: Astrology: It’s all in the stars…
275Observations Only: Choices
273Observations Only: Off to the races
273Building Bridges: Asking officials to speak and work as a body
273Building Bridges: #speaklife is a goal for students, a goal for all
273Across The Fence: Battle of the Wabash: St. Clair’s Defeat
272Building Bridges: Be American - help your candidate
272Across The Fence: The Eighth Wonder of the World
272No-Till Notes: Path to Soil Health II
271Observations Only: Going home
271Observations Only: Sisters lost, part two
271Observations Only: The vision
271Jane’s Secret: Jane’s Secret, XLII: Sunflowers
271No-Till Notes:Enjoyable meeting
271Arts Scene: Theatre West’s Les Miserables not to be missed: Anniversary production proves to be a memorable winner
270Observations Only: The awful truth
270No-Till Notes: Joe Franks Memorial
270Jane’s Secret: Jane’s Secret XLV: Gun smoke
270Across The Fence: Ms. Goodale and the Ghost Dance War (Part I)
269Totally Random: The Golden Rule
269Across The Fence: Union Pacific robbery at Big Springs
269Observations Only: Fuzzy angel
269Building Bridges: The ‘School of Hard Knocks’ teaches life
268Jane’s secret, XXVI: The suitcase
268Jane’s Secret, XXIX: Fred’s debacle
268Creatures of the Night
267Across the Fence: Tomb of the Unknown
267Observations Only: Sister lost
267 Across the Fence: ‘Aunt Sally’ and Dakota Gold
267The Good Life: The lasting effects of bullying
267Jane’s Secret XXXVII: A starry night
267Jane’s Secret: Jane’s Secret XLIV: Jail break
267No-till Notes: Moving forward
267Jane’s Secret XLVI: Sour grapes
266Observations Only: A soul's journey, part two
266Observations Only: Willfulness
266Observations Only: The visit
265Observations Only: The unvarnished truth
265Jane’s Secret XXXVI:  The dream
265Observations Only: Final moment
265Across The Fence: …and a Happy New Year.
265Across The Fence: Ms. Goodale and The Ghost Dance War (Part III)
264Observations Only: A fine line
264The Good Life: Christina Baker’s mom: Thank you
263Jane’s Secret: Jane’s Secret, XLIII: Jail house rock
263Across The Fence: No way to treat a lady
262Observations Only: Good and evil
262Guest Voice: If I could do it over again
262No-Till Notes: “Fish and Mud”
261Teen Voice: Fifty reasons to smile
260Observations Only: A day in August
260Teen View: My crazy, wonderful life
259The Good Life: Cooler breezes bring anticipation of fall
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258Jane’s Secret, XXXVIII: Bad girls
258SBNM View: Do you want to be a VIP?
258No-Till Notes: Back in the field
257A Stray Moment: Merry Christmas – God save us all
257Observations Only: Waiting time
257Observations Only: One more time
257All Points West: Huskers win hearts and minds at Holiday Bowl
256Across the Fence: Sitting Bull: The Last Surrendering Sioux
256Teen Voice: New Year’s goals
256Totally Random: I’m a backwards reader
255The Good Life: A farm girl in my heart
255Teen Voice: What’s so great about pizza?
255The Good Life: The two different types of business people
254Teen Voice: Congratulations, you’re awful
254Observations Only: Hog wash
253From the Superintendent’s Desk - Financial Outlook for Gering Public Schools
253Observations Only: Afraid of the dark
253The Good Life: Today we celebrate Global Oneness Day
253No Till Notes: It’s All About the Carbon
252Across the Fence: First scalp for Custer
252Observations Only: The vigil
250Completely Different: That’s so Pinteresting
250Teen Voice: What diabetes taught me
250Observations Only: The last toothpick
249From the Superintendent’s Desk - Option Enrollment
249Observations Only: The last goodbye
249At the Library: Words of Radiance by Brandon Sanderson
248Across the Fence: Ladies First or First Ladies
246Across the Fence: The Spirit of Crazy Horse
246The Good Life: Extending grace, the lost art
245From the Superintendent’s Desk : Draft Calendar 2013-14
244Assad’s endgame
244The Good Life - The worst day on record at the Citizen
244The Lyman Review: I love baby ducks
243Completely Different: The good, the bad, and the remedy
243Totally Random: December 6, the day I lived
242Jane’s Secret, part XVI: Fate takes a hand
242At the Monument: Night Sky
240The Good Life: The best Christmas gift
239The Good Life: Mom, my partner in life
239Lyman Review: Goat-chasing cardio
238Jane’s Secret, part XV: Unrequited love
238The Good Life: A holiday recipe for peace
238Teen Voice: Unexpected joys of being a sibling
238At the Monument: Domestic Animals on the Oregon Trail
237Teen Voice:  Body bashing and self-image
237Across The Fence: The Youngest Discoverer
236Across the Fence: Wyoming settlers lay siege to the TA Ranch
236Across the Fence: The Wellnitz Fire, day 1 and 2
236From the Pastor's Pen: Unbelievable breaking news
236A Small World: Special guest
236In the Hills: Pollinators – the buzz
235Across the Fence: Faded photos and vivid memories
235The Good Life: We are the Valley’s emissaries
235Totally Random: My journey, life after living
235At the Library: One Zentangle a Day
235Curiosity Corner: The Boss of the Plains
234Across The Fence: Ms. Goodale and the Ghost Dance War (Part II of III)
233Across the Fence: On The road
232Jane’s Secret, part XIII: Blackberry pie
232From the Superintendent’s Desk - District purchase of building
231Teen Voice: My rebellion
230The ghost of Ayn Rand
230Jane’s Secret, part XIV: Molly’s dream
230The Good Life: Innovation and young energy enriches us all
230Lyman Review: Devil calf
230A Halloween Story: The scary dream
229Across the Fence: Submarines and railroads
229Across the Fence: Places near forgotten
229Miss Movies: Ten movies for romance
229From the Pastor's Pen: Lord, teach us to pray
229The Good Life: People of the Valley, we have a choice
228Jane’s Secret, part II: Gertrude’s choice
228Completely Different: The Marilyn Monroe conundrum
228Thinking About Health: The challenge of signing up for Obamacare
228At the Monument: Junior Rangers
227Across the Fence: Mud Springs revisited
227Teen Voice: Silence
226Teen Voice: Say yes to branching out
225Jane’s Secret, part XII: Jane's Vow
225In the Hills: Nebraska Bighorn Sheep
224Jane’s Secret, part VI: Molly’s surprise
224Completely Different: The mystery of Vivian Maier
222Teen Voice: What senior year taught me
222Completely Different: Hey there, four eyes!
222Lyman Review: The elusive farm cat
222Rural mail will suffer with more mail plant closures
221Across the Fence: A boy called Slon-Ha
221Teen Voice: The need to get away
221The Good Life: A time to be proud of our ancestors
221Across The Fence: By the dawn’s early light
221Dear Fellow Nebraskans: We Are Proud of the Nebraska National Guard
221At the Monument: Art in National Parks
221Jane’s Secret LIII: The bargain
220Our View: Pipeline not a solution to oil problems
220Lyman Review: One mean chicken
219Across The Fence: Charles Goodnight; A Man of Indomitable Spirit (Part II of II)
218Across the Fence: Consumed by fire
218Across the Fence: The Great Solomon River Stampede
218Life in the Rearview Mirror: I hate coffee
218Teen Voice: The gift of caring
218Prairie Dogs
217Our View: County Manager option leads to Good Old Boys' Club
217Teen Voice: Go ahead, make my day
217Capitol View: Lincoln Highway captures spotlight
217Lyman Review: The love goat
217Totally Random: Hemp: considering the real benefits of the miracle plant
217Building Bridges: Building a bridge that lasts and endures
216Across the Fence: Wounded Knee; December 29, 1890
216Teen Voice: Being a girl
216At the Monument: That old (historic) building
215Our View: A failure to communicate
214A last look at the Nebraska Zone
214Teeing Off: Persistence
214Teen Voice - On the outside looking In
214Teeing Off: Around the Green
214Across The Fence: Battle of Valverde and The Texas Lancers
213Capitol View: Wild life proposal costly but worthwhile
213Completely Different: I go to seek a Great Perhaps
213Totally Random: October, the pink month
212Observations Only: Blinders aren’t just for horses
212Across the Fence: The much maligned Ms. Watson
212Jane’s Secret, part IX: Mrs. Huber’s chagrin
212Across the Fence: Thanks for the memory
212Teeing Off: Lessons learned from golf
211Completely Different: The bucket list phenomenon
210Completely Different - The magic of spring
210A Small World: Chokecherry season evokes memories of yesterday
210Teen Voice: Stress test
210Taking Flight: From War Orphan to Star Ballerina At the Library
209Jane’s Secret, part VIII: Molly's plan
209Across the Fence: The Pony Express
209Dear Fellow Nebraskans: Collegebound Nebraska
209In the Hills: Awesome Amphibians and Rough Reptiles
208Time keeps flowing like a river
208A Stray Moment: On Canada and the forgotten bicentennial
208From the Superintendent’s Desk - Parent Teacher Conferences
208Teen Voice: Until we say goodbye
208Teen Voice: Nobody else can lower you
208At the Library: “My Name is Resolute” By Nancy E. Turner
208Jane’s Secret LII: Eavesdroppers
207
206Life in the Rearview Mirror: Experiencing life passion
206Teeing Off: Mind Gym
206Teen Voice: The clock is ticking
205Across the Fence: Just For the Thrill of It
205Across the Fence : November 1864: Pole Creek, Politics and Patriots
205Totally Random: Happy Halloween
205Lyman Review: Sheep Royalty
204Observations only : Sisters of the world
204A Stray Moment: Guilty pleasures
204From the Superintendent’s Desk - Haig and Aurora Buildings
204Completely Different: What’s speech got to do with it?
204Teen Voice: Dealing with stress
204Completely Different: Perfect memories made in imperfect moments
204Lyman Review: Something wicked this way comes
204Update From the NRD: Winter has arrived
204Coach Schadwinkel promoted strong sense of tradition
204Website Resources
204
203Teen Voice: Shadow art
203A Small World: Savoring county fair days
203Guest Editorial: The future of health care at Regional West
203Teen Voice: Writing love on our hearts
202Across the fence: Something worth remembering
202Jane’s Secret, part VII Clem’s confession
202A Stray Moment: The last time
202Life in the Rearview Mirror: The Moments we live for
202Teen Voice: By my side until the newness wears off
202Completely Different: Do you know John Green?
202Welcome to Gering and the 92nd Oregon Trail Days Celebration.
202Life in the Rearview Mirror: Adapt and adjust
202Teen Voice: Saying Goodbye
202Teen Voice: My School, Their Rules
201A Stray Moment - Celebrating Gering's Quasquicentennial
201A Stray Moment: Waiting on a train
201Jane’s Secret, part XI: Grand Duchess
201Political Cartoon by Doug Hoevet
201Teeing Off: The thing about state
200Jane’s Secret, part V: Aggie’s complaint
200A Stray Moment: It's a dog's life
200Teen Voice: Living within our means
200Teen Voice: Body image
200Teen Voice: Do It Anyway
200Lyman Review: Taste of boot?
200Lyman Review: Dog fun
200No-Till Notes: Potential
199Teen Voice: Catfished
199Life in the Rearview Mirror: Work is more than a four-letter word
199Updates from NRD: NRD promotes conservation
198From the Superintendent's Desk: NePAS – State Accountability
198Political Cartoon by Doug Hoevet
198
198Capitol View: The 103rd Legislature is history … finally
198At the Library: “I Shall Be Near to You” By Erin Lindsay McCabe
197A Stray Moment: In praise of silence
197Completely Different: Happy Hollowthanksmas
197Teen Voice: Indulge In moderation
197Teen Voice: Remember what you have
197A Small World: Legends week promises fun for everyone
197Lyman Review: Branding Time
196Observations Only: Blue chip stock
196Life in the Rearview Mirror: Greensburg strong
196Teen Voice: Self-expression
196Teen Voice: Family for all intents and purposes
196Letter to the editor
196
195Across the Fence: A hometown 4th of July
195Jane's Secret, part X: The arrival
195A Stray Moment: Ready for the storm
195Teen: Voice : Drinking enough water
195Teen Voice: Previously unwritten cell phone rules
195Our View: Why rush the interlocal agreement?
195Teen Voice: To the future
194Teen Voice: Go ahead, make my day
194Guest Voices…
194Teen Voice: The Other Side
194Totally Random: Life’s ripples
194Teen Voice: Hope for a New Year
194Lyman Review: Nudge to the Butt
194New at the Zoo: Volunteer at the Zoo
194Fourth of July meetings
194Teen View: My crazy, wonderful life
193Observations Only: Sisters lost, part I
193Observations Only : The orphanage
193Observations Only: A new direction
193Teen Voice: The daily struggle to a lifelong battle
193Lyman Review: Winter's dog
193Notes from NRD: Thanks agricultural producers
193Fellow Nebraskans: Congratulations on graduation day
193Reach out for challenges
192Our View: The elephant in the room
192Teen Voice: The benefits of online learning
192Miss Movies: Miss Movies recommends her top 10 films of 2013
192Totally Random: Trusting the fates
192Building Bridges: Know DOVES and know about domestic violence
191Across the Fence: The Soldier’s Free Homestead Colony of Gibbon
191I'm falling for Tumblr?
191Teen Voice: Sticks and stones
191Up The Creek Without A Paddle: The NRD wants to do what with your money?
191Nature Notes: Love is in the air
191Linked Lives
191Our View: Streamlining is great...when all are informed
190From the Superintendent’s Desk: Summer School – 2013
190Teen Voice: Pinning your interest
190Teen Voice: The rivalry
190Why you should visit the zoo in February
190Teen Voice: Cyber War
190At the Library: March into a good book
190View of the Zoo: VIPs at RCD
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189It's no surprise
189Teen Voice: Learning calculus more than numbers
189Our View: Childcare not school district’s role
189Update from the NRD: March updates from the NRD
189Capitol View: Legislature overrides gubernatorial vetoes
189To The Editor
189Jane's Secret LVI: A mystery part II
188Observations Only: Scourge of violence
188Teen Voice: Is respect dead?
188Teen Voice: Thanksgiving
188What’s really going on with our water?
188Gering freshmen introduce personalities, styles: Writing assignment encourages students to let individualism shine
187Life in the Rearview Mirror: I’m on a road to someplace
187Theatre West’s Cabaret torch burns brightly
187Our view: Gering’s future needs your vote
187Teen Voice: Equality
187Teen Voice: I’ll be healthy – tomorrow
187Across The Fence: Victory at Valverde and on to Glorieta
186Life in the Rearview Mirror: Personal control of an individual response
186Five Good Reasons to Create an Investment Strategy
186Our View: Community responsible for kids
186At the Zoo: Spring in to the zoo
186For the love of the game – best courses in the valley
186Be kind through communications
186Jack’s Insights: Knowing harvest
186Jane’s Secret LIV The bargain part II
185Observations Only: Just around the corner
185From the Superintendent's Desk: School Safety and Security
185From the Hill: More Work Ahead
185Teen Voice: Holiday horrors
185In the Hills: Arbor Day in Nebraska
185Easter
184Teen Voice: Twitter as sleep criminal
184Updates from NRD: Happy New Year
184View from Capitol Hill: Solutions for our economy and the budget
184Their View: Goal post move unfair
184Letter to the Editor: A call to defend the U.S. Constitution
184Jack’s Insights: Basing decisions on facts, not opinion
183Lyman Review: Let’s get back to the subject of bullying
183Cat on a Hot Tin Roof a mixed bag
183Teen Voice: Where is the love?
183Capitol View: Delay tactics a gamble as session draws to a close
182 Taking a big risk
182Teen Voice: Shopping days or holidays?
182Capitol View: Considering additional education choices
182Teen Voice: Footprints
182Dear Nebraskans: Massachusetts should not determine Nebraska’s Presidential vote
182Support emergency services personnel
182In the Hills: Explore the state parks
182Capitol View: Redistricting needs new procedure
182Sychronicity: Thrive, don't just survive
182At the Monument: Bird Homes at the Bluff
181Observations Only: Giving up
181Observations Only: Musings of an odd duck
181Capitol View: State aid proposal just might make some sense
181Synchronicity:What brings me back
181No-Till Notes: It’s more than no tillage
180Observations Only: The meeting
180Completely Different: It’s the end of the world as we know it
180Capitol View: Legislature to tackle meatier issues
180Mayor’s Monthly: Moving on Gering’s momentum
180In the Hills: Get to Know Our Feathered Travelers
179Completely Different : Could you come down off your soap box please?
179From the Superintendent’s Desk: Early Childhood Education
179Dear Nebraskans: Nebraska is the place for business
179Washington Report: Honoring America’s heroes
179Letters to the Editor
178Observations Only: The joy of money
178Gering ninth graders answer the questions of life
178
177Age of reason
177The Good Life: Hey, I’m a winner!
177Observations Only: Extreme measures
177Observations Only: Together again
177Letter to Editor clarifies drug testing policy
177Totally Random: Where does it go?
177Lyman Review: The Frozen Tundra
177Across The Fence: Charles Goodnight a Man of Indomitable Spirit (Part I)
177Across The Fence: Road Trip and Discoveries
176Observations Only: Painting a picture
176Observations Only: Sister odyssey
176Jane’s Secret, part XVIII : Devil’s bargain
176Rural America and immigration reform
176Christmas stories from Freshman Academy students
176Our View: Confidentiality agreement disrespectful
176Teen Voice: Home is where the heart is
175Observations Only: North Powder
175Observations Only: Surprises
175Teen Voice: Inspire me
175Across the Fence: Oliver T. Jackson, Colorado pioneer
174Observations Only: Spider adventure
174Teen Voice: Trouble Maker or Hard Worker?
173Observations Only: Little Girl Lost, part six
173Life in the Rearview Mirror: Life enhancing memories
173Across The Fence: To Honor a Flag
172Observations Only: The two faces of poverty
172Our View: Come home to Nebraska, but not just anywhere
172Capitol View: It sounded like a good idea at first
172Capitol View: The Legislature did provide tax relief
171Observations Only: A strange Thanksgiving
171Teen Voice: What is love?
171Capitol View: Clock keeps tickin,’ many issues remain unresolved
171A Stray Moment: Winter Wonderland (and Thank You to the Snow Crews)
171No-Till Notes: Field peas and age
170Observations Only: Little Girl Lost: Adopted
170Religious freedom must be protected
170Capital View: Can prison reform survive property tax relief?
169Silence please
169Observations Only: Counting chickens
169Observations Only: Wilkerson Pass
168Observations Only : Mission accomplished
168Observations Only - Two ages of man
168Lyman Review: Hubby’s got my goat
168Capitol View: There was more to the session than just the big ticket items
167Greetings from the State Capitol
167Letter to the Editor
166Miss Movies: “Bully” a powerful documentary
166Dear Nebraskans: Technology helps serve Nebraskans
165Life's curve balls
165Dear Fellow Nebraskans: Governor’s Ag Conference overview
164Trash cans
164Observations Only: No thank you
164From the Capitol: The conduct we choose reflects our character
164Letter to the Editor
163Observations Only: Saturday delight
162Observations Only: Little girl lost, part 3
162Observations Only: What's in a word?
162From the Superintendent’s Desk: Accountability
162Capitol View: Yes, Virginia, the Legislature has done something, so far
160The Good Life: Leave the quilt shop and laundromat alone
159Teen Voice: I guess it’s just a western Nebraska thing
159Our View: County has some ‘splainin’ to do
157Being a Nebraskan – border to border
156Completely Different: Tales from the mat
156Life in the Rearview Mirror: Cleaning off the ‘what if’ shelf
155From the Superintendent’s Desk: Welcome to new certified staff
153Letter to the Editor - Injection well public hearing restricts participation
151The Good Life: Our most precious right, gagged
151The Good Life: The economic footprint of one small business
150From the Superintendent’s Desk: Get ready for Parent-teacher conferences
150Miss Movies: Ten great horror flicks for Halloween, part I
149Life in the West: Inside the minds of serial killers
148Teen Voice: Today’s television
147The Good Life: Campaign ad using Jesus goes too far
147Lyman Review - Tales of the renegade rooster
147From the Superintendent's Desk: Election over – work begins
146The Good Life: A very interesting meeting indeed
145The Good Life: Your dollar is a vote for what you care about
143From the Superintendent’s Desk
139Guest Editorial: Fischer will see U.S. ‘living within means’
139The Good Life: We are not separate, we are one family
139At the Library: Smoke Gets in Your Eyes: And Other Lessons from the Crematory by Caitlin Doughty
134It's a small world : Everything we do has meaning
133From the Superintendent’s Desk: Current enrollment count
133Guest Opinion: Nebraska losing big-time
131Religious freedom or freedom to discriminate?
129From the Superintendent's Desk: Thank You
129Miss Movies: Ten great horror flicks for Halloween, part 2
127The hills, part 1: Mustangs
127From the Superintendent’s Desk: Merry Christmas and Happy New Year
125Do You Tube?
124The zombie apocalypse and you
123From the Superintendent’s Desk : Thank You for another Great Year
123At the Monument: Water, Will There Be Enough?
122Completely Different: Remembering Aurora
122From the Superintendent’s Desk: Parents’ role in the educational process
121The Block
121Completely Different: The Mind Palace Memory Technique
120Our View... Preserve Gering’s form of government
119Completely Different: Confessions of an out of shape twenty something
118Our View: Museum merger a good thing, but let’s go slowly
118Completely Different: Look around, what are you missing?
117Completely Different: The Hills, part 2: The Civilian Conservation Corps
116Teen Voice : Leave your legacy
116Teen Voice: Eighth day of the week - Someday
115My mini Pen and me
115Our View: Extreme caution needed with fireworks
115Miss Movies: Top Ten Holiday Films
114A Small World: Time traveling
114Teen Voice: Just ten minutes
114Teen Voice: The more the merrier
114Miss Movies: Top ten holiday films, part II
113SELL-OUT!
113A mom’s thoughts on social media
112From the Superintendent's Desk: PLAS School
110Elizabeth's top ten movie list of 2011
110Teen Voice: Let us be beautiful
110Remembering When
109Teen Voice: Not just another ride
108Our View: Mayor should insist on civility
108Completely Different: The Quest
108View from the block
107Teen Voice: 'Pretty Little Liars'
107Completely Different: How the savings stole Christmas
106Teen Voice: Experiencing versus remembering
106A Small World: Scotts Bluff Valley Fiber Arts Fair classes offer great variety
106Teen Voice: On becoming politically active
106Letter to the Editor
106Jane’s Secret LV A mystery
105Teen Voice: Respond to defeat
105Completely Different: The Hills, part 3: Rediscovering the spirit
104Completely Different: Your local government and you
104Economic development update
104Teen Voice: The road of hatred
104LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Gering Public Schools seeks imput
103Our view . . .Sports Complex
103Teen Voice: Confessions of the financially disabled
103Guest Editorial: Bob Kerrey is the true fiscal conservative
103Teen Voice: Outbreak of the Gamers
103Miss Movies: The top ten films of 2012: The year of the geek
102We need a few good people
102Timing makes perfect
102Teen Voice: Sticks and stones
101Curiosity Corner : The tale of the travelling train station
100Teen Voice: Thank you, Gering Speech Team
100Pulpit of Bones: Man's best friend
100Life in the Rearview Mirror: The cumulative effects of giving
99Home of the Brave
99From the Superintendent's Desk: Elementary attendance areas
98Teen Voice: An eventful homecoming
98Teen Voice: Happy news
97Our view... Gering stands upon important threshold
97Livestock Production: My Paradigm Shift
97Teen Voice: Sit back and enjoy YouTube
94Practice safe barbecue basics
93Teen Voice: March Madness
93Life in the west: Betting on the end of the world
93LETTER TO THE EDITOR: No tax state unrealistic
93From the Superintendent's Desk: State report card
93Teen Voice: Practice makes perfect
93Their View: Hey Gering, mind your own business!
92Bright Ideas! Brighter Future! Common sense prevails
91Life in the Rearview Mirror: Invisible scars have lasting effects
91Bright Ideas, Brighter Future: Leaving a Legacy
91Seeing the works of the master
91Welcome to Gering
89Letter to the Editor
89From the Superintendent's Desk: Why so soon?
88Teen Voice: Not according to the plan
88From the Superintendent's Desk: Student transportation changes for 2012-13
87Permission to remember
86Life in the Rearview Mirror: Is it possible to just drive in the 21st Century?
86Teen Voice: Lessons I learned from my eight-year-old brother
86Teen Voice: Making sense of the Sandy Hook tragedy
85Social time has important benefits
85Jane’s Secret LVII: A mystery revealed
84From the Superintendent's Desk: Our goal: Improve student performance
83Our View: Scottsbluff attitude damages future collaborations
80From the Superintendent's Desk: School year now in full swing
77My Thanksgiving prayer
77Across the Fence: Surrender, April 9, 1865
68Our View: Bravo OTD committee
67Our View: Visionaries wanted
60Star Gazing: Earth Day call to action: we must do more
38Jane’s secret LVIII: Mr. Valentine
36Across the Fence: FDR’s New Deal and the CCC
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