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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1304Our View: Come home to Nebraska, but not just anywhere
1255Teen Voice: Don’t be fooled by fads
1219Miss Movies: Miss Movies recommends her top 10 films of 2013
1201Totally Random: The Golden Rule
1185Barr’s Bacon Wrapped Fantasy Picks: A rookie's guide to drafting your dream team
1176Across the Fence: Building Barns
1175Jane’s Secret, XXIV: The last drive
1162The Good Life: Extending grace, the lost art
1143Theatre West’s Cabaret torch burns brightly
1141Across the Fence: Sioux Ordnance Depot: stories to be told
1137From the Superintendent's Desk: Thank You
1135From the Superintendent’s Desk: Get ready for Parent-teacher conferences
1134Dear Fellow Nebraskans: Governor’s Ag Conference overview
1133Life in the Rearview Mirror: I’m on a road to someplace
1122Across The Fence: Union Pacific robbery at Big Springs
1121Observations Only: A soul’s journey
1115Across the Fence: Lions, wolves and bears
1101From the Superintendent's Desk: NePAS – State Accountability
1097Across the Fence: Dull Knife’s Quest, part 1
1095Observations Only: Blinders aren’t just for horses
1095Building Bridges: Save the world, educate through agriculture
1087No-Till Notes: Plan to attend 2014 No-Till Conference
1083Across the Fence: Burnett’s Mound and the Topeka tornado
1079Totally Random: Hemp: considering the real benefits of the miracle plant
1076Our view: Gering’s future needs your vote
1070Jane’s Secret, XXIII: Molly’s plan
1068From the Superintendent’s Desk: Welcome to new certified staff
1064Across the Fence: Wyoming settlers lay siege to the TA Ranch
1064Life in the West: Inside the minds of serial killers
1064The Good Life: Through my father’s eyes
1058From the Superintendent’s Desk - Option Enrollment
1053Across the Fence: Class of ’67, last remnants of home
1050Jane’s Secret, XXV: Mysteries
1049Cat on a Hot Tin Roof a mixed bag
1048A Stray Moment: Merry Christmas – God save us all
1042Completely Different: It’s the end of the world as we know it
1036Across the Fence: Dull Knife’s Quest: Part 2 of 2
1031A Stray Moment : Carry the weight
1030Jane’s Secret, part XI: Grand Duchess
1026Across the Fence: On The road
1026From the Superintendent’s Desk: Early Childhood Education
1020Across The Fence: Crow Dog, Spotted Tail’s assassin
1014Completely Different: New Year’s Resolutions
1012From the Superintendent’s Desk : Thank You for another Great Year
1011Jane’s Secret, part VI: Molly’s surprise
1010Jane’s Secret, XXXIII: Night walk
1009The Good Life: Hey, I’m a winner!
1009Assad’s endgame
1007Completely Different: The game is afoot, a look at Sherlock Holmes
1003Jane’s Secret, part XIII: Blackberry pie
1003Across the Fence: Judge Roy Bean : Texas prizefight promoter
999Jane’s Secret, part IX: Mrs. Huber’s chagrin
986Lyman Review: Hubby’s got my goat
986Jane’s Secret, part XX: Change of plans
985Observations Only - Two ages of man
982Jane’s Secret, part VII Clem’s confession
980Across the Fence: Discovering Ed Stemler
978Jane’s Secret, part VIII: Molly's plan
978Teen Voice: I guess it’s just a western Nebraska thing
977Guest Editorial: Fischer will see U.S. ‘living within means’
975The Good Life: Your dollar is a vote for what you care about
967A Stray Moment: All's well that ends well, usually
963Across the Fence: Consumed by fire
957Across the Fence: The Spirit of Crazy Horse
957Miss Movies: “Bully” a powerful documentary
950A Stray Moment: Earth Day, am I doing my part?
950From the Superintendent’s Desk: Thanks for the memories
945From the Superintendent’s Desk - Haig and Aurora Buildings
933Jane’s Secret, part XVII : Plans gone awry
932Observations Only: Painting a picture
930Jane’s Secret, part XVI: Fate takes a hand
929A Small World: Savoring county fair days
929Thinking About Health: The challenge of signing up for Obamacare
922Across the Fence: The Great Solomon River Stampede
916From the Superintendent’s Desk: Accountability
915Jane’s Secret, part V: Aggie’s complaint
915Life in the Rearview Mirror: I hate coffee
910Jane’s Secret, Part XVIV: Crystal Waters
906Completely Different: That’s so Pinteresting
904Across the Fence: The Wellnitz Fire, day 1 and 2
904Across the Fence: Black Hills Gold and the Thoen Stone
902Jane’s Secret, part XIV: Molly’s dream
902Across The Fence: Billy Dixon; Plainsman, Hunter, Indian fighter and Scout
901Teen Voice: Today’s television
900Across the Fence: Mud Springs revisited
896Jane’s Secret, part XV: Unrequited love
894Across the Fence: First scalp for Custer
894Across The Fence: The Hat Creek Outpost
893Across The Fence: Celebrating the 120th anniversary of the Chadron to Chicago Cowboy Race, part I
892Across the Fence: The much maligned Ms. Watson
888Jane’s Secret, XXVIII: Lame Johnny
886Our View: County Manager option leads to Good Old Boys' Club
885Jane’s Secret, part XXII: While the cat’s away
884Teen Voice: New Year’s goals
882Across the Fence: Just For the Thrill of It
879Across the Fence: A hometown 4th of July
876Across the Fence: Sitting Bull: The Last Surrendering Sioux
873From the Superintendent’s Desk: Current enrollment count
871From the Superintendent’s Desk
871Teen Voice: What senior year taught me
869The zombie apocalypse and you
868From the Superintendent’s Desk: Parents’ role in the educational process
867From the Superintendent’s Desk: Summer School – 2013
866Jane’s Secret, part XII: Jane's Vow
862From the Superintendent’s Desk - District purchase of building
861Miss Movies: Ten movies for romance
861From the Pastor's Pen: Lord, teach us to pray
861A Small World: Chokecherry season evokes memories of yesterday
860Observations Only: A new direction
858Teen Voice: Learning calculus more than numbers
851Life in the Rearview Mirror: Cleaning off the ‘what if’ shelf
850Across The Fence: A day For thanks
849Teen Voice: Experiencing versus remembering
840Across the Fence - Boston: April 18, 1775
839Completely Different: What’s speech got to do with it?
836From the Superintendent’s Desk : Draft Calendar 2013-14
835Across the Fence: Fort Mitchell on the Great Platte River Road
834Observations Only: Giving up
833Teen Voice: Fifty reasons to smile
833Completely Different: The Marilyn Monroe conundrum
832Across the Fence: Submarines and railroads
832Teen Voice: Respond to defeat
828Across the Fence: Faded photos and vivid memories
826 Across the Fence: ‘Aunt Sally’ and Dakota Gold
825Trash cans
818Jane’s Secret, part XXI: Gertrude’s Agenda
817A Stray Moment - Celebrating Gering's Quasquicentennial
817Completely Different: Confessions of an out of shape twenty something
813Teen Voice: The road of hatred
812The Good Life: Our most precious right, gagged
812The hills, part 1: Mustangs
812A Stray Moment: Star Trek: Infinite diversity in infinite combinations
811Lyman Review - Tales of the renegade rooster
810From the Superintendent's Desk: Election over – work begins
810From the Superintendent’s Desk: Merry Christmas and Happy New Year
809Teen Voice: Let us be beautiful
809From the Superintendent's Desk: Elementary attendance areas
808A Stray Moment: In praise of silence
807Jane’s Secret, XXVII: Town Meeting
804Teen Voice: 'Pretty Little Liars'
803Observations Only: The joy of money
802Across the Fence: Bloody Pocket, the final battle
802Observations Only: Sisters lost, part IV
801Totally Random: I’m a backwards reader
800Teen Voice: Catfished
798The Good Life: It’s hard to believe, the Citizen is four years old
792The Block
792From the Superintendent’s Desk - Financial Outlook for Gering Public Schools
790Teen Voice: Lessons I learned from my eight-year-old brother
790Teen Voice: The more the merrier
790The Good Life: The best Christmas gift
789Observations Only: Saturday delight
789A Stray Moment: Waiting on a train
787Completely Different: The Hills, part 3: Rediscovering the spirit
787A Stray Moment: Now is the winter of our disconnect
787Anno Domini: Independence, an ideal worth celebrating
787At the Library: Words of Radiance by Brandon Sanderson
785Completely Different: The mystery of Vivian Maier
782Across the Fence: Cynthia Ann Parker, Comanche captive
780A Stray Moment: God Knows
779Thinking about Health: Getting insurance under the Affordable Care Act
777Observations Only: Sisters lost, part III
773Life in the Rearview Mirror: Greensburg strong
771A Stray Moment: On Canada and the forgotten bicentennial
771Observations Only: Curious things
770From the Superintendent's Desk: School year now in full swing
769Life's curve balls
767Across the Fence: Fact, fiction or fragmented dreams?
766Jane's Secret, part X: The arrival
765 Taking a big risk
765A Stray Moment: Without a net
763Across the Fence: Rural free delivery
760A Stray Moment: Tacos! Our embarrassment of riches
760Across the Fence: A Cheyenne weekend
759Completely Different: Remembering Aurora
758Completely Different: The Mind Palace Memory Technique
756The Good Life: Mom, my partner in life
754The ghost of Ayn Rand
754A Stray Moment: I love Sookie Stackhouse
754Jane’s Secret, XXIX: Fred’s debacle
753Teen Voice: Not just another ride
753A Stray Moment: It's a dog's life
752Completely Different: The Hills, part 2: The Civilian Conservation Corps
751Teen Voice: Confessions of the financially disabled
751Across the Fence: Celebrating the 120th anniversary of the Chadron to Chicago Cowboy Race, part II
750Teen Voice: Sticks and stones
749A Small World: Scotts Bluff Valley Fiber Arts Fair classes offer great variety
747Political Cartoon by Doug Hoevet
747Across the Fence: The hand dug well
746Observations Only: Extreme measures
746Observations Only: Counting chickens
744Miss Movies: Ten great horror flicks for Halloween, part 2
742Seeing the works of the master
741From the Superintendent's Desk: PLAS School
739The Good Life: We are not separate, we are one family
738Our View: Extreme caution needed with fireworks
737Teen Voice: What’s so great about pizza?
735Timing makes perfect
735Pulpit of Bones: Man's best friend
735Across the Fence: Standing on the wagon
734The Good Life: Leave the quilt shop and laundromat alone
734A Stray Moment: World War Two is not forgotten
733Political Cartoon by Doug Hoevet
732Observations Only: Scourge of violence
730Observations Only: Just around the corner
726View from the block
726SELL-OUT!
725Observations Only: Going home
725Life in the Rearview Mirror: The Moments we live for
724Across the Fence: Wounded Knee; December 29, 1890
723A Stray Moment: The last time
718The Good Life: A farm girl in my heart
718Across the Fence: When Fiddler quit running
717Completely Different: Happy Hollowthanksmas
716Teen Voice: Not according to the plan
714Welcome to Gering
714It's no surprise
714Teen Voice: Congratulations, you’re awful
713Observations Only: The two faces of poverty
710Teen Voice: Gleek tragedy
709Across the Fence: When Lady Luck sleeps
707A Stray Moment: A voice from the past, haunting myself
706Observations Only: Uneventful flight
706The Good Life: Christina Baker’s mom: Thank you
705Teen Voice: Body image
705Capitol View: Lincoln Highway captures spotlight
703A Stray Moment: - The case for Hagel
702Across the Fence: Places near forgotten
702Completely Different: How the savings stole Christmas
702Our View: County has some ‘splainin’ to do
702Rural America and immigration reform
700Observations Only: Surprises
698Do You Tube?
698Silence please
698Teen Voice: Living within our means
697Across the Fence : November 1864: Pole Creek, Politics and Patriots
697Life in the Rearview Mirror: Personal control of an individual response
696Across the Fence: Tomb of the Unknown
696Our View: Pipeline not a solution to oil problems
695Across the Fence: Cheyenne County, Nebraska: cattle country
694A Stray Moment: Ready for the storm
694Observations Only: A soul's journey, part III
693Observations Only: No thank you
692Observations Only: What's in a word?
692Observations Only: Musings of an odd duck
691Guest Editorial: Bob Kerrey is the true fiscal conservative
691Miss Movies: Top ten holiday films, part II
691Across the Fence: A boy called Slon-Ha
691Observations Only: A gift of serenity
690Teen Voice: Twitter as sleep criminal
690Jane’s Secret, XXXII Jane’s Bad Day
689A ‘city’ kid goes to the fair
687Economic development update
687From the Superintendent's Desk: Student transportation changes for 2012-13
687LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Gering Public Schools seeks imput
687The Good Life: The two different types of business people
685Completely Different: The bucket list phenomenon
685Observations Only: The awful truth
684The Good Life: We are the Valley’s emissaries
683Age of reason
683Observations Only: Journey's end
682Observations Only: Together again
682Teen Voice: Shadow art
680Teen: Voice : Drinking enough water
680Teen Voice: Serendipity
679Life in the Rearview Mirror: Is it possible to just drive in the 21st Century?
679From the Superintendent's Desk: School Safety and Security
679Teen Voice: The benefits of online learning
678Teen Voice: Sit back and enjoy YouTube
677Observations Only: Critical thinking
676From the Superintendent's Desk: Our goal: Improve student performance
676Across the Fence: Thanks for the memory
675Teen Voice: Eighth day of the week - Someday
674A Stray Moment: For the love of theatre
673Miss Movies: The top ten films of 2012: The year of the geek
671Observations Only: North Powder
669Teen Voice: An eventful homecoming
669Capitol View: Wild life proposal costly but worthwhile
669Guest Voice: If I could do it over again
668Observations Only: Sister odyssey
668A Stray Moment - A night owl born to an 8 to 5 world
666Observations Only: A strange Thanksgiving
664Observations Only: Spider adventure
663Observations Only: Curious things, part II
662Completely Different: Hey there, four eyes!
662Completely Different: Perfect memories made in imperfect moments
660The Good Life: A very interesting meeting indeed
659A Stray Moment: Having a blast on the Fourth of July
659Across The Fence: Jules, Jack and lawless justice
658Guest Voices…
657Teeing Off: Lessons learned from golf
656Observations Only: Blue chip stock
653Totally Random: My journey, life after living
652Across the Fence: Wasicu Wakan
652Observations Only: Sister lost
651Their View: Hey Gering, mind your own business!
650Life in the Rearview Mirror: The world is a stage
648Completely Different: Do you know John Green?
646Teen Voice: On becoming politically active
644From the Superintendent's Desk: State report card
644I'm falling for Tumblr?
639From the Superintendent's Desk: Why so soon?
637Permission to remember
635A Stray Moment: Guilty pleasures
635Building Bridges: Cleaning up for company--or not--reveals a lot
634Teen Voice: Go ahead, make my day
633Anno Domini: The memorial nobody wants
629Observations Only: Expect the best, part II
629Jane’s secret, XXVI: The suitcase
628My Thanksgiving prayer
627Observations Only: Sisters lost, part two
627Teen Voice: Dealing with stress
627Across The Fence: The hanging of Cornelius Donahue a.k.a. John A. Hurley
626The Good Life: The lasting effects of bullying
622Five Good Reasons to Create an Investment Strategy
620Completely Different: I go to seek a Great Perhaps
618Miss Movies: Top Ten Holiday Films
618Teen Voice: Being a girl
616Teen Voice: Pinning your interest
616Jane’s Secret XXXV: Bugs and things
615Our View: The elephant in the room
615The Good Life: A holiday recipe for peace
615A real leaning tree Christmas
612The Good Life: A time to be proud of our ancestors
611Home of the Brave
611Observations Only: The meeting
611Across The Fence: The Spanish Flu
609Social time has important benefits
609Teen Voice: Indulge In moderation
609Across The Fence: The Heartland plague of 1874-75
609Teen Voice: Until we say goodbye
608The Good Life: The economic footprint of one small business
607LETTER TO THE EDITOR: No tax state unrealistic
606Teen Voice: Go ahead, make my day
605Life in the Rearview Mirror: The cumulative effects of giving
605Jane's Secret, XXXI: Sixes and sevens
604Observations Only: A soul's journey, part two
603Observations Only: Wilkerson Pass
603Teen Voice: Say yes to branching out
603Building Bridges: Chautauqua will bring out the best in everyone
602Across The Fence: Freedom Triumphant Over War and Peace
601Teen Voice: Outbreak of the Gamers
600Practice safe barbecue basics
597A Small World: Special guest
596Teen Voice: Practice makes perfect
596Teen Voice: Happy news
595Observations Only : White water
594Life in the Rearview Mirror: Work is more than a four-letter word
593Remembering When
591The Good Life: Innovation and young energy enriches us all
591Across the Fence: Pawnee legends in the Nebraska Panhandle
590Observations Only: Expect the best
589Our View: Bravo OTD committee
588The Good Life: People of the Valley, we have a choice
587Observations Only: Good and evil
587Across The Fence: Billy Dixon at Adobe Walls, June 1874
587Building Bridges: Planning now for tourism season 2014
586A Small World: Legends week promises fun for everyone
585Observations Only: A fine line
585The Lyman Review: I love baby ducks
584Teen Voice: By my side until the newness wears off
584Teen Voice: Saying Goodbye
583Teen Voice: Making sense of the Sandy Hook tragedy
583The Good Life: Cooler breezes bring anticipation of fall
576Across The Fence: By the dawn’s early light
575The Good Life - The worst day on record at the Citizen
575Observations Only: The shadow of error
575Teen Voice: The daily struggle to a lifelong battle
574Teeing Off: Around the Green
570Observations Only: Beginnings
570Observations Only: A matter of matter
561Observations Only: Indifferent love
558Teen Voice - On the outside looking In
557Across the Fence: The Overland Camel Company
556Jane's Secret XXXIV: Gin Rummy
552Teen Voice: I’ll be healthy – tomorrow
551Observations Only: Divine spirit
551Observations Only: A matter of paradox
550Teen Voice: Equality
550Observations Only: Choices
548Completely Different - The magic of spring
544A Stray Moment: Learning how to walk
543Observations Only: Divine prompts
543Anno Domini: We gather together
541Building Bridges: Being grateful for the hardships in life
540Life in the Rearview Mirror: Experiencing life passion
538Across The Fence: The Pawnee on Pumpkin Creek
537Totally Random: Life’s ripples
534Teen Voice:  Body bashing and self-image
533Life in the Rearview Mirror: Adapt and adjust
533Teen Voice: Sticks and stones
532Teen Voice: Previously unwritten cell phone rules
532Building Bridges: Tend to 2014 and be Happy, Happy, Happy
531Teen Voice: Silence
525A Stray Moment: In praise of encouragement
520Observations Only: Willfulness
519Our View: Visionaries wanted
519Observations Only: The vision
517Observations Only: Temptation
517Dear Fellow Nebraskans: We Are Proud of the Nebraska National Guard
516Teen Voice: The need to get away
516Observations Only: Off to the races
515Across the Fence; Prelude to the Red River War of 1874
512Book Review: I Forgot to Remember By Su Meck
510Totally Random: October, the pink month
510Observations Only: A sad week
509Teen Voice: Do It Anyway
509Teen Voice: Thanksgiving
508Observations Only: The need to understand
505Life in the Rearview Mirror: Life enhancing memories
503A Halloween Story: The scary dream
502Lyman Review: Devil calf
501Observations Only: Fuzzy angel
493Building Bridges: Celebrating the Bulldog homecoming
491Anno Domini: Ask the digital dust
489Across The Fence: First train from Saply Grove
489Building Bridges: Love your enemies
487Teeing Off: Mind Gym
487Teen Voice: Stress test
484Teeing Off: Persistence
481Welcome to Gering and the 92nd Oregon Trail Days Celebration.
481Observations Only: A good daughter
480Across the Fence: The Pony Express
480Across The Fence: Amos Bad Heart Bull
479Guest Editorial: The future of health care at Regional West
477Observations Only: Afraid of the dark
475Teen Voice: The rivalry
470Updates from NRD: NRD promotes conservation
465Across the Fence: A Cowboy kind of Christmas
464Lyman Review: The elusive farm cat
463Observations Only: The unvarnished truth
458Dear Nebraskans: Massachusetts should not determine Nebraska’s Presidential vote
457Observations Only: Saint Marge
456Observations Only: Waiting time
454Teeing Off: The thing about state
453Teen Voice: Remember what you have
452Building Bridges: Observing bullies, abuse and pastors
452Building Bridges: Building us up to be what others see
451Building Bridges: Serve on the school board—or say no more
448Teen Voice: Footprints
447Teen Voice: The Other Side
446Teen Voice: Is respect dead?
444Building Bridges: “New” will become a buzzword in the Valley
443Lyman Review: The love goat
441Up The Creek Without A Paddle: The NRD wants to do what with your money?
440Our View: Why rush the interlocal agreement?
439Observations Only: Reality check
433Teen Voice: What is love?
431Dear Fellow Nebraskans: Collegebound Nebraska
428Building Bridges: Following the spirit of Gering
428Anno Domini: On this remembering day
426Jane’s Secret XXXVII: A starry night
424Update From the NRD: Winter has arrived
423Final Point: Golf, cross country feats headline fall season successes
423Capitol View: Delay tactics a gamble as session draws to a close
422Totally Random: Happy Halloween
420Lyman Review: Now that's a set of handlebars!
419Teen Voice: Nobody else can lower you
415Across The Fence; ‘Johnny Appleseed’ of the Oregon Trail
413Observations Only: Gone away
412Across The Fence: A Fourth of July Montage
411Across the Fence: The Blizzard of ‘49
408Observations Only: Hog wash
408Across The Fence: The Three Guardsmen
404Teen Voice: My rebellion
403Lyman Review: Something wicked this way comes
403Welcome to the ‘New’ in Gering
402Teen Voice: Self-expression
401No-Till Notes: Water Funding Task Force
401Teen Voice: Shopping days or holidays?
400Building Bridges: Pause a moment...save a child’s life
399Jane’s Secret XXXVI:  The dream
399Building Bridges: Asking officials to speak and work as a body
397Lyman Review: One mean chicken
391 Across the Fence: Remembering Armistice Day
388Jane’s Secret, XXXVIII: Bad girls
386Why you should visit the zoo in February
382Teen Voice: Cyber War
378Observations Only: The visit
378From the Hill: More Work Ahead
377Building Bridges: Objectivity and fairness make a winning plan
377Across the Fence; Massacre on the Marias River
370
369Across The Fence: Moc-chi, A Southern Cheyenne warrior
369Across The Fence: Mustangs on Pumpkin Creek
366Observations Only: A day in August
363Across the Fence: New eyes on the Panhandle
362Jane’s Secret, XLI Black widow spider
360SBNM View: Do you want to be a VIP?
358Teen Voice: Hope for a New Year
357At the Library: March into a good book
355Across The Fence: Crazy Horse’s Last Battle
354Updates from NRD: Happy New Year
354The Good Life: What a wild ride it’s been
350Observations Only: The last goodbye
345No-Till Notes: Looking Back
344Our View: Childcare not school district’s role
344Teen Voice: My School, Their Rules
340Observations Only: One more time
340Observations Only: Final moment
340Teen Voice: The gift of caring
338No-Till Notes: Joe Franks Memorial
337Teen Voice: To the future
336Teen Voice: Family for all intents and purposes
335Teen Voice: Writing love on our hearts
334Lyman Review: Goat-chasing cardio
332Across the Fence: Remembering English Joe
331What’s really going on with our water?
327Capitol View: Yes, Virginia, the Legislature has done something, so far
327Jane’s Secret: Jane’s Secret, XLIII: Jail house rock
324Across The Fence: Last Christmas
324Observations Only: The last toothpick
322Across the Fence: John Colter, the first mountain man
321Our View: Community responsible for kids
320Teen Voice: Where is the love?
320Capitol View: Considering additional education choices
319Across the Fence: Prelude to Battle
317Lyman Review: Branding Time
316Totally Random: Trusting the fates
314Across the Fence: The Colorado Coalfield War
311Letter to Editor clarifies drug testing policy
310Nature Notes: Love is in the air
303Jane’s Secret: Jane’s Secret, XLII: Sunflowers
300Christmas stories from Freshman Academy students
300Mayor’s Monthly: Moving on Gering’s momentum
299Observations Only: The vigil
297Coach Schadwinkel promoted strong sense of tradition
296Totally Random: Where does it go?
295Across the Fence: Roy Bean; scoundrel with a law book
294Teen Voice: Trouble Maker or Hard Worker?
294View from Capitol Hill: Solutions for our economy and the budget
293Dear Nebraskans: Nebraska is the place for business
292Building Bridges: Be American - help your candidate
292In the Hills: Arbor Day in Nebraska
291Building Bridges: Be a Destination Ambassador
290Lyman Review: Taste of boot?
281Lyman Review: Nudge to the Butt
281Jane’s Secret: Jane’s Secret XLIV: Jail break
281Building Bridges: Awards are only part of our success
281In the Hills: Nebraska Bighorn Sheep
279Their View: Goal post move unfair
276Notes from NRD: Thanks agricultural producers
269Jane’s Secret: Jane’s Secret XLV: Gun smoke
268Religious freedom must be protected
267Capitol View: There was more to the session than just the big ticket items
266At the Monument: Junior Rangers
264Lyman Review: Winter's dog
263Our View: Confidentiality agreement disrespectful
262Capitol View: Legislature overrides gubernatorial vetoes
259Across the Fence: The Cholera Corridor
258Across the Fence: Missing; Nelson Buck survey party
258Across the Fence: David F. Cook and ‘Indian Joe’
257Building Bridges: Five years old IS a milestone
256In the Hills: Explore the state parks
255Teen Voice: Holiday horrors
252Capitol View: Redistricting needs new procedure
252Linked Lives
250At the Monument: That old (historic) building
249In the Hills: Pollinators – the buzz
245Across the Fence: On the Old Chisholm Trail
241Capitol View: The 103rd Legislature is history … finally
240Lyman Review: Dog fun
240Across the Fence: Amanda
240For the love of the game – best courses in the valley
239Capitol View: It sounded like a good idea at first
238Support emergency services personnel
237Update from the NRD: March updates from the NRD
236At the Library: “I Shall Be Near to You” By Erin Lindsay McCabe
234At the Zoo: Spring in to the zoo
234Capitol View: The Legislature did provide tax relief
232Capitol View: Clock keeps tickin,’ many issues remain unresolved
232College Thoughts: Rotten for the minds? Think again
230Capital View: Can prison reform survive property tax relief?
229Across the Fence: Who was Martha Jane Canary?
226Teen Voice: Inspire me
223Greetings from the State Capitol
223Across the Fence: Charles Badger Clark
222Across the Fence: Investigation at Spring Creek
222At the Monument: Where are the animals?
221From the Capitol: The conduct we choose reflects our character
218Building Bridges: Don’t wait to develop
218No-till Notes: Moving forward
217Website Resources
215Across the Fence: Old barns and memories
208Capitol View: Legislature to tackle meatier issues
207New at the Zoo: Volunteer at the Zoo
206No-Till Notes: Back in the field
200Teen Voice: Home is where the heart is
200No-Till Notes: Cheat grass
200Gering ninth graders answer the questions of life
198View of the Zoo: VIPs at RCD
198Across the Fence: The Spring Creek Raid
197Final Point: Citizen receives first honor for ‘Final Point’
195Across The Fence: Justice in the Big Horn Basin
194Dear Nebraskans: Technology helps serve Nebraskans
192No-Till Notes: “Fish and Mud”
189Jane’s Secret XLVI: Sour grapes
188At the Monument: Art in National Parks
184Washington Report: Honoring America’s heroes
182Building Bridges: When ‘FAMILY’ and fellow Nebraskans are all you’ve got
177No-til Notes: Changing plans
175Anno Domini: The Textbook of Freedom
174History Revisited:A Stray Moment: Life (and death) on the Oregon Trail
173Building Bridges: Dive into summer—dive into living
170Capitol View: State aid proposal just might make some sense
164Teen Voice: The clock is ticking
163At the Library: “My Name is Resolute” By Nancy E. Turner
158Fellow Nebraskans: Congratulations on graduation day
151Across the Fence: Battle of Summit Springs, Part I: Tall Bull Killed
149Across the Fence: Six went to the gallows
146Jane’s Secret XLVII: A stormy afternoon
139Lyman Review: Sheep Royalty
138No-Till Notes: Annual PNTP Tour
129Across The Fence: Hinhan Kaga Paha
120Synchronicity:What brings me back
117No-Till Notes:Enjoyable meeting
100Be kind through communications
96Jane’s Secret XLVIII: Jane’s agenda
75Building Bridges: Oregon Trail Days—making our present a celebrated past
72Letters to the Editor
60Letter to the editor
49Fourth of July meetings
37Battle of Summit Springs, part II: Warpath to White Bear Creek
17Building Bridges: Turning a space into a sense of place
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