Giving American history the bluff
June 30, 2011 Lisa Betz   

Bell Island, left, and Chris Work put a humorous spin on Lewis and Clark in The Complete History of America, Abridged. The show continues through Saturday at WNCC's Little Theatre

Comedy has an important role to play during difficult times. Throughout theatre history, comedic theatre has been a salve to the masses. While theatre has lost a great deal of its cultural influence, it preserves the power to alter one's perspective and attitude.

For this reason, Theatre West struck the perfect chord in its decision to produce The Complete History of America, Abridged. We could all use a good laugh about now.

Saturday night's performance of The Complete History of America, Abridged, had the audience laughing hysterically, stony-faced at times and occasionally wishing they'd chosen seats in the back row, but we'll get to that later.

One never knows what to expect from the script as the three performers, Chris Work, Justin J. Lane and Bell Island take the audience through 50 thousand years of American history in two hours, with a 15-minute intermission. That's right, 50 thousand years of American history. If that doesn't give a clue about the tone of this play, then this production is not for you.

If, however, you can take a few doses of truth, delivered gently and with sense of humor, some ribald jokes, hysterical pokes at your favorite and less-than-favorite (depending upon your persuasion) politicians, then this play is a great opportunity to unwind, relax and forget about the day's cares.

One of the early lines in the play, "History is written by the winners" is well-taken as an introduction to the presentation of "facts" throughout the play.

Some of the harder truths about America's past are there, but quickly glossed over by schtick that ensures the fog will once again settle over the truths we choose to ignore about our glorious beginnings as a country.

Chris Work's performance of a poem turned rap about the Jamestown Colony is one such moment, packed with regrettable truths but finishing with a joke and poke and on we go to happier historical tales.

Director, Parker Reed, along with the actors, has devised clever staging that jacks up the fun. This is especially true of their portrayal of "the shot heard 'round the world" and the re-enactment of the recruitment of "the Minute Men."

The play is full of silliness, peppered very lightly with truths that can either strike a chord or be ignored. Fortunately, most of the “history” in this play is treated irreverently so as to completely strip away the possibility of taking offense, and yet, this reviewer found it a challenge to listen to some the segments about Native Americans.

Nothing is sacred in this play. No one is immune from ridicule, except it seems, President Obama. Perhaps the reason for this is the date the script was printed, (January of 2007) or perhaps that topic is just too fresh for us to laugh about, since some jokes did include references to more recent personalities on America’s political stage.

Theatre has the power to make us squirm in our seats, laugh with abandon and walk away with a few ideas to consider. The Complete History of America, Abridged, did just that on Saturday. If you go, the best seats are further back in the house. If you like to be close, wear something …well, just plan for anything. One thing is guaranteed, you will enjoy a good laugh.

The Complete History of America, Abridged continues at Western Nebraska Community College's Little Theatre through this weekend. Show times are Wed-Saturday at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $17; with discounted tickets for seniors, $16 and students $7. Patrons are encouraged to arrive early if purchasing tickets at the door, to ensure that the play will begin on time. The final production of the Theatre West season is the musical “All Shook Up” which is scheduled to open on July 20.

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114Teen Voice: Family for all intents and purposes
114View of the Zoo: VIPs at RCD
114Capitol View: Legislature overrides gubernatorial vetoes
114Website Resources
113Teen: Voice : Drinking enough water
113From the Superintendent’s Desk - Parent Teacher Conferences
113Teen Voice: Indulge In moderation
113Teen Voice: Do It Anyway
113Our View: Community responsible for kids
113Up The Creek Without A Paddle: The NRD wants to do what with your money?
113Teen Voice: To the future
113Teen Voice: Writing love on our hearts
113Coach Schadwinkel promoted strong sense of tradition
113Dear Nebraskans: Massachusetts should not determine Nebraska’s Presidential vote
113For the love of the game – best courses in the valley
113Sychronicity: Thrive, don't just survive
113
112Five Good Reasons to Create an Investment Strategy
112Teen Voice: Twitter as sleep criminal
112Teen Voice: Pinning your interest
112Teen Voice: Shadow art
112In the Hills: Arbor Day in Nebraska
112Capitol View: Redistricting needs new procedure
112Gering freshmen introduce personalities, styles: Writing assignment encourages students to let individualism shine
111Teen Voice: Equality
111Completely Different: What’s speech got to do with it?
111Life in the Rearview Mirror: Adapt and adjust
111Updates from NRD: NRD promotes conservation
111Nature Notes: Love is in the air
111Teen Voice: Cyber War
110Life in the Rearview Mirror: Personal control of an individual response
110I'm falling for Tumblr?
110Teen Voice: I’ll be healthy – tomorrow
110Teen Voice: Where is the love?
110Teen Voice: Footprints
110Teen Voice: Home is where the heart is
110Synchronicity:What brings me back
109From the Superintendent's Desk: School Safety and Security
109Completely Different: Do you know John Green?
109Teen Voice: Thanksgiving
109Support emergency services personnel
109Their View: Goal post move unfair
108Our View: The elephant in the room
108Teen Voice: Learning calculus more than numbers
108From the Hill: More Work Ahead
108Why you should visit the zoo in February
108Notes from NRD: Thanks agricultural producers
107Teen Voice: Trouble Maker or Hard Worker?
107At the Library: March into a good book
107Teen Voice: Inspire me
107Washington Report: Honoring America’s heroes
107Gering ninth graders answer the questions of life
106Teeing Off: Mind Gym
106Our View: Childcare not school district’s role
106Religious freedom must be protected
105Guest Voices…
105Life in the Rearview Mirror: Life enhancing memories
105Guest Editorial: The future of health care at Regional West
105Capitol View: Clock keeps tickin,’ many issues remain unresolved
105Our View: Confidentiality agreement disrespectful
104Our View: Come home to Nebraska, but not just anywhere
104From the Superintendent’s Desk: Early Childhood Education
104Dear Nebraskans: Nebraska is the place for business
104At the Zoo: Spring in to the zoo
104Capital View: Can prison reform survive property tax relief?
103Teen Voice: Shopping days or holidays?
103Capitol View: Considering additional education choices
103Capitol View: State aid proposal just might make some sense
103Dear Fellow Nebraskans: Governor’s Ag Conference overview
103Letters to the Editor
102Teen Voice: Hope for a New Year
102Totally Random: Where does it go?
101Christmas stories from Freshman Academy students
101Capitol View: Legislature to tackle meatier issues
101Capitol View: The Legislature did provide tax relief
100Update from the NRD: March updates from the NRD
100Capitol View: Delay tactics a gamble as session draws to a close
99Greetings from the State Capitol
99Capitol View: There was more to the session than just the big ticket items
98Rural America and immigration reform
98Teen Voice: What is love?
98Updates from NRD: Happy New Year
97Dear Nebraskans: Technology helps serve Nebraskans
96Letter to Editor clarifies drug testing policy
96Capitol View: It sounded like a good idea at first
96From the Capitol: The conduct we choose reflects our character
91Capitol View: Yes, Virginia, the Legislature has done something, so far
88To The Editor
81Our View: County has some ‘splainin’ to do
81Letter to the Editor
60Across The Fence: Battle of Valverde and The Texas Lancers
60Jane’s Secret LIV The bargain part II
Most Read News Stories of 2012
709Across The Fence: The hanging of Cornelius Donahue a.k.a. John A. Hurley
687Building Bridges – Teens in the Driver Seat is a program for LIFE
648All Points West: Coming home, a veteran’s perspective on what it means
555The Christmas Story
509Jane’s Secret column on hiatus
499To whom are we thankful?
448Across the Fence: Roosevelt’s campaign tour of the west
445Across The Fence: Barbecue Campbell and the XIT
426A Stray Moment: Football – Violence, Death, and Denial
410A Stray Moment: Thanksgiving myths and traditions
389Curiosity Corner: An Uncommon Christmas Story
383A Stray Moment: To honor them all their days
382At the Monument: Museum collections
382Building Bridges: Regionalism should be focus of our core-idor
379Jane’s Secret, XXXIII: Night walk
378Across The Fence: Portugee Phillips and a horse named Dandy
365The Good Life: There is good everywhere
356Across the Fence: All aboard the Transcontinental Express
352No-Till Notes: No-Till Conference
347Across The Fence: Barbecue Campbell and the XIT
345Rotary International observes World Polio Day Oct. 24
342No-Till Notes: Drilling Edible Beans, part 2
332Barr’s Bacon Wrapped Fantasy Picks: A rookie's guide to drafting your dream team
325Curiosity Corner: A Christmas with Buffalo Bill
320A Stray Moment: Those we lost in 2014
319Support letters requested for airport
318Across The Fence: The Christmas Truce of 1914
315A Stray Moment: Brand new used cars
311Across the Fence: Bose Ikard; Texas Cowboy
311A Stray Moment: Je ne suis pas Charlie Hebdo
310The Good Life: Looking back on 2014
303Jane’s Secret, XXV: Mysteries
301Across The Fence: The Pawnee and human sacrifice
296Our View: Let the downtown revitalization begin
294The Good Life: What a wild ride it’s been
292Across The Fence: Over The Edge; Niagara’s Argonauts
288No Till Notes: Colorado Conservation Tillage Association Conference
285No-Till Notes: Dakota Lakes Dry Land Rotations
281Building Bridges: Cleaning up for company--or not--reveals a lot
280Across the Fence: Aftermath: Part III, The Battle of Summit Springs
280A Stray Moment: Time to get moving
279Building Bridges: Honoring our blessings and our leaders
278At the Library: “The Master Switch” The rise and fall of information empires By Tim Wu
276Across The Fence: Billy Dixon; Plainsman, Hunter, Indian fighter and Scout
276No Till Notes:
274In the Hills: Learn the Dutch Oven
273Observations Only: A soul’s journey
272A Stray Moment: O Holy Night
269What's the deal with organic milk?
269At the Library: The Underground Girls of Kabul - In Search of a Hidden Resistance in Afghanistan
268Letters to the Editor
267Observations Only : White water
267No Till Notes: Drilling edible beans
266Across The Fence: The Hat Creek Outpost
265Across the Fence - Catherine’s boys
264Across The Fence: The Harmar Campaign
263Across the Fence: Who was Martha Jane Canary?
263Building Bridges: Turning a space into a sense of place
262Teen Voice: Positive effects of social media
262Across The Fence: “…a date that will live in infamy.”
257Across the Fence: Black Hills Gold and the Thoen Stone
254Across the Fence: Celebrating the 120th anniversary of the Chadron to Chicago Cowboy Race, part II
254Battle of Summit Springs, part II: Warpath to White Bear Creek
250Across The Fence: Captain Silas S. Soule; The face of moral courage
249Building Bridges: Help! is the key word for the holidays
248At the Library: Book Review: “Landline” by Rainbow Rowell
247Jane’s Secret, XXVII: Town Meeting
245Across the Fence: Burnett’s Mound and the Topeka tornado
245Jack’s Insights: A word about weed control
243In the Hills: Nature for the Holidays
239Across the Fence: Before Barbed Wire
238Across The Fence: Amos Bad Heart Bull
234Across the Fence: Class of ’67, last remnants of home
234
230Across The Fence: A Fourth of July Montage
230All Points West: Looking for holiday inspiration?
229Building Bridges: “It’s happening” at the Harvest Festival
229Jane’s Secret: The Telling
228A Stray Moment: Robin Williams – Good night sweet prince
227Across the Fence: Ah-ho-appa (fallen leaf)
227At the Monument: Where are the animals?
225Across the Fence: Judge Roy Bean : Texas prizefight promoter
224A ‘city’ kid goes to the fair
223Teen Voice: Serendipity
223At the Library: Son by Lois Lowry
221No-Till Notes: A word about weed control
220Teen Voice: Don’t be fooled by fads
220Jane’s Secret, XXIV: The last drive
219At the Library:Neil Patrick Harris: Choose Your Own Autobiography
217Completely Different: New Year’s Resolutions
217Jane’s Secret, XXVIII: Lame Johnny
217Building Bridges: Save the world, educate through agriculture
215Across the Fence: The hand dug well
215A Stray Moment - A night owl born to an 8 to 5 world
215Across the Fence; Massacre on the Marias River
214Jane’s Secret, XXIII: Molly’s plan
214From the Superintendent’s Desk: Thanks for the memories
214Building Bridges: When ‘FAMILY’ and fellow Nebraskans are all you’ve got
213Across The Fence: The Spanish Flu
212Jane’s Secret, XXX: A new wrinkle
212Across The Fence: Freedom Triumphant Over War and Peace
212Welcome to the ‘New’ in Gering
212Across the Fence: The Battle of Hungry Hill
210Completely Different: It's all in the family
210Jane’s Secret, XXXII Jane’s Bad Day
210Across the Fence: Pawnee legends in the Nebraska Panhandle
210Lyman Review: A Tunnel of Birds
209A Stray Moment: I love Sookie Stackhouse
208At the Monument: So You want to be a Ranger?
207Across the Fence: When Lady Luck sleeps
207Across The Fence: The Pawnee on Pumpkin Creek
206A Stray Moment: A ‘city boy’ visits the Harvest Festival
205Across the Fence: Rural free delivery
205Across The Fence: Celebrating the 120th anniversary of the Chadron to Chicago Cowboy Race, part I
205Jane’s Secret, XXXX: A tale of mayhem
205All Points West: Huskers win hearts and minds at Holiday Bowl
204Our View: Officials should take advantage of available training
203Across the Fence: Sioux Ordnance Depot: stories to be told
202Across the Fence: Here lies Major Alexander Culbertson
201Across the Fence: A Cheyenne weekend
201The Good Life: Through my father’s eyes
201Across the Fence: The Blizzard of ‘49
201College Thoughts: Rotten for the minds? Think again
200Across The Fence: New England’s Heroine Scalptress
200No Till Notes: Moving Forward
199Jane’s Secret, part XVII : Plans gone awry
199Across The Fence: Jules, Jack and lawless justice
199Across The Fence: Grandpa’s Grays
199At the Monument: Living History
198Across the Fence: Dull Knife’s Quest, part 1
198Across the Fence: When Fiddler quit running
198Across The Fence: Hinhan Kaga Paha
197Across the Fence: Charles Badger Clark
196Teen Voice: Gleek tragedy
195Across the Fence: The Overland Camel Company
195Across the Fence: Battle of Summit Springs, Part I: Tall Bull Killed
195Creatures of the Night
195Teen View: My crazy, wonderful life
193Across the Fence: James Butler Hickok: The thoughtful gunfighter
191The Good Life: It’s hard to believe, the Citizen is four years old
191Across The Fence: The Three Guardsmen
191Across the Fence: Old barns and memories
191Across The Fence: Steamboats on the Missouri
190Across the Fence: Discovering Ed Stemler
190Jane’s Secret, XLI Black widow spider
190Building Bridges: Be a Destination Ambassador
190No-Till Notes: Enjoyable Day
189Across the Fence: Cynthia Ann Parker, Comanche captive
189Across the Fence: Missing; Nelson Buck survey party
189History Revisited:A Stray Moment: Life (and death) on the Oregon Trail
189Jane’s Secret LII: Eavesdroppers
188Across The Fence; ‘Johnny Appleseed’ of the Oregon Trail
188Building Bridges: Five years old IS a milestone
188No-Till Notes: The value of water
187No-Till Notes: Water Funding Task Force
187Across The Fence: Battle of the Wabash: St. Clair’s Defeat
186Across the Fence: Lions, wolves and bears
186Across The Fence: Flossie, love child of the eighties.
186Building Bridges: Shovels and skills are as valuable as degrees
185A Stray Moment: Star Trek: Infinite diversity in infinite combinations
185Jane’s Secret XLX: Day’s end
184A Stray Moment: Tacos! Our embarrassment of riches
184A real leaning tree Christmas
184Across The Fence: Ms. Goodale and the Ghost Dance War (Part I)
183Totally Random: The Golden Rule
183A Stray Moment: For the love of theatre
183A Stray Moment: Having a blast on the Fourth of July
183Building Bridges: Chautauqua will bring out the best in everyone
183Across the Fence: On the Old Chisholm Trail
183Building Bridges: Awards are only part of our success
183Across the Fence: The Spring Creek Raid
183Jane’s Secret LI: The telling
182Across the Fence: Bloody Pocket, the final battle
182Book Review: I Forgot to Remember By Su Meck
182Across the Fence: David F. Cook and ‘Indian Joe’
182Anno Domini: The Textbook of Freedom
182 Across The Fence: County Fair
181A Stray Moment: All's well that ends well, usually
181 Across the Fence: ‘Aunt Sally’ and Dakota Gold
181Building Bridges: Celebrating the Bulldog homecoming
181Across the Fence: John Colter, the first mountain man
181No-Till Notes: "Different Approaches"
180A Stray Moment: Now is the winter of our disconnect
180Across The Fence: Moc-chi, A Southern Cheyenne warrior
180No-Till Notes: Different Approaches Part II
180
180
179Life in the Rearview Mirror: The world is a stage
179A look at - and helping - the State of the Valley
178Jane’s Secret, part XXI: Gertrude’s Agenda
178Across the Fence: Standing on the wagon
178Building Bridges: Following the spirit of Gering
178Rural mail will suffer with more mail plant closures
177A Stray Moment: Earth Day, am I doing my part?
177Across the Fence - Boston: April 18, 1775
177Across The Fence: Crow Dog, Spotted Tail’s assassin
177Across The Fence: Crazy Horse’s Last Battle
177Across the Fence: New eyes on the Panhandle
177Final Point: Citizen receives first honor for ‘Final Point’
177Across The Fence: Scalped at Plum Creek
176Jane's Secret, XXXI: Sixes and sevens
176Across the Fence; Prelude to the Red River War of 1874
176Building Bridges: Love your enemies
176A Stray Moment: Goodbye old house – sorting their things
176Across the Fence: The Battle of Coon Creek
176Across The Fence: Ms. Goodale and The Ghost Dance War (Part III)
175Jane’s Secret XLVII: A stormy afternoon
174Observations Only: Sisters lost, part IV
174Observations Only: Temptation
174Observations Only: Reality check
174Building Bridges: Fair time—learn, respect, appreciate, enjoy!
174Dynasty made Gering the biggest little town in Nebraska
173Across the Fence: Fort Mitchell on the Great Platte River Road
173Completely Different: The Disney princess debate: an exercise in the ridiculous
173Observations Only: Indifferent love
173Across The Fence: The Heartland plague of 1874-75
173Across the Fence: Roy Bean; scoundrel with a law book
173Jane’s Secret XLIX: Phillip’s agenda
173Across The Fence: …and a Happy New Year.
172Across the Fence: Dull Knife’s Quest: Part 2 of 2
172Across the Fence: Cheyenne County, Nebraska: cattle country
172Teen Voice: Congratulations, you’re awful
172Observations Only: The shadow of error
172Across the Fence: A Cowboy kind of Christmas
172No-Till Notes: Plan to attend 2014 No-Till Conference
172Across the Fence: The Cholera Corridor
172Building Bridges: Oregon Trail Days—making our present a celebrated past
171A Stray Moment: Merry Christmas – God save us all
171Teen Voice: Fifty reasons to smile
171A Stray Moment: A voice from the past, haunting myself
171Observations Only: Divine prompts
171Anno Domini: The memorial nobody wants
171Observations Only: A sad week
171Observations Only: Gone away
171Across the Fence: Six went to the gallows
171No-Till Notes: Annual PNTP Tour
170Across the Fence: Wasicu Wakan
170Across The Fence: First train from Saply Grove
170Final Point: Golf, cross country feats headline fall season successes
170Across the Fence: Remembering English Joe
170Across the Fence: Prelude to Battle
169Jane’s Secret, part XVI: Fate takes a hand
169Observations Only: Curious things
169Observations Only: Curious things, part II
169Observations Only: A soul's journey, part III
169Anno Domini: Independence, an ideal worth celebrating
169Building Bridges: Being grateful for the hardships in life
169Anno Domini: We gather together
169Building Bridges: Don’t wait to develop
169Building Bridges: Supporting our teachers supports our children
168Jane’s Secret, part XV: Unrequited love
168Observations Only: Sisters lost, part III
168Observations Only: The need to understand
168The Good Life: Christina Baker’s mom: Thank you
167Jane’s Secret, part XIV: Molly’s dream
167A Stray Moment: World War Two is not forgotten
167Jane’s Secret, Part XVIV: Crystal Waters
167Jane’s Secret XLVIII: Jane’s agenda
167Arts Scene: Theatre West’s Les Miserables not to be missed: Anniversary production proves to be a memorable winner
167Across the Fence: Ladies First or First Ladies
166Across the Fence: Sitting Bull: The Last Surrendering Sioux
166Across the Fence: Fact, fiction or fragmented dreams?
166Totally Random: Astrology: It’s all in the stars…
166Building Bridges: Observing bullies, abuse and pastors
166Across The Fence: Justice in the Big Horn Basin
165Teen Voice: New Year’s goals
165A Stray Moment: - The case for Hagel
165Observations Only: A matter of matter
165Jane's Secret XXXIV: Gin Rummy
165Building Bridges: Tend to 2014 and be Happy, Happy, Happy
165Building Bridges: Pause a moment...save a child’s life
165Across the Fence: Amanda
165Across The Fence: No way to treat a lady
164Teen Voice: What’s so great about pizza?
164From the Superintendent’s Desk - Financial Outlook for Gering Public Schools
164No-Till Notes: Last chance for North, South Dakota tour
163Completely Different: That’s so Pinteresting
163Observations Only: Beginnings
163The Good Life: Cooler breezes bring anticipation of fall
163Across The Fence: Billy Dixon at Adobe Walls, June 1874
163Jane’s Secret XXXV: Bugs and things
163Thinking about Health: Getting insurance under the Affordable Care Act
163Across the Fence: Investigation at Spring Creek
163No-Till Notes: Cheat grass
163Building Bridges: Dive into summer—dive into living
163No-Till Notes: American Society of Agronomy
163No-Till Notes: "Harvest"
162Observations Only: Divine spirit
162Observations Only: The vision
162A Stray Moment: Learning how to walk
162Building Bridges: Building us up to be what others see
161Observations Only: Sisters lost, part two
161Jane’s Secret, part XXII: While the cat’s away
161Guest Voice: If I could do it over again
161A Stray Moment: Without a net
161Across The Fence: Union Pacific robbery at Big Springs
161A Stray Moment: In praise of encouragement
161Observations Only: Off to the races
161Building Bridges: “New” will become a buzzword in the Valley
161Anno Domini: On this remembering day
161Building Bridges: Serve on the school board—or say no more
161Jane’s Secret: Jane’s Secret XLIV: Jail break
161Across the Fence: The Colorado Coalfield War
161In the Hills: Pollinators – the buzz
161Building Bridges: Seeking a big win out of the 4th quarter
161Across the Fence: Deserters or outcasts; Three who left (Part II)
160Across the Fence: Tomb of the Unknown
160Observations Only: A gift of serenity
160Observations Only: The awful truth
160The Lyman Review: I love baby ducks
160Observations Only: Saint Marge
160Jane’s Secret XXXVII: A starry night
160Across The Fence: Mustangs on Pumpkin Creek
160Jane’s Secret: Jane’s Secret, XLII: Sunflowers
160Jane’s Secret: Jane’s Secret XLV: Gun smoke
160No-til Notes: Changing plans
159Observations Only: Going home
159Observations Only: Expect the best, part II
159Completely Different: The game is afoot, a look at Sherlock Holmes
159Teen Voice: What diabetes taught me
159Building Bridges: Planning now for tourism season 2014
159Across The Fence: A day For thanks
159Across The Fence: Last Christmas
159Building Bridges: Objectivity and fairness make a winning plan
159No-Till Notes: Looking Back
159No Till Notes: Final Stop
158Observations Only: Critical thinking
158Observations Only: Uneventful flight
158From the Superintendent’s Desk : Draft Calendar 2013-14
158Observations Only: A soul's journey, part two
158Our View: Streamlining is great...when all are informed
158At the Monument: Domestic Animals on the Oregon Trail
157Observations Only: Good and evil
157Jane’s secret, XXVI: The suitcase
157Observations Only: Willfulness
157Jane’s Secret, XXIX: Fred’s debacle
157Observations Only: A matter of paradox
157Observations Only: A good daughter
157Observations Only: The unvarnished truth
157Jane’s Secret XXXVI:  The dream
157The Good Life: Today we celebrate Global Oneness Day
157 Across the Fence: Remembering Armistice Day
157Jane’s Secret XLVI: Sour grapes
157Across The Fence: Deserters or Outcasts; Three who left. (Part I)
156Across the Fence: Wyoming settlers lay siege to the TA Ranch
156A Stray Moment: God Knows
156Totally Random: I’m a backwards reader
156Observations Only: Fuzzy angel
156No-Till Notes:Enjoyable meeting
155Across the Fence: The Spirit of Crazy Horse
155A Stray Moment : Carry the weight
155Observations Only: Journey's end
155From the Superintendent’s Desk - Option Enrollment
155Observations Only: Choices
155Jane’s Secret, XXXVIII: Bad girls
155Across The Fence: The Eighth Wonder of the World
154Across the Fence: Building Barns
154Observations Only: Expect the best
154Observations Only: Final moment
154Building Bridges: Asking officials to speak and work as a body
154Teen Voice: Unexpected joys of being a sibling
154Building Bridges: #speaklife is a goal for students, a goal for all
153Jane’s Secret, part XIII: Blackberry pie
153Across the Fence: First scalp for Custer
153Jane’s Secret, part XX: Change of plans
153A Halloween Story: The scary dream
152Across the Fence: On The road
152Observations Only: Waiting time
152Jane’s Secret: Jane’s Secret, XLIII: Jail house rock
152Across The Fence: Ms. Goodale and the Ghost Dance War (Part II of III)
151Jane’s Secret, part XII: Jane's Vow
151Across the Fence: Places near forgotten
151Observations Only: Afraid of the dark
151Observations Only: The visit
151Observations Only: A day in August
151Totally Random: Hemp: considering the real benefits of the miracle plant
150Jane’s Secret, part II: Gertrude’s choice
150Jane’s Secret, part IX: Mrs. Huber’s chagrin
150Observations Only: Hog wash
150Lyman Review: Goat-chasing cardio
150Building Bridges: Be American - help your candidate
150At the Library: Words of Radiance by Brandon Sanderson
150At the Library: One Zentangle a Day
149Jane’s Secret, part VI: Molly’s surprise
149Across The Fence: By the dawn’s early light
149Totally Random: December 6, the day I lived
148Assad’s endgame
148Observations Only: A fine line
148In the Hills: Nebraska Bighorn Sheep
147Across the Fence: A boy called Slon-Ha
147Anno Domini: Ask the digital dust
147No-till Notes: Moving forward
147At the Monument: Night Sky
147No Till Notes: It’s All About the Carbon
146Across the Fence: Submarines and railroads
146Across the Fence: Faded photos and vivid memories
146The Good Life: The best Christmas gift
145From the Superintendent’s Desk - District purchase of building
145The Good Life: The lasting effects of bullying
145Thinking About Health: The challenge of signing up for Obamacare
145SBNM View: Do you want to be a VIP?
145Jane’s Secret LII: Eavesdroppers
144Across the Fence: The Wellnitz Fire, day 1 and 2
144Completely Different: The Marilyn Monroe conundrum
144No-Till Notes: Back in the field
144A Stray Moment: Winter Wonderland (and Thank You to the Snow Crews)
143The Good Life: A farm girl in my heart
143A Small World: Special guest
143Lyman Review: Now that's a set of handlebars!
143Observations Only: The vigil
143Lyman Review: The Frozen Tundra
143Our View: A failure to communicate
142Observations Only: Sister lost
142The Good Life: A holiday recipe for peace
142Totally Random: My journey, life after living
142
142Letter to the Editor
141Across the Fence: Mud Springs revisited
141The Good Life: We are the Valley’s emissaries
141Observations Only: One more time
141Teen Voice: My rebellion
140Lyman Review: Let’s get back to the subject of bullying
140Jane’s Secret, part VIII: Molly's plan
140Our view: Gering’s future needs your vote
140From the Pastor's Pen: Unbelievable breaking news
140Teen Voice: The need to get away
140Lyman Review: Devil calf
139The ghost of Ayn Rand
139Completely Different: It’s the end of the world as we know it
139The Good Life: Mom, my partner in life
139Capitol View: Lincoln Highway captures spotlight
139No-Till Notes: Joe Franks Memorial
138Observations only : Sisters of the world
138Miss Movies: Ten movies for romance
138Teeing Off: Around the Green
138Observations Only: The last goodbye
137Observations Only : The orphanage
137Across the Fence: The Soldier’s Free Homestead Colony of Gibbon
137Observations Only: Blinders aren’t just for horses
137Life in the Rearview Mirror: I’m on a road to someplace
137From the Pastor's Pen: Lord, teach us to pray
137The Good Life - The worst day on record at the Citizen
137Teen Voice:  Body bashing and self-image
137Lyman Review: The love goat
137Lyman Review: The elusive farm cat
137Observations Only: The last toothpick
137No-Till Notes: “Fish and Mud”
136Across the Fence: The Great Solomon River Stampede
136Our View: Pipeline not a solution to oil problems
136The Good Life: The two different types of business people
136Teen Voice: Silence
136Lyman Review: One mean chicken
136At the Library: “My Name is Resolute” By Nancy E. Turner
135Across the Fence: Consumed by fire
135Jane’s Secret, part XI: Grand Duchess
135The Good Life: Extending grace, the lost art
135The Good Life: Innovation and young energy enriches us all
135Dear Fellow Nebraskans: Collegebound Nebraska
135At the Monument: Junior Rangers
134Jane’s Secret, part VII Clem’s confession
134Across the Fence : November 1864: Pole Creek, Politics and Patriots
134No-Till Notes: Path to Soil Health
133Prairie Dogs
133At the Monument: Bird Homes at the Bluff
133Across the Fence: Oliver T. Jackson, Colorado pioneer
132Completely Different : Could you come down off your soap box please?
132Across the Fence: The much maligned Ms. Watson
132Observations Only: Scourge of violence
132Our View: County Manager option leads to Good Old Boys' Club
132Teen Voice: What senior year taught me
132Life in the Rearview Mirror: Experiencing life passion
132In the Hills: Awesome Amphibians and Rough Reptiles
132Letter to the Editor: A call to defend the U.S. Constitution
131Jane’s Secret, part V: Aggie’s complaint
131Observations Only: Just around the corner
131A Stray Moment: It's a dog's life
131A Stray Moment: Ready for the storm
131Completely Different: The mystery of Vivian Maier
131The Good Life: People of the Valley, we have a choice
131Completely Different: Hey there, four eyes!
131Teen Voice: The gift of caring
130Lyman Review: Hubby’s got my goat
130Across the Fence: Wounded Knee; December 29, 1890
130Completely Different: The good, the bad, and the remedy
130Teen Voice: Dealing with stress
130Teen Voice: Say yes to branching out
130Teeing Off: Persistence
130A Small World: Chokecherry season evokes memories of yesterday
130Lyman Review: Taste of boot?
130At the Library: “I Shall Be Near to You” By Erin Lindsay McCabe
130
129Theatre West’s Cabaret torch burns brightly
129Completely Different: The bucket list phenomenon
129Teen Voice: Stress test
129Lyman Review: Something wicked this way comes
129Lyman Review: Sheep Royalty
128A last look at the Nebraska Zone
128Across the Fence: Just For the Thrill of It
128Observations Only: Blue chip stock
128From the Superintendent's Desk: NePAS – State Accountability
128Teen Voice: Catfished
128Teen Voice: Being a girl
128Teeing Off: Lessons learned from golf
128Teen Voice: Nobody else can lower you
128At the Monument: Art in National Parks
128Lyman Review: Branding Time
127Observations Only: A new direction
127The Good Life: Hey, I’m a winner!
127Jane's Secret, part X: The arrival
127Life in the Rearview Mirror: I hate coffee
127Teen Voice: Go ahead, make my day
127Teen Voice - On the outside looking In
127Teen Voice: Until we say goodbye
127Be kind through communications
127
126Observations Only: Sisters lost, part I
126 Taking a big risk
126A Stray Moment - Celebrating Gering's Quasquicentennial
126A Stray Moment: On Canada and the forgotten bicentennial
126A Stray Moment: Waiting on a train
126A Stray Moment: Guilty pleasures
126The Good Life: A time to be proud of our ancestors
126Dear Fellow Nebraskans: We Are Proud of the Nebraska National Guard
126Reach out for challenges
125Across the fence: Something worth remembering
125A Stray Moment: In praise of silence
125Across the Fence: Thanks for the memory
125Capitol View: Wild life proposal costly but worthwhile
125Fourth of July meetings
124Observations Only: Giving up
124A Stray Moment: The last time
124Teen Voice: I guess it’s just a western Nebraska thing
124Across the Fence: The Pony Express
124Completely Different: I go to seek a Great Perhaps
124Miss Movies: Miss Movies recommends her top 10 films of 2013
124Lyman Review: Nudge to the Butt
124
124Curiosity Corner: The Boss of the Plains
124Jane’s Secret LIII: The bargain
123Across the Fence: A hometown 4th of July
123From the Superintendent’s Desk: Welcome to new certified staff
123Observations Only: Musings of an odd duck
123Teen Voice: Remember what you have
123Teen Voice: My School, Their Rules
123Teen View: My crazy, wonderful life
122Age of reason
122Political Cartoon by Doug Hoevet
122Teen Voice: Go ahead, make my day
122Totally Random: Life’s ripples
122Teen Voice: Self-expression
122At the Monument: That old (historic) building
122Teen Voice: The clock is ticking
122Taking Flight: From War Orphan to Star Ballerina At the Library
121Observations Only: Extreme measures
121Observations Only: Together again
121Observations Only: Sister odyssey
121Observations Only: A strange Thanksgiving
121Teen Voice: By my side until the newness wears off
121Completely Different - The magic of spring
121Life in the Rearview Mirror: Work is more than a four-letter word
121Teen Voice: Body image
121
121Jack’s Insights: Knowing harvest
120Time keeps flowing like a river
120Observations Only: Little Girl Lost, part six
120Observations Only: Painting a picture
120From the Superintendent’s Desk: Accountability
120Teen Voice: Previously unwritten cell phone rules
120Teen Voice: The rivalry
120Totally Random: October, the pink month
120Lyman Review: Winter's dog
119Observations Only: The meeting
119Completely Different: Perfect memories made in imperfect moments
119A Small World: Savoring county fair days
119Teen Voice: Is respect dead?
119New at the Zoo: Volunteer at the Zoo
119Linked Lives
118Cat on a Hot Tin Roof a mixed bag
118Observations Only: Spider adventure
118From the Superintendent's Desk: Election over – work begins
118Observations Only: The two faces of poverty
118Jane’s Secret, part XVIII : Devil’s bargain
118Life in the Rearview Mirror: The Moments we live for
118Political Cartoon by Doug Hoevet
118Teen Voice: The Other Side
118Teen Voice: Saying Goodbye
118Our View: Why rush the interlocal agreement?
118Lyman Review: Dog fun
118In the Hills: Explore the state parks
118View from Capitol Hill: Solutions for our economy and the budget
118Fellow Nebraskans: Congratulations on graduation day
118In the Hills: Get to Know Our Feathered Travelers
117Observations Only: The joy of money
117It's no surprise
117From the Superintendent’s Desk
117Observations Only: North Powder
117Teen Voice: Living within our means
117Teen Voice: The benefits of online learning
117Welcome to Gering and the 92nd Oregon Trail Days Celebration.
117Teen Voice: Sticks and stones
117Totally Random: Happy Halloween
117Teen Voice: Holiday horrors
117What’s really going on with our water?
117Letter to the editor
116The Good Life: Leave the quilt shop and laundromat alone
116Teeing Off: The thing about state
116Mayor’s Monthly: Moving on Gering’s momentum
116Building Bridges: Know DOVES and know about domestic violence
115From the Superintendent’s Desk: Summer School – 2013
115From the Superintendent’s Desk - Haig and Aurora Buildings
115Teen Voice: The daily struggle to a lifelong battle
115Update From the NRD: Winter has arrived
115Capitol View: The 103rd Legislature is history … finally
115Across The Fence: The Youngest Discoverer
114Observations Only: Little Girl Lost: Adopted
114Being a Nebraskan – border to border
114Observations Only - Two ages of man
114Trash cans
114Miss Movies: “Bully” a powerful documentary
114Life in the Rearview Mirror: Greensburg strong
114
114A Small World: Legends week promises fun for everyone
114Totally Random: Trusting the fates
114Teen Voice: Family for all intents and purposes
114View of the Zoo: VIPs at RCD
114Capitol View: Legislature overrides gubernatorial vetoes
114Website Resources
113Life in the West: Inside the minds of serial killers
113Teen: Voice : Drinking enough water
113From the Superintendent’s Desk - Parent Teacher Conferences
113Teen Voice: Indulge In moderation
113Teen Voice: Do It Anyway
113Our View: Community responsible for kids
113Up The Creek Without A Paddle: The NRD wants to do what with your money?
113Teen Voice: To the future
113Teen Voice: Writing love on our hearts
113Coach Schadwinkel promoted strong sense of tradition
113Dear Nebraskans: Massachusetts should not determine Nebraska’s Presidential vote
113For the love of the game – best courses in the valley
113Sychronicity: Thrive, don't just survive
113
112Completely Different: Tales from the mat
112Silence please
112Life in the Rearview Mirror: Cleaning off the ‘what if’ shelf
112Five Good Reasons to Create an Investment Strategy
112Teen Voice: Twitter as sleep criminal
112Teen Voice: Pinning your interest
112Teen Voice: Shadow art
112In the Hills: Arbor Day in Nebraska
112Capitol View: Redistricting needs new procedure
112Gering freshmen introduce personalities, styles: Writing assignment encourages students to let individualism shine
111Observations Only: Little girl lost, part 3
111Observations Only: Saturday delight
111From the Superintendent’s Desk: Get ready for Parent-teacher conferences
111Observations Only: Surprises
111Teen Voice: Equality
111Completely Different: What’s speech got to do with it?
111Life in the Rearview Mirror: Adapt and adjust
111Updates from NRD: NRD promotes conservation
111Nature Notes: Love is in the air
111Teen Voice: Cyber War
110The Good Life: Campaign ad using Jesus goes too far
110Life's curve balls
110Observations Only: No thank you
110Observations Only: Wilkerson Pass
110Life in the Rearview Mirror: Personal control of an individual response
110I'm falling for Tumblr?
110Teen Voice: I’ll be healthy – tomorrow
110Teen Voice: Where is the love?
110Teen Voice: Footprints
110Teen Voice: Home is where the heart is
110Synchronicity:What brings me back
109Observations Only: Counting chickens
109Teen Voice: Today’s television
109From the Superintendent's Desk: School Safety and Security
109Completely Different: Do you know John Green?
109Teen Voice: Thanksgiving
109Support emergency services personnel
109Their View: Goal post move unfair
108Observations Only: What's in a word?
108Our View: The elephant in the room
108Teen Voice: Learning calculus more than numbers
108From the Hill: More Work Ahead
108Why you should visit the zoo in February
108Notes from NRD: Thanks agricultural producers
107Observations Only : Mission accomplished
107Teen Voice: Trouble Maker or Hard Worker?
107At the Library: March into a good book
107Teen Voice: Inspire me
107Washington Report: Honoring America’s heroes
107Gering ninth graders answer the questions of life
106Miss Movies: Ten great horror flicks for Halloween, part I
106Teeing Off: Mind Gym
106Our View: Childcare not school district’s role
106Religious freedom must be protected
105From the Superintendent’s Desk: Current enrollment count
105Guest Voices…
105Life in the Rearview Mirror: Life enhancing memories
105Guest Editorial: The future of health care at Regional West
105Capitol View: Clock keeps tickin,’ many issues remain unresolved
105Our View: Confidentiality agreement disrespectful
104Guest Editorial: Fischer will see U.S. ‘living within means’
104From the Superintendent’s Desk: Merry Christmas and Happy New Year
104Our View: Come home to Nebraska, but not just anywhere
104From the Superintendent’s Desk: Early Childhood Education
104Dear Nebraskans: Nebraska is the place for business
104At the Zoo: Spring in to the zoo
104Capital View: Can prison reform survive property tax relief?
103Teen Voice: Shopping days or holidays?
103Capitol View: Considering additional education choices
103Capitol View: State aid proposal just might make some sense
103Dear Fellow Nebraskans: Governor’s Ag Conference overview
103Letters to the Editor
102The Block
102The Good Life: A very interesting meeting indeed
102Teen Voice: Hope for a New Year
102Totally Random: Where does it go?
101Lyman Review - Tales of the renegade rooster
101The Good Life: The economic footprint of one small business
101Christmas stories from Freshman Academy students
101Capitol View: Legislature to tackle meatier issues
101Capitol View: The Legislature did provide tax relief
100The Good Life: Our most precious right, gagged
100The hills, part 1: Mustangs
100Update from the NRD: March updates from the NRD
100Capitol View: Delay tactics a gamble as session draws to a close
99Greetings from the State Capitol
99Capitol View: There was more to the session than just the big ticket items
98Rural America and immigration reform
98Teen Voice: What is love?
98Updates from NRD: Happy New Year
97From the Superintendent’s Desk : Thank You for another Great Year
97Dear Nebraskans: Technology helps serve Nebraskans
96It's a small world : Everything we do has meaning
96The Good Life: Your dollar is a vote for what you care about
96Letter to Editor clarifies drug testing policy
96Capitol View: It sounded like a good idea at first
96From the Capitol: The conduct we choose reflects our character
95From the Superintendent’s Desk: Parents’ role in the educational process
95The Good Life: We are not separate, we are one family
93SELL-OUT!
93Teen Voice: Let us be beautiful
92Teen Voice: Just ten minutes
92Teen Voice: Respond to defeat
92Miss Movies: Ten great horror flicks for Halloween, part 2
91Capitol View: Yes, Virginia, the Legislature has done something, so far
88My mini Pen and me
88Our View... Preserve Gering’s form of government
88Teen Voice: On becoming politically active
88Miss Movies: Top Ten Holiday Films
88To The Editor
87A Small World: Time traveling
87Teen Voice: Experiencing versus remembering
87A Small World: Scotts Bluff Valley Fiber Arts Fair classes offer great variety
87From the Superintendent's Desk: Thank You
87Completely Different: Happy Hollowthanksmas
86Elizabeth's top ten movie list of 2011
85From the Superintendent's Desk: PLAS School
84Teen Voice: The more the merrier
84Teen Voice: Not just another ride
84Completely Different: Confessions of an out of shape twenty something
84Remembering When
83Our View: Museum merger a good thing, but let’s go slowly
83The zombie apocalypse and you
83Teen Voice: Confessions of the financially disabled
82Teen Voice : Leave your legacy
82Teen Voice: 'Pretty Little Liars'
82Completely Different: The Hills, part 2: The Civilian Conservation Corps
82Completely Different: The Mind Palace Memory Technique
81Life in the Rearview Mirror: Invisible scars have lasting effects
81Completely Different: Look around, what are you missing?
81Completely Different: Your local government and you
81Do You Tube?
81Teen Voice: Outbreak of the Gamers
81Miss Movies: Top ten holiday films, part II
81Our View: County has some ‘splainin’ to do
81Letter to the Editor
80Teen Voice: Eighth day of the week - Someday
79Teen Voice: Thank you, Gering Speech Team
79Our View: Mayor should insist on civility
79Completely Different: Remembering Aurora
79Teen Voice: The road of hatred
79Teen Voice: Sit back and enjoy YouTube
79Completely Different: How the savings stole Christmas
79Teen Voice: Happy news
78Timing makes perfect
78Life in the Rearview Mirror: The cumulative effects of giving
77Completely Different: The Quest
77Economic development update
77Teen Voice: An eventful homecoming
76Livestock Production: My Paradigm Shift
76Teen Voice: Sticks and stones
76From the Superintendent's Desk: Elementary attendance areas
76Guest Editorial: Bob Kerrey is the true fiscal conservative
76LETTER TO THE EDITOR: No tax state unrealistic
75We need a few good people
75Completely Different: The Hills, part 3: Rediscovering the spirit
75From the Superintendent's Desk: Why so soon?
75Teen Voice: Practice makes perfect
75Their View: Hey Gering, mind your own business!
74Our view . . .Sports Complex
74Welcome to Gering
74Teen Voice: Lessons I learned from my eight-year-old brother
73Seeing the works of the master
73LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Gering Public Schools seeks imput
72Curiosity Corner : The tale of the travelling train station
72Letter to the Editor
72Miss Movies: The top ten films of 2012: The year of the geek
71View from the block
71Home of the Brave
70From the Superintendent's Desk: State report card
69Teen Voice: March Madness
69Our View: Extreme caution needed with fireworks
68Bright Ideas, Brighter Future: Leaving a Legacy
68Social time has important benefits
68From the Superintendent's Desk: Student transportation changes for 2012-13
68Pulpit of Bones: Man's best friend
68From the Superintendent's Desk: Our goal: Improve student performance
67Life in the west: Betting on the end of the world
67Our View: Scottsbluff attitude damages future collaborations
67My Thanksgiving prayer
66Our view... Gering stands upon important threshold
66Teen Voice: Not according to the plan
65Permission to remember
65Practice safe barbecue basics
65Teen Voice: Making sense of the Sandy Hook tragedy
63Bright Ideas! Brighter Future! Common sense prevails
63Life in the Rearview Mirror: Is it possible to just drive in the 21st Century?
61From the Superintendent's Desk: School year now in full swing
60Across The Fence: Battle of Valverde and The Texas Lancers
60Jane’s Secret LIV The bargain part II
56Our View: Visionaries wanted
48Our View: Bravo OTD committee
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