Observations Only: Return to graciousness
September 22, 2011 Nina Betz, Contributing Columnist   
A month ago I opened my mail and found my new social security card. I looked at it in amazement.

My mind screamed! No, I’m not sixty-five, how can this be? I’m only forty-five. That’s how old I feel and doesn’t that count the most?

Reality sank in as I showed it to my daughter and friends, and my mind drifted back over the cultural changes that have gradually taken place as generally happens when one has suffered a shock.

Upon reflection I believe the changes began partly with the rise of Gloria Steinem and the woman’s ‘lib’ movement. There are good things that came from the movement like the opportunity to have a career other than teaching, nursing or secretarial work if a woman wanted something else for herself.

No one wants to go back to the days when women were banned from the higher echelons of the business world, medical profession or education. Thanks to Gloria, a woman can work in any field of endeavor she wishes for equal pay and equal status; not a bad thing.

However, there was a price to pay when women went out to work. There was no one to mind the children, so daycare became a new industry. Some children were cared for by grandmothers or other family members but soon they wanted to go out to work as well.

Some mothers, like myself, looked at the situation and decided they didn’t want to work all day, then come home and work half the night caring for their families. We were scorned and looked down upon by other women. Gradually, men began expecting their wives to work and reluctantly agreed to help out with the housework and child rearing. Unfortunately though, in some households this agreement was soon forgotten. As parents became increasingly busy, the finer points of etiquette and manners became less important with each generation.

The rise of the ‘me’ generation of the seventies encouraged a further decline in manners. The right to say and do as one wishes became more important than the rights of the person next to them.
Gradually as months became years and years became decades, children matured and raised their own families with more and more relaxed principles of conduct. Behaviors once considered unacceptable became commonplace. Educators and psychologists began teaching the idea that pointing out shameful behavior and expecting it to be corrected was the same as shaming the person, which it is not.

The court system became lenient with lawbreakers and made excuses for them, forgetting the plight of the people who were harmed. Speaking to a stranger about inappropriate behavior became unthinkable as well as dangerous.

As I mulled over these thoughts, the fireworks debacle became an issue and outraged citizens began writing letters of complaint to the newspapers demanding that city governments do something about it. I thought wistfully about the days of graciousness when everyone used their manners, not just some, and how nice it was.
I began to wonder what would happen today if we all thought about our actions and how they might impact someone else, and acted upon those thoughts for the good of others, ahead of ourselves.

Think of the accidents that could be avoided if an impaired driver put aside his or her pride and allows themself to be driven home or lets the other driver have the right-of-way even if it isn’t theirs.
Our lives would be happier and less stressful because no one would need to clean up other people’s messes. No one would be cranky because an inconsiderate neighbor woke them up at night for any reason. Disgruntled people could use their time for the pursuit of happiness instead of writing letters of complaint. The Gering City Council could tend to important business of the city. Children would learn to respect themselves as well as others by the example set for them by their parents and no one would be subjected to language or behaviors that should be kept within the privacy of the home.

All of us would find it easier to wear a smile because the graciousness would become reciprocal over time as each new generation practiced kindness and consideration for others.
Graciousness is an old-fashioned word that very badly needs to be practiced in our schools, on street corners, in homes and places of business.

Martin Luther King had a dream. A peaceful, kind world in which to live is also a dream that many of us have.

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2277Being a Nebraskan – border to border
2218Across the Fence: The Soldier’s Free Homestead Colony of Gibbon
2214The Good Life: Today we celebrate Global Oneness Day
2196Completely Different: It's all in the family
2080Completely Different: The Disney princess debate: an exercise in the ridiculous
2071Completely Different : Could you come down off your soap box please?
2051Lyman Review: Let’s get back to the subject of bullying
1990Elizabeth's top ten movie list of 2011
1945Our View... Preserve Gering’s form of government
1944Teen Voice: Thank you, Gering Speech Team
1938Jane’s Secret, part II: Gertrude’s choice
1935Life in the Rearview Mirror: Invisible scars have lasting effects
1897The Good Life: Campaign ad using Jesus goes too far
1873Our View: Museum merger a good thing, but let’s go slowly
1862A Small World: Time traveling
1832Across the Fence: A Cheyenne weekend
1829Teen Voice: Just ten minutes
1825Completely Different: Tales from the mat
1810Time keeps flowing like a river
1807Totally Random: Astrology: It’s all in the stars…
1778Completely Different: Look around, what are you missing?
1777A last look at the Nebraska Zone
1769Our View: Mayor should insist on civility
1768Life in the west: Betting on the end of the world
1763Letter to the Editor
1747Observations Only : The orphanage
1734My mini Pen and me
1716Observations Only : Mission accomplished
1712Teen Voice: March Madness
1701Our view . . .Sports Complex
1699From the Pastor's Pen: Unbelievable breaking news
1698Observations Only: Little Girl Lost: Adopted
1690Livestock Production: My Paradigm Shift
1687Completely Different: Your local government and you
1677Remembering When
1676Observations Only: Sisters lost, part I
1674Observations only : Sisters of the world
1668Across the Fence: Ah-ho-appa (fallen leaf)
1665Our view... Gering stands upon important threshold
1662Observations Only: Little girl lost, part 3
1657Miss Movies: Ten great horror flicks for Halloween, part I
1656Bright Ideas, Brighter Future: Leaving a Legacy
1656Bright Ideas! Brighter Future! Common sense prevails
1651Curiosity Corner : The tale of the travelling train station
1643Observations Only: Little Girl Lost, part six
1640Completely Different: The good, the bad, and the remedy
1611Across the Fence: All aboard the Transcontinental Express
1608Across the Fence: James Butler Hickok: The thoughtful gunfighter
1605From the Superintendent’s Desk - Parent Teacher Conferences
1600It's a small world : Everything we do has meaning
1598Teen Voice : Leave your legacy
1595Teen Voice: What diabetes taught me
1587Our View: Scottsbluff attitude damages future collaborations
1517Jane’s Secret, XXX: A new wrinkle
1498Observations Only: Reality check
1480Across the Fence - Catherine’s boys
1467SBNM View: Do you want to be a VIP?
1460Across the fence: Something worth remembering
1460Totally Random: December 6, the day I lived
1449Jane’s Secret, part XVIII : Devil’s bargain
1396Teen Voice: Don’t be fooled by fads
1348Barr’s Bacon Wrapped Fantasy Picks: A rookie's guide to drafting your dream team
1347Completely Different: The Quest
1332Our View: Come home to Nebraska, but not just anywhere
1280Totally Random: The Golden Rule
1272Observations Only: A soul’s journey
1266Jane’s Secret, XXIII: Molly’s plan
1259Jane’s Secret, XXIV: The last drive
1259Miss Movies: Miss Movies recommends her top 10 films of 2013
1246Across the Fence: Sioux Ordnance Depot: stories to be told
1234The Good Life: Extending grace, the lost art
1225Life in the Rearview Mirror: I’m on a road to someplace
1225Across the Fence: Building Barns
1224From the Superintendent’s Desk: Get ready for Parent-teacher conferences
1220Theatre West’s Cabaret torch burns brightly
1219Dear Fellow Nebraskans: Governor’s Ag Conference overview
1216Across the Fence: Burnett’s Mound and the Topeka tornado
1202Totally Random: Hemp: considering the real benefits of the miracle plant
1198Across the Fence: Lions, wolves and bears
1193Across The Fence: Union Pacific robbery at Big Springs
1192From the Superintendent's Desk: Thank You
1189Across the Fence: Dull Knife’s Quest, part 1
1187No-Till Notes: Plan to attend 2014 No-Till Conference
1172Building Bridges: Save the world, educate through agriculture
1167Jane’s Secret, XXXIII: Night walk
1165Observations Only: Blinders aren’t just for horses
1165From the Superintendent's Desk: NePAS – State Accountability
1163Our view: Gering’s future needs your vote
1160Jane’s Secret, XXV: Mysteries
1151From the Superintendent’s Desk: Welcome to new certified staff
1145From the Superintendent’s Desk - Option Enrollment
1136Across the Fence: Class of ’67, last remnants of home
1134Completely Different: It’s the end of the world as we know it
1131Across the Fence: Wyoming settlers lay siege to the TA Ranch
1130Life in the West: Inside the minds of serial killers
1122A Stray Moment: Merry Christmas – God save us all
1122The Good Life: Through my father’s eyes
1116Across the Fence: Dull Knife’s Quest: Part 2 of 2
1110Across the Fence: Judge Roy Bean : Texas prizefight promoter
1109Completely Different: New Year’s Resolutions
1104Cat on a Hot Tin Roof a mixed bag
1100Across the Fence: On The road
1100Jane’s Secret, part XI: Grand Duchess
1098From the Superintendent’s Desk: Early Childhood Education
1098Completely Different: The game is afoot, a look at Sherlock Holmes
1091Across The Fence: Crow Dog, Spotted Tail’s assassin
1088Across the Fence: Discovering Ed Stemler
1085Assad’s endgame
1084A Stray Moment : Carry the weight
1081From the Superintendent’s Desk : Thank You for another Great Year
1076Jane’s Secret, part IX: Mrs. Huber’s chagrin
1076A Small World: Savoring county fair days
1074Jane’s Secret, part XIII: Blackberry pie
1071The Good Life: Hey, I’m a winner!
1070Jane’s Secret, part VI: Molly’s surprise
1061Jane’s Secret, part VII Clem’s confession
1059Lyman Review: Hubby’s got my goat
1059Jane’s Secret, part VIII: Molly's plan
1050Guest Editorial: Fischer will see U.S. ‘living within means’
1048A Stray Moment: All's well that ends well, usually
1045Teen Voice: I guess it’s just a western Nebraska thing
1044From the Superintendent’s Desk: Thanks for the memories
1039Observations Only - Two ages of man
1035From the Superintendent’s Desk - Haig and Aurora Buildings
1034Miss Movies: “Bully” a powerful documentary
1034Jane’s Secret, part XVII : Plans gone awry
1024Jane’s Secret, part XX: Change of plans
1018Across the Fence: Consumed by fire
1017The Good Life: Your dollar is a vote for what you care about
1013Thinking About Health: The challenge of signing up for Obamacare
1008Across the Fence: Black Hills Gold and the Thoen Stone
1007Across the Fence: The Spirit of Crazy Horse
1006Across The Fence: Billy Dixon; Plainsman, Hunter, Indian fighter and Scout
999Across The Fence: The Hat Creek Outpost
997A Stray Moment: Earth Day, am I doing my part?
994From the Superintendent’s Desk: Accountability
994Jane’s Secret, part XVI: Fate takes a hand
987Jane’s Secret, part V: Aggie’s complaint
987Observations Only: Painting a picture
979Across the Fence: The Great Solomon River Stampede
976A Small World: Chokecherry season evokes memories of yesterday
975Completely Different: That’s so Pinteresting
972Jane’s Secret, part XIV: Molly’s dream
971Across the Fence: Mud Springs revisited
971Life in the Rearview Mirror: I hate coffee
966Teen Voice: Today’s television
962Teen Voice: New Year’s goals
959Across the Fence: First scalp for Custer
958Across the Fence: The Wellnitz Fire, day 1 and 2
956Jane’s Secret, part XV: Unrequited love
956Jane’s Secret, XXVIII: Lame Johnny
955Across the Fence: The much maligned Ms. Watson
953Jane’s Secret, Part XVIV: Crystal Waters
951Jane’s Secret, part XXII: While the cat’s away
950Across The Fence: Celebrating the 120th anniversary of the Chadron to Chicago Cowboy Race, part I
947 Across the Fence: ‘Aunt Sally’ and Dakota Gold
946Across the Fence: Sitting Bull: The Last Surrendering Sioux
943Jane’s Secret, part XII: Jane's Vow
937From the Superintendent’s Desk: Summer School – 2013
936From the Superintendent’s Desk: Parents’ role in the educational process
936From the Superintendent’s Desk
931From the Superintendent’s Desk - District purchase of building
931Teen Voice: What senior year taught me
928Across the Fence: Just For the Thrill of It
927Observations Only: A new direction
927From the Superintendent’s Desk: Current enrollment count
924From the Superintendent’s Desk : Draft Calendar 2013-14
924Across The Fence: A day For thanks
923Teen Voice: Fifty reasons to smile
921Across the Fence: A hometown 4th of July
920Our View: County Manager option leads to Good Old Boys' Club
919Life in the Rearview Mirror: Cleaning off the ‘what if’ shelf
916The zombie apocalypse and you
915Teen Voice: Learning calculus more than numbers
914From the Pastor's Pen: Lord, teach us to pray
913Miss Movies: Ten movies for romance
909Completely Different: The Marilyn Monroe conundrum
908Across the Fence: Fort Mitchell on the Great Platte River Road
908A Stray Moment: Star Trek: Infinite diversity in infinite combinations
895Jane’s Secret, part XXI: Gertrude’s Agenda
894Across the Fence - Boston: April 18, 1775
894Jane’s Secret, XXVII: Town Meeting
893Across the Fence: Faded photos and vivid memories
892Across the Fence: Submarines and railroads
890Teen Voice: Experiencing versus remembering
885Across the Fence: Bloody Pocket, the final battle
884From the Superintendent’s Desk: Merry Christmas and Happy New Year
880Completely Different: What’s speech got to do with it?
879From the Superintendent’s Desk - Financial Outlook for Gering Public Schools
879Totally Random: I’m a backwards reader
876Teen Voice: Respond to defeat
875Observations Only: Giving up
874Completely Different: Confessions of an out of shape twenty something
873Observations Only: Sisters lost, part IV
870From the Superintendent's Desk: Election over – work begins
869Trash cans
867A Stray Moment: Now is the winter of our disconnect
867The Good Life: It’s hard to believe, the Citizen is four years old
865A Stray Moment - Celebrating Gering's Quasquicentennial
865A Stray Moment: In praise of silence
860Anno Domini: Independence, an ideal worth celebrating
854From the Superintendent's Desk: Elementary attendance areas
854The Good Life: Our most precious right, gagged
853Across the Fence: The hand dug well
852Teen Voice: Let us be beautiful
852The hills, part 1: Mustangs
850Across the Fence: Celebrating the 120th anniversary of the Chadron to Chicago Cowboy Race, part II
849Observations Only: The joy of money
849Teen Voice: The road of hatred
848Teen Voice: 'Pretty Little Liars'
848Across the Fence: Fact, fiction or fragmented dreams?
847Lyman Review - Tales of the renegade rooster
847Teen Voice: Catfished
844Thinking about Health: Getting insurance under the Affordable Care Act
842Teen Voice: The more the merrier
842Across the Fence: Cynthia Ann Parker, Comanche captive
841Observations Only: Sisters lost, part III
840Completely Different: The mystery of Vivian Maier
839Observations Only: Saturday delight
837Teen Voice: Lessons I learned from my eight-year-old brother
836The Good Life: The best Christmas gift
835Observations Only: Curious things
833The Block
831A Stray Moment: Waiting on a train
830At the Library: Words of Radiance by Brandon Sanderson
824Completely Different: The Hills, part 3: Rediscovering the spirit
818Across the Fence: Rural free delivery
817Political Cartoon by Doug Hoevet
815Life's curve balls
815Jane’s Secret, XXIX: Fred’s debacle
814Life in the Rearview Mirror: Greensburg strong
813A Stray Moment: On Canada and the forgotten bicentennial
811 Taking a big risk
811From the Superintendent's Desk: School year now in full swing
811Completely Different: The Mind Palace Memory Technique
811A Stray Moment: God Knows
810Teen Voice: What’s so great about pizza?
808Jane's Secret, part X: The arrival
806A Stray Moment: Without a net
804A Stray Moment: I love Sookie Stackhouse
804A Stray Moment: Tacos! Our embarrassment of riches
803Teen Voice: Congratulations, you’re awful
802Teen Voice: Not just another ride
802A Stray Moment: It's a dog's life
801Completely Different: Remembering Aurora
801The Good Life: We are not separate, we are one family
800Across the Fence: Standing on the wagon
799A Small World: Scotts Bluff Valley Fiber Arts Fair classes offer great variety
798Political Cartoon by Doug Hoevet
796Life in the Rearview Mirror: The Moments we live for
796The Good Life: Mom, my partner in life
793Miss Movies: Ten great horror flicks for Halloween, part 2
793A Stray Moment: World War Two is not forgotten
791Teen Voice: Confessions of the financially disabled
789Completely Different: The Hills, part 2: The Civilian Conservation Corps
789Observations Only: Scourge of violence
788The ghost of Ayn Rand
787Seeing the works of the master
786From the Superintendent's Desk: PLAS School
785Observations Only: Counting chickens
784The Good Life: A farm girl in my heart
782Teen Voice: Sticks and stones
782Observations Only: Extreme measures
781Across the Fence: Wounded Knee; December 29, 1890
779A Stray Moment: - The case for Hagel
777Timing makes perfect
777Across the Fence: When Fiddler quit running
776Observations Only: Just around the corner
776Observations Only: Going home
776Teen Voice: Gleek tragedy
775Across the Fence: When Lady Luck sleeps
771View from the block
771Our View: Extreme caution needed with fireworks
771Pulpit of Bones: Man's best friend
769Jane’s Secret, XXXII Jane’s Bad Day
768The Good Life: Leave the quilt shop and laundromat alone
766SELL-OUT!
766Completely Different: Happy Hollowthanksmas
766Observations Only: The two faces of poverty
766A ‘city’ kid goes to the fair
764Across the Fence: Tomb of the Unknown
764Observations Only: A soul's journey, part III
763Observations Only: Uneventful flight
763Capitol View: Lincoln Highway captures spotlight
762A Stray Moment: The last time
762A Stray Moment: A voice from the past, haunting myself
762The Good Life: Christina Baker’s mom: Thank you
758Across the Fence : November 1864: Pole Creek, Politics and Patriots
758Our View: County has some ‘splainin’ to do
758Teen Voice: Living within our means
755Teen Voice: Body image
755Totally Random: My journey, life after living
754It's no surprise
753The Good Life: The two different types of business people
751Guest Editorial: Bob Kerrey is the true fiscal conservative
751Observations Only: Surprises
749Teen Voice: Not according to the plan
748Completely Different: How the savings stole Christmas
748Our View: Pipeline not a solution to oil problems
747Across the Fence: Places near forgotten
746Welcome to Gering
746Across the Fence: A boy called Slon-Ha
746Completely Different: The bucket list phenomenon
745Observations Only: Journey's end
744Silence please
744A Stray Moment: Ready for the storm
744Miss Movies: Top ten holiday films, part II
743Age of reason
743Rural America and immigration reform
742From the Superintendent's Desk: School Safety and Security
740Across the Fence: Cheyenne County, Nebraska: cattle country
739Teen Voice: The benefits of online learning
737Observations Only: No thank you
737Observations Only: Musings of an odd duck
737Observations Only: A gift of serenity
736The Good Life: We are the Valley’s emissaries
735Observations Only: What's in a word?
735Guest Voice: If I could do it over again
735A Stray Moment - A night owl born to an 8 to 5 world
734Do You Tube?
732Observations Only: The awful truth
731Life in the Rearview Mirror: The world is a stage
730Teen Voice: Twitter as sleep criminal
729Life in the Rearview Mirror: Personal control of an individual response
728Book Review: I Forgot to Remember By Su Meck
727Teen Voice: Shadow art
726Completely Different: Hey there, four eyes!
725Teen Voice: Serendipity
724LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Gering Public Schools seeks imput
723Economic development update
723Teen: Voice : Drinking enough water
723Completely Different: Perfect memories made in imperfect moments
721Across the Fence: Thanks for the memory
721Observations Only: Critical thinking
721A Stray Moment: For the love of theatre
719Observations Only: North Powder
718Miss Movies: The top ten films of 2012: The year of the geek
718Capitol View: Wild life proposal costly but worthwhile
716Observations Only: Together again
716Teen Voice: Eighth day of the week - Someday
716Across the Fence: Wasicu Wakan
716Across The Fence: Jules, Jack and lawless justice
715Observations Only: A strange Thanksgiving
714Teen Voice: Sit back and enjoy YouTube
713Life in the Rearview Mirror: Is it possible to just drive in the 21st Century?
713From the Superintendent's Desk: Student transportation changes for 2012-13
713Across The Fence: Freedom Triumphant Over War and Peace
710Observations Only: Sister odyssey
710Observations Only: Sister lost
709Observations Only: Blue chip stock
706Teen Voice: An eventful homecoming
706The Good Life: A very interesting meeting indeed
706A Stray Moment: Having a blast on the Fourth of July
705Observations Only: Spider adventure
702From the Superintendent's Desk: Our goal: Improve student performance
701Anno Domini: The memorial nobody wants
700Observations Only: Curious things, part II
697I'm falling for Tumblr?
697Completely Different: Do you know John Green?
697Across The Fence: The hanging of Cornelius Donahue a.k.a. John A. Hurley
695Their View: Hey Gering, mind your own business!
694Building Bridges: Cleaning up for company--or not--reveals a lot
693Teen Voice: On becoming politically active
693Guest Voices…
692Teeing Off: Lessons learned from golf
688Building Bridges: Chautauqua will bring out the best in everyone
686Observations Only: Sisters lost, part two
683A real leaning tree Christmas
682From the Superintendent's Desk: Why so soon?
681From the Superintendent's Desk: State report card
679Observations Only: Expect the best, part II
678Across The Fence: The Spanish Flu
675Teen Voice: Go ahead, make my day
674Teen Voice: Dealing with stress
672Teen Voice: Being a girl
671A Stray Moment: Guilty pleasures
671Teen Voice: Pinning your interest
671Jane’s secret, XXVI: The suitcase
671Completely Different: I go to seek a Great Perhaps
669My Thanksgiving prayer
669Across The Fence: The Heartland plague of 1874-75
668The Good Life: The lasting effects of bullying
667Permission to remember
665Miss Movies: Top Ten Holiday Films
664Observations Only: A soul's journey, part two
663The Good Life: A time to be proud of our ancestors
662Teen Voice: Indulge In moderation
662Across the Fence: Pawnee legends in the Nebraska Panhandle
659The Good Life: A holiday recipe for peace
658Observations Only: The meeting
658A Small World: Special guest
657Observations Only : White water
657Jane’s Secret XXXV: Bugs and things
656Teen Voice: Say yes to branching out
655Five Good Reasons to Create an Investment Strategy
653Teen Voice: Until we say goodbye
653Across The Fence: A Fourth of July Montage
652Observations Only: Wilkerson Pass
652Our View: The elephant in the room
650Teen Voice: Outbreak of the Gamers
649Social time has important benefits
649Home of the Brave
649Building Bridges: Planning now for tourism season 2014
648The Good Life: The economic footprint of one small business
645Teen Voice: Go ahead, make my day
644Life in the Rearview Mirror: Work is more than a four-letter word
643Jane's Secret, XXXI: Sixes and sevens
642The Good Life: Cooler breezes bring anticipation of fall
642A Small World: Legends week promises fun for everyone
641Observations Only: Good and evil
640Life in the Rearview Mirror: The cumulative effects of giving
640Teen Voice: Saying Goodbye
640The Lyman Review: I love baby ducks
637Practice safe barbecue basics
637Teen Voice: Happy news
637Teeing Off: Around the Green
635LETTER TO THE EDITOR: No tax state unrealistic
630Observations Only: A matter of matter
629Teen Voice: Practice makes perfect
629Teen Voice: Making sense of the Sandy Hook tragedy
629Observations Only: Expect the best
629Across The Fence: Billy Dixon at Adobe Walls, June 1874
627Observations Only: A fine line
625The Good Life: Innovation and young energy enriches us all
624Teen Voice: By my side until the newness wears off
624Across The Fence: The Pawnee on Pumpkin Creek
622Observations Only: The shadow of error
621The Good Life - The worst day on record at the Citizen
621The Good Life: People of the Valley, we have a choice
621Across The Fence: By the dawn’s early light
619Observations Only: Beginnings
616Observations Only: Indifferent love
614Jane's Secret XXXIV: Gin Rummy
614Teen Voice: The daily struggle to a lifelong battle
613Our View: Bravo OTD committee
613Across the Fence: The Overland Camel Company
611Observations Only: Divine spirit
608Building Bridges: Being grateful for the hardships in life
606Teen Voice: Equality
605Teen Voice - On the outside looking In
598Completely Different - The magic of spring
598Anno Domini: We gather together
596Observations Only: A matter of paradox
595Observations Only: Choices
593Teen Voice:  Body bashing and self-image
593Building Bridges: Tend to 2014 and be Happy, Happy, Happy
592Observations Only: Divine prompts
592Teen Voice: I’ll be healthy – tomorrow
590A Stray Moment: Learning how to walk
585Teen Voice: Sticks and stones
583Teen Voice: Silence
581Teen Voice: Previously unwritten cell phone rules
580Observations Only: Temptation
580Life in the Rearview Mirror: Experiencing life passion
574Observations Only: Off to the races
572A Stray Moment: In praise of encouragement
571Welcome to Gering and the 92nd Oregon Trail Days Celebration.
570Observations Only: A sad week
570Building Bridges: Love your enemies
570The Good Life: What a wild ride it’s been
569Totally Random: Life’s ripples
566Lyman Review: Devil calf
565Across the Fence; Prelude to the Red River War of 1874
565Teen Voice: Thanksgiving
561Life in the Rearview Mirror: Adapt and adjust
561Observations Only: The vision
561Dear Fellow Nebraskans: We Are Proud of the Nebraska National Guard
559Observations Only: Willfulness
557Observations Only: Fuzzy angel
555Totally Random: October, the pink month
555A Halloween Story: The scary dream
552Teen Voice: The need to get away
550Building Bridges: Celebrating the Bulldog homecoming
550Across The Fence: First train from Saply Grove
549Across The Fence: Amos Bad Heart Bull
548Teen Voice: Do It Anyway
544Our View: Visionaries wanted
544Anno Domini: Ask the digital dust
542Observations Only: The need to understand
539Guest Editorial: The future of health care at Regional West
536Life in the Rearview Mirror: Life enhancing memories
534Across the Fence: The Pony Express
531Observations Only: A good daughter
526Teen Voice: Stress test
523Teen Voice: Footprints
521Teeing Off: Persistence
520Across the Fence: A Cowboy kind of Christmas
520Updates from NRD: NRD promotes conservation
518Teeing Off: Mind Gym
516Building Bridges: Asking officials to speak and work as a body
514Observations Only: Afraid of the dark
512Building Bridges: Serve on the school board—or say no more
511Observations Only: The unvarnished truth
511Dear Nebraskans: Massachusetts should not determine Nebraska’s Presidential vote
508Teen Voice: The rivalry
508Building Bridges: Observing bullies, abuse and pastors
508Teen Voice: Is respect dead?
501Teen Voice: Remember what you have
500Observations Only: Waiting time
500Lyman Review: The elusive farm cat
498Observations Only: Saint Marge
498Up The Creek Without A Paddle: The NRD wants to do what with your money?
493Building Bridges: Building us up to be what others see
492Building Bridges: “New” will become a buzzword in the Valley
491Lyman Review: The love goat
491Teen Voice: Positive effects of social media
486Our View: Why rush the interlocal agreement?
484Teen Voice: The Other Side
483Teeing Off: The thing about state
481Anno Domini: On this remembering day
480Building Bridges: Following the spirit of Gering
477Dear Fellow Nebraskans: Collegebound Nebraska
477Totally Random: Happy Halloween
474Across The Fence: The Three Guardsmen
474Teen Voice: Nobody else can lower you
474Teen Voice: What is love?
473Across the Fence: The Blizzard of ‘49
469Observations Only: Gone away
468Update From the NRD: Winter has arrived
466Jane’s Secret XXXVII: A starry night
466Teen Voice: My rebellion
465Final Point: Golf, cross country feats headline fall season successes
463Across The Fence; ‘Johnny Appleseed’ of the Oregon Trail
462Lyman Review: Now that's a set of handlebars!
462Across the Fence: Battle of Summit Springs, Part I: Tall Bull Killed
459Capitol View: Delay tactics a gamble as session draws to a close
456No-Till Notes: Water Funding Task Force
453Welcome to the ‘New’ in Gering
450Jane’s Secret, XXXVIII: Bad girls
448Building Bridges: Pause a moment...save a child’s life
446Lyman Review: Something wicked this way comes
443Teen Voice: Self-expression
441Observations Only: Hog wash
441 Across the Fence: Remembering Armistice Day
440Building Bridges: Objectivity and fairness make a winning plan
437Jane’s Secret XXXVI:  The dream
437Why you should visit the zoo in February
434Across The Fence: Moc-chi, A Southern Cheyenne warrior
434Across the Fence; Massacre on the Marias River
433Teen Voice: Shopping days or holidays?
427From the Hill: More Work Ahead
424Lyman Review: One mean chicken
421Teen Voice: Cyber War
420At the Library: March into a good book
419
419For the love of the game – best courses in the valley
417Observations Only: The visit
411Observations Only: A day in August
408Across The Fence: Crazy Horse’s Last Battle
408Across the Fence: New eyes on the Panhandle
403What’s really going on with our water?
403A Stray Moment: Robin Williams – Good night sweet prince
402Teen Voice: Hope for a New Year
401Across The Fence: Mustangs on Pumpkin Creek
395Jane’s Secret, XLI Black widow spider
392In the Hills: Nebraska Bighorn Sheep
390No-Till Notes: Looking Back
387Observations Only: The last goodbye
385Observations Only: One more time
384Teen Voice: My School, Their Rules
382Updates from NRD: Happy New Year
381Jane’s Secret: Jane’s Secret, XLIII: Jail house rock
380Observations Only: Final moment
379Teen Voice: Family for all intents and purposes
378Building Bridges: #speaklife is a goal for students, a goal for all
377Lyman Review: Goat-chasing cardio
376No-Till Notes: Joe Franks Memorial
375Our View: Childcare not school district’s role
374Teen Voice: The gift of caring
372Capitol View: Yes, Virginia, the Legislature has done something, so far
371Teen Voice: To the future
370Their View: Goal post move unfair
368Across the Fence: Remembering English Joe
368Building Bridges: Be a Destination Ambassador
368Gering ninth graders answer the questions of life
367Lyman Review: Branding Time
366Teen Voice: Writing love on our hearts
366View from Capitol Hill: Solutions for our economy and the budget
364At the Monument: Junior Rangers
363Across The Fence: Last Christmas
363Across the Fence: Prelude to Battle
358Teen Voice: Where is the love?
358Building Bridges: Awards are only part of our success
357Across the Fence: John Colter, the first mountain man
357Across the Fence: David F. Cook and ‘Indian Joe’
356Capitol View: Considering additional education choices
355Totally Random: Where does it go?
353Observations Only: The last toothpick
353Mayor’s Monthly: Moving on Gering’s momentum
353Across the Fence: The Colorado Coalfield War
352Our View: Community responsible for kids
351Letter to Editor clarifies drug testing policy
347Nature Notes: Love is in the air
347Jane’s Secret: Jane’s Secret XLIV: Jail break
346In the Hills: Pollinators – the buzz
344Jane’s Secret: Jane’s Secret, XLII: Sunflowers
339In the Hills: Arbor Day in Nebraska
338Capitol View: The 103rd Legislature is history … finally
337Totally Random: Trusting the fates
337Building Bridges: Five years old IS a milestone
336Capitol View: There was more to the session than just the big ticket items
335Jane’s Secret: Jane’s Secret XLV: Gun smoke
334Building Bridges: Be American - help your candidate
332Christmas stories from Freshman Academy students
332Teen Voice: Trouble Maker or Hard Worker?
330Observations Only: The vigil
330Coach Schadwinkel promoted strong sense of tradition
329Across the Fence: Roy Bean; scoundrel with a law book
326Lyman Review: Taste of boot?
326Building Bridges: When ‘FAMILY’ and fellow Nebraskans are all you’ve got
325Across the Fence: Missing; Nelson Buck survey party
323Arts Scene: Theatre West’s Les Miserables not to be missed: Anniversary production proves to be a memorable winner
320Linked Lives
320History Revisited:A Stray Moment: Life (and death) on the Oregon Trail
317Lyman Review: Nudge to the Butt
317Dear Nebraskans: Nebraska is the place for business
314At the Library: “My Name is Resolute” By Nancy E. Turner
312Capitol View: Legislature overrides gubernatorial vetoes
309Support emergency services personnel
308Religious freedom must be protected
307Across the Fence: The Cholera Corridor
304Notes from NRD: Thanks agricultural producers
303Final Point: Citizen receives first honor for ‘Final Point’
301At the Library: “I Shall Be Near to You” By Erin Lindsay McCabe
300In the Hills: Explore the state parks
299No-Till Notes: Enjoyable Day
298Lyman Review: Winter's dog
298Our View: Confidentiality agreement disrespectful
297College Thoughts: Rotten for the minds? Think again
296At the Monument: That old (historic) building
296Update from the NRD: March updates from the NRD
295Across the Fence: Who was Martha Jane Canary?
294Capitol View: Redistricting needs new procedure
293Building Bridges: Don’t wait to develop
292Capitol View: The Legislature did provide tax relief
291Website Resources
290Anno Domini: The Textbook of Freedom
288From the Capitol: The conduct we choose reflects our character
286Teen Voice: Holiday horrors
286Across the Fence: Amanda
286Across the Fence: Charles Badger Clark
286No-Till Notes: Annual PNTP Tour
286Building Bridges: Oregon Trail Days—making our present a celebrated past
283Capitol View: It sounded like a good idea at first
282Across the Fence: On the Old Chisholm Trail
282Capital View: Can prison reform survive property tax relief?
282Teen Voice: Home is where the heart is
278Across the Fence: Investigation at Spring Creek
276No-till Notes: Moving forward
275Across the Fence: Old barns and memories
275No-Till Notes: Cheat grass
274Lyman Review: Dog fun
273At the Monument: Where are the animals?
271New at the Zoo: Volunteer at the Zoo
269At the Zoo: Spring in to the zoo
269Lyman Review: Sheep Royalty
265Teen Voice: Inspire me
265Building Bridges: Dive into summer—dive into living
264Capitol View: Clock keeps tickin,’ many issues remain unresolved
263Capitol View: Legislature to tackle meatier issues
257Greetings from the State Capitol
257Washington Report: Honoring America’s heroes
257No-til Notes: Changing plans
255Teen Voice: The clock is ticking
255Building Bridges: Turning a space into a sense of place
253Across the Fence: The Spring Creek Raid
252No-Till Notes: “Fish and Mud”
251Jane’s Secret XLVI: Sour grapes
249No-Till Notes: Back in the field
247Across The Fence: Justice in the Big Horn Basin
235Capitol View: State aid proposal just might make some sense
229At the Monument: Art in National Parks
226Jane’s Secret XLVII: A stormy afternoon
222Jane’s Secret XLVIII: Jane’s agenda
221View of the Zoo: VIPs at RCD
220Be kind through communications
219Across the Fence: Six went to the gallows
218Dear Nebraskans: Technology helps serve Nebraskans
217Synchronicity:What brings me back
211Fellow Nebraskans: Congratulations on graduation day
208No-Till Notes:Enjoyable meeting
207Letter to the editor
196Across The Fence: Hinhan Kaga Paha
194Jane’s Secret XLIX: Phillip’s agenda
190Letters to the Editor
188In the Hills: Awesome Amphibians and Rough Reptiles
188Across the Fence: Aftermath: Part III, The Battle of Summit Springs
172A Stray Moment: Goodbye old house – sorting their things
172A Stray Moment: Time to get moving
162Battle of Summit Springs, part II: Warpath to White Bear Creek
162Fourth of July meetings
149Building Bridges: Supporting our teachers supports our children
138Building Bridges: Fair time—learn, respect, appreciate, enjoy!
138Jane’s Secret XLX: Day’s end
133Prairie Dogs
131Teen Voice: Unexpected joys of being a sibling
130Building Bridges: Seeking a big win out of the 4th quarter
129Across The Fence: Steamboats on the Missouri
125Across The Fence: Scalped at Plum Creek
125 Across The Fence: County Fair
124Dynasty made Gering the biggest little town in Nebraska
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118No-Till Notes: Last chance for North, South Dakota tour
111At the Library: One Zentangle a Day
108No-Till Notes: American Society of Agronomy
106In the Hills: Get to Know Our Feathered Travelers
106Across The Fence: Deserters or Outcasts; Three who left. (Part I)
102Across The Fence: New England’s Heroine Scalptress
97No-Till Notes: "Harvest"
96Across the Fence: Here lies Major Alexander Culbertson
89Sychronicity: Thrive, don't just survive
83Creatures of the Night
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74Jane’s Secret LI: The telling
69At the Monument: Night Sky
58No-Till Notes: "Different Approaches"
56Building Bridges: “It’s happening” at the Harvest Festival
55Across The Fence: The Pawnee and human sacrifice
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48Across the Fence: Deserters or outcasts; Three who left (Part II)
46No-Till Notes: Different Approaches Part II
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