The Good Life: The orphan Thanksgiving
November 24, 2011 Lisa Betz   
There is absolutely nothing in the world more effective to help one appreciate one’s own family than spending Thanksgiving as an orphan with someone else’s.

I wish I’d kept a journal of each and every orphan Thanksgiving I’ve experienced over the years. You see, in my professional actress days, I could rarely come home for turkey day. We always had rehearsal the day before and the day after and one never, ever misses a rehearsal unless one is dead or dying.

You never realize just how normal your family is until you see how other families behave around the holiday table.

There are some archetypes and dynamics you’ll find over and over. It’s kind of fun to try to pick them out of a stranger’s family once you start to recognize them.

There’s the long suffering old maid care-giving aunt and that older uncle who never married but still lives at home. Sadly, there’s often the overweight member of the family that gets picked on. I’ve seen that too many times to count.

There’s the set of young parents who just cannot manage their bratty children, and the dog who shouldn’t be inside at all but I guess they think it’s family.

There’s the hostess who must achieve perfection at all costs, even if everyone is frazzled and unhappy. There’s the lazy daughter-in-law who never helps to do the dishes.

Then there’s that relative who always brings something odd to share, like a can of vegetables, unopened. There’s often a braggart who works really hard to impress everyone.

And there seems to always be that one relative who is horrified by uncle Bobby or Jimmy’s drunkenness. I always wondered if they put on a show for me, the stranger, or if they truly were horrified.

One year, we were invited to spend the holiday with my husband’s work friend. The moment we walked in the door they put a cocktail in our hands, even though my husband didn’t drink. They seemed baffled and awkward when he asked for a coke.

Later, after too many cocktails, two people started yelling at each other. It got downright scary and we left.

A professional Thanksgiving orphan develops serious acting chops just by responding to concerned family members when things get embarrassing. I learned that my job was to smile and pretend I hadn’t noticed whatever it was. Sometimes more sensitive family members just need to be comforted by the strange cuckoo in their midst so they can shrug and go on with their family holiday.

The worst orphan Thanksgiving I experienced was hosted by a theatre that I worked for. For some reason, they chose to serve ham instead of turkey and it was in a cold hall that felt very institutional.

Now don’t get me wrong, I was as grateful as an orphan actor can be to be included in a Thanksgiving dinner put on expressly by theatre patrons but it was a test of my acting skill when I made the horrified realization that turkey would not be a feature of the day.

Of course, that also meant no stuffing. What’s the point? I started thinking of it as a company meal, it certainly didn’t feel like Thanksgiving. But then, what is Thanksgiving? Is it feasting at a table groaning with plenty?

It isn’t supposed to be only that. We are meant to give thanks for our blessings and perhaps that disappointing orphan Thanksgiving taught me this.

Even with no turkey and no stuffing and none of mom’s German rye bread, there was a sweet potato dish to beat all I’ve ever tasted and that was something to be thankful for. I really wish I’d gotten the recipe.

No matter how many times I was an orphan at Thanksgiving, I always, always missed having leftovers. Nothing makes one feel more like an orphan than going home without Thanksgiving leftovers.

Then there are those Thanksgivings when you’re invited as an honored guest by a family you may very well become part of. That happened one year when I lived in Virginia.

They were a lovely Italian family and they were looking me over as a potential daughter-in-law.

The spread was magnificent and everyone was there, even ancient old grandma who came over from Italy but was now retired in Florida. That first moment when I took my pumpkin cheesecake into the kitchen and asked where I should put it was pretty awkward though.

You would think I had loudly passed gas and then laughed about it for the reaction I received. The women present froze. No one said anything. I stood there with the heavy plate in my hand and finally just set it down somewhere there was room.

No one ever explained it but as I discovered at dessert time, a famous pumpkin roll was the only dessert served by this family and it was one woman’s crowning glory that I had apparently trampled on. My cheesecake was never cut or commented on.

That day was cut short for me because of the telling of a racist story by the family patriarch. Nope, I realized, I’m not going to fit in with that family. I think they agreed.

One year I dined at the Washington Hotel in D.C. with a boyfriend and his mother. It was all very elegant and yet it felt hollow somehow. I understood though, my date was an only child and his father had recently passed away. I’d been through that myself. It was a very sad Thanksgiving and a small one, limited to just his remaining family and myself. I believe I was a tiny light in the midst of their sadness.

I’ve always thought my family was loud and obnoxious (in a good way, of course) but after the many, many orphan Thanksgivings I’ve experienced, I wouldn’t trade my boisterous, fun family for anyone else’s. We play cards and games after the meal and genuinely have a memorable good time with each other.

I’m the weird one who goes home when the football starts unless there’s a good game of cards on. I think we’re all a little weird but my family is my brand of weird and of course, that’s the best kind, right?

I’m visiting another branch of family for Thanksgiving this year. We know that they don’t love mom’s German rye bread so we’ll do without that this year. I may not get to enjoy my favorite oyster dressing and I have no idea whether they will do a nice turkey or plan something different. My fingers are crossed for turkey though.

I’m pretty sure that nobody will drink too much and it will be me that has the unruly dog but he is my baby after all. The little kids running all over are my sweet little cousins and they are never naughty, only completely adorable. It’s going to be a joyous Thanksgiving Day.

No matter what dishes are served at table nor how you celebrate Thanksgiving, it’s easy to take one’s family for granted. Spend a few Thanksgivings without them as an orphan at someone else’s turkey (ham?) dinner and you will find that what you can be truly grateful for is family.

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270Across the Fence; Prelude to the Red River War of 1874
270The Good Life: The lasting effects of bullying
270Jane’s Secret XXXVI:  The dream
270Jane’s Secret, XXXVIII: Bad girls
270Across the Fence: The Blizzard of ‘49
270Across The Fence: Crazy Horse’s Last Battle
270Capitol View: Trying times, bright spots at corrections
269Observations Only: Uneventful flight
269Across The Fence: Crow Dog, Spotted Tail’s assassin
269A Stray Moment: O Holy Night
268Across the Fence: Dull Knife’s Quest: Part 2 of 2
268Teen Voice: Equality
268Completely Different: The Marilyn Monroe conundrum
268The Good Life: Innovation and young energy enriches us all
268Observations Only: Off to the races
268Jane’s Secret LIX: Gertrude’s vow
268The Good Life: Eclipse, a metaphor for life
268Jane’s Secret, C: The first goodbye
267The Lyman Review: I love baby ducks
267Observations Only: Fuzzy angel
267A Stray Moment: Football – Violence, Death, and Denial
267A Stray Moment: Thanksgiving myths and traditions
267Anno Domini: A time when manners were more important
267Jane’s Secret, CXIII: New York
267Washington Report: Standing against abuses of power
266Observations Only: The last goodbye
266Across the Fence: Six went to the gallows
266A Stray Moment: Brand new used cars
266Mom Knows Best: Is your grad ready to say goodbye?
266News from Lincoln: In praise of Nebraska’s citizens
265Observations Only: A fine line
265Guest Editorial: The future of health care at Regional West
265Teen Voice: Too many activities leads to negative effects
265News from Lincoln: Packing bill is a bad idea
264Teen Voice: Go ahead, make my day
264Observations Only: Hog wash
264Observations Only: One more time
264Across the Fence: The Cholera Corridor
264View from Capitol Hill: Solutions for our economy and the budget
264Building Bridges: Oregon Trail Days—making our present a celebrated past
264No-Till Notes: Enjoyable Day
264News from Lincoln: State Senators visit western Nebraska
263Jane’s Secret, Part XVIV: Crystal Waters
263From the Superintendent’s Desk - Haig and Aurora Buildings
263Observations Only: A soul's journey, part two
263The Good Life: Mom, my partner in life
263Teen Voice: Dealing with stress
263Observations Only: Willfulness
263Building Bridges: Celebrating the Bulldog homecoming
263Welcome to the ‘New’ in Gering
263Washington Report: Honoring America’s heroes
263
263Why parents are important
262Totally Random: October, the pink month
262No-till Notes: Moving forward
262In the Hills: Nebraska Bighorn Sheep
262Building Bridges: Regionalism should be focus of our core-idor
261Jane’s Secret XXXV: Bugs and things
261Capitol View: Say goodbye to ConAgra, but don’t lament departure
260Observations Only: Curious things, part II
260Totally Random: Hemp: considering the real benefits of the miracle plant
260Jane’s Secret XLIX: Phillip’s agenda
260 Across The Fence: County Fair
260Lawmakers taking another shot at Medicaid expansion
260From the hill: A Highway Bill for Nebraska
260All Points West: The better qualities of leadership
260From the capitol: Maintaining Local Control
260Jane’s Secret, CI Fools bargain
260Jane’s secret, CXVI: The telling
259Jane’s Secret, part XXI: Gertrude’s Agenda
259The Good Life: The two different types of business people
259Lyman Review: Goat-chasing cardio
259A Stray Moment: Time to get moving
259Religious freedom or freedom to discriminate?
259Jane’s Secret LXIV: The rescue
258From the Superintendent’s Desk: Early Childhood Education
258Life in the Rearview Mirror: The Moments we live for
258Across the Fence: Roy Bean; scoundrel with a law book
258Jane’s Secret LII: Eavesdroppers
257Political Cartoon by Doug Hoevet
257Observations Only: The need to understand
257Building Bridges: Pause a moment...save a child’s life
257Letters to the Editor
257News from Lincoln: Tourism can bolster economy
257Jane’s Secret, CIII: Fool’s luck
256From the Superintendent’s Desk: Summer School – 2013
256Observations Only: Beginnings
256Completely Different: Hey there, four eyes!
256Lyman Review: Devil calf
256Teen Voice: The rivalry
256Coach Schadwinkel promoted strong sense of tradition
256Washington report: Feeding a world in need
255A Small World: Special guest
255A Small World: Legends week promises fun for everyone
255No-Till Notes: "Harvest"
255Across The Fence: Barbecue Campbell and the XIT
255Across The Fence: “…a date that will live in infamy.”
255Review: When Breath Becomes Air by Paul Kalanithi
254Observations Only: The shadow of error
254Observations Only: The vision
254Dear Fellow Nebraskans: Governor’s Ag Conference overview
254History Revisited:A Stray Moment: Life (and death) on the Oregon Trail
254No-Till Notes: Annual PNTP Tour
254A Stray Moment: A ‘city boy’ visits the Harvest Festival
254Capitol View: Corrections director knows challenge, forges ahead
254All Points West: The mind is a terrible thing to waste
253Observations Only: A soul’s journey
253Arts Scene: Theatre West’s Les Miserables not to be missed: Anniversary production proves to be a memorable winner
253At the Monument: Night Sky
252Capitol View: Lengthy debate, little progress as Legislature grinds on
251Teen Voice: Fifty reasons to smile
251From the Superintendent’s Desk : Draft Calendar 2013-14
251Completely Different: What’s speech got to do with it?
251Teen Voice: Being a girl
251Jane's Secret, XXXI: Sixes and sevens
251Teeing Off: Around the Green
251No Till Notes: Drilling edible beans
251From the hill: Exposing a Rogue Regime
251From the capitol: Growing a Culture of Life
251In My View: It’s never too early to start thinking about retirement
250Observations Only: Sisters lost, part two
250Observations Only: Expect the best
250Teen Voice: Shadow art
250Totally Random: I’m a backwards reader
250Observations Only: Divine spirit
250Dear Nebraskans: Nebraska is the place for business
250Building Bridges: Seeking a big win out of the 4th quarter
249Teen Voice: The need to get away
249Observations Only: A good daughter
249No-Till Notes: Back in the field
249Jane’s Secret LI: The telling
249Capitol View: Lawmakers convene 2016 session
248Dear Fellow Nebraskans: Collegebound Nebraska
248From the Hill: More Work Ahead
248In the Hills: Arbor Day in Nebraska
248Across The Fence: The Eighth Wonder of the World
247Observations Only: Sisters lost, part III
247Completely Different: Do you know John Green?
247 Across the Fence: Remembering Armistice Day
247Teen Voice: My School, Their Rules
247Curiosity Corner: Prince of the prairies, the windmill
246Teen Voice: Gleek tragedy
246Observations Only: The unvarnished truth
246Teen Voice: Silence
246Teen Voice: Sticks and stones
246News from Lincoln: Hog bill vote was disappointing
245Teen Voice: Learning calculus more than numbers
245At the Library: March into a good book
245Building Bridges: Be a Destination Ambassador
245No-Till Notes: Last chance for North, South Dakota tour
244Teen Voice: The benefits of online learning
244Teen Voice: Say yes to branching out
243Lyman Review: One mean chicken
243Building Bridges: Tend to 2014 and be Happy, Happy, Happy
243Totally Random: Trusting the fates
243Across The Fence: New England’s Heroine Scalptress
243Prairie Dogs
243Reach out for challenges
243News from Lincoln: Greetings from the Capitol
242Our View: Come home to Nebraska, but not just anywhere
242Teen Voice: Don’t be fooled by fads
242Religious freedom must be protected
242At the Library: One Zentangle a Day
242Across the Fence: Deserters or outcasts; Three who left (Part II)
242Across the Fence: FDR’s New Deal and the CCC
242No-Till Notes: 10 Tips, part 2
241Observations Only: Choices
241Teen Voice: Cyber War
241Teen Voice: Positive effects of social media
241
241Teen Voice: Taking time off, pays off
240Observations Only: Divine prompts
240Lyman Review: The love goat
240Lyman Review: Dog fun
240Letter to the editor
240Capitol View: Credit Where Credit Is Due
239Totally Random: The Golden Rule
239The Good Life: We are the Valley’s emissaries
239Final Point: Golf, cross country feats headline fall season successes
239From the hill: Serving You
239Golden Spade
238Guest Voice: If I could do it over again
238Teen Voice: Saying Goodbye
238From the capitol: Honoring Our Veterans
238No-Till Notes: Two-Thirds
237Observations Only: Journey's end
237Across The Fence: By the dawn’s early light
237Support letters requested for airport
236Completely Different: The Disney princess debate: an exercise in the ridiculous
236Observations Only: The visit
236At the Library: Words of Radiance by Brandon Sanderson
236Final Point: Citizen receives first honor for ‘Final Point’
236Jane’s secret LXI: Molly’s premonition
236A Stray Moment: Summer dreaming about the ’70s
236News From Lincoln: Legislative big crush begins
236Curiosity Corner: Using the brain
236News from Lincoln: Celebrations mean making connections
235A Small World: Chokecherry season evokes memories of yesterday
235Updates from NRD: NRD promotes conservation
235At the Monument: That old (historic) building
235In the Hills: Explore the state parks
235Jack’s Insights: A word about weed control
235Across The Fence: Victory at Valverde and on to Glorieta
235Capitol View: How Nebraska rates is a good tool
234Welcome to Gering and the 92nd Oregon Trail Days Celebration.
234Teeing Off: Persistence
234A real leaning tree Christmas
234Lyman Review: Taste of boot?
234Teen Voice: Trouble Maker or Hard Worker?
234Building Bridges: Serve on the school board—or say no more
234Greetings from the State Capitol
234Gering freshmen introduce personalities, styles: Writing assignment encourages students to let individualism shine
234At the Library: Book Review: “Landline” by Rainbow Rowell
234No-Till Notes: Blue Dasher Farm
234Capitol View: Ricketts, some lawmakers want to put a lid on it, again
233Building Bridges: “New” will become a buzzword in the Valley
233
233Capitol View: Throwing stones at a stubborn man
232Life in the Rearview Mirror: Life enhancing memories
232Building Bridges: Asking officials to speak and work as a body
232Building Bridges: Dive into summer—dive into living
231Lyman Review: Something wicked this way comes
231Update from the NRD: March updates from the NRD
231Lyman Review: Branding Time
231Jane’s secret LVIII: Mr. Valentine
231No-till Notes: Early registration discounts
230Across the Fence: When Fiddler quit running
230Teen Voice: Self-expression
230Teen Voice: Hope for a New Year
230Building Bridges: When ‘FAMILY’ and fellow Nebraskans are all you’ve got
230Sychronicity: Thrive, don't just survive
229Teen Voice - On the outside looking In
229Teen Voice: Inspire me
229At the Monument: Where are the animals?
229Lyman Review: Sheep Royalty
229Teen Voice: He’s my dad
229Teen Voice: Character exceeds good grades
228Teen Voice: Where is the love?
228Fellow Nebraskans: Congratulations on graduation day
228Across The Fence: Battle of the Wabash: St. Clair’s Defeat
228From the capitol: The State of Nebraska Agriculture
228From the hill: Stand Up for Life
228Guest Editorial: Medicaid expansion creates unfair playing field
227Completely Different: The mystery of Vivian Maier
227Across The Fence: Last Christmas
227Miss Movies: Miss Movies recommends her top 10 films of 2013
227Mayor’s Monthly: Moving on Gering’s momentum
227Dear Nebraskans: Massachusetts should not determine Nebraska’s Presidential vote
227Jane’s Secret, XCVIX: Endings and beginnings
227From the Capitol: Legislative session progresses
226Teen Voice: Living within our means
226Teen Voice: Previously unwritten cell phone rules
226Support emergency services personnel
226Teen Voice: The clock is ticking
226Curiosity Corner: A Christmas with Buffalo Bill
226Across The Fence: Old Julesburg and new
225A Small World: Savoring county fair days
225Gering ninth graders answer the questions of life
224Teen Voice: What is love?
224Update From the NRD: Winter has arrived
224Totally Random: Where does it go?
224What’s really going on with our water?
224A Stray Moment: Those we lost in 2014
223Teen Voice: New Year’s goals
223At the Monument: Art in National Parks
223Building Bridges: Awards are only part of our success
223Rotary International observes World Polio Day Oct. 24
223Teen Voice: Out with homework
222Teen Voice: Serendipity
222Teen Voice: What senior year taught me
222Lyman Review: Nudge to the Butt
222Teen Voice: Footprints
222From the Capitol: The conduct we choose reflects our character
222New at the Zoo: Volunteer at the Zoo
222Our View: Let the downtown revitalization begin
222Lyman Review: A Tunnel of Birds
222At the Library: An Irish Country...The Novels of Patrick Taylor
221From the Superintendent's Desk: School Safety and Security
221Life in the Rearview Mirror: Adapt and adjust
221Lyman Review: The elusive farm cat
221Nature Notes: Love is in the air
221A Stray Moment: Review: ‘The Book Thief’ steals the fiction stage
220Teen Voice: Twitter as sleep criminal
220Our View: Pipeline not a solution to oil problems
220Across the Fence: Celebrating the 120th anniversary of the Chadron to Chicago Cowboy Race, part II
220At the Monument: Junior Rangers
220Building Bridges: Fair time—learn, respect, appreciate, enjoy!
220In the Hills: Learn the Dutch Oven
220From the hill: The Year Ahead
219Teen Voice: Catfished
219Completely Different: That’s so Pinteresting
219From the Superintendent’s Desk - Parent Teacher Conferences
219Political Cartoon by Doug Hoevet
219Teen Voice: Pinning your interest
219Completely Different - The magic of spring
219Totally Random: Happy Halloween
219Updates from NRD: Happy New Year
219Dear Nebraskans: Technology helps serve Nebraskans
219No Till Notes: Saying uncle
219Curiosity Corner: A Story of News
219“The Ex” by Alafair Burke
218Life in the Rearview Mirror: Greensburg strong
218View of the Zoo: VIPs at RCD
218At the Library: “My Name is Resolute” By Nancy E. Turner
218Jane’s Secret, LXXX: Revealed at last
218Jane’s Secret, XCVIII: Clem’s onus
218From the hill: Keeping America Safe
218All Points West: The energy to do things right
217Life in the Rearview Mirror: Experiencing life passion
217Teeing Off: Mind Gym
217Notes from NRD: Thanks agricultural producers
217Their View: Goal post move unfair
217Synchronicity:What brings me back
217Creatures of the Night
217
217No-Till Notes: Harvesting water
216From the Pastor's Pen: Unbelievable breaking news
216Building Bridges: Don’t wait to develop
216Building Bridges: “It’s happening” at the Harvest Festival
216Building Bridges: Honoring our blessings and our leaders
216At the Monument: Living History
215Up The Creek Without A Paddle: The NRD wants to do what with your money?
215Our View: Childcare not school district’s role
215Fourth of July meetings
215From the hill: Giving Thanks
214Our View: County Manager option leads to Good Old Boys' Club
214Five Good Reasons to Create an Investment Strategy
214Completely Different: I go to seek a Great Perhaps
214Life in the Rearview Mirror: The world is a stage
214Teen Voice: Holiday horrors
214Lyman Review: Winter's dog
214Dear Fellow Nebraskans: We Are Proud of the Nebraska National Guard
214Building Bridges: Be American - help your candidate
214Linked Lives
214Across The Fence: The Harmar Campaign
214News from Lincoln: PROPERTY TAXES REMAIN THE NUMBER ONE FOCUS, BUT WHERE IS THE FIX?
213From the Superintendent’s Desk - Financial Outlook for Gering Public Schools
213Teen Voice: The daily struggle to a lifelong battle
213From the hill: Back to Where it All Began
212Teen Voice: Home is where the heart is
212At the Monument: Museum collections
212Across The Fence: Charley Nebo, cowboy; just passin’ through
212Curiosity Corner: A forever Christmas
211Teen Voice: Body image
211Teen Voice: Remember what you have
211Jane’s Secret column on hiatus
211From the hill: Working for you
210Website Resources
209From the Pastor's Pen: Lord, teach us to pray
209Teen Voice: Go ahead, make my day
209Building Bridges: Supporting our teachers supports our children
208Letter to Editor clarifies drug testing policy
208Jack’s Insights: Knowing harvest
208At the Monument: So You want to be a Ranger?
208From the capitol: A new era for the Nebraska National Guard
208Curiosity Corner: Exploring the Oregon Trail, backwards
207Teeing Off: Lessons learned from golf
207At the Zoo: Spring in to the zoo
207College Thoughts: Rotten for the minds? Think again
207No-Till Notes: 10 tips
206From the Superintendent’s Desk - District purchase of building
206Life in the Rearview Mirror: Personal control of an individual response
206Teen Voice: What’s so great about pizza?
206Life in the Rearview Mirror: Work is more than a four-letter word
206Teen Voice: Do It Anyway
206In the Hills: Pollinators – the buzz
205Miss Movies: Ten movies for romance
205Teen Voice: Congratulations, you’re awful
205From the hill: Protecting Our Local Communities
204In the Hills: Awesome Amphibians and Rough Reptiles
204Building Bridges: Know DOVES and know about domestic violence
204Jane’s Secret: The Telling
204Across The Fence: Salt Creek Massacre, May 18, 1871
204News from Lincoln: TIF program gets abused
203Life in the Rearview Mirror: I hate coffee
203Building Bridges: Help! is the key word for the holidays
203In the Hills: Nature for the Holidays
203To whom are we thankful?
202A Halloween Story: The scary dream
201Completely Different: New Year’s Resolutions
201Rural America and immigration reform
201Christmas stories from Freshman Academy students
201Compassion, respect don’t cost a thing
200Across the Fence: The Pony Express
200At the Library: “The Master Switch” The rise and fall of information empires By Tim Wu
199Our View: County has some ‘splainin’ to do
199Teen Voice: Unexpected joys of being a sibling
199Curiosity Corner: The Boss of the Plains
199From the hill: Unprovoked dangers
199No-Till Notes: Water conservation, part 2
198Teen Voice: Indulge In moderation
198Completely Different: Perfect memories made in imperfect moments
198Our View: Confidentiality agreement disrespectful
197Across the Fence: Ladies First or First Ladies
195In the Hills: Get to Know Our Feathered Travelers
195The Good Life: Reflecting on the first six years of the Gering Citizen
194Our View: The elephant in the room
194Teeing Off: The thing about state
194No-Till Notes: Water Conservation, part 3
192
192At the Library: “I Shall Be Near to You” By Erin Lindsay McCabe
191Teen Voice: The Other Side
191Be kind through communications
191 Giving thanks for family, faith and friends
190No-Till Notes: A word about weed control
190Across The Fence: The Long Hard Pull
190Across The Fence: From the Golden Gate to the Big Apple
189Our View: Officials should take advantage of available training
188Power of legumes
188From the Hill: LEAP to New Opportunities
188Teen Voice: Dating scene has come a long way
187Across The Fence: Antoine Barada, larger than life
187Stop texting your wish-list to Santa
185From the capitol: Budgeting the Nebraska Way
183Jack’s Insights: We could all benefit from more ‘think’ time
182Jane’s Secret, XC: Clem’s story
182Across The Fence: Charles Goodnight a Man of Indomitable Spirit (Part I)
182From the hill: Spurring Innovation
181All Points West: The only stupid question
181Across The Fence: The Solomon River Stampede
181An open letter to Trump supporters
181From the hill: The PAWS Act
180Across The Fence: Ms. Goodale and the Ghost Dance War (Part II of III)
180Infamy - by Richard Reeves
180No-till Notes: CSC Classroom
180Jane’s Secret, XCIII: Hazel’s story
180From the Capitol: Investing in infrastructure
180A book review: Once Shadows Fall, by Robert Daniels
179
179Across The Fence: Van Tassell
179No-till Notes” Conservation Agriculture, part 2
179A national day of Thanksgiving
179Guest View: Nebraska (property) tax system ‘dysfunctional’
178No-Till Notes: PNTP Field Days
178Across The Fence: The Butterfield Overland Mail
178Our view: Getting the Gering plaza right
177At the Monument: Find Your Park
176Rural mail will suffer with more mail plant closures
175Teen Voice: By my side until the newness wears off
175A Stray Moment: Precious time is time shared
175No-Till Notes: Field Days, thank you
175Across The Fence: Thunder Rolling Down the Mountain (Part I)
175From the capitol: Practicing Fiscal Restraint
174
174The Good Life: All that remains is love
174Jane’s Secret LXV Quicksand
174 The Blight Way – Bo Tully #1 - by Patrick F. McManus
174Curiosity Corner: Amazing Grace
173
172
172Jane’s Secret, LXVII For heaven’s sake
172Jane’s Secret, LXVIII: An old wrong revealed
172A Stray Moment: ‘The Man Who Fell to Earth’
172Capitol View: Partisan politics, debates and complaints
171Star Gazing: Arts programming, something to be considered
171No-Till Notes: Field Pea disease
170Jane’s Secret, XCI: Sticks and stones
170LR 35 is a dangerous proposition for our state and nation
169Jack’s Insights: Research and Extension Center to undergo review
167At the Monument: Domestic Animals on the Oregon Trail
167No-Till Notes: It’s more than no tillage
167No-Till Notes: Reminiscing
167Right up Your Allie: A new day, a new me
166Building Bridges: Shovels and skills are as valuable as degrees
166A Stray Moment: Leonard Nimoy - Live long and prosper
166Across The Fence: Fort Sanders: A Forgotten fort on the U. P. line
166News From Lincoln: Session gets underway
166Teen Voice: That was intense
165No Till Notes: Moving Forward
164Jane’s Secret LII: Eavesdroppers
163Across the Fence: Buffalo Baron, Charles Rath
163From the capitol: It’s Fall in Nebraska
163No-Till Notes: Power of Legumes, Part 4
163Jane’s Secret, XCVII: The vision
162Achieving your dreams takes work
162Jane’s Secret, LXVI: The note
162From the capitol: Keeping Nebraska Safe
161Jane’s Secret LX: Stephen’s onus
161Jane’s Secret, XCVI: Threads
160Across the Fence: Re-writing Wyoming’s history
160Across the Fence: A gathering of warriors at Arikaree Fork
160Jane’s Secret, XCIV: Hazel’s story, part II
159No-Till Notes: The Power of Legumes, part II
157Jane’s Secret LVII: A mystery revealed
155No Till Notes: Colorado Conservation Tillage Association Conference
155No-Till Notes: Observations, part 2
155Jane’s Secret LXII: True colors
155No-Till Notes: Irrigation rotation
155Our view: Let’s get the downtown we deserve
155Across The Fence: The Zeek Homestead
154‘The Life We Bury’ by By Allen Eskens A book review
154No-till Notes: Stripper head
154No Till Notes: Potential, part 2
154No Till Notes: Residue levels
152Across The Fence: From Wounded Knee to the Land of Oz
152No-Till Notes: Water Conservation, part 3
151Our View: City needs to hit green with eatery
150Across The Fence: To Honor a Flag
150Senior View: People get old, but hugs don’t
148No-Till Notes: Potential
148No-Till Notes: Observations
148Across The Fence: Edmund Guerrier: Custer’s scout in 1867
147A Stray Moment: Je ne suis pas Charlie Hebdo
147The Good Life: There is good everywhere
147No-Till Notes: Field peas and age
147Anno Domini: It’s a Grand Old Flag
146Star Gazing: My father’s daughter
145No Till Notes: It’s All About the Carbon
145Across The Fence: Battle of Valverde and The Texas Lancers
145No-Till Notes: The power of legumes, part 3
145Teen Voice: Ready for the world? Get real
144Jane’s Secret LIII: The bargain
143Senioritis: Get your seniors moving, grooving
142Tumbleweeds on the loose
141Jane's Secret LVI: A mystery part II
141From the Capitol: Prioritizing taxpayers
140No-Till Notes: No-Till Conference
140Jack’s Insights: Basing decisions on facts, not opinion
140Teen Voice: Looking to be teacher’s pet?
139Across The Fence: No way to treat a lady
139Jane’s Secret LXIII: Gertrude’s choice
139No-Till Notes: Water Conservation, part 2
138Across the Fence: Surrender, April 9, 1865
138Across the Fence: An Old Barn and new memories
137Jane’s Secret LIV The bargain part II
137Across The Fence: Phileas Fogg gets bested by a girl
137No-Till Notes: Water conservation
137Teen Voice: What makes young people truly outstanding?
136Letter to the Editor: A call to defend the U.S. Constitution
135Across The Fence: Road Trip and Discoveries
132A mom’s thoughts on social media
132All Points West: Nation at a crossroads after 9-11
130Our View: Lowering teen wage makes Nebraska small
130Torn between now and somewhere down the line
129Across The Fence: Ms. Goodale and the Ghost Dance War (Part I)
128Across The Fence: Charles Goodnight; A Man of Indomitable Spirit (Part II of II)
126No-Till Notes: Path to Soil Health
126Building Bridges: On tourism and trash
125No Till Notes: Seven billion plus
123Simply October
121No-Till Notes: Path to Soil Health II
121Enjoy the festivities
120At the Monument: Bird Homes at the Bluff
120Easter
120Review: ‘Half Bad’ by author Sally Green
120I love Thanksgiving
120Underground Airlines by Ben H. Winters
119A Stray Moment: Winter Wonderland (and Thank You to the Snow Crews)
118The Good Life: Looking back on 2014
117At the Monument: Geology and its impacts
117Walkable, bikeable communities
117In My View: It’s never too early to start thinking about retirement
115Teen View: My crazy, wonderful life
114The Pros: Doctors, Lawyers and...Teachers?
113Our view: United we can build
113At the Library: Very Good Lives by J.K. Rowling
110Across The Fence: The Youngest Discoverer
109Across The Fence: Ms. Goodale and The Ghost Dance War (Part III)
109Our View: Law enforcement deserves respect
107Capitol View: Death and taxes, perennial issue draws attention
102NRD Update: National Groundwater Awareness Week
99Across The Fence: …and a Happy New Year.
98Guest Opinion: Nebraska losing big-time
96At the Library:Neil Patrick Harris: Choose Your Own Autobiography
95Lyman Review: The Frozen Tundra
95Building Bridges: The ‘School of Hard Knocks’ teaches life
93Building Bridges: Building a bridge that lasts and endures
93Welcome home
92At the Monument: Water, Will There Be Enough?
90Teen View: My crazy, wonderful life
89Taking Flight: From War Orphan to Star Ballerina At the Library
86At the Library: Smoke Gets in Your Eyes: And Other Lessons from the Crematory by Caitlin Doughty
81Letter to the Editor
79Letter to the Editor - Injection well public hearing restricts participation
77‘Is there something I can do?’
73Letter to the Editor
70
70Across the Fence: Oliver T. Jackson, Colorado pioneer
66Our View: Streamlining is great...when all are informed
66Teen Voice: Leaving a leader’s legacy
65Letter to the Editor
63At the Library: The Underground Girls of Kabul - In Search of a Hidden Resistance in Afghanistan
62Our View: A failure to communicate
60To The Editor
56Jane’s Secret LV A mystery
Most Read News Stories of 2012
8093Jane's Secret, part X: The arrival
2955Across The Fence: C.B. Irwin: Wyoming’s “Giant Cowboy”
1787Teen Voice: Choosing CHOICES
1350Across the Fence: Trails across Nebraska
1298All Points West: Making sense of Pokemon Go craze
1294From the Superintendent's Desk: State report card
1230The Oregon Trail’ by Rinker Buck
1186From the capitol: Customer Friendly Government
1031All Points West: We’re on the same team
998Capitol View: What have we become America? Where are the answers?
714The Good Life: Memorial Day more than barbeque
701No-Till Notes: "Different Approaches"
697Capitol View: Term limits, partisan governor changing Nebraska Legislature
694Building Bridges: #speaklife is a goal for students, a goal for all
684News from Lincoln: Cooperation assures fire safety
680Capitol View: Plans coming together for 150th birthday
667Curiosity Corner: Playing the Nebraska license plate game
643From the capitol: An Unfair and Unjust Law
639All Points West: Long live great coffee
619Capitol View: Term limits tossing out 11 veterans
605All Points West: Bullying death shocks family
597Washington Report: Working together to fight overreach
590Dynasty made Gering the biggest little town in Nebraska
588Across The Fence: Portugee Phillips and a horse named Dandy
586Across The Fence: The Pawnee and human sacrifice
584Book Review: The Bone Clocks by David Mitchell
571Washington Report: Excellence in economic development
567Capitol View: National Republican Convention 60 years ago had Nebraska twist
564Across The Fence: Barbecue Campbell and the XIT
554The final decades of Howard Hughes after his fake death
535Capitol View: Nice or not, Tourism Commission dealings under the microscope
529Capitol View: The end is near, haste makes waste
520Across the Fence: Cheyenne County, Nebraska: cattle country
514News from Lincoln: Positive impact of schools, business
511Teen Voice: Playing backup goalie was the best thing
509Teen Voice: DC trip offered a spectrum of humanity
507No-Till Notes: Cheat grass
506In My View: Defying disabilities
501Capitol View: The watched pot begins to boil
501Capitol View: Voting no? Do you have a better solution?
501Capitol View: The interim, that awkward time
500Across the Fence: Roosevelt’s campaign tour of the west
496Washington: Protecting taxpayers
492News from Lincoln: Senator celebrates cowboy culture
491Washington Report: Reining in a lawless EPA
484Washington Report: Power of the Purse
484Washington report: Young Nebraskans serving community and country
484Washington Report: Competing in a global economy
484Washington Report: Obamacare’s continued co-op failures
478All Points West: Here’s to qualified moms everywhere
475Capitol View: The Hall of Fame Commission wants to hear from you
474Bulldog Time: Teachers need to adjust their Habitudes
471All Points West: Hitting a milestone, plus one
461From the hill: Connecting Through Safe Skies
452Washingorn report: American leadership needed in a chaotic world
444From the hill: Accountability Matters
439From the Hill: Working for Offutt
439All Points West: We couldn’t stop the fire
439Curiosity Corner: Rattlesnakes: the good, the bad, and the ugly
438Across the Fence: Black Hills Gold and the Thoen Stone
434From the hill: “Hello” World
433Curiosity Corner: A very bad, bad storm
432Observations Only : White water
428All Points West: Staying alive in the gun trade
427Teen Voice: Rape decision sends wrong message
426Capitol View: One year later, some things have changed
425Across the Fence: Sioux Ordnance Depot: stories to be told
425Across The Fence: Amos Bad Heart Bull
423Washington report: Helping Nebraska producers feed the world
421From the capitol: A System That Cares
421From the Hill: May in Nebraska
419From the hill: Good Neighbors
418News from Lincoln: Senator addresses aging population
417Across The Fence: Massacre Canyon
417All Points West: Rising above ourselves
417News from Lincoln: New technology brings new challenges
415All Points West: Looking for holiday inspiration?
414From the Hill: We must unite to defeat ISIL
412All Points West: Coming home, a veteran’s perspective on what it means
412Washington Report: Regulation rewind rolls on
412From the hill: Kerrie On
411All Points West: Suffering from American-itis:
409Across The Fence: Hinhan Kaga Paha
409All Points West: One of the dog days of summer
406Capitol View: Wild life proposal costly but worthwhile
406Anno Domini: The memorial nobody wants
404Jane’s Secret, XXXX: A tale of mayhem
404Battle of Summit Springs, part II: Warpath to White Bear Creek
404Washington Report: Joining forces to fight red tape
403Anno Domini: Independence, an ideal worth celebrating
403A Stray Moment: Prince – When Doves Cry
401Anno Domini: Still flying high at 239
400All Points West: Newspapers still hold value
400Washington Report: A better way to help those in need
399Washington: Mindful of our heroes
398Capitol View: Could they get elected again?
397No-Till Notes: Managing your bucket
396Capitol View: What just happened? Is it over yet?
394Teen Voice: Teen slang
390Across the Fence: Judge Roy Bean : Texas prizefight promoter
390A Stray Moment - A night owl born to an 8 to 5 world
390Capitol View: State aid proposal just might make some sense
389Curiosity Corner: An Uncommon Christmas Story
389Teen Voicen: Is there a cure for Senioritis?
388Anno Domini: On this remembering day
387Jack’s Insights – April 2016
387From the hill: A Bipartisan Biotech Compromise
385News from Lincoln: The 2016 session is winding down
385Small Business: Group ranks Nebraska among worst for taxes
383Across The Fence: The Hat Creek Outpost
383Anno Domini: Ask the digital dust
382Capitol View: Memorial Day is over, it must be summer
382Washington report: Why we need international tax reform
382Jane’s Secret, CXI: A bloody Day
382Capitol View: Nebraska Democrats - yes Democrats - making some noise
381A look at - and helping - the State of the Valley
379Anno Domini: The Textbook of Freedom
379Capitol View: Four fountains becoming a capitol reality, finally
377Capitol View: Considering additional education choices
377News from Lincoln: Concluding the 2016 Legislative Session
376Building Bridges: Turning a space into a sense of place
375Teen Voice: Social media preys on short attention spans
374Across The Fence: Flossie, love child of the eighties.
373News from Lincoln: Going under the knife
370Capitol View: Legislature overrides gubernatorial vetoes
370Guest Column: Tax reform can add certainty to budget picture
369Anno Domini: We gather together
369Across The Fence: A Fourth of July Montage
369Washington Report: Keeping meat on the menu
368Capitol View: There was more to the session than just the big ticket items
367Across the Fence - Catherine’s boys
367Observations Only: Gone away
366All Points West: Taking action against child abuse
366News from Lincoln: Educating our youth about Nebraska
365Jane’s Secret, CXIV: The secret
365In my view: Citizens back protecting themselves
364A Stray Moment: Learning how to walk
364Capitol View: Veterans’ treatment court idea just makes sense
364From the Capitol: Holding government accountable
363Washington report: Conservative Champions
362Teen Voice: Against all odds? No sweat
362Washington Report: Keeping government accessible
361All Points West: Getting to the truth of the matter
361Washington report: Addressing the rising cost of higher education
360Across the Fence: Missing; Nelson Buck survey party
360Capitol View: The Legislature did provide tax relief
360Jane’s secret, CVIII: Bridget’s lament
360Curiosity Corner: If old barns could talk
360News from Lincoln: Group studies state’s economic future
359Teen Voice: Nobody else can lower you
359News from Lincoln: Health services continue to improve
358Capitol View: The 103rd Legislature is history … finally
358Curiosity Corner: Black Robe and Horse Creek Treaty
357Teen Voice: What diabetes taught me
357Capitol View: Yes, Virginia, the Legislature has done something, so far
357Capitol View: Delay tactics a gamble as session draws to a close
355The Good Life: A holiday recipe for peace
355Teen Voice: Writing love on our hearts
353Across the Fence: Burnett’s Mound and the Topeka tornado
352Across the Fence: Bose Ikard; Texas Cowboy
352Capitol View: Lincoln Highway captures spotlight
352Across The Fence: A day For thanks
352All Points West: Led by our tongues
351Across the Fence: All aboard the Transcontinental Express
351Across The Fence: Freedom Triumphant Over War and Peace
349Across the Fence: Charles Badger Clark
348Teen Voice: Until we say goodbye
348Teen Voice: Is respect dead?
348Jane’s Secret, CVI: The meeting
347Washington report: Keeping our commitment to Nebraska veterans
346Capitol View: It sounded like a good idea at first
346Healthy: What you believe, you become
346From the capitol: Growing Overseas Trade
344Across the Fence: Pawnee legends in the Nebraska Panhandle
344Across the Fence; Massacre on the Marias River
343A Stray Moment: Tacos! Our embarrassment of riches
343Across The Fence: The hanging of Cornelius Donahue a.k.a. John A. Hurley
343Across the Fence: Here lies Major Alexander Culbertson
342A Stray Moment: Earth Day, am I doing my part?
342Teen Voice: The gift of caring
341Capitol View: Redistricting needs new procedure
341News from Lincoln: Veterans Day
341News from Lincoln: Filibuster kills gun rights bill
340No-Till Notes: Looking Back
340No Till Notes:
339Across the Fence: Discovering Ed Stemler
339Across the Fence: Class of ’67, last remnants of home
339Anno Domini: Charlie Brown’s Christmas Miracle
338Teen Voice: Family for all intents and purposes
337A Stray Moment: Star Trek: Infinite diversity in infinite combinations
337A Stray Moment: In praise of encouragement
336Across The Fence: Billy Dixon; Plainsman, Hunter, Indian fighter and Scout
336Thinking About Health: The challenge of signing up for Obamacare
336Capitol View: Clock keeps tickin,’ many issues remain unresolved
336Capitol View: Legislature to tackle meatier issues
336Capitol View: Legal battle continues over Panhandle fracking decision
336Guest Columnist: Nebraska takes more from taxpayers, when compared with other states
335Jane’s Secret, XXIII: Molly’s plan
335Capitol View:Lawmakers see the faces of the uninsured
335Jane’s Secret, CIV: Fool’s luck part II
335Jane’s Secret, CIX: Windfall
334Across The Fence: Over The Edge; Niagara’s Argonauts
333A Stray Moment: Having a blast on the Fourth of July
332Capital View: Can prison reform survive property tax relief?
332Across The Fence: Steamboats on the Missouri
332News from Lincoln: Senator fights for local control
331From the Capitol: Budget balanced
331Jane’s Secret, CX: Final arrangements
331The Good Life: Honoring our pioneer legacy
330News from Lincoln: State to release plan to fight Alzheimer’s
329Across The Fence: The Three Guardsmen
329Capitol View: Pay attention to death penalty ballot wording
328A Stray Moment: Robin Williams – Good night sweet prince
327Observations Only: Critical thinking
326Across the Fence: The hand dug well
326Across the Fence: Battle of Summit Springs, Part I: Tall Bull Killed
326No-Till Notes: 10 tips, part 3
326All Points West: Having our Park cake, and eating it too
325What's the deal with organic milk?
325Our View: Why rush the interlocal agreement?
325Anno Domini: Giving thanks for what matters
325Washington report: Opportunities for young Nebraskans
324From the hill: Nebraska’s Special Heroes
324All Points West: A prairie pursuit of happiness
324Jane’s Secret, CVII: The meeting, part II
324All Points West: Time for gathering around the table
323Across the Fence: Dull Knife’s Quest, part 1
323Across The Fence: The Spanish Flu
323Nebraska Beef: It’s What’s For Dinner
322The Good Life: Today we celebrate Global Oneness Day
322Our View: Community responsible for kids
322Teen Voice: To the future
322Building Bridges: Objectivity and fairness make a winning plan
322Wind Farms Expand, But Can They Survive Political Wrangling?
322News from Lincoln: Senator seeks EMT tax exemption
322News from Lincoln: Senator requests priority for dignity act
321Across The Fence: Jules, Jack and lawless justice
321Across The Fence: Three Queens, Women in Rodeo.
320Completely Different: The bucket list phenomenon
320Across the Fence: A Cheyenne weekend
319All Points West: A warm feeling on a big winter day
319Washington Report: A better way to empower Americans
318Observations Only: Expect the best, part II
318Capitol View: Warning: Election Year Legislative session ahead
318Jane’s Secret, CII: Fool’s bargain, part II
317Observations Only: Sister lost
317A Stray Moment: My brother, a canoe, and Big Lake Alice
316Thinking about Health: Getting insurance under the Affordable Care Act
316Across the Fence: John Colter, the first mountain man
316Teen Voice: Having Faith, the world is beautiful
315All Points West: We shall not give into fear
314Across The Fence: Celebrating the 120th anniversary of the Chadron to Chicago Cowboy Race, part I
314Jane’s Secret, XXXII Jane’s Bad Day
314Building Bridges: Save the world, educate through agriculture
314Capitol View: Property tax debate continues as session winds down
313Across the Fence: Old barns and memories
312Across the Fence: Rural free delivery
312I'm falling for Tumblr?
312A Stray Moment: For the love of theatre
311Across the Fence: Cynthia Ann Parker, Comanche captive
310Across the Fence: Amanda
310Across The Fence: Captain Silas S. Soule; The face of moral courage
310Creativity dampened by standardized testing
309Across the Fence: The Overland Camel Company
309Anno Domini: Curtain Call: A Song for a Friend
308Totally Random: Astrology: It’s all in the stars…
308No-Till Notes: Harvesting water
307Teen Voice: Thanksgiving
307Across the Fence: Prelude to Battle
307A Stray Moment: Reflections on Oregon Trail Days
307Capitol View: They’re back, and look what they brought with them
307From the hill: EPA mandates are harming Nebraskans
306Curiosity Corner: A Tale of Two Giants: Frederic and Theodore
306Anno Domin: The backroads of my mind
305Jane's Secret XXXIV: Gin Rummy
305Building Bridges: Chautauqua will bring out the best in everyone
305No-Till Notes: Water Funding Task Force
305Across The Fence: Grandpa’s Grays
305From the Capitol: Good Life, Great Opportunity
304Jane’s secret, XXVI: The suitcase
304The Good Life: It’s hard to believe, the Citizen is four years old
304The Good Life: Christina Baker’s mom: Thank you
304Across The Fence: Scalped at Plum Creek
303Completely Different: The good, the bad, and the remedy
303News from Lincoln: Transgender issues need to be addressed
302Jane’s Secret, XXV: Mysteries
302Jane’s Secret, XXVII: Town Meeting
302Jane’s Secret XXXVII: A starry night
302Across The Fence: Moc-chi, A Southern Cheyenne warrior
302Across the Fence: New eyes on the Panhandle
302From the Hill: Providing Better Health Care for Our Children
301Across the Fence - Boston: April 18, 1775
301A Stray Moment: A voice from the past, haunting myself
301No-Till Notes: Dakota Lakes Dry Land Rotations
301Capitol View: Let the state budget planning, whining begin
300Across The Fence: The Pawnee on Pumpkin Creek
300Why you should visit the zoo in February
300News from Lincoln: Nebraska needs tax reform
300Across The Fence: The Christmas Truce of 1914
299No-Till Notes: Different Approaches Part II
299All Points West: A community on the move
299All Points West: Living outside my comfort zone
298From the Superintendent’s Desk - Option Enrollment
298Totally Random: Life’s ripples
298SBNM View: Do you want to be a VIP?
298Jane’s Secret XLVIII: Jane’s agenda
298Washington report: Protecting the Constitutional right to bear arms
298Capitol View: Can Nebraska afford another assault on Cash Reserve Fund?
297A Stray Moment: I love Sookie Stackhouse
297A Stray Moment: - The case for Hagel
297No-Till Notes: Plan to attend 2014 No-Till Conference
297Jane’s Secret: Jane’s Secret XLIV: Jail break
296Observations Only: Sisters lost, part IV
296The Good Life: A farm girl in my heart
296Building Bridges: Being grateful for the hardships in life
296News from Lincoln: Legislation addressed parks system
295The Good Life: Through my father’s eyes
295Across The Fence: Mustangs on Pumpkin Creek
295Jane’s Secret: Jane’s Secret, XLII: Sunflowers
295Across the Fence: Aftermath: Part III, The Battle of Summit Springs
295Across The Fence: Relay race to Roseburg
295News from Lincoln: Looking ahead to the 2016 Legislative session
294A Stray Moment: All's well that ends well, usually
294Across The Fence; ‘Johnny Appleseed’ of the Oregon Trail
294Across the Fence: The Spring Creek Raid
294All Points West: Huskers win hearts and minds at Holiday Bowl
294News from Lincoln: Time flies on legislative session
293Across the Fence: Bloody Pocket, the final battle
293The Good Life - The worst day on record at the Citizen
293Across the Fence: When Lady Luck sleeps
293A ‘city’ kid goes to the fair
293Totally Random: December 6, the day I lived
293Teen Voice: Shopping days or holidays?
293No-Till Notes: “Fish and Mud”
293From the hill: Remembering the Fallen
292Across the Fence: David F. Cook and ‘Indian Joe’
292Jane’s Secret: Jane’s Secret XLV: Gun smoke
292No Till Notes: Final Stop
292Think about manufacturing at polls
291Jane’s Secret: Jane’s Secret, XLIII: Jail house rock
291From the hill: A Safer Place
290Observations Only: Going home
290Across The Fence: First train from Saply Grove
290Across the Fence: On the Old Chisholm Trail
290All Points West: Never far from the trail
289From the Superintendent’s Desk: Thanks for the memories
289Building Bridges: Following the spirit of Gering
289Washington report: To protect Americans, stop underestimating ISIS
289From the capitol: Infrastructure Facilitates Life
288Across the Fence: Standing on the wagon
288No-Till Notes:Enjoyable meeting
288Across the Fence: The Battle of Hungry Hill
288The Christmas Story
288Star Gazing: Earth Day call to action: we must do more
288News from Lincoln: Nebraska’s roads still a challenge
288Washington: Service to Nebraskans comes first
288Washington Report: Innovation in agriculture
287Across the Fence: Ah-ho-appa (fallen leaf)
287Across the Fence: Fort Mitchell on the Great Platte River Road
287Across the Fence: A Cowboy kind of Christmas
287No-Till Notes: Drilling Edible Beans, part 2
287Guest Opinion: Property tax levies part of problem
287Curiosity Corner: Roubidoux mysteries, part II
286A Stray Moment: God Knows
286Observations Only: Waiting time
286Observations Only: A day in August
286A Stray Moment: To honor them all their days
286News from Lincoln: Property tax relief still in the works
285Teen Voice: What I’ve learned
284The Good Life: The best Christmas gift
284Jane’s Secret, XXIV: The last drive
284The Good Life: Extending grace, the lost art
284Teen Voice: I’ll be healthy – tomorrow
284Teen Voice:  Body bashing and self-image
284No-Till Notes: American Society of Agronomy
283Jane’s Secret, XXVIII: Lame Johnny
283The Good Life: Cooler breezes bring anticipation of fall
283Jane’s Secret, XXXIII: Night walk
283Observations Only: Final moment
283From the hill: Nebraska’s Heroes
283Teen Voice: Thankful for memories, hard work
282Jane’s Secret, part XXII: While the cat’s away
282Observations Only: Good and evil
282Building Bridges: Building us up to be what others see
282The Good Life: What a wild ride it’s been
282Across the Fence: The Battle of Coon Creek
282A Stray Moment: Library at Legion Park worth exploring
282Capitol View: A new twist just might get health insurance for the working poor
281Time keeps flowing like a river
281A Stray Moment: Without a net
281Barr’s Bacon Wrapped Fantasy Picks: A rookie's guide to drafting your dream team
281Observations Only: Reality check
281Washington report: A new chapter for the U.S. House
281Capitol View: Lawmakers want to consider old friend, school foundation aid
281News from Lincoln: The Forecasting Board met, priority designation is completed
281Jane’s Secret, CV: The quarrel
281Capitol View: Newbies and a shortfall = toxic mix in next Legislature
280Building Bridges: Cleaning up for company--or not--reveals a lot
280Washington report: Young leaders in Nebraska agriculture
279A Stray Moment : Carry the weight
279Lyman Review: Now that's a set of handlebars!
279Building Bridges: Planning now for tourism season 2014
279No-Till Notes: Joe Franks Memorial
279Jane’s Secret, XLI Black widow spider
279Across the Fence: The Colorado Coalfield War
279No-Till Notes: The value of water
279Across The Fence: “Medicine Bill”
279Capitol View: Where’s the peace and joy in border closings and gun-free zones?
279From the hill: Healing Our Nation
279Capitol View: It’s that awkward time of year
278A last look at the Nebraska Zone
278Observations Only: Afraid of the dark
278Across The Fence: Justice in the Big Horn Basin
278No-til Notes: Changing plans
278Letters to the Editor
278Across The Fence: Deserters or Outcasts; Three who left. (Part I)
277Observations Only: Temptation
277The Good Life: A time to be proud of our ancestors
277Across The Fence: Union Pacific robbery at Big Springs
277Across The Fence: Billy Dixon at Adobe Walls, June 1874
277Observations Only: The vigil
277Across the Fence: Investigation at Spring Creek
277Across the Fence: Who was Martha Jane Canary?
277Building Bridges – Teens in the Driver Seat is a program for LIFE
277From the hill: Drowning in Regulation
277News from Lincoln: Committee reviews property tax proposals
277Jane’s Secret, XCV: Hazel’s decision
277Capitol View: Pig ownership may be defining moment in urban-rural relations
276Across the Fence: Fact, fiction or fragmented dreams?
276Observations Only: A gift of serenity
276 Across the Fence: ‘Aunt Sally’ and Dakota Gold
276From the Hill: Protecting Your Financial Decisions
275Jane’s Secret, part XX: Change of plans
275Observations Only: A soul's journey, part III
275Guest Voices…
275Observations Only: The awful truth
275Teen Voice: Stress test
275Building Bridges: Observing bullies, abuse and pastors
275Jane’s Secret XLVI: Sour grapes
275For the love of the game – best courses in the valley
275Jane’s Secret XLVII: A stormy afternoon
275Across the Fence: Before Barbed Wire
275At the Library: Son by Lois Lowry
274Cat on a Hot Tin Roof a mixed bag
274A Stray Moment: Now is the winter of our disconnect
274Observations Only: Saint Marge
274Teen Voice: My rebellion
274Observations Only: The last toothpick
274Book Review: I Forgot to Remember By Su Meck
274Building Bridges: Five years old IS a milestone
274Teen Voice: Pancakes a better fundraising flavor
273Observations Only: Curious things
273The Good Life: People of the Valley, we have a choice
273Completely Different: The game is afoot, a look at Sherlock Holmes
273Observations Only: Indifferent love
273Totally Random: My journey, life after living
273Building Bridges: Love your enemies
273A Stray Moment: Goodbye old house – sorting their things
272Jane’s Secret, XXIX: Fred’s debacle
272Observations Only: A matter of paradox
272Observations Only: A sad week
272Jane’s Secret XLX: Day’s end
272Washington report: The hope of Christmas in an uncertain world
271Teen: Voice : Drinking enough water
271Across the Fence: Wasicu Wakan
271Across the Fence: Remembering English Joe
271Washington Report: Improving rural air service
270A Stray Moment: World War Two is not forgotten
270Observations Only: A matter of matter
270Jane’s Secret, XXX: A new wrinkle
270Across The Fence: The Heartland plague of 1874-75
270Across the Fence; Prelude to the Red River War of 1874
270The Good Life: The lasting effects of bullying
270Jane’s Secret XXXVI:  The dream
270Jane’s Secret, XXXVIII: Bad girls
270Across the Fence: The Blizzard of ‘49
270Across The Fence: Crazy Horse’s Last Battle
270Capitol View: Trying times, bright spots at corrections
269Observations Only: Uneventful flight
269Across The Fence: Crow Dog, Spotted Tail’s assassin
269A Stray Moment: O Holy Night
268Across the Fence: Dull Knife’s Quest: Part 2 of 2
268Teen Voice: Equality
268Completely Different: The Marilyn Monroe conundrum
268The Good Life: Innovation and young energy enriches us all
268Observations Only: Off to the races
268Jane’s Secret LIX: Gertrude’s vow
268The Good Life: Eclipse, a metaphor for life
268Jane’s Secret, C: The first goodbye
267Across the Fence: The much maligned Ms. Watson
267The Lyman Review: I love baby ducks
267Observations Only: Fuzzy angel
267A Stray Moment: Football – Violence, Death, and Denial
267A Stray Moment: Thanksgiving myths and traditions
267Anno Domini: A time when manners were more important
267Jane’s Secret, CXIII: New York
267Washington Report: Standing against abuses of power
266Completely Different: It's all in the family
266Observations Only: The last goodbye
266Across the Fence: Six went to the gallows
266A Stray Moment: Brand new used cars
266Mom Knows Best: Is your grad ready to say goodbye?
266News from Lincoln: In praise of Nebraska’s citizens
265Observations Only: A fine line
265Guest Editorial: The future of health care at Regional West
265Teen Voice: Too many activities leads to negative effects
265News from Lincoln: Packing bill is a bad idea
264Teen Voice: Go ahead, make my day
264Observations Only: Hog wash
264Observations Only: One more time
264Across the Fence: The Cholera Corridor
264View from Capitol Hill: Solutions for our economy and the budget
264Building Bridges: Oregon Trail Days—making our present a celebrated past
264No-Till Notes: Enjoyable Day
264News from Lincoln: State Senators visit western Nebraska
263Jane’s Secret, Part XVIV: Crystal Waters
263From the Superintendent’s Desk - Haig and Aurora Buildings
263Observations Only: A soul's journey, part two
263The Good Life: Mom, my partner in life
263Teen Voice: Dealing with stress
263Observations Only: Willfulness
263Building Bridges: Celebrating the Bulldog homecoming
263Welcome to the ‘New’ in Gering
263Washington Report: Honoring America’s heroes
263
263Why parents are important
262Totally Random: October, the pink month
262No-till Notes: Moving forward
262In the Hills: Nebraska Bighorn Sheep
262Building Bridges: Regionalism should be focus of our core-idor
261Jane’s Secret XXXV: Bugs and things
261Capitol View: Say goodbye to ConAgra, but don’t lament departure
260Observations Only: Curious things, part II
260Totally Random: Hemp: considering the real benefits of the miracle plant
260Jane’s Secret XLIX: Phillip’s agenda
260 Across The Fence: County Fair
260Lawmakers taking another shot at Medicaid expansion
260From the hill: A Highway Bill for Nebraska
260All Points West: The better qualities of leadership
260From the capitol: Maintaining Local Control
260Jane’s Secret, CI Fools bargain
260Jane’s secret, CXVI: The telling
259Jane’s Secret, part XXI: Gertrude’s Agenda
259The Good Life: The two different types of business people
259Lyman Review: Goat-chasing cardio
259A Stray Moment: Time to get moving
259Religious freedom or freedom to discriminate?
259Jane’s Secret LXIV: The rescue
258From the Superintendent’s Desk: Early Childhood Education
258Life in the Rearview Mirror: The Moments we live for
258Across the Fence: Roy Bean; scoundrel with a law book
258Jane’s Secret LII: Eavesdroppers
257Across the Fence: The Great Solomon River Stampede
257Political Cartoon by Doug Hoevet
257Observations Only: The need to understand
257Building Bridges: Pause a moment...save a child’s life
257Letters to the Editor
257News from Lincoln: Tourism can bolster economy
257Jane’s Secret, CIII: Fool’s luck
256From the Superintendent’s Desk: Summer School – 2013
256Observations Only: Beginnings
256Completely Different: Hey there, four eyes!
256Lyman Review: Devil calf
256Teen Voice: The rivalry
256Coach Schadwinkel promoted strong sense of tradition
256Washington report: Feeding a world in need
255A Small World: Special guest
255A Small World: Legends week promises fun for everyone
255No-Till Notes: "Harvest"
255Across The Fence: Barbecue Campbell and the XIT
255Across The Fence: “…a date that will live in infamy.”
255Review: When Breath Becomes Air by Paul Kalanithi
254Observations Only: The shadow of error
254Observations Only: The vision
254Dear Fellow Nebraskans: Governor’s Ag Conference overview
254History Revisited:A Stray Moment: Life (and death) on the Oregon Trail
254No-Till Notes: Annual PNTP Tour
254A Stray Moment: A ‘city boy’ visits the Harvest Festival
254Capitol View: Corrections director knows challenge, forges ahead
254All Points West: The mind is a terrible thing to waste
253Across the Fence: Just For the Thrill of It
253Observations Only: A soul’s journey
253Arts Scene: Theatre West’s Les Miserables not to be missed: Anniversary production proves to be a memorable winner
253At the Monument: Night Sky
252Jane’s Secret, part II: Gertrude’s choice
252Capitol View: Lengthy debate, little progress as Legislature grinds on
251Teen Voice: Fifty reasons to smile
251From the Superintendent’s Desk : Draft Calendar 2013-14
251Completely Different: What’s speech got to do with it?
251Teen Voice: Being a girl
251Jane's Secret, XXXI: Sixes and sevens
251Teeing Off: Around the Green
251No Till Notes: Drilling edible beans
251From the hill: Exposing a Rogue Regime
251From the capitol: Growing a Culture of Life
251In My View: It’s never too early to start thinking about retirement
250Observations Only: Sisters lost, part two
250Observations Only: Expect the best
250Teen Voice: Shadow art
250Totally Random: I’m a backwards reader
250Observations Only: Divine spirit
250Dear Nebraskans: Nebraska is the place for business
250Building Bridges: Seeking a big win out of the 4th quarter
249Across the Fence: Lions, wolves and bears
249Teen Voice: The need to get away
249Observations Only: A good daughter
249No-Till Notes: Back in the field
249Jane’s Secret LI: The telling
249Capitol View: Lawmakers convene 2016 session
248Jane’s Secret, part VIII: Molly's plan
248Dear Fellow Nebraskans: Collegebound Nebraska
248From the Hill: More Work Ahead
248In the Hills: Arbor Day in Nebraska
248Across The Fence: The Eighth Wonder of the World
247Observations Only: Sisters lost, part III
247Completely Different: Do you know John Green?
247 Across the Fence: Remembering Armistice Day
247Teen Voice: My School, Their Rules
247Curiosity Corner: Prince of the prairies, the windmill
246Teen Voice: Gleek tragedy
246Observations Only: The unvarnished truth
246Teen Voice: Silence
246Teen Voice: Sticks and stones
246News from Lincoln: Hog bill vote was disappointing
245Teen Voice: Learning calculus more than numbers
245At the Library: March into a good book
245Building Bridges: Be a Destination Ambassador
245No-Till Notes: Last chance for North, South Dakota tour
244Teen Voice: The benefits of online learning
244Teen Voice: Say yes to branching out
243Jane’s Secret, part VII Clem’s confession
243Jane’s Secret, part IX: Mrs. Huber’s chagrin
243Lyman Review: One mean chicken
243Building Bridges: Tend to 2014 and be Happy, Happy, Happy
243Totally Random: Trusting the fates
243Across The Fence: New England’s Heroine Scalptress
243Prairie Dogs
243Reach out for challenges
243News from Lincoln: Greetings from the Capitol
242Our View: Come home to Nebraska, but not just anywhere
242Teen Voice: Don’t be fooled by fads
242Religious freedom must be protected
242At the Library: One Zentangle a Day
242Across the Fence: Deserters or outcasts; Three who left (Part II)
242Across the Fence: FDR’s New Deal and the CCC
242No-Till Notes: 10 Tips, part 2
241Observations Only: Choices
241Teen Voice: Cyber War
241Teen Voice: Positive effects of social media
241
241Teen Voice: Taking time off, pays off
240Observations Only: Divine prompts
240Lyman Review: The love goat
240Lyman Review: Dog fun
240Letter to the editor
240Capitol View: Credit Where Credit Is Due
239Curiosity Corner : The tale of the travelling train station
239Totally Random: The Golden Rule
239The Good Life: We are the Valley’s emissaries
239Final Point: Golf, cross country feats headline fall season successes
239From the hill: Serving You
239Golden Spade
238Guest Voice: If I could do it over again
238Teen Voice: Saying Goodbye
238From the capitol: Honoring Our Veterans
238No-Till Notes: Two-Thirds
237Observations Only: Journey's end
237Across The Fence: By the dawn’s early light
237Support letters requested for airport
236Completely Different: The Disney princess debate: an exercise in the ridiculous
236Observations Only: The visit
236At the Library: Words of Radiance by Brandon Sanderson
236Final Point: Citizen receives first honor for ‘Final Point’
236Jane’s secret LXI: Molly’s premonition
236A Stray Moment: Summer dreaming about the ’70s
236News From Lincoln: Legislative big crush begins
236Curiosity Corner: Using the brain
236News from Lincoln: Celebrations mean making connections
235A Small World: Chokecherry season evokes memories of yesterday
235Updates from NRD: NRD promotes conservation
235At the Monument: That old (historic) building
235In the Hills: Explore the state parks
235Jack’s Insights: A word about weed control
235Across The Fence: Victory at Valverde and on to Glorieta
235Capitol View: How Nebraska rates is a good tool
234Welcome to Gering and the 92nd Oregon Trail Days Celebration.
234Teeing Off: Persistence
234A real leaning tree Christmas
234Lyman Review: Taste of boot?
234Teen Voice: Trouble Maker or Hard Worker?
234Building Bridges: Serve on the school board—or say no more
234Greetings from the State Capitol
234Gering freshmen introduce personalities, styles: Writing assignment encourages students to let individualism shine
234At the Library: Book Review: “Landline” by Rainbow Rowell
234No-Till Notes: Blue Dasher Farm
234Capitol View: Ricketts, some lawmakers want to put a lid on it, again
233Theatre West’s Cabaret torch burns brightly
233Building Bridges: “New” will become a buzzword in the Valley
233
233Capitol View: Throwing stones at a stubborn man
232Life in the Rearview Mirror: Life enhancing memories
232Building Bridges: Asking officials to speak and work as a body
232Building Bridges: Dive into summer—dive into living
231Lyman Review: Something wicked this way comes
231Update from the NRD: March updates from the NRD
231Lyman Review: Branding Time
231Jane’s secret LVIII: Mr. Valentine
231No-till Notes: Early registration discounts
230Across the Fence: When Fiddler quit running
230Teen Voice: Self-expression
230Teen Voice: Hope for a New Year
230Building Bridges: When ‘FAMILY’ and fellow Nebraskans are all you’ve got
230Sychronicity: Thrive, don't just survive
229Teen Voice - On the outside looking In
229Teen Voice: Inspire me
229At the Monument: Where are the animals?
229Lyman Review: Sheep Royalty
229Teen Voice: He’s my dad
229Teen Voice: Character exceeds good grades
228Teen Voice: Where is the love?
228Fellow Nebraskans: Congratulations on graduation day
228Across The Fence: Battle of the Wabash: St. Clair’s Defeat
228From the capitol: The State of Nebraska Agriculture
228From the hill: Stand Up for Life
228Guest Editorial: Medicaid expansion creates unfair playing field
227Completely Different: The mystery of Vivian Maier
227Across The Fence: Last Christmas
227Miss Movies: Miss Movies recommends her top 10 films of 2013
227Mayor’s Monthly: Moving on Gering’s momentum
227Dear Nebraskans: Massachusetts should not determine Nebraska’s Presidential vote
227Jane’s Secret, XCVIX: Endings and beginnings
227From the Capitol: Legislative session progresses
226Across the Fence: The Spirit of Crazy Horse
226Teen Voice: Living within our means
226Teen Voice: Previously unwritten cell phone rules
226Support emergency services personnel
226Teen Voice: The clock is ticking
226Curiosity Corner: A Christmas with Buffalo Bill
226Across The Fence: Old Julesburg and new
225A Small World: Savoring county fair days
225Gering ninth graders answer the questions of life
224Across the Fence: Building Barns
224Teen Voice: What is love?
224Update From the NRD: Winter has arrived
224Totally Random: Where does it go?
224What’s really going on with our water?
224A Stray Moment: Those we lost in 2014
223Trash cans
223Teen Voice: New Year’s goals
223At the Monument: Art in National Parks
223Building Bridges: Awards are only part of our success
223Rotary International observes World Polio Day Oct. 24
223Teen Voice: Out with homework
222Teen Voice: Serendipity
222Teen Voice: What senior year taught me
222Lyman Review: Nudge to the Butt
222Teen Voice: Footprints
222From the Capitol: The conduct we choose reflects our character
222New at the Zoo: Volunteer at the Zoo
222Our View: Let the downtown revitalization begin
222Lyman Review: A Tunnel of Birds
222At the Library: An Irish Country...The Novels of Patrick Taylor
221Teen Voice: Let us be beautiful
221From the Superintendent's Desk: School Safety and Security
221Life in the Rearview Mirror: Adapt and adjust
221Lyman Review: The elusive farm cat
221Nature Notes: Love is in the air
221A Stray Moment: Review: ‘The Book Thief’ steals the fiction stage
220Teen Voice: Twitter as sleep criminal
220Our View: Pipeline not a solution to oil problems
220Across the Fence: Celebrating the 120th anniversary of the Chadron to Chicago Cowboy Race, part II
220At the Monument: Junior Rangers
220Building Bridges: Fair time—learn, respect, appreciate, enjoy!
220In the Hills: Learn the Dutch Oven
220From the hill: The Year Ahead
219A Stray Moment - Celebrating Gering's Quasquicentennial
219Teen Voice: Catfished
219Completely Different: That’s so Pinteresting
219From the Superintendent’s Desk - Parent Teacher Conferences
219Political Cartoon by Doug Hoevet
219Teen Voice: Pinning your interest
219Completely Different - The magic of spring
219Totally Random: Happy Halloween
219Updates from NRD: Happy New Year
219Dear Nebraskans: Technology helps serve Nebraskans
219No Till Notes: Saying uncle
219Curiosity Corner: A Story of News
219“The Ex” by Alafair Burke
218Life in the Rearview Mirror: Greensburg strong
218View of the Zoo: VIPs at RCD
218At the Library: “My Name is Resolute” By Nancy E. Turner
218Jane’s Secret, LXXX: Revealed at last
218Jane’s Secret, XCVIII: Clem’s onus
218From the hill: Keeping America Safe
218All Points West: The energy to do things right
217Completely Different : Could you come down off your soap box please?
217Life in the Rearview Mirror: Experiencing life passion
217Teeing Off: Mind Gym
217Notes from NRD: Thanks agricultural producers
217Their View: Goal post move unfair
217Synchronicity:What brings me back
217Creatures of the Night
217
217No-Till Notes: Harvesting water
216From the Pastor's Pen: Unbelievable breaking news
216Building Bridges: Don’t wait to develop
216Building Bridges: “It’s happening” at the Harvest Festival
216Building Bridges: Honoring our blessings and our leaders
216At the Monument: Living History
215Our view: Gering’s future needs your vote
215Up The Creek Without A Paddle: The NRD wants to do what with your money?
215Our View: Childcare not school district’s role
215Fourth of July meetings
215From the hill: Giving Thanks
214A Stray Moment: Merry Christmas – God save us all
214Our View: County Manager option leads to Good Old Boys' Club
214Five Good Reasons to Create an Investment Strategy
214Completely Different: I go to seek a Great Perhaps
214Life in the Rearview Mirror: The world is a stage
214Teen Voice: Holiday horrors
214Lyman Review: Winter's dog
214Dear Fellow Nebraskans: We Are Proud of the Nebraska National Guard
214Building Bridges: Be American - help your candidate
214Linked Lives
214Across The Fence: The Harmar Campaign
214News from Lincoln: PROPERTY TAXES REMAIN THE NUMBER ONE FOCUS, BUT WHERE IS THE FIX?
213From the Superintendent’s Desk - Financial Outlook for Gering Public Schools
213Teen Voice: The daily struggle to a lifelong battle
213From the hill: Back to Where it All Began
212Teen Voice: Home is where the heart is
212At the Monument: Museum collections
212Across The Fence: Charley Nebo, cowboy; just passin’ through
212Curiosity Corner: A forever Christmas
211Observations Only: Sisters lost, part I
211Observations Only: Little Girl Lost, part six
211Teen Voice: Body image
211Teen Voice: Remember what you have
211Jane’s Secret column on hiatus
211From the hill: Working for you
210Website Resources
209Across the Fence: Thanks for the memory
209From the Pastor's Pen: Lord, teach us to pray
209Teen Voice: Go ahead, make my day
209Building Bridges: Supporting our teachers supports our children
208Letter to Editor clarifies drug testing policy
208Jack’s Insights: Knowing harvest
208At the Monument: So You want to be a Ranger?
208From the capitol: A new era for the Nebraska National Guard
208Curiosity Corner: Exploring the Oregon Trail, backwards
207Teeing Off: Lessons learned from golf
207At the Zoo: Spring in to the zoo
207College Thoughts: Rotten for the minds? Think again
207No-Till Notes: 10 tips
206Observations only : Sisters of the world
206From the Superintendent’s Desk - District purchase of building
206Life in the Rearview Mirror: Personal control of an individual response
206Teen Voice: What’s so great about pizza?
206Life in the Rearview Mirror: Work is more than a four-letter word
206Teen Voice: Do It Anyway
206In the Hills: Pollinators – the buzz
205Observations Only : The orphanage
205Miss Movies: Ten movies for romance
205Teen Voice: Congratulations, you’re awful
205From the hill: Protecting Our Local Communities
204In the Hills: Awesome Amphibians and Rough Reptiles
204Building Bridges: Know DOVES and know about domestic violence
204Jane’s Secret: The Telling
204Across The Fence: Salt Creek Massacre, May 18, 1871
204News from Lincoln: TIF program gets abused
203Across the Fence: Wyoming settlers lay siege to the TA Ranch
203Life in the Rearview Mirror: I hate coffee
203Building Bridges: Help! is the key word for the holidays
203In the Hills: Nature for the Holidays
203To whom are we thankful?
202It's no surprise
202Teen Voice: The more the merrier
202A Halloween Story: The scary dream
201We need a few good people
201Across the Fence: A hometown 4th of July
201Completely Different: New Year’s Resolutions
201Rural America and immigration reform
201Christmas stories from Freshman Academy students
201Compassion, respect don’t cost a thing
200Across the Fence: The Pony Express
200At the Library: “The Master Switch” The rise and fall of information empires By Tim Wu
199It's a small world : Everything we do has meaning
199Across the Fence: Mud Springs revisited
199Our View: County has some ‘splainin’ to do
199Teen Voice: Unexpected joys of being a sibling
199Curiosity Corner: The Boss of the Plains
199From the hill: Unprovoked dangers
199No-Till Notes: Water conservation, part 2
198Our View... Preserve Gering’s form of government
198Teen Voice: Indulge In moderation
198Completely Different: Perfect memories made in imperfect moments
198Our View: Confidentiality agreement disrespectful
197Teen Voice: Not according to the plan
197Across the Fence: Ladies First or First Ladies
196Observations Only: A new direction
196Across the Fence: A boy called Slon-Ha
195The Good Life: Campaign ad using Jesus goes too far
195In the Hills: Get to Know Our Feathered Travelers
195The Good Life: Reflecting on the first six years of the Gering Citizen
194Our View: The elephant in the room
194Teeing Off: The thing about state
194No-Till Notes: Water Conservation, part 3
192
192At the Library: “I Shall Be Near to You” By Erin Lindsay McCabe
191The Good Life: Your dollar is a vote for what you care about
191From the Superintendent's Desk: Thank You
191Teen Voice: The Other Side
191Be kind through communications
191 Giving thanks for family, faith and friends
190Teen Voice: Confessions of the financially disabled
190A Stray Moment: On Canada and the forgotten bicentennial
190No-Till Notes: A word about weed control
190Across The Fence: The Long Hard Pull
190Across The Fence: From the Golden Gate to the Big Apple
189Observations Only: Saturday delight
189Assad’s endgame
189Our View: Officials should take advantage of available training
188Teen Voice: Lessons I learned from my eight-year-old brother
188Power of legumes
188From the Hill: LEAP to New Opportunities
188Teen Voice: Dating scene has come a long way
187Across The Fence: Antoine Barada, larger than life
187Stop texting your wish-list to Santa
185Our View: Museum merger a good thing, but let’s go slowly
185Observations Only - Two ages of man
185Observations Only: The meeting
185From the capitol: Budgeting the Nebraska Way
184Home of the Brave
184Across the Fence: James Butler Hickok: The thoughtful gunfighter
183Across the Fence: The Soldier’s Free Homestead Colony of Gibbon
183Across the fence: Something worth remembering
183Across the Fence: Faded photos and vivid memories
183Jack’s Insights: We could all benefit from more ‘think’ time
182From the Superintendent’s Desk : Thank You for another Great Year
182Across the Fence: Submarines and railroads
182Jane’s Secret, XC: Clem’s story
182Across The Fence: Charles Goodnight a Man of Indomitable Spirit (Part I)
182From the hill: Spurring Innovation
181Jane’s Secret, part VI: Molly’s surprise
181All Points West: The only stupid question
181Across The Fence: The Solomon River Stampede
181An open letter to Trump supporters
181From the hill: The PAWS Act
180Age of reason
180Across The Fence: Ms. Goodale and the Ghost Dance War (Part II of III)
180Infamy - by Richard Reeves
180No-till Notes: CSC Classroom
180Jane’s Secret, XCIII: Hazel’s story
180From the Capitol: Investing in infrastructure
180A book review: Once Shadows Fall, by Robert Daniels
179The ghost of Ayn Rand
179
179Across The Fence: Van Tassell
179No-till Notes” Conservation Agriculture, part 2
179A national day of Thanksgiving
179Guest View: Nebraska (property) tax system ‘dysfunctional’
178Across the Fence: Places near forgotten
178No-Till Notes: PNTP Field Days
178Across The Fence: The Butterfield Overland Mail
178Our view: Getting the Gering plaza right
177Observations Only : Mission accomplished
177At the Monument: Find Your Park
176Jane’s Secret, part XIV: Molly’s dream
176Rural mail will suffer with more mail plant closures
175Observations Only: Blinders aren’t just for horses
175Life's curve balls
175Across the Fence: The Wellnitz Fire, day 1 and 2
175A Stray Moment: In praise of silence
175Teen Voice: By my side until the newness wears off
175A Stray Moment: Precious time is time shared
175No-Till Notes: Field Days, thank you
175Across The Fence: Thunder Rolling Down the Mountain (Part I)
175From the capitol: Practicing Fiscal Restraint
174Elizabeth's top ten movie list of 2011
174
174The Good Life: All that remains is love
174Jane’s Secret LXV Quicksand
174 The Blight Way – Bo Tully #1 - by Patrick F. McManus
174Curiosity Corner: Amazing Grace
173SELL-OUT!
173
172Teen Voice: Thank you, Gering Speech Team
172Permission to remember
172
172Jane’s Secret, LXVII For heaven’s sake
172Jane’s Secret, LXVIII: An old wrong revealed
172A Stray Moment: ‘The Man Who Fell to Earth’
172Capitol View: Partisan politics, debates and complaints
171Star Gazing: Arts programming, something to be considered
171No-Till Notes: Field Pea disease
170Observations Only: Little Girl Lost: Adopted
170Observations Only: Just around the corner
170Life in the West: Inside the minds of serial killers
170Jane’s Secret, XCI: Sticks and stones
170LR 35 is a dangerous proposition for our state and nation
169Jack’s Insights: Research and Extension Center to undergo review
168Observations Only: Little girl lost, part 3
168Being a Nebraskan – border to border
168Jane’s Secret, part V: Aggie’s complaint
167From the Superintendent's Desk: NePAS – State Accountability
167At the Monument: Domestic Animals on the Oregon Trail
167No-Till Notes: It’s more than no tillage
167No-Till Notes: Reminiscing
167Right up Your Allie: A new day, a new me
166Building Bridges: Shovels and skills are as valuable as degrees
166A Stray Moment: Leonard Nimoy - Live long and prosper
166Across The Fence: Fort Sanders: A Forgotten fort on the U. P. line
166News From Lincoln: Session gets underway
166Teen Voice: That was intense
165Across the Fence: First scalp for Custer
165No Till Notes: Moving Forward
164A Small World: Time traveling
164Completely Different: Tales from the mat
164Our View: Mayor should insist on civility
164Jane’s Secret LII: Eavesdroppers
163Jane’s Secret, part XIII: Blackberry pie
163Across the Fence: Buffalo Baron, Charles Rath
163From the capitol: It’s Fall in Nebraska
163No-Till Notes: Power of Legumes, Part 4
163Jane’s Secret, XCVII: The vision
162 Taking a big risk
162Achieving your dreams takes work
162Jane’s Secret, LXVI: The note
162From the capitol: Keeping Nebraska Safe
161Across the Fence : November 1864: Pole Creek, Politics and Patriots
161The Good Life: The economic footprint of one small business
161Jane’s Secret LX: Stephen’s onus
161Jane’s Secret, XCVI: Threads
160Across the Fence: Re-writing Wyoming’s history
160Across the Fence: A gathering of warriors at Arikaree Fork
160Jane’s Secret, XCIV: Hazel’s story, part II
159Observations Only: The joy of money
159A Stray Moment: Guilty pleasures
159No-Till Notes: The Power of Legumes, part II
157Completely Different: Look around, what are you missing?
157Jane’s Secret LVII: A mystery revealed
156Our view . . .Sports Complex
156Our View: Scottsbluff attitude damages future collaborations
156Observations Only: What's in a word?
156A Stray Moment: The last time
155A Stray Moment: Waiting on a train
155No Till Notes: Colorado Conservation Tillage Association Conference
155No-Till Notes: Observations, part 2
155Jane’s Secret LXII: True colors
155No-Till Notes: Irrigation rotation
155Our view: Let’s get the downtown we deserve
155Across The Fence: The Zeek Homestead
154‘The Life We Bury’ by By Allen Eskens A book review
154No-till Notes: Stripper head
154No Till Notes: Potential, part 2
154No Till Notes: Residue levels
153Completely Different: Remembering Aurora
152Life in the Rearview Mirror: I’m on a road to someplace
152Across the Fence: Consumed by fire
152Observations Only: Extreme measures
152Jane’s Secret, part XVI: Fate takes a hand
152Across The Fence: From Wounded Knee to the Land of Oz
152No-Till Notes: Water Conservation, part 3
151Teen Voice : Leave your legacy
151My mini Pen and me
151Observations Only: Together again
151The Good Life: We are not separate, we are one family
151Our View: City needs to hit green with eatery
150Across The Fence: To Honor a Flag
150Senior View: People get old, but hugs don’t
148No-Till Notes: Potential
148No-Till Notes: Observations
148Across The Fence: Edmund Guerrier: Custer’s scout in 1867
147Lyman Review - Tales of the renegade rooster
147A Stray Moment: It's a dog's life
147A Stray Moment: Je ne suis pas Charlie Hebdo
147The Good Life: There is good everywhere
147No-Till Notes: Field peas and age
147Anno Domini: It’s a Grand Old Flag
146Teen Voice: 'Pretty Little Liars'
146Jane’s Secret, part XII: Jane's Vow
146Star Gazing: My father’s daughter
145Lyman Review: Let’s get back to the subject of bullying
145Welcome to Gering
145No Till Notes: It’s All About the Carbon
145Across The Fence: Battle of Valverde and The Texas Lancers
145No-Till Notes: The power of legumes, part 3
145Teen Voice: Ready for the world? Get real
144Completely Different: The Quest
144Jane’s Secret LIII: The bargain
143Senioritis: Get your seniors moving, grooving
142Tumbleweeds on the loose
141The Good Life: Leave the quilt shop and laundromat alone
141A Stray Moment: Ready for the storm
141Across the Fence: Sitting Bull: The Last Surrendering Sioux
141Jane's Secret LVI: A mystery part II
141From the Capitol: Prioritizing taxpayers
140Observations Only: Painting a picture
140No-Till Notes: No-Till Conference
140Jack’s Insights: Basing decisions on facts, not opinion
140Teen Voice: Looking to be teacher’s pet?
139Silence please
139Observations Only: Blue chip stock
139Across The Fence: No way to treat a lady
139Jane’s Secret LXIII: Gertrude’s choice
139No-Till Notes: Water Conservation, part 2
138Observations Only: North Powder
138Across the Fence: Surrender, April 9, 1865
138Across the Fence: An Old Barn and new memories
137Seeing the works of the master
137Teen Voice: Experiencing versus remembering
137Jane’s Secret, part XI: Grand Duchess
137Observations Only: Wilkerson Pass
137Jane’s Secret, part XVIII : Devil’s bargain
137Jane’s Secret LIV The bargain part II
137Across The Fence: Phileas Fogg gets bested by a girl
137No-Till Notes: Water conservation
137Teen Voice: What makes young people truly outstanding?
136The zombie apocalypse and you
136Observations Only: No thank you
136Observations Only: Sister odyssey
136Life in the Rearview Mirror: Cleaning off the ‘what if’ shelf
136Letter to the Editor: A call to defend the U.S. Constitution
135Completely Different: Your local government and you
135Our View: Extreme caution needed with fireworks
135Across The Fence: Road Trip and Discoveries
134Economic development update
134Observations Only: The two faces of poverty
133Teen Voice: Sticks and stones
133Observations Only: Spider adventure
132Completely Different: Confessions of an out of shape twenty something
132A mom’s thoughts on social media
132All Points West: Nation at a crossroads after 9-11
131Life in the Rearview Mirror: Invisible scars have lasting effects
131Our view... Gering stands upon important threshold
131Across the Fence: On The road
131Observations Only: Giving up
131Across the Fence: Tomb of the Unknown
130Our View: Lowering teen wage makes Nebraska small
130Torn between now and somewhere down the line
129The Good Life: Hey, I’m a winner!
129Observations Only: Surprises
129Across The Fence: Ms. Goodale and the Ghost Dance War (Part I)
128From the Superintendent’s Desk: Accountability
128Observations Only: A strange Thanksgiving
128Observations Only: Musings of an odd duck
128Across The Fence: Charles Goodnight; A Man of Indomitable Spirit (Part II of II)
127Jane’s Secret, part XV: Unrequited love
126Livestock Production: My Paradigm Shift
126No-Till Notes: Path to Soil Health
126Building Bridges: On tourism and trash
125Observations Only: Counting chickens
125No Till Notes: Seven billion plus
123Teen Voice: Eighth day of the week - Someday
123Simply October
122Lyman Review: Hubby’s got my goat
122Teen Voice: Respond to defeat
121Teen Voice: Just ten minutes
121Life in the Rearview Mirror: Is it possible to just drive in the 21st Century?
121Jane’s Secret, part XVII : Plans gone awry
121Observations Only: Scourge of violence
121No-Till Notes: Path to Soil Health II
121Enjoy the festivities
120Teen Voice: Outbreak of the Gamers
120At the Monument: Bird Homes at the Bluff
120Easter
120Review: ‘Half Bad’ by author Sally Green
120I love Thanksgiving
120Underground Airlines by Ben H. Winters
119Miss Movies: Ten great horror flicks for Halloween, part I
119A Stray Moment: Winter Wonderland (and Thank You to the Snow Crews)
118Miss Movies: Ten great horror flicks for Halloween, part 2
118Teen Voice: Practice makes perfect
118The Good Life: Looking back on 2014
117Bright Ideas, Brighter Future: Leaving a Legacy
117From the Superintendent’s Desk: Get ready for Parent-teacher conferences
117The Good Life: A very interesting meeting indeed
117At the Monument: Geology and its impacts
117Walkable, bikeable communities
117In My View: It’s never too early to start thinking about retirement
116Life in the west: Betting on the end of the world
116Do You Tube?
116Completely Different: It’s the end of the world as we know it
115Teen View: My crazy, wonderful life
114Completely Different: How the savings stole Christmas
114Across the Fence: Wounded Knee; December 29, 1890
114The Pros: Doctors, Lawyers and...Teachers?
113Social time has important benefits
113Our view: United we can build
113At the Library: Very Good Lives by J.K. Rowling
112Letter to the Editor
112Teen Voice: I guess it’s just a western Nebraska thing
112From the Superintendent's Desk: PLAS School
110Our View: Bravo OTD committee
110The Good Life: Our most precious right, gagged
110Across The Fence: The Youngest Discoverer
109Bright Ideas! Brighter Future! Common sense prevails
109Completely Different: The Hills, part 2: The Civilian Conservation Corps
109Across The Fence: Ms. Goodale and The Ghost Dance War (Part III)
109Our View: Law enforcement deserves respect
108Teen Voice: Today’s television
107Timing makes perfect
107Capitol View: Death and taxes, perennial issue draws attention
106Miss Movies: “Bully” a powerful documentary
105Completely Different: The Hills, part 3: Rediscovering the spirit
104From the Superintendent's Desk: Student transportation changes for 2012-13
104From the Superintendent’s Desk: Welcome to new certified staff
104From the Superintendent’s Desk
102Teen Voice: March Madness
102NRD Update: National Groundwater Awareness Week
101From the Superintendent's Desk: Elementary attendance areas
101LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Gering Public Schools seeks imput
101Teen Voice: Making sense of the Sandy Hook tragedy
100Miss Movies: The top ten films of 2012: The year of the geek
99View from the block
99Teen Voice: Not just another ride
99Across The Fence: …and a Happy New Year.
98Practice safe barbecue basics
98Guest Opinion: Nebraska losing big-time
97Our View: Visionaries wanted
97Miss Movies: Top ten holiday films, part II
96At the Library:Neil Patrick Harris: Choose Your Own Autobiography
95Lyman Review: The Frozen Tundra
95Building Bridges: The ‘School of Hard Knocks’ teaches life
94LETTER TO THE EDITOR: No tax state unrealistic
94Completely Different: The Mind Palace Memory Technique
94Life in the Rearview Mirror: The cumulative effects of giving
93Building Bridges: Building a bridge that lasts and endures
93Welcome home
92At the Monument: Water, Will There Be Enough?
90Teen View: My crazy, wonderful life
89Taking Flight: From War Orphan to Star Ballerina At the Library
88From the Superintendent's Desk: Our goal: Improve student performance
88Teen Voice: An eventful homecoming
86At the Library: Smoke Gets in Your Eyes: And Other Lessons from the Crematory by Caitlin Doughty
84Guest Editorial: Bob Kerrey is the true fiscal conservative
81Letter to the Editor
80A Small World: Scotts Bluff Valley Fiber Arts Fair classes offer great variety
79From the Superintendent’s Desk: Current enrollment count
79Letter to the Editor - Injection well public hearing restricts participation
78Remembering When
78The hills, part 1: Mustangs
78From the Superintendent’s Desk: Parents’ role in the educational process
78Miss Movies: Top Ten Holiday Films
77‘Is there something I can do?’
76The Block
76Completely Different: Happy Hollowthanksmas
74Teen Voice: On becoming politically active
73Letter to the Editor
71From the Superintendent's Desk: Why so soon?
71From the Superintendent's Desk: Election over – work begins
71From the Superintendent’s Desk: Merry Christmas and Happy New Year
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70Across the Fence: Oliver T. Jackson, Colorado pioneer
69Teen Voice: Happy news
66Guest Editorial: Fischer will see U.S. ‘living within means’
66Our View: Streamlining is great...when all are informed
66Teen Voice: Leaving a leader’s legacy
65Letter to the Editor
63Teen Voice: The road of hatred
63At the Library: The Underground Girls of Kabul - In Search of a Hidden Resistance in Afghanistan
62Our View: A failure to communicate
61From the Superintendent's Desk: School year now in full swing
60To The Editor
56Jane’s Secret LV A mystery
50My Thanksgiving prayer
48Teen Voice: Sit back and enjoy YouTube
43Pulpit of Bones: Man's best friend
43Their View: Hey Gering, mind your own business!
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