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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35Anno Domini: Independence, an ideal worth celebrating
35Capitol View: Lincoln Highway captures spotlight
35Completely Different: Perfect memories made in imperfect moments
35Barr’s Bacon Wrapped Fantasy Picks: A rookie's guide to drafting your dream team
35Totally Random: Life’s ripples
35Jane’s Secret XXXVII: A starry night
35Jane’s Secret, XXXVIII: Bad girls
35Across The Fence: Last Christmas
35Teen Voice: The gift of caring
35Miss Movies: Miss Movies recommends her top 10 films of 2013
35Teen Voice: Family for all intents and purposes
35Lyman Review: Nudge to the Butt
35Capitol View: Yes, Virginia, the Legislature has done something, so far
35Nature Notes: Love is in the air
35Lyman Review: Dog fun
35Building Bridges: Don’t wait to develop
35Totally Random: Hemp: considering the real benefits of the miracle plant
35Arts Scene: Theatre West’s Les Miserables not to be missed: Anniversary production proves to be a memorable winner
35At the Library: “The Master Switch” The rise and fall of information empires By Tim Wu
35Rotary International observes World Polio Day Oct. 24
35In the Hills: Learn the Dutch Oven
35Our View: Let the downtown revitalization begin
35Support letters requested for airport
35Curiosity Corner: A Christmas with Buffalo Bill
35No-Till Notes: A word about weed control
35At the Monument: Living History
35The Good Life: Looking back on 2014
35At the Monument: Water, Will There Be Enough?
34Teen Voice: New Year’s goals
34From the Superintendent’s Desk : Draft Calendar 2013-14
34From the Superintendent’s Desk - District purchase of building
34Observations Only: A soul's journey, part III
34Jane’s Secret, XXIV: The last drive
34Life in the Rearview Mirror: Experiencing life passion
34Observations Only: Willfulness
34Completely Different - The magic of spring
34Jane’s Secret, XXVII: Town Meeting
34The Good Life: It’s hard to believe, the Citizen is four years old
34Teen Voice: Shadow art
34Jane’s Secret, XXIX: Fred’s debacle
34Teen Voice: Remember what you have
34The Good Life: The two different types of business people
34The Lyman Review: I love baby ducks
34Teen Voice: The daily struggle to a lifelong battle
34Our View: Why rush the interlocal agreement?
34Teen Voice: Stress test
34A Halloween Story: The scary dream
34Lyman Review: Winter's dog
34Observations Only: The last toothpick
34Totally Random: Trusting the fates
34Why you should visit the zoo in February
34Totally Random: Where does it go?
34Dear Fellow Nebraskans: Governor’s Ag Conference overview
34Dear Nebraskans: Massachusetts should not determine Nebraska’s Presidential vote
34Capitol View: Legislature overrides gubernatorial vetoes
34Capitol View: Redistricting needs new procedure
34Gering ninth graders answer the questions of life
34At the Library: “I Shall Be Near to You” By Erin Lindsay McCabe
34Fourth of July meetings
34No-Till Notes: American Society of Agronomy
34No-Till Notes: Enjoyable Day
34
34Across the Fence: Ladies First or First Ladies
34To whom are we thankful?
34
34Letter to the Editor
33Observations Only: Uneventful flight
33Teen Voice: Living within our means
33Teen Voice: Pinning your interest
33From the Pastor's Pen: Lord, teach us to pray
33Teen Voice: Go ahead, make my day
33The Good Life: People of the Valley, we have a choice
33Teen Voice: Do It Anyway
33Teen Voice: The Other Side
33Observations Only: The need to understand
33Teen Voice: Silence
33Jane’s Secret XXXVI:  The dream
33Guest Editorial: The future of health care at Regional West
33Lyman Review: The elusive farm cat
33Teen Voice: My rebellion
33Our View: Community responsible for kids
33Teen Voice: Shopping days or holidays?
33Support emergency services personnel
33At the Monument: Art in National Parks
33No-till Notes: Moving forward
33In the Hills: Explore the state parks
33Fellow Nebraskans: Congratulations on graduation day
33Teen Voice: Home is where the heart is
33College Thoughts: Rotten for the minds? Think again
33Be kind through communications
33No-Till Notes: "Different Approaches"
33No-Till Notes: Dakota Lakes Dry Land Rotations
33No Till Notes:
33Our View: Streamlining is great...when all are informed
32Our View: County has some ‘splainin’ to do
32Teen Voice: What senior year taught me
32Teen Voice: Previously unwritten cell phone rules
32Teen Voice: Go ahead, make my day
32The Good Life: Mom, my partner in life
32Totally Random: I’m a backwards reader
32The Good Life: Innovation and young energy enriches us all
32Teen Voice: Holiday horrors
32Teen Voice: To the future
32Teen Voice: Cyber War
32Capitol View: Considering additional education choices
32Dear Nebraskans: Technology helps serve Nebraskans
32Building Bridges: Be American - help your candidate
32Update from the NRD: March updates from the NRD
32Capitol View: It sounded like a good idea at first
32What’s really going on with our water?
32Greetings from the State Capitol
32At the Monument: Where are the animals?
32No-til Notes: Changing plans
32No-Till Notes: Annual PNTP Tour
32Prairie Dogs
32At the Monument: Night Sky
32Creatures of the Night
32Jack’s Insights: Knowing harvest
32Building Bridges: Know DOVES and know about domestic violence
32Curiosity Corner: The Boss of the Plains
31Teen Voice: The need to get away
31Observations Only: Choices
31The Good Life: Extending grace, the lost art
31Welcome to Gering and the 92nd Oregon Trail Days Celebration.
31The Good Life: We are the Valley’s emissaries
31Teen Voice: The rivalry
31Update From the NRD: Winter has arrived
31Jane’s Secret, XLI Black widow spider
31Teen Voice: My School, Their Rules
31View of the Zoo: VIPs at RCD
31Capitol View: Legislature to tackle meatier issues
31Capitol View: Delay tactics a gamble as session draws to a close
31Religious freedom must be protected
31No-Till Notes:Enjoyable meeting
31No-Till Notes: Last chance for North, South Dakota tour
31No-Till Notes: The value of water
31At the Monument: So You want to be a Ranger?
31All Points West: Huskers win hearts and minds at Holiday Bowl
31At the Library: The Underground Girls of Kabul - In Search of a Hidden Resistance in Afghanistan
31Letter to the Editor
30Teen: Voice : Drinking enough water
30Across the Fence: The Pony Express
30Guest Voices…
30The Good Life - The worst day on record at the Citizen
30Life in the Rearview Mirror: Greensburg strong
30Life in the Rearview Mirror: Work is more than a four-letter word
30Teeing Off: Persistence
30Lyman Review: Now that's a set of handlebars!
30Dear Fellow Nebraskans: Collegebound Nebraska
30Totally Random: Happy Halloween
30Teen Voice: Thanksgiving
30Updates from NRD: Happy New Year
30Lyman Review: Taste of boot?
30Teen Voice: Writing love on our hearts
30Dear Nebraskans: Nebraska is the place for business
30Teen Voice: Inspire me
30Teen Voice: Footprints
30In the Hills: Arbor Day in Nebraska
30Capital View: Can prison reform survive property tax relief?
30View from Capitol Hill: Solutions for our economy and the budget
30Capitol View: There was more to the session than just the big ticket items
30In the Hills: Get to Know Our Feathered Travelers
30Sychronicity: Thrive, don't just survive
30Gering freshmen introduce personalities, styles: Writing assignment encourages students to let individualism shine
30Reach out for challenges
30Letters to the Editor
30Building Bridges: Help! is the key word for the holidays
29From the Superintendent’s Desk: Summer School – 2013
29Life in the Rearview Mirror: Personal control of an individual response
29Teen Voice: What is love?
29Observations Only: The vigil
29Thinking About Health: The challenge of signing up for Obamacare
29Christmas stories from Freshman Academy students
29SBNM View: Do you want to be a VIP?
29Capitol View: State aid proposal just might make some sense
29At the Zoo: Spring in to the zoo
29No-Till Notes: Back in the field
29No Till Notes: Drilling edible beans
29The Christmas Story
29Curiosity Corner: An Uncommon Christmas Story
28Our View: The elephant in the room
28Our View: Come home to Nebraska, but not just anywhere
28A Small World: Chokecherry season evokes memories of yesterday
28Teen Voice: Self-expression
28Our View: Childcare not school district’s role
28Teen Voice: Trouble Maker or Hard Worker?
28Teen Voice: Where is the love?
28Letter to the editor
27Five Good Reasons to Create an Investment Strategy
27Teen Voice: The benefits of online learning
27Teeing Off: Mind Gym
27Teen Voice: Hope for a New Year
27Coach Schadwinkel promoted strong sense of tradition
27Notes from NRD: Thanks agricultural producers
27From the Capitol: The conduct we choose reflects our character
27Across The Fence: Fort Sanders: A Forgotten fort on the U. P. line
26Up The Creek Without A Paddle: The NRD wants to do what with your money?
26No Till Notes: Saying uncle
19Jane’s Secret LX: Stephen’s onus
Most Read News Stories of 2012
137Building Bridges: Regionalism should be focus of our core-idor
129The Good Life: Reflecting on the first six years of the Gering Citizen
121Across The Fence: From Wounded Knee to the Land of Oz
110At the Library: Very Good Lives by J.K. Rowling
101Across The Fence: The hanging of Cornelius Donahue a.k.a. John A. Hurley
96No-Till Notes: Observations, part 2
90Our View: Lowering teen wage makes Nebraska small
90Across The Fence: Salt Creek Massacre, May 18, 1871
87Across the Fence: Surrender, April 9, 1865
81Across The Fence: Hinhan Kaga Paha
81Star Gazing: Arts programming, something to be considered
80Across The Fence: Phileas Fogg gets bested by a girl
77No-Till Notes: Observations
76Across The Fence: Antoine Barada, larger than life
74Across the Fence: All aboard the Transcontinental Express
73No-Till Notes: Potential
72At the Monument: Find Your Park
71Jane’s secret LVIII: Mr. Valentine
71Across the Fence: FDR’s New Deal and the CCC
71Jane’s Secret LIX: Gertrude’s vow
69Battle of Summit Springs, part II: Warpath to White Bear Creek
68Across the Fence: Roosevelt’s campaign tour of the west
68Across The Fence: The Pawnee and human sacrifice
67Star Gazing: Earth Day call to action: we must do more
66No Till Notes: Potential, part 2
65Across The Fence: Barbecue Campbell and the XIT
65Religious freedom or freedom to discriminate?
64A Stray Moment: Star Trek: Infinite diversity in infinite combinations
63Across the Fence: Ah-ho-appa (fallen leaf)
63Across the Fence: Black Hills Gold and the Thoen Stone
62A Stray Moment: God Knows
61Jane’s Secret LVII: A mystery revealed
60Across The Fence: Amos Bad Heart Bull
59Across The Fence: Ms. Goodale and the Ghost Dance War (Part I)
59Across The Fence: Charles Goodnight; A Man of Indomitable Spirit (Part II of II)
58Across The Fence: The Hat Creek Outpost
58At the Library:Neil Patrick Harris: Choose Your Own Autobiography
56A ‘city’ kid goes to the fair
56A Stray Moment: Learning how to walk
56No-Till Notes: Path to Soil Health
56A mom’s thoughts on social media
55A Stray Moment: All's well that ends well, usually
55Across the Fence: David F. Cook and ‘Indian Joe’
55Building Bridges: Building a bridge that lasts and endures
55Jane's Secret LVI: A mystery part II
55No-Till Notes: It’s more than no tillage
54Across the Fence - Catherine’s boys
54Across The Fence: Freedom Triumphant Over War and Peace
54Across The Fence: No way to treat a lady
54Across The Fence: Road Trip and Discoveries
53 Across the Fence: ‘Aunt Sally’ and Dakota Gold
53Across The Fence: Portugee Phillips and a horse named Dandy
53Across the Fence: The Spring Creek Raid
53A Stray Moment: Robin Williams – Good night sweet prince
53Jane’s Secret column on hiatus
52Across the Fence: Sitting Bull: The Last Surrendering Sioux
52Across the Fence: When Lady Luck sleeps
52Teen Voice:  Body bashing and self-image
52Anno Domini: On this remembering day
52Building Bridges: Tend to 2014 and be Happy, Happy, Happy
52Across the Fence: Charles Badger Clark
52Across the Fence: Battle of Summit Springs, Part I: Tall Bull Killed
52
52At the Library: Smoke Gets in Your Eyes: And Other Lessons from the Crematory by Caitlin Doughty
51The zombie apocalypse and you
51A Stray Moment: - The case for Hagel
51Across the Fence: Judge Roy Bean : Texas prizefight promoter
51Across The Fence: Crow Dog, Spotted Tail’s assassin
51Jane’s Secret XXXV: Bugs and things
51Across The Fence: First train from Saply Grove
51A Stray Moment: Football – Violence, Death, and Denial
51Across The Fence: The Youngest Discoverer
51Building Bridges: Shovels and skills are as valuable as degrees
50What's the deal with organic milk?
50A Stray Moment: In praise of silence
50Miss Movies: Ten great horror flicks for Halloween, part I
50Building Bridges: Awards are only part of our success
50Across The Fence: Battle of the Wabash: St. Clair’s Defeat
50Across The Fence: Ms. Goodale and the Ghost Dance War (Part II of III)
50Across The Fence: Flossie, love child of the eighties.
50Across The Fence: To Honor a Flag
49Completely Different : Could you come down off your soap box please?
49Completely Different: It's all in the family
49Jane’s Secret, part VII Clem’s confession
49A Stray Moment - Celebrating Gering's Quasquicentennial
49Across the Fence: The much maligned Ms. Watson
49A Stray Moment: Waiting on a train
49Across the Fence: Class of ’67, last remnants of home
49From the Superintendent’s Desk - Financial Outlook for Gering Public Schools
49Jane’s Secret, XXX: A new wrinkle
49Completely Different: I go to seek a Great Perhaps
49Building Bridges – Teens in the Driver Seat is a program for LIFE
49Across The Fence: Captain Silas S. Soule; The face of moral courage
49Across The Fence: The Christmas Truce of 1914
49Guest Opinion: Nebraska losing big-time
48Across the Fence: On The road
48A Stray Moment: For the love of theatre
48Completely Different: The game is afoot, a look at Sherlock Holmes
48Observations Only: Divine spirit
48Across The Fence: The Spanish Flu
48The Good Life: Today we celebrate Global Oneness Day
48Building Bridges: Objectivity and fairness make a winning plan
48Across the Fence; Massacre on the Marias River
48Across the Fence: On the Old Chisholm Trail
48Across The Fence: Steamboats on the Missouri
48Across The Fence: Grandpa’s Grays
48Across The Fence: Over The Edge; Niagara’s Argonauts
48Jane’s Secret LIII: The bargain
48Across The Fence: Victory at Valverde and on to Glorieta
47Jane’s Secret, part XII: Jane's Vow
47Jane’s Secret, part XIV: Molly’s dream
47A Stray Moment: It's a dog's life
47Across the Fence: Dull Knife’s Quest, part 1
47A Stray Moment: Now is the winter of our disconnect
47Completely Different: The Disney princess debate: an exercise in the ridiculous
47A Stray Moment - A night owl born to an 8 to 5 world
47A Stray Moment: A voice from the past, haunting myself
47A Stray Moment: Without a net
47Teen Voice: What diabetes taught me
47Building Bridges: “New” will become a buzzword in the Valley
47Across the Fence: Remembering English Joe
47Across the Fence: John Colter, the first mountain man
47A Stray Moment: Brand new used cars
47Jane’s Secret LII: Eavesdroppers
47Across The Fence: Battle of Valverde and The Texas Lancers
47Jack’s Insights: Basing decisions on facts, not opinion
47Letter to the Editor - Injection well public hearing restricts participation
47Our view: United we can build
46Across the fence: Something worth remembering
46Across the Fence: Consumed by fire
46A Stray Moment: Ready for the storm
46A Stray Moment: Merry Christmas – God save us all
46Across the Fence: Bose Ikard; Texas Cowboy
46A Stray Moment: I love Sookie Stackhouse
46Across the Fence: Discovering Ed Stemler
46Completely Different: The Marilyn Monroe conundrum
46Observations Only: The shadow of error
46Observations Only: A matter of matter
46Teen Voice - On the outside looking In
46Across The Fence: Billy Dixon at Adobe Walls, June 1874
46Lyman Review: Devil calf
46Observations Only: A sad week
46Lyman Review: Something wicked this way comes
46Building Bridges: Cleaning up for company--or not--reveals a lot
46Totally Random: December 6, the day I lived
46A real leaning tree Christmas
46Updates from NRD: NRD promotes conservation
46Jane’s Secret: Jane’s Secret, XLII: Sunflowers
46Building Bridges: Five years old IS a milestone
46Across the Fence: Investigation at Spring Creek
46In the Hills: Pollinators – the buzz
46Building Bridges: Oregon Trail Days—making our present a celebrated past
46A Stray Moment: Goodbye old house – sorting their things
46A Stray Moment: A ‘city boy’ visits the Harvest Festival
46Across the Fence: The Battle of Hungry Hill
46Across The Fence: “…a date that will live in infamy.”
46A Stray Moment: Those we lost in 2014
46Across The Fence: Charles Goodnight a Man of Indomitable Spirit (Part I)
46Building Bridges: On tourism and trash
45Across the Fence: The Spirit of Crazy Horse
45Our View: Extreme caution needed with fireworks
45Jane’s Secret, part VIII: Molly's plan
45Across the Fence: Submarines and railroads
45Assad’s endgame
45Across the Fence: Building Barns
45Across the Fence : November 1864: Pole Creek, Politics and Patriots
45Across the Fence: Rural free delivery
45Jane’s Secret, part XXII: While the cat’s away
45Across The Fence: The Heartland plague of 1874-75
45Observations Only: The awful truth
45Observations Only: Afraid of the dark
45Anno Domini: We gather together
45Across The Fence: Moc-chi, A Southern Cheyenne warrior
45Observations Only: Final moment
45Building Bridges: Love your enemies
45Jane’s Secret: Jane’s Secret, XLIII: Jail house rock
45Across the Fence: Old barns and memories
45No-Till Notes: Cheat grass
45Across The Fence: Justice in the Big Horn Basin
45Jane’s Secret XLVIII: Jane’s agenda
45Dynasty made Gering the biggest little town in Nebraska
45Across the Fence: Here lies Major Alexander Culbertson
45No-Till Notes: "Harvest"
45All Points West: Coming home, a veteran’s perspective on what it means
45A Stray Moment: To honor them all their days
45Building Bridges: Honoring our blessings and our leaders
45A Stray Moment: O Holy Night
45Jane’s Secret LIV The bargain part II
44Teen Voice: Experiencing versus remembering
44Cat on a Hot Tin Roof a mixed bag
44Observations Only: A new direction
44Across the Fence: The Great Solomon River Stampede
44Across the Fence: James Butler Hickok: The thoughtful gunfighter
44Across the Fence: Lions, wolves and bears
44A Stray Moment: The last time
44Across the Fence: Sioux Ordnance Depot: stories to be told
44Observations Only: Surprises
44Observations Only: Blue chip stock
44Completely Different: The good, the bad, and the remedy
44Across The Fence: Celebrating the 120th anniversary of the Chadron to Chicago Cowboy Race, part I
44Teen Voice: Say yes to branching out
44Teen Voice: I’ll be healthy – tomorrow
44Jane’s Secret, XXXII Jane’s Bad Day
44Across The Fence: Billy Dixon; Plainsman, Hunter, Indian fighter and Scout
44Building Bridges: Chautauqua will bring out the best in everyone
44Observations Only: Hog wash
44Observations Only: Fuzzy angel
44Building Bridges: Planning now for tourism season 2014
44Across the Fence: A Cowboy kind of Christmas
44Jane’s Secret, XXXX: A tale of mayhem
44Across the Fence: The Blizzard of ‘49
44Building Bridges: Asking officials to speak and work as a body
44Across the Fence: Who was Martha Jane Canary?
44Across The Fence: Scalped at Plum Creek
44
44At the Monument: Domestic Animals on the Oregon Trail
44Easter
43Jane’s Secret, part II: Gertrude’s choice
43Observations Only: Saturday delight
43Jane’s Secret, part IX: Mrs. Huber’s chagrin
43A Stray Moment: Guilty pleasures
43Jane’s Secret, part XVII : Plans gone awry
43Completely Different: New Year’s Resolutions
43Jane’s Secret, Part XVIV: Crystal Waters
43Observations Only: Sisters lost, part IV
43A Stray Moment: Earth Day, am I doing my part?
43Political Cartoon by Doug Hoevet
43Across the Fence - Boston: April 18, 1775
43Across the Fence: Celebrating the 120th anniversary of the Chadron to Chicago Cowboy Race, part II
43A Stray Moment: Having a blast on the Fourth of July
43The Good Life: A time to be proud of our ancestors
43Teeing Off: Around the Green
43Teen Voice: Until we say goodbye
43Across The Fence: The Pawnee on Pumpkin Creek
43Across the Fence: Pawnee legends in the Nebraska Panhandle
43Across The Fence; ‘Johnny Appleseed’ of the Oregon Trail
43Building Bridges: Being grateful for the hardships in life
43Across The Fence: A day For thanks
43Anno Domini: Ask the digital dust
43Welcome to the ‘New’ in Gering
43Across the Fence: Six went to the gallows
43At the Monument: Junior Rangers
43Building Bridges: When ‘FAMILY’ and fellow Nebraskans are all you’ve got
43Building Bridges: Turning a space into a sense of place
43Across the Fence: Aftermath: Part III, The Battle of Summit Springs
43Jane’s Secret XLIX: Phillip’s agenda
43 Across The Fence: County Fair
43Teen Voice: Positive effects of social media
43
43
43A look at - and helping - the State of the Valley
43
43Taking Flight: From War Orphan to Star Ballerina At the Library
43Building Bridges: The ‘School of Hard Knocks’ teaches life
43No-Till Notes: Path to Soil Health II
43NRD Update: National Groundwater Awareness Week
43A Stray Moment: Leonard Nimoy - Live long and prosper
42Our View... Preserve Gering’s form of government
42Observations Only: Little Girl Lost, part six
42Completely Different: Your local government and you
42Observations Only: Blinders aren’t just for horses
42Across the Fence: A hometown 4th of July
42Across the Fence: Mud Springs revisited
42A Stray Moment: On Canada and the forgotten bicentennial
42Observations Only: Just around the corner
42From the Superintendent's Desk: Thank You
42The Block
42Miss Movies: “Bully” a powerful documentary
42A Stray Moment : Carry the weight
42Across the Fence: Wasicu Wakan
42Teen Voice: Don’t be fooled by fads
42Capitol View: Wild life proposal costly but worthwhile
42Totally Random: Astrology: It’s all in the stars…
42Across the Fence: When Fiddler quit running
42Observations Only: A gift of serenity
42Teeing Off: Lessons learned from golf
42A Stray Moment: In praise of encouragement
42Observations Only: Waiting time
42A Small World: Legends week promises fun for everyone
42Across the Fence: The Overland Camel Company
42Totally Random: My journey, life after living
42Building Bridges: Save the world, educate through agriculture
42Across the Fence: New eyes on the Panhandle
42Building Bridges: Serve on the school board—or say no more
42Across the Fence: Prelude to Battle
42Building Bridges: Pause a moment...save a child’s life
42Across the Fence: Missing; Nelson Buck survey party
42Across the Fence: The Colorado Coalfield War
42The Good Life: What a wild ride it’s been
42Building Bridges: Supporting our teachers supports our children
42Across The Fence: Deserters or Outcasts; Three who left. (Part I)
42Building Bridges: “It’s happening” at the Harvest Festival
42Letter to the Editor
42Teen View: My crazy, wonderful life
42No-Till Notes: No-Till Conference
42No Till Notes: It’s All About the Carbon
42No-till Notes: Stripper head
42Our View: Law enforcement deserves respect
41Completely Different: The Quest
41Lyman Review: Hubby’s got my goat
41Home of the Brave
41Teen Voice: Lessons I learned from my eight-year-old brother
41It's no surprise
41Across the Fence: Wyoming settlers lay siege to the TA Ranch
41Theatre West’s Cabaret torch burns brightly
41Across the Fence: First scalp for Custer
41Across the Fence: Places near forgotten
41From the Superintendent's Desk: PLAS School
41Across the Fence: Wounded Knee; December 29, 1890
41Across the Fence: Bloody Pocket, the final battle
41Completely Different: That’s so Pinteresting
41Observations Only: Sisters lost, part two
41Completely Different: What’s speech got to do with it?
41Observations Only: Sisters lost, part III
41Across the Fence: Cheyenne County, Nebraska: cattle country
41Life in the Rearview Mirror: Life enhancing memories
41Jane’s Secret, XXVIII: Lame Johnny
41The Good Life: Through my father’s eyes
41Observations Only: A good daughter
41The Good Life: Christina Baker’s mom: Thank you
41Teen Voice: Is respect dead?
41Observations Only: One more time
41Teen Voice: Nobody else can lower you
41Observations Only: Gone away
41Across the Fence: Amanda
41Jane’s Secret: Jane’s Secret XLIV: Jail break
41Jane’s Secret XLVII: A stormy afternoon
41Building Bridges: Fair time—learn, respect, appreciate, enjoy!
41Jane’s Secret LI: The telling
41Across the Fence: Before Barbed Wire
41At the Library: Book Review: “Landline” by Rainbow Rowell
41Lyman Review: A Tunnel of Birds
41A Stray Moment: Je ne suis pas Charlie Hebdo
40A Small World: Time traveling
40Curiosity Corner : The tale of the travelling train station
40Observations Only : The orphanage
40Across the Fence: The Soldier’s Free Homestead Colony of Gibbon
40Our View: Mayor should insist on civility
40Life in the Rearview Mirror: I’m on a road to someplace
40Observations Only: The joy of money
40The Good Life: Your dollar is a vote for what you care about
40Our View: Bravo OTD committee
40Teen Voice: Not just another ride
40Completely Different: Confessions of an out of shape twenty something
40Across the Fence: The Wellnitz Fire, day 1 and 2
40Observations Only: Together again
40A Stray Moment: World War Two is not forgotten
40Miss Movies: Ten movies for romance
40From the Superintendent’s Desk: Early Childhood Education
40Across the Fence: Fact, fiction or fragmented dreams?
40Across the Fence: Burnett’s Mound and the Topeka tornado
40Observations Only: A soul's journey, part two
40Observations Only: Good and evil
40Teen Voice: Congratulations, you’re awful
40Observations Only: A fine line
40Across The Fence: By the dawn’s early light
40Across The Fence: Jules, Jack and lawless justice
40Teen Voice: Gleek tragedy
40Observations Only: Off to the races
40Jane's Secret XXXIV: Gin Rummy
40Observations Only: Saint Marge
40 Across the Fence: Remembering Armistice Day
40Final Point: Golf, cross country feats headline fall season successes
40At the Library: Words of Radiance by Brandon Sanderson
40Our View: Confidentiality agreement disrespectful
40Jane’s Secret XLVI: Sour grapes
40Linked Lives
40In the Hills: Nebraska Bighorn Sheep
40Lyman Review: Sheep Royalty
40Anno Domini: The Textbook of Freedom
40Jane’s Secret XLX: Day’s end
40Building Bridges: #speaklife is a goal for students, a goal for all
40
40Across the Fence: The Battle of Coon Creek
40Across The Fence: Barbecue Campbell and the XIT
40Jack’s Insights: A word about weed control
40Our View: Officials should take advantage of available training
40No Till Notes: Moving Forward
40Our View: A failure to communicate
39Life in the Rearview Mirror: Invisible scars have lasting effects
39Observations only : Sisters of the world
39Observations Only: Little Girl Lost: Adopted
39Our View: Scottsbluff attitude damages future collaborations
39Teen Voice: Not according to the plan
39SELL-OUT!
39Trash cans
39Jane’s Secret, part VI: Molly’s surprise
39Lyman Review - Tales of the renegade rooster
39Completely Different: Remembering Aurora
39Observations Only: Painting a picture
39Life in the West: Inside the minds of serial killers
39Completely Different: The Mind Palace Memory Technique
39Across the Fence: Tomb of the Unknown
39Completely Different: How the savings stole Christmas
39Miss Movies: Top ten holiday films, part II
39Observations Only: Curious things
39Across the Fence: Dull Knife’s Quest: Part 2 of 2
39Observations Only: Going home
39Jane’s Secret, part XXI: Gertrude’s Agenda
39From the Superintendent’s Desk - Option Enrollment
39The Good Life: A farm girl in my heart
39Across the Fence: A Cheyenne weekend
39Teen Voice: By my side until the newness wears off
39Jane’s Secret, XXV: Mysteries
39Across the Fence: Cynthia Ann Parker, Comanche captive
39Observations Only: A matter of paradox
39Observations Only: Indifferent love
39Rural America and immigration reform
39Life in the Rearview Mirror: Adapt and adjust
39Across The Fence: Union Pacific robbery at Big Springs
39The Good Life: The lasting effects of bullying
39Lyman Review: One mean chicken
39Totally Random: October, the pink month
39Across The Fence: The Three Guardsmen
39Building Bridges: Observing bullies, abuse and pastors
39Washington Report: Honoring America’s heroes
39No-Till Notes: “Fish and Mud”
39Across The Fence: A Fourth of July Montage
39Teen Voice: Unexpected joys of being a sibling
39Across The Fence: New England’s Heroine Scalptress
39At the Library: One Zentangle a Day
39Across the Fence: Deserters or outcasts; Three who left (Part II)
39At the Monument: Museum collections
39No-Till Notes: Drilling Edible Beans, part 2
39A Stray Moment: Thanksgiving myths and traditions
39Across The Fence: …and a Happy New Year.
39At the Monument: Bird Homes at the Bluff
39Across The Fence: Ms. Goodale and The Ghost Dance War (Part III)
39No Till Notes: Colorado Conservation Tillage Association Conference
39Lyman Review: The Frozen Tundra
39Letter to the Editor: A call to defend the U.S. Constitution
38Observations Only: Sisters lost, part I
38Time keeps flowing like a river
38Our view . . .Sports Complex
38Observations Only - Two ages of man
38Life's curve balls
38Teen Voice: Let us be beautiful
38A Small World: Scotts Bluff Valley Fiber Arts Fair classes offer great variety
38From the Superintendent's Desk: Elementary attendance areas
38The hills, part 1: Mustangs
38From the Superintendent's Desk: State report card
38Observations Only: The two faces of poverty
38Life in the Rearview Mirror: The cumulative effects of giving
38Our View: County Manager option leads to Good Old Boys' Club
38From the Superintendent’s Desk - Haig and Aurora Buildings
38Across the Fence: Fort Mitchell on the Great Platte River Road
38Across the Fence: Standing on the wagon
38Teen Voice: Learning calculus more than numbers
38Jane’s Secret, XXIII: Molly’s plan
38Our View: Pipeline not a solution to oil problems
38Completely Different: The mystery of Vivian Maier
38Jane’s secret, XXVI: The suitcase
38Teen Voice: Body image
38Jane’s Secret, XXXIII: Night walk
38A Small World: Special guest
38Across the Fence; Prelude to the Red River War of 1874
38A Small World: Savoring county fair days
38Anno Domini: The memorial nobody wants
38Observations Only: Reality check
38Building Bridges: Following the spirit of Gering
38Building Bridges: Celebrating the Bulldog homecoming
38Lyman Review: Goat-chasing cardio
38The Good Life: A holiday recipe for peace
38Across The Fence: Mustangs on Pumpkin Creek
38Building Bridges: Building us up to be what others see
38Letter to Editor clarifies drug testing policy
38No-Till Notes: Plan to attend 2014 No-Till Conference
38Across the Fence: Roy Bean; scoundrel with a law book
38Across the Fence: The Cholera Corridor
38No-Till Notes: Looking Back
38Book Review: I Forgot to Remember By Su Meck
38Lyman Review: Branding Time
38New at the Zoo: Volunteer at the Zoo
38Jane’s Secret: Jane’s Secret XLV: Gun smoke
38Their View: Goal post move unfair
38In the Hills: Awesome Amphibians and Rough Reptiles
38No Till Notes: Final Stop
38The Good Life: There is good everywhere
37Elizabeth's top ten movie list of 2011
37It's a small world : Everything we do has meaning
37Lyman Review: Let’s get back to the subject of bullying
37Bright Ideas! Brighter Future! Common sense prevails
37Being a Nebraskan – border to border
37Jane’s Secret, part V: Aggie’s complaint
37Age of reason
37Permission to remember
37Economic development update
37 Taking a big risk
37Welcome to Gering
37From the Superintendent’s Desk: Welcome to new certified staff
37Jane's Secret, part X: The arrival
37Observations Only: Giving up
37Observations Only: Counting chickens
37Observations Only: Sister odyssey
37Observations Only: North Powder
37Miss Movies: Ten great horror flicks for Halloween, part 2
37Our view: Gering’s future needs your vote
37Observations Only: The meeting
37Life in the Rearview Mirror: Cleaning off the ‘what if’ shelf
37Observations Only: A strange Thanksgiving
37Completely Different: It’s the end of the world as we know it
37Life in the Rearview Mirror: I hate coffee
37Teen Voice: Fifty reasons to smile
37Observations Only : White water
37Observations Only: Curious things, part II
37Jane’s Secret, part XX: Change of plans
37Observations Only: Sister lost
37From the Superintendent’s Desk - Parent Teacher Conferences
37Life in the Rearview Mirror: The Moments we live for
37Observations Only: A soul’s journey
37Completely Different: The bucket list phenomenon
37From the Pastor's Pen: Unbelievable breaking news
37Political Cartoon by Doug Hoevet
37Completely Different: Do you know John Green?
37Guest Voice: If I could do it over again
37Observations Only: Temptation
37Teen Voice: Dealing with stress
37Observations Only: Divine prompts
37Completely Different: Hey there, four eyes!
37Jane's Secret, XXXI: Sixes and sevens
37The Good Life: Cooler breezes bring anticipation of fall
37Observations Only: The visit
37No-Till Notes: Joe Franks Memorial
37Thinking about Health: Getting insurance under the Affordable Care Act
37Across The Fence: Crazy Horse’s Last Battle
37Capitol View: Clock keeps tickin,’ many issues remain unresolved
37Capitol View: The 103rd Legislature is history … finally
37Building Bridges: Be a Destination Ambassador
37Website Resources
37For the love of the game – best courses in the valley
37Building Bridges: Dive into summer—dive into living
37Teen Voice: The clock is ticking
37At the Library: “My Name is Resolute” By Nancy E. Turner
37
37No-Till Notes: Different Approaches Part II
37Across The Fence: The Eighth Wonder of the World
37Across The Fence: The Harmar Campaign
37At the Library: Son by Lois Lowry
37All Points West: Looking for holiday inspiration?
37Jane’s Secret: The Telling
37Jane’s Secret LII: Eavesdroppers
37No-Till Notes: Field peas and age
36Our View: Museum merger a good thing, but let’s go slowly
36Completely Different: Look around, what are you missing?
36Observations Only : Mission accomplished
36My mini Pen and me
36Life in the west: Betting on the end of the world
36The Good Life: Campaign ad using Jesus goes too far
36Seeing the works of the master
36Across the Fence: Just For the Thrill of It
36Do You Tube?
36From the Superintendent's Desk: Student transportation changes for 2012-13
36The ghost of Ayn Rand
36Remembering When
36The Good Life: Our most precious right, gagged
36From the Superintendent’s Desk
36Jane’s Secret, part XV: Unrequited love
36Completely Different: Happy Hollowthanksmas
36Teen Voice: Today’s television
36Observations Only: Wilkerson Pass
36Across the Fence: Thanks for the memory
36Jane’s Secret, part XVIII : Devil’s bargain
36Across the Fence: A boy called Slon-Ha
36Teen Voice: Serendipity
36Teen Voice: Twitter as sleep criminal
36I'm falling for Tumblr?
36A Stray Moment: Tacos! Our embarrassment of riches
36Across the Fence: The hand dug well
36Teen Voice: Indulge In moderation
36Teeing Off: The thing about state
36Observations Only: The vision
36Life in the Rearview Mirror: The world is a stage
36Teen Voice: Saying Goodbye
36
36Observations Only: The unvarnished truth
36Lyman Review: The love goat
36Teen Voice: Sticks and stones
36From the Hill: More Work Ahead
36No-Till Notes: Water Funding Task Force
36Observations Only: A day in August
36Observations Only: The last goodbye
36Dear Fellow Nebraskans: We Are Proud of the Nebraska National Guard
36At the Library: March into a good book
36At the Monument: That old (historic) building
36Mayor’s Monthly: Moving on Gering’s momentum
36Capitol View: The Legislature did provide tax relief
36Final Point: Citizen receives first honor for ‘Final Point’
36Synchronicity:What brings me back
36History Revisited:A Stray Moment: Life (and death) on the Oregon Trail
36Letters to the Editor
36A Stray Moment: Time to get moving
36Building Bridges: Seeking a big win out of the 4th quarter
36In the Hills: Nature for the Holidays
36A Stray Moment: Winter Wonderland (and Thank You to the Snow Crews)
36Rural mail will suffer with more mail plant closures
36Across the Fence: Oliver T. Jackson, Colorado pioneer
36Teen View: My crazy, wonderful life
36To The Editor
36Jane’s Secret LV A mystery
35We need a few good people
35Our view... Gering stands upon important threshold
35Teen Voice: Thank you, Gering Speech Team
35View from the block
35Teen Voice: Confessions of the financially disabled
35Teen Voice: Sticks and stones
35The Good Life: Hey, I’m a winner!
35Completely Different: The Hills, part 2: The Civilian Conservation Corps
35Jane’s Secret, part XIII: Blackberry pie
35Teen Voice: An eventful homecoming
35From the Superintendent’s Desk: Accountability
35Teen Voice: Practice makes perfect
35The Good Life: We are not separate, we are one family
35Miss Movies: The top ten films of 2012: The year of the geek
35The Good Life: The best Christmas gift
35Observations Only: Critical thinking
35From the Superintendent's Desk: School Safety and Security
35Teen Voice: Catfished
35Observations Only: Journey's end
35Teen Voice: Equality
35Teen Voice: What’s so great about pizza?
35Observations Only: Expect the best
35Totally Random: The Golden Rule
35Observations Only: Expect the best, part II
35Observations Only: Beginnings
35Teen Voice: Being a girl
35From the Superintendent’s Desk: Thanks for the memories
35Anno Domini: Independence, an ideal worth celebrating
35Capitol View: Lincoln Highway captures spotlight
35Completely Different: Perfect memories made in imperfect moments
35Barr’s Bacon Wrapped Fantasy Picks: A rookie's guide to drafting your dream team
35Totally Random: Life’s ripples
35Jane’s Secret XXXVII: A starry night
35Jane’s Secret, XXXVIII: Bad girls
35Across The Fence: Last Christmas
35Teen Voice: The gift of caring
35Miss Movies: Miss Movies recommends her top 10 films of 2013
35Teen Voice: Family for all intents and purposes
35Lyman Review: Nudge to the Butt
35Capitol View: Yes, Virginia, the Legislature has done something, so far
35Nature Notes: Love is in the air
35Lyman Review: Dog fun
35Building Bridges: Don’t wait to develop
35Totally Random: Hemp: considering the real benefits of the miracle plant
35Arts Scene: Theatre West’s Les Miserables not to be missed: Anniversary production proves to be a memorable winner
35At the Library: “The Master Switch” The rise and fall of information empires By Tim Wu
35Rotary International observes World Polio Day Oct. 24
35In the Hills: Learn the Dutch Oven
35Our View: Let the downtown revitalization begin
35Support letters requested for airport
35Curiosity Corner: A Christmas with Buffalo Bill
35No-Till Notes: A word about weed control
35At the Monument: Living History
35The Good Life: Looking back on 2014
35At the Monument: Water, Will There Be Enough?
34Completely Different: Tales from the mat
34A last look at the Nebraska Zone
34Observations Only: Little girl lost, part 3
34Practice safe barbecue basics
34Teen Voice: 'Pretty Little Liars'
34Teen Voice: The more the merrier
34Jane’s Secret, part XI: Grand Duchess
34Teen Voice: Respond to defeat
34Teen Voice: The road of hatred
34LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Gering Public Schools seeks imput
34Observations Only: Spider adventure
34Across the Fence: Faded photos and vivid memories
34Jane’s Secret, part XVI: Fate takes a hand
34From the Superintendent's Desk: Election over – work begins
34Teen Voice: Eighth day of the week - Someday
34From the Superintendent’s Desk: Merry Christmas and Happy New Year
34Teen Voice: New Year’s goals
34From the Superintendent’s Desk : Draft Calendar 2013-14
34From the Superintendent’s Desk - District purchase of building
34Observations Only: A soul's journey, part III
34Jane’s Secret, XXIV: The last drive
34Life in the Rearview Mirror: Experiencing life passion
34Observations Only: Willfulness
34Completely Different - The magic of spring
34Jane’s Secret, XXVII: Town Meeting
34The Good Life: It’s hard to believe, the Citizen is four years old
34Teen Voice: Shadow art
34Jane’s Secret, XXIX: Fred’s debacle
34Teen Voice: Remember what you have
34The Good Life: The two different types of business people
34The Lyman Review: I love baby ducks
34Teen Voice: The daily struggle to a lifelong battle
34Our View: Why rush the interlocal agreement?
34Teen Voice: Stress test
34A Halloween Story: The scary dream
34Lyman Review: Winter's dog
34Observations Only: The last toothpick
34Totally Random: Trusting the fates
34Why you should visit the zoo in February
34Totally Random: Where does it go?
34Dear Fellow Nebraskans: Governor’s Ag Conference overview
34Dear Nebraskans: Massachusetts should not determine Nebraska’s Presidential vote
34Capitol View: Legislature overrides gubernatorial vetoes
34Capitol View: Redistricting needs new procedure
34Gering ninth graders answer the questions of life
34At the Library: “I Shall Be Near to You” By Erin Lindsay McCabe
34Fourth of July meetings
34No-Till Notes: American Society of Agronomy
34No-Till Notes: Enjoyable Day
34
34Across the Fence: Ladies First or First Ladies
34To whom are we thankful?
34
34Letter to the Editor
33Life in the Rearview Mirror: Is it possible to just drive in the 21st Century?
33Teen Voice: On becoming politically active
33Completely Different: The Hills, part 3: Rediscovering the spirit
33The Good Life: Leave the quilt shop and laundromat alone
33From the Superintendent's Desk: NePAS – State Accountability
33The Good Life: A very interesting meeting indeed
33Miss Movies: Top Ten Holiday Films
33Observations Only: Uneventful flight
33Teen Voice: Living within our means
33Teen Voice: Pinning your interest
33From the Pastor's Pen: Lord, teach us to pray
33Teen Voice: Go ahead, make my day
33The Good Life: People of the Valley, we have a choice
33Teen Voice: Do It Anyway
33Teen Voice: The Other Side
33Observations Only: The need to understand
33Teen Voice: Silence
33Jane’s Secret XXXVI:  The dream
33Guest Editorial: The future of health care at Regional West
33Lyman Review: The elusive farm cat
33Teen Voice: My rebellion
33Our View: Community responsible for kids
33Teen Voice: Shopping days or holidays?
33Support emergency services personnel
33At the Monument: Art in National Parks
33No-till Notes: Moving forward
33In the Hills: Explore the state parks
33Fellow Nebraskans: Congratulations on graduation day
33Teen Voice: Home is where the heart is
33College Thoughts: Rotten for the minds? Think again
33Be kind through communications
33No-Till Notes: "Different Approaches"
33No-Till Notes: Dakota Lakes Dry Land Rotations
33No Till Notes:
33Our View: Streamlining is great...when all are informed
32Teen Voice: Just ten minutes
32Teen Voice : Leave your legacy
32Letter to the Editor
32From the Superintendent’s Desk : Thank You for another Great Year
32Timing makes perfect
32Observations Only: What's in a word?
32Silence please
32Guest Editorial: Bob Kerrey is the true fiscal conservative
32The Good Life: The economic footprint of one small business
32Their View: Hey Gering, mind your own business!
32Observations Only: Scourge of violence
32Our View: County has some ‘splainin’ to do
32Teen Voice: What senior year taught me
32Teen Voice: Previously unwritten cell phone rules
32Teen Voice: Go ahead, make my day
32The Good Life: Mom, my partner in life
32Totally Random: I’m a backwards reader
32The Good Life: Innovation and young energy enriches us all
32Teen Voice: Holiday horrors
32Teen Voice: To the future
32Teen Voice: Cyber War
32Capitol View: Considering additional education choices
32Dear Nebraskans: Technology helps serve Nebraskans
32Building Bridges: Be American - help your candidate
32Update from the NRD: March updates from the NRD
32Capitol View: It sounded like a good idea at first
32What’s really going on with our water?
32Greetings from the State Capitol
32At the Monument: Where are the animals?
32No-til Notes: Changing plans
32No-Till Notes: Annual PNTP Tour
32Prairie Dogs
32At the Monument: Night Sky
32Creatures of the Night
32Jack’s Insights: Knowing harvest
32Building Bridges: Know DOVES and know about domestic violence
32Curiosity Corner: The Boss of the Plains
31Pulpit of Bones: Man's best friend
31Observations Only: Extreme measures
31From the Superintendent's Desk: Our goal: Improve student performance
31Observations Only: No thank you
31From the Superintendent’s Desk: Current enrollment count
31Teen Voice: I guess it’s just a western Nebraska thing
31Teen Voice: Making sense of the Sandy Hook tragedy
31Teen Voice: The need to get away
31Observations Only: Choices
31The Good Life: Extending grace, the lost art
31Welcome to Gering and the 92nd Oregon Trail Days Celebration.
31The Good Life: We are the Valley’s emissaries
31Teen Voice: The rivalry
31Update From the NRD: Winter has arrived
31Jane’s Secret, XLI Black widow spider
31Teen Voice: My School, Their Rules
31View of the Zoo: VIPs at RCD
31Capitol View: Legislature to tackle meatier issues
31Capitol View: Delay tactics a gamble as session draws to a close
31Religious freedom must be protected
31No-Till Notes:Enjoyable meeting
31No-Till Notes: Last chance for North, South Dakota tour
31No-Till Notes: The value of water
31At the Monument: So You want to be a Ranger?
31All Points West: Huskers win hearts and minds at Holiday Bowl
31At the Library: The Underground Girls of Kabul - In Search of a Hidden Resistance in Afghanistan
31Letter to the Editor
30Teen Voice: March Madness
30Our View: Visionaries wanted
30From the Superintendent's Desk: School year now in full swing
30From the Superintendent’s Desk: Parents’ role in the educational process
30From the Superintendent's Desk: Why so soon?
30Observations Only: Musings of an odd duck
30Teen Voice: Happy news
30Teen: Voice : Drinking enough water
30Across the Fence: The Pony Express
30Guest Voices…
30The Good Life - The worst day on record at the Citizen
30Life in the Rearview Mirror: Greensburg strong
30Life in the Rearview Mirror: Work is more than a four-letter word
30Teeing Off: Persistence
30Lyman Review: Now that's a set of handlebars!
30Dear Fellow Nebraskans: Collegebound Nebraska
30Totally Random: Happy Halloween
30Teen Voice: Thanksgiving
30Updates from NRD: Happy New Year
30Lyman Review: Taste of boot?
30Teen Voice: Writing love on our hearts
30Dear Nebraskans: Nebraska is the place for business
30Teen Voice: Inspire me
30Teen Voice: Footprints
30In the Hills: Arbor Day in Nebraska
30Capital View: Can prison reform survive property tax relief?
30View from Capitol Hill: Solutions for our economy and the budget
30Capitol View: There was more to the session than just the big ticket items
30In the Hills: Get to Know Our Feathered Travelers
30Sychronicity: Thrive, don't just survive
30Gering freshmen introduce personalities, styles: Writing assignment encourages students to let individualism shine
30Reach out for challenges
30Letters to the Editor
30Building Bridges: Help! is the key word for the holidays
29Livestock Production: My Paradigm Shift
29LETTER TO THE EDITOR: No tax state unrealistic
29Teen Voice: Sit back and enjoy YouTube
29Teen Voice: Outbreak of the Gamers
29From the Superintendent’s Desk: Summer School – 2013
29Life in the Rearview Mirror: Personal control of an individual response
29Teen Voice: What is love?
29Observations Only: The vigil
29Thinking About Health: The challenge of signing up for Obamacare
29Christmas stories from Freshman Academy students
29SBNM View: Do you want to be a VIP?
29Capitol View: State aid proposal just might make some sense
29At the Zoo: Spring in to the zoo
29No-Till Notes: Back in the field
29No Till Notes: Drilling edible beans
29The Christmas Story
29Curiosity Corner: An Uncommon Christmas Story
28Bright Ideas, Brighter Future: Leaving a Legacy
28From the Superintendent’s Desk: Get ready for Parent-teacher conferences
28Our View: The elephant in the room
28Our View: Come home to Nebraska, but not just anywhere
28A Small World: Chokecherry season evokes memories of yesterday
28Teen Voice: Self-expression
28Our View: Childcare not school district’s role
28Teen Voice: Trouble Maker or Hard Worker?
28Teen Voice: Where is the love?
28Letter to the editor
27Social time has important benefits
27Guest Editorial: Fischer will see U.S. ‘living within means’
27Five Good Reasons to Create an Investment Strategy
27Teen Voice: The benefits of online learning
27Teeing Off: Mind Gym
27Teen Voice: Hope for a New Year
27Coach Schadwinkel promoted strong sense of tradition
27Notes from NRD: Thanks agricultural producers
27From the Capitol: The conduct we choose reflects our character
27Across The Fence: Fort Sanders: A Forgotten fort on the U. P. line
26Up The Creek Without A Paddle: The NRD wants to do what with your money?
26No Till Notes: Saying uncle
25My Thanksgiving prayer
19Jane’s Secret LX: Stephen’s onus
Dominos Pizza
Fresh Foods
Vista Energy
Kendell Henderson