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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123Teen Voice: My School, Their Rules
123Teen View: My crazy, wonderful life
123Jane’s Secret LIII: The bargain
122Teen Voice: Go ahead, make my day
122Totally Random: Life’s ripples
122Teen Voice: Self-expression
122At the Monument: That old (historic) building
122Teen Voice: The clock is ticking
122
121Teen Voice: By my side until the newness wears off
121Completely Different - The magic of spring
121Life in the Rearview Mirror: Work is more than a four-letter word
121Teen Voice: Body image
121
121Jack’s Insights: Knowing harvest
120Teen Voice: Previously unwritten cell phone rules
120Political Cartoon by Doug Hoevet
120Teen Voice: The rivalry
120Totally Random: October, the pink month
120Lyman Review: Winter's dog
120Taking Flight: From War Orphan to Star Ballerina At the Library
119Completely Different: Perfect memories made in imperfect moments
119A Small World: Savoring county fair days
119Teen Voice: Is respect dead?
119New at the Zoo: Volunteer at the Zoo
119Linked Lives
118Life in the Rearview Mirror: The Moments we live for
118Political Cartoon by Doug Hoevet
118Teen Voice: The Other Side
118Teen Voice: Saying Goodbye
118Our View: Why rush the interlocal agreement?
118Lyman Review: Dog fun
118In the Hills: Explore the state parks
118View from Capitol Hill: Solutions for our economy and the budget
118Fellow Nebraskans: Congratulations on graduation day
118In the Hills: Get to Know Our Feathered Travelers
117Teen Voice: Living within our means
117Teen Voice: The benefits of online learning
117Welcome to Gering and the 92nd Oregon Trail Days Celebration.
117Teen Voice: Sticks and stones
117Totally Random: Happy Halloween
117Teen Voice: Holiday horrors
117What’s really going on with our water?
117Letter to the editor
116Teeing Off: The thing about state
116Mayor’s Monthly: Moving on Gering’s momentum
116Building Bridges: Know DOVES and know about domestic violence
115From the Superintendent’s Desk: Summer School – 2013
115From the Superintendent’s Desk - Haig and Aurora Buildings
115Teen Voice: The daily struggle to a lifelong battle
115Update From the NRD: Winter has arrived
115Capitol View: The 103rd Legislature is history … finally
115Across The Fence: The Youngest Discoverer
114Life in the Rearview Mirror: Greensburg strong
114
114A Small World: Legends week promises fun for everyone
114Totally Random: Trusting the fates
114Teen Voice: Family for all intents and purposes
114Capitol View: Legislature overrides gubernatorial vetoes
114Website Resources
113Teen: Voice : Drinking enough water
113From the Superintendent’s Desk - Parent Teacher Conferences
113Teen Voice: Indulge In moderation
113Teen Voice: Do It Anyway
113Our View: Community responsible for kids
113Up The Creek Without A Paddle: The NRD wants to do what with your money?
113Teen Voice: To the future
113Teen Voice: Writing love on our hearts
113View of the Zoo: VIPs at RCD
113Dear Nebraskans: Massachusetts should not determine Nebraska’s Presidential vote
113For the love of the game – best courses in the valley
113Sychronicity: Thrive, don't just survive
113
112Five Good Reasons to Create an Investment Strategy
112Teen Voice: Twitter as sleep criminal
112Teen Voice: Pinning your interest
112Teen Voice: Shadow art
112Coach Schadwinkel promoted strong sense of tradition
112In the Hills: Arbor Day in Nebraska
112Capitol View: Redistricting needs new procedure
112Gering freshmen introduce personalities, styles: Writing assignment encourages students to let individualism shine
111Teen Voice: Equality
111Completely Different: What’s speech got to do with it?
111Life in the Rearview Mirror: Adapt and adjust
111Updates from NRD: NRD promotes conservation
111Nature Notes: Love is in the air
111Teen Voice: Cyber War
110Life in the Rearview Mirror: Personal control of an individual response
110I'm falling for Tumblr?
110Teen Voice: I’ll be healthy – tomorrow
110Teen Voice: Where is the love?
110Teen Voice: Footprints
110Teen Voice: Home is where the heart is
110Synchronicity:What brings me back
109From the Superintendent's Desk: School Safety and Security
109Completely Different: Do you know John Green?
109Support emergency services personnel
109Their View: Goal post move unfair
108Our View: The elephant in the room
108Teen Voice: Learning calculus more than numbers
108From the Hill: More Work Ahead
108Teen Voice: Thanksgiving
108Notes from NRD: Thanks agricultural producers
107Teen Voice: Trouble Maker or Hard Worker?
107Why you should visit the zoo in February
107At the Library: March into a good book
107Teen Voice: Inspire me
107Washington Report: Honoring America’s heroes
107Gering ninth graders answer the questions of life
106Teeing Off: Mind Gym
106Our View: Childcare not school district’s role
106Religious freedom must be protected
105Guest Voices…
105Life in the Rearview Mirror: Life enhancing memories
105Guest Editorial: The future of health care at Regional West
105Capitol View: Clock keeps tickin,’ many issues remain unresolved
105Our View: Confidentiality agreement disrespectful
104From the Superintendent’s Desk: Early Childhood Education
104Dear Nebraskans: Nebraska is the place for business
104At the Zoo: Spring in to the zoo
104Capital View: Can prison reform survive property tax relief?
103Our View: Come home to Nebraska, but not just anywhere
103Teen Voice: Shopping days or holidays?
103Capitol View: Considering additional education choices
103Capitol View: State aid proposal just might make some sense
103Dear Fellow Nebraskans: Governor’s Ag Conference overview
103Letters to the Editor
102Teen Voice: Hope for a New Year
102Totally Random: Where does it go?
101Christmas stories from Freshman Academy students
101Capitol View: Legislature to tackle meatier issues
101Capitol View: The Legislature did provide tax relief
100Update from the NRD: March updates from the NRD
100Capitol View: Delay tactics a gamble as session draws to a close
99Greetings from the State Capitol
99Capitol View: There was more to the session than just the big ticket items
98Rural America and immigration reform
98Teen Voice: What is love?
98Updates from NRD: Happy New Year
97Dear Nebraskans: Technology helps serve Nebraskans
96Letter to Editor clarifies drug testing policy
96Capitol View: It sounded like a good idea at first
96From the Capitol: The conduct we choose reflects our character
91Capitol View: Yes, Virginia, the Legislature has done something, so far
86To The Editor
81Our View: County has some ‘splainin’ to do
81Letter to the Editor
57Across The Fence: Battle of Valverde and The Texas Lancers
56Jane’s Secret LIV The bargain part II
Most Read News Stories of 2012
709Across The Fence: The hanging of Cornelius Donahue a.k.a. John A. Hurley
683Building Bridges – Teens in the Driver Seat is a program for LIFE
648All Points West: Coming home, a veteran’s perspective on what it means
555The Christmas Story
509Jane’s Secret column on hiatus
498To whom are we thankful?
447Across the Fence: Roosevelt’s campaign tour of the west
444Across The Fence: Barbecue Campbell and the XIT
424A Stray Moment: Football – Violence, Death, and Denial
410A Stray Moment: Thanksgiving myths and traditions
388Curiosity Corner: An Uncommon Christmas Story
382A Stray Moment: To honor them all their days
382At the Monument: Museum collections
382Building Bridges: Regionalism should be focus of our core-idor
378Jane’s Secret, XXXIII: Night walk
378Across The Fence: Portugee Phillips and a horse named Dandy
363The Good Life: There is good everywhere
354Across the Fence: All aboard the Transcontinental Express
350No-Till Notes: No-Till Conference
347Across The Fence: Barbecue Campbell and the XIT
345Rotary International observes World Polio Day Oct. 24
341No-Till Notes: Drilling Edible Beans, part 2
332Barr’s Bacon Wrapped Fantasy Picks: A rookie's guide to drafting your dream team
325Curiosity Corner: A Christmas with Buffalo Bill
320A Stray Moment: Those we lost in 2014
319Support letters requested for airport
318Across The Fence: The Christmas Truce of 1914
315A Stray Moment: Brand new used cars
311A Stray Moment: Je ne suis pas Charlie Hebdo
309The Good Life: Looking back on 2014
305Across the Fence: Bose Ikard; Texas Cowboy
300Jane’s Secret, XXV: Mysteries
300Across The Fence: The Pawnee and human sacrifice
296Our View: Let the downtown revitalization begin
293The Good Life: What a wild ride it’s been
292Across The Fence: Over The Edge; Niagara’s Argonauts
287No Till Notes: Colorado Conservation Tillage Association Conference
283No-Till Notes: Dakota Lakes Dry Land Rotations
281Building Bridges: Cleaning up for company--or not--reveals a lot
280Across the Fence: Aftermath: Part III, The Battle of Summit Springs
280A Stray Moment: Time to get moving
279Building Bridges: Honoring our blessings and our leaders
278At the Library: “The Master Switch” The rise and fall of information empires By Tim Wu
276Across The Fence: Billy Dixon; Plainsman, Hunter, Indian fighter and Scout
275No Till Notes:
274In the Hills: Learn the Dutch Oven
272A Stray Moment: O Holy Night
270Observations Only: A soul’s journey
269What's the deal with organic milk?
269At the Library: The Underground Girls of Kabul - In Search of a Hidden Resistance in Afghanistan
267Letters to the Editor
267No Till Notes: Drilling edible beans
266Across The Fence: The Hat Creek Outpost
265Observations Only : White water
265Across the Fence - Catherine’s boys
263Across the Fence: Who was Martha Jane Canary?
263Building Bridges: Turning a space into a sense of place
263Across The Fence: The Harmar Campaign
261Teen Voice: Positive effects of social media
261Across The Fence: “…a date that will live in infamy.”
257Across the Fence: Black Hills Gold and the Thoen Stone
254Across the Fence: Celebrating the 120th anniversary of the Chadron to Chicago Cowboy Race, part II
254Battle of Summit Springs, part II: Warpath to White Bear Creek
250Across The Fence: Captain Silas S. Soule; The face of moral courage
249Building Bridges: Help! is the key word for the holidays
247At the Library: Book Review: “Landline” by Rainbow Rowell
246Jane’s Secret, XXVII: Town Meeting
245Jack’s Insights: A word about weed control
244Across the Fence: Burnett’s Mound and the Topeka tornado
243In the Hills: Nature for the Holidays
239Across the Fence: Before Barbed Wire
238Across The Fence: Amos Bad Heart Bull
234Across the Fence: Class of ’67, last remnants of home
234
230Across The Fence: A Fourth of July Montage
230All Points West: Looking for holiday inspiration?
228A Stray Moment: Robin Williams – Good night sweet prince
228Building Bridges: “It’s happening” at the Harvest Festival
227At the Monument: Where are the animals?
227Jane’s Secret: The Telling
226Across the Fence: Ah-ho-appa (fallen leaf)
225Across the Fence: Judge Roy Bean : Texas prizefight promoter
224A ‘city’ kid goes to the fair
223Teen Voice: Serendipity
223At the Library: Son by Lois Lowry
220No-Till Notes: A word about weed control
219Teen Voice: Don’t be fooled by fads
219Jane’s Secret, XXIV: The last drive
219At the Library:Neil Patrick Harris: Choose Your Own Autobiography
217Completely Different: New Year’s Resolutions
217Building Bridges: Save the world, educate through agriculture
215Across the Fence: The hand dug well
215A Stray Moment - A night owl born to an 8 to 5 world
215Jane’s Secret, XXVIII: Lame Johnny
215Across the Fence; Massacre on the Marias River
214Building Bridges: When ‘FAMILY’ and fellow Nebraskans are all you’ve got
213Jane’s Secret, XXIII: Molly’s plan
213Across The Fence: The Spanish Flu
212From the Superintendent’s Desk: Thanks for the memories
212Across The Fence: Freedom Triumphant Over War and Peace
212Welcome to the ‘New’ in Gering
212Across the Fence: The Battle of Hungry Hill
210Completely Different: It's all in the family
210Jane’s Secret, XXX: A new wrinkle
210Across the Fence: Pawnee legends in the Nebraska Panhandle
210Lyman Review: A Tunnel of Birds
209A Stray Moment: I love Sookie Stackhouse
209Jane’s Secret, XXXII Jane’s Bad Day
208At the Monument: So You want to be a Ranger?
207Across the Fence: When Lady Luck sleeps
207Across The Fence: The Pawnee on Pumpkin Creek
206A Stray Moment: A ‘city boy’ visits the Harvest Festival
205Across the Fence: Rural free delivery
205Across The Fence: Celebrating the 120th anniversary of the Chadron to Chicago Cowboy Race, part I
205All Points West: Huskers win hearts and minds at Holiday Bowl
204Jane’s Secret, XXXX: A tale of mayhem
204Our View: Officials should take advantage of available training
203Across the Fence: Sioux Ordnance Depot: stories to be told
202Across the Fence: Here lies Major Alexander Culbertson
201Across the Fence: A Cheyenne weekend
201Across the Fence: The Blizzard of ‘49
201College Thoughts: Rotten for the minds? Think again
200The Good Life: Through my father’s eyes
199Across The Fence: Jules, Jack and lawless justice
199Across The Fence: New England’s Heroine Scalptress
199Across The Fence: Grandpa’s Grays
199At the Monument: Living History
199No Till Notes: Moving Forward
198Jane’s Secret, part XVII : Plans gone awry
198Across the Fence: Dull Knife’s Quest, part 1
198Across the Fence: When Fiddler quit running
198Across The Fence: Hinhan Kaga Paha
197Across the Fence: Charles Badger Clark
195Teen Voice: Gleek tragedy
195Across the Fence: The Overland Camel Company
195Across the Fence: Battle of Summit Springs, Part I: Tall Bull Killed
195Creatures of the Night
194Teen View: My crazy, wonderful life
192Across the Fence: James Butler Hickok: The thoughtful gunfighter
191Across The Fence: The Three Guardsmen
191Across the Fence: Old barns and memories
190Across the Fence: Discovering Ed Stemler
190Building Bridges: Be a Destination Ambassador
190Across The Fence: Steamboats on the Missouri
189Across the Fence: Cynthia Ann Parker, Comanche captive
189Jane’s Secret, XLI Black widow spider
189Across the Fence: Missing; Nelson Buck survey party
189History Revisited:A Stray Moment: Life (and death) on the Oregon Trail
189No-Till Notes: Enjoyable Day
188The Good Life: It’s hard to believe, the Citizen is four years old
188Across The Fence; ‘Johnny Appleseed’ of the Oregon Trail
188Building Bridges: Five years old IS a milestone
188Jane’s Secret LII: Eavesdroppers
187No-Till Notes: The value of water
187Across The Fence: Battle of the Wabash: St. Clair’s Defeat
186Across the Fence: Lions, wolves and bears
186No-Till Notes: Water Funding Task Force
186Across The Fence: Flossie, love child of the eighties.
185A Stray Moment: Star Trek: Infinite diversity in infinite combinations
184A Stray Moment: Tacos! Our embarrassment of riches
184A real leaning tree Christmas
184Jane’s Secret XLX: Day’s end
184Across The Fence: Ms. Goodale and the Ghost Dance War (Part I)
183Totally Random: The Golden Rule
183A Stray Moment: For the love of theatre
183A Stray Moment: Having a blast on the Fourth of July
183Building Bridges: Chautauqua will bring out the best in everyone
183Across the Fence: On the Old Chisholm Trail
183Building Bridges: Awards are only part of our success
183Across the Fence: The Spring Creek Raid
183Building Bridges: Shovels and skills are as valuable as degrees
182Across the Fence: Bloody Pocket, the final battle
182Book Review: I Forgot to Remember By Su Meck
182Across the Fence: David F. Cook and ‘Indian Joe’
182Anno Domini: The Textbook of Freedom
182 Across The Fence: County Fair
182Jane’s Secret LI: The telling
181A Stray Moment: All's well that ends well, usually
181 Across the Fence: ‘Aunt Sally’ and Dakota Gold
181Building Bridges: Celebrating the Bulldog homecoming
181Across the Fence: John Colter, the first mountain man
180A Stray Moment: Now is the winter of our disconnect
180Across The Fence: Moc-chi, A Southern Cheyenne warrior
180No-Till Notes: "Different Approaches"
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180
179Life in the Rearview Mirror: The world is a stage
179A look at - and helping - the State of the Valley
178Across the Fence: Standing on the wagon
178Building Bridges: Following the spirit of Gering
178No-Till Notes: Different Approaches Part II
178Rural mail will suffer with more mail plant closures
177Jane’s Secret, part XXI: Gertrude’s Agenda
177A Stray Moment: Earth Day, am I doing my part?
177Across The Fence: Crow Dog, Spotted Tail’s assassin
177Across The Fence: Crazy Horse’s Last Battle
177Across the Fence: New eyes on the Panhandle
177Final Point: Citizen receives first honor for ‘Final Point’
177Across The Fence: Scalped at Plum Creek
176Across the Fence - Boston: April 18, 1775
176Across the Fence; Prelude to the Red River War of 1874
176Building Bridges: Love your enemies
176A Stray Moment: Goodbye old house – sorting their things
176Across the Fence: The Battle of Coon Creek
176Across The Fence: Ms. Goodale and The Ghost Dance War (Part III)
174Jane's Secret, XXXI: Sixes and sevens
174Jane’s Secret XLVII: A stormy afternoon
174Building Bridges: Fair time—learn, respect, appreciate, enjoy!
174Dynasty made Gering the biggest little town in Nebraska
173Across the Fence: Fort Mitchell on the Great Platte River Road
173Observations Only: Sisters lost, part IV
173Observations Only: Temptation
173Completely Different: The Disney princess debate: an exercise in the ridiculous
173Across The Fence: The Heartland plague of 1874-75
173Observations Only: Reality check
173Across the Fence: Roy Bean; scoundrel with a law book
173Across The Fence: …and a Happy New Year.
172Across the Fence: Dull Knife’s Quest: Part 2 of 2
172Across the Fence: Cheyenne County, Nebraska: cattle country
172Observations Only: Indifferent love
172Across the Fence: A Cowboy kind of Christmas
172Across the Fence: The Cholera Corridor
172Building Bridges: Oregon Trail Days—making our present a celebrated past
172Jane’s Secret XLIX: Phillip’s agenda
171A Stray Moment: Merry Christmas – God save us all
171Teen Voice: Fifty reasons to smile
171Teen Voice: Congratulations, you’re awful
171Observations Only: The shadow of error
171A Stray Moment: A voice from the past, haunting myself
171No-Till Notes: Plan to attend 2014 No-Till Conference
171Across the Fence: Six went to the gallows
170Observations Only: Divine prompts
170Anno Domini: The memorial nobody wants
170Observations Only: A sad week
170Across The Fence: First train from Saply Grove
170Final Point: Golf, cross country feats headline fall season successes
170Observations Only: Gone away
170Across the Fence: Remembering English Joe
170Across the Fence: Prelude to Battle
170No-Till Notes: Annual PNTP Tour
169Across the Fence: Wasicu Wakan
169Building Bridges: Being grateful for the hardships in life
169Anno Domini: We gather together
169Building Bridges: Don’t wait to develop
169Building Bridges: Supporting our teachers supports our children
168Jane’s Secret, part XVI: Fate takes a hand
168Observations Only: A soul's journey, part III
168Anno Domini: Independence, an ideal worth celebrating
167A Stray Moment: World War Two is not forgotten
167Observations Only: Curious things
167Observations Only: Curious things, part II
167Observations Only: The need to understand
167The Good Life: Christina Baker’s mom: Thank you
167Across the Fence: Ladies First or First Ladies
166Jane’s Secret, part XV: Unrequited love
166Across the Fence: Sitting Bull: The Last Surrendering Sioux
166Jane’s Secret, Part XVIV: Crystal Waters
166Observations Only: Sisters lost, part III
166Across the Fence: Fact, fiction or fragmented dreams?
166Building Bridges: Observing bullies, abuse and pastors
166Across The Fence: Justice in the Big Horn Basin
166Jane’s Secret XLVIII: Jane’s agenda
166Arts Scene: Theatre West’s Les Miserables not to be missed: Anniversary production proves to be a memorable winner
165A Stray Moment: - The case for Hagel
165Totally Random: Astrology: It’s all in the stars…
165Building Bridges: Tend to 2014 and be Happy, Happy, Happy
165Building Bridges: Pause a moment...save a child’s life
165Across the Fence: Amanda
165Across The Fence: No way to treat a lady
164Jane’s Secret, part XIV: Molly’s dream
164Teen Voice: New Year’s goals
164Teen Voice: What’s so great about pizza?
164From the Superintendent’s Desk - Financial Outlook for Gering Public Schools
164Observations Only: A matter of matter
164Jane's Secret XXXIV: Gin Rummy
163Completely Different: That’s so Pinteresting
163Across The Fence: Billy Dixon at Adobe Walls, June 1874
163Thinking about Health: Getting insurance under the Affordable Care Act
163Across the Fence: Investigation at Spring Creek
163Building Bridges: Dive into summer—dive into living
163No-Till Notes: Last chance for North, South Dakota tour
162Observations Only: Beginnings
162The Good Life: Cooler breezes bring anticipation of fall
162A Stray Moment: Learning how to walk
162Building Bridges: Building us up to be what others see
162No-Till Notes: Cheat grass
162No-Till Notes: American Society of Agronomy
162No-Till Notes: "Harvest"
161Guest Voice: If I could do it over again
161Observations Only: Divine spirit
161A Stray Moment: Without a net
161Across The Fence: Union Pacific robbery at Big Springs
161A Stray Moment: In praise of encouragement
161Observations Only: The vision
161Jane’s Secret XXXV: Bugs and things
161Building Bridges: “New” will become a buzzword in the Valley
161Anno Domini: On this remembering day
161Across the Fence: The Colorado Coalfield War
161In the Hills: Pollinators – the buzz
161Building Bridges: Seeking a big win out of the 4th quarter
161Across the Fence: Deserters or outcasts; Three who left (Part II)
160Across the Fence: Tomb of the Unknown
160Observations Only: Sisters lost, part two
160Jane’s Secret, part XXII: While the cat’s away
160Observations Only: Off to the races
160The Lyman Review: I love baby ducks
160Across The Fence: Mustangs on Pumpkin Creek
160Building Bridges: Serve on the school board—or say no more
160Jane’s Secret: Jane’s Secret XLIV: Jail break
159Observations Only: A gift of serenity
159Completely Different: The game is afoot, a look at Sherlock Holmes
159Teen Voice: What diabetes taught me
159Observations Only: The awful truth
159Observations Only: Saint Marge
159Jane’s Secret XXXVII: A starry night
159Building Bridges: Planning now for tourism season 2014
159Across The Fence: A day For thanks
159Across The Fence: Last Christmas
159Building Bridges: Objectivity and fairness make a winning plan
159Jane’s Secret: Jane’s Secret, XLII: Sunflowers
159Jane’s Secret: Jane’s Secret XLV: Gun smoke
159No-til Notes: Changing plans
158From the Superintendent’s Desk : Draft Calendar 2013-14
158Observations Only: Going home
158Observations Only: Expect the best, part II
158No-Till Notes: Looking Back
158No Till Notes: Final Stop
157Observations Only: A soul's journey, part two
157 Across the Fence: Remembering Armistice Day
157Across The Fence: Deserters or Outcasts; Three who left. (Part I)
157Our View: Streamlining is great...when all are informed
157At the Monument: Domestic Animals on the Oregon Trail
156Observations Only: Critical thinking
156Observations Only: Uneventful flight
156Observations Only: Good and evil
156A Stray Moment: God Knows
156Jane’s secret, XXVI: The suitcase
156Observations Only: Willfulness
156Totally Random: I’m a backwards reader
156Jane’s Secret, XXIX: Fred’s debacle
156Observations Only: A matter of paradox
156Observations Only: A good daughter
156Observations Only: The unvarnished truth
156Jane’s Secret XXXVI:  The dream
156The Good Life: Today we celebrate Global Oneness Day
156Jane’s Secret XLVI: Sour grapes
155Across the Fence: Wyoming settlers lay siege to the TA Ranch
155Observations Only: Fuzzy angel
155No-Till Notes:Enjoyable meeting
155Across The Fence: The Eighth Wonder of the World
154Across the Fence: The Spirit of Crazy Horse
154Across the Fence: Building Barns
154A Stray Moment : Carry the weight
154Observations Only: Journey's end
154From the Superintendent’s Desk - Option Enrollment
154Observations Only: Choices
154Jane’s Secret, XXXVIII: Bad girls
154Building Bridges: Asking officials to speak and work as a body
154Building Bridges: #speaklife is a goal for students, a goal for all
153Across the Fence: First scalp for Custer
153Observations Only: Expect the best
153A Halloween Story: The scary dream
153Observations Only: Final moment
153Teen Voice: Unexpected joys of being a sibling
152Jane’s Secret, part XIII: Blackberry pie
152Jane’s Secret, part XX: Change of plans
151Across the Fence: On The road
151Across the Fence: Places near forgotten
151Jane’s Secret: Jane’s Secret, XLIII: Jail house rock
151Totally Random: Hemp: considering the real benefits of the miracle plant
151Across The Fence: Ms. Goodale and the Ghost Dance War (Part II of III)
150Jane’s Secret, part XII: Jane's Vow
150Observations Only: Afraid of the dark
150Observations Only: Waiting time
150Observations Only: A day in August
150Lyman Review: Goat-chasing cardio
150Building Bridges: Be American - help your candidate
150At the Library: Words of Radiance by Brandon Sanderson
150At the Library: One Zentangle a Day
149Jane’s Secret, part IX: Mrs. Huber’s chagrin
149Observations Only: The visit
149Totally Random: December 6, the day I lived
148Jane’s Secret, part II: Gertrude’s choice
148Jane’s Secret, part VI: Molly’s surprise
148Assad’s endgame
148Across The Fence: By the dawn’s early light
148Observations Only: Hog wash
148In the Hills: Nebraska Bighorn Sheep
147Across the Fence: A boy called Slon-Ha
147Observations Only: A fine line
147Anno Domini: Ask the digital dust
147At the Monument: Night Sky
146Across the Fence: Submarines and railroads
146Across the Fence: Faded photos and vivid memories
146No-till Notes: Moving forward
145The Good Life: The best Christmas gift
145From the Superintendent’s Desk - District purchase of building
145SBNM View: Do you want to be a VIP?
145No Till Notes: It’s All About the Carbon
144Across the Fence: The Wellnitz Fire, day 1 and 2
144Completely Different: The Marilyn Monroe conundrum
144The Good Life: The lasting effects of bullying
144Thinking About Health: The challenge of signing up for Obamacare
144A Stray Moment: Winter Wonderland (and Thank You to the Snow Crews)
143A Small World: Special guest
143Lyman Review: Now that's a set of handlebars!
143Jane’s Secret LII: Eavesdroppers
143Lyman Review: The Frozen Tundra
143Our View: A failure to communicate
142The Good Life: A farm girl in my heart
142Totally Random: My journey, life after living
142Observations Only: The vigil
142No-Till Notes: Back in the field
142
141Observations Only: Sister lost
141Teen Voice: My rebellion
141The Good Life: A holiday recipe for peace
141Letter to the Editor
140Lyman Review: Let’s get back to the subject of bullying
140Across the Fence: Mud Springs revisited
140From the Pastor's Pen: Unbelievable breaking news
140Teen Voice: The need to get away
140The Good Life: We are the Valley’s emissaries
140Lyman Review: Devil calf
139Jane’s Secret, part VIII: Molly's plan
139The ghost of Ayn Rand
139Our view: Gering’s future needs your vote
139Capitol View: Lincoln Highway captures spotlight
139Observations Only: One more time
138Completely Different: It’s the end of the world as we know it
138Miss Movies: Ten movies for romance
138The Good Life: Mom, my partner in life
138Teeing Off: Around the Green
138No-Till Notes: Joe Franks Memorial
137Observations only : Sisters of the world
137Across the Fence: The Soldier’s Free Homestead Colony of Gibbon
137From the Pastor's Pen: Lord, teach us to pray
137Teen Voice:  Body bashing and self-image
137Lyman Review: The love goat
137Lyman Review: The elusive farm cat
137Observations Only: The last goodbye
136Observations Only : The orphanage
136Life in the Rearview Mirror: I’m on a road to someplace
136Our View: Pipeline not a solution to oil problems
136The Good Life - The worst day on record at the Citizen
136Teen Voice: Silence
136Lyman Review: One mean chicken
136Observations Only: The last toothpick
136No-Till Notes: “Fish and Mud”
136At the Library: “My Name is Resolute” By Nancy E. Turner
135Observations Only: Blinders aren’t just for horses
135Across the Fence: The Great Solomon River Stampede
135The Good Life: The two different types of business people
135Dear Fellow Nebraskans: Collegebound Nebraska
135At the Monument: Junior Rangers
134Across the Fence: Consumed by fire
134Across the Fence : November 1864: Pole Creek, Politics and Patriots
134The Good Life: Extending grace, the lost art
134The Good Life: Innovation and young energy enriches us all
133Jane’s Secret, part VII Clem’s confession
133Jane’s Secret, part XI: Grand Duchess
133Prairie Dogs
133At the Monument: Bird Homes at the Bluff
133Across the Fence: Oliver T. Jackson, Colorado pioneer
132Completely Different : Could you come down off your soap box please?
132Our View: County Manager option leads to Good Old Boys' Club
132Teen Voice: What senior year taught me
132Life in the Rearview Mirror: Experiencing life passion
132In the Hills: Awesome Amphibians and Rough Reptiles
132Letter to the Editor: A call to defend the U.S. Constitution
131Across the Fence: The much maligned Ms. Watson
131A Stray Moment: It's a dog's life
131A Stray Moment: Ready for the storm
131Observations Only: Scourge of violence
131Completely Different: The mystery of Vivian Maier
131Completely Different: Hey there, four eyes!
131Teen Voice: The gift of caring
130Jane’s Secret, part V: Aggie’s complaint
130Lyman Review: Hubby’s got my goat
130Observations Only: Just around the corner
130Across the Fence: Wounded Knee; December 29, 1890
130Completely Different: The good, the bad, and the remedy
130Teen Voice: Dealing with stress
130The Good Life: People of the Valley, we have a choice
130Teen Voice: Say yes to branching out
130Teeing Off: Persistence
130A Small World: Chokecherry season evokes memories of yesterday
130Lyman Review: Taste of boot?
130At the Library: “I Shall Be Near to You” By Erin Lindsay McCabe
130
130No-Till Notes: Path to Soil Health
129Completely Different: The bucket list phenomenon
129Teen Voice: Stress test
129Lyman Review: Something wicked this way comes
129Lyman Review: Sheep Royalty
128Teen Voice: Catfished
128Teen Voice: Being a girl
128Teen Voice: Nobody else can lower you
128At the Monument: Art in National Parks
128Lyman Review: Branding Time
127A last look at the Nebraska Zone
127Across the Fence: Just For the Thrill of It
127Theatre West’s Cabaret torch burns brightly
127From the Superintendent's Desk: NePAS – State Accountability
127Life in the Rearview Mirror: I hate coffee
127Teen Voice: Go ahead, make my day
127Teeing Off: Lessons learned from golf
127Teen Voice - On the outside looking In
127Teen Voice: Until we say goodbye
127Be kind through communications
127
126A Stray Moment - Celebrating Gering's Quasquicentennial
126Observations Only: A new direction
126A Stray Moment: On Canada and the forgotten bicentennial
126A Stray Moment: Waiting on a train
126The Good Life: Hey, I’m a winner!
126Jane's Secret, part X: The arrival
126A Stray Moment: Guilty pleasures
126Observations Only: Blue chip stock
126Dear Fellow Nebraskans: We Are Proud of the Nebraska National Guard
126Reach out for challenges
125Observations Only: Sisters lost, part I
125 Taking a big risk
125A Stray Moment: In praise of silence
125Across the Fence: Thanks for the memory
125Capitol View: Wild life proposal costly but worthwhile
125The Good Life: A time to be proud of our ancestors
125Fourth of July meetings
124Across the fence: Something worth remembering
124A Stray Moment: The last time
124Across the Fence: The Pony Express
124Completely Different: I go to seek a Great Perhaps
124Miss Movies: Miss Movies recommends her top 10 films of 2013
124Lyman Review: Nudge to the Butt
124Curiosity Corner: The Boss of the Plains
123From the Superintendent’s Desk: Welcome to new certified staff
123Teen Voice: I guess it’s just a western Nebraska thing
123Teen Voice: Remember what you have
123Teen Voice: My School, Their Rules
123Teen View: My crazy, wonderful life
123Jane’s Secret LIII: The bargain
122Across the Fence: A hometown 4th of July
122Observations Only: Giving up
122Observations Only: Musings of an odd duck
122Teen Voice: Go ahead, make my day
122Totally Random: Life’s ripples
122Teen Voice: Self-expression
122At the Monument: That old (historic) building
122Teen Voice: The clock is ticking
122
121Teen Voice: By my side until the newness wears off
121Completely Different - The magic of spring
121Life in the Rearview Mirror: Work is more than a four-letter word
121Teen Voice: Body image
121
121Jack’s Insights: Knowing harvest
120Age of reason
120Observations Only: Extreme measures
120Observations Only: Together again
120Observations Only: Sister odyssey
120Teen Voice: Previously unwritten cell phone rules
120Political Cartoon by Doug Hoevet
120Teen Voice: The rivalry
120Totally Random: October, the pink month
120Lyman Review: Winter's dog
120Taking Flight: From War Orphan to Star Ballerina At the Library
119Time keeps flowing like a river
119Observations Only: Little Girl Lost, part six
119From the Superintendent’s Desk: Accountability
119Observations Only: A strange Thanksgiving
119Completely Different: Perfect memories made in imperfect moments
119A Small World: Savoring county fair days
119Teen Voice: Is respect dead?
119New at the Zoo: Volunteer at the Zoo
119Linked Lives
118Observations Only: Painting a picture
118From the Superintendent's Desk: Election over – work begins
118Life in the Rearview Mirror: The Moments we live for
118Political Cartoon by Doug Hoevet
118Teen Voice: The Other Side
118Teen Voice: Saying Goodbye
118Our View: Why rush the interlocal agreement?
118Lyman Review: Dog fun
118In the Hills: Explore the state parks
118View from Capitol Hill: Solutions for our economy and the budget
118Fellow Nebraskans: Congratulations on graduation day
118In the Hills: Get to Know Our Feathered Travelers
117Cat on a Hot Tin Roof a mixed bag
117Observations Only: Spider adventure
117Observations Only: The meeting
117Jane’s Secret, part XVIII : Devil’s bargain
117Teen Voice: Living within our means
117Teen Voice: The benefits of online learning
117Welcome to Gering and the 92nd Oregon Trail Days Celebration.
117Teen Voice: Sticks and stones
117Totally Random: Happy Halloween
117Teen Voice: Holiday horrors
117What’s really going on with our water?
117Letter to the editor
116Observations Only: The joy of money
116It's no surprise
116From the Superintendent’s Desk
116Observations Only: The two faces of poverty
116Teeing Off: The thing about state
116Mayor’s Monthly: Moving on Gering’s momentum
116Building Bridges: Know DOVES and know about domestic violence
115The Good Life: Leave the quilt shop and laundromat alone
115Observations Only: North Powder
115From the Superintendent’s Desk: Summer School – 2013
115From the Superintendent’s Desk - Haig and Aurora Buildings
115Teen Voice: The daily struggle to a lifelong battle
115Update From the NRD: Winter has arrived
115Capitol View: The 103rd Legislature is history … finally
115Across The Fence: The Youngest Discoverer
114Miss Movies: “Bully” a powerful documentary
114Life in the Rearview Mirror: Greensburg strong
114
114A Small World: Legends week promises fun for everyone
114Totally Random: Trusting the fates
114Teen Voice: Family for all intents and purposes
114Capitol View: Legislature overrides gubernatorial vetoes
114Website Resources
113Observations Only: Little Girl Lost: Adopted
113Being a Nebraskan – border to border
113Trash cans
113Life in the West: Inside the minds of serial killers
113Teen: Voice : Drinking enough water
113From the Superintendent’s Desk - Parent Teacher Conferences
113Teen Voice: Indulge In moderation
113Teen Voice: Do It Anyway
113Our View: Community responsible for kids
113Up The Creek Without A Paddle: The NRD wants to do what with your money?
113Teen Voice: To the future
113Teen Voice: Writing love on our hearts
113View of the Zoo: VIPs at RCD
113Dear Nebraskans: Massachusetts should not determine Nebraska’s Presidential vote
113For the love of the game – best courses in the valley
113Sychronicity: Thrive, don't just survive
113
112Completely Different: Tales from the mat
112Observations Only - Two ages of man
112Life in the Rearview Mirror: Cleaning off the ‘what if’ shelf
112Five Good Reasons to Create an Investment Strategy
112Teen Voice: Twitter as sleep criminal
112Teen Voice: Pinning your interest
112Teen Voice: Shadow art
112Coach Schadwinkel promoted strong sense of tradition
112In the Hills: Arbor Day in Nebraska
112Capitol View: Redistricting needs new procedure
112Gering freshmen introduce personalities, styles: Writing assignment encourages students to let individualism shine
111Silence please
111Teen Voice: Equality
111Completely Different: What’s speech got to do with it?
111Life in the Rearview Mirror: Adapt and adjust
111Updates from NRD: NRD promotes conservation
111Nature Notes: Love is in the air
111Teen Voice: Cyber War
110Observations Only: Little girl lost, part 3
110Observations Only: Saturday delight
110Life in the Rearview Mirror: Personal control of an individual response
110I'm falling for Tumblr?
110Teen Voice: I’ll be healthy – tomorrow
110Teen Voice: Where is the love?
110Teen Voice: Footprints
110Teen Voice: Home is where the heart is
110Synchronicity:What brings me back
109The Good Life: Campaign ad using Jesus goes too far
109Life's curve balls
109From the Superintendent’s Desk: Get ready for Parent-teacher conferences
109Observations Only: Surprises
109Teen Voice: Today’s television
109From the Superintendent's Desk: School Safety and Security
109Completely Different: Do you know John Green?
109Support emergency services personnel
109Their View: Goal post move unfair
108Observations Only: No thank you
108Observations Only: Wilkerson Pass
108Our View: The elephant in the room
108Teen Voice: Learning calculus more than numbers
108From the Hill: More Work Ahead
108Teen Voice: Thanksgiving
108Notes from NRD: Thanks agricultural producers
107Observations Only: What's in a word?
107Observations Only: Counting chickens
107Teen Voice: Trouble Maker or Hard Worker?
107Why you should visit the zoo in February
107At the Library: March into a good book
107Teen Voice: Inspire me
107Washington Report: Honoring America’s heroes
107Gering ninth graders answer the questions of life
106Observations Only : Mission accomplished
106Miss Movies: Ten great horror flicks for Halloween, part I
106Teeing Off: Mind Gym
106Our View: Childcare not school district’s role
106Religious freedom must be protected
105Guest Voices…
105Life in the Rearview Mirror: Life enhancing memories
105Guest Editorial: The future of health care at Regional West
105Capitol View: Clock keeps tickin,’ many issues remain unresolved
105Our View: Confidentiality agreement disrespectful
104Guest Editorial: Fischer will see U.S. ‘living within means’
104From the Superintendent’s Desk: Current enrollment count
104From the Superintendent’s Desk: Merry Christmas and Happy New Year
104From the Superintendent’s Desk: Early Childhood Education
104Dear Nebraskans: Nebraska is the place for business
104At the Zoo: Spring in to the zoo
104Capital View: Can prison reform survive property tax relief?
103Our View: Come home to Nebraska, but not just anywhere
103Teen Voice: Shopping days or holidays?
103Capitol View: Considering additional education choices
103Capitol View: State aid proposal just might make some sense
103Dear Fellow Nebraskans: Governor’s Ag Conference overview
103Letters to the Editor
102The Block
102Teen Voice: Hope for a New Year
102Totally Random: Where does it go?
101Lyman Review - Tales of the renegade rooster
101The Good Life: A very interesting meeting indeed
101Christmas stories from Freshman Academy students
101Capitol View: Legislature to tackle meatier issues
101Capitol View: The Legislature did provide tax relief
100The Good Life: The economic footprint of one small business
100Update from the NRD: March updates from the NRD
100Capitol View: Delay tactics a gamble as session draws to a close
99The Good Life: Our most precious right, gagged
99The hills, part 1: Mustangs
99Greetings from the State Capitol
99Capitol View: There was more to the session than just the big ticket items
98Rural America and immigration reform
98Teen Voice: What is love?
98Updates from NRD: Happy New Year
97From the Superintendent’s Desk : Thank You for another Great Year
97Dear Nebraskans: Technology helps serve Nebraskans
96It's a small world : Everything we do has meaning
96Letter to Editor clarifies drug testing policy
96Capitol View: It sounded like a good idea at first
96From the Capitol: The conduct we choose reflects our character
95The Good Life: Your dollar is a vote for what you care about
95From the Superintendent’s Desk: Parents’ role in the educational process
94The Good Life: We are not separate, we are one family
93SELL-OUT!
93Teen Voice: Let us be beautiful
92Teen Voice: Just ten minutes
92Teen Voice: Respond to defeat
92Miss Movies: Ten great horror flicks for Halloween, part 2
91Capitol View: Yes, Virginia, the Legislature has done something, so far
88My mini Pen and me
88Our View... Preserve Gering’s form of government
88Teen Voice: On becoming politically active
88Miss Movies: Top Ten Holiday Films
87Teen Voice: Experiencing versus remembering
87A Small World: Scotts Bluff Valley Fiber Arts Fair classes offer great variety
87From the Superintendent's Desk: Thank You
87Completely Different: Happy Hollowthanksmas
86Elizabeth's top ten movie list of 2011
86A Small World: Time traveling
86To The Editor
84Teen Voice: The more the merrier
84Teen Voice: Not just another ride
84Completely Different: Confessions of an out of shape twenty something
84Remembering When
84From the Superintendent's Desk: PLAS School
83Our View: Museum merger a good thing, but let’s go slowly
83The zombie apocalypse and you
83Teen Voice: Confessions of the financially disabled
82Teen Voice : Leave your legacy
82Teen Voice: 'Pretty Little Liars'
82Completely Different: The Hills, part 2: The Civilian Conservation Corps
82Completely Different: The Mind Palace Memory Technique
81Life in the Rearview Mirror: Invisible scars have lasting effects
81Completely Different: Look around, what are you missing?
81Completely Different: Your local government and you
81Do You Tube?
81Teen Voice: Outbreak of the Gamers
81Miss Movies: Top ten holiday films, part II
81Our View: County has some ‘splainin’ to do
81Letter to the Editor
80Teen Voice: Eighth day of the week - Someday
79Teen Voice: Thank you, Gering Speech Team
79Our View: Mayor should insist on civility
79Completely Different: Remembering Aurora
79Teen Voice: The road of hatred
79Teen Voice: Sit back and enjoy YouTube
79Completely Different: How the savings stole Christmas
79Teen Voice: Happy news
78Timing makes perfect
78Life in the Rearview Mirror: The cumulative effects of giving
77Completely Different: The Quest
77Economic development update
77Teen Voice: An eventful homecoming
76Livestock Production: My Paradigm Shift
76Teen Voice: Sticks and stones
76From the Superintendent's Desk: Elementary attendance areas
76LETTER TO THE EDITOR: No tax state unrealistic
75We need a few good people
75Guest Editorial: Bob Kerrey is the true fiscal conservative
75From the Superintendent's Desk: Why so soon?
75Teen Voice: Practice makes perfect
75Their View: Hey Gering, mind your own business!
74Our view . . .Sports Complex
74Welcome to Gering
74Teen Voice: Lessons I learned from my eight-year-old brother
74Completely Different: The Hills, part 3: Rediscovering the spirit
73Seeing the works of the master
73LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Gering Public Schools seeks imput
72Curiosity Corner : The tale of the travelling train station
72Letter to the Editor
72Miss Movies: The top ten films of 2012: The year of the geek
71View from the block
71Home of the Brave
70From the Superintendent's Desk: State report card
69Teen Voice: March Madness
69Our View: Extreme caution needed with fireworks
68Bright Ideas, Brighter Future: Leaving a Legacy
68Social time has important benefits
68From the Superintendent's Desk: Student transportation changes for 2012-13
68Pulpit of Bones: Man's best friend
68From the Superintendent's Desk: Our goal: Improve student performance
67Life in the west: Betting on the end of the world
67Our View: Scottsbluff attitude damages future collaborations
67My Thanksgiving prayer
66Our view... Gering stands upon important threshold
66Teen Voice: Not according to the plan
65Permission to remember
65Practice safe barbecue basics
63Bright Ideas! Brighter Future! Common sense prevails
63Life in the Rearview Mirror: Is it possible to just drive in the 21st Century?
63Teen Voice: Making sense of the Sandy Hook tragedy
61From the Superintendent's Desk: School year now in full swing
57Across The Fence: Battle of Valverde and The Texas Lancers
56Our View: Visionaries wanted
56Jane’s Secret LIV The bargain part II
48Our View: Bravo OTD committee
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