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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192Across the Fence: Aftermath: Part III, The Battle of Summit Springs
190In the Hills: Awesome Amphibians and Rough Reptiles
187A Stray Moment: Time to get moving
177A Stray Moment: Goodbye old house – sorting their things
169Fourth of July meetings
168Battle of Summit Springs, part II: Warpath to White Bear Creek
155Building Bridges: Supporting our teachers supports our children
151Building Bridges: Seeking a big win out of the 4th quarter
145Jane’s Secret XLX: Day’s end
144Prairie Dogs
141Across The Fence: Steamboats on the Missouri
140Building Bridges: Fair time—learn, respect, appreciate, enjoy!
139Teen Voice: Unexpected joys of being a sibling
138 Across The Fence: County Fair
138
133Dynasty made Gering the biggest little town in Nebraska
132Across The Fence: Scalped at Plum Creek
130No-Till Notes: Last chance for North, South Dakota tour
129Across The Fence: Deserters or Outcasts; Three who left. (Part I)
128At the Library: One Zentangle a Day
119Creatures of the Night
117No-Till Notes: American Society of Agronomy
115In the Hills: Get to Know Our Feathered Travelers
110No-Till Notes: "Harvest"
109Across The Fence: New England’s Heroine Scalptress
107A Stray Moment: Brand new used cars
104Across the Fence: Here lies Major Alexander Culbertson
101Building Bridges: “It’s happening” at the Harvest Festival
99Sychronicity: Thrive, don't just survive
99At the Monument: Night Sky
98Jane’s Secret LI: The telling
96Gering freshmen introduce personalities, styles: Writing assignment encourages students to let individualism shine
94Across The Fence: The Pawnee and human sacrifice
91
90
83No-Till Notes: "Different Approaches"
80Across the Fence: Deserters or outcasts; Three who left (Part II)
80No-Till Notes: Different Approaches Part II
74Across The Fence: Grandpa’s Grays
73
67Jane’s Secret LII: Eavesdroppers
63No Till Notes: Final Stop
Most Read News Stories of 2012
17533Across The Fence: Portugee Phillips and a horse named Dandy
5067We need a few good people
3189What's the deal with organic milk?
2839Jane’s Secret, XXXX: A tale of mayhem
2622Across the Fence: Bose Ikard; Texas Cowboy
2575Across the Fence: Roosevelt’s campaign tour of the west
2285Being a Nebraskan – border to border
2233The Good Life: Today we celebrate Global Oneness Day
2228Across the Fence: The Soldier’s Free Homestead Colony of Gibbon
2211Completely Different: It's all in the family
2087Completely Different: The Disney princess debate: an exercise in the ridiculous
2076Completely Different : Could you come down off your soap box please?
2060Lyman Review: Let’s get back to the subject of bullying
1993Elizabeth's top ten movie list of 2011
1953Our View... Preserve Gering’s form of government
1949Teen Voice: Thank you, Gering Speech Team
1945Life in the Rearview Mirror: Invisible scars have lasting effects
1944Jane’s Secret, part II: Gertrude’s choice
1903The Good Life: Campaign ad using Jesus goes too far
1881Our View: Museum merger a good thing, but let’s go slowly
1870A Small World: Time traveling
1839Across the Fence: A Cheyenne weekend
1836Teen Voice: Just ten minutes
1833Completely Different: Tales from the mat
1812Totally Random: Astrology: It’s all in the stars…
1811Time keeps flowing like a river
1786A last look at the Nebraska Zone
1779Completely Different: Look around, what are you missing?
1776Life in the west: Betting on the end of the world
1772Our View: Mayor should insist on civility
1764Letter to the Editor
1748Observations Only : The orphanage
1738My mini Pen and me
1718Observations Only : Mission accomplished
1714Teen Voice: March Madness
1708Our view . . .Sports Complex
1702From the Pastor's Pen: Unbelievable breaking news
1700Observations Only: Little Girl Lost: Adopted
1692Completely Different: Your local government and you
1691Livestock Production: My Paradigm Shift
1684Observations Only: Sisters lost, part I
1682Remembering When
1678Observations only : Sisters of the world
1677Across the Fence: Ah-ho-appa (fallen leaf)
1666Our view... Gering stands upon important threshold
1664Observations Only: Little girl lost, part 3
1663Miss Movies: Ten great horror flicks for Halloween, part I
1660Bright Ideas, Brighter Future: Leaving a Legacy
1660Bright Ideas! Brighter Future! Common sense prevails
1658Completely Different: The good, the bad, and the remedy
1653Curiosity Corner : The tale of the travelling train station
1644Observations Only: Little Girl Lost, part six
1632Across the Fence: All aboard the Transcontinental Express
1618Across the Fence: James Butler Hickok: The thoughtful gunfighter
1613From the Superintendent’s Desk - Parent Teacher Conferences
1610It's a small world : Everything we do has meaning
1602Teen Voice: What diabetes taught me
1601Teen Voice : Leave your legacy
1587Our View: Scottsbluff attitude damages future collaborations
1528Jane’s Secret, XXX: A new wrinkle
1505Observations Only: Reality check
1490Across the Fence - Catherine’s boys
1474SBNM View: Do you want to be a VIP?
1465Across the fence: Something worth remembering
1464Totally Random: December 6, the day I lived
1452Jane’s Secret, part XVIII : Devil’s bargain
1408Teen Voice: Don’t be fooled by fads
1371Barr’s Bacon Wrapped Fantasy Picks: A rookie's guide to drafting your dream team
1352Completely Different: The Quest
1338Our View: Come home to Nebraska, but not just anywhere
1286Observations Only: A soul’s journey
1284Totally Random: The Golden Rule
1273Jane’s Secret, XXIII: Molly’s plan
1266Miss Movies: Miss Movies recommends her top 10 films of 2013
1264Jane’s Secret, XXIV: The last drive
1256Across the Fence: Sioux Ordnance Depot: stories to be told
1239Life in the Rearview Mirror: I’m on a road to someplace
1239The Good Life: Extending grace, the lost art
1235From the Superintendent’s Desk: Get ready for Parent-teacher conferences
1233Across the Fence: Building Barns
1229Across the Fence: Burnett’s Mound and the Topeka tornado
1228Dear Fellow Nebraskans: Governor’s Ag Conference overview
1226Theatre West’s Cabaret torch burns brightly
1213Across the Fence: Dull Knife’s Quest, part 1
1207Across the Fence: Lions, wolves and bears
1204Across The Fence: Union Pacific robbery at Big Springs
1204Totally Random: Hemp: considering the real benefits of the miracle plant
1196From the Superintendent's Desk: Thank You
1194No-Till Notes: Plan to attend 2014 No-Till Conference
1186Building Bridges: Save the world, educate through agriculture
1183Jane’s Secret, XXXIII: Night walk
1180From the Superintendent's Desk: NePAS – State Accountability
1172Observations Only: Blinders aren’t just for horses
1172Our view: Gering’s future needs your vote
1171Jane’s Secret, XXV: Mysteries
1162From the Superintendent’s Desk: Welcome to new certified staff
1161From the Superintendent’s Desk - Option Enrollment
1150Completely Different: It’s the end of the world as we know it
1150Across the Fence: Class of ’67, last remnants of home
1146Across the Fence: Dull Knife’s Quest: Part 2 of 2
1137Life in the West: Inside the minds of serial killers
1136Across the Fence: Wyoming settlers lay siege to the TA Ranch
1132A Stray Moment: Merry Christmas – God save us all
1131The Good Life: Through my father’s eyes
1120Across the Fence: Judge Roy Bean : Texas prizefight promoter
1116Completely Different: New Year’s Resolutions
1110Jane’s Secret, part XI: Grand Duchess
1110From the Superintendent’s Desk: Early Childhood Education
1109Cat on a Hot Tin Roof a mixed bag
1108Across the Fence: On The road
1106Completely Different: The game is afoot, a look at Sherlock Holmes
1099Across the Fence: Discovering Ed Stemler
1097A Stray Moment : Carry the weight
1095Across The Fence: Crow Dog, Spotted Tail’s assassin
1089Assad’s endgame
1088Jane’s Secret, part IX: Mrs. Huber’s chagrin
1087From the Superintendent’s Desk : Thank You for another Great Year
1086A Small World: Savoring county fair days
1082Jane’s Secret, part XIII: Blackberry pie
1080Jane’s Secret, part VI: Molly’s surprise
1080The Good Life: Hey, I’m a winner!
1070Jane’s Secret, part VII Clem’s confession
1065Lyman Review: Hubby’s got my goat
1065Jane’s Secret, part VIII: Molly's plan
1057From the Superintendent’s Desk: Thanks for the memories
1056Guest Editorial: Fischer will see U.S. ‘living within means’
1054From the Superintendent’s Desk - Haig and Aurora Buildings
1053Teen Voice: I guess it’s just a western Nebraska thing
1053Jane’s Secret, part XX: Change of plans
1049A Stray Moment: All's well that ends well, usually
1043Jane’s Secret, part XVII : Plans gone awry
1040Observations Only - Two ages of man
1039Miss Movies: “Bully” a powerful documentary
1022Across the Fence: Consumed by fire
1022The Good Life: Your dollar is a vote for what you care about
1022Across The Fence: Billy Dixon; Plainsman, Hunter, Indian fighter and Scout
1021Across the Fence: Black Hills Gold and the Thoen Stone
1019Thinking About Health: The challenge of signing up for Obamacare
1016Across the Fence: The Spirit of Crazy Horse
1008Across The Fence: The Hat Creek Outpost
1004From the Superintendent’s Desk: Accountability
1003Completely Different: That’s so Pinteresting
1002A Stray Moment: Earth Day, am I doing my part?
1000Jane’s Secret, part XVI: Fate takes a hand
996Jane’s Secret, part V: Aggie’s complaint
994Teen Voice: New Year’s goals
989A Small World: Chokecherry season evokes memories of yesterday
988Observations Only: Painting a picture
987Jane’s Secret, part XIV: Molly’s dream
981Across the Fence: The Great Solomon River Stampede
975Across the Fence: Mud Springs revisited
975Jane’s Secret, Part XVIV: Crystal Waters
974Teen Voice: Today’s television
974Life in the Rearview Mirror: I hate coffee
967Across the Fence: The Wellnitz Fire, day 1 and 2
967Jane’s Secret, part XV: Unrequited love
965Across the Fence: The much maligned Ms. Watson
964 Across the Fence: ‘Aunt Sally’ and Dakota Gold
963Across the Fence: First scalp for Custer
960Jane’s Secret, XXVIII: Lame Johnny
959Across the Fence: Sitting Bull: The Last Surrendering Sioux
959From the Superintendent’s Desk: Summer School – 2013
959Across The Fence: Celebrating the 120th anniversary of the Chadron to Chicago Cowboy Race, part I
953Jane’s Secret, part XXII: While the cat’s away
952Jane’s Secret, part XII: Jane's Vow
952From the Superintendent’s Desk - District purchase of building
946From the Superintendent’s Desk
946Our View: County Manager option leads to Good Old Boys' Club
944From the Superintendent’s Desk: Parents’ role in the educational process
942From the Superintendent’s Desk : Draft Calendar 2013-14
942Miss Movies: Ten movies for romance
938Teen Voice: What senior year taught me
937From the Superintendent’s Desk: Current enrollment count
936Across The Fence: A day For thanks
935Across the Fence: Just For the Thrill of It
933Teen Voice: Fifty reasons to smile
931Life in the Rearview Mirror: Cleaning off the ‘what if’ shelf
930Observations Only: A new direction
925Across the Fence: A hometown 4th of July
922Teen Voice: Learning calculus more than numbers
919The zombie apocalypse and you
918From the Pastor's Pen: Lord, teach us to pray
913A Stray Moment: Star Trek: Infinite diversity in infinite combinations
912Across the Fence: Fort Mitchell on the Great Platte River Road
912Completely Different: The Marilyn Monroe conundrum
907Jane’s Secret, XXVII: Town Meeting
902Across the Fence: Faded photos and vivid memories
899Jane’s Secret, part XXI: Gertrude’s Agenda
897Across the Fence - Boston: April 18, 1775
896Teen Voice: Experiencing versus remembering
895Across the Fence: Submarines and railroads
892From the Superintendent’s Desk: Merry Christmas and Happy New Year
892Across the Fence: Bloody Pocket, the final battle
889From the Superintendent’s Desk - Financial Outlook for Gering Public Schools
887Totally Random: I’m a backwards reader
885Completely Different: What’s speech got to do with it?
880Teen Voice: Respond to defeat
880From the Superintendent's Desk: Election over – work begins
879Completely Different: Confessions of an out of shape twenty something
878The Good Life: It’s hard to believe, the Citizen is four years old
877Observations Only: Giving up
876Observations Only: Sisters lost, part IV
873Trash cans
871A Stray Moment - Celebrating Gering's Quasquicentennial
870A Stray Moment: Now is the winter of our disconnect
869A Stray Moment: In praise of silence
867Anno Domini: Independence, an ideal worth celebrating
863The hills, part 1: Mustangs
863Teen Voice: Catfished
859From the Superintendent's Desk: Elementary attendance areas
859The Good Life: Our most precious right, gagged
859Across the Fence: The hand dug well
858Observations Only: Curious things
858Thinking about Health: Getting insurance under the Affordable Care Act
857Teen Voice: Let us be beautiful
856Teen Voice: The road of hatred
856Across the Fence: Celebrating the 120th anniversary of the Chadron to Chicago Cowboy Race, part II
854Across the Fence: Fact, fiction or fragmented dreams?
851Observations Only: The joy of money
851Lyman Review - Tales of the renegade rooster
851Teen Voice: 'Pretty Little Liars'
850Across the Fence: Cynthia Ann Parker, Comanche captive
845Teen Voice: The more the merrier
845Observations Only: Sisters lost, part III
844Completely Different: The mystery of Vivian Maier
842The Block
841Teen Voice: Lessons I learned from my eight-year-old brother
840Observations Only: Saturday delight
840Across the Fence: Rural free delivery
839The Good Life: The best Christmas gift
839At the Library: Words of Radiance by Brandon Sanderson
835A Stray Moment: Waiting on a train
828A Stray Moment: I love Sookie Stackhouse
827Completely Different: The Hills, part 3: Rediscovering the spirit
825Political Cartoon by Doug Hoevet
821Jane’s Secret, XXIX: Fred’s debacle
819A Stray Moment: On Canada and the forgotten bicentennial
818Life's curve balls
817Teen Voice: What’s so great about pizza?
817Life in the Rearview Mirror: Greensburg strong
814Jane's Secret, part X: The arrival
814From the Superintendent's Desk: School year now in full swing
814Completely Different: The Mind Palace Memory Technique
813 Taking a big risk
813A Stray Moment: Without a net
812A Stray Moment: God Knows
809The Good Life: We are not separate, we are one family
809Teen Voice: Congratulations, you’re awful
808A Stray Moment: Tacos! Our embarrassment of riches
807A Stray Moment: It's a dog's life
806Teen Voice: Not just another ride
805Completely Different: Remembering Aurora
804Political Cartoon by Doug Hoevet
803A Small World: Scotts Bluff Valley Fiber Arts Fair classes offer great variety
803Across the Fence: Standing on the wagon
801Life in the Rearview Mirror: The Moments we live for
800Miss Movies: Ten great horror flicks for Halloween, part 2
799Teen Voice: Confessions of the financially disabled
798Completely Different: The Hills, part 2: The Civilian Conservation Corps
798The Good Life: Mom, my partner in life
795Observations Only: Scourge of violence
795Observations Only: Going home
794The ghost of Ayn Rand
794A Stray Moment: World War Two is not forgotten
792Seeing the works of the master
790Observations Only: Extreme measures
789From the Superintendent's Desk: PLAS School
788The Good Life: A farm girl in my heart
787Observations Only: Counting chickens
786Teen Voice: Sticks and stones
785Across the Fence: When Fiddler quit running
783Across the Fence: Wounded Knee; December 29, 1890
783A Stray Moment: - The case for Hagel
783Teen Voice: Gleek tragedy
781Across the Fence: When Lady Luck sleeps
779Timing makes perfect
778Observations Only: Just around the corner
777Our View: Extreme caution needed with fireworks
777Our View: County has some ‘splainin’ to do
777A ‘city’ kid goes to the fair
776The Good Life: Leave the quilt shop and laundromat alone
776Completely Different: Happy Hollowthanksmas
776Jane’s Secret, XXXII Jane’s Bad Day
776The Good Life: Christina Baker’s mom: Thank you
774Pulpit of Bones: Man's best friend
774Across the Fence: Tomb of the Unknown
773View from the block
771SELL-OUT!
770A Stray Moment: A voice from the past, haunting myself
770Capitol View: Lincoln Highway captures spotlight
769Observations Only: The two faces of poverty
769Observations Only: A soul's journey, part III
768A Stray Moment: The last time
767Across the Fence : November 1864: Pole Creek, Politics and Patriots
766Totally Random: My journey, life after living
764Teen Voice: Living within our means
763Observations Only: Uneventful flight
762The Good Life: The two different types of business people
758Teen Voice: Body image
757It's no surprise
756Guest Editorial: Bob Kerrey is the true fiscal conservative
754Teen Voice: Not according to the plan
754Observations Only: Surprises
754Guest Voice: If I could do it over again
752Welcome to Gering
751Miss Movies: Top ten holiday films, part II
751Across the Fence: A boy called Slon-Ha
750Across the Fence: Places near forgotten
750Completely Different: How the savings stole Christmas
750Our View: Pipeline not a solution to oil problems
749Teen Voice: Twitter as sleep criminal
748Completely Different: The bucket list phenomenon
747Silence please
747A Stray Moment: Ready for the storm
747Across the Fence: Cheyenne County, Nebraska: cattle country
747Rural America and immigration reform
747The Good Life: We are the Valley’s emissaries
746Observations Only: Journey's end
746Teen Voice: The benefits of online learning
745Age of reason
744Do You Tube?
744From the Superintendent's Desk: School Safety and Security
743Observations Only: No thank you
743Life in the Rearview Mirror: Personal control of an individual response
742Observations Only: Musings of an odd duck
741Observations Only: What's in a word?
741Teen: Voice : Drinking enough water
741A Stray Moment - A night owl born to an 8 to 5 world
741Observations Only: The awful truth
740Observations Only: A gift of serenity
738Life in the Rearview Mirror: The world is a stage
737Teen Voice: Serendipity
735Completely Different: Hey there, four eyes!
735Book Review: I Forgot to Remember By Su Meck
734Teen Voice: Shadow art
730LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Gering Public Schools seeks imput
730Across the Fence: Thanks for the memory
730Completely Different: Perfect memories made in imperfect moments
728Observations Only: Critical thinking
726Economic development update
726Capitol View: Wild life proposal costly but worthwhile
725A Stray Moment: For the love of theatre
725Across The Fence: Jules, Jack and lawless justice
724Teen Voice: Eighth day of the week - Someday
723Observations Only: Together again
723Observations Only: North Powder
722Miss Movies: The top ten films of 2012: The year of the geek
721Observations Only: A strange Thanksgiving
721Across the Fence: Wasicu Wakan
721Across The Fence: Freedom Triumphant Over War and Peace
719From the Superintendent's Desk: Student transportation changes for 2012-13
719Teen Voice: Sit back and enjoy YouTube
719Observations Only: Curious things, part II
716Observations Only: Sister odyssey
715Life in the Rearview Mirror: Is it possible to just drive in the 21st Century?
712Observations Only: Sister lost
711Observations Only: Spider adventure
711Teen Voice: An eventful homecoming
710Observations Only: Blue chip stock
710The Good Life: A very interesting meeting indeed
709Across The Fence: The hanging of Cornelius Donahue a.k.a. John A. Hurley
708A Stray Moment: Having a blast on the Fourth of July
707From the Superintendent's Desk: Our goal: Improve student performance
706Building Bridges: Cleaning up for company--or not--reveals a lot
704Completely Different: Do you know John Green?
704Anno Domini: The memorial nobody wants
703I'm falling for Tumblr?
703Teeing Off: Lessons learned from golf
701Teen Voice: On becoming politically active
700Their View: Hey Gering, mind your own business!
697Guest Voices…
694Building Bridges: Chautauqua will bring out the best in everyone
691Across The Fence: The Spanish Flu
690Observations Only: Sisters lost, part two
686From the Superintendent's Desk: Why so soon?
685A real leaning tree Christmas
684From the Superintendent's Desk: State report card
682Observations Only: Expect the best, part II
680Teen Voice: Dealing with stress
677Teen Voice: Go ahead, make my day
677Across the Fence: Pawnee legends in the Nebraska Panhandle
677The Good Life: A holiday recipe for peace
676Observations Only : White water
676Teen Voice: Pinning your interest
676Teen Voice: Being a girl
675A Stray Moment: Guilty pleasures
675Jane’s secret, XXVI: The suitcase
675Completely Different: I go to seek a Great Perhaps
673Permission to remember
673Across The Fence: The Heartland plague of 1874-75
671My Thanksgiving prayer
671Observations Only: A soul's journey, part two
670Miss Movies: Top Ten Holiday Films
670The Good Life: The lasting effects of bullying
669Five Good Reasons to Create an Investment Strategy
669The Good Life: A time to be proud of our ancestors
668Observations Only: The meeting
664Teen Voice: Indulge In moderation
664Teen Voice: Until we say goodbye
663Teen Voice: Say yes to branching out
663A Small World: Special guest
663Jane’s Secret XXXV: Bugs and things
663Building Bridges: Planning now for tourism season 2014
659Across The Fence: A Fourth of July Montage
658The Good Life: The economic footprint of one small business
658Observations Only: Wilkerson Pass
658Our View: The elephant in the room
655Social time has important benefits
652Teen Voice: Outbreak of the Gamers
651Home of the Brave
651Teen Voice: Go ahead, make my day
651Jane's Secret, XXXI: Sixes and sevens
651The Lyman Review: I love baby ducks
650Life in the Rearview Mirror: Work is more than a four-letter word
649The Good Life: Cooler breezes bring anticipation of fall
647A Small World: Legends week promises fun for everyone
646Life in the Rearview Mirror: The cumulative effects of giving
646Teen Voice: Saying Goodbye
643Observations Only: Good and evil
642LETTER TO THE EDITOR: No tax state unrealistic
641Teeing Off: Around the Green
640Teen Voice: Happy news
640Across The Fence: Billy Dixon at Adobe Walls, June 1874
639Practice safe barbecue basics
635Observations Only: A matter of matter
634Teen Voice: Making sense of the Sandy Hook tragedy
634Observations Only: Expect the best
633Teen Voice: Practice makes perfect
633Across The Fence: By the dawn’s early light
631Observations Only: The shadow of error
629Observations Only: A fine line
629The Good Life: Innovation and young energy enriches us all
628Observations Only: Indifferent love
628Across The Fence: The Pawnee on Pumpkin Creek
626The Good Life - The worst day on record at the Citizen
625Teen Voice: By my side until the newness wears off
624Observations Only: Beginnings
624Across the Fence: The Overland Camel Company
623The Good Life: People of the Valley, we have a choice
623Teen Voice: The daily struggle to a lifelong battle
619Building Bridges: Being grateful for the hardships in life
617Jane's Secret XXXIV: Gin Rummy
614Our View: Bravo OTD committee
613Observations Only: Divine spirit
609Anno Domini: We gather together
608Teen Voice: Equality
608Teen Voice - On the outside looking In
605Teen Voice:  Body bashing and self-image
601Building Bridges: Tend to 2014 and be Happy, Happy, Happy
599Completely Different - The magic of spring
599Observations Only: A matter of paradox
597Observations Only: Choices
597Teen Voice: Sticks and stones
596Teen Voice: I’ll be healthy – tomorrow
595Observations Only: Divine prompts
593A Stray Moment: Learning how to walk
588Teen Voice: Previously unwritten cell phone rules
588Teen Voice: Silence
587The Good Life: What a wild ride it’s been
586Life in the Rearview Mirror: Experiencing life passion
581Observations Only: Temptation
581Observations Only: A sad week
579Observations Only: Off to the races
577Totally Random: Life’s ripples
577Building Bridges: Love your enemies
576Welcome to Gering and the 92nd Oregon Trail Days Celebration.
576A Stray Moment: In praise of encouragement
575Totally Random: October, the pink month
575Teen Voice: Thanksgiving
573A Halloween Story: The scary dream
572Lyman Review: Devil calf
571Across the Fence; Prelude to the Red River War of 1874
569Life in the Rearview Mirror: Adapt and adjust
569Observations Only: Fuzzy angel
568Dear Fellow Nebraskans: We Are Proud of the Nebraska National Guard
567Building Bridges: Celebrating the Bulldog homecoming
566Across The Fence: Amos Bad Heart Bull
565Observations Only: The vision
564Across The Fence: First train from Saply Grove
562Observations Only: Willfulness
562Teen Voice: Positive effects of social media
559Teen Voice: The need to get away
554Guest Editorial: The future of health care at Regional West
551Teen Voice: Do It Anyway
546Our View: Visionaries wanted
546Observations Only: The need to understand
545Anno Domini: Ask the digital dust
538Life in the Rearview Mirror: Life enhancing memories
538Teen Voice: Stress test
535Across the Fence: The Pony Express
534Observations Only: A good daughter
530Updates from NRD: NRD promotes conservation
526Across the Fence: A Cowboy kind of Christmas
525Building Bridges: Observing bullies, abuse and pastors
525Building Bridges: Asking officials to speak and work as a body
524Teen Voice: Footprints
523Teeing Off: Persistence
523Teeing Off: Mind Gym
522Teen Voice: Is respect dead?
517Observations Only: The unvarnished truth
517Observations Only: Afraid of the dark
516Building Bridges: Serve on the school board—or say no more
515Dear Nebraskans: Massachusetts should not determine Nebraska’s Presidential vote
513Lyman Review: The elusive farm cat
512Teen Voice: The rivalry
509Building Bridges: “New” will become a buzzword in the Valley
508Teen Voice: Remember what you have
505Lyman Review: The love goat
503Observations Only: Saint Marge
503Building Bridges: Building us up to be what others see
502Observations Only: Waiting time
502Up The Creek Without A Paddle: The NRD wants to do what with your money?
498Building Bridges: Following the spirit of Gering
492Our View: Why rush the interlocal agreement?
492Dear Fellow Nebraskans: Collegebound Nebraska
491Teeing Off: The thing about state
491Anno Domini: On this remembering day
490Totally Random: Happy Halloween
488Teen Voice: Nobody else can lower you
488Across the Fence: Battle of Summit Springs, Part I: Tall Bull Killed
487Teen Voice: The Other Side
486Across The Fence: The Three Guardsmen
485Final Point: Golf, cross country feats headline fall season successes
482Jane’s Secret XXXVII: A starry night
482Across The Fence; ‘Johnny Appleseed’ of the Oregon Trail
481Across the Fence: The Blizzard of ‘49
478Observations Only: Gone away
476Teen Voice: What is love?
475No-Till Notes: Water Funding Task Force
474Teen Voice: My rebellion
472Lyman Review: Now that's a set of handlebars!
472Update From the NRD: Winter has arrived
468Jane’s Secret, XXXVIII: Bad girls
460Capitol View: Delay tactics a gamble as session draws to a close
458Welcome to the ‘New’ in Gering
457Observations Only: Hog wash
456Lyman Review: Something wicked this way comes
453Jane’s Secret XXXVI:  The dream
452Teen Voice: Self-expression
452 Across the Fence: Remembering Armistice Day
452Building Bridges: Pause a moment...save a child’s life
445Building Bridges: Objectivity and fairness make a winning plan
442Why you should visit the zoo in February
439Across the Fence; Massacre on the Marias River
438From the Hill: More Work Ahead
438Across The Fence: Moc-chi, A Southern Cheyenne warrior
435Teen Voice: Shopping days or holidays?
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429Lyman Review: One mean chicken
429Observations Only: The visit
424Teen Voice: Cyber War
422At the Library: March into a good book
422For the love of the game – best courses in the valley
421A Stray Moment: Robin Williams – Good night sweet prince
419Observations Only: A day in August
415Across the Fence: New eyes on the Panhandle
414Across The Fence: Crazy Horse’s Last Battle
412Teen Voice: Hope for a New Year
410Across The Fence: Mustangs on Pumpkin Creek
408What’s really going on with our water?
404Jane’s Secret, XLI Black widow spider
399In the Hills: Nebraska Bighorn Sheep
395Observations Only: The last goodbye
394Observations Only: One more time
392No-Till Notes: Looking Back
390Teen Voice: My School, Their Rules
388Lyman Review: Goat-chasing cardio
388Updates from NRD: Happy New Year
386Observations Only: Final moment
386Our View: Childcare not school district’s role
386Building Bridges: #speaklife is a goal for students, a goal for all
384Teen Voice: The gift of caring
382Jane’s Secret: Jane’s Secret, XLIII: Jail house rock
380Teen Voice: Family for all intents and purposes
378No-Till Notes: Joe Franks Memorial
378Across the Fence: Remembering English Joe
376Their View: Goal post move unfair
375Teen Voice: To the future
375Capitol View: Yes, Virginia, the Legislature has done something, so far
371Teen Voice: Writing love on our hearts
371View from Capitol Hill: Solutions for our economy and the budget
370Gering ninth graders answer the questions of life
368Lyman Review: Branding Time
368Building Bridges: Be a Destination Ambassador
367At the Monument: Junior Rangers
365Across The Fence: Last Christmas
365Across the Fence: Prelude to Battle
362Capitol View: Considering additional education choices
361Across the Fence: John Colter, the first mountain man
361Building Bridges: Awards are only part of our success
361Across the Fence: David F. Cook and ‘Indian Joe’
359Teen Voice: Where is the love?
358Our View: Community responsible for kids
357Totally Random: Where does it go?
357Across the Fence: The Colorado Coalfield War
356Mayor’s Monthly: Moving on Gering’s momentum
356In the Hills: Pollinators – the buzz
355Letter to Editor clarifies drug testing policy
354Observations Only: The last toothpick
351Jane’s Secret: Jane’s Secret, XLII: Sunflowers
350Nature Notes: Love is in the air
350Jane’s Secret: Jane’s Secret XLIV: Jail break
346In the Hills: Arbor Day in Nebraska
341Totally Random: Trusting the fates
341Jane’s Secret: Jane’s Secret XLV: Gun smoke
341Building Bridges: Five years old IS a milestone
340Capitol View: The 103rd Legislature is history … finally
339Capitol View: There was more to the session than just the big ticket items
335Building Bridges: Be American - help your candidate
334Christmas stories from Freshman Academy students
334Coach Schadwinkel promoted strong sense of tradition
334Across the Fence: Roy Bean; scoundrel with a law book
333Observations Only: The vigil
333Teen Voice: Trouble Maker or Hard Worker?
331Lyman Review: Taste of boot?
330Across the Fence: Missing; Nelson Buck survey party
329Building Bridges: When ‘FAMILY’ and fellow Nebraskans are all you’ve got
327Linked Lives
327Arts Scene: Theatre West’s Les Miserables not to be missed: Anniversary production proves to be a memorable winner
324Lyman Review: Nudge to the Butt
322At the Library: “My Name is Resolute” By Nancy E. Turner
322History Revisited:A Stray Moment: Life (and death) on the Oregon Trail
318Dear Nebraskans: Nebraska is the place for business
317No-Till Notes: Enjoyable Day
316Capitol View: Legislature overrides gubernatorial vetoes
312Religious freedom must be protected
310Support emergency services personnel
310Final Point: Citizen receives first honor for ‘Final Point’
309At the Library: “I Shall Be Near to You” By Erin Lindsay McCabe
308Across the Fence: The Cholera Corridor
307Notes from NRD: Thanks agricultural producers
303In the Hills: Explore the state parks
303Website Resources
303College Thoughts: Rotten for the minds? Think again
301Lyman Review: Winter's dog
299Update from the NRD: March updates from the NRD
299Our View: Confidentiality agreement disrespectful
299Across the Fence: Who was Martha Jane Canary?
298Building Bridges: Oregon Trail Days—making our present a celebrated past
297At the Monument: That old (historic) building
296Capitol View: The Legislature did provide tax relief
296Anno Domini: The Textbook of Freedom
294Capitol View: Redistricting needs new procedure
294No-Till Notes: Annual PNTP Tour
293Building Bridges: Don’t wait to develop
291From the Capitol: The conduct we choose reflects our character
290Across the Fence: Amanda
290Across the Fence: Charles Badger Clark
289Teen Voice: Holiday horrors
288Across the Fence: On the Old Chisholm Trail
288Capital View: Can prison reform survive property tax relief?
286Across the Fence: Investigation at Spring Creek
286Teen Voice: Home is where the heart is
284Capitol View: It sounded like a good idea at first
283Building Bridges: Dive into summer—dive into living
279No-till Notes: Moving forward
279No-Till Notes: Cheat grass
277Lyman Review: Dog fun
277Across the Fence: Old barns and memories
274At the Monument: Where are the animals?
273At the Zoo: Spring in to the zoo
273New at the Zoo: Volunteer at the Zoo
273Lyman Review: Sheep Royalty
272Capitol View: Clock keeps tickin,’ many issues remain unresolved
269Teen Voice: Inspire me
268Capitol View: Legislature to tackle meatier issues
261Washington Report: Honoring America’s heroes
261No-til Notes: Changing plans
260Teen Voice: The clock is ticking
259Greetings from the State Capitol
258Across the Fence: The Spring Creek Raid
258No-Till Notes: “Fish and Mud”
256Jane’s Secret XLVI: Sour grapes
255Building Bridges: Turning a space into a sense of place
251No-Till Notes: Back in the field
251Across The Fence: Justice in the Big Horn Basin
236Capitol View: State aid proposal just might make some sense
233At the Monument: Art in National Parks
233Jane’s Secret XLVIII: Jane’s agenda
232Jane’s Secret XLVII: A stormy afternoon
227Across the Fence: Six went to the gallows
225Synchronicity:What brings me back
224Be kind through communications
222View of the Zoo: VIPs at RCD
220Dear Nebraskans: Technology helps serve Nebraskans
215No-Till Notes:Enjoyable meeting
214Fellow Nebraskans: Congratulations on graduation day
212Letter to the editor
209Jane’s Secret XLIX: Phillip’s agenda
199Across The Fence: Hinhan Kaga Paha
192Letters to the Editor
192Across the Fence: Aftermath: Part III, The Battle of Summit Springs
190In the Hills: Awesome Amphibians and Rough Reptiles
187A Stray Moment: Time to get moving
177A Stray Moment: Goodbye old house – sorting their things
169Fourth of July meetings
168Battle of Summit Springs, part II: Warpath to White Bear Creek
155Building Bridges: Supporting our teachers supports our children
151Building Bridges: Seeking a big win out of the 4th quarter
145Jane’s Secret XLX: Day’s end
144Prairie Dogs
141Across The Fence: Steamboats on the Missouri
140Building Bridges: Fair time—learn, respect, appreciate, enjoy!
139Teen Voice: Unexpected joys of being a sibling
138 Across The Fence: County Fair
138
133Dynasty made Gering the biggest little town in Nebraska
132Across The Fence: Scalped at Plum Creek
130No-Till Notes: Last chance for North, South Dakota tour
129Across The Fence: Deserters or Outcasts; Three who left. (Part I)
128At the Library: One Zentangle a Day
119Creatures of the Night
117No-Till Notes: American Society of Agronomy
115In the Hills: Get to Know Our Feathered Travelers
110No-Till Notes: "Harvest"
109Across The Fence: New England’s Heroine Scalptress
107A Stray Moment: Brand new used cars
104Across the Fence: Here lies Major Alexander Culbertson
101Building Bridges: “It’s happening” at the Harvest Festival
99Sychronicity: Thrive, don't just survive
99At the Monument: Night Sky
98Jane’s Secret LI: The telling
96Gering freshmen introduce personalities, styles: Writing assignment encourages students to let individualism shine
94Across The Fence: The Pawnee and human sacrifice
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83No-Till Notes: "Different Approaches"
80Across the Fence: Deserters or outcasts; Three who left (Part II)
80No-Till Notes: Different Approaches Part II
74Across The Fence: Grandpa’s Grays
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67Jane’s Secret LII: Eavesdroppers
63No Till Notes: Final Stop
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