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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46From the hill: Keeping America Safe
46Guest View: Nebraska (property) tax system ‘dysfunctional’
45Jane’s Secret, part XXII: While the cat’s away
45Teen Voice: Learning calculus more than numbers
45Observations Only: A soul's journey, part two
45Observations Only: Beginnings
45A Stray Moment: God Knows
45Teen Voice: Dealing with stress
45Observations Only: A fine line
45Teen Voice: The need to get away
45Observations Only: A gift of serenity
45A Stray Moment: Without a net
45Teen Voice - On the outside looking In
45Observations Only: The unvarnished truth
45Totally Random: Trusting the fates
45At the Library: March into a good book
45Across the Fence: On the Old Chisholm Trail
45A Stray Moment: Brand new used cars
45Curiosity Corner: The Boss of the Plains
45Across The Fence: Charles Goodnight; A Man of Indomitable Spirit (Part II of II)
45No-Till Notes: Field Pea disease
45Across the Fence: An Old Barn and new memories
45Across the Fence: Buffalo Baron, Charles Rath
45Across The Fence: The Butterfield Overland Mail
45Across The Fence: The Solomon River Stampede
45News from Lincoln: Looking ahead to the 2016 Legislative session
45Washington report: Reversing the President’s failed agenda
45News from Lincoln: Packing bill is a bad idea
45Jack’s Insights: Research and Extension Center to undergo review
45Capitol View: Lengthy debate, little progress as Legislature grinds on
45“The Ex” by Alafair Burke
44Across the Fence: Wasicu Wakan
44Political Cartoon by Doug Hoevet
44Observations Only: The need to understand
44Building Bridges: Planning now for tourism season 2014
44Our View: Community responsible for kids
44Totally Random: My journey, life after living
44At the Monument: Night Sky
44No-Till Notes: The value of water
44Across the Fence: Before Barbed Wire
44From the capitol: Honoring Our Veterans
44Jane’s Secret LVII: A mystery revealed
44Star Gazing: My father’s daughter
44Across The Fence: Thunder Rolling Down the Mountain (Part I)
44Capitol View: Lawmakers want to consider old friend, school foundation aid
44No-Till Notes: Power of Legumes, Part 4
44From the hill: Serving You
44A warm feeling on a big winter day
43Teen Voice: The benefits of online learning
43Jane’s Secret, XXIV: The last drive
43Jane’s Secret, XXVIII: Lame Johnny
43A Stray Moment: Having a blast on the Fourth of July
43Jane’s Secret, XXX: A new wrinkle
43Across The Fence: By the dawn’s early light
43Welcome to Gering and the 92nd Oregon Trail Days Celebration.
43Observations Only: The vision
43 Across the Fence: Remembering Armistice Day
43Teen Voice: Where is the love?
43Across the Fence: Who was Martha Jane Canary?
43
43Across The Fence: To Honor a Flag
43The Good Life: Reflecting on the first six years of the Gering Citizen
43Jane’s Secret, LXVII For heaven’s sake
43Washington report: The hope of Christmas in an uncertain world
43No-Till Notes: Water Conservation, part 2
42Teen Voice: New Year’s goals
42Our View: County Manager option leads to Good Old Boys' Club
42Life in the Rearview Mirror: The Moments we live for
42Teen Voice: Being a girl
42Observations Only: Willfulness
42Teen Voice: Shadow art
42The Good Life: Through my father’s eyes
42Observations Only: Waiting time
42Across The Fence: Crow Dog, Spotted Tail’s assassin
42Observations Only: A sad week
42Across The Fence: First train from Saply Grove
42Capitol View: Considering additional education choices
42Capitol View: Legislature overrides gubernatorial vetoes
42Capitol View: The Legislature did provide tax relief
42For the love of the game – best courses in the valley
42Across the Fence: Six went to the gallows
42Letter to the editor
42Building Bridges: Regionalism should be focus of our core-idor
42No Till Notes: Moving Forward
42Lawmakers taking another shot at Medicaid expansion
42Jane’s Secret, LXVI: The note
42Across The Fence: The Zeek Homestead
42Our View: City needs to hit green with eatery
42All Points West: We shall not give into fear
42From the capitol: A new era for the Nebraska National Guard
42Capitol View: Corrections director knows challenge, forges ahead
42From the hill: Working for you
42From the Capitol: Investing in infrastructure
42All Points West: The mind is a terrible thing to waste
42Teen Voice: Dating scene has come a long way
42Capitol View: Ricketts, some lawmakers want to put a lid on it, again
42Washington report: Young leaders in Nebraska agriculture
41Totally Random: The Golden Rule
41Teen Voice: Say yes to branching out
41Jane’s Secret XXXV: Bugs and things
41Observations Only: Hog wash
41Teen Voice: Sticks and stones
41A real leaning tree Christmas
41Across the Fence: The Blizzard of ‘49
41Miss Movies: Miss Movies recommends her top 10 films of 2013
41Jane’s Secret, XLI Black widow spider
41Lyman Review: Nudge to the Butt
41No-Till Notes: American Society of Agronomy
41Across The Fence: Deserters or Outcasts; Three who left. (Part I)
41Jane’s Secret LII: Eavesdroppers
41No-Till Notes: Field peas and age
41News from Lincoln: Transgender issues need to be addressed
41Teen Voice: He’s my dad
41Jane’s Secret, LXVIII: An old wrong revealed
41A book review: Once Shadows Fall, by Robert Daniels
41Washington report: Defending life is essential to defending freedom
41From the hill: Nebraska’s Heroes
41Jane’s Secret, XCVIII: Clem’s onus
40Teen: Voice : Drinking enough water
40From the Superintendent’s Desk: Summer School – 2013
40Observations Only: Journey's end
40Observations Only: A soul’s journey
40Guest Voice: If I could do it over again
40Completely Different: The Disney princess debate: an exercise in the ridiculous
40Observations Only: Choices
40Observations Only: The shadow of error
40Jane’s Secret, XXIX: Fred’s debacle
40The Good Life: Cooler breezes bring anticipation of fall
40A Small World: Special guest
40Lyman Review: Devil calf
40Across the Fence: Roy Bean; scoundrel with a law book
40Jane’s Secret: Jane’s Secret, XLIII: Jail house rock
40Capitol View: The 103rd Legislature is history … finally
40A Stray Moment: Goodbye old house – sorting their things
40Jane’s Secret, XC: Clem’s story
40Across The Fence: Barbecue Campbell and the XIT
40Across the Fence: Re-writing Wyoming’s history
40No Till Notes: Residue levels
40Washington report: This year in the Regulation Rewind
40Senioritis: Get your seniors moving, grooving
39Teen Voice: Previously unwritten cell phone rules
39The Good Life: Extending grace, the lost art
39Lyman Review: One mean chicken
39Jane’s Secret, XXXVIII: Bad girls
39Teen Voice: Cyber War
39Capital View: Can prison reform survive property tax relief?
39Capitol View: Redistricting needs new procedure
39Building Bridges: Seeking a big win out of the 4th quarter
39Gering freshmen introduce personalities, styles: Writing assignment encourages students to let individualism shine
39Support letters requested for airport
39Letter to the Editor: A call to defend the U.S. Constitution
39Across The Fence: Road Trip and Discoveries
39Across The Fence: From Wounded Knee to the Land of Oz
39Washington report: A new chapter for the U.S. House
39No-Till Notes: PNTP Field Days
39No-Till Notes: Reminiscing
39Teen Voice: Too many activities leads to negative effects
39Senior View: People get old, but hugs don’t
39Curiosity Corner: Amazing Grace
39From the hill: Stand Up for Life
39Jane’s Secret, XCVII: The vision
38Teen Voice: Fifty reasons to smile
38Jane’s Secret, part XXI: Gertrude’s Agenda
38A Stray Moment: Now is the winter of our disconnect
38Life in the Rearview Mirror: Greensburg strong
38Observations Only: A matter of matter
38Observations Only: A matter of paradox
38Our View: Childcare not school district’s role
38Teen Voice: Holiday horrors
38Lyman Review: Taste of boot?
38Jane’s Secret XLIX: Phillip’s agenda
38Across The Fence: New England’s Heroine Scalptress
38Reach out for challenges
38No Till Notes: Colorado Conservation Tillage Association Conference
38Our view: Let’s get the downtown we deserve
38Across the Fence: A gathering of warriors at Arikaree Fork
37Our View: Pipeline not a solution to oil problems
37Completely Different: Do you know John Green?
37Teen Voice: The rivalry
37Teen Voice: Hope for a New Year
37Jane’s Secret: Jane’s Secret XLV: Gun smoke
37No-Till Notes: Back in the field
37Anno Domini: The Textbook of Freedom
37No-Till Notes: Annual PNTP Tour
37Across the Fence: Deserters or outcasts; Three who left (Part II)
37No-Till Notes: Drilling Edible Beans, part 2
37
37Across The Fence: No way to treat a lady
37Teen Voice: Character exceeds good grades
37Jane’s Secret, XCVI: Threads
37Jane’s Secret, XCVIX: Endings and beginnings
36Teen Voice: Don’t be fooled by fads
36Observations Only: Expect the best
36Life in the Rearview Mirror: Adapt and adjust
36Teen Voice: Silence
36Teen Voice: Thanksgiving
36Jane’s Secret XLVI: Sour grapes
36No-Till Notes: "Harvest"
36‘The Life We Bury’ by By Allen Eskens A book review
36Across The Fence: “…a date that will live in infamy.”
36Building Bridges: Building a bridge that lasts and endures
36Jane's Secret LVI: A mystery part II
36Our view: United we can build
36No-Till Notes: Potential
36All Points West: The only stupid question
36From the capitol: Practicing Fiscal Restraint
36From the hill: Unprovoked dangers
36A national day of Thanksgiving
36Jane’s Secret, XCIII: Hazel’s story
35Completely Different - The magic of spring
35Teen Voice: The daily struggle to a lifelong battle
35Observations Only: The visit
35Totally Random: Happy Halloween
35Updates from NRD: NRD promotes conservation
35Teen Voice: Inspire me
35Lyman Review: Branding Time
35In the Hills: Nebraska Bighorn Sheep
35Sychronicity: Thrive, don't just survive
35No Till Notes: It’s All About the Carbon
35Across The Fence: Phileas Fogg gets bested by a girl
35Anno Domini: A time when manners were more important
35Jane’s Secret LXII: True colors
35Capitol View: Say goodbye to ConAgra, but don’t lament departure
35From the Hill: LEAP to New Opportunities
35Teen Voice: Out with homework
35Capitol View: Lawmakers convene 2016 session
35Teen Voice: What makes young people truly outstanding?
34Teen Voice: Serendipity
34Totally Random: I’m a backwards reader
34Teeing Off: Persistence
34Teeing Off: Mind Gym
34Teen Voice: Shopping days or holidays?
34Christmas stories from Freshman Academy students
34Capitol View: Clock keeps tickin,’ many issues remain unresolved
34Building Bridges: Five years old IS a milestone
34Jane’s Secret XLVII: A stormy afternoon
34A Stray Moment: Football – Violence, Death, and Denial
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34No-till Notes: Stripper head
34No-Till Notes: Observations
34At the Library: Very Good Lives by J.K. Rowling
34Enjoy the festivities
34From the hill: Spurring Innovation
34From the capitol: Keeping Nebraska Safe
34Capitol View: Credit Where Credit Is Due
34A Stray Moment: ‘The Man Who Fell to Earth’
34Teen Voice: Ready for the world? Get real
34From the Capitol: Prioritizing taxpayers
33Completely Different: New Year’s Resolutions
33From the Pastor's Pen: Lord, teach us to pray
33The Good Life: Mom, my partner in life
33The Good Life: Innovation and young energy enriches us all
33Teen Voice: Saying Goodbye
33Building Bridges: “New” will become a buzzword in the Valley
33Lyman Review: Dog fun
33View of the Zoo: VIPs at RCD
33Capitol View: Legislature to tackle meatier issues
33Capitol View: It sounded like a good idea at first
33No-till Notes: Moving forward
33From the Capitol: The conduct we choose reflects our character
33Synchronicity:What brings me back
33No-Till Notes: Last chance for North, South Dakota tour
33A Stray Moment: Time to get moving
33Teen Voice: Positive effects of social media
33Across The Fence: …and a Happy New Year.
33No-Till Notes: No-Till Conference
33Jane’s Secret LIII: The bargain
33Jane’s Secret LXIII: Gertrude’s choice
33News from Lincoln: Hog bill vote was disappointing
33News From Lincoln: Session gets underway
33News from Lincoln: New technology brings new challenges
33From the capitol: Customer Friendly Government
32From the Superintendent's Desk: School Safety and Security
32Observations Only: A good daughter
32Lyman Review: The love goat
32Lyman Review: Something wicked this way comes
32In the Hills: Explore the state parks
32Totally Random: Hemp: considering the real benefits of the miracle plant
32Building Bridges: Turning a space into a sense of place
32Jane’s Secret LI: The telling
32In the Hills: Learn the Dutch Oven
32At the Library: Book Review: “Landline” by Rainbow Rowell
32A Stray Moment: O Holy Night
32At the Monument: Water, Will There Be Enough?
32Building Bridges: On tourism and trash
32At the Monument: Geology and its impacts
32From the hill: Protecting Our Local Communities
32Stop texting your wish-list to Santa
32Jane’s Secret, XCIV: Hazel’s story, part II
32Teen Voice: Looking to be teacher’s pet?
31Teen Voice: Twitter as sleep criminal
31Teen Voice: What senior year taught me
31Life in the Rearview Mirror: Experiencing life passion
31Life in the Rearview Mirror: Life enhancing memories
31The Good Life: People of the Valley, we have a choice
31A Stray Moment - A night owl born to an 8 to 5 world
31Across the Fence: Celebrating the 120th anniversary of the Chadron to Chicago Cowboy Race, part II
31Teen Voice: Remember what you have
31Completely Different: I go to seek a Great Perhaps
31A Small World: Savoring county fair days
31From the Hill: More Work Ahead
31Teen Voice: Self-expression
31Update From the NRD: Winter has arrived
31Across The Fence: Last Christmas
31Nature Notes: Love is in the air
31Building Bridges: Asking officials to speak and work as a body
31Building Bridges: Be a Destination Ambassador
31Lyman Review: Sheep Royalty
31Teen Voice: Unexpected joys of being a sibling
31No-Till Notes: Enjoyable Day
31Our View: Let the downtown revitalization begin
31Jack’s Insights: A word about weed control
31Teen View: My crazy, wonderful life
31Across The Fence: Battle of Valverde and The Texas Lancers
31A mom’s thoughts on social media
31Guest Opinion: Nebraska losing big-time
31From the hill: Back to Where it All Began
31Capitol View: How Nebraska rates is a good tool
31 Giving thanks for family, faith and friends
31News from Lincoln: State Senators visit western Nebraska
31No-Till Notes: Water conservation
30Completely Different: That’s so Pinteresting
30Teen Voice: Living within our means
30Teen Voice: Pinning your interest
30Completely Different: The mystery of Vivian Maier
30Observations Only: Divine prompts
30A Small World: Legends week promises fun for everyone
30Lyman Review: The elusive farm cat
30Dear Nebraskans: Technology helps serve Nebraskans
30In the Hills: Arbor Day in Nebraska
30The Good Life: What a wild ride it’s been
30Final Point: Citizen receives first honor for ‘Final Point’
30College Thoughts: Rotten for the minds? Think again
30Linked Lives
30History Revisited:A Stray Moment: Life (and death) on the Oregon Trail
30Building Bridges: Help! is the key word for the holidays
30In the Hills: Nature for the Holidays
30A Stray Moment: Thanksgiving myths and traditions
30The Good Life: There is good everywhere
30At the Library: Smoke Gets in Your Eyes: And Other Lessons from the Crematory by Caitlin Doughty
30Our View: Law enforcement deserves respect
30A Stray Moment: Precious time is time shared
30News from Lincoln: Tourism can bolster economy
30From the capitol: It’s Fall in Nebraska
30No-Till Notes: The Power of Legumes, part II
30Tumbleweeds on the loose
30From the capitol: Budgeting the Nebraska Way
30News from Lincoln: TIF program gets abused
30Capitol View: The Hall of Fame Commission wants to hear from you
29From the Superintendent’s Desk - District purchase of building
29Updates from NRD: Happy New Year
29View from Capitol Hill: Solutions for our economy and the budget
29Building Bridges: Dive into summer—dive into living
29Building Bridges: When ‘FAMILY’ and fellow Nebraskans are all you’ve got
29Teen Voice: The clock is ticking
29At the Library: “My Name is Resolute” By Nancy E. Turner
29Arts Scene: Theatre West’s Les Miserables not to be missed: Anniversary production proves to be a memorable winner
29Building Bridges: Honoring our blessings and our leaders
29Rural mail will suffer with more mail plant closures
29NRD Update: National Groundwater Awareness Week
29At the Monument: Find Your Park
29News from Lincoln: Nebraska’s roads still a challenge
29Jane’s Secret, XCI: Sticks and stones
29No-Till Notes: The power of legumes, part 3
29From the hill: The Year Ahead
28Life in the Rearview Mirror: I hate coffee
28Teen Voice: Catfished
28Life in the Rearview Mirror: Personal control of an individual response
28Across the Fence: The Pony Express
28Across the Fence: When Fiddler quit running
28Life in the Rearview Mirror: The world is a stage
28Teen Voice: What is love?
28At the Zoo: Spring in to the zoo
28Fellow Nebraskans: Congratulations on graduation day
28Teen Voice: Home is where the heart is
28At the Monument: Where are the animals?
28Fourth of July meetings
28Building Bridges: Fair time—learn, respect, appreciate, enjoy!
28Building Bridges: “It’s happening” at the Harvest Festival
28Building Bridges: Know DOVES and know about domestic violence
28At the Monument: Bird Homes at the Bluff
28Building Bridges: The ‘School of Hard Knocks’ teaches life
28Across The Fence: Edmund Guerrier: Custer’s scout in 1867
28Walkable, bikeable communities
28News From Lincoln: Legislative big crush begins
27From the Superintendent’s Desk : Draft Calendar 2013-14
27Our View: County has some ‘splainin’ to do
27Five Good Reasons to Create an Investment Strategy
27Completely Different: What’s speech got to do with it?
27From the Superintendent’s Desk - Parent Teacher Conferences
27From the Pastor's Pen: Unbelievable breaking news
27Teen Voice: Go ahead, make my day
27Teeing Off: The thing about state
27Building Bridges: Be American - help your candidate
27At the Monument: That old (historic) building
27At the Monument: Art in National Parks
27Greetings from the State Capitol
27A Stray Moment: A ‘city boy’ visits the Harvest Festival
27Jack’s Insights: Knowing harvest
27Rotary International observes World Polio Day Oct. 24
27Across the Fence: Ladies First or First Ladies
27At the Monument: Museum collections
27Curiosity Corner: A Christmas with Buffalo Bill
27At the Monument: Living History
27A Stray Moment: Je ne suis pas Charlie Hebdo
27News from Lincoln: Committee reviews property tax proposals
26Our View: The elephant in the room
26I'm falling for Tumblr?
26Teen Voice: What’s so great about pizza?
26From the Superintendent’s Desk - Financial Outlook for Gering Public Schools
26Teen Voice: Body image
26Teeing Off: Lessons learned from golf
26
26The Good Life: The lasting effects of bullying
26Lyman Review: Winter's dog
26Totally Random: Where does it go?
26At the Library: Words of Radiance by Brandon Sanderson
26Support emergency services personnel
26At the Monument: Junior Rangers
26Creatures of the Night
26At the Library: “The Master Switch” The rise and fall of information empires By Tim Wu
26Across The Fence: The Harmar Campaign
26Taking Flight: From War Orphan to Star Ballerina At the Library
26No-Till Notes: Path to Soil Health
26No-Till Notes: Path to Soil Health II
26The Good Life: All that remains is love
25Miss Movies: Ten movies for romance
25Observations Only: Divine spirit
25Update from the NRD: March updates from the NRD
25Dear Nebraskans: Massachusetts should not determine Nebraska’s Presidential vote
25Their View: Goal post move unfair
25In the Hills: Get to Know Our Feathered Travelers
25At the Library: One Zentangle a Day
25Achieving your dreams takes work
25Jane’s Secret column on hiatus
25To whom are we thankful?
25Our View: Officials should take advantage of available training
25Across The Fence: Ms. Goodale and The Ghost Dance War (Part III)
25Letter to the Editor
25Across The Fence: The Youngest Discoverer
25‘Is there something I can do?’
25Review: ‘Half Bad’ by author Sally Green
25Washington report: Feeding a world in need
25I love Thanksgiving
25The Pros: Doctors, Lawyers and...Teachers?
24Teen Voice: By my side until the newness wears off
24Life in the Rearview Mirror: Work is more than a four-letter word
24Building Bridges: Supporting our teachers supports our children
24
24Across The Fence: Battle of the Wabash: St. Clair’s Defeat
23A Halloween Story: The scary dream
23Teen Voice: Footprints
23Religious freedom must be protected
23New at the Zoo: Volunteer at the Zoo
23Website Resources
23In the Hills: Awesome Amphibians and Rough Reptiles
23At the Library:Neil Patrick Harris: Choose Your Own Autobiography
23Jane’s Secret LIV The bargain part II
23Simply October
23Our view: Getting the Gering plaza right
22Rural America and immigration reform
22The Good Life: The two different types of business people
22Gering ninth graders answer the questions of life
22No-Till Notes: A word about weed control
22Lyman Review: A Tunnel of Birds
21Barr’s Bacon Wrapped Fantasy Picks: A rookie's guide to drafting your dream team
21Notes from NRD: Thanks agricultural producers
21Building Bridges: Don’t wait to develop
21Be kind through communications
21All Points West: Rising above ourselves
20Completely Different: Perfect memories made in imperfect moments
20What’s really going on with our water?
20At the Library: “I Shall Be Near to You” By Erin Lindsay McCabe
20At the Monument: So You want to be a Ranger?
20Letter to the Editor
20Compassion, respect don’t cost a thing
19Teen Voice: Congratulations, you’re awful
19The Good Life: We are the Valley’s emissaries
19Mayor’s Monthly: Moving on Gering’s momentum
19Building Bridges: Awards are only part of our success
19
19Teen View: My crazy, wonderful life
19Welcome home
18Across the Fence: Oliver T. Jackson, Colorado pioneer
18Our View: A failure to communicate
18Letter to the Editor
18Letter to the Editor - Injection well public hearing restricts participation
17Teen Voice: Indulge In moderation
17Teen Voice: The Other Side
17Washington Report: Honoring America’s heroes
17In the Hills: Pollinators – the buzz
17
17The Good Life: Looking back on 2014
17No-Till Notes: Harvesting water
16Teen Voice: Do It Anyway
16Our View: Confidentiality agreement disrespectful
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16Our View: Streamlining is great...when all are informed
16Lyman Review: The Frozen Tundra
16From the hill: Remembering the Fallen
15At the Library: The Underground Girls of Kabul - In Search of a Hidden Resistance in Afghanistan
14Jane’s Secret LV A mystery
14Washington: Mindful of our heroes
14Jane’s Secret, CXIII: New York
13News from Lincoln: PROPERTY TAXES REMAIN THE NUMBER ONE FOCUS, BUT WHERE IS THE FIX?
10To The Editor
10No Till Notes: Seven billion plus
Most Read News Stories of 2012
617Across The Fence: C.B. Irwin: Wyoming’s “Giant Cowboy”
417Capitol View: Plans coming together for 150th birthday
367All Points West: Long live great coffee
308Curiosity Corner: Playing the Nebraska license plate game
301From the capitol: An Unfair and Unjust Law
293All Points West: Bullying death shocks family
286Capitol View: Term limits tossing out 11 veterans
274News from Lincoln: Cooperation assures fire safety
267Across The Fence: Massacre Canyon
262Capitol View: The end is near, haste makes waste
251Curiosity Corner: A very bad, bad storm
248Capitol View: The watched pot begins to boil
248From the capitol: A System That Cares
244Capitol View: Voting no? Do you have a better solution?
236Healthy: What you believe, you become
234From the Hill: Working for Offutt
225Teen Voice: Playing backup goalie was the best thing
192From the hill: Good Neighbors
186Across the Fence: Cheyenne County, Nebraska: cattle country
186Teen Voicen: Is there a cure for Senioritis?
186Capitol View: Nice or not, Tourism Commission dealings under the microscope
181Across the Fence: Roosevelt’s campaign tour of the west
180News from Lincoln: The 2016 session is winding down
180Jack’s Insights – April 2016
179Across The Fence: The Pawnee and human sacrifice
176No-Till Notes: 10 tips, part 3
175From the Capitol: Budget balanced
172Washington Report: Power of the Purse
171Washingorn report: American leadership needed in a chaotic world
170Washington Report: Competing in a global economy
169From the hill: The Trouble with Taxes
168Washington report: Young Nebraskans serving community and country
167From the hill: “Hello” World
165Washington Report: Regulation rewind rolls on
164From the hill: Accountability Matters
163All Points West: Suffering from American-itis:
160Capitol View: The interim, that awkward time
160From the hill: Connecting Through Safe Skies
154From the capitol: A Successful Session
147Capitol View: What just happened? Is it over yet?
146Curiosity Corner: If old barns could talk
143Washington: Protecting taxpayers
142Think about manufacturing at polls
138The final decades of Howard Hughes after his fake death
136Jane’s Secret LIX: Gertrude’s vow
136From the Hill: May in Nebraska
135Across The Fence: Portugee Phillips and a horse named Dandy
135Washington Report: Unwavering defense of life
135All Points West: Newspapers still hold value
134Across the Fence: FDR’s New Deal and the CCC
134Washington report: Helping Nebraska producers feed the world
132What's the deal with organic milk?
128Across the Fence: All aboard the Transcontinental Express
125No-Till Notes: Managing your bucket
124Jane’s secret LVIII: Mr. Valentine
124Jane’s secret, CVIII: Bridget’s lament
123Bulldog Time: Teachers need to adjust their Habitudes
122Capitol View: Four fountains becoming a capitol reality, finally
121Dynasty made Gering the biggest little town in Nebraska
121Jane’s Secret, CVII: The meeting, part II
119All Points West: Here’s to qualified moms everywhere
119Jane’s Secret, CXI: A bloody Day
116Across The Fence: Barbecue Campbell and the XIT
116Jane’s Secret, CVI: The meeting
116News from Lincoln: Concluding the 2016 Legislative Session
116A Stray Moment: Prince – When Doves Cry
116From the Capitol: Holding government accountable
115Jane’s Secret, CIX: Windfall
113Across The Fence: Flossie, love child of the eighties.
113Teen Voice: Social media preys on short attention spans
113Curiosity Corner: A Tale of Two Giants: Frederic and Theodore
112Jane’s Secret, XXXX: A tale of mayhem
112Teen Voice: Teen slang
112Nebraska Beef: It’s What’s For Dinner
110Washington Report: Excellence in economic development
108No-Till Notes: 10 Tips, part 2
106All Points West: We couldn’t stop the fire
102Across The Fence: Victory at Valverde and on to Glorieta
102News from Lincoln: Educating our youth about Nebraska
99Across the Fence: The much maligned Ms. Watson
99Across the Fence - Catherine’s boys
99Building Bridges: Save the world, educate through agriculture
99Jane’s Secret, CIV: Fool’s luck part II
98No-Till Notes: Cheat grass
98All Points West: Led by our tongues
98Jane’s Secret, CX: Final arrangements
97From the hill: Kerrie On
96Capitol View: One year later, some things have changed
95Guest Editorial: Medicaid expansion creates unfair playing field
94Capitol View: Veterans’ treatment court idea just makes sense
93Across the Fence: Just For the Thrill of It
93Across The Fence: Amos Bad Heart Bull
93Review: When Breath Becomes Air by Paul Kalanithi
91Guest Voices…
91Observations Only: Gone away
90Battle of Summit Springs, part II: Warpath to White Bear Creek
90News from Lincoln: Filibuster kills gun rights bill
89Building Bridges: Objectivity and fairness make a winning plan
89Across The Fence: Relay race to Roseburg
89From the capitol: Maintaining Local Control
88Across the Fence: Sioux Ordnance Depot: stories to be told
88Across The Fence: Three Queens, Women in Rodeo.
88From the capitol: Infrastructure Facilitates Life
87Across the Fence: Discovering Ed Stemler
87Across The Fence: A day For thanks
87All Points West: One of the dog days of summer
86Curiosity Corner: Using the brain
86From the Capitol: Legislative session progresses
85Across The Fence: Celebrating the 120th anniversary of the Chadron to Chicago Cowboy Race, part I
85Why you should visit the zoo in February
84Teen Voice: Pancakes a better fundraising flavor
83Capitol View:Lawmakers see the faces of the uninsured
82Jane’s Secret, part II: Gertrude’s choice
82Jane’s Secret, part VIII: Molly's plan
82Across the Fence: The Great Solomon River Stampede
82Across The Fence: Freedom Triumphant Over War and Peace
81Across the Fence: The Spirit of Crazy Horse
81A Stray Moment: Learning how to walk
81Across The Fence: Hinhan Kaga Paha
80Cat on a Hot Tin Roof a mixed bag
80Observations Only: Critical thinking
80From the capitol: Growing a Culture of Life
79Across the Fence: Dull Knife’s Quest, part 1
79No-Till Notes: Looking Back
79All Points West: Huskers win hearts and minds at Holiday Bowl
79Washington report: Conservative Champions
78Across the Fence: Ah-ho-appa (fallen leaf)
78Across the Fence: The hand dug well
78Thinking About Health: The challenge of signing up for Obamacare
77Across The Fence: The hanging of Cornelius Donahue a.k.a. John A. Hurley
77Across the Fence: The Overland Camel Company
77Jane’s Secret LXIV: The rescue
77A Stray Moment: My brother, a canoe, and Big Lake Alice
77All Points West: Living outside my comfort zone
77Jane’s Secret, CV: The quarrel
76Jane’s Secret, XXIII: Molly’s plan
76A Stray Moment: Star Trek: Infinite diversity in infinite combinations
76Building Bridges: Love your enemies
76A Stray Moment: Reflections on Oregon Trail Days
76All Points West: Getting to the truth of the matter
76All Points West: Taking action against child abuse
76From the hill: Nebraska’s Special Heroes
76Washington report: Addressing the rising cost of higher education
75Completely Different : Could you come down off your soap box please?
75Jane’s Secret, part VII Clem’s confession
75Across the Fence: Bose Ikard; Texas Cowboy
75Completely Different: The bucket list phenomenon
75A Stray Moment: Earth Day, am I doing my part?
75Jane’s Secret, XXVII: Town Meeting
75All Points West: A prairie pursuit of happiness
75Jane’s Secret, CII: Fool’s bargain, part II
75Capitol View: Property tax debate continues as session winds down
75From the hill: A Safer Place
74Across the Fence: Black Hills Gold and the Thoen Stone
74Anno Domini: Independence, an ideal worth celebrating
74Across the Fence; Massacre on the Marias River
74SBNM View: Do you want to be a VIP?
74No-Till Notes: 10 tips
73A Stray Moment: Tacos! Our embarrassment of riches
73A Stray Moment: In praise of encouragement
73Across The Fence: The Hat Creek Outpost
73Building Bridges: Following the spirit of Gering
73Across the Fence: New eyes on the Panhandle
73Curiosity Corner: An Uncommon Christmas Story
72Across The Fence: Jules, Jack and lawless justice
72Across The Fence: The Three Guardsmen
72From the hill: Healing Our Nation
71From the Superintendent’s Desk - Option Enrollment
71Across the Fence: Judge Roy Bean : Texas prizefight promoter
71Teen Voice: Nobody else can lower you
71Across The Fence: Steamboats on the Missouri
71Across the Fence: Here lies Major Alexander Culbertson
70Completely Different: It's all in the family
70Across The Fence: Billy Dixon; Plainsman, Hunter, Indian fighter and Scout
70The Good Life: A holiday recipe for peace
70No-Till Notes: "Different Approaches"
69Completely Different: The good, the bad, and the remedy
69Capitol View: Wild life proposal costly but worthwhile
69Observations Only: Expect the best, part II
69Building Bridges: Building us up to be what others see
69Jane’s Secret, LXXX: Revealed at last
69Jane’s Secret, CIII: Fool’s luck
69News from Lincoln: Senator requests priority for dignity act
68Jane’s Secret, part IX: Mrs. Huber’s chagrin
68From the Superintendent's Desk: Thank You
68Across the Fence: Bloody Pocket, the final battle
68Across the Fence: Burnett’s Mound and the Topeka tornado
68Building Bridges: Observing bullies, abuse and pastors
68Across the Fence: Prelude to Battle
68The Good Life: Eclipse, a metaphor for life
68Washington report: Why we need international tax reform
67Trash cans
67Across The Fence; ‘Johnny Appleseed’ of the Oregon Trail
67Building Bridges: Cleaning up for company--or not--reveals a lot
67Across the Fence: Battle of Summit Springs, Part I: Tall Bull Killed
67Across The Fence: Over The Edge; Niagara’s Argonauts
67Star Gazing: Earth Day call to action: we must do more
67News from Lincoln: Senator seeks EMT tax exemption
66Teen Voice: The more the merrier
66Across the Fence: A boy called Slon-Ha
66Across the Fence: Fact, fiction or fragmented dreams?
66Teen Voice:  Body bashing and self-image
66Across The Fence: The Spanish Flu
66The Good Life: Today we celebrate Global Oneness Day
66No-Till Notes: Water Funding Task Force
66Building Bridges: Being grateful for the hardships in life
66No-Till Notes: Plan to attend 2014 No-Till Conference
66From the hill: Exposing a Rogue Regime
65Across the Fence: Lions, wolves and bears
65Observations Only: The meeting
65Totally Random: Astrology: It’s all in the stars…
65Across The Fence: Mustangs on Pumpkin Creek
65News from Lincoln: Time flies on legislative session
64Across the Fence: Rural free delivery
64A Stray Moment: - The case for Hagel
64Jane’s Secret, XXV: Mysteries
64Across the Fence: Cynthia Ann Parker, Comanche captive
64A Stray Moment: For the love of theatre
64Thinking about Health: Getting insurance under the Affordable Care Act
64Welcome to the ‘New’ in Gering
64Across The Fence: Salt Creek Massacre, May 18, 1871
64Jane’s Secret, C: The first goodbye
64From the hill: On the Road in Eastern Nebraska
63Teen Voice: Not according to the plan
63Life in the West: Inside the minds of serial killers
63Jane’s secret, XXVI: The suitcase
63Totally Random: October, the pink month
63Wind Farms Expand, But Can They Survive Political Wrangling?
63No-Till Notes: Blue Dasher Farm
63Washington report: Opportunities for young Nebraskans
62Age of reason
62Across the Fence : November 1864: Pole Creek, Politics and Patriots
62Across the Fence - Boston: April 18, 1775
62Jane’s Secret XXXVII: A starry night
62Across the Fence: Remembering English Joe
62Religious freedom or freedom to discriminate?
62No Till Notes: Saying uncle
62Anno Domini: Charlie Brown’s Christmas Miracle
62News from Lincoln: Legislation addressed parks system
62Capitol View: Can Nebraska afford another assault on Cash Reserve Fund?
62No-Till Notes: Water Conservation, part 3
61Across the Fence: Mud Springs revisited
61Across the Fence: Faded photos and vivid memories
61Across the Fence: Places near forgotten
61From the Superintendent’s Desk: Thanks for the memories
61Totally Random: Life’s ripples
61Lyman Review: Now that's a set of handlebars!
61Jane’s Secret XLVIII: Jane’s agenda
61A Stray Moment: Robin Williams – Good night sweet prince
61From the hill: Drowning in Regulation
61News from Lincoln: The Forecasting Board met, priority designation is completed
61An open letter to Trump supporters
60Observations Only: Sisters lost, part I
60Teen Voice: Let us be beautiful
60Across the Fence: Submarines and railroads
60A Stray Moment: Merry Christmas – God save us all
60Observations Only: Sisters lost, part IV
60Across the Fence: A Cheyenne weekend
60Across the Fence: When Lady Luck sleeps
60Anno Domini: The memorial nobody wants
60Across the Fence: Pawnee legends in the Nebraska Panhandle
60Teen Voice: Writing love on our hearts
60A look at - and helping - the State of the Valley
60Across The Fence: Charley Nebo, cowboy; just passin’ through
60Jane’s secret LXI: Molly’s premonition
60Jane’s Secret, XCV: Hazel’s decision
59From the Superintendent’s Desk : Thank You for another Great Year
59Life in the Rearview Mirror: I’m on a road to someplace
59Jane’s Secret, part XIV: Molly’s dream
59Across the Fence: Building Barns
59Across the Fence: Standing on the wagon
59Completely Different: The Marilyn Monroe conundrum
59Jane's Secret XXXIV: Gin Rummy
59Teen Voice: The gift of caring
59Teen Voice: To the future
59No Till Notes: Final Stop
59Across the Fence: The Battle of Coon Creek
59Building Bridges – Teens in the Driver Seat is a program for LIFE
59Jane’s Secret: The Telling
59A Stray Moment: Library at Legion Park worth exploring
59No-till Notes: Early registration discounts
59From the hill: A Highway Bill for Nebraska
58Curiosity Corner : The tale of the travelling train station
58Time keeps flowing like a river
58Across the Fence: A hometown 4th of July
58Across the Fence: James Butler Hickok: The thoughtful gunfighter
58A Stray Moment: I love Sookie Stackhouse
58From the Superintendent’s Desk - Haig and Aurora Buildings
58Observations Only: Sister lost
58Across the Fence: Fort Mitchell on the Great Platte River Road
58Observations Only: A soul's journey, part III
58Observations Only: Good and evil
58 Across the Fence: ‘Aunt Sally’ and Dakota Gold
58Jane’s Secret, XXXII Jane’s Bad Day
58Teen Voice: Is respect dead?
58Across The Fence: Moc-chi, A Southern Cheyenne warrior
58All Points West: Looking for holiday inspiration?
58Star Gazing: Arts programming, something to be considered
58No-Till Notes: Two-Thirds
58From the capitol: A Prescription Nebraska Can’t Afford
57The Good Life: A farm girl in my heart
57The Lyman Review: I love baby ducks
57Across The Fence: The Pawnee on Pumpkin Creek
57Observations Only: Saint Marge
57Lyman Review: Goat-chasing cardio
57Totally Random: December 6, the day I lived
57Teen Voice: My School, Their Rules
57Teen Voice: Family for all intents and purposes
57Jane’s Secret: Jane’s Secret, XLII: Sunflowers
57Dear Fellow Nebraskans: Governor’s Ag Conference overview
57No-Till Notes: Different Approaches Part II
57Across The Fence: Captain Silas S. Soule; The face of moral courage
57No-Till Notes: Water conservation, part 2
56Jane’s Secret, part XIII: Blackberry pie
56Our view: Gering’s future needs your vote
56A Stray Moment: A voice from the past, haunting myself
56Across The Fence: The Heartland plague of 1874-75
56Jane’s Secret, XXXIII: Night walk
56Anno Domini: On this remembering day
56Observations Only: Fuzzy angel
56Across The Fence: Grandpa’s Grays
56All Points West: Coming home, a veteran’s perspective on what it means
56At the Library: Son by Lois Lowry
56Across The Fence: Ms. Goodale and the Ghost Dance War (Part II of III)
56Across The Fence: Charles Goodnight a Man of Indomitable Spirit (Part I)
56No-Till Notes: It’s more than no tillage
56Across The Fence: Antoine Barada, larger than life
56Our View: Lowering teen wage makes Nebraska small
56Across The Fence: “Medicine Bill”
56Capitol View: Warning: Election Year Legislative session ahead
56Capitol View: A new twist just might get health insurance for the working poor
56Curiosity Corner: Exploring the Oregon Trail, backwards
56Jane’s Secret, CI Fools bargain
55Observations only : Sisters of the world
55Completely Different: Tales from the mat
55The Good Life: Your dollar is a vote for what you care about
55 Taking a big risk
55Jane’s Secret, part XX: Change of plans
55Observations Only: Temptation
55Teeing Off: Around the Green
55Across The Fence: Billy Dixon at Adobe Walls, June 1874
55Teen Voice: Stress test
55Guest Editorial: The future of health care at Regional West
55Observations Only: The vigil
55Across the Fence: Charles Badger Clark
55No Till Notes:
55News from Lincoln: Nebraska needs tax reform
55Jane’s Secret LII: Eavesdroppers
55All Points West: A community on the move
55Washington report: Addressing Washington’s spending addiction
54We need a few good people
54Across the Fence: The Soldier’s Free Homestead Colony of Gibbon
54Teen Voice: Confessions of the financially disabled
54It's no surprise
54The Good Life: The best Christmas gift
54Across the Fence: Dull Knife’s Quest: Part 2 of 2
54Our View: Come home to Nebraska, but not just anywhere
54The Good Life: It’s hard to believe, the Citizen is four years old
54Teen Voice: Gleek tragedy
54Dear Fellow Nebraskans: Collegebound Nebraska
54Across the Fence: David F. Cook and ‘Indian Joe’
54Across the Fence: Aftermath: Part III, The Battle of Summit Springs
54No-Till Notes: Dakota Lakes Dry Land Rotations
54Teen Voice: What I’ve learned
54Creativity dampened by standardized testing
53Across the Fence: The Wellnitz Fire, day 1 and 2
53Observations Only: Curious things, part II
53A Stray Moment: All's well that ends well, usually
53Across the Fence: Class of ’67, last remnants of home
53The Good Life: A time to be proud of our ancestors
53Teen Voice: I’ll be healthy – tomorrow
53Teen Voice: What diabetes taught me
53Observations Only: Reality check
53Observations Only: Final moment
53Anno Domini: Ask the digital dust
53Across the Fence: Old barns and memories
53Book Review: I Forgot to Remember By Su Meck
53Letters to the Editor
53Building Bridges: #speaklife is a goal for students, a goal for all
52Across the fence: Something worth remembering
52Theatre West’s Cabaret torch burns brightly
52Across The Fence: Union Pacific robbery at Big Springs
52Building Bridges: Chautauqua will bring out the best in everyone
52Observations Only: A day in August
52Across the Fence: Amanda
52Capitol View: There was more to the session than just the big ticket items
52Across The Fence: Scalped at Plum Creek
52No Till Notes: Drilling edible beans
52Easter
52No-till Notes” Conservation Agriculture, part 2
52Capitol View: Where’s the peace and joy in border closings and gun-free zones?
52Curiosity Corner: A forever Christmas
52News from Lincoln: Greetings from the Capitol
51Life in the Rearview Mirror: Cleaning off the ‘what if’ shelf
51The Good Life: The economic footprint of one small business
51Observations Only: Going home
51From the Superintendent’s Desk: Early Childhood Education
51Teen Voice: Go ahead, make my day
51Observations Only: The awful truth
51Building Bridges: Celebrating the Bulldog homecoming
51Across the Fence: A Cowboy kind of Christmas
51Coach Schadwinkel promoted strong sense of tradition
51Building Bridges: Pause a moment...save a child’s life
51Across the Fence: The Spring Creek Raid
51Across the Fence: The Battle of Hungry Hill
51Letters to the Editor
51Across The Fence: The Christmas Truce of 1914
51A Stray Moment: Those we lost in 2014
51Across The Fence: Fort Sanders: A Forgotten fort on the U. P. line
51At the Library: An Irish Country...The Novels of Patrick Taylor
51A Stray Moment: Summer dreaming about the ’70s
51Infamy - by Richard Reeves
51All Points West: The better qualities of leadership
51No-Till Notes: Water Conservation, part 3
50Our View... Preserve Gering’s form of government
50Observations Only: A new direction
50Observations Only: What's in a word?
50Observations Only : White water
50Political Cartoon by Doug Hoevet
50Capitol View: Lincoln Highway captures spotlight
50A ‘city’ kid goes to the fair
50Across the Fence; Prelude to the Red River War of 1874
50Dear Nebraskans: Nebraska is the place for business
50Capitol View: Delay tactics a gamble as session draws to a close
50Across the Fence: The Colorado Coalfield War
50Across the Fence: Investigation at Spring Creek
50Across The Fence: Justice in the Big Horn Basin
50At the Monument: Domestic Animals on the Oregon Trail
50A Stray Moment: Leonard Nimoy - Live long and prosper
50All Points West: Never far from the trail
50Jane’s Secret LXV Quicksand
50Across The Fence: Van Tassell
50LR 35 is a dangerous proposition for our state and nation
49Our View: Museum merger a good thing, but let’s go slowly
49Being a Nebraskan – border to border
49Permission to remember
49Life's curve balls
49A Stray Moment - Celebrating Gering's Quasquicentennial
49Completely Different: Remembering Aurora
49Observations Only: Just around the corner
49Observations Only: Uneventful flight
49Observations Only: Curious things
49Observations Only: Indifferent love
49Teen Voice: Until we say goodbye
49Final Point: Golf, cross country feats headline fall season successes
49Observations Only: The last toothpick
49No-Till Notes: Joe Franks Memorial
49Building Bridges: Serve on the school board—or say no more
49Across the Fence: Missing; Nelson Buck survey party
49Building Bridges: Oregon Trail Days—making our present a celebrated past
49Jane’s Secret XLX: Day’s end
49Power of legumes
49Building Bridges: Shovels and skills are as valuable as degrees
49Across The Fence: From the Golden Gate to the Big Apple
49Anno Domini: Curtain Call: A Song for a Friend
49From the hill: Giving Thanks
49Right up Your Allie: A new day, a new me
49Capitol View: They’re back, and look what they brought with them
49Jack’s Insights: We could all benefit from more ‘think’ time
48A last look at the Nebraska Zone
48SELL-OUT!
48Jane’s Secret, part VI: Molly’s surprise
48The ghost of Ayn Rand
48From the Superintendent's Desk: NePAS – State Accountability
48A Stray Moment: World War Two is not forgotten
48A Stray Moment : Carry the weight
48Jane’s Secret, Part XVIV: Crystal Waters
48Teen Voice: Equality
48Completely Different: The game is afoot, a look at Sherlock Holmes
48A Small World: Chokecherry season evokes memories of yesterday
48Observations Only: One more time
48Observations Only: The last goodbye
48Anno Domini: We gather together
48Building Bridges: Tend to 2014 and be Happy, Happy, Happy
48Across The Fence: Crazy Horse’s Last Battle
48Letter to Editor clarifies drug testing policy
48Teen Voice: Trouble Maker or Hard Worker?
48No-Till Notes: “Fish and Mud”
48A Stray Moment: To honor them all their days
48Jack’s Insights: Basing decisions on facts, not opinion
48Anno Domini: It’s a Grand Old Flag
48Washington report: Keeping our commitment to Nebraska veterans
48No-Till Notes: Field Days, thank you
48No-Till Notes: Irrigation rotation
48 The Blight Way – Bo Tully #1 - by Patrick F. McManus
48No-till Notes: CSC Classroom
48Anno Domini: Giving thanks for what matters
48News from Lincoln: Property tax relief still in the works
48Washington report: Protecting the Constitutional right to bear arms
48Torn between now and somewhere down the line
47It's a small world : Everything we do has meaning
47Observations Only: Sisters lost, part III
47Observations Only: Off to the races
47Our View: Why rush the interlocal agreement?
47Teen Voice: My rebellion
47Up The Creek Without A Paddle: The NRD wants to do what with your money?
47Capitol View: State aid proposal just might make some sense
47Across the Fence: The Cholera Corridor
47 Across The Fence: County Fair
47Across The Fence: The Eighth Wonder of the World
47The Christmas Story
47No-Till Notes: Observations, part 2
47Jane’s Secret LX: Stephen’s onus
47Curiosity Corner: A Story of News
47Across The Fence: The Long Hard Pull
47Capitol View: Pig ownership may be defining moment in urban-rural relations
46Observations Only : The orphanage
46Economic development update
46Home of the Brave
46Assad’s endgame
46Observations Only: Sisters lost, part two
46The Good Life - The worst day on record at the Citizen
46Completely Different: Hey there, four eyes!
46Jane's Secret, XXXI: Sixes and sevens
46The Good Life: Christina Baker’s mom: Thank you
46Observations Only: Afraid of the dark
46Jane’s Secret XXXVI:  The dream
46Dear Fellow Nebraskans: We Are Proud of the Nebraska National Guard
46Capitol View: Yes, Virginia, the Legislature has done something, so far
46Across the Fence: John Colter, the first mountain man
46Jane’s Secret: Jane’s Secret XLIV: Jail break
46No-til Notes: Changing plans
46Across The Fence: A Fourth of July Montage
46No-Till Notes:Enjoyable meeting
46Prairie Dogs
46
46News from Lincoln: Veterans Day
46A Stray Moment: Winter Wonderland (and Thank You to the Snow Crews)
46Across The Fence: Ms. Goodale and the Ghost Dance War (Part I)
46Across the Fence: Surrender, April 9, 1865
46No Till Notes: Potential, part 2
46Across The Fence: Old Julesburg and new
46A Stray Moment: Review: ‘The Book Thief’ steals the fiction stage
46Why parents are important
46Washington report: To protect Americans, stop underestimating ISIS
46From the capitol: The State of Nebraska Agriculture
46From the hill: Keeping America Safe
46Guest View: Nebraska (property) tax system ‘dysfunctional’
45Life in the Rearview Mirror: Is it possible to just drive in the 21st Century?
45Teen Voice: Lessons I learned from my eight-year-old brother
45Observations Only: No thank you
45Observations Only: Together again
45Observations Only: The two faces of poverty
45Jane’s Secret, part XXII: While the cat’s away
45Teen Voice: Learning calculus more than numbers
45Observations Only: A soul's journey, part two
45Observations Only: Beginnings
45A Stray Moment: God Knows
45Teen Voice: Dealing with stress
45Observations Only: A fine line
45Teen Voice: The need to get away
45Observations Only: A gift of serenity
45A Stray Moment: Without a net
45Teen Voice - On the outside looking In
45Observations Only: The unvarnished truth
45Totally Random: Trusting the fates
45At the Library: March into a good book
45Across the Fence: On the Old Chisholm Trail
45A Stray Moment: Brand new used cars
45Curiosity Corner: The Boss of the Plains
45Across The Fence: Charles Goodnight; A Man of Indomitable Spirit (Part II of II)
45No-Till Notes: Field Pea disease
45Across the Fence: An Old Barn and new memories
45Across the Fence: Buffalo Baron, Charles Rath
45Across The Fence: The Butterfield Overland Mail
45Across The Fence: The Solomon River Stampede
45News from Lincoln: Looking ahead to the 2016 Legislative session
45Washington report: Reversing the President’s failed agenda
45News from Lincoln: Packing bill is a bad idea
45Jack’s Insights: Research and Extension Center to undergo review
45Capitol View: Lengthy debate, little progress as Legislature grinds on
45“The Ex” by Alafair Burke
44Teen Voice : Leave your legacy
44Our view . . .Sports Complex
44Observations Only: Saturday delight
44Across the Fence: First scalp for Custer
44Across the Fence: Wasicu Wakan
44Political Cartoon by Doug Hoevet
44Observations Only: The need to understand
44Building Bridges: Planning now for tourism season 2014
44Our View: Community responsible for kids
44Totally Random: My journey, life after living
44At the Monument: Night Sky
44No-Till Notes: The value of water
44Across the Fence: Before Barbed Wire
44From the capitol: Honoring Our Veterans
44Jane’s Secret LVII: A mystery revealed
44Star Gazing: My father’s daughter
44Across The Fence: Thunder Rolling Down the Mountain (Part I)
44Capitol View: Lawmakers want to consider old friend, school foundation aid
44No-Till Notes: Power of Legumes, Part 4
44From the hill: Serving You
44A warm feeling on a big winter day
43Across the Fence: Wyoming settlers lay siege to the TA Ranch
43Observations Only: Extreme measures
43Observations Only: Sister odyssey
43Teen Voice: The benefits of online learning
43Jane’s Secret, XXIV: The last drive
43Jane’s Secret, XXVIII: Lame Johnny
43A Stray Moment: Having a blast on the Fourth of July
43Jane’s Secret, XXX: A new wrinkle
43Across The Fence: By the dawn’s early light
43Welcome to Gering and the 92nd Oregon Trail Days Celebration.
43Observations Only: The vision
43 Across the Fence: Remembering Armistice Day
43Teen Voice: Where is the love?
43Across the Fence: Who was Martha Jane Canary?
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43Across The Fence: To Honor a Flag
43The Good Life: Reflecting on the first six years of the Gering Citizen
43Jane’s Secret, LXVII For heaven’s sake
43Washington report: The hope of Christmas in an uncertain world
43No-Till Notes: Water Conservation, part 2
42The Good Life: Campaign ad using Jesus goes too far
42A Stray Moment: On Canada and the forgotten bicentennial
42Completely Different: The Hills, part 2: The Civilian Conservation Corps
42A Stray Moment: The last time
42From the Superintendent’s Desk
42From the Superintendent’s Desk: Accountability
42Teen Voice: New Year’s goals
42Our View: County Manager option leads to Good Old Boys' Club
42Life in the Rearview Mirror: The Moments we live for
42Teen Voice: Being a girl
42Observations Only: Willfulness
42Teen Voice: Shadow art
42The Good Life: Through my father’s eyes
42Observations Only: Waiting time
42Across The Fence: Crow Dog, Spotted Tail’s assassin
42Observations Only: A sad week
42Across The Fence: First train from Saply Grove
42Capitol View: Considering additional education choices
42Capitol View: Legislature overrides gubernatorial vetoes
42Capitol View: The Legislature did provide tax relief
42For the love of the game – best courses in the valley
42Across the Fence: Six went to the gallows
42Letter to the editor
42Building Bridges: Regionalism should be focus of our core-idor
42No Till Notes: Moving Forward
42Lawmakers taking another shot at Medicaid expansion
42Jane’s Secret, LXVI: The note
42Across The Fence: The Zeek Homestead
42Our View: City needs to hit green with eatery
42All Points West: We shall not give into fear
42From the capitol: A new era for the Nebraska National Guard
42Capitol View: Corrections director knows challenge, forges ahead
42From the hill: Working for you
42From the Capitol: Investing in infrastructure
42All Points West: The mind is a terrible thing to waste
42Teen Voice: Dating scene has come a long way
42Capitol View: Ricketts, some lawmakers want to put a lid on it, again
42Washington report: Young leaders in Nebraska agriculture
41Teen Voice: Thank you, Gering Speech Team
41My mini Pen and me
41Observations Only: Little girl lost, part 3
41Observations Only: Little Girl Lost, part six
41Welcome to Gering
41Lyman Review - Tales of the renegade rooster
41A Stray Moment: In praise of silence
41LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Gering Public Schools seeks imput
41Observations Only: North Powder
41Observations Only: A strange Thanksgiving
41Totally Random: The Golden Rule
41Teen Voice: Say yes to branching out
41Jane’s Secret XXXV: Bugs and things
41Observations Only: Hog wash
41Teen Voice: Sticks and stones
41A real leaning tree Christmas
41Across the Fence: The Blizzard of ‘49
41Miss Movies: Miss Movies recommends her top 10 films of 2013
41Jane’s Secret, XLI Black widow spider
41Lyman Review: Nudge to the Butt
41No-Till Notes: American Society of Agronomy
41Across The Fence: Deserters or Outcasts; Three who left. (Part I)
41Jane’s Secret LII: Eavesdroppers
41No-Till Notes: Field peas and age
41News from Lincoln: Transgender issues need to be addressed
41Teen Voice: He’s my dad
41Jane’s Secret, LXVIII: An old wrong revealed
41A book review: Once Shadows Fall, by Robert Daniels
41Washington report: Defending life is essential to defending freedom
41From the hill: Nebraska’s Heroes
41Jane’s Secret, XCVIII: Clem’s onus
40Observations Only : Mission accomplished
40Observations Only - Two ages of man
40Observations Only: The joy of money
40A Stray Moment: Guilty pleasures
40Teen Voice: I guess it’s just a western Nebraska thing
40Miss Movies: Ten great horror flicks for Halloween, part I
40A Stray Moment: It's a dog's life
40Completely Different: How the savings stole Christmas
40Observations Only: Wilkerson Pass
40Teen: Voice : Drinking enough water
40From the Superintendent’s Desk: Summer School – 2013
40Observations Only: Journey's end
40Observations Only: A soul’s journey
40Guest Voice: If I could do it over again
40Completely Different: The Disney princess debate: an exercise in the ridiculous
40Observations Only: Choices
40Observations Only: The shadow of error
40Jane’s Secret, XXIX: Fred’s debacle
40The Good Life: Cooler breezes bring anticipation of fall
40A Small World: Special guest
40Lyman Review: Devil calf
40Across the Fence: Roy Bean; scoundrel with a law book
40Jane’s Secret: Jane’s Secret, XLIII: Jail house rock
40Capitol View: The 103rd Legislature is history … finally
40A Stray Moment: Goodbye old house – sorting their things
40Jane’s Secret, XC: Clem’s story
40Across The Fence: Barbecue Campbell and the XIT
40Across the Fence: Re-writing Wyoming’s history
40No Till Notes: Residue levels
40Washington report: This year in the Regulation Rewind
40Senioritis: Get your seniors moving, grooving
39Elizabeth's top ten movie list of 2011
39A Small World: Time traveling
39The zombie apocalypse and you
39Our View: Visionaries wanted
39Observations Only: Painting a picture
39Teen Voice: Previously unwritten cell phone rules
39The Good Life: Extending grace, the lost art
39Lyman Review: One mean chicken
39Jane’s Secret, XXXVIII: Bad girls
39Teen Voice: Cyber War
39Capital View: Can prison reform survive property tax relief?
39Capitol View: Redistricting needs new procedure
39Building Bridges: Seeking a big win out of the 4th quarter
39Gering freshmen introduce personalities, styles: Writing assignment encourages students to let individualism shine
39Support letters requested for airport
39Letter to the Editor: A call to defend the U.S. Constitution
39Across The Fence: Road Trip and Discoveries
39Across The Fence: From Wounded Knee to the Land of Oz
39Washington report: A new chapter for the U.S. House
39No-Till Notes: PNTP Field Days
39No-Till Notes: Reminiscing
39Teen Voice: Too many activities leads to negative effects
39Senior View: People get old, but hugs don’t
39Curiosity Corner: Amazing Grace
39From the hill: Stand Up for Life
39Jane’s Secret, XCVII: The vision
38LETTER TO THE EDITOR: No tax state unrealistic
38From the Superintendent’s Desk: Get ready for Parent-teacher conferences
38Jane’s Secret, part XVI: Fate takes a hand
38Teen Voice: Outbreak of the Gamers
38Across the Fence: Thanks for the memory
38Teen Voice: Fifty reasons to smile
38Jane’s Secret, part XXI: Gertrude’s Agenda
38A Stray Moment: Now is the winter of our disconnect
38Life in the Rearview Mirror: Greensburg strong
38Observations Only: A matter of matter
38Observations Only: A matter of paradox
38Our View: Childcare not school district’s role
38Teen Voice: Holiday horrors
38Lyman Review: Taste of boot?
38Jane’s Secret XLIX: Phillip’s agenda
38Across The Fence: New England’s Heroine Scalptress
38Reach out for challenges
38No Till Notes: Colorado Conservation Tillage Association Conference
38Our view: Let’s get the downtown we deserve
38Across the Fence: A gathering of warriors at Arikaree Fork
37Completely Different: Your local government and you
37Across the Fence: Consumed by fire
37From the Superintendent's Desk: Student transportation changes for 2012-13
37From the Superintendent's Desk: PLAS School
37Jane’s Secret, part XVIII : Devil’s bargain
37Our View: Pipeline not a solution to oil problems
37Completely Different: Do you know John Green?
37Teen Voice: The rivalry
37Teen Voice: Hope for a New Year
37Jane’s Secret: Jane’s Secret XLV: Gun smoke
37No-Till Notes: Back in the field
37Anno Domini: The Textbook of Freedom
37No-Till Notes: Annual PNTP Tour
37Across the Fence: Deserters or outcasts; Three who left (Part II)
37No-Till Notes: Drilling Edible Beans, part 2
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37Across The Fence: No way to treat a lady
37Teen Voice: Character exceeds good grades
37Jane’s Secret, XCVI: Threads
37Jane’s Secret, XCVIX: Endings and beginnings
36Our view... Gering stands upon important threshold
36Observations Only: Blinders aren’t just for horses
36Jane’s Secret, part V: Aggie’s complaint
36Teen Voice: Experiencing versus remembering
36Completely Different: Confessions of an out of shape twenty something
36Jane’s Secret, part XV: Unrequited love
36Observations Only: Blue chip stock
36Teen Voice: Don’t be fooled by fads
36Observations Only: Expect the best
36Life in the Rearview Mirror: Adapt and adjust
36Teen Voice: Silence
36Teen Voice: Thanksgiving
36Jane’s Secret XLVI: Sour grapes
36No-Till Notes: "Harvest"
36‘The Life We Bury’ by By Allen Eskens A book review
36Across The Fence: “…a date that will live in infamy.”
36Building Bridges: Building a bridge that lasts and endures
36Jane's Secret LVI: A mystery part II
36Our view: United we can build
36No-Till Notes: Potential
36All Points West: The only stupid question
36From the capitol: Practicing Fiscal Restraint
36From the hill: Unprovoked dangers
36A national day of Thanksgiving
36Jane’s Secret, XCIII: Hazel’s story
35Completely Different: Look around, what are you missing?
35Observations Only: Little Girl Lost: Adopted
35Our View: Mayor should insist on civility
35Across the Fence: On The road
35Jane's Secret, part X: The arrival
35Observations Only: Spider adventure
35Completely Different: The Hills, part 3: Rediscovering the spirit
35Miss Movies: Ten great horror flicks for Halloween, part 2
35A Stray Moment: Ready for the storm
35Completely Different - The magic of spring
35Teen Voice: The daily struggle to a lifelong battle
35Observations Only: The visit
35Totally Random: Happy Halloween
35Updates from NRD: NRD promotes conservation
35Teen Voice: Inspire me
35Lyman Review: Branding Time
35In the Hills: Nebraska Bighorn Sheep
35Sychronicity: Thrive, don't just survive
35No Till Notes: It’s All About the Carbon
35Across The Fence: Phileas Fogg gets bested by a girl
35Anno Domini: A time when manners were more important
35Jane’s Secret LXII: True colors
35Capitol View: Say goodbye to ConAgra, but don’t lament departure
35From the Hill: LEAP to New Opportunities
35Teen Voice: Out with homework
35Capitol View: Lawmakers convene 2016 session
35Teen Voice: What makes young people truly outstanding?
34Our View: Scottsbluff attitude damages future collaborations
34Across the Fence: Tomb of the Unknown
34Teen Voice: Eighth day of the week - Someday
34Completely Different: It’s the end of the world as we know it
34Observations Only: Musings of an odd duck
34Teen Voice: Serendipity
34Totally Random: I’m a backwards reader
34Teeing Off: Persistence
34Teeing Off: Mind Gym
34Teen Voice: Shopping days or holidays?
34Christmas stories from Freshman Academy students
34Capitol View: Clock keeps tickin,’ many issues remain unresolved
34Building Bridges: Five years old IS a milestone
34Jane’s Secret XLVII: A stormy afternoon
34A Stray Moment: Football – Violence, Death, and Denial
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34No-till Notes: Stripper head
34No-Till Notes: Observations
34At the Library: Very Good Lives by J.K. Rowling
34Enjoy the festivities
34From the hill: Spurring Innovation
34From the capitol: Keeping Nebraska Safe
34Capitol View: Credit Where Credit Is Due
34A Stray Moment: ‘The Man Who Fell to Earth’
34Teen Voice: Ready for the world? Get real
34From the Capitol: Prioritizing taxpayers
33Lyman Review: Let’s get back to the subject of bullying
33Do You Tube?
33Teen Voice: 'Pretty Little Liars'
33Across the Fence: Sitting Bull: The Last Surrendering Sioux
33Completely Different: New Year’s Resolutions
33From the Pastor's Pen: Lord, teach us to pray
33The Good Life: Mom, my partner in life
33The Good Life: Innovation and young energy enriches us all
33Teen Voice: Saying Goodbye
33Building Bridges: “New” will become a buzzword in the Valley
33Lyman Review: Dog fun
33View of the Zoo: VIPs at RCD
33Capitol View: Legislature to tackle meatier issues
33Capitol View: It sounded like a good idea at first
33No-till Notes: Moving forward
33From the Capitol: The conduct we choose reflects our character
33Synchronicity:What brings me back
33No-Till Notes: Last chance for North, South Dakota tour
33A Stray Moment: Time to get moving
33Teen Voice: Positive effects of social media
33Across The Fence: …and a Happy New Year.
33No-Till Notes: No-Till Conference
33Jane’s Secret LIII: The bargain
33Jane’s Secret LXIII: Gertrude’s choice
33News from Lincoln: Hog bill vote was disappointing
33News From Lincoln: Session gets underway
33News from Lincoln: New technology brings new challenges
33From the capitol: Customer Friendly Government
32Livestock Production: My Paradigm Shift
32Completely Different: The Quest
32Seeing the works of the master
32Jane’s Secret, part XI: Grand Duchess
32Jane’s Secret, part XII: Jane's Vow
32Guest Editorial: Bob Kerrey is the true fiscal conservative
32Observations Only: Scourge of violence
32Across the Fence: Wounded Knee; December 29, 1890
32From the Superintendent's Desk: School Safety and Security
32Observations Only: A good daughter
32Lyman Review: The love goat
32Lyman Review: Something wicked this way comes
32In the Hills: Explore the state parks
32Totally Random: Hemp: considering the real benefits of the miracle plant
32Building Bridges: Turning a space into a sense of place
32Jane’s Secret LI: The telling
32In the Hills: Learn the Dutch Oven
32At the Library: Book Review: “Landline” by Rainbow Rowell
32A Stray Moment: O Holy Night
32At the Monument: Water, Will There Be Enough?
32Building Bridges: On tourism and trash
32At the Monument: Geology and its impacts
32From the hill: Protecting Our Local Communities
32Stop texting your wish-list to Santa
32Jane’s Secret, XCIV: Hazel’s story, part II
32Teen Voice: Looking to be teacher’s pet?
31Teen Voice: Twitter as sleep criminal
31Teen Voice: What senior year taught me
31Life in the Rearview Mirror: Experiencing life passion
31Life in the Rearview Mirror: Life enhancing memories
31The Good Life: People of the Valley, we have a choice
31A Stray Moment - A night owl born to an 8 to 5 world
31Across the Fence: Celebrating the 120th anniversary of the Chadron to Chicago Cowboy Race, part II
31Teen Voice: Remember what you have
31Completely Different: I go to seek a Great Perhaps
31A Small World: Savoring county fair days
31From the Hill: More Work Ahead
31Teen Voice: Self-expression
31Update From the NRD: Winter has arrived
31Across The Fence: Last Christmas
31Nature Notes: Love is in the air
31Building Bridges: Asking officials to speak and work as a body
31Building Bridges: Be a Destination Ambassador
31Lyman Review: Sheep Royalty
31Teen Voice: Unexpected joys of being a sibling
31No-Till Notes: Enjoyable Day
31Our View: Let the downtown revitalization begin
31Jack’s Insights: A word about weed control
31Teen View: My crazy, wonderful life
31Across The Fence: Battle of Valverde and The Texas Lancers
31A mom’s thoughts on social media
31Guest Opinion: Nebraska losing big-time
31From the hill: Back to Where it All Began
31Capitol View: How Nebraska rates is a good tool
31 Giving thanks for family, faith and friends
31News from Lincoln: State Senators visit western Nebraska
31No-Till Notes: Water conservation
30Timing makes perfect
30Silence please
30Teen Voice: Respond to defeat
30Observations Only: Giving up
30The Good Life: Leave the quilt shop and laundromat alone
30Observations Only: Surprises
30Teen Voice: Practice makes perfect
30Completely Different: That’s so Pinteresting
30Teen Voice: Living within our means
30Teen Voice: Pinning your interest
30Completely Different: The mystery of Vivian Maier
30Observations Only: Divine prompts
30A Small World: Legends week promises fun for everyone
30Lyman Review: The elusive farm cat
30Dear Nebraskans: Technology helps serve Nebraskans
30In the Hills: Arbor Day in Nebraska
30The Good Life: What a wild ride it’s been
30Final Point: Citizen receives first honor for ‘Final Point’
30College Thoughts: Rotten for the minds? Think again
30Linked Lives
30History Revisited:A Stray Moment: Life (and death) on the Oregon Trail
30Building Bridges: Help! is the key word for the holidays
30In the Hills: Nature for the Holidays
30A Stray Moment: Thanksgiving myths and traditions
30The Good Life: There is good everywhere
30At the Library: Smoke Gets in Your Eyes: And Other Lessons from the Crematory by Caitlin Doughty
30Our View: Law enforcement deserves respect
30A Stray Moment: Precious time is time shared
30News from Lincoln: Tourism can bolster economy
30From the capitol: It’s Fall in Nebraska
30No-Till Notes: The Power of Legumes, part II
30Tumbleweeds on the loose
30From the capitol: Budgeting the Nebraska Way
30News from Lincoln: TIF program gets abused
30Capitol View: The Hall of Fame Commission wants to hear from you
29Our View: Extreme caution needed with fireworks
29Completely Different: The Mind Palace Memory Technique
29From the Superintendent’s Desk - District purchase of building
29Updates from NRD: Happy New Year
29View from Capitol Hill: Solutions for our economy and the budget
29Building Bridges: Dive into summer—dive into living
29Building Bridges: When ‘FAMILY’ and fellow Nebraskans are all you’ve got
29Teen Voice: The clock is ticking
29At the Library: “My Name is Resolute” By Nancy E. Turner
29Arts Scene: Theatre West’s Les Miserables not to be missed: Anniversary production proves to be a memorable winner
29Building Bridges: Honoring our blessings and our leaders
29Rural mail will suffer with more mail plant closures
29NRD Update: National Groundwater Awareness Week
29At the Monument: Find Your Park
29News from Lincoln: Nebraska’s roads still a challenge
29Jane’s Secret, XCI: Sticks and stones
29No-Till Notes: The power of legumes, part 3
29From the hill: The Year Ahead
28Lyman Review: Hubby’s got my goat
28Teen Voice: Not just another ride
28From the Superintendent’s Desk: Welcome to new certified staff
28Observations Only: Counting chickens
28Life in the Rearview Mirror: I hate coffee
28Teen Voice: Catfished
28Life in the Rearview Mirror: Personal control of an individual response
28Across the Fence: The Pony Express
28Across the Fence: When Fiddler quit running
28Life in the Rearview Mirror: The world is a stage
28Teen Voice: What is love?
28At the Zoo: Spring in to the zoo
28Fellow Nebraskans: Congratulations on graduation day
28Teen Voice: Home is where the heart is
28At the Monument: Where are the animals?
28Fourth of July meetings
28Building Bridges: Fair time—learn, respect, appreciate, enjoy!
28Building Bridges: “It’s happening” at the Harvest Festival
28Building Bridges: Know DOVES and know about domestic violence
28At the Monument: Bird Homes at the Bluff
28Building Bridges: The ‘School of Hard Knocks’ teaches life
28Across The Fence: Edmund Guerrier: Custer’s scout in 1867
28Walkable, bikeable communities
28News From Lincoln: Legislative big crush begins
27Teen Voice: Just ten minutes
27Miss Movies: “Bully” a powerful documentary
27From the Superintendent’s Desk : Draft Calendar 2013-14
27Our View: County has some ‘splainin’ to do
27Five Good Reasons to Create an Investment Strategy
27Completely Different: What’s speech got to do with it?
27From the Superintendent’s Desk - Parent Teacher Conferences
27From the Pastor's Pen: Unbelievable breaking news
27Teen Voice: Go ahead, make my day
27Teeing Off: The thing about state
27Building Bridges: Be American - help your candidate
27At the Monument: That old (historic) building
27At the Monument: Art in National Parks
27Greetings from the State Capitol
27A Stray Moment: A ‘city boy’ visits the Harvest Festival
27Jack’s Insights: Knowing harvest
27Rotary International observes World Polio Day Oct. 24
27Across the Fence: Ladies First or First Ladies
27At the Monument: Museum collections
27Curiosity Corner: A Christmas with Buffalo Bill
27At the Monument: Living History
27A Stray Moment: Je ne suis pas Charlie Hebdo
27News from Lincoln: Committee reviews property tax proposals
26Life in the west: Betting on the end of the world
26A Stray Moment: Waiting on a train
26Teen Voice: Making sense of the Sandy Hook tragedy
26Our View: The elephant in the room
26I'm falling for Tumblr?
26Teen Voice: What’s so great about pizza?
26From the Superintendent’s Desk - Financial Outlook for Gering Public Schools
26Teen Voice: Body image
26Teeing Off: Lessons learned from golf
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26The Good Life: The lasting effects of bullying
26Lyman Review: Winter's dog
26Totally Random: Where does it go?
26At the Library: Words of Radiance by Brandon Sanderson
26Support emergency services personnel
26At the Monument: Junior Rangers
26Creatures of the Night
26At the Library: “The Master Switch” The rise and fall of information empires By Tim Wu
26Across The Fence: The Harmar Campaign
26Taking Flight: From War Orphan to Star Ballerina At the Library
26No-Till Notes: Path to Soil Health
26No-Till Notes: Path to Soil Health II
26The Good Life: All that remains is love
25Bright Ideas, Brighter Future: Leaving a Legacy
25From the Superintendent's Desk: Elementary attendance areas
25Teen Voice: An eventful homecoming
25The Good Life: We are not separate, we are one family
25Miss Movies: Ten movies for romance
25Observations Only: Divine spirit
25Update from the NRD: March updates from the NRD
25Dear Nebraskans: Massachusetts should not determine Nebraska’s Presidential vote
25Their View: Goal post move unfair
25In the Hills: Get to Know Our Feathered Travelers
25At the Library: One Zentangle a Day
25Achieving your dreams takes work
25Jane’s Secret column on hiatus
25To whom are we thankful?
25Our View: Officials should take advantage of available training
25Across The Fence: Ms. Goodale and The Ghost Dance War (Part III)
25Letter to the Editor
25Across The Fence: The Youngest Discoverer
25‘Is there something I can do?’
25Review: ‘Half Bad’ by author Sally Green
25Washington report: Feeding a world in need
25I love Thanksgiving
25The Pros: Doctors, Lawyers and...Teachers?
24Letter to the Editor
24Bright Ideas! Brighter Future! Common sense prevails
24Remembering When
24Guest Editorial: Fischer will see U.S. ‘living within means’
24Jane’s Secret, part XVII : Plans gone awry
24Teen Voice: By my side until the newness wears off
24Life in the Rearview Mirror: Work is more than a four-letter word
24Building Bridges: Supporting our teachers supports our children
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24Across The Fence: Battle of the Wabash: St. Clair’s Defeat
23Practice safe barbecue basics
23Our View: Bravo OTD committee
23The Block
23From the Superintendent's Desk: State report card
23Miss Movies: Top ten holiday films, part II
23Miss Movies: The top ten films of 2012: The year of the geek
23A Halloween Story: The scary dream
23Teen Voice: Footprints
23Religious freedom must be protected
23New at the Zoo: Volunteer at the Zoo
23Website Resources
23In the Hills: Awesome Amphibians and Rough Reptiles
23At the Library:Neil Patrick Harris: Choose Your Own Autobiography
23Jane’s Secret LIV The bargain part II
23Simply October
23Our view: Getting the Gering plaza right
22Life in the Rearview Mirror: Invisible scars have lasting effects
22Rural America and immigration reform
22The Good Life: The two different types of business people
22Gering ninth graders answer the questions of life
22No-Till Notes: A word about weed control
22Lyman Review: A Tunnel of Birds
21Social time has important benefits
21The Good Life: Hey, I’m a winner!
21The Good Life: Our most precious right, gagged
21Completely Different: Happy Hollowthanksmas
21Barr’s Bacon Wrapped Fantasy Picks: A rookie's guide to drafting your dream team
21Notes from NRD: Thanks agricultural producers
21Building Bridges: Don’t wait to develop
21Be kind through communications
21All Points West: Rising above ourselves
20View from the block
20Life in the Rearview Mirror: The cumulative effects of giving
20Completely Different: Perfect memories made in imperfect moments
20What’s really going on with our water?
20At the Library: “I Shall Be Near to You” By Erin Lindsay McCabe
20At the Monument: So You want to be a Ranger?
20Letter to the Editor
20Compassion, respect don’t cost a thing
19From the Superintendent’s Desk: Parents’ role in the educational process
19Teen Voice: Today’s television
19Teen Voice: Congratulations, you’re awful
19The Good Life: We are the Valley’s emissaries
19Mayor’s Monthly: Moving on Gering’s momentum
19Building Bridges: Awards are only part of our success
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19Teen View: My crazy, wonderful life
19Welcome home
18From the Superintendent’s Desk: Current enrollment count
18The Good Life: A very interesting meeting indeed
18Across the Fence: Oliver T. Jackson, Colorado pioneer
18Our View: A failure to communicate
18Letter to the Editor
18Letter to the Editor - Injection well public hearing restricts participation
17Teen Voice: March Madness
17Teen Voice: Sticks and stones
17A Small World: Scotts Bluff Valley Fiber Arts Fair classes offer great variety
17From the Superintendent's Desk: Why so soon?
17Teen Voice: Indulge In moderation
17Teen Voice: The Other Side
17Washington Report: Honoring America’s heroes
17In the Hills: Pollinators – the buzz
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17The Good Life: Looking back on 2014
17No-Till Notes: Harvesting water
16The hills, part 1: Mustangs
16From the Superintendent's Desk: School year now in full swing
16From the Superintendent’s Desk: Merry Christmas and Happy New Year
16Teen Voice: Do It Anyway
16Our View: Confidentiality agreement disrespectful
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16Our View: Streamlining is great...when all are informed
16Lyman Review: The Frozen Tundra
16From the hill: Remembering the Fallen
15At the Library: The Underground Girls of Kabul - In Search of a Hidden Resistance in Afghanistan
14From the Superintendent's Desk: Our goal: Improve student performance
14Miss Movies: Top Ten Holiday Films
14Jane’s Secret LV A mystery
14Washington: Mindful of our heroes
14Jane’s Secret, CXIII: New York
13Teen Voice: Happy news
13News from Lincoln: PROPERTY TAXES REMAIN THE NUMBER ONE FOCUS, BUT WHERE IS THE FIX?
12Pulpit of Bones: Man's best friend
12My Thanksgiving prayer
11Teen Voice: On becoming politically active
11Their View: Hey Gering, mind your own business!
10From the Superintendent's Desk: Election over – work begins
10To The Editor
10No Till Notes: Seven billion plus
9Teen Voice: Sit back and enjoy YouTube
8Teen Voice: The road of hatred
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