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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207Teen Voice: The clock is ticking
206Completely Different: What’s speech got to do with it?
206Teen Voice: Shadow art
206Coach Schadwinkel promoted strong sense of tradition
206Lyman Review: Sheep Royalty
205From the Superintendent’s Desk - Haig and Aurora Buildings
205Teen Voice: Dealing with stress
205Completely Different: Perfect memories made in imperfect moments
205Lyman Review: Something wicked this way comes
205Guest Editorial: The future of health care at Regional West
205Update From the NRD: Winter has arrived
205Website Resources
205
205No-Till Notes: Potential
204Life in the Rearview Mirror: The Moments we live for
204Completely Different: Do you know John Green?
204Welcome to Gering and the 92nd Oregon Trail Days Celebration.
204Life in the Rearview Mirror: Adapt and adjust
204A Small World: Savoring county fair days
204Teen Voice: My School, Their Rules
204Teen Voice: Writing love on our hearts
203Teen Voice: By my side until the newness wears off
203Political Cartoon by Doug Hoevet
203Teen Voice: Saying Goodbye
202Teeing Off: The thing about state
201Teen Voice: Living within our means
201Teen Voice: Body image
201Teen Voice: Do It Anyway
201Lyman Review: Taste of boot?
201Lyman Review: Dog fun
200Teen Voice: Catfished
200Life in the Rearview Mirror: Work is more than a four-letter word
200
200Updates from NRD: NRD promotes conservation
200Capitol View: The 103rd Legislature is history … finally
199Political Cartoon by Doug Hoevet
199Lyman Review: Branding Time
199At the Library: “I Shall Be Near to You” By Erin Lindsay McCabe
198Teen Voice: Indulge In moderation
198Teen Voice: Remember what you have
198A Small World: Legends week promises fun for everyone
197Life in the Rearview Mirror: Greensburg strong
197Teen Voice: Self-expression
197Teen Voice: Family for all intents and purposes
197Letter to the editor
197
196Teen: Voice : Drinking enough water
196Teen Voice: Previously unwritten cell phone rules
196Teen Voice: The Other Side
196Our View: Why rush the interlocal agreement?
196Teen Voice: To the future
196Teen View: My crazy, wonderful life
195Teen Voice: Go ahead, make my day
195Guest Voices…
195Totally Random: Life’s ripples
195Lyman Review: Winter's dog
195Teen Voice: Hope for a New Year
195Lyman Review: Nudge to the Butt
195New at the Zoo: Volunteer at the Zoo
195Fourth of July meetings
194Teen Voice: The benefits of online learning
194Teen Voice: The daily struggle to a lifelong battle
194Notes from NRD: Thanks agricultural producers
194Fellow Nebraskans: Congratulations on graduation day
194Reach out for challenges
193Our View: The elephant in the room
193Teen Voice: Sticks and stones
193Miss Movies: Miss Movies recommends her top 10 films of 2013
193Totally Random: Trusting the fates
193Nature Notes: Love is in the air
193Linked Lives
193Building Bridges: Know DOVES and know about domestic violence
192I'm falling for Tumblr?
192Up The Creek Without A Paddle: The NRD wants to do what with your money?
192Why you should visit the zoo in February
191From the Superintendent’s Desk: Summer School – 2013
191Teen Voice: Pinning your interest
191Teen Voice: The rivalry
191Teen Voice: Cyber War
191At the Library: March into a good book
191View of the Zoo: VIPs at RCD
191Capitol View: Legislature overrides gubernatorial vetoes
191
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191Our View: Streamlining is great...when all are informed
191Jane's Secret LVI: A mystery part II
190Teen Voice: Learning calculus more than numbers
190Our View: Childcare not school district’s role
190Update from the NRD: March updates from the NRD
190What’s really going on with our water?
189Teen Voice: Is respect dead?
189Teen Voice: Thanksgiving
189Gering freshmen introduce personalities, styles: Writing assignment encourages students to let individualism shine
189To The Editor
188Teen Voice: Equality
188Teen Voice: I’ll be healthy – tomorrow
188Easter
187Life in the Rearview Mirror: Personal control of an individual response
187Five Good Reasons to Create an Investment Strategy
187Our View: Community responsible for kids
187Teen Voice: Holiday horrors
187At the Zoo: Spring in to the zoo
187For the love of the game – best courses in the valley
187Be kind through communications
187Jack’s Insights: Knowing harvest
187Across The Fence: Victory at Valverde and on to Glorieta
186From the Superintendent's Desk: School Safety and Security
186Teen Voice: Twitter as sleep criminal
186From the Hill: More Work Ahead
186In the Hills: Arbor Day in Nebraska
186Jane’s Secret LIV The bargain part II
185Updates from NRD: Happy New Year
185Capitol View: Delay tactics a gamble as session draws to a close
185View from Capitol Hill: Solutions for our economy and the budget
185Their View: Goal post move unfair
184Teen Voice: Shopping days or holidays?
184Teen Voice: Where is the love?
184Capitol View: Considering additional education choices
184In the Hills: Explore the state parks
184Letter to the Editor: A call to defend the U.S. Constitution
184Jack’s Insights: Basing decisions on facts, not opinion
183Teen Voice: Footprints
183Dear Nebraskans: Massachusetts should not determine Nebraska’s Presidential vote
183Support emergency services personnel
183Capitol View: Redistricting needs new procedure
183Sychronicity: Thrive, don't just survive
182Capitol View: State aid proposal just might make some sense
182Mayor’s Monthly: Moving on Gering’s momentum
182Synchronicity:What brings me back
182At the Monument: Bird Homes at the Bluff
181From the Superintendent’s Desk: Early Childhood Education
181Capitol View: Legislature to tackle meatier issues
181Washington Report: Honoring America’s heroes
181In the Hills: Get to Know Our Feathered Travelers
181No-Till Notes: It’s more than no tillage
180Dear Nebraskans: Nebraska is the place for business
180Letters to the Editor
179Letter to Editor clarifies drug testing policy
179Totally Random: Where does it go?
179Gering ninth graders answer the questions of life
179
178Lyman Review: The Frozen Tundra
177Rural America and immigration reform
177Christmas stories from Freshman Academy students
177Our View: Confidentiality agreement disrespectful
177Teen Voice: Home is where the heart is
177Across The Fence: Charles Goodnight a Man of Indomitable Spirit (Part I)
177Across The Fence: Road Trip and Discoveries
176Teen Voice: Inspire me
175Teen Voice: Trouble Maker or Hard Worker?
175Across the Fence: Oliver T. Jackson, Colorado pioneer
175Across The Fence: To Honor a Flag
174Life in the Rearview Mirror: Life enhancing memories
174Capitol View: The Legislature did provide tax relief
173Our View: Come home to Nebraska, but not just anywhere
173Capitol View: It sounded like a good idea at first
172Teen Voice: What is love?
172Capitol View: Clock keeps tickin,’ many issues remain unresolved
171Religious freedom must be protected
171Capital View: Can prison reform survive property tax relief?
171A Stray Moment: Winter Wonderland (and Thank You to the Snow Crews)
171No-Till Notes: Field peas and age
170Capitol View: There was more to the session than just the big ticket items
168Greetings from the State Capitol
168Letter to the Editor
167Dear Nebraskans: Technology helps serve Nebraskans
166Dear Fellow Nebraskans: Governor’s Ag Conference overview
166Letter to the Editor
165From the Capitol: The conduct we choose reflects our character
163Capitol View: Yes, Virginia, the Legislature has done something, so far
160Our View: County has some ‘splainin’ to do
153Letter to the Editor - Injection well public hearing restricts participation
139At the Library: Smoke Gets in Your Eyes: And Other Lessons from the Crematory by Caitlin Doughty
138Religious freedom or freedom to discriminate?
138Guest Opinion: Nebraska losing big-time
123At the Monument: Water, Will There Be Enough?
119A mom’s thoughts on social media
107Jane’s Secret LV A mystery
106Letter to the Editor
90Jane’s Secret LVII: A mystery revealed
80Across the Fence: Surrender, April 9, 1865
68Star Gazing: Earth Day call to action: we must do more
42Jane’s secret LVIII: Mr. Valentine
39Across the Fence: FDR’s New Deal and the CCC
Most Read News Stories of 2012
1090Across The Fence: The hanging of Cornelius Donahue a.k.a. John A. Hurley
852NRD Update: National Groundwater Awareness Week
842Building Bridges – Teens in the Driver Seat is a program for LIFE
768All Points West: Coming home, a veteran’s perspective on what it means
666Across the Fence: Roosevelt’s campaign tour of the west
647The Christmas Story
596Jane’s Secret column on hiatus
585Across The Fence: Barbecue Campbell and the XIT
580To whom are we thankful?
565A Stray Moment: Football – Violence, Death, and Denial
561Curiosity Corner: An Uncommon Christmas Story
559Jane’s Secret, XXXIII: Night walk
551Across The Fence: Portugee Phillips and a horse named Dandy
550A Stray Moment: Thanksgiving myths and traditions
527Building Bridges: Regionalism should be focus of our core-idor
515A Stray Moment: To honor them all their days
513Across the Fence: Bose Ikard; Texas Cowboy
499No-Till Notes: Drilling Edible Beans, part 2
495Across The Fence: Barbecue Campbell and the XIT
492Across The Fence: The Pawnee and human sacrifice
487Barr’s Bacon Wrapped Fantasy Picks: A rookie's guide to drafting your dream team
481Across The Fence: The Christmas Truce of 1914
478At the Monument: Museum collections
473Across the Fence: All aboard the Transcontinental Express
466No-Till Notes: No-Till Conference
463Across The Fence: Billy Dixon; Plainsman, Hunter, Indian fighter and Scout
456Jane’s Secret, XXV: Mysteries
456Across The Fence: The Hat Creek Outpost
454Across the Fence: Black Hills Gold and the Thoen Stone
451No Till Notes: Colorado Conservation Tillage Association Conference
444Across the Fence - Catherine’s boys
441The Good Life: There is good everywhere
440A Stray Moment: Brand new used cars
432Across The Fence: Over The Edge; Niagara’s Argonauts
431Rotary International observes World Polio Day Oct. 24
430Building Bridges: Cleaning up for company--or not--reveals a lot
428The Good Life: What a wild ride it’s been
427Our View: Let the downtown revitalization begin
422A Stray Moment: Those we lost in 2014
417History Revisited:A Stray Moment: Life (and death) on the Oregon Trail
417Building Bridges: Honoring our blessings and our leaders
415Across the Fence: Celebrating the 120th anniversary of the Chadron to Chicago Cowboy Race, part II
414Curiosity Corner: A Christmas with Buffalo Bill
413Battle of Summit Springs, part II: Warpath to White Bear Creek
413No-Till Notes: Dakota Lakes Dry Land Rotations
411No Till Notes:
410Across the Fence: Aftermath: Part III, The Battle of Summit Springs
408Across the Fence: Class of ’67, last remnants of home
407Support letters requested for airport
405Across The Fence: Amos Bad Heart Bull
404Observations Only: A soul’s journey
404A Stray Moment: Je ne suis pas Charlie Hebdo
402Observations Only : White water
402A Stray Moment: O Holy Night
401Across the Fence: Burnett’s Mound and the Topeka tornado
399A Stray Moment: Time to get moving
394Across The Fence: “…a date that will live in infamy.”
391Across the Fence: Judge Roy Bean : Texas prizefight promoter
389Building Bridges: Turning a space into a sense of place
389Across The Fence: Captain Silas S. Soule; The face of moral courage
387What's the deal with organic milk?
386Across the Fence: Who was Martha Jane Canary?
385Jane’s Secret, XXVII: Town Meeting
383Building Bridges: Shovels and skills are as valuable as degrees
382Across the Fence: Pawnee legends in the Nebraska Panhandle
378At the Library: “The Master Switch” The rise and fall of information empires By Tim Wu
375A Stray Moment - A night owl born to an 8 to 5 world
375A ‘city’ kid goes to the fair
374A Stray Moment: Robin Williams – Good night sweet prince
374Across the Fence: Before Barbed Wire
373Across the Fence: When Lady Luck sleeps
373Across The Fence: The Spanish Flu
373Across The Fence: A Fourth of July Montage
370No Till Notes: Drilling edible beans
370The Good Life: Looking back on 2014
368Completely Different: New Year’s Resolutions
368Across The Fence: Hinhan Kaga Paha
368Building Bridges: “It’s happening” at the Harvest Festival
367Across the Fence: Discovering Ed Stemler
365Building Bridges: Save the world, educate through agriculture
364Across the Fence: Ah-ho-appa (fallen leaf)
361In the Hills: Learn the Dutch Oven
360Across The Fence: Freedom Triumphant Over War and Peace
359Across the Fence: The hand dug well
358Across the Fence; Massacre on the Marias River
354Across The Fence: The Harmar Campaign
353Jane’s Secret, XXIV: The last drive
353Teen Voice: Positive effects of social media
352Jane’s Secret, XXXII Jane’s Bad Day
352Jane’s Secret, XXXX: A tale of mayhem
352At the Library: Book Review: “Landline” by Rainbow Rowell
350Letters to the Editor
349A Stray Moment: I love Sookie Stackhouse
349Across The Fence: The Pawnee on Pumpkin Creek
348Jack’s Insights: A word about weed control
347Across the Fence: Rural free delivery
347No-Till Notes: Path to Soil Health
344Jane’s Secret, XXVIII: Lame Johnny
344Across The Fence: Celebrating the 120th anniversary of the Chadron to Chicago Cowboy Race, part I
344Welcome to the ‘New’ in Gering
344Across the Fence: The Battle of Hungry Hill
342Across the Fence: Dull Knife’s Quest, part 1
342Across the Fence: A Cheyenne weekend
342Across the Fence: Here lies Major Alexander Culbertson
340Across the Fence: The Overland Camel Company
339Across the Fence: When Fiddler quit running
338A Stray Moment: For the love of theatre
338Building Bridges: Love your enemies
338Building Bridges: When ‘FAMILY’ and fellow Nebraskans are all you’ve got
336
335The Good Life: Through my father’s eyes
335Across The Fence: Jules, Jack and lawless justice
334Jane’s Secret, XXX: A new wrinkle
334Lyman Review: Now that's a set of handlebars!
334Across the Fence: Old barns and memories
333Jane’s Secret, XXIII: Molly’s plan
332Across the Fence: The Blizzard of ‘49
332All Points West: Looking for holiday inspiration?
331Across the Fence: Cynthia Ann Parker, Comanche captive
330Building Bridges: Following the spirit of Gering
330Across the Fence: Charles Badger Clark
330Across The Fence: New England’s Heroine Scalptress
330Across The Fence: Steamboats on the Missouri
329A Stray Moment: Having a blast on the Fourth of July
329Across the Fence: The Spring Creek Raid
328No-Till Notes: Water Funding Task Force
328At the Library: Son by Lois Lowry
327Across The Fence: Grandpa’s Grays
326Across the Fence - Boston: April 18, 1775
326Across the Fence: On the Old Chisholm Trail
325No-Till Notes: "Different Approaches"
324A Stray Moment: Star Trek: Infinite diversity in infinite combinations
324Across The Fence: Moc-chi, A Southern Cheyenne warrior
324Building Bridges: Help! is the key word for the holidays
323Building Bridges: Celebrating the Bulldog homecoming
323Across the Fence: Missing; Nelson Buck survey party
322From the Superintendent’s Desk: Thanks for the memories
322Jane’s Secret: The Telling
321No-Till Notes: Enjoyable Day
321In the Hills: Nature for the Holidays
320A Stray Moment: Tacos! Our embarrassment of riches
320Across The Fence: The Three Guardsmen
320A Stray Moment: A ‘city boy’ visits the Harvest Festival
319Across The Fence; ‘Johnny Appleseed’ of the Oregon Trail
318Across the Fence: Bloody Pocket, the final battle
318A Stray Moment: All's well that ends well, usually
318Across the Fence: Cheyenne County, Nebraska: cattle country
318Across The Fence: The Heartland plague of 1874-75
318A Stray Moment: Learning how to walk
318Across The Fence: Crazy Horse’s Last Battle
317A Stray Moment: Now is the winter of our disconnect
317Across The Fence: Crow Dog, Spotted Tail’s assassin
316Across The Fence: Scalped at Plum Creek
316No-Till Notes: Different Approaches Part II
316No-Till Notes: The value of water
315Building Bridges: Be a Destination Ambassador
315Anno Domini: The Textbook of Freedom
315 Across The Fence: County Fair
314Teen Voice: Don’t be fooled by fads
314A look at - and helping - the State of the Valley
313Observations Only: Indifferent love
313Across the Fence: David F. Cook and ‘Indian Joe’
313At the Library: The Underground Girls of Kabul - In Search of a Hidden Resistance in Afghanistan
312Across the Fence: Dull Knife’s Quest: Part 2 of 2
312Building Bridges: Chautauqua will bring out the best in everyone
312A real leaning tree Christmas
312Across the Fence: Remembering English Joe
312At the Monument: Where are the animals?
311Across the Fence: Fort Mitchell on the Great Platte River Road
311Across the Fence; Prelude to the Red River War of 1874
311Anno Domini: The memorial nobody wants
311Across the Fence: Roy Bean; scoundrel with a law book
310Building Bridges: Five years old IS a milestone
309Across the Fence: John Colter, the first mountain man
308A Stray Moment: World War Two is not forgotten
308A Stray Moment: Earth Day, am I doing my part?
308The Good Life: It’s hard to believe, the Citizen is four years old
308Observations Only: A good daughter
307Teen Voice: Serendipity
307Across the Fence: Standing on the wagon
307Jane's Secret, XXXI: Sixes and sevens
307Across the Fence: The Battle of Coon Creek
307At the Monument: So You want to be a Ranger?
306Building Bridges: Awards are only part of our success
305A Stray Moment: A voice from the past, haunting myself
305Building Bridges: Oregon Trail Days—making our present a celebrated past
305Dynasty made Gering the biggest little town in Nebraska
304Observations Only: A soul's journey, part III
304Building Bridges: Being grateful for the hardships in life
304Across the Fence: Battle of Summit Springs, Part I: Tall Bull Killed
303Across the Fence: Wasicu Wakan
303Across the Fence: A Cowboy kind of Christmas
303No-Till Notes: "Harvest"
303No-Till Notes: A word about weed control
302Anno Domini: Independence, an ideal worth celebrating
302Across the Fence: New eyes on the Panhandle
302Jane’s Secret XLVIII: Jane’s agenda
301Across the Fence: James Butler Hickok: The thoughtful gunfighter
301Anno Domini: We gather together
300A Stray Moment: - The case for Hagel
300Teen Voice: Gleek tragedy
300Jane’s Secret, XLI Black widow spider
300Building Bridges: Objectivity and fairness make a winning plan
300No-Till Notes: Plan to attend 2014 No-Till Conference
300Final Point: Citizen receives first honor for ‘Final Point’
300Lyman Review: A Tunnel of Birds
299Final Point: Golf, cross country feats headline fall season successes
299No-Till Notes: Cheat grass
297Observations Only: The shadow of error
297A Stray Moment: Without a net
297Across the Fence: Six went to the gallows
296Across the Fence: Sioux Ordnance Depot: stories to be told
296Observations Only: Temptation
296Completely Different: The Disney princess debate: an exercise in the ridiculous
296Across The Fence: Billy Dixon at Adobe Walls, June 1874
296Across the Fence: Prelude to Battle
296Across the Fence: Amanda
296Jane’s Secret LII: Eavesdroppers
296A Stray Moment: Leonard Nimoy - Live long and prosper
295A Stray Moment : Carry the weight
295Across the Fence: The Cholera Corridor
295Across The Fence: Justice in the Big Horn Basin
295Across The Fence: Flossie, love child of the eighties.
295Building Bridges: On tourism and trash
294Across The Fence: First train from Saply Grove
294Building Bridges: Tend to 2014 and be Happy, Happy, Happy
294Building Bridges: Pause a moment...save a child’s life
293Observations Only: Sisters lost, part IV
293Building Bridges: “New” will become a buzzword in the Valley
293Across The Fence: A day For thanks
293Across the Fence: Investigation at Spring Creek
293Jane’s Secret LI: The telling
292Across the Fence: Lions, wolves and bears
292A Stray Moment: Goodbye old house – sorting their things
291A Stray Moment: God Knows
291Anno Domini: On this remembering day
291Building Bridges: Don’t wait to develop
291Across the Fence: Deserters or outcasts; Three who left (Part II)
291At the Monument: Living History
290Across the Fence: Building Barns
290Observations Only: The need to understand
290No-Till Notes: Looking Back
290Building Bridges: Dive into summer—dive into living
290No-Till Notes: Annual PNTP Tour
290Building Bridges: Fair time—learn, respect, appreciate, enjoy!
289Jane’s Secret, part XXII: While the cat’s away
289Observations Only: A gift of serenity
289Observations Only: Gone away
289At the Library:Neil Patrick Harris: Choose Your Own Autobiography
288Across the Fence: Fact, fiction or fragmented dreams?
288A Stray Moment: In praise of encouragement
288Building Bridges: Observing bullies, abuse and pastors
288Jane’s Secret XLX: Day’s end
287Observations Only: Divine prompts
287Observations Only: Divine spirit
287Across the Fence: The Colorado Coalfield War
287Across The Fence: Deserters or Outcasts; Three who left. (Part I)
286Jane’s Secret, Part XVIV: Crystal Waters
286Observations Only: Journey's end
286Jane’s Secret, part XXI: Gertrude’s Agenda
286Observations Only: Beginnings
286Observations Only: Reality check
286 Across the Fence: Remembering Armistice Day
286Thinking about Health: Getting insurance under the Affordable Care Act
286Book Review: I Forgot to Remember By Su Meck
286No-til Notes: Changing plans
286Building Bridges: Supporting our teachers supports our children
286No-Till Notes: American Society of Agronomy
286Our View: Officials should take advantage of available training
286No Till Notes: Moving Forward
285Observations Only: Sisters lost, part III
285Observations Only: A sad week
284Completely Different: It's all in the family
284Jane’s Secret, part XVII : Plans gone awry
284Observations Only: Expect the best
284Jane’s Secret XLVII: A stormy afternoon
284Building Bridges: Seeking a big win out of the 4th quarter
283Jane's Secret XXXIV: Gin Rummy
282Observations Only: Critical thinking
282Observations Only: A matter of matter
282Across The Fence: Mustangs on Pumpkin Creek
282No-Till Notes: Last chance for North, South Dakota tour
282No Till Notes: Final Stop
281Observations Only: Curious things, part II
281Observations Only: Expect the best, part II
281Life in the Rearview Mirror: The world is a stage
281Observations Only: Saint Marge
281Building Bridges: Planning now for tourism season 2014
281Building Bridges: Serve on the school board—or say no more
281Our view: United we can build
280Observations Only: Uneventful flight
280Observations Only: Curious things
280Jane’s Secret, part XX: Change of plans
280Completely Different: The game is afoot, a look at Sherlock Holmes
280Across The Fence: Last Christmas
280Jane’s Secret XLIX: Phillip’s agenda
279Building Bridges: Building us up to be what others see
278Observations Only: A matter of paradox
278Jane’s Secret XXXV: Bugs and things
277Totally Random: Astrology: It’s all in the stars…
277Anno Domini: Ask the digital dust
277College Thoughts: Rotten for the minds? Think again
277No-till Notes: Stripper head
276Observations Only: Choices
275Building Bridges: Asking officials to speak and work as a body
275Across The Fence: Battle of the Wabash: St. Clair’s Defeat
274Observations Only: Off to the races
274Building Bridges: #speaklife is a goal for students, a goal for all
273Building Bridges: Be American - help your candidate
273Across The Fence: The Eighth Wonder of the World
273No-Till Notes: Path to Soil Health II
272Observations Only: Going home
272Observations Only: Sisters lost, part two
272Jane’s Secret, XXIX: Fred’s debacle
272Across The Fence: Union Pacific robbery at Big Springs
272Observations Only: The vision
272Jane’s Secret: Jane’s Secret, XLII: Sunflowers
272Jane’s Secret: Jane’s Secret XLV: Gun smoke
272No-Till Notes:Enjoyable meeting
272Arts Scene: Theatre West’s Les Miserables not to be missed: Anniversary production proves to be a memorable winner
271Observations Only: The awful truth
271The Good Life: The lasting effects of bullying
271No-Till Notes: Joe Franks Memorial
271Across The Fence: Ms. Goodale and the Ghost Dance War (Part I)
270Observations Only: A soul's journey, part two
270Totally Random: The Golden Rule
270Observations Only: Fuzzy angel
269Jane’s secret, XXVI: The suitcase
269 Across the Fence: ‘Aunt Sally’ and Dakota Gold
269Jane’s Secret: Jane’s Secret XLIV: Jail break
269Jane’s Secret XLVI: Sour grapes
269Creatures of the Night
269Building Bridges: The ‘School of Hard Knocks’ teaches life
268Across the Fence: Tomb of the Unknown
268Observations Only: Sister lost
268Jane’s Secret XXXVII: A starry night
268No-till Notes: Moving forward
267Observations Only: Willfulness
267Observations Only: The unvarnished truth
267Observations Only: The visit
266Jane’s Secret XXXVI:  The dream
266Observations Only: Final moment
265Observations Only: A fine line
265The Good Life: Christina Baker’s mom: Thank you
265Across The Fence: …and a Happy New Year.
265Across The Fence: Ms. Goodale and The Ghost Dance War (Part III)
264Jane’s Secret: Jane’s Secret, XLIII: Jail house rock
264Across The Fence: No way to treat a lady
263Observations Only: Good and evil
263Guest Voice: If I could do it over again
263No-Till Notes: “Fish and Mud”
262Teen Voice: Fifty reasons to smile
261Observations Only: A day in August
260The Good Life: Cooler breezes bring anticipation of fall
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260Teen View: My crazy, wonderful life
259The Good Life: A farm girl in my heart
259Observations Only: Waiting time
259Jane’s Secret, XXXVIII: Bad girls
259SBNM View: Do you want to be a VIP?
259No-Till Notes: Back in the field
258A Stray Moment: Merry Christmas – God save us all
258Observations Only: One more time
258All Points West: Huskers win hearts and minds at Holiday Bowl
257Teen Voice: New Year’s goals
257Totally Random: I’m a backwards reader
257The Good Life: The two different types of business people
256Across the Fence: Sitting Bull: The Last Surrendering Sioux
256Teen Voice: What’s so great about pizza?
256Observations Only: Hog wash
255From the Superintendent’s Desk - Financial Outlook for Gering Public Schools
255Teen Voice: Congratulations, you’re awful
255The Good Life: Today we celebrate Global Oneness Day
254Observations Only: Afraid of the dark
254No Till Notes: It’s All About the Carbon
253Observations Only: The vigil
252Across the Fence: First scalp for Custer
251Completely Different: That’s so Pinteresting
251From the Superintendent’s Desk - Option Enrollment
251Teen Voice: What diabetes taught me
251Observations Only: The last goodbye
251Observations Only: The last toothpick
250At the Library: Words of Radiance by Brandon Sanderson
250Across the Fence: Ladies First or First Ladies
247The Good Life: Extending grace, the lost art
247The Lyman Review: I love baby ducks
246Across the Fence: The Spirit of Crazy Horse
246From the Superintendent’s Desk : Draft Calendar 2013-14
246Completely Different: The good, the bad, and the remedy
246The Good Life - The worst day on record at the Citizen
245Assad’s endgame
245Totally Random: December 6, the day I lived
243At the Monument: Night Sky
242Jane’s Secret, part XVI: Fate takes a hand
242The Good Life: A holiday recipe for peace
241The Good Life: The best Christmas gift
240The Good Life: Mom, my partner in life
240Lyman Review: Goat-chasing cardio
240At the Monument: Domestic Animals on the Oregon Trail
239Teen Voice: Unexpected joys of being a sibling
238Jane’s Secret, part XV: Unrequited love
238From the Pastor's Pen: Unbelievable breaking news
238A Small World: Special guest
238Teen Voice:  Body bashing and self-image
238Totally Random: My journey, life after living
237In the Hills: Pollinators – the buzz
237Across The Fence: The Youngest Discoverer
236Across the Fence: Wyoming settlers lay siege to the TA Ranch
236Across the Fence: The Wellnitz Fire, day 1 and 2
236The Good Life: We are the Valley’s emissaries
236At the Library: One Zentangle a Day
235Across the Fence: Faded photos and vivid memories
235Across The Fence: Ms. Goodale and the Ghost Dance War (Part II of III)
235Curiosity Corner: The Boss of the Plains
234Jane’s Secret, part XIII: Blackberry pie
233Across the Fence: On The road
233From the Superintendent’s Desk - District purchase of building
233Lyman Review: Devil calf
232From the Pastor's Pen: Lord, teach us to pray
232Teen Voice: My rebellion
231The ghost of Ayn Rand
231The Good Life: Innovation and young energy enriches us all
231A Halloween Story: The scary dream
230Jane’s Secret, part II: Gertrude’s choice
230Jane’s Secret, part XIV: Molly’s dream
230Miss Movies: Ten movies for romance
230Completely Different: The Marilyn Monroe conundrum
230The Good Life: People of the Valley, we have a choice
230At the Monument: Junior Rangers
229Across the Fence: Submarines and railroads
229Across the Fence: Places near forgotten
229Thinking About Health: The challenge of signing up for Obamacare
228Teen Voice: Silence
227Across the Fence: Mud Springs revisited
227Teen Voice: Say yes to branching out
226In the Hills: Nebraska Bighorn Sheep
225Jane’s Secret, part XII: Jane's Vow
225Completely Different: The mystery of Vivian Maier
224Jane’s Secret, part VI: Molly’s surprise
224Completely Different: Hey there, four eyes!
223Teen Voice: What senior year taught me
223The Good Life: A time to be proud of our ancestors
223Lyman Review: The elusive farm cat
223At the Monument: Art in National Parks
223Rural mail will suffer with more mail plant closures
223Jane’s Secret LIII: The bargain
222Across the Fence: A boy called Slon-Ha
222Teen Voice: The need to get away
222Across The Fence: By the dawn’s early light
222Dear Fellow Nebraskans: We Are Proud of the Nebraska National Guard
221Our View: Pipeline not a solution to oil problems
221Lyman Review: One mean chicken
220Life in the Rearview Mirror: I hate coffee
220Prairie Dogs
219Our View: County Manager option leads to Good Old Boys' Club
219Teen Voice: The gift of caring
219At the Monument: That old (historic) building
219Across The Fence: Charles Goodnight; A Man of Indomitable Spirit (Part II of II)
218Across the Fence: Consumed by fire
218Across the Fence: The Great Solomon River Stampede
218Teen Voice: Go ahead, make my day
218Teen Voice: Being a girl
218Capitol View: Lincoln Highway captures spotlight
218Lyman Review: The love goat
218Totally Random: Hemp: considering the real benefits of the miracle plant
218Building Bridges: Building a bridge that lasts and endures
216Across the Fence: Wounded Knee; December 29, 1890
216Our View: A failure to communicate
215A last look at the Nebraska Zone
215Teeing Off: Persistence
215Teen Voice - On the outside looking In
215Teeing Off: Around the Green
215Across The Fence: Battle of Valverde and The Texas Lancers
214Completely Different: The bucket list phenomenon
214Capitol View: Wild life proposal costly but worthwhile
214Teeing Off: Lessons learned from golf
214Completely Different: I go to seek a Great Perhaps
214Totally Random: October, the pink month
213Across the Fence: The much maligned Ms. Watson
212Observations Only: Blinders aren’t just for horses
212Jane’s Secret, part IX: Mrs. Huber’s chagrin
212Across the Fence: Thanks for the memory
212A Small World: Chokecherry season evokes memories of yesterday
211From the Superintendent’s Desk - Parent Teacher Conferences
211Completely Different - The magic of spring
211Teen Voice: Until we say goodbye
211Teen Voice: Stress test
211Dear Fellow Nebraskans: Collegebound Nebraska
210Across the Fence: The Pony Express
210In the Hills: Awesome Amphibians and Rough Reptiles
210Taking Flight: From War Orphan to Star Ballerina At the Library
209Time keeps flowing like a river
209Jane’s Secret, part VIII: Molly's plan
209A Stray Moment: On Canada and the forgotten bicentennial
209Teen Voice: Nobody else can lower you
209At the Library: “My Name is Resolute” By Nancy E. Turner
208
208Jane’s Secret LII: Eavesdroppers
207Life in the Rearview Mirror: Experiencing life passion
207Teeing Off: Mind Gym
207Totally Random: Happy Halloween
207Teen Voice: The clock is ticking
206Across the Fence : November 1864: Pole Creek, Politics and Patriots
206Completely Different: What’s speech got to do with it?
206Teen Voice: Shadow art
206Coach Schadwinkel promoted strong sense of tradition
206Lyman Review: Sheep Royalty
205Observations only : Sisters of the world
205Across the Fence: Just For the Thrill of It
205A Stray Moment: Guilty pleasures
205From the Superintendent’s Desk - Haig and Aurora Buildings
205Teen Voice: Dealing with stress
205Completely Different: Perfect memories made in imperfect moments
205Lyman Review: Something wicked this way comes
205Guest Editorial: The future of health care at Regional West
205Update From the NRD: Winter has arrived
205Website Resources
205
205No-Till Notes: Potential
204Life in the Rearview Mirror: The Moments we live for
204Completely Different: Do you know John Green?
204Welcome to Gering and the 92nd Oregon Trail Days Celebration.
204Life in the Rearview Mirror: Adapt and adjust
204A Small World: Savoring county fair days
204Teen Voice: My School, Their Rules
204Teen Voice: Writing love on our hearts
203A Stray Moment - Celebrating Gering's Quasquicentennial
203A Stray Moment: Waiting on a train
203A Stray Moment: The last time
203Teen Voice: By my side until the newness wears off
203Political Cartoon by Doug Hoevet
203Teen Voice: Saying Goodbye
202Across the fence: Something worth remembering
202Jane’s Secret, part VII Clem’s confession
202Teeing Off: The thing about state
201Jane’s Secret, part XI: Grand Duchess
201A Stray Moment: It's a dog's life
201Teen Voice: Living within our means
201Teen Voice: Body image
201Teen Voice: Do It Anyway
201Lyman Review: Taste of boot?
201Lyman Review: Dog fun
200Jane’s Secret, part V: Aggie’s complaint
200Teen Voice: Catfished
200Life in the Rearview Mirror: Work is more than a four-letter word
200
200Updates from NRD: NRD promotes conservation
200Capitol View: The 103rd Legislature is history … finally
199From the Superintendent's Desk: NePAS – State Accountability
199Political Cartoon by Doug Hoevet
199Lyman Review: Branding Time
199At the Library: “I Shall Be Near to You” By Erin Lindsay McCabe
198A Stray Moment: In praise of silence
198Teen Voice: Indulge In moderation
198Teen Voice: Remember what you have
198A Small World: Legends week promises fun for everyone
197Across the Fence: A hometown 4th of July
197Observations Only: Blue chip stock
197Completely Different: Happy Hollowthanksmas
197Life in the Rearview Mirror: Greensburg strong
197Teen Voice: Self-expression
197Teen Voice: Family for all intents and purposes
197Letter to the editor
197
196A Stray Moment: Ready for the storm
196Teen: Voice : Drinking enough water
196Teen Voice: Previously unwritten cell phone rules
196Teen Voice: The Other Side
196Our View: Why rush the interlocal agreement?
196Teen Voice: To the future
196Teen View: My crazy, wonderful life
195Jane's Secret, part X: The arrival
195Teen Voice: Go ahead, make my day
195Guest Voices…
195Totally Random: Life’s ripples
195Lyman Review: Winter's dog
195Teen Voice: Hope for a New Year
195Lyman Review: Nudge to the Butt
195New at the Zoo: Volunteer at the Zoo
195Fourth of July meetings
194Observations Only: Sisters lost, part I
194Observations Only : The orphanage
194Teen Voice: The benefits of online learning
194Teen Voice: The daily struggle to a lifelong battle
194Notes from NRD: Thanks agricultural producers
194Fellow Nebraskans: Congratulations on graduation day
194Reach out for challenges
193Observations Only: A new direction
193Our View: The elephant in the room
193Teen Voice: Sticks and stones
193Miss Movies: Miss Movies recommends her top 10 films of 2013
193Totally Random: Trusting the fates
193Nature Notes: Love is in the air
193Linked Lives
193Building Bridges: Know DOVES and know about domestic violence
192I'm falling for Tumblr?
192Up The Creek Without A Paddle: The NRD wants to do what with your money?
192Why you should visit the zoo in February
191Across the Fence: The Soldier’s Free Homestead Colony of Gibbon
191From the Superintendent’s Desk: Summer School – 2013
191Teen Voice: Pinning your interest
191Teen Voice: The rivalry
191Teen Voice: Cyber War
191At the Library: March into a good book
191View of the Zoo: VIPs at RCD
191Capitol View: Legislature overrides gubernatorial vetoes
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191Our View: Streamlining is great...when all are informed
191Jane's Secret LVI: A mystery part II
190Teen Voice: Learning calculus more than numbers
190Our View: Childcare not school district’s role
190Update from the NRD: March updates from the NRD
190What’s really going on with our water?
189It's no surprise
189Our view: Gering’s future needs your vote
189Teen Voice: Is respect dead?
189Teen Voice: Thanksgiving
189Gering freshmen introduce personalities, styles: Writing assignment encourages students to let individualism shine
189To The Editor
188Life in the Rearview Mirror: I’m on a road to someplace
188Theatre West’s Cabaret torch burns brightly
188Observations Only: Scourge of violence
188Teen Voice: Equality
188Teen Voice: I’ll be healthy – tomorrow
188Easter
187Life in the Rearview Mirror: Personal control of an individual response
187Five Good Reasons to Create an Investment Strategy
187Our View: Community responsible for kids
187Teen Voice: Holiday horrors
187At the Zoo: Spring in to the zoo
187For the love of the game – best courses in the valley
187Be kind through communications
187Jack’s Insights: Knowing harvest
187Across The Fence: Victory at Valverde and on to Glorieta
186From the Superintendent's Desk: School Safety and Security
186Teen Voice: Twitter as sleep criminal
186From the Hill: More Work Ahead
186In the Hills: Arbor Day in Nebraska
186Jane’s Secret LIV The bargain part II
185Observations Only: Just around the corner
185Updates from NRD: Happy New Year
185Capitol View: Delay tactics a gamble as session draws to a close
185View from Capitol Hill: Solutions for our economy and the budget
185Their View: Goal post move unfair
184Cat on a Hot Tin Roof a mixed bag
184Teen Voice: Shopping days or holidays?
184Teen Voice: Where is the love?
184Capitol View: Considering additional education choices
184In the Hills: Explore the state parks
184Letter to the Editor: A call to defend the U.S. Constitution
184Jack’s Insights: Basing decisions on facts, not opinion
183Lyman Review: Let’s get back to the subject of bullying
183Teen Voice: Footprints
183Dear Nebraskans: Massachusetts should not determine Nebraska’s Presidential vote
183Support emergency services personnel
183Capitol View: Redistricting needs new procedure
183Sychronicity: Thrive, don't just survive
182 Taking a big risk
182Capitol View: State aid proposal just might make some sense
182Mayor’s Monthly: Moving on Gering’s momentum
182Synchronicity:What brings me back
182At the Monument: Bird Homes at the Bluff
181Observations Only: Giving up
181Observations Only: Musings of an odd duck
181From the Superintendent’s Desk: Early Childhood Education
181Capitol View: Legislature to tackle meatier issues
181Washington Report: Honoring America’s heroes
181In the Hills: Get to Know Our Feathered Travelers
181No-Till Notes: It’s more than no tillage
180Completely Different : Could you come down off your soap box please?
180Observations Only: The meeting
180Completely Different: It’s the end of the world as we know it
180Dear Nebraskans: Nebraska is the place for business
180Letters to the Editor
179Letter to Editor clarifies drug testing policy
179Totally Random: Where does it go?
179Gering ninth graders answer the questions of life
179
178Observations Only: The joy of money
178Observations Only: Extreme measures
178Observations Only: Together again
178Lyman Review: The Frozen Tundra
177Age of reason
177The Good Life: Hey, I’m a winner!
177Rural America and immigration reform
177Christmas stories from Freshman Academy students
177Our View: Confidentiality agreement disrespectful
177Teen Voice: Home is where the heart is
177Across The Fence: Charles Goodnight a Man of Indomitable Spirit (Part I)
177Across The Fence: Road Trip and Discoveries
176Observations Only: Painting a picture
176Observations Only: Sister odyssey
176Observations Only: North Powder
176Jane’s Secret, part XVIII : Devil’s bargain
176Teen Voice: Inspire me
175Observations Only: Surprises
175Teen Voice: Trouble Maker or Hard Worker?
175Across the Fence: Oliver T. Jackson, Colorado pioneer
175Across The Fence: To Honor a Flag
174Observations Only: Little Girl Lost, part six
174Observations Only: Spider adventure
174Observations Only: The two faces of poverty
174Life in the Rearview Mirror: Life enhancing memories
174Capitol View: The Legislature did provide tax relief
173Our View: Come home to Nebraska, but not just anywhere
173Capitol View: It sounded like a good idea at first
172Observations Only: A strange Thanksgiving
172Teen Voice: What is love?
172Capitol View: Clock keeps tickin,’ many issues remain unresolved
171Religious freedom must be protected
171Capital View: Can prison reform survive property tax relief?
171A Stray Moment: Winter Wonderland (and Thank You to the Snow Crews)
171No-Till Notes: Field peas and age
170Observations Only: Little Girl Lost: Adopted
170Capitol View: There was more to the session than just the big ticket items
169Lyman Review: Hubby’s got my goat
169Silence please
169Observations Only: Counting chickens
169Observations Only: Wilkerson Pass
168Observations Only : Mission accomplished
168Observations Only - Two ages of man
168Greetings from the State Capitol
168Letter to the Editor
167Dear Nebraskans: Technology helps serve Nebraskans
166Life's curve balls
166Miss Movies: “Bully” a powerful documentary
166Dear Fellow Nebraskans: Governor’s Ag Conference overview
166Letter to the Editor
165From the Capitol: The conduct we choose reflects our character
164Trash cans
164Observations Only: Saturday delight
164Observations Only: No thank you
163Observations Only: Little girl lost, part 3
163Capitol View: Yes, Virginia, the Legislature has done something, so far
162Observations Only: What's in a word?
162From the Superintendent’s Desk: Accountability
160The Good Life: Leave the quilt shop and laundromat alone
160Our View: County has some ‘splainin’ to do
159Teen Voice: I guess it’s just a western Nebraska thing
157Being a Nebraskan – border to border
156Completely Different: Tales from the mat
156Life in the Rearview Mirror: Cleaning off the ‘what if’ shelf
155From the Superintendent’s Desk: Welcome to new certified staff
153The Good Life: The economic footprint of one small business
153Letter to the Editor - Injection well public hearing restricts participation
151The Good Life: Our most precious right, gagged
150From the Superintendent’s Desk: Get ready for Parent-teacher conferences
150Miss Movies: Ten great horror flicks for Halloween, part I
149Life in the West: Inside the minds of serial killers
148Teen Voice: Today’s television
147The Good Life: Campaign ad using Jesus goes too far
147Lyman Review - Tales of the renegade rooster
147From the Superintendent's Desk: Election over – work begins
147The Good Life: A very interesting meeting indeed
145The Good Life: Your dollar is a vote for what you care about
144From the Superintendent’s Desk
140The Good Life: We are not separate, we are one family
139Guest Editorial: Fischer will see U.S. ‘living within means’
139At the Library: Smoke Gets in Your Eyes: And Other Lessons from the Crematory by Caitlin Doughty
138Religious freedom or freedom to discriminate?
138Guest Opinion: Nebraska losing big-time
134It's a small world : Everything we do has meaning
133From the Superintendent’s Desk: Current enrollment count
129From the Superintendent's Desk: Thank You
129Miss Movies: Ten great horror flicks for Halloween, part 2
127The hills, part 1: Mustangs
127From the Superintendent’s Desk: Merry Christmas and Happy New Year
126Do You Tube?
124The zombie apocalypse and you
123From the Superintendent’s Desk : Thank You for another Great Year
123Completely Different: Remembering Aurora
123At the Monument: Water, Will There Be Enough?
122From the Superintendent’s Desk: Parents’ role in the educational process
121Our View... Preserve Gering’s form of government
121The Block
121Completely Different: The Mind Palace Memory Technique
120Completely Different: Confessions of an out of shape twenty something
119Our View: Museum merger a good thing, but let’s go slowly
119A mom’s thoughts on social media
118Completely Different: Look around, what are you missing?
117Teen Voice : Leave your legacy
117Completely Different: The Hills, part 2: The Civilian Conservation Corps
117Teen Voice: Eighth day of the week - Someday
115Teen Voice: Just ten minutes
115My mini Pen and me
115Our View: Extreme caution needed with fireworks
115Teen Voice: The more the merrier
115Miss Movies: Top Ten Holiday Films
114A Small World: Time traveling
114Miss Movies: Top ten holiday films, part II
113SELL-OUT!
113From the Superintendent's Desk: PLAS School
112Elizabeth's top ten movie list of 2011
111Teen Voice: Let us be beautiful
110Remembering When
109Teen Voice: Not just another ride
108Our View: Mayor should insist on civility
108Completely Different: The Quest
108View from the block
108Teen Voice: 'Pretty Little Liars'
107Teen Voice: On becoming politically active
107Completely Different: How the savings stole Christmas
107Jane’s Secret LV A mystery
106Teen Voice: Experiencing versus remembering
106A Small World: Scotts Bluff Valley Fiber Arts Fair classes offer great variety
106Letter to the Editor
105Completely Different: Your local government and you
105Teen Voice: Respond to defeat
105Completely Different: The Hills, part 3: Rediscovering the spirit
104Our view . . .Sports Complex
104Teen Voice: Confessions of the financially disabled
104Economic development update
104Teen Voice: The road of hatred
104LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Gering Public Schools seeks imput
104Teen Voice: Outbreak of the Gamers
103We need a few good people
103Timing makes perfect
103Guest Editorial: Bob Kerrey is the true fiscal conservative
103Miss Movies: The top ten films of 2012: The year of the geek
102Curiosity Corner : The tale of the travelling train station
102Teen Voice: Sticks and stones
100Teen Voice: Thank you, Gering Speech Team
100Home of the Brave
100Pulpit of Bones: Man's best friend
100Life in the Rearview Mirror: The cumulative effects of giving
99From the Superintendent's Desk: Elementary attendance areas
98Teen Voice: An eventful homecoming
98Teen Voice: Happy news
97Our view... Gering stands upon important threshold
97Livestock Production: My Paradigm Shift
97Teen Voice: Sit back and enjoy YouTube
95Practice safe barbecue basics
95Their View: Hey Gering, mind your own business!
94Life in the west: Betting on the end of the world
93Teen Voice: March Madness
93Bright Ideas! Brighter Future! Common sense prevails
93LETTER TO THE EDITOR: No tax state unrealistic
93From the Superintendent's Desk: State report card
93Teen Voice: Practice makes perfect
92Life in the Rearview Mirror: Invisible scars have lasting effects
91Bright Ideas, Brighter Future: Leaving a Legacy
91Seeing the works of the master
91Welcome to Gering
90From the Superintendent's Desk: Student transportation changes for 2012-13
90Jane’s Secret LVII: A mystery revealed
89Letter to the Editor
89From the Superintendent's Desk: Why so soon?
88Teen Voice: Not according to the plan
87Permission to remember
86Social time has important benefits
86Life in the Rearview Mirror: Is it possible to just drive in the 21st Century?
86Teen Voice: Lessons I learned from my eight-year-old brother
86Teen Voice: Making sense of the Sandy Hook tragedy
84From the Superintendent's Desk: Our goal: Improve student performance
83Our View: Scottsbluff attitude damages future collaborations
80From the Superintendent's Desk: School year now in full swing
80Across the Fence: Surrender, April 9, 1865
78My Thanksgiving prayer
68Our View: Bravo OTD committee
68Star Gazing: Earth Day call to action: we must do more
67Our View: Visionaries wanted
42Jane’s secret LVIII: Mr. Valentine
39Across the Fence: FDR’s New Deal and the CCC
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