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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62Final Point: Citizen receives first honor for ‘Final Point’
62Synchronicity:What brings me back
62In the Hills: Get to Know Our Feathered Travelers
62No-Till Notes: Dakota Lakes Dry Land Rotations
62Curiosity Corner: A Christmas with Buffalo Bill
62Curiosity Corner: The Boss of the Plains
62Across the Fence: Oliver T. Jackson, Colorado pioneer
62The Good Life: There is good everywhere
62A Stray Moment: Library at Legion Park worth exploring
61Completely Different: The mystery of Vivian Maier
61Observations Only: Willfulness
61Completely Different - The magic of spring
61Teen Voice: Indulge In moderation
61Teen Voice: Remember what you have
61Across the Fence: Roy Bean; scoundrel with a law book
61Mayor’s Monthly: Moving on Gering’s momentum
61Totally Random: Hemp: considering the real benefits of the miracle plant
61What’s really going on with our water?
61No-Till Notes: Back in the field
61College Thoughts: Rotten for the minds? Think again
61At the Library: “My Name is Resolute” By Nancy E. Turner
61In the Hills: Nature for the Holidays
61No Till Notes: Moving Forward
60Jane’s Secret, part XX: Change of plans
60Observations Only: A soul’s journey
60Teen Voice: Pinning your interest
60The Good Life: It’s hard to believe, the Citizen is four years old
60Observations Only: Divine prompts
60Jane’s Secret, XXIX: Fred’s debacle
60Completely Different: Hey there, four eyes!
60A Small World: Chokecherry season evokes memories of yesterday
60Lyman Review: One mean chicken
60Teen Voice: The gift of caring
60Dear Nebraskans: Nebraska is the place for business
60At the Library: March into a good book
60At the Zoo: Spring in to the zoo
60Lyman Review: Branding Time
60No-Till Notes: Annual PNTP Tour
60Creatures of the Night
60No Till Notes:
60Jane’s Secret LV A mystery
59Teen Voice: Previously unwritten cell phone rules
59Jane’s secret, XXVI: The suitcase
59The Good Life: People of the Valley, we have a choice
59The Good Life: Innovation and young energy enriches us all
59Across The Fence: Last Christmas
59Teen Voice: Holiday horrors
59Capitol View: Yes, Virginia, the Legislature has done something, so far
59Teen Voice: Cyber War
59Dear Fellow Nebraskans: Governor’s Ag Conference overview
59For the love of the game – best courses in the valley
59Lyman Review: Sheep Royalty
59Be kind through communications
59Fourth of July meetings
59No-Till Notes: Last chance for North, South Dakota tour
59At the Library: “The Master Switch” The rise and fall of information empires By Tim Wu
59Letters to the Editor
59A Stray Moment: Leonard Nimoy - Live long and prosper
58Observations Only: Curious things
58Observations Only: Curious things, part II
58Political Cartoon by Doug Hoevet
58Life in the Rearview Mirror: Experiencing life passion
58Guest Voices…
58Jane’s Secret, XXVII: Town Meeting
58Totally Random: I’m a backwards reader
58No-Till Notes: Joe Franks Memorial
58SBNM View: Do you want to be a VIP?
58Building Bridges: Be American - help your candidate
58In the Hills: Explore the state parks
58Prairie Dogs
58At the Monument: So You want to be a Ranger?
57The Good Life: The best Christmas gift
57From the Superintendent’s Desk - Haig and Aurora Buildings
57Jane’s Secret, XXIV: The last drive
57Observations Only: Expect the best
57Observations Only: Beginnings
57Observations Only: Temptation
57From the Superintendent’s Desk - Financial Outlook for Gering Public Schools
57Across The Fence: By the dawn’s early light
57Our View: Why rush the interlocal agreement?
57Teen Voice: Shopping days or holidays?
57Totally Random: Trusting the fates
57Lyman Review: Nudge to the Butt
57Why you should visit the zoo in February
57Capitol View: Considering additional education choices
57Dear Nebraskans: Massachusetts should not determine Nebraska’s Presidential vote
57Our View: Confidentiality agreement disrespectful
57Arts Scene: Theatre West’s Les Miserables not to be missed: Anniversary production proves to be a memorable winner
57No-Till Notes: The value of water
57
57Letter to the Editor: A call to defend the U.S. Constitution
56Observations Only: Critical thinking
56Life in the Rearview Mirror: I hate coffee
56Observations Only: Journey's end
56Teen Voice: Living within our means
56Observations Only: Choices
56Teeing Off: Lessons learned from golf
56The Good Life: We are the Valley’s emissaries
56Barr’s Bacon Wrapped Fantasy Picks: A rookie's guide to drafting your dream team
56Teen Voice: Family for all intents and purposes
56View of the Zoo: VIPs at RCD
56Capitol View: Clock keeps tickin,’ many issues remain unresolved
56Gering ninth graders answer the questions of life
56At the Library: “I Shall Be Near to You” By Erin Lindsay McCabe
56In the Hills: Nebraska Bighorn Sheep
56Letter to the editor
56Reach out for challenges
56No-Till Notes: A word about weed control
56The Christmas Story
56Letter to the Editor
55From the Superintendent’s Desk : Draft Calendar 2013-14
55Completely Different: That’s so Pinteresting
55Teen Voice: Serendipity
55Totally Random: The Golden Rule
55Anno Domini: Independence, an ideal worth celebrating
55Teeing Off: Persistence
55Thinking About Health: The challenge of signing up for Obamacare
55Teen Voice: Hope for a New Year
55Capitol View: The 103rd Legislature is history … finally
55Across The Fence: New England’s Heroine Scalptress
55Our View: A failure to communicate
54Observations Only: Uneventful flight
54Our View: Come home to Nebraska, but not just anywhere
54Teen Voice: By my side until the newness wears off
54Teen Voice: Go ahead, make my day
54Life in the Rearview Mirror: Life enhancing memories
54Teen Voice: The need to get away
54Completely Different: Perfect memories made in imperfect moments
54Teen Voice: Do It Anyway
54Teeing Off: Mind Gym
54Lyman Review: Dog fun
54Capitol View: It sounded like a good idea at first
54Washington Report: Honoring America’s heroes
54Website Resources
54Building Bridges: Know DOVES and know about domestic violence
54Support letters requested for airport
54Rural mail will suffer with more mail plant closures
53Observations Only : White water
53I'm falling for Tumblr?
53Across the Fence: The Pony Express
53Across The Fence: Crazy Horse’s Last Battle
53Teen Voice: Footprints
53View from Capitol Hill: Solutions for our economy and the budget
53Capitol View: The Legislature did provide tax relief
53Curiosity Corner: An Uncommon Christmas Story
52Teen Voice: Catfished
52Teen Voice: Go ahead, make my day
52Teen Voice: Shadow art
52Capitol View: Lincoln Highway captures spotlight
52No-Till Notes: Plan to attend 2014 No-Till Conference
52Capitol View: Legislature to tackle meatier issues
52Religious freedom must be protected
52Greetings from the State Capitol
52Linked Lives
52No-til Notes: Changing plans
52Sychronicity: Thrive, don't just survive
52To whom are we thankful?
52All Points West: Looking for holiday inspiration?
52All Points West: Huskers win hearts and minds at Holiday Bowl
51From the Superintendent's Desk: School Safety and Security
51Teen: Voice : Drinking enough water
51The Good Life: Mom, my partner in life
51Capitol View: Legislature overrides gubernatorial vetoes
51Capitol View: Redistricting needs new procedure
51Gering freshmen introduce personalities, styles: Writing assignment encourages students to let individualism shine
51To The Editor
50Teen Voice: Twitter as sleep criminal
50Our View: Childcare not school district’s role
50Capitol View: State aid proposal just might make some sense
50Notes from NRD: Thanks agricultural producers
50Capitol View: Delay tactics a gamble as session draws to a close
50Fellow Nebraskans: Congratulations on graduation day
50A Stray Moment: Winter Wonderland (and Thank You to the Snow Crews)
50Letter to the Editor
49Teen Voice: Fifty reasons to smile
49Our View: County Manager option leads to Good Old Boys' Club
49Teen Voice: Equality
49Teen Voice: What senior year taught me
49Christmas stories from Freshman Academy students
49Lyman Review: Taste of boot?
49Teen Voice: Writing love on our hearts
49Dear Nebraskans: Technology helps serve Nebraskans
49Teen Voice: Inspire me
49
49Jane’s Secret LXII: True colors
48Welcome to Gering and the 92nd Oregon Trail Days Celebration.
48Lyman Review: Winter's dog
48At the Monument: Where are the animals?
48Their View: Goal post move unfair
48At the Library: The Underground Girls of Kabul - In Search of a Hidden Resistance in Afghanistan
47From the Superintendent’s Desk - District purchase of building
47The Good Life - The worst day on record at the Citizen
47The Good Life: Extending grace, the lost art
47Teen Voice: My School, Their Rules
47Teen Voice: Trouble Maker or Hard Worker?
47Jack’s Insights: Knowing harvest
47The Good Life: Looking back on 2014
47Our View: Streamlining is great...when all are informed
46Totally Random: Where does it go?
46Capital View: Can prison reform survive property tax relief?
46No Till Notes: Drilling edible beans
45Teen Voice: New Year’s goals
45Updates from NRD: Happy New Year
45Teen Voice: Where is the love?
45Building Bridges: Help! is the key word for the holidays
44Teen Voice: The benefits of online learning
44Up The Creek Without A Paddle: The NRD wants to do what with your money?
44Update From the NRD: Winter has arrived
44Coach Schadwinkel promoted strong sense of tradition
43From the Capitol: The conduct we choose reflects our character
43Capitol View: There was more to the session than just the big ticket items
42Teen Voice: What is love?
42Letter to the Editor
41From the Superintendent’s Desk: Summer School – 2013
41Life in the Rearview Mirror: Work is more than a four-letter word
40Life in the Rearview Mirror: Greensburg strong
37Life in the Rearview Mirror: Personal control of an individual response
37Our View: The elephant in the room
35Our View: County has some ‘splainin’ to do
35Five Good Reasons to Create an Investment Strategy
35Across The Fence: From the Golden Gate to the Big Apple
Most Read News Stories of 2012
310At the Monument: Geology and its impacts
281Across The Fence: The hanging of Cornelius Donahue a.k.a. John A. Hurley
232The Good Life: Reflecting on the first six years of the Gering Citizen
224The Good Life: All that remains is love
215Our View: Law enforcement deserves respect
209At the Library: Very Good Lives by J.K. Rowling
204Across The Fence: Hinhan Kaga Paha
198Across The Fence: From Wounded Knee to the Land of Oz
196Our View: Lowering teen wage makes Nebraska small
191Jane’s Secret LX: Stephen’s onus
183Across The Fence: Salt Creek Massacre, May 18, 1871
179No-Till Notes: Observations, part 2
176Building Bridges: Regionalism should be focus of our core-idor
174Across The Fence: Phileas Fogg gets bested by a girl
171Anno Domini: It’s a Grand Old Flag
171At the Library: An Irish Country...The Novels of Patrick Taylor
167Completely Different: The Marilyn Monroe conundrum
167No-Till Notes: Reminiscing
158Across The Fence: The Pawnee and human sacrifice
154At the Monument: Find Your Park
153Across the Fence: Ah-ho-appa (fallen leaf)
151Completely Different: Look around, what are you missing?
150Across The Fence: Barbecue Campbell and the XIT
146Across the Fence: Roosevelt’s campaign tour of the west
144Across the Fence: All aboard the Transcontinental Express
130Jane’s Secret LIX: Gertrude’s vow
129Across the Fence: Surrender, April 9, 1865
128Across The Fence: The Hat Creek Outpost
127Religious freedom or freedom to discriminate?
126Battle of Summit Springs, part II: Warpath to White Bear Creek
123Across The Fence: Amos Bad Heart Bull
122Across the Fence: Black Hills Gold and the Thoen Stone
122No-Till Notes: Observations
122No Till Notes: Saying uncle
119Across The Fence: Billy Dixon; Plainsman, Hunter, Indian fighter and Scout
119No-Till Notes: Potential
117Across The Fence: Antoine Barada, larger than life
116Across the Fence: Judge Roy Bean : Texas prizefight promoter
116Across The Fence: Fort Sanders: A Forgotten fort on the U. P. line
115Star Gazing: Arts programming, something to be considered
114Completely Different: It's all in the family
111No-Till Notes: Field Days, thank you
109Across the Fence: The much maligned Ms. Watson
107A Stray Moment: Star Trek: Infinite diversity in infinite combinations
107No-Till Notes: Path to Soil Health
107Building Bridges: On tourism and trash
107Star Gazing: Earth Day call to action: we must do more
107Teen Voice: He’s my dad
107Across the Fence: An Old Barn and new memories
106No-Till Notes: It’s more than no tillage
106Jane’s Secret LVII: A mystery revealed
104Across the Fence - Catherine’s boys
104A Stray Moment: Learning how to walk
104Across the Fence: Pawnee legends in the Nebraska Panhandle
104Across The Fence: First train from Saply Grove
104Across The Fence: Freedom Triumphant Over War and Peace
104Jane’s secret LVIII: Mr. Valentine
104Across The Fence: Massacre Canyon
103Across The Fence: The Spanish Flu
103Across the Fence: FDR’s New Deal and the CCC
102What's the deal with organic milk?
102Teen Voice: What diabetes taught me
101Building Bridges: Tend to 2014 and be Happy, Happy, Happy
100Completely Different : Could you come down off your soap box please?
100Across the Fence: Class of ’67, last remnants of home
100Totally Random: December 6, the day I lived
99Teeing Off: Around the Green
99A Stray Moment: Robin Williams – Good night sweet prince
99Building Bridges: Shovels and skills are as valuable as degrees
99Guest Opinion: Nebraska losing big-time
99No Till Notes: Potential, part 2
98Observations Only: Sisters lost, part I
98Across The Fence: Portugee Phillips and a horse named Dandy
97Jane’s Secret column on hiatus
97Jane’s secret LXI: Molly’s premonition
97No-Till Notes: PNTP Field Days
96A Stray Moment: God Knows
96Across the Fence: When Lady Luck sleeps
96Across the Fence; Massacre on the Marias River
96No-Till Notes: Field Pea disease
95A Stray Moment: Precious time is time shared
94The zombie apocalypse and you
94Across the Fence: Building Barns
94The Good Life: Today we celebrate Global Oneness Day
94Anno Domini: On this remembering day
94Observations Only: Fuzzy angel
94Across the Fence: Battle of Summit Springs, Part I: Tall Bull Killed
93A Stray Moment: Without a net
93Across The Fence: Billy Dixon at Adobe Walls, June 1874
93Lyman Review: Devil calf
93Observations Only: Hog wash
93Lyman Review: Something wicked this way comes
93Across The Fence: Moc-chi, A Southern Cheyenne warrior
93Observations Only: Final moment
93Across The Fence: Grandpa’s Grays
93Across The Fence: Ms. Goodale and the Ghost Dance War (Part I)
92Across the Fence: Bose Ikard; Texas Cowboy
92From the Pastor's Pen: Unbelievable breaking news
92A ‘city’ kid goes to the fair
92Observations Only: The awful truth
92Across The Fence: The Pawnee on Pumpkin Creek
92Building Bridges: Save the world, educate through agriculture
92Across The Fence: Steamboats on the Missouri
92Jane’s Secret LII: Eavesdroppers
92Jane’s Secret LIII: The bargain
91Jane’s Secret, part VII Clem’s confession
91 Across the Fence: ‘Aunt Sally’ and Dakota Gold
91Completely Different: I go to seek a Great Perhaps
91Observations Only: A sad week
91Across The Fence: Road Trip and Discoveries
90Across the Fence: Discovering Ed Stemler
90Across The Fence: Crow Dog, Spotted Tail’s assassin
90Across The Fence: The Three Guardsmen
90Totally Random: My journey, life after living
90Across The Fence: The Christmas Truce of 1914
90Across The Fence: No way to treat a lady
90Building Bridges: Building a bridge that lasts and endures
90Jane's Secret LVI: A mystery part II
90Across The Fence: To Honor a Flag
89Across The Fence: The Heartland plague of 1874-75
89Teen Voice - On the outside looking In
89Teen Voice:  Body bashing and self-image
89Observations Only: Gone away
89A real leaning tree Christmas
89Across the Fence: David F. Cook and ‘Indian Joe’
89Jane’s Secret XLIX: Phillip’s agenda
89No-Till Notes: "Harvest"
89A Stray Moment: Football – Violence, Death, and Denial
89Building Bridges – Teens in the Driver Seat is a program for LIFE
89Across The Fence: Charles Goodnight; A Man of Indomitable Spirit (Part II of II)
88A Stray Moment: - The case for Hagel
88A Stray Moment: For the love of theatre
88Building Bridges: Cleaning up for company--or not--reveals a lot
88Jane’s Secret, XXXX: A tale of mayhem
88Across the Fence: The Spring Creek Raid
88Jane’s Secret XLVIII: Jane’s agenda
88Across The Fence: The Youngest Discoverer
87A Stray Moment: I love Sookie Stackhouse
87Building Bridges: Celebrating the Bulldog homecoming
87Observations Only: One more time
87Across The Fence: Scalped at Plum Creek
87A Stray Moment: Goodbye old house – sorting their things
87A Stray Moment: O Holy Night
87Across The Fence: Flossie, love child of the eighties.
87Anno Domini: A time when manners were more important
86A Stray Moment - Celebrating Gering's Quasquicentennial
86Jane's Secret XXXIV: Gin Rummy
86Building Bridges: Chautauqua will bring out the best in everyone
86Across the Fence: Old barns and memories
85A Stray Moment: It's a dog's life
85Teen Voice: Don’t be fooled by fads
85Completely Different: The game is afoot, a look at Sherlock Holmes
85Observations Only: The vision
85Observations Only: Afraid of the dark
85The Good Life: A holiday recipe for peace
85Across The Fence: A day For thanks
85Across the Fence: Remembering English Joe
85Teen Voice: Positive effects of social media
85Across The Fence: Deserters or Outcasts; Three who left. (Part I)
85Across The Fence: Battle of the Wabash: St. Clair’s Defeat
85At the Library: Smoke Gets in Your Eyes: And Other Lessons from the Crematory by Caitlin Doughty
85A mom’s thoughts on social media
84Across the Fence: Sitting Bull: The Last Surrendering Sioux
84Observations Only: A matter of matter
84A Halloween Story: The scary dream
84Building Bridges: Being grateful for the hardships in life
84Across the Fence: Missing; Nelson Buck survey party
84No-Till Notes: Cheat grass
84Dynasty made Gering the biggest little town in Nebraska
84Building Bridges: #speaklife is a goal for students, a goal for all
84Across The Fence: Ms. Goodale and the Ghost Dance War (Part II of III)
83Across the Fence: Sioux Ordnance Depot: stories to be told
83Jane’s Secret, part XXII: While the cat’s away
83A Stray Moment: Now is the winter of our disconnect
83Across the Fence; Prelude to the Red River War of 1874
83Anno Domini: The memorial nobody wants
83Across The Fence; ‘Johnny Appleseed’ of the Oregon Trail
83Across the Fence: New eyes on the Panhandle
83Across the Fence: On the Old Chisholm Trail
83Building Bridges: Pause a moment...save a child’s life
83A Stray Moment: Brand new used cars
83Across The Fence: “…a date that will live in infamy.”
82Observations Only: A new direction
82Across the Fence: Wyoming settlers lay siege to the TA Ranch
82Teen Voice: Until we say goodbye
82Jane’s Secret XXXV: Bugs and things
82Observations Only: A day in August
82Welcome to the ‘New’ in Gering
82Building Bridges: Objectivity and fairness make a winning plan
82No Till Notes: Final Stop
82Across The Fence: Over The Edge; Niagara’s Argonauts
82A Stray Moment: Those we lost in 2014
82No-Till Notes: No-Till Conference
82Across The Fence: Battle of Valverde and The Texas Lancers
82Building Bridges: The ‘School of Hard Knocks’ teaches life
82Across The Fence: Charley Nebo, cowboy; just passin’ through
81From the Superintendent's Desk: Thank You
81A Stray Moment - A night owl born to an 8 to 5 world
81The Lyman Review: I love baby ducks
81Across the Fence: The Overland Camel Company
81Building Bridges: Awards are only part of our success
81Building Bridges: Five years old IS a milestone
81Across The Fence: A Fourth of July Montage
81History Revisited:A Stray Moment: Life (and death) on the Oregon Trail
81No-Till Notes: Different Approaches Part II
81
81A Stray Moment: Thanksgiving myths and traditions
81Across The Fence: Captain Silas S. Soule; The face of moral courage
81At the Library:Neil Patrick Harris: Choose Your Own Autobiography
81At the Monument: Domestic Animals on the Oregon Trail
80Completely Different: Your local government and you
80Across the Fence: The Great Solomon River Stampede
80Jane’s Secret, part IX: Mrs. Huber’s chagrin
80Jane’s Secret, XXX: A new wrinkle
80Observations Only: Off to the races
80Observations Only: Waiting time
80 Across the Fence: Remembering Armistice Day
80Teen Voice: Nobody else can lower you
80Building Bridges: Love your enemies
80Building Bridges: Turning a space into a sense of place
80Across the Fence: Aftermath: Part III, The Battle of Summit Springs
80
80No-Till Notes: Path to Soil Health II
80Our view: United we can build
79Across the Fence: Consumed by fire
79Cat on a Hot Tin Roof a mixed bag
79A Stray Moment: All's well that ends well, usually
79Across the Fence - Boston: April 18, 1775
79Observations Only: The shadow of error
79A Stray Moment: A voice from the past, haunting myself
79The Good Life: Cooler breezes bring anticipation of fall
79A Small World: Savoring county fair days
79Anno Domini: We gather together
79Jane’s Secret XLX: Day’s end
79Building Bridges: “It’s happening” at the Harvest Festival
79A Stray Moment: To honor them all their days
79Across The Fence: Victory at Valverde and on to Glorieta
78Our View: Extreme caution needed with fireworks
78Observations Only: Saturday delight
78Miss Movies: Ten great horror flicks for Halloween, part I
78A Stray Moment : Carry the weight
78Observations Only: A gift of serenity
78Observations Only: Divine spirit
78Life in the Rearview Mirror: Adapt and adjust
78A Stray Moment: In praise of encouragement
78Observations Only: A good daughter
78The Good Life: Christina Baker’s mom: Thank you
78Observations Only: The unvarnished truth
78Building Bridges: Observing bullies, abuse and pastors
78Building Bridges: Planning now for tourism season 2014
78Across The Fence: Justice in the Big Horn Basin
78Building Bridges: When ‘FAMILY’ and fellow Nebraskans are all you’ve got
78Lyman Review: A Tunnel of Birds
78Star Gazing: My father’s daughter
78Curiosity Corner: A Story of News
77Elizabeth's top ten movie list of 2011
77Across the fence: Something worth remembering
77Across the Fence: Just For the Thrill of It
77Teen Voice: Experiencing versus remembering
77Across the Fence: The Spirit of Crazy Horse
77Across the Fence: On The road
77Jane’s Secret, XXIII: Molly’s plan
77Observations Only: Good and evil
77Across the Fence: Cynthia Ann Parker, Comanche captive
77Jane’s Secret, XXVIII: Lame Johnny
77Teen Voice: Gleek tragedy
77Our View: Community responsible for kids
77Across the Fence: A Cowboy kind of Christmas
77Thinking about Health: Getting insurance under the Affordable Care Act
77Updates from NRD: NRD promotes conservation
77Across the Fence: Charles Badger Clark
77Letters to the Editor
77 Across The Fence: County Fair
77Across the Fence: Here lies Major Alexander Culbertson
77A Stray Moment: A ‘city boy’ visits the Harvest Festival
77Jane’s Secret LIV The bargain part II
76Observations only : Sisters of the world
76Across the Fence: A hometown 4th of July
76A Stray Moment: On Canada and the forgotten bicentennial
76Completely Different: What’s speech got to do with it?
76Completely Different: The bucket list phenomenon
76A Stray Moment: Having a blast on the Fourth of July
76Building Bridges: “New” will become a buzzword in the Valley
76Building Bridges: Building us up to be what others see
76Building Bridges: Supporting our teachers supports our children
76Teen View: My crazy, wonderful life
76No Till Notes: It’s All About the Carbon
76Taking Flight: From War Orphan to Star Ballerina At the Library
76Across The Fence: Charles Goodnight a Man of Indomitable Spirit (Part I)
75Our View... Preserve Gering’s form of government
75The Good Life: Campaign ad using Jesus goes too far
75Across the Fence: Dull Knife’s Quest, part 1
75Across the Fence: When Fiddler quit running
75The Good Life: A time to be proud of our ancestors
75Teen Voice: I’ll be healthy – tomorrow
75A Small World: Special guest
75Observations Only: Reality check
75Observations Only: The visit
75Lyman Review: The love goat
75Teen Voice: Self-expression
75Jane’s Secret: Jane’s Secret, XLII: Sunflowers
75Across the Fence: John Colter, the first mountain man
75Jane’s Secret: Jane’s Secret XLIV: Jail break
75Across the Fence: The Colorado Coalfield War
75In the Hills: Pollinators – the buzz
75Jane’s Secret XLVI: Sour grapes
75Teen Voice: Unexpected joys of being a sibling
75Building Bridges: Seeking a big win out of the 4th quarter
75Jane’s Secret LI: The telling
75Across the Fence: The Battle of Coon Creek
75Jack’s Insights: Basing decisions on facts, not opinion
75No-till Notes: Stripper head
74Observations Only : The orphanage
74SELL-OUT!
74A Stray Moment: Guilty pleasures
74From the Superintendent's Desk: NePAS – State Accountability
74Across The Fence: Celebrating the 120th anniversary of the Chadron to Chicago Cowboy Race, part I
74Across The Fence: Jules, Jack and lawless justice
74Observations Only: The need to understand
74Jane’s Secret, XXXII Jane’s Bad Day
74The Good Life: The lasting effects of bullying
74A Small World: Legends week promises fun for everyone
74Totally Random: October, the pink month
74Across the Fence: Who was Martha Jane Canary?
74Anno Domini: The Textbook of Freedom
74A Stray Moment: Time to get moving
74Rotary International observes World Polio Day Oct. 24
74A Stray Moment: Je ne suis pas Charlie Hebdo
73We need a few good people
73Our view... Gering stands upon important threshold
73Observations Only: Little Girl Lost, part six
73Observations Only: Blinders aren’t just for horses
73Across the Fence: Mud Springs revisited
73Observations Only: Just around the corner
73Assad’s endgame
73Jane’s Secret, Part XVIV: Crystal Waters
73Across the Fence: The hand dug well
73From the Superintendent’s Desk: Thanks for the memories
73Across The Fence: Union Pacific robbery at Big Springs
73Teen Voice: Is respect dead?
73Across the Fence: The Blizzard of ‘49
73Building Bridges: Serve on the school board—or say no more
73No-Till Notes: Looking Back
73Book Review: I Forgot to Remember By Su Meck
73The Good Life: What a wild ride it’s been
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73Building Bridges: Honoring our blessings and our leaders
73Jane’s Secret: The Telling
72Curiosity Corner : The tale of the travelling train station
72Completely Different: The Quest
72It's no surprise
72Jane’s Secret, part XIV: Molly’s dream
72Observations Only: Surprises
72From the Superintendent's Desk: PLAS School
72Jane’s Secret, part XXI: Gertrude’s Agenda
72Observations Only: A soul's journey, part two
72Observations Only: Expect the best, part II
72A Stray Moment: Earth Day, am I doing my part?
72Teen Voice: Being a girl
72Teeing Off: The thing about state
72Jane’s Secret XXXVI:  The dream
72Teen Voice: My rebellion
72Observations Only: The last goodbye
72Across the Fence: The Cholera Corridor
72Building Bridges: Asking officials to speak and work as a body
72Building Bridges: Be a Destination Ambassador
72Across the Fence: Investigation at Spring Creek
72Building Bridges: Oregon Trail Days—making our present a celebrated past
72Building Bridges: Fair time—learn, respect, appreciate, enjoy!
72At the Library: One Zentangle a Day
72No-Till Notes: "Different Approaches"
72Across the Fence: Before Barbed Wire
72Jane’s Secret LII: Eavesdroppers
71Trash cans
71Jane’s Secret, part VIII: Molly's plan
71Teen Voice: 'Pretty Little Liars'
71Teen Voice: Let us be beautiful
71A Stray Moment: Waiting on a train
71Jane’s Secret, part XVII : Plans gone awry
71Across the Fence: Rural free delivery
71Observations Only: Sisters lost, part IV
71Political Cartoon by Doug Hoevet
71Guest Voice: If I could do it over again
71Teen Voice: Say yes to branching out
71Observations Only: Indifferent love
71Jane’s Secret, XXXIII: Night walk
71Jane’s Secret XXXVII: A starry night
71Across The Fence: Mustangs on Pumpkin Creek
71Miss Movies: Miss Movies recommends her top 10 films of 2013
71Jane’s Secret: Jane’s Secret XLV: Gun smoke
71Jane’s Secret XLVII: A stormy afternoon
71A look at - and helping - the State of the Valley
71Across the Fence: The Battle of Hungry Hill
71Jack’s Insights: A word about weed control
71Easter
70Life in the Rearview Mirror: Invisible scars have lasting effects
70Jane’s Secret, part II: Gertrude’s choice
70Bright Ideas! Brighter Future! Common sense prevails
70Timing makes perfect
70The Good Life: Your dollar is a vote for what you care about
70Across the Fence: James Butler Hickok: The thoughtful gunfighter
70Our view: Gering’s future needs your vote
70A Stray Moment: Ready for the storm
70A Stray Moment: Merry Christmas – God save us all
70From the Superintendent’s Desk - Option Enrollment
70Across the Fence: Burnett’s Mound and the Topeka tornado
70Jane’s Secret, XXV: Mysteries
70Across the Fence: Cheyenne County, Nebraska: cattle country
70Teen Voice: Congratulations, you’re awful
70
70No-Till Notes: Water Funding Task Force
70Final Point: Golf, cross country feats headline fall season successes
70At the Library: Words of Radiance by Brandon Sanderson
70Across the Fence: Amanda
70In the Hills: Learn the Dutch Oven
70Our View: Let the downtown revitalization begin
70Across The Fence: Barbecue Campbell and the XIT
70At the Monument: Bird Homes at the Bluff
69 Taking a big risk
69Across the Fence: Wasicu Wakan
69From the Superintendent’s Desk - Parent Teacher Conferences
69Across the Fence: A Cheyenne weekend
69The Good Life: The two different types of business people
69Teen Voice: Saying Goodbye
69Teen Voice: Silence
69Observations Only: Saint Marge
69Building Bridges: Following the spirit of Gering
69Lyman Review: Now that's a set of handlebars!
69No-Till Notes:Enjoyable meeting
69No-Till Notes: Enjoyable Day
69
69
69Across The Fence: Ms. Goodale and The Ghost Dance War (Part III)
69No Till Notes: Colorado Conservation Tillage Association Conference
68It's a small world : Everything we do has meaning
68Teen Voice: Just ten minutes
68Our View: Mayor should insist on civility
68Across the Fence: Dull Knife’s Quest: Part 2 of 2
68Completely Different: The good, the bad, and the remedy
68Across the Fence: Fort Mitchell on the Great Platte River Road
68Observations Only: Sisters lost, part III
68Teen Voice: Learning calculus more than numbers
68Capitol View: Wild life proposal costly but worthwhile
68Teen Voice: Sticks and stones
68Totally Random: Happy Halloween
68No-Till Notes: Drilling Edible Beans, part 2
67Teen Voice: Not according to the plan
67Observations Only: The joy of money
67Do You Tube?
67Theatre West’s Cabaret torch burns brightly
67The Block
67A Stray Moment: In praise of silence
67Completely Different: New Year’s Resolutions
67Completely Different: The Disney princess debate: an exercise in the ridiculous
67Teen Voice: Stress test
67Dear Fellow Nebraskans: Collegebound Nebraska
67Dear Fellow Nebraskans: We Are Proud of the Nebraska National Guard
67At the Monument: That old (historic) building
67Jane’s Secret: Jane’s Secret, XLIII: Jail house rock
67No-till Notes: Moving forward
67Teen Voice: The clock is ticking
67At the Monument: Night Sky
67Across The Fence: The Eighth Wonder of the World
67Across The Fence: The Harmar Campaign
67Teen View: My crazy, wonderful life
66A Small World: Time traveling
66Observations Only: Little Girl Lost: Adopted
66Our View: Scottsbluff attitude damages future collaborations
66Life in the Rearview Mirror: I’m on a road to someplace
66Economic development update
66Jane’s Secret, part VI: Molly’s surprise
66Life's curve balls
66Lyman Review - Tales of the renegade rooster
66The hills, part 1: Mustangs
66Across the Fence: Lions, wolves and bears
66Observations Only: The two faces of poverty
66Across the Fence: Wounded Knee; December 29, 1890
66Across the Fence: Bloody Pocket, the final battle
66Miss Movies: Ten movies for romance
66Observations Only: Sister lost
66From the Superintendent’s Desk: Early Childhood Education
66Across the Fence: Standing on the wagon
66The Good Life: A farm girl in my heart
66From the Pastor's Pen: Lord, teach us to pray
66Totally Random: Astrology: It’s all in the stars…
66Life in the Rearview Mirror: The world is a stage
66Teen Voice: The daily struggle to a lifelong battle
66Anno Domini: Ask the digital dust
66Jane’s Secret, XLI Black widow spider
66No-Till Notes: American Society of Agronomy
66Across the Fence: Deserters or outcasts; Three who left (Part II)
66At the Monument: Living History
66No-Till Notes: Field peas and age
66Across The Fence: The Long Hard Pull
65Time keeps flowing like a river
65Across the Fence: The Soldier’s Free Homestead Colony of Gibbon
65From the Superintendent’s Desk : Thank You for another Great Year
65Lyman Review: Hubby’s got my goat
65Home of the Brave
65Welcome to Gering
65Observations Only: Together again
65Jane’s Secret, part XVI: Fate takes a hand
65A Stray Moment: World War Two is not forgotten
65Observations Only: Sisters lost, part two
65Observations Only: A soul's journey, part III
65A Stray Moment: Tacos! Our embarrassment of riches
65Jane's Secret, XXXI: Sixes and sevens
65Rural America and immigration reform
65From the Hill: More Work Ahead
65Jane’s Secret, XXXVIII: Bad girls
65Teen Voice: Thanksgiving
65Observations Only: The vigil
65Across the Fence: Prelude to Battle
65No-Till Notes: “Fish and Mud”
65Across the Fence: Ladies First or First Ladies
65At the Library: Book Review: “Landline” by Rainbow Rowell
65At the Library: Son by Lois Lowry
65Across The Fence: …and a Happy New Year.
65NRD Update: National Groundwater Awareness Week
64Observations Only : Mission accomplished
64Our view . . .Sports Complex
64Observations Only - Two ages of man
64Teen Voice: Lessons I learned from my eight-year-old brother
64Completely Different: Remembering Aurora
64The ghost of Ayn Rand
64Across the Fence: The Wellnitz Fire, day 1 and 2
64Jane’s Secret, part XII: Jane's Vow
64A Stray Moment: The last time
64Observations Only: Blue chip stock
64Across the Fence: Fact, fiction or fragmented dreams?
64Life in the Rearview Mirror: The Moments we live for
64Teen Voice: What’s so great about pizza?
64Completely Different: Do you know John Green?
64Observations Only: A fine line
64Teen Voice: Body image
64Teen Voice: The Other Side
64Teen Voice: The rivalry
64Guest Editorial: The future of health care at Regional West
64Lyman Review: The elusive farm cat
64Lyman Review: Goat-chasing cardio
64Teen Voice: To the future
64Building Bridges: Don’t wait to develop
64Teen Voice: Home is where the heart is
64Across the Fence: Six went to the gallows
64At the Monument: Junior Rangers
64In the Hills: Awesome Amphibians and Rough Reptiles
64
64At the Monument: Museum collections
63Teen Voice: The more the merrier
63Completely Different: Confessions of an out of shape twenty something
63Completely Different: The Mind Palace Memory Technique
63Across the Fence : November 1864: Pole Creek, Politics and Patriots
63Observations Only: Going home
63Teen Voice: Dealing with stress
63Observations Only: A matter of paradox
63Totally Random: Life’s ripples
63Nature Notes: Love is in the air
63In the Hills: Arbor Day in Nebraska
63At the Monument: Art in National Parks
63Building Bridges: Dive into summer—dive into living
63All Points West: Coming home, a veteran’s perspective on what it means
63Our View: Officials should take advantage of available training
63Lyman Review: The Frozen Tundra
63At the Monument: Water, Will There Be Enough?
63Letter to the Editor - Injection well public hearing restricts participation
62A last look at the Nebraska Zone
62Being a Nebraskan – border to border
62Jane’s Secret, part V: Aggie’s complaint
62Age of reason
62Miss Movies: Ten great horror flicks for Halloween, part 2
62Jane’s Secret, part XV: Unrequited love
62Across the Fence: Places near forgotten
62Jane’s Secret, part XVIII : Devil’s bargain
62Our View: Pipeline not a solution to oil problems
62The Good Life: Through my father’s eyes
62Across the Fence: Celebrating the 120th anniversary of the Chadron to Chicago Cowboy Race, part II
62Observations Only: The last toothpick
62Letter to Editor clarifies drug testing policy
62Update from the NRD: March updates from the NRD
62Support emergency services personnel
62New at the Zoo: Volunteer at the Zoo
62Final Point: Citizen receives first honor for ‘Final Point’
62Synchronicity:What brings me back
62In the Hills: Get to Know Our Feathered Travelers
62No-Till Notes: Dakota Lakes Dry Land Rotations
62Curiosity Corner: A Christmas with Buffalo Bill
62Curiosity Corner: The Boss of the Plains
62Across the Fence: Oliver T. Jackson, Colorado pioneer
62The Good Life: There is good everywhere
62A Stray Moment: Library at Legion Park worth exploring
61Teen Voice: Thank you, Gering Speech Team
61My mini Pen and me
61Life in the west: Betting on the end of the world
61Livestock Production: My Paradigm Shift
61Teen Voice: Sticks and stones
61Across the Fence: Submarines and railroads
61Completely Different: The Hills, part 2: The Civilian Conservation Corps
61From the Superintendent’s Desk
61Observations Only: A strange Thanksgiving
61Completely Different: The mystery of Vivian Maier
61Observations Only: Willfulness
61Completely Different - The magic of spring
61Teen Voice: Indulge In moderation
61Teen Voice: Remember what you have
61Across the Fence: Roy Bean; scoundrel with a law book
61Mayor’s Monthly: Moving on Gering’s momentum
61Totally Random: Hemp: considering the real benefits of the miracle plant
61What’s really going on with our water?
61No-Till Notes: Back in the field
61College Thoughts: Rotten for the minds? Think again
61At the Library: “My Name is Resolute” By Nancy E. Turner
61In the Hills: Nature for the Holidays
61No Till Notes: Moving Forward
60Lyman Review: Let’s get back to the subject of bullying
60Permission to remember
60Teen Voice: Confessions of the financially disabled
60Observations Only: Extreme measures
60LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Gering Public Schools seeks imput
60Observations Only: North Powder
60From the Superintendent’s Desk: Accountability
60Jane’s Secret, part XX: Change of plans
60Observations Only: A soul’s journey
60Teen Voice: Pinning your interest
60The Good Life: It’s hard to believe, the Citizen is four years old
60Observations Only: Divine prompts
60Jane’s Secret, XXIX: Fred’s debacle
60Completely Different: Hey there, four eyes!
60A Small World: Chokecherry season evokes memories of yesterday
60Lyman Review: One mean chicken
60Teen Voice: The gift of caring
60Dear Nebraskans: Nebraska is the place for business
60At the Library: March into a good book
60At the Zoo: Spring in to the zoo
60Lyman Review: Branding Time
60No-Till Notes: Annual PNTP Tour
60Creatures of the Night
60No Till Notes:
60Jane’s Secret LV A mystery
59Teen Voice : Leave your legacy
59Our View: Bravo OTD committee
59From the Superintendent's Desk: Student transportation changes for 2012-13
59Jane's Secret, part X: The arrival
59From the Superintendent's Desk: Elementary attendance areas
59Completely Different: Happy Hollowthanksmas
59Across the Fence: Thanks for the memory
59Across the Fence: A boy called Slon-Ha
59Teen Voice: Previously unwritten cell phone rules
59Jane’s secret, XXVI: The suitcase
59The Good Life: People of the Valley, we have a choice
59The Good Life: Innovation and young energy enriches us all
59Across The Fence: Last Christmas
59Teen Voice: Holiday horrors
59Capitol View: Yes, Virginia, the Legislature has done something, so far
59Teen Voice: Cyber War
59Dear Fellow Nebraskans: Governor’s Ag Conference overview
59For the love of the game – best courses in the valley
59Lyman Review: Sheep Royalty
59Be kind through communications
59Fourth of July meetings
59No-Till Notes: Last chance for North, South Dakota tour
59At the Library: “The Master Switch” The rise and fall of information empires By Tim Wu
59Letters to the Editor
59A Stray Moment: Leonard Nimoy - Live long and prosper
58Our View: Museum merger a good thing, but let’s go slowly
58Observations Only: Little girl lost, part 3
58View from the block
58Observations Only: Painting a picture
58Miss Movies: “Bully” a powerful documentary
58Observations Only: Curious things
58Observations Only: Curious things, part II
58Political Cartoon by Doug Hoevet
58Life in the Rearview Mirror: Experiencing life passion
58Guest Voices…
58Jane’s Secret, XXVII: Town Meeting
58Totally Random: I’m a backwards reader
58No-Till Notes: Joe Franks Memorial
58SBNM View: Do you want to be a VIP?
58Building Bridges: Be American - help your candidate
58In the Hills: Explore the state parks
58Prairie Dogs
58At the Monument: So You want to be a Ranger?
57Completely Different: Tales from the mat
57Across the Fence: First scalp for Custer
57Observations Only: Wilkerson Pass
57The Good Life: The best Christmas gift
57From the Superintendent’s Desk - Haig and Aurora Buildings
57Jane’s Secret, XXIV: The last drive
57Observations Only: Expect the best
57Observations Only: Beginnings
57Observations Only: Temptation
57From the Superintendent’s Desk - Financial Outlook for Gering Public Schools
57Across The Fence: By the dawn’s early light
57Our View: Why rush the interlocal agreement?
57Teen Voice: Shopping days or holidays?
57Totally Random: Trusting the fates
57Lyman Review: Nudge to the Butt
57Why you should visit the zoo in February
57Capitol View: Considering additional education choices
57Dear Nebraskans: Massachusetts should not determine Nebraska’s Presidential vote
57Our View: Confidentiality agreement disrespectful
57Arts Scene: Theatre West’s Les Miserables not to be missed: Anniversary production proves to be a memorable winner
57No-Till Notes: The value of water
57
57Letter to the Editor: A call to defend the U.S. Constitution
56Letter to the Editor
56Practice safe barbecue basics
56Observations Only: Counting chickens
56Observations Only: Spider adventure
56Life in the West: Inside the minds of serial killers
56From the Superintendent’s Desk: Current enrollment count
56Across the Fence: Tomb of the Unknown
56From the Superintendent's Desk: State report card
56Observations Only: Critical thinking
56Life in the Rearview Mirror: I hate coffee
56Observations Only: Journey's end
56Teen Voice: Living within our means
56Observations Only: Choices
56Teeing Off: Lessons learned from golf
56The Good Life: We are the Valley’s emissaries
56Barr’s Bacon Wrapped Fantasy Picks: A rookie's guide to drafting your dream team
56Teen Voice: Family for all intents and purposes
56View of the Zoo: VIPs at RCD
56Capitol View: Clock keeps tickin,’ many issues remain unresolved
56Gering ninth graders answer the questions of life
56At the Library: “I Shall Be Near to You” By Erin Lindsay McCabe
56In the Hills: Nebraska Bighorn Sheep
56Letter to the editor
56Reach out for challenges
56No-Till Notes: A word about weed control
56The Christmas Story
56Letter to the Editor
55Seeing the works of the master
55Teen Voice: Not just another ride
55The Good Life: We are not separate, we are one family
55From the Superintendent’s Desk : Draft Calendar 2013-14
55Completely Different: That’s so Pinteresting
55Teen Voice: Serendipity
55Totally Random: The Golden Rule
55Anno Domini: Independence, an ideal worth celebrating
55Teeing Off: Persistence
55Thinking About Health: The challenge of signing up for Obamacare
55Teen Voice: Hope for a New Year
55Capitol View: The 103rd Legislature is history … finally
55Across The Fence: New England’s Heroine Scalptress
55Our View: A failure to communicate
54The Good Life: Our most precious right, gagged
54Completely Different: The Hills, part 3: Rediscovering the spirit
54Miss Movies: Top ten holiday films, part II
54Observations Only: Uneventful flight
54Our View: Come home to Nebraska, but not just anywhere
54Teen Voice: By my side until the newness wears off
54Teen Voice: Go ahead, make my day
54Life in the Rearview Mirror: Life enhancing memories
54Teen Voice: The need to get away
54Completely Different: Perfect memories made in imperfect moments
54Teen Voice: Do It Anyway
54Teeing Off: Mind Gym
54Lyman Review: Dog fun
54Capitol View: It sounded like a good idea at first
54Washington Report: Honoring America’s heroes
54Website Resources
54Building Bridges: Know DOVES and know about domestic violence
54Support letters requested for airport
54Rural mail will suffer with more mail plant closures
53Teen Voice: March Madness
53A Small World: Scotts Bluff Valley Fiber Arts Fair classes offer great variety
53From the Superintendent’s Desk: Parents’ role in the educational process
53From the Superintendent's Desk: Election over – work begins
53Completely Different: How the savings stole Christmas
53The Good Life: A very interesting meeting indeed
53Observations Only : White water
53I'm falling for Tumblr?
53Across the Fence: The Pony Express
53Across The Fence: Crazy Horse’s Last Battle
53Teen Voice: Footprints
53View from Capitol Hill: Solutions for our economy and the budget
53Capitol View: The Legislature did provide tax relief
53Curiosity Corner: An Uncommon Christmas Story
52Life in the Rearview Mirror: Is it possible to just drive in the 21st Century?
52Observations Only: Giving up
52Observations Only: Sister odyssey
52From the Superintendent’s Desk: Get ready for Parent-teacher conferences
52Across the Fence: Faded photos and vivid memories
52Teen Voice: Catfished
52Teen Voice: Go ahead, make my day
52Teen Voice: Shadow art
52Capitol View: Lincoln Highway captures spotlight
52No-Till Notes: Plan to attend 2014 No-Till Conference
52Capitol View: Legislature to tackle meatier issues
52Religious freedom must be protected
52Greetings from the State Capitol
52Linked Lives
52No-til Notes: Changing plans
52Sychronicity: Thrive, don't just survive
52To whom are we thankful?
52All Points West: Looking for holiday inspiration?
52All Points West: Huskers win hearts and minds at Holiday Bowl
51From the Superintendent’s Desk: Welcome to new certified staff
51Silence please
51From the Superintendent's Desk: Our goal: Improve student performance
51Jane’s Secret, part XIII: Blackberry pie
51Observations Only: The meeting
51Observations Only: Musings of an odd duck
51From the Superintendent's Desk: School Safety and Security
51Teen: Voice : Drinking enough water
51The Good Life: Mom, my partner in life
51Capitol View: Legislature overrides gubernatorial vetoes
51Capitol View: Redistricting needs new procedure
51Gering freshmen introduce personalities, styles: Writing assignment encourages students to let individualism shine
51To The Editor
50Jane’s Secret, part XI: Grand Duchess
50The Good Life: Leave the quilt shop and laundromat alone
50Observations Only: Scourge of violence
50Teen Voice: Twitter as sleep criminal
50Our View: Childcare not school district’s role
50Capitol View: State aid proposal just might make some sense
50Notes from NRD: Thanks agricultural producers
50Capitol View: Delay tactics a gamble as session draws to a close
50Fellow Nebraskans: Congratulations on graduation day
50A Stray Moment: Winter Wonderland (and Thank You to the Snow Crews)
50Letter to the Editor
49Observations Only: What's in a word?
49The Good Life: Hey, I’m a winner!
49Teen Voice: Respond to defeat
49Guest Editorial: Bob Kerrey is the true fiscal conservative
49Completely Different: It’s the end of the world as we know it
49Teen Voice: Fifty reasons to smile
49Our View: County Manager option leads to Good Old Boys' Club
49Teen Voice: Equality
49Teen Voice: What senior year taught me
49Christmas stories from Freshman Academy students
49Lyman Review: Taste of boot?
49Teen Voice: Writing love on our hearts
49Dear Nebraskans: Technology helps serve Nebraskans
49Teen Voice: Inspire me
49
49Jane’s Secret LXII: True colors
48Bright Ideas, Brighter Future: Leaving a Legacy
48Social time has important benefits
48From the Superintendent's Desk: Why so soon?
48Teen Voice: An eventful homecoming
48Teen Voice: Sit back and enjoy YouTube
48Teen Voice: Practice makes perfect
48Welcome to Gering and the 92nd Oregon Trail Days Celebration.
48Lyman Review: Winter's dog
48At the Monument: Where are the animals?
48Their View: Goal post move unfair
48At the Library: The Underground Girls of Kabul - In Search of a Hidden Resistance in Afghanistan
47Teen Voice: On becoming politically active
47Teen Voice: Today’s television
47Teen Voice: Making sense of the Sandy Hook tragedy
47From the Superintendent’s Desk - District purchase of building
47The Good Life - The worst day on record at the Citizen
47The Good Life: Extending grace, the lost art
47Teen Voice: My School, Their Rules
47Teen Voice: Trouble Maker or Hard Worker?
47Jack’s Insights: Knowing harvest
47The Good Life: Looking back on 2014
47Our View: Streamlining is great...when all are informed
46Observations Only: No thank you
46Life in the Rearview Mirror: Cleaning off the ‘what if’ shelf
46Teen Voice: Eighth day of the week - Someday
46Miss Movies: Top Ten Holiday Films
46Totally Random: Where does it go?
46Capital View: Can prison reform survive property tax relief?
46No Till Notes: Drilling edible beans
45Remembering When
45LETTER TO THE EDITOR: No tax state unrealistic
45Miss Movies: The top ten films of 2012: The year of the geek
45Teen Voice: New Year’s goals
45Updates from NRD: Happy New Year
45Teen Voice: Where is the love?
45Building Bridges: Help! is the key word for the holidays
44Our View: Visionaries wanted
44Teen Voice: I guess it’s just a western Nebraska thing
44The Good Life: The economic footprint of one small business
44From the Superintendent’s Desk: Merry Christmas and Happy New Year
44Teen Voice: Happy news
44Teen Voice: The benefits of online learning
44Up The Creek Without A Paddle: The NRD wants to do what with your money?
44Update From the NRD: Winter has arrived
44Coach Schadwinkel promoted strong sense of tradition
43From the Superintendent's Desk: School year now in full swing
43Their View: Hey Gering, mind your own business!
43From the Capitol: The conduct we choose reflects our character
43Capitol View: There was more to the session than just the big ticket items
42Pulpit of Bones: Man's best friend
42Teen Voice: The road of hatred
42Teen Voice: What is love?
42Letter to the Editor
41Life in the Rearview Mirror: The cumulative effects of giving
41From the Superintendent’s Desk: Summer School – 2013
41Life in the Rearview Mirror: Work is more than a four-letter word
40Life in the Rearview Mirror: Greensburg strong
37Life in the Rearview Mirror: Personal control of an individual response
37Our View: The elephant in the room
35Teen Voice: Outbreak of the Gamers
35Our View: County has some ‘splainin’ to do
35Five Good Reasons to Create an Investment Strategy
35Across The Fence: From the Golden Gate to the Big Apple
34My Thanksgiving prayer
32Guest Editorial: Fischer will see U.S. ‘living within means’
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