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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163Capitol View: Wild life proposal costly but worthwhile
163Website Resources
163Lyman Review: Sheep Royalty
163
163Letter to the Editor: A call to defend the U.S. Constitution
162Political Cartoon by Doug Hoevet
162
162Totally Random: Happy Halloween
161Completely Different - The magic of spring
161Life in the Rearview Mirror: Work is more than a four-letter word
161Teen Voice: Body image
161Totally Random: October, the pink month
161Teen Voice: Self-expression
161At the Library: “I Shall Be Near to You” By Erin Lindsay McCabe
160Teen Voice: Living within our means
160Across the Fence: The Pony Express
160Welcome to Gering and the 92nd Oregon Trail Days Celebration.
160Teen Voice: The Other Side
160Teeing Off: Mind Gym
160Lyman Review: Taste of boot?
160Teen Voice: Writing love on our hearts
160Lyman Review: Branding Time
160At the Monument: Bird Homes at the Bluff
160
160Lyman Review: The Frozen Tundra
159Teen Voice: Saying Goodbye
159A Small World: Savoring county fair days
159Lyman Review: Winter's dog
159Updates from NRD: NRD promotes conservation
159
158Political Cartoon by Doug Hoevet
158Life in the Rearview Mirror: Adapt and adjust
158Totally Random: Life’s ripples
158A Stray Moment: Winter Wonderland (and Thank You to the Snow Crews)
157Teen Voice: Shadow art
157Teen Voice: Do It Anyway
157Guest Editorial: The future of health care at Regional West
157Be kind through communications
157Reach out for challenges
157Across the Fence: Oliver T. Jackson, Colorado pioneer
156Teen Voice: Previously unwritten cell phone rules
156Fourth of July meetings
155Teen Voice: By my side until the newness wears off
155Teen Voice: Indulge In moderation
155Miss Movies: Miss Movies recommends her top 10 films of 2013
155Totally Random: Trusting the fates
155Lyman Review: Nudge to the Butt
154Completely Different: What’s speech got to do with it?
154Life in the Rearview Mirror: The Moments we live for
154Teen Voice: Go ahead, make my day
154Teen Voice: Family for all intents and purposes
154Lyman Review: Dog fun
154Notes from NRD: Thanks agricultural producers
153Teen Voice: The benefits of online learning
153Teen Voice: Holiday horrors
152From the Superintendent’s Desk - Parent Teacher Conferences
152Teen Voice: Pinning your interest
152Life in the Rearview Mirror: Greensburg strong
152A Small World: Legends week promises fun for everyone
152Our View: Why rush the interlocal agreement?
152Our View: Childcare not school district’s role
152Nature Notes: Love is in the air
152
151From the Superintendent’s Desk - Haig and Aurora Buildings
151Completely Different: Do you know John Green?
151Teen Voice: The daily struggle to a lifelong battle
151Teen Voice: The rivalry
151Teen Voice: Is respect dead?
151Teen Voice: Cyber War
151New at the Zoo: Volunteer at the Zoo
151Fellow Nebraskans: Congratulations on graduation day
150Teen Voice: Sticks and stones
150Capitol View: The 103rd Legislature is history … finally
150Letter to the editor
149Why you should visit the zoo in February
149Letter to the Editor
148Teen Voice: To the future
148Teen Voice: Where is the love?
148At the Library: March into a good book
148Update from the NRD: March updates from the NRD
148In the Hills: Explore the state parks
148Linked Lives
148For the love of the game – best courses in the valley
148Jack’s Insights: Knowing harvest
147View of the Zoo: VIPs at RCD
147Mayor’s Monthly: Moving on Gering’s momentum
147Capitol View: Legislature overrides gubernatorial vetoes
146Teen: Voice : Drinking enough water
146Teen Voice: Equality
146I'm falling for Tumblr?
146Teen Voice: I’ll be healthy – tomorrow
146In the Hills: Arbor Day in Nebraska
146View from Capitol Hill: Solutions for our economy and the budget
146What’s really going on with our water?
146In the Hills: Get to Know Our Feathered Travelers
146Building Bridges: Know DOVES and know about domestic violence
145From the Superintendent’s Desk: Summer School – 2013
145Life in the Rearview Mirror: Personal control of an individual response
145Our View: The elephant in the room
145Up The Creek Without A Paddle: The NRD wants to do what with your money?
145Teen Voice: Footprints
145Capitol View: Redistricting needs new procedure
144Five Good Reasons to Create an Investment Strategy
144Our View: Community responsible for kids
143Teen Voice: Twitter as sleep criminal
143Teen Voice: Learning calculus more than numbers
143Teen Voice: Thanksgiving
143Teen Voice: Hope for a New Year
143Updates from NRD: Happy New Year
143Teen Voice: Inspire me
143Dear Nebraskans: Massachusetts should not determine Nebraska’s Presidential vote
143Their View: Goal post move unfair
143Gering freshmen introduce personalities, styles: Writing assignment encourages students to let individualism shine
143Letter to the Editor
142Rural America and immigration reform
142Teen Voice: Trouble Maker or Hard Worker?
142Sychronicity: Thrive, don't just survive
141Teen Voice: Home is where the heart is
141Gering ninth graders answer the questions of life
140Dear Nebraskans: Nebraska is the place for business
140Capitol View: Considering additional education choices
140Support emergency services personnel
139From the Superintendent's Desk: School Safety and Security
139Our View: Come home to Nebraska, but not just anywhere
139Christmas stories from Freshman Academy students
139Capitol View: The Legislature did provide tax relief
139Synchronicity:What brings me back
138From the Hill: More Work Ahead
138Capitol View: State aid proposal just might make some sense
138Capitol View: Clock keeps tickin,’ many issues remain unresolved
138Our View: Confidentiality agreement disrespectful
138Washington Report: Honoring America’s heroes
138Letters to the Editor
137Letter to Editor clarifies drug testing policy
137At the Zoo: Spring in to the zoo
135From the Superintendent’s Desk: Early Childhood Education
135Guest Voices…
135Life in the Rearview Mirror: Life enhancing memories
135Teen Voice: Shopping days or holidays?
135Religious freedom must be protected
134Totally Random: Where does it go?
134Capitol View: Delay tactics a gamble as session draws to a close
134Building Bridges: On tourism and trash
133Teen Voice: What is love?
133Capitol View: It sounded like a good idea at first
133Capital View: Can prison reform survive property tax relief?
131Capitol View: Legislature to tackle meatier issues
130Dear Fellow Nebraskans: Governor’s Ag Conference overview
130Capitol View: There was more to the session than just the big ticket items
129Greetings from the State Capitol
128Across The Fence: Victory at Valverde and on to Glorieta
127From the Capitol: The conduct we choose reflects our character
125Dear Nebraskans: Technology helps serve Nebraskans
125Jack’s Insights: Basing decisions on facts, not opinion
123Capitol View: Yes, Virginia, the Legislature has done something, so far
122Jane’s Secret LIV The bargain part II
114Our View: County has some ‘splainin’ to do
111Across The Fence: Charles Goodnight a Man of Indomitable Spirit (Part I)
104At the Monument: Water, Will There Be Enough?
92Letter to the Editor
91No-Till Notes: Field peas and age
89Jane’s Secret LV A mystery
76Across The Fence: Charles Goodnight; A Man of Indomitable Spirit (Part II of II)
75At the Library: Smoke Gets in Your Eyes: And Other Lessons from the Crematory by Caitlin Doughty
34Building Bridges: Building a bridge that lasts and endures
21No-till Notes: Stripper head
19Letter to the Editor - Injection well public hearing restricts participation
19Across The Fence: Road Trip and Discoveries
18Jane's Secret LVI: A mystery part II
Most Read News Stories of 2012
909Across The Fence: The hanging of Cornelius Donahue a.k.a. John A. Hurley
819NRD Update: National Groundwater Awareness Week
755Building Bridges – Teens in the Driver Seat is a program for LIFE
692All Points West: Coming home, a veteran’s perspective on what it means
598The Christmas Story
545Across the Fence: Roosevelt’s campaign tour of the west
544Jane’s Secret column on hiatus
534To whom are we thankful?
514Across The Fence: Barbecue Campbell and the XIT
489Curiosity Corner: An Uncommon Christmas Story
488A Stray Moment: Football – Violence, Death, and Denial
470A Stray Moment: Thanksgiving myths and traditions
464Across The Fence: Portugee Phillips and a horse named Dandy
462Jane’s Secret, XXXIII: Night walk
448Building Bridges: Regionalism should be focus of our core-idor
442A Stray Moment: To honor them all their days
432At the Monument: Museum collections
424Barr’s Bacon Wrapped Fantasy Picks: A rookie's guide to drafting your dream team
415No-Till Notes: Drilling Edible Beans, part 2
413Across The Fence: Barbecue Campbell and the XIT
412Across the Fence: All aboard the Transcontinental Express
412No-Till Notes: No-Till Conference
401The Good Life: There is good everywhere
395Across The Fence: The Christmas Truce of 1914
387Across the Fence: Bose Ikard; Texas Cowboy
387No Till Notes: Colorado Conservation Tillage Association Conference
382Jane’s Secret, XXV: Mysteries
382Rotary International observes World Polio Day Oct. 24
381Across The Fence: The Pawnee and human sacrifice
373A Stray Moment: Those we lost in 2014
371A Stray Moment: Brand new used cars
368Across The Fence: The Hat Creek Outpost
368Curiosity Corner: A Christmas with Buffalo Bill
361Across The Fence: Billy Dixon; Plainsman, Hunter, Indian fighter and Scout
355Support letters requested for airport
354The Good Life: What a wild ride it’s been
354History Revisited:A Stray Moment: Life (and death) on the Oregon Trail
354Our View: Let the downtown revitalization begin
354Across The Fence: Over The Edge; Niagara’s Argonauts
354A Stray Moment: Je ne suis pas Charlie Hebdo
350Across the Fence - Catherine’s boys
349Building Bridges: Cleaning up for company--or not--reveals a lot
343No-Till Notes: Dakota Lakes Dry Land Rotations
341Building Bridges: Honoring our blessings and our leaders
339A Stray Moment: Time to get moving
337Across the Fence: Black Hills Gold and the Thoen Stone
335Across the Fence: Celebrating the 120th anniversary of the Chadron to Chicago Cowboy Race, part II
335Battle of Summit Springs, part II: Warpath to White Bear Creek
335No Till Notes:
334Across the Fence: Aftermath: Part III, The Battle of Summit Springs
333A Stray Moment: O Holy Night
332Observations Only: A soul’s journey
331The Good Life: Looking back on 2014
323Building Bridges: Turning a space into a sense of place
322Across the Fence: Class of ’67, last remnants of home
322Across The Fence: “…a date that will live in infamy.”
321Building Bridges: Shovels and skills are as valuable as degrees
319At the Library: “The Master Switch” The rise and fall of information empires By Tim Wu
318Across The Fence: Captain Silas S. Soule; The face of moral courage
317Observations Only : White water
317Across the Fence: Who was Martha Jane Canary?
316What's the deal with organic milk?
315Across the Fence: Burnett’s Mound and the Topeka tornado
315Jane’s Secret, XXVII: Town Meeting
308Across the Fence: Judge Roy Bean : Texas prizefight promoter
308Across The Fence: Amos Bad Heart Bull
307In the Hills: Learn the Dutch Oven
304Teen Voice: Positive effects of social media
303Across The Fence: The Harmar Campaign
302No Till Notes: Drilling edible beans
301Letters to the Editor
299A Stray Moment - A night owl born to an 8 to 5 world
298A ‘city’ kid goes to the fair
298Building Bridges: “It’s happening” at the Harvest Festival
297Across the Fence: When Lady Luck sleeps
297Across the Fence: Before Barbed Wire
297At the Library: The Underground Girls of Kabul - In Search of a Hidden Resistance in Afghanistan
295Building Bridges: Save the world, educate through agriculture
295Across The Fence: A Fourth of July Montage
295Jack’s Insights: A word about weed control
293
292At the Library: Book Review: “Landline” by Rainbow Rowell
291A Stray Moment: Robin Williams – Good night sweet prince
288Across the Fence: Pawnee legends in the Nebraska Panhandle
287Across the Fence: The hand dug well
286Across the Fence: Ah-ho-appa (fallen leaf)
284Building Bridges: Help! is the key word for the holidays
283No-Till Notes: Path to Soil Health
282Completely Different: New Year’s Resolutions
282Across The Fence: The Spanish Flu
282Across the Fence; Massacre on the Marias River
281In the Hills: Nature for the Holidays
279A Stray Moment: I love Sookie Stackhouse
279Across The Fence: Hinhan Kaga Paha
278Across the Fence: The Battle of Hungry Hill
276Jane’s Secret, XXIV: The last drive
276Welcome to the ‘New’ in Gering
276At the Monument: Where are the animals?
274Across The Fence: Freedom Triumphant Over War and Peace
274Building Bridges: When ‘FAMILY’ and fellow Nebraskans are all you’ve got
273Across the Fence: Dull Knife’s Quest, part 1
273At the Library: Son by Lois Lowry
272All Points West: Looking for holiday inspiration?
271Across The Fence: The Pawnee on Pumpkin Creek
270Across the Fence: Rural free delivery
270From the Superintendent’s Desk: Thanks for the memories
269Across The Fence: Jules, Jack and lawless justice
268Teen Voice: Don’t be fooled by fads
268Jane’s Secret, XXVIII: Lame Johnny
268Jane’s Secret, XXXX: A tale of mayhem
267Across The Fence: Celebrating the 120th anniversary of the Chadron to Chicago Cowboy Race, part I
266Jane’s Secret, XXXII Jane’s Bad Day
264Across the Fence: A Cheyenne weekend
264Across the Fence: When Fiddler quit running
263At the Monument: So You want to be a Ranger?
262Across the Fence: Here lies Major Alexander Culbertson
262Jane’s Secret: The Telling
261Jane’s Secret, XXX: A new wrinkle
261Building Bridges: Following the spirit of Gering
260Teen Voice: Serendipity
260Across the Fence: The Blizzard of ‘49
259Across the Fence: Charles Badger Clark
259At the Library:Neil Patrick Harris: Choose Your Own Autobiography
258A Stray Moment: For the love of theatre
258No-Till Notes: Water Funding Task Force
258Across the Fence: Old barns and memories
258A Stray Moment: A ‘city boy’ visits the Harvest Festival
257Teen Voice: Gleek tragedy
257Across the Fence: The Overland Camel Company
256Jane’s Secret, XXIII: Molly’s plan
256Building Bridges: Love your enemies
256Across The Fence: Grandpa’s Grays
256No-Till Notes: A word about weed control
254The Good Life: Through my father’s eyes
254Across The Fence: New England’s Heroine Scalptress
253A Stray Moment: Star Trek: Infinite diversity in infinite combinations
253Building Bridges: Celebrating the Bulldog homecoming
252Across the Fence: Cynthia Ann Parker, Comanche captive
252Building Bridges: Be a Destination Ambassador
251Across the Fence: Discovering Ed Stemler
251Across The Fence; ‘Johnny Appleseed’ of the Oregon Trail
250Across the Fence - Boston: April 18, 1775
250Across the Fence: Missing; Nelson Buck survey party
250Across The Fence: Steamboats on the Missouri
250 Across The Fence: County Fair
250At the Monument: Living History
249A Stray Moment: Tacos! Our embarrassment of riches
249Lyman Review: A Tunnel of Birds
248Across The Fence: The Three Guardsmen
248A real leaning tree Christmas
248Across the Fence: On the Old Chisholm Trail
247Across The Fence: The Heartland plague of 1874-75
247Building Bridges: Awards are only part of our success
247No-Till Notes: Different Approaches Part II
247Our View: Officials should take advantage of available training
246A Stray Moment: All's well that ends well, usually
246A Stray Moment: Having a blast on the Fourth of July
246Building Bridges: Five years old IS a milestone
246Across The Fence: Flossie, love child of the eighties.
245Across the Fence: Cheyenne County, Nebraska: cattle country
245Across The Fence: Crazy Horse’s Last Battle
245No-Till Notes: Enjoyable Day
244Across the Fence: James Butler Hickok: The thoughtful gunfighter
244No-Till Notes: "Different Approaches"
243Across the Fence: Dull Knife’s Quest: Part 2 of 2
243Across the Fence: Standing on the wagon
243A Stray Moment: Earth Day, am I doing my part?
243Across the Fence; Prelude to the Red River War of 1874
242Across the Fence: Bloody Pocket, the final battle
242Building Bridges: Chautauqua will bring out the best in everyone
242Across the Fence: New eyes on the Panhandle
242Across the Fence: David F. Cook and ‘Indian Joe’
242No-Till Notes: The value of water
241A Stray Moment: Learning how to walk
241Across the Fence: Remembering English Joe
241Across the Fence: The Spring Creek Raid
241Anno Domini: The Textbook of Freedom
241Across The Fence: Scalped at Plum Creek
241A look at - and helping - the State of the Valley
241Teen View: My crazy, wonderful life
240Completely Different: It's all in the family
240A Stray Moment: Now is the winter of our disconnect
240Across The Fence: Crow Dog, Spotted Tail’s assassin
240Across The Fence: Moc-chi, A Southern Cheyenne warrior
240Across the Fence: The Battle of Coon Creek
240No Till Notes: Moving Forward
238The Good Life: It’s hard to believe, the Citizen is four years old
238Across the Fence: A Cowboy kind of Christmas
237Jane’s Secret, part XVII : Plans gone awry
237Jane's Secret, XXXI: Sixes and sevens
237Anno Domini: The memorial nobody wants
236Across the Fence: Sioux Ordnance Depot: stories to be told
236A Stray Moment: World War Two is not forgotten
236Across the Fence: Battle of Summit Springs, Part I: Tall Bull Killed
235Across the Fence: Lions, wolves and bears
235Observations Only: Indifferent love
235Building Bridges: Being grateful for the hardships in life
235Across the Fence: Roy Bean; scoundrel with a law book
234Across the Fence: Fort Mitchell on the Great Platte River Road
234Book Review: I Forgot to Remember By Su Meck
234College Thoughts: Rotten for the minds? Think again
233Across the Fence: John Colter, the first mountain man
233Dynasty made Gering the biggest little town in Nebraska
232Completely Different: The Disney princess debate: an exercise in the ridiculous
232Across The Fence: Billy Dixon at Adobe Walls, June 1874
231A Stray Moment: A voice from the past, haunting myself
231Anno Domini: We gather together
231Jane’s Secret, XLI Black widow spider
231Jane’s Secret LI: The telling
230Across the Fence: Wasicu Wakan
230A Stray Moment: - The case for Hagel
230Final Point: Citizen receives first honor for ‘Final Point’
229Observations Only: A soul's journey, part III
229Observations Only: Temptation
229Observations Only: The shadow of error
229Anno Domini: Independence, an ideal worth celebrating
229Across the Fence: Prelude to Battle
229Across the Fence: The Cholera Corridor
229Creatures of the Night
229Across The Fence: Battle of the Wabash: St. Clair’s Defeat
229All Points West: Huskers win hearts and minds at Holiday Bowl
228Observations Only: A good daughter
228Life in the Rearview Mirror: The world is a stage
228Across The Fence: First train from Saply Grove
228Building Bridges: Tend to 2014 and be Happy, Happy, Happy
228Thinking about Health: Getting insurance under the Affordable Care Act
228Building Bridges: Objectivity and fairness make a winning plan
228No-Till Notes: Plan to attend 2014 No-Till Conference
228Across the Fence: Six went to the gallows
228Building Bridges: Oregon Trail Days—making our present a celebrated past
228A Stray Moment: Goodbye old house – sorting their things
228Jane’s Secret LII: Eavesdroppers
227 Across the Fence: Remembering Armistice Day
227Final Point: Golf, cross country feats headline fall season successes
227Building Bridges: Fair time—learn, respect, appreciate, enjoy!
226No-Till Notes: Annual PNTP Tour
225Observations Only: Sisters lost, part IV
225A Stray Moment: Without a net
225A Stray Moment: In praise of encouragement
225Anno Domini: On this remembering day
225Across The Fence: Justice in the Big Horn Basin
224Across the Fence: Amanda
224Building Bridges: Don’t wait to develop
224Across The Fence: Ms. Goodale and the Ghost Dance War (Part I)
224Across The Fence: No way to treat a lady
223Across the Fence: The Colorado Coalfield War
222Totally Random: The Golden Rule
222 Across the Fence: ‘Aunt Sally’ and Dakota Gold
222Building Bridges: Supporting our teachers supports our children
222No-Till Notes: "Harvest"
222Across the Fence: Deserters or outcasts; Three who left (Part II)
221A Stray Moment : Carry the weight
221Observations Only: Gone away
221Building Bridges: Building us up to be what others see
221Across the Fence: Investigation at Spring Creek
221No-Till Notes: Cheat grass
221Building Bridges: Dive into summer—dive into living
221Jane’s Secret XLX: Day’s end
221
220A Stray Moment: Merry Christmas – God save us all
220Building Bridges: Observing bullies, abuse and pastors
219Observations Only: Divine prompts
219Observations Only: The need to understand
219No-til Notes: Changing plans
219Building Bridges: Seeking a big win out of the 4th quarter
219
218Jane’s Secret, part XXI: Gertrude’s Agenda
218Across the Fence: Fact, fiction or fragmented dreams?
218A Stray Moment: God Knows
218Observations Only: A gift of serenity
218Completely Different: The game is afoot, a look at Sherlock Holmes
218Observations Only: Reality check
218Building Bridges: Pause a moment...save a child’s life
218No-Till Notes: Looking Back
217Observations Only: A matter of matter
217Across The Fence: A day For thanks
217Jane’s Secret XLVIII: Jane’s agenda
217No-Till Notes: American Society of Agronomy
216Jane’s Secret, Part XVIV: Crystal Waters
216Observations Only: Journey's end
216Totally Random: Astrology: It’s all in the stars…
216Observations Only: Divine spirit
216Jane’s Secret XLVII: A stormy afternoon
216No-Till Notes: Last chance for North, South Dakota tour
216Across The Fence: Ms. Goodale and The Ghost Dance War (Part III)
215Teen Voice: Congratulations, you’re awful
215Building Bridges: Planning now for tourism season 2014
215Across The Fence: Last Christmas
215Across The Fence: Mustangs on Pumpkin Creek
214Observations Only: Expect the best
214Observations Only: Expect the best, part II
214Across The Fence: Union Pacific robbery at Big Springs
214Observations Only: A sad week
214Building Bridges: “New” will become a buzzword in the Valley
213Observations Only: Curious things, part II
213Observations Only: Sisters lost, part III
213Jane's Secret XXXIV: Gin Rummy
213Building Bridges: #speaklife is a goal for students, a goal for all
213No Till Notes: Final Stop
213No-Till Notes: Path to Soil Health II
212Building Bridges: Serve on the school board—or say no more
212At the Monument: Domestic Animals on the Oregon Trail
211Across the Fence: Sitting Bull: The Last Surrendering Sioux
211Jane’s Secret, part XXII: While the cat’s away
211From the Superintendent’s Desk - Financial Outlook for Gering Public Schools
211No-Till Notes:Enjoyable meeting
211Across The Fence: Deserters or Outcasts; Three who left. (Part I)
211Across The Fence: …and a Happy New Year.
210Teen Voice: New Year’s goals
210Observations Only: Curious things
210Observations Only: Beginnings
210Building Bridges: Be American - help your candidate
210Building Bridges: Asking officials to speak and work as a body
210Jane’s Secret XLIX: Phillip’s agenda
209Teen Voice: What’s so great about pizza?
209Observations Only: A matter of paradox
209Across The Fence: The Eighth Wonder of the World
208Teen Voice: Fifty reasons to smile
208Observations Only: The awful truth
207Observations Only: Going home
207Guest Voice: If I could do it over again
207Observations Only: The vision
206Observations Only: Sisters lost, part two
206Observations Only: A soul's journey, part two
206Observations Only: Willfulness
206Observations Only: The unvarnished truth
206Anno Domini: Ask the digital dust
206No Till Notes: It’s All About the Carbon
206Building Bridges: The ‘School of Hard Knocks’ teaches life
205Across the Fence: Tomb of the Unknown
205Observations Only: Off to the races
205Observations Only: Saint Marge
205SBNM View: Do you want to be a VIP?
204Completely Different: That’s so Pinteresting
204From the Superintendent’s Desk - Option Enrollment
204Jane’s secret, XXVI: The suitcase
204The Good Life: Christina Baker’s mom: Thank you
204Observations Only: Fuzzy angel
204Across the Fence: Ladies First or First Ladies
204Rural mail will suffer with more mail plant closures
203Across the Fence: First scalp for Custer
203Across the Fence: Building Barns
203Jane’s Secret, part XX: Change of plans
203The Lyman Review: I love baby ducks
203No-Till Notes: Joe Franks Memorial
203Jane’s Secret: Jane’s Secret, XLII: Sunflowers
203No-till Notes: Moving forward
203Arts Scene: Theatre West’s Les Miserables not to be missed: Anniversary production proves to be a memorable winner
202Observations Only: Uneventful flight
202Jane’s Secret, XXIX: Fred’s debacle
202Jane’s Secret XXXV: Bugs and things
201Teen Voice: What diabetes taught me
201Jane’s Secret XXXVI:  The dream
201Jane’s Secret XXXVII: A starry night
200Observations Only: Critical thinking
200Totally Random: I’m a backwards reader
200Jane’s Secret XLVI: Sour grapes
199From the Superintendent’s Desk : Draft Calendar 2013-14
199Observations Only: Good and evil
199Observations Only: A fine line
199Observations Only: Choices
199Jane’s Secret, XXXVIII: Bad girls
198Jane’s Secret, part XVI: Fate takes a hand
198The Good Life: Cooler breezes bring anticipation of fall
197Jane’s Secret, part XIV: Molly’s dream
197Observations Only: The visit
197Observations Only: Final moment
197At the Library: Words of Radiance by Brandon Sanderson
197No-Till Notes: Back in the field
197Our View: A failure to communicate
196Across the Fence: The Spirit of Crazy Horse
196Jane’s Secret: Jane’s Secret XLIV: Jail break
196Jane’s Secret: Jane’s Secret XLV: Gun smoke
196Curiosity Corner: The Boss of the Plains
195Observations Only: Waiting time
195At the Monument: Night Sky
194Observations Only: A day in August
194Totally Random: December 6, the day I lived
194Totally Random: My journey, life after living
194In the Hills: Pollinators – the buzz
193Across the Fence: Faded photos and vivid memories
193Jane’s Secret, part XV: Unrequited love
193The Good Life: Today we celebrate Global Oneness Day
193Lyman Review: Goat-chasing cardio
193No-Till Notes: “Fish and Mud”
192Across the Fence: Wyoming settlers lay siege to the TA Ranch
192Observations Only: Hog wash
192Jane’s Secret: Jane’s Secret, XLIII: Jail house rock
192Teen Voice: Unexpected joys of being a sibling
192At the Library: One Zentangle a Day
191Observations Only: Sister lost
191Observations Only: Afraid of the dark
190Assad’s endgame
189Across the Fence: On The road
189Across the Fence: Submarines and railroads
188The Good Life: The lasting effects of bullying
188Observations Only: One more time
188Across The Fence: Ms. Goodale and the Ghost Dance War (Part II of III)
188Across The Fence: The Youngest Discoverer
187The ghost of Ayn Rand
187A Halloween Story: The scary dream
187Observations Only: The vigil
187At the Monument: Junior Rangers
186Across the Fence: The Wellnitz Fire, day 1 and 2
186Completely Different: The Marilyn Monroe conundrum
186Observations Only: The last goodbye
185Across the Fence: Places near forgotten
185The Good Life: A farm girl in my heart
185Teen Voice: My rebellion
185Taking Flight: From War Orphan to Star Ballerina At the Library
184Across the Fence: Mud Springs revisited
184Totally Random: Hemp: considering the real benefits of the miracle plant
183Completely Different: The good, the bad, and the remedy
183The Good Life - The worst day on record at the Citizen
183The Good Life: The two different types of business people
183Observations Only: The last toothpick
182From the Superintendent’s Desk - District purchase of building
182A Small World: Special guest
182Lyman Review: Devil calf
182Teen Voice: Silence
181Across The Fence: By the dawn’s early light
180The Good Life: The best Christmas gift
180Teen Voice: What senior year taught me
180From the Pastor's Pen: Lord, teach us to pray
180The Good Life: Mom, my partner in life
180Thinking About Health: The challenge of signing up for Obamacare
180In the Hills: Nebraska Bighorn Sheep
179From the Pastor's Pen: Unbelievable breaking news
179Teen Voice: Say yes to branching out
179Teeing Off: Around the Green
179Lyman Review: Now that's a set of handlebars!
179At the Monument: Art in National Parks
179A Stray Moment: Leonard Nimoy - Live long and prosper
178Jane’s Secret, part II: Gertrude’s choice
178Across the Fence: A boy called Slon-Ha
178Life in the Rearview Mirror: I hate coffee
178Teen Voice:  Body bashing and self-image
177Jane’s Secret, part XIII: Blackberry pie
177Miss Movies: Ten movies for romance
177Teen Voice: The need to get away
177Prairie Dogs
176From the Superintendent's Desk: NePAS – State Accountability
176The Good Life: Innovation and young energy enriches us all
175Teen Voice: Go ahead, make my day
175Teen Voice: Being a girl
175Capitol View: Lincoln Highway captures spotlight
175Lyman Review: The love goat
175Jane’s Secret LIII: The bargain
174The Good Life: Extending grace, the lost art
174Lyman Review: The elusive farm cat
174Teen Voice: The gift of caring
174Our View: Streamlining is great...when all are informed
173Jane’s Secret, part VI: Molly’s surprise
173Completely Different: The mystery of Vivian Maier
173The Good Life: A time to be proud of our ancestors
173Teeing Off: Persistence
173The Good Life: We are the Valley’s emissaries
173Lyman Review: One mean chicken
172Across the Fence: Consumed by fire
172Our View: Pipeline not a solution to oil problems
171Across the Fence: The Great Solomon River Stampede
171Jane’s Secret, part XII: Jane's Vow
171The Good Life: A holiday recipe for peace
170Across the Fence: The much maligned Ms. Watson
170A Stray Moment: On Canada and the forgotten bicentennial
170Across the Fence: Wounded Knee; December 29, 1890
170The Good Life: People of the Valley, we have a choice
170Completely Different: Hey there, four eyes!
170Teen Voice - On the outside looking In
170Teen Voice: Nobody else can lower you
170At the Monument: That old (historic) building
170To The Editor
169Our View: County Manager option leads to Good Old Boys' Club
169Teeing Off: Lessons learned from golf
168Update From the NRD: Winter has arrived
168
167A last look at the Nebraska Zone
167Across the Fence: The Soldier’s Free Homestead Colony of Gibbon
167Observations Only: Blinders aren’t just for horses
167A Stray Moment: Guilty pleasures
167A Stray Moment: It's a dog's life
167A Stray Moment: Ready for the storm
167Completely Different: The bucket list phenomenon
167Teen Voice: Until we say goodbye
167Dear Fellow Nebraskans: Collegebound Nebraska
167Teen Voice: My School, Their Rules
167At the Library: “My Name is Resolute” By Nancy E. Turner
167
166Life in the Rearview Mirror: I’m on a road to someplace
166Jane’s Secret, part IX: Mrs. Huber’s chagrin
166Across the Fence : November 1864: Pole Creek, Politics and Patriots
166Teen Voice: Stress test
166Coach Schadwinkel promoted strong sense of tradition
165Across the Fence: Thanks for the memory
165Life in the Rearview Mirror: Experiencing life passion
165Teen Voice: Dealing with stress
165Teen Voice: Remember what you have
165Completely Different: I go to seek a Great Perhaps
165Dear Fellow Nebraskans: We Are Proud of the Nebraska National Guard
165Jane’s Secret LII: Eavesdroppers
165Teen View: My crazy, wonderful life
165Across The Fence: Battle of Valverde and The Texas Lancers
164Jane’s Secret, part VIII: Molly's plan
164Completely Different: Perfect memories made in imperfect moments
164Teeing Off: The thing about state
164A Small World: Chokecherry season evokes memories of yesterday
164Lyman Review: Something wicked this way comes
164Teen Voice: The clock is ticking
164In the Hills: Awesome Amphibians and Rough Reptiles
163Across the Fence: Just For the Thrill of It
163Teen Voice: Catfished
163Capitol View: Wild life proposal costly but worthwhile
163Website Resources
163Lyman Review: Sheep Royalty
163
163Letter to the Editor: A call to defend the U.S. Constitution
162Observations only : Sisters of the world
162A Stray Moment - Celebrating Gering's Quasquicentennial
162Political Cartoon by Doug Hoevet
162
162Totally Random: Happy Halloween
161Completely Different - The magic of spring
161Life in the Rearview Mirror: Work is more than a four-letter word
161Teen Voice: Body image
161Totally Random: October, the pink month
161Teen Voice: Self-expression
161At the Library: “I Shall Be Near to You” By Erin Lindsay McCabe
160Jane’s Secret, part VII Clem’s confession
160A Stray Moment: The last time
160Teen Voice: Living within our means
160Across the Fence: The Pony Express
160Welcome to Gering and the 92nd Oregon Trail Days Celebration.
160Teen Voice: The Other Side
160Teeing Off: Mind Gym
160Lyman Review: Taste of boot?
160Teen Voice: Writing love on our hearts
160Lyman Review: Branding Time
160At the Monument: Bird Homes at the Bluff
160
160Lyman Review: The Frozen Tundra
159Lyman Review: Let’s get back to the subject of bullying
159Across the fence: Something worth remembering
159A Stray Moment: Waiting on a train
159A Stray Moment: In praise of silence
159Teen Voice: Saying Goodbye
159A Small World: Savoring county fair days
159Lyman Review: Winter's dog
159Updates from NRD: NRD promotes conservation
159
158Across the Fence: A hometown 4th of July
158Political Cartoon by Doug Hoevet
158Life in the Rearview Mirror: Adapt and adjust
158Totally Random: Life’s ripples
158A Stray Moment: Winter Wonderland (and Thank You to the Snow Crews)
157Time keeps flowing like a river
157Jane’s Secret, part V: Aggie’s complaint
157Our view: Gering’s future needs your vote
157Completely Different: It’s the end of the world as we know it
157Teen Voice: Shadow art
157Teen Voice: Do It Anyway
157Guest Editorial: The future of health care at Regional West
157Be kind through communications
157Reach out for challenges
157Across the Fence: Oliver T. Jackson, Colorado pioneer
156Teen Voice: Previously unwritten cell phone rules
156Fourth of July meetings
155Observations Only: Sisters lost, part I
155Teen Voice: By my side until the newness wears off
155Teen Voice: Indulge In moderation
155Miss Movies: Miss Movies recommends her top 10 films of 2013
155Totally Random: Trusting the fates
155Lyman Review: Nudge to the Butt
154Observations Only : The orphanage
154Jane’s Secret, part XI: Grand Duchess
154Observations Only: Blue chip stock
154Completely Different: What’s speech got to do with it?
154Life in the Rearview Mirror: The Moments we live for
154Teen Voice: Go ahead, make my day
154Teen Voice: Family for all intents and purposes
154Lyman Review: Dog fun
154Notes from NRD: Thanks agricultural producers
153Observations Only: A new direction
153Jane's Secret, part X: The arrival
153Teen Voice: The benefits of online learning
153Teen Voice: Holiday horrors
152From the Superintendent’s Desk - Parent Teacher Conferences
152Teen Voice: Pinning your interest
152Life in the Rearview Mirror: Greensburg strong
152A Small World: Legends week promises fun for everyone
152Our View: Why rush the interlocal agreement?
152Our View: Childcare not school district’s role
152Nature Notes: Love is in the air
152
151From the Superintendent’s Desk - Haig and Aurora Buildings
151Completely Different: Do you know John Green?
151Teen Voice: The daily struggle to a lifelong battle
151Teen Voice: The rivalry
151Teen Voice: Is respect dead?
151Teen Voice: Cyber War
151New at the Zoo: Volunteer at the Zoo
151Fellow Nebraskans: Congratulations on graduation day
150Theatre West’s Cabaret torch burns brightly
150Observations Only: Scourge of violence
150Teen Voice: Sticks and stones
150Capitol View: The 103rd Legislature is history … finally
150Letter to the editor
149Observations Only: Just around the corner
149Why you should visit the zoo in February
149Letter to the Editor
148Lyman Review: Hubby’s got my goat
148Teen Voice: To the future
148Teen Voice: Where is the love?
148At the Library: March into a good book
148Update from the NRD: March updates from the NRD
148In the Hills: Explore the state parks
148Linked Lives
148For the love of the game – best courses in the valley
148Jack’s Insights: Knowing harvest
147Completely Different : Could you come down off your soap box please?
147View of the Zoo: VIPs at RCD
147Mayor’s Monthly: Moving on Gering’s momentum
147Capitol View: Legislature overrides gubernatorial vetoes
146It's no surprise
146Observations Only: Giving up
146Teen: Voice : Drinking enough water
146Teen Voice: Equality
146I'm falling for Tumblr?
146Teen Voice: I’ll be healthy – tomorrow
146In the Hills: Arbor Day in Nebraska
146View from Capitol Hill: Solutions for our economy and the budget
146What’s really going on with our water?
146In the Hills: Get to Know Our Feathered Travelers
146Building Bridges: Know DOVES and know about domestic violence
145From the Superintendent’s Desk: Accountability
145From the Superintendent’s Desk: Summer School – 2013
145Life in the Rearview Mirror: Personal control of an individual response
145Our View: The elephant in the room
145Up The Creek Without A Paddle: The NRD wants to do what with your money?
145Teen Voice: Footprints
145Capitol View: Redistricting needs new procedure
144Observations Only: Musings of an odd duck
144Five Good Reasons to Create an Investment Strategy
144Our View: Community responsible for kids
143 Taking a big risk
143Observations Only: Together again
143Teen Voice: I guess it’s just a western Nebraska thing
143Teen Voice: Twitter as sleep criminal
143Teen Voice: Learning calculus more than numbers
143Teen Voice: Thanksgiving
143Teen Voice: Hope for a New Year
143Updates from NRD: Happy New Year
143Teen Voice: Inspire me
143Dear Nebraskans: Massachusetts should not determine Nebraska’s Presidential vote
143Their View: Goal post move unfair
143Gering freshmen introduce personalities, styles: Writing assignment encourages students to let individualism shine
143Letter to the Editor
142Rural America and immigration reform
142Teen Voice: Trouble Maker or Hard Worker?
142Sychronicity: Thrive, don't just survive
141Observations Only: Extreme measures
141Teen Voice: Home is where the heart is
141Gering ninth graders answer the questions of life
140Dear Nebraskans: Nebraska is the place for business
140Capitol View: Considering additional education choices
140Support emergency services personnel
139Age of reason
139Observations Only: The joy of money
139Observations Only: The meeting
139From the Superintendent's Desk: School Safety and Security
139Our View: Come home to Nebraska, but not just anywhere
139Christmas stories from Freshman Academy students
139Capitol View: The Legislature did provide tax relief
139Synchronicity:What brings me back
138Cat on a Hot Tin Roof a mixed bag
138The Good Life: Hey, I’m a winner!
138Observations Only: Sister odyssey
138Observations Only: North Powder
138Life in the Rearview Mirror: Cleaning off the ‘what if’ shelf
138From the Hill: More Work Ahead
138Capitol View: State aid proposal just might make some sense
138Capitol View: Clock keeps tickin,’ many issues remain unresolved
138Our View: Confidentiality agreement disrespectful
138Washington Report: Honoring America’s heroes
138Letters to the Editor
137Observations Only: Little Girl Lost, part six
137Observations Only: Spider adventure
137Letter to Editor clarifies drug testing policy
137At the Zoo: Spring in to the zoo
136Being a Nebraskan – border to border
136From the Superintendent’s Desk: Get ready for Parent-teacher conferences
136Observations Only: A strange Thanksgiving
135Observations Only: Little Girl Lost: Adopted
135Observations Only: Painting a picture
135Observations Only: Surprises
135Observations Only: The two faces of poverty
135From the Superintendent’s Desk: Early Childhood Education
135Guest Voices…
135Life in the Rearview Mirror: Life enhancing memories
135Teen Voice: Shopping days or holidays?
135Religious freedom must be protected
134Totally Random: Where does it go?
134Capitol View: Delay tactics a gamble as session draws to a close
134Building Bridges: On tourism and trash
133From the Superintendent’s Desk: Welcome to new certified staff
133From the Superintendent's Desk: Election over – work begins
133Teen Voice: What is love?
133Capitol View: It sounded like a good idea at first
133Capital View: Can prison reform survive property tax relief?
132Completely Different: Tales from the mat
132Observations Only - Two ages of man
132Silence please
131Life's curve balls
131Jane’s Secret, part XVIII : Devil’s bargain
131Capitol View: Legislature to tackle meatier issues
130Observations Only: Little girl lost, part 3
130Observations Only: Saturday delight
130Miss Movies: “Bully” a powerful documentary
130Observations Only: Wilkerson Pass
130Dear Fellow Nebraskans: Governor’s Ag Conference overview
130Capitol View: There was more to the session than just the big ticket items
129Trash cans
129Observations Only: Counting chickens
129From the Superintendent’s Desk
129Greetings from the State Capitol
128Across The Fence: Victory at Valverde and on to Glorieta
127Life in the West: Inside the minds of serial killers
127The Good Life: Leave the quilt shop and laundromat alone
127Teen Voice: Today’s television
127From the Capitol: The conduct we choose reflects our character
126Observations Only: What's in a word?
126Observations Only: No thank you
125Dear Nebraskans: Technology helps serve Nebraskans
125Jack’s Insights: Basing decisions on facts, not opinion
124Observations Only : Mission accomplished
124Lyman Review - Tales of the renegade rooster
123Capitol View: Yes, Virginia, the Legislature has done something, so far
122Jane’s Secret LIV The bargain part II
121The Good Life: The economic footprint of one small business
119Guest Editorial: Fischer will see U.S. ‘living within means’
119From the Superintendent’s Desk: Current enrollment count
118The Good Life: Campaign ad using Jesus goes too far
118The Good Life: Our most precious right, gagged
118Miss Movies: Ten great horror flicks for Halloween, part I
117It's a small world : Everything we do has meaning
116From the Superintendent’s Desk: Merry Christmas and Happy New Year
114Our View: County has some ‘splainin’ to do
113The Block
112The Good Life: A very interesting meeting indeed
111Across The Fence: Charles Goodnight a Man of Indomitable Spirit (Part I)
110Our View... Preserve Gering’s form of government
110From the Superintendent’s Desk : Thank You for another Great Year
110From the Superintendent's Desk: Thank You
110The hills, part 1: Mustangs
109The Good Life: We are not separate, we are one family
108The Good Life: Your dollar is a vote for what you care about
107Miss Movies: Ten great horror flicks for Halloween, part 2
104Teen Voice: Just ten minutes
104At the Monument: Water, Will There Be Enough?
103From the Superintendent’s Desk: Parents’ role in the educational process
101Teen Voice: Let us be beautiful
100Our View: Museum merger a good thing, but let’s go slowly
100The zombie apocalypse and you
100Completely Different: Confessions of an out of shape twenty something
100Completely Different: The Mind Palace Memory Technique
100Teen Voice: Eighth day of the week - Someday
98Teen Voice : Leave your legacy
98SELL-OUT!
98Completely Different: Remembering Aurora
98From the Superintendent's Desk: PLAS School
97A Small World: Time traveling
97My mini Pen and me
97Teen Voice: Experiencing versus remembering
97Teen Voice: Respond to defeat
97Completely Different: The Hills, part 2: The Civilian Conservation Corps
96Do You Tube?
96Teen Voice: On becoming politically active
95Elizabeth's top ten movie list of 2011
95Teen Voice: The road of hatred
95Completely Different: Happy Hollowthanksmas
95Completely Different: How the savings stole Christmas
95Miss Movies: Top Ten Holiday Films
94Completely Different: Look around, what are you missing?
94Teen Voice: 'Pretty Little Liars'
94Teen Voice: The more the merrier
94A Small World: Scotts Bluff Valley Fiber Arts Fair classes offer great variety
94Miss Movies: Top ten holiday films, part II
92Remembering When
92Letter to the Editor
91View from the block
91Teen Voice: Confessions of the financially disabled
91Teen Voice: Not just another ride
91No-Till Notes: Field peas and age
90Our View: Mayor should insist on civility
90Economic development update
89Completely Different: Your local government and you
89Timing makes perfect
89Our View: Extreme caution needed with fireworks
89Guest Editorial: Bob Kerrey is the true fiscal conservative
89Completely Different: The Hills, part 3: Rediscovering the spirit
89Teen Voice: Sit back and enjoy YouTube
89Jane’s Secret LV A mystery
88Our view . . .Sports Complex
88Teen Voice: Sticks and stones
88Life in the Rearview Mirror: The cumulative effects of giving
87Life in the Rearview Mirror: Invisible scars have lasting effects
87Teen Voice: An eventful homecoming
86Teen Voice: Thank you, Gering Speech Team
86Livestock Production: My Paradigm Shift
86LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Gering Public Schools seeks imput
85We need a few good people
85Completely Different: The Quest
85From the Superintendent's Desk: Elementary attendance areas
85Teen Voice: Outbreak of the Gamers
83Curiosity Corner : The tale of the travelling train station
83Life in the west: Betting on the end of the world
83LETTER TO THE EDITOR: No tax state unrealistic
83Teen Voice: Happy news
82Home of the Brave
82Welcome to Gering
81Pulpit of Bones: Man's best friend
81Miss Movies: The top ten films of 2012: The year of the geek
80Teen Voice: March Madness
80From the Superintendent's Desk: State report card
80Their View: Hey Gering, mind your own business!
79Letter to the Editor
79From the Superintendent's Desk: Why so soon?
79Teen Voice: Practice makes perfect
78Bright Ideas, Brighter Future: Leaving a Legacy
78Seeing the works of the master
78Teen Voice: Lessons I learned from my eight-year-old brother
78From the Superintendent's Desk: Student transportation changes for 2012-13
77Teen Voice: Making sense of the Sandy Hook tragedy
76Practice safe barbecue basics
76Across The Fence: Charles Goodnight; A Man of Indomitable Spirit (Part II of II)
75Social time has important benefits
75At the Library: Smoke Gets in Your Eyes: And Other Lessons from the Crematory by Caitlin Doughty
74Our view... Gering stands upon important threshold
74Bright Ideas! Brighter Future! Common sense prevails
74Life in the Rearview Mirror: Is it possible to just drive in the 21st Century?
73Permission to remember
72Teen Voice: Not according to the plan
72My Thanksgiving prayer
71From the Superintendent's Desk: Our goal: Improve student performance
69Our View: Scottsbluff attitude damages future collaborations
68From the Superintendent's Desk: School year now in full swing
58Our View: Visionaries wanted
53Our View: Bravo OTD committee
34Building Bridges: Building a bridge that lasts and endures
21No-till Notes: Stripper head
19Letter to the Editor - Injection well public hearing restricts participation
19Across The Fence: Road Trip and Discoveries
18Jane's Secret LVI: A mystery part II
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