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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222Across The Fence: Hinhan Kaga Paha
220Letters to the Editor
210A Stray Moment: Time to get moving
208Across the Fence: Aftermath: Part III, The Battle of Summit Springs
206In the Hills: Awesome Amphibians and Rough Reptiles
200A Stray Moment: Goodbye old house – sorting their things
191Rotary International observes World Polio Day Oct. 24
190Jack’s Insights: Knowing harvest
189Battle of Summit Springs, part II: Warpath to White Bear Creek
181Fourth of July meetings
179A Stray Moment: Brand new used cars
177Building Bridges: Seeking a big win out of the 4th quarter
174Building Bridges: Supporting our teachers supports our children
172Prairie Dogs
172Jane’s Secret XLX: Day’s end
164Across The Fence: Steamboats on the Missouri
163No-Till Notes: The value of water
162Teen Voice: Unexpected joys of being a sibling
162Creatures of the Night
159Dynasty made Gering the biggest little town in Nebraska
158 Across The Fence: County Fair
158
156Across The Fence: Scalped at Plum Creek
155Building Bridges: Fair time—learn, respect, appreciate, enjoy!
154
153At the Library: One Zentangle a Day
151Across The Fence: The Pawnee and human sacrifice
149No-Till Notes: Last chance for North, South Dakota tour
149Building Bridges: “It’s happening” at the Harvest Festival
146Across The Fence: Deserters or Outcasts; Three who left. (Part I)
145
142Across The Fence: Grandpa’s Grays
140Across The Fence: New England’s Heroine Scalptress
137At the Monument: Night Sky
135No-Till Notes: "Harvest"
134No-Till Notes: American Society of Agronomy
133No-Till Notes: Different Approaches Part II
132Jane’s Secret LI: The telling
130Jane’s Secret LII: Eavesdroppers
129In the Hills: Get to Know Our Feathered Travelers
129Across the Fence: Here lies Major Alexander Culbertson
124A look at - and helping - the State of the Valley
122No-Till Notes: "Different Approaches"
118Sychronicity: Thrive, don't just survive
112Across the Fence: Deserters or outcasts; Three who left (Part II)
112A Stray Moment: A ‘city boy’ visits the Harvest Festival
106
106A Stray Moment: Football – Violence, Death, and Denial
105
105Building Bridges: Know DOVES and know about domestic violence
101Across the Fence: The Battle of Hungry Hill
99
98Reach out for challenges
98At the Library: “The Master Switch” The rise and fall of information empires By Tim Wu
83At the Monument: So You want to be a Ranger?
80Across the Fence: The Battle of Coon Creek
64Across the Fence: Before Barbed Wire
25In the Hills: Learn the Dutch Oven
20Across the Fence: Ladies First or First Ladies
Most Read News Stories of 2012
17898Across The Fence: Portugee Phillips and a horse named Dandy
5095We need a few good people
3236What's the deal with organic milk?
2868Jane’s Secret, XXXX: A tale of mayhem
2662Across the Fence: Bose Ikard; Texas Cowboy
2654Across the Fence: Roosevelt’s campaign tour of the west
2311Being a Nebraskan – border to border
2260Across the Fence: The Soldier’s Free Homestead Colony of Gibbon
2259The Good Life: Today we celebrate Global Oneness Day
2254Completely Different: It's all in the family
2113Completely Different: The Disney princess debate: an exercise in the ridiculous
2098Completely Different : Could you come down off your soap box please?
2085Lyman Review: Let’s get back to the subject of bullying
2012Elizabeth's top ten movie list of 2011
1968Our View... Preserve Gering’s form of government
1964Teen Voice: Thank you, Gering Speech Team
1963Life in the Rearview Mirror: Invisible scars have lasting effects
1963Jane’s Secret, part II: Gertrude’s choice
1919The Good Life: Campaign ad using Jesus goes too far
1899Our View: Museum merger a good thing, but let’s go slowly
1882A Small World: Time traveling
1872Across the Fence: A Cheyenne weekend
1864Teen Voice: Just ten minutes
1856Completely Different: Tales from the mat
1856Totally Random: Astrology: It’s all in the stars…
1833Time keeps flowing like a river
1803A last look at the Nebraska Zone
1788Life in the west: Betting on the end of the world
1787Completely Different: Look around, what are you missing?
1785Our View: Mayor should insist on civility
1779Letter to the Editor
1765Observations Only : The orphanage
1752My mini Pen and me
1736Observations Only : Mission accomplished
1725Teen Voice: March Madness
1725Across the Fence: Ah-ho-appa (fallen leaf)
1721Observations Only: Little Girl Lost: Adopted
1721From the Pastor's Pen: Unbelievable breaking news
1720Our view . . .Sports Complex
1707Livestock Production: My Paradigm Shift
1705Completely Different: Your local government and you
1702Observations Only: Sisters lost, part I
1695Remembering When
1693Across the Fence: All aboard the Transcontinental Express
1688Observations only : Sisters of the world
1685Miss Movies: Ten great horror flicks for Halloween, part I
1684Our view... Gering stands upon important threshold
1677Completely Different: The good, the bad, and the remedy
1676Observations Only: Little girl lost, part 3
1676Bright Ideas, Brighter Future: Leaving a Legacy
1673Bright Ideas! Brighter Future! Common sense prevails
1668Curiosity Corner : The tale of the travelling train station
1664Observations Only: Little Girl Lost, part six
1652Across the Fence: James Butler Hickok: The thoughtful gunfighter
1639From the Superintendent’s Desk - Parent Teacher Conferences
1638Teen Voice: What diabetes taught me
1632It's a small world : Everything we do has meaning
1613Teen Voice : Leave your legacy
1597Our View: Scottsbluff attitude damages future collaborations
1575Jane’s Secret, XXX: A new wrinkle
1534Across the Fence - Catherine’s boys
1517Observations Only: Reality check
1494SBNM View: Do you want to be a VIP?
1487Across the fence: Something worth remembering
1477Totally Random: December 6, the day I lived
1463Jane’s Secret, part XVIII : Devil’s bargain
1449Teen Voice: Don’t be fooled by fads
1443Barr’s Bacon Wrapped Fantasy Picks: A rookie's guide to drafting your dream team
1371Completely Different: The Quest
1351Our View: Come home to Nebraska, but not just anywhere
1348Observations Only: A soul’s journey
1316Totally Random: The Golden Rule
1308Jane’s Secret, XXIII: Molly’s plan
1297Jane’s Secret, XXIV: The last drive
1286Miss Movies: Miss Movies recommends her top 10 films of 2013
1281Across the Fence: Sioux Ordnance Depot: stories to be told
1277Life in the Rearview Mirror: I’m on a road to someplace
1272Across the Fence: Burnett’s Mound and the Topeka tornado
1264From the Superintendent’s Desk: Get ready for Parent-teacher conferences
1258The Good Life: Extending grace, the lost art
1254Across the Fence: Building Barns
1250Theatre West’s Cabaret torch burns brightly
1249Jane’s Secret, XXXIII: Night walk
1243Dear Fellow Nebraskans: Governor’s Ag Conference overview
1241Across the Fence: Dull Knife’s Quest, part 1
1241Across The Fence: Union Pacific robbery at Big Springs
1232Across the Fence: Lions, wolves and bears
1232Totally Random: Hemp: considering the real benefits of the miracle plant
1217From the Superintendent's Desk: Thank You
1216No-Till Notes: Plan to attend 2014 No-Till Conference
1214From the Superintendent's Desk: NePAS – State Accountability
1214Building Bridges: Save the world, educate through agriculture
1210Jane’s Secret, XXV: Mysteries
1201Our view: Gering’s future needs your vote
1194From the Superintendent’s Desk: Welcome to new certified staff
1193From the Superintendent’s Desk - Option Enrollment
1191Observations Only: Blinders aren’t just for horses
1184Completely Different: It’s the end of the world as we know it
1178Across the Fence: Dull Knife’s Quest: Part 2 of 2
1174Across the Fence: Class of ’67, last remnants of home
1166Life in the West: Inside the minds of serial killers
1165The Good Life: Through my father’s eyes
1161A Stray Moment: Merry Christmas – God save us all
1156Across the Fence: Wyoming settlers lay siege to the TA Ranch
1149Completely Different: New Year’s Resolutions
1148Completely Different: The game is afoot, a look at Sherlock Holmes
1147Across the Fence: Judge Roy Bean : Texas prizefight promoter
1146A Small World: Savoring county fair days
1138Cat on a Hot Tin Roof a mixed bag
1137Across the Fence: On The road
1136Jane’s Secret, part XI: Grand Duchess
1131From the Superintendent’s Desk: Early Childhood Education
1131Across the Fence: Discovering Ed Stemler
1119Jane’s Secret, part IX: Mrs. Huber’s chagrin
1117Across The Fence: Crow Dog, Spotted Tail’s assassin
1115Jane’s Secret, part XIII: Blackberry pie
1112A Stray Moment : Carry the weight
1111From the Superintendent’s Desk : Thank You for another Great Year
1110The Good Life: Hey, I’m a winner!
1109Assad’s endgame
1107Jane’s Secret, part VI: Molly’s surprise
1092Teen Voice: I guess it’s just a western Nebraska thing
1091Jane’s Secret, part VII Clem’s confession
1091Lyman Review: Hubby’s got my goat
1090Jane’s Secret, part VIII: Molly's plan
1085From the Superintendent’s Desk: Thanks for the memories
1083From the Superintendent’s Desk - Haig and Aurora Buildings
1081Guest Editorial: Fischer will see U.S. ‘living within means’
1080Jane’s Secret, part XVII : Plans gone awry
1075A Stray Moment: All's well that ends well, usually
1072Jane’s Secret, part XX: Change of plans
1069Across the Fence: Black Hills Gold and the Thoen Stone
1064Across The Fence: Billy Dixon; Plainsman, Hunter, Indian fighter and Scout
1063Miss Movies: “Bully” a powerful documentary
1059Across The Fence: The Hat Creek Outpost
1054Observations Only - Two ages of man
1044Thinking About Health: The challenge of signing up for Obamacare
1042Across the Fence: Consumed by fire
1042The Good Life: Your dollar is a vote for what you care about
1041Across the Fence: The Spirit of Crazy Horse
1039Completely Different: That’s so Pinteresting
1035A Small World: Chokecherry season evokes memories of yesterday
1029Jane’s Secret, part XVI: Fate takes a hand
1025From the Superintendent’s Desk: Accountability
1021Teen Voice: New Year’s goals
1019A Stray Moment: Earth Day, am I doing my part?
1017Jane’s Secret, part V: Aggie’s complaint
1015Jane’s Secret, part XIV: Molly’s dream
1011 Across the Fence: ‘Aunt Sally’ and Dakota Gold
1007Observations Only: Painting a picture
999Teen Voice: Today’s television
998Across the Fence: The Great Solomon River Stampede
997Across the Fence: The Wellnitz Fire, day 1 and 2
994Across the Fence: Mud Springs revisited
991Across the Fence: The much maligned Ms. Watson
991Life in the Rearview Mirror: I hate coffee
990Jane’s Secret, part XV: Unrequited love
989Jane’s Secret, Part XVIV: Crystal Waters
986Jane’s Secret, part XII: Jane's Vow
984Across the Fence: First scalp for Custer
982Across the Fence: Sitting Bull: The Last Surrendering Sioux
982Across The Fence: Celebrating the 120th anniversary of the Chadron to Chicago Cowboy Race, part I
981From the Superintendent’s Desk - District purchase of building
981From the Superintendent’s Desk: Summer School – 2013
976Jane’s Secret, XXVIII: Lame Johnny
974From the Superintendent’s Desk
971Across The Fence: A day For thanks
968From the Superintendent’s Desk: Parents’ role in the educational process
967Jane’s Secret, part XXII: While the cat’s away
966From the Superintendent’s Desk : Draft Calendar 2013-14
965From the Superintendent’s Desk: Current enrollment count
963Miss Movies: Ten movies for romance
962Life in the Rearview Mirror: Cleaning off the ‘what if’ shelf
959Our View: County Manager option leads to Good Old Boys' Club
958Observations Only: A new direction
958Teen Voice: Fifty reasons to smile
957Teen Voice: What senior year taught me
955Across the Fence: Just For the Thrill of It
947Jane’s Secret, XXVII: Town Meeting
942From the Pastor's Pen: Lord, teach us to pray
940Across the Fence: A hometown 4th of July
938Teen Voice: Learning calculus more than numbers
935The zombie apocalypse and you
934A Stray Moment: Star Trek: Infinite diversity in infinite combinations
933Across the Fence: Fort Mitchell on the Great Platte River Road
926Completely Different: The Marilyn Monroe conundrum
925Totally Random: I’m a backwards reader
922Teen Voice: Experiencing versus remembering
920Across the Fence: Bloody Pocket, the final battle
919Across the Fence: Faded photos and vivid memories
917Across the Fence - Boston: April 18, 1775
915From the Superintendent’s Desk: Merry Christmas and Happy New Year
914Across the Fence: Submarines and railroads
913Jane’s Secret, part XXI: Gertrude’s Agenda
909From the Superintendent's Desk: Election over – work begins
909From the Superintendent’s Desk - Financial Outlook for Gering Public Schools
902Observations Only: Sisters lost, part IV
899A Stray Moment: Now is the winter of our disconnect
899The Good Life: It’s hard to believe, the Citizen is four years old
897Completely Different: What’s speech got to do with it?
895Completely Different: Confessions of an out of shape twenty something
895Teen Voice: Respond to defeat
895Across the Fence: Celebrating the 120th anniversary of the Chadron to Chicago Cowboy Race, part II
894Anno Domini: Independence, an ideal worth celebrating
889Trash cans
889Observations Only: Giving up
889Thinking about Health: Getting insurance under the Affordable Care Act
884A Stray Moment - Celebrating Gering's Quasquicentennial
883The Good Life: Our most precious right, gagged
881The hills, part 1: Mustangs
881Observations Only: Curious things
879Across the Fence: The hand dug well
878A Stray Moment: In praise of silence
876Teen Voice: Catfished
875Lyman Review - Tales of the renegade rooster
875Across the Fence: Fact, fiction or fragmented dreams?
874Across the Fence: Cynthia Ann Parker, Comanche captive
873From the Superintendent's Desk: Elementary attendance areas
871Teen Voice: Let us be beautiful
870Teen Voice: The road of hatred
869Teen Voice: 'Pretty Little Liars'
868Completely Different: The mystery of Vivian Maier
864Observations Only: The joy of money
864Teen Voice: The more the merrier
862The Block
861Observations Only: Sisters lost, part III
860The Good Life: The best Christmas gift
860At the Library: Words of Radiance by Brandon Sanderson
856Teen Voice: Lessons I learned from my eight-year-old brother
855Across the Fence: Rural free delivery
853A Stray Moment: Without a net
852Observations Only: Saturday delight
852A Stray Moment: Waiting on a train
849Teen Voice: What’s so great about pizza?
846A Stray Moment: I love Sookie Stackhouse
844Completely Different: The Hills, part 3: Rediscovering the spirit
841Jane’s Secret, XXIX: Fred’s debacle
838Political Cartoon by Doug Hoevet
837Teen Voice: Congratulations, you’re awful
835Life's curve balls
835Jane's Secret, part X: The arrival
835A Stray Moment: Tacos! Our embarrassment of riches
835Life in the Rearview Mirror: Greensburg strong
830 Taking a big risk
830Political Cartoon by Doug Hoevet
830A Stray Moment: God Knows
829A Stray Moment: On Canada and the forgotten bicentennial
829The Good Life: We are not separate, we are one family
826From the Superintendent's Desk: School year now in full swing
826A Stray Moment: It's a dog's life
825Completely Different: The Mind Palace Memory Technique
825Teen Voice: Gleek tragedy
824Across the Fence: Standing on the wagon
821Jane’s Secret, XXXII Jane’s Bad Day
820A Small World: Scotts Bluff Valley Fiber Arts Fair classes offer great variety
819Completely Different: Remembering Aurora
817Miss Movies: Ten great horror flicks for Halloween, part 2
815Teen Voice: Not just another ride
814Completely Different: The Hills, part 2: The Civilian Conservation Corps
814Life in the Rearview Mirror: The Moments we live for
813Teen Voice: Confessions of the financially disabled
813Observations Only: Scourge of violence
813The Good Life: Mom, my partner in life
812Across the Fence: When Lady Luck sleeps
811Seeing the works of the master
811From the Superintendent's Desk: PLAS School
811Observations Only: Going home
810The ghost of Ayn Rand
808Observations Only: Extreme measures
806A ‘city’ kid goes to the fair
805A Stray Moment: World War Two is not forgotten
804Across the Fence: When Fiddler quit running
803Timing makes perfect
803The Good Life: Christina Baker’s mom: Thank you
802Across the Fence: Wounded Knee; December 29, 1890
802Capitol View: Lincoln Highway captures spotlight
801A Stray Moment: - The case for Hagel
801The Good Life: A farm girl in my heart
799Teen Voice: Sticks and stones
799Observations Only: Counting chickens
798The Good Life: Leave the quilt shop and laundromat alone
798Completely Different: Happy Hollowthanksmas
797Observations Only: Just around the corner
796Across the Fence: Tomb of the Unknown
796A Stray Moment: A voice from the past, haunting myself
795Our View: County has some ‘splainin’ to do
794Our View: Extreme caution needed with fireworks
793View from the block
793Teen Voice: Body image
793The Good Life: The two different types of business people
789SELL-OUT!
789Observations Only: The two faces of poverty
789Observations Only: A soul's journey, part III
788Across the Fence : November 1864: Pole Creek, Politics and Patriots
787Pulpit of Bones: Man's best friend
784Observations Only: Uneventful flight
784Totally Random: My journey, life after living
783A Stray Moment: The last time
783Guest Voice: If I could do it over again
783The Good Life: We are the Valley’s emissaries
778It's no surprise
775A Stray Moment - A night owl born to an 8 to 5 world
774Teen Voice: Living within our means
770Rural America and immigration reform
770Book Review: I Forgot to Remember By Su Meck
769Teen Voice: Not according to the plan
769Observations Only: Surprises
769Miss Movies: Top ten holiday films, part II
768Welcome to Gering
768Guest Editorial: Bob Kerrey is the true fiscal conservative
768Observations Only: A gift of serenity
767Our View: Pipeline not a solution to oil problems
766Across the Fence: Places near forgotten
766Life in the Rearview Mirror: The world is a stage
765Across the Fence: Cheyenne County, Nebraska: cattle country
764Completely Different: How the savings stole Christmas
764Across the Fence: A boy called Slon-Ha
764Observations Only: Musings of an odd duck
763Teen Voice: The benefits of online learning
763Completely Different: The bucket list phenomenon
762A Stray Moment: Ready for the storm
762Observations Only: Journey's end
761Across The Fence: Jules, Jack and lawless justice
760Age of reason
760Silence please
760From the Superintendent's Desk: School Safety and Security
760Completely Different: Hey there, four eyes!
759Teen: Voice : Drinking enough water
758Observations Only: No thank you
757Teen Voice: Twitter as sleep criminal
757Observations Only: The awful truth
756Teen Voice: Shadow art
753Life in the Rearview Mirror: Personal control of an individual response
752Do You Tube?
752Observations Only: Critical thinking
749Observations Only: What's in a word?
749Teen Voice: Serendipity
749Completely Different: Perfect memories made in imperfect moments
748Capitol View: Wild life proposal costly but worthwhile
746Across the Fence: Thanks for the memory
746A Stray Moment: For the love of theatre
745Observations Only: A strange Thanksgiving
744LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Gering Public Schools seeks imput
743Economic development update
743Across The Fence: The hanging of Cornelius Donahue a.k.a. John A. Hurley
743Across The Fence: Freedom Triumphant Over War and Peace
741Observations Only: North Powder
739Teen Voice: Eighth day of the week - Someday
738Observations Only: Together again
738Observations Only: Curious things, part II
736Observations Only: Sister odyssey
736Miss Movies: The top ten films of 2012: The year of the geek
736Across the Fence: Wasicu Wakan
736A Stray Moment: Having a blast on the Fourth of July
735Teen Voice: An eventful homecoming
734Building Bridges: Cleaning up for company--or not--reveals a lot
731Teeing Off: Lessons learned from golf
730From the Superintendent's Desk: Student transportation changes for 2012-13
730Teen Voice: Sit back and enjoy YouTube
728Observations Only: Spider adventure
728Observations Only: Sister lost
728Anno Domini: The memorial nobody wants
727Completely Different: Do you know John Green?
726Observations Only: Blue chip stock
725The Good Life: A very interesting meeting indeed
723From the Superintendent's Desk: Our goal: Improve student performance
723Across The Fence: The Spanish Flu
720Building Bridges: Chautauqua will bring out the best in everyone
718Life in the Rearview Mirror: Is it possible to just drive in the 21st Century?
714Teen Voice: On becoming politically active
714Their View: Hey Gering, mind your own business!
714Across the Fence: Pawnee legends in the Nebraska Panhandle
713I'm falling for Tumblr?
709Observations Only: Sisters lost, part two
709Guest Voices…
709Across The Fence: The Heartland plague of 1874-75
708Completely Different: I go to seek a Great Perhaps
708A real leaning tree Christmas
704Observations Only: Expect the best, part II
702Teen Voice: Positive effects of social media
699From the Superintendent's Desk: Why so soon?
699From the Superintendent's Desk: State report card
699Teen Voice: Dealing with stress
698A Small World: Special guest
697Teen Voice: Pinning your interest
697The Good Life: A holiday recipe for peace
696Teen Voice: Indulge In moderation
696The Good Life: A time to be proud of our ancestors
695Observations Only : White water
695Jane’s secret, XXVI: The suitcase
694Teen Voice: Being a girl
692Observations Only: A soul's journey, part two
692The Good Life: The lasting effects of bullying
691Teen Voice: Go ahead, make my day
691Teen Voice: Say yes to branching out
690A Stray Moment: Guilty pleasures
690Building Bridges: Planning now for tourism season 2014
688Miss Movies: Top Ten Holiday Films
686Permission to remember
686Jane's Secret, XXXI: Sixes and sevens
685Observations Only: The meeting
683My Thanksgiving prayer
683Teen Voice: Until we say goodbye
683The Lyman Review: I love baby ducks
683Jane’s Secret XXXV: Bugs and things
682Across The Fence: A Fourth of July Montage
677Five Good Reasons to Create an Investment Strategy
676Our View: The elephant in the room
673Observations Only: Wilkerson Pass
673Observations Only: A matter of matter
673A Small World: Legends week promises fun for everyone
671Teen Voice: Go ahead, make my day
671Life in the Rearview Mirror: Work is more than a four-letter word
670The Good Life: Cooler breezes bring anticipation of fall
669Social time has important benefits
669The Good Life: The economic footprint of one small business
668Teen Voice: Saying Goodbye
666Home of the Brave
665Teen Voice: Outbreak of the Gamers
663The Good Life: What a wild ride it’s been
662Across The Fence: By the dawn’s early light
662Across The Fence: Billy Dixon at Adobe Walls, June 1874
662Building Bridges: Being grateful for the hardships in life
660Observations Only: Indifferent love
659Observations Only: Good and evil
659The Good Life: Innovation and young energy enriches us all
659Across The Fence: The Pawnee on Pumpkin Creek
658Teeing Off: Around the Green
657Practice safe barbecue basics
657Teen Voice: Happy news
656Observations Only: The shadow of error
655Life in the Rearview Mirror: The cumulative effects of giving
655Across the Fence: The Overland Camel Company
653Teen Voice: Making sense of the Sandy Hook tragedy
652LETTER TO THE EDITOR: No tax state unrealistic
651Teen Voice: Practice makes perfect
651Observations Only: Expect the best
644Teen Voice: By my side until the newness wears off
644Observations Only: A fine line
644Teen Voice:  Body bashing and self-image
643The Good Life: People of the Valley, we have a choice
643Jane's Secret XXXIV: Gin Rummy
642Observations Only: Beginnings
642Teen Voice: The daily struggle to a lifelong battle
640The Good Life - The worst day on record at the Citizen
636Observations Only: Divine spirit
634Teen Voice - On the outside looking In
633Anno Domini: We gather together
625Our View: Bravo OTD committee
625Observations Only: A matter of paradox
624Teen Voice: Equality
623Teen Voice: I’ll be healthy – tomorrow
622Observations Only: Divine prompts
616Observations Only: Choices
616Building Bridges: Tend to 2014 and be Happy, Happy, Happy
613Observations Only: A sad week
613Teen Voice: Sticks and stones
612Completely Different - The magic of spring
612A Stray Moment: Learning how to walk
610Building Bridges: Celebrating the Bulldog homecoming
608Teen Voice: Previously unwritten cell phone rules
607Teen Voice: Silence
605A Stray Moment: In praise of encouragement
604A Halloween Story: The scary dream
602Across The Fence: Amos Bad Heart Bull
601Building Bridges: Love your enemies
600Teen Voice: Thanksgiving
599Life in the Rearview Mirror: Experiencing life passion
599Totally Random: Life’s ripples
598Across the Fence; Prelude to the Red River War of 1874
598Totally Random: October, the pink month
596Observations Only: Temptation
596Life in the Rearview Mirror: Adapt and adjust
596Observations Only: Fuzzy angel
594Welcome to Gering and the 92nd Oregon Trail Days Celebration.
591Observations Only: Off to the races
591Across The Fence: First train from Saply Grove
589Lyman Review: Devil calf
587Observations Only: The vision
580Dear Fellow Nebraskans: We Are Proud of the Nebraska National Guard
578Observations Only: Willfulness
576Teen Voice: The need to get away
576Guest Editorial: The future of health care at Regional West
574Teen Voice: Do It Anyway
569Observations Only: The need to understand
569Observations Only: A good daughter
563Building Bridges: Observing bullies, abuse and pastors
561Teen Voice: Stress test
561Anno Domini: Ask the digital dust
557Building Bridges: Asking officials to speak and work as a body
555Our View: Visionaries wanted
555Updates from NRD: NRD promotes conservation
553Teen Voice: Is respect dead?
551Across the Fence: The Pony Express
550Life in the Rearview Mirror: Life enhancing memories
550Teeing Off: Persistence
545Across the Fence: A Cowboy kind of Christmas
544Teeing Off: Mind Gym
542Lyman Review: The elusive farm cat
537Observations Only: The unvarnished truth
535Teen Voice: Remember what you have
532Building Bridges: Serve on the school board—or say no more
532Teen Voice: Footprints
531Observations Only: Afraid of the dark
531Building Bridges: “New” will become a buzzword in the Valley
531Dear Nebraskans: Massachusetts should not determine Nebraska’s Presidential vote
526Final Point: Golf, cross country feats headline fall season successes
526Building Bridges: Building us up to be what others see
523Anno Domini: On this remembering day
522Teen Voice: The rivalry
521Building Bridges: Following the spirit of Gering
520Observations Only: Saint Marge
519Teeing Off: The thing about state
519Lyman Review: The love goat
518Observations Only: Waiting time
518Up The Creek Without A Paddle: The NRD wants to do what with your money?
517Across the Fence: Battle of Summit Springs, Part I: Tall Bull Killed
514Teen Voice: The Other Side
514Dear Fellow Nebraskans: Collegebound Nebraska
514Teen Voice: Nobody else can lower you
513Totally Random: Happy Halloween
511Jane’s Secret XXXVII: A starry night
510Across The Fence: The Three Guardsmen
507Our View: Why rush the interlocal agreement?
507Across The Fence; ‘Johnny Appleseed’ of the Oregon Trail
504Teen Voice: My rebellion
503Lyman Review: Now that's a set of handlebars!
502No-Till Notes: Water Funding Task Force
498Across the Fence: The Blizzard of ‘49
496Observations Only: Gone away
489Jane’s Secret, XXXVIII: Bad girls
487Lyman Review: Something wicked this way comes
486Teen Voice: What is love?
479Observations Only: Hog wash
479Teen Voice: Self-expression
478Update From the NRD: Winter has arrived
477Welcome to the ‘New’ in Gering
476Capitol View: Delay tactics a gamble as session draws to a close
471 Across the Fence: Remembering Armistice Day
471A Stray Moment: Robin Williams – Good night sweet prince
469Jane’s Secret XXXVI:  The dream
466Building Bridges: Pause a moment...save a child’s life
463Why you should visit the zoo in February
460Building Bridges: Objectivity and fairness make a winning plan
458Across the Fence; Massacre on the Marias River
457No Till Notes: Final Stop
451Observations Only: The visit
451From the Hill: More Work Ahead
451Across The Fence: Moc-chi, A Southern Cheyenne warrior
450Teen Voice: Shopping days or holidays?
449Jane’s Secret, XLI Black widow spider
446
445For the love of the game – best courses in the valley
443Lyman Review: One mean chicken
443Observations Only: A day in August
442Across the Fence: New eyes on the Panhandle
440Teen Voice: Cyber War
438Across The Fence: Crazy Horse’s Last Battle
432At the Library: March into a good book
428Across The Fence: Mustangs on Pumpkin Creek
424Observations Only: One more time
423Teen Voice: Hope for a New Year
419Observations Only: The last goodbye
418What’s really going on with our water?
417In the Hills: Nebraska Bighorn Sheep
411Lyman Review: Goat-chasing cardio
408Building Bridges: #speaklife is a goal for students, a goal for all
405Teen Voice: My School, Their Rules
402Teen Voice: The gift of caring
400Teen Voice: Family for all intents and purposes
400Across the Fence: Remembering English Joe
400Jane’s Secret: Jane’s Secret, XLIII: Jail house rock
400No-Till Notes: Looking Back
399Our View: Childcare not school district’s role
396Updates from NRD: Happy New Year
396Their View: Goal post move unfair
394Observations Only: Final moment
393Teen Voice: Writing love on our hearts
393At the Monument: Junior Rangers
392Teen Voice: To the future
391Capitol View: Yes, Virginia, the Legislature has done something, so far
390No-Till Notes: Joe Franks Memorial
386Across the Fence: Prelude to Battle
386Capitol View: Considering additional education choices
386Gering ninth graders answer the questions of life
384Across the Fence: David F. Cook and ‘Indian Joe’
383Building Bridges: Be a Destination Ambassador
381Lyman Review: Branding Time
378Across the Fence: The Colorado Coalfield War
378In the Hills: Pollinators – the buzz
377Across The Fence: Last Christmas
376View from Capitol Hill: Solutions for our economy and the budget
374Across the Fence: John Colter, the first mountain man
372Observations Only: The last toothpick
372Teen Voice: Where is the love?
371Building Bridges: Awards are only part of our success
370Jane’s Secret: Jane’s Secret, XLII: Sunflowers
369Nature Notes: Love is in the air
368No-till Notes: Moving forward
367Mayor’s Monthly: Moving on Gering’s momentum
363Our View: Community responsible for kids
363Letter to Editor clarifies drug testing policy
363Totally Random: Where does it go?
363Building Bridges: Five years old IS a milestone
362Jane’s Secret: Jane’s Secret XLIV: Jail break
362Arts Scene: Theatre West’s Les Miserables not to be missed: Anniversary production proves to be a memorable winner
360Capitol View: There was more to the session than just the big ticket items
358Capitol View: The 103rd Legislature is history … finally
357Totally Random: Trusting the fates
357In the Hills: Arbor Day in Nebraska
354Jane’s Secret: Jane’s Secret XLV: Gun smoke
353Across the Fence: Roy Bean; scoundrel with a law book
348Building Bridges: When ‘FAMILY’ and fellow Nebraskans are all you’ve got
346Observations Only: The vigil
346Christmas stories from Freshman Academy students
346Teen Voice: Trouble Maker or Hard Worker?
346Across the Fence: Missing; Nelson Buck survey party
344Lyman Review: Taste of boot?
344Coach Schadwinkel promoted strong sense of tradition
344Linked Lives
344No-Till Notes: Enjoyable Day
343At the Library: “My Name is Resolute” By Nancy E. Turner
341Building Bridges: Be American - help your candidate
339History Revisited:A Stray Moment: Life (and death) on the Oregon Trail
335Lyman Review: Nudge to the Butt
334Building Bridges: Oregon Trail Days—making our present a celebrated past
331Dear Nebraskans: Nebraska is the place for business
330Across the Fence: The Cholera Corridor
330Capitol View: Legislature overrides gubernatorial vetoes
330Final Point: Citizen receives first honor for ‘Final Point’
326Support emergency services personnel
326At the Library: “I Shall Be Near to You” By Erin Lindsay McCabe
325Religious freedom must be protected
322Notes from NRD: Thanks agricultural producers
318Across the Fence: Who was Martha Jane Canary?
317Capitol View: The Legislature did provide tax relief
316College Thoughts: Rotten for the minds? Think again
315Update from the NRD: March updates from the NRD
314Capitol View: Redistricting needs new procedure
312In the Hills: Explore the state parks
312Website Resources
311At the Monument: That old (historic) building
311Anno Domini: The Textbook of Freedom
309Lyman Review: Winter's dog
309Across the Fence: Charles Badger Clark
307Across the Fence: On the Old Chisholm Trail
307No-Till Notes: Annual PNTP Tour
306Building Bridges: Don’t wait to develop
306Our View: Confidentiality agreement disrespectful
303Capital View: Can prison reform survive property tax relief?
302From the Capitol: The conduct we choose reflects our character
301Capitol View: It sounded like a good idea at first
299Teen Voice: Holiday horrors
299Across the Fence: Investigation at Spring Creek
299No-Till Notes: Cheat grass
299Building Bridges: Dive into summer—dive into living
298Across the Fence: Amanda
297Across the Fence: Old barns and memories
295Teen Voice: Home is where the heart is
295Building Bridges: Turning a space into a sense of place
294Capitol View: Legislature to tackle meatier issues
293Capitol View: Clock keeps tickin,’ many issues remain unresolved
289Lyman Review: Dog fun
287New at the Zoo: Volunteer at the Zoo
284Lyman Review: Sheep Royalty
283At the Zoo: Spring in to the zoo
282Across the Fence: The Spring Creek Raid
281At the Monument: Where are the animals?
280Teen Voice: Inspire me
278Teen Voice: The clock is ticking
277No-til Notes: Changing plans
275Jane’s Secret XLVI: Sour grapes
274Across The Fence: Justice in the Big Horn Basin
271Greetings from the State Capitol
269Washington Report: Honoring America’s heroes
267No-Till Notes: “Fish and Mud”
258No-Till Notes: Back in the field
254Jane’s Secret XLVIII: Jane’s agenda
252Capitol View: State aid proposal just might make some sense
250Across the Fence: Six went to the gallows
250Jane’s Secret XLVII: A stormy afternoon
246At the Monument: Art in National Parks
246Be kind through communications
238Synchronicity:What brings me back
236Letter to the editor
234View of the Zoo: VIPs at RCD
233Gering freshmen introduce personalities, styles: Writing assignment encourages students to let individualism shine
230Jane’s Secret XLIX: Phillip’s agenda
228Dear Nebraskans: Technology helps serve Nebraskans
228Fellow Nebraskans: Congratulations on graduation day
227No-Till Notes:Enjoyable meeting
222Across The Fence: Hinhan Kaga Paha
220Letters to the Editor
210A Stray Moment: Time to get moving
208Across the Fence: Aftermath: Part III, The Battle of Summit Springs
206In the Hills: Awesome Amphibians and Rough Reptiles
200A Stray Moment: Goodbye old house – sorting their things
191Rotary International observes World Polio Day Oct. 24
190Jack’s Insights: Knowing harvest
189Battle of Summit Springs, part II: Warpath to White Bear Creek
181Fourth of July meetings
179A Stray Moment: Brand new used cars
177Building Bridges: Seeking a big win out of the 4th quarter
174Building Bridges: Supporting our teachers supports our children
172Prairie Dogs
172Jane’s Secret XLX: Day’s end
164Across The Fence: Steamboats on the Missouri
163No-Till Notes: The value of water
162Teen Voice: Unexpected joys of being a sibling
162Creatures of the Night
159Dynasty made Gering the biggest little town in Nebraska
158 Across The Fence: County Fair
158
156Across The Fence: Scalped at Plum Creek
155Building Bridges: Fair time—learn, respect, appreciate, enjoy!
154
153At the Library: One Zentangle a Day
151Across The Fence: The Pawnee and human sacrifice
149No-Till Notes: Last chance for North, South Dakota tour
149Building Bridges: “It’s happening” at the Harvest Festival
146Across The Fence: Deserters or Outcasts; Three who left. (Part I)
145
142Across The Fence: Grandpa’s Grays
140Across The Fence: New England’s Heroine Scalptress
137At the Monument: Night Sky
135No-Till Notes: "Harvest"
134No-Till Notes: American Society of Agronomy
133No-Till Notes: Different Approaches Part II
132Jane’s Secret LI: The telling
130Jane’s Secret LII: Eavesdroppers
129In the Hills: Get to Know Our Feathered Travelers
129Across the Fence: Here lies Major Alexander Culbertson
124A look at - and helping - the State of the Valley
122No-Till Notes: "Different Approaches"
118Sychronicity: Thrive, don't just survive
112Across the Fence: Deserters or outcasts; Three who left (Part II)
112A Stray Moment: A ‘city boy’ visits the Harvest Festival
106
106A Stray Moment: Football – Violence, Death, and Denial
105
105Building Bridges: Know DOVES and know about domestic violence
101Across the Fence: The Battle of Hungry Hill
99
98Reach out for challenges
98At the Library: “The Master Switch” The rise and fall of information empires By Tim Wu
83At the Monument: So You want to be a Ranger?
80Across the Fence: The Battle of Coon Creek
64Across the Fence: Before Barbed Wire
25In the Hills: Learn the Dutch Oven
20Across the Fence: Ladies First or First Ladies
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