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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267Jane’s Secret XLIX: Phillip’s agenda
267A Stray Moment: Goodbye old house – sorting their things
267Teen Voice: Positive effects of social media
266No-Till Notes: Different Approaches Part II
266No-Till Notes: Drilling Edible Beans, part 2
266A warm feeling on a big winter day
265Observations Only: Journey's end
265Teeing Off: Persistence
265Across The Fence: Last Christmas
265Teen Voice: Out with homework
264Completely Different: Perfect memories made in imperfect moments
264Lyman Review: A Tunnel of Birds
263Jane’s Secret, XXVII: Town Meeting
263Teeing Off: Mind Gym
263A Highway Bill for Nebraska
262Teen: Voice : Drinking enough water
262Completely Different: What’s speech got to do with it?
262Totally Random: The Golden Rule
262Across The Fence: Battle of the Wabash: St. Clair’s Defeat
262All Points West: The mind is a terrible thing to waste
261Teen Voice: Fifty reasons to smile
261Observations Only: A soul’s journey
261Teeing Off: The thing about state
261Lyman Review: One mean chicken
261Across The Fence: Ms. Goodale and The Ghost Dance War (Part III)
260Teeing Off: Lessons learned from golf
260Jane’s Secret: Jane’s Secret XLIV: Jail break
260No Till Notes:
260Jane’s Secret LIV The bargain part II
259The Good Life: We are the Valley’s emissaries
259Jane’s Secret, XXXVIII: Bad girls
259No-Till Notes:Enjoyable meeting
259Across The Fence: Charles Goodnight; A Man of Indomitable Spirit (Part II of II)
259Jane’s Secret LVII: A mystery revealed
259No Till Notes: Potential, part 2
257Life in the Rearview Mirror: I hate coffee
257Jane’s Secret LII: Eavesdroppers
256Observations Only: The last goodbye
255Across the Fence: Who was Martha Jane Canary?
255Jane’s Secret XLX: Day’s end
255A mom’s thoughts on social media
255Jane’s Secret LXII: True colors
254Observations Only: The visit
254No-Till Notes: “Fish and Mud”
253Teen Voice: Congratulations, you’re awful
253Lawmakers taking another shot at Medicaid expansion
252From the Superintendent’s Desk - Haig and Aurora Buildings
252Observations Only: Expect the best
252Curiosity Corner: A forever Christmas
251Jane’s Secret, XXIX: Fred’s debacle
251Teen Voice: Self-expression
251Observations Only: The vigil
251No-Till Notes: Annual PNTP Tour
251Jane’s Secret, XC: Clem’s story
250Teen Voice: Serendipity
250Teen Voice: Go ahead, make my day
250Lyman Review: The love goat
250At the Library: Son by Lois Lowry
249Teen Voice: Learning calculus more than numbers
249At the Library: Words of Radiance by Brandon Sanderson
249No-till Notes: Moving forward
248A Halloween Story: The scary dream
248Jane’s Secret: Jane’s Secret XLV: Gun smoke
248Jane’s Secret LI: The telling
248No Till Notes: Moving Forward
247Jane’s Secret XLVI: Sour grapes
247From the Hill: LEAP to New Opportunities
246Observations Only: Uneventful flight
246Building Bridges: Pause a moment...save a child’s life
246A Stray Moment: A ‘city boy’ visits the Harvest Festival
246Across The Fence: The Harmar Campaign
246Jack’s Insights: Basing decisions on facts, not opinion
245Teen Voice: Shadow art
245No-Till Notes: Enjoyable Day
245No-Till Notes: The value of water
245At the Monument: Domestic Animals on the Oregon Trail
244Totally Random: I’m a backwards reader
244Totally Random: Happy Halloween
244Jane’s Secret LIII: The bargain
244A new chapter for the U.S. House
243Completely Different: That’s so Pinteresting
243No-Till Notes: Dakota Lakes Dry Land Rotations
242Observations Only: Going home
242Our View: Why rush the interlocal agreement?
242Teen Voice: The rivalry
242Capitol View: The 103rd Legislature is history … finally
242Rotary International observes World Polio Day Oct. 24
242Veterans Day
242No-Till Notes: Path to Soil Health II
242Simply October
242Keeping Nebraska Safe
241Teen Voice: New Year’s goals
241Building Bridges: Oregon Trail Days—making our present a celebrated past
241In the Hills: Learn the Dutch Oven
241All Points West: Huskers win hearts and minds at Holiday Bowl
241Across The Fence: …and a Happy New Year.
241Practicing Fiscal Restraint
240Teen Voice: Equality
240The Good Life: People of the Valley, we have a choice
240Jane's Secret LVI: A mystery part II
239Teen Voice: The daily struggle to a lifelong battle
239Lyman Review: Taste of boot?
239Across the Fence: Deserters or outcasts; Three who left (Part II)
238Life in the Rearview Mirror: Experiencing life passion
238Life in the Rearview Mirror: The world is a stage
238Teen Voice: Shopping days or holidays?
238Teen Voice: Cyber War
238No-till Notes: Stripper head
237Lyman Review: Dog fun
237Building Bridges: Five years old IS a milestone
237Across The Fence: Barbecue Campbell and the XIT
237Jane’s Secret LII: Eavesdroppers
237No-Till Notes: The Power of Legumes, part II
237Capitol View: Corrections director knows challenge, forges ahead
236From the Hill: More Work Ahead
236Teen Voice: Hope for a New Year
236Teen Voice: My School, Their Rules
235Miss Movies: Ten movies for romance
235Teen Voice: The benefits of online learning
235The Good Life: Mom, my partner in life
235No-Till Notes: American Society of Agronomy
235Curiosity Corner: The Boss of the Plains
235Transgender issues need to be addressed
234No-til Notes: Changing plans
234At the Library:Neil Patrick Harris: Choose Your Own Autobiography
234Building Bridges: On tourism and trash
233From the Pastor's Pen: Unbelievable breaking news
233At the Monument: Living History
232A Stray Moment: Time to get moving
232At the Library: Book Review: “Landline” by Rainbow Rowell
232NRD Update: National Groundwater Awareness Week
231Completely Different - The magic of spring
231New at the Zoo: Volunteer at the Zoo
231No-Till Notes: Back in the field
231We shall not give into fear
231Capitol View: How Nebraska rates is a good tool
230Teen Voice: Body image
230Rural America and immigration reform
230Gering freshmen introduce personalities, styles: Writing assignment encourages students to let individualism shine
230To whom are we thankful?
230Taking Flight: From War Orphan to Star Ballerina At the Library
230Curiosity Corner: Amazing Grace
229Observations Only: Curious things
229Totally Random: Trusting the fates
228Miss Movies: Miss Movies recommends her top 10 films of 2013
228Updates from NRD: NRD promotes conservation
228Building Bridges: “It’s happening” at the Harvest Festival
227From the Superintendent’s Desk : Draft Calendar 2013-14
227Teen Voice: Go ahead, make my day
227Capitol View: Yes, Virginia, the Legislature has done something, so far
227Nebraska needs tax reform
227Building Bridges: The ‘School of Hard Knocks’ teaches life
226In the Hills: Nebraska Bighorn Sheep
226At the Monument: Bird Homes at the Bluff
226Capitol View: Warning: Election Year Legislative session ahead
226Capitol View: Pig ownership may be defining moment in urban-rural relations
225Teen Voice: What senior year taught me
225Political Cartoon by Doug Hoevet
225Teen Voice: Previously unwritten cell phone rules
225Lyman Review: Winter's dog
225At the Library: March into a good book
225Teen Voice: Unexpected joys of being a sibling
225Building Bridges: Honoring our blessings and our leaders
225Committee reviews property tax proposals
225The hope of Christmas in an uncertain world
224Life in the Rearview Mirror: The Moments we live for
224Building Bridges: Awards are only part of our success
224No-Till Notes: Field peas and age
223Life in the Rearview Mirror: Greensburg strong
223Up The Creek Without A Paddle: The NRD wants to do what with your money?
223Building Bridges: Be a Destination Ambassador
222Teen Voice: The Other Side
222Letter to Editor clarifies drug testing policy
222At the Monument: Museum collections
221From the Superintendent's Desk: School Safety and Security
221Jane’s Secret: Jane’s Secret, XLIII: Jail house rock
221In the Hills: Pollinators – the buzz
221Jane’s Secret XLVII: A stormy afternoon
221No-Till Notes: Last chance for North, South Dakota tour
221Our View: Let the downtown revitalization begin
221Curiosity Corner: A Christmas with Buffalo Bill
221The Good Life: There is good everywhere
220Completely Different: New Year’s Resolutions
220
220Capitol View: Delay tactics a gamble as session draws to a close
220Letters to the Editor
219Teen Voice: What’s so great about pizza?
219At the Library: “My Name is Resolute” By Nancy E. Turner
219
219Building Bridges: Building a bridge that lasts and endures
218Life in the Rearview Mirror: Life enhancing memories
218Building Bridges: Serve on the school board—or say no more
218Capitol View: It sounded like a good idea at first
218For the love of the game – best courses in the valley
218Teen View: My crazy, wonderful life
218Working for you
218No-Till Notes: Blue Dasher Farm
217From the Superintendent’s Desk: Early Childhood Education
217Teen Voice: Holiday horrors
217Building Bridges: When ‘FAMILY’ and fellow Nebraskans are all you’ve got
217Arts Scene: Theatre West’s Les Miserables not to be missed: Anniversary production proves to be a memorable winner
217At the Library: One Zentangle a Day
217Looking ahead to the 2016 Legislative session
216Teen Voice: Indulge In moderation
216Welcome to Gering and the 92nd Oregon Trail Days Celebration.
216Lyman Review: Nudge to the Butt
216Capitol View: Redistricting needs new procedure
216Gering ninth graders answer the questions of life
216A national day of Thanksgiving
216Teen Voice: Dating scene has come a long way
215The Good Life: Extending grace, the lost art
215Teen Voice: Home is where the heart is
215Across The Fence: Edmund Guerrier: Custer’s scout in 1867
214Teen Voice: By my side until the newness wears off
214Teen Voice: Inspire me
214In the Hills: Nature for the Holidays
214News From Lincoln: Legislative big crush begins
213From the Superintendent’s Desk - Financial Outlook for Gering Public Schools
213Teen Voice: Do It Anyway
212Christmas stories from Freshman Academy students
212Building Bridges: Don’t wait to develop
212Website Resources
211Capitol View: Clock keeps tickin,’ many issues remain unresolved
211Prairie Dogs
210Coach Schadwinkel promoted strong sense of tradition
210Nature Notes: Love is in the air
210Update from the NRD: March updates from the NRD
210At the Monument: Night Sky
210Jack’s Insights: A word about weed control
209Capitol View: Legislature to tackle meatier issues
209Teen Voice: The clock is ticking
209Letter to the editor
209Building Bridges: Turning a space into a sense of place
209Building Bridges: Supporting our teachers supports our children
209Building Bridges: Seeking a big win out of the 4th quarter
209I love Thanksgiving
208Teen Voice: Pinning your interest
208Honoring Our Veterans
208Jane’s Secret, XCI: Sticks and stones
207Our View: County Manager option leads to Good Old Boys' Club
207Barr’s Bacon Wrapped Fantasy Picks: A rookie's guide to drafting your dream team
207Lyman Review: Branding Time
207Linked Lives
206Observations Only: Choices
206Teen Voice: Trouble Maker or Hard Worker?
206Building Bridges: Asking officials to speak and work as a body
206Final Point: Citizen receives first honor for ‘Final Point’
206
205Our View: Pipeline not a solution to oil problems
205Capitol View: The Legislature did provide tax relief
205At the Monument: Junior Rangers
205Letter to the Editor: A call to defend the U.S. Constitution
204Teen Voice: Footprints
204Easter
204Serving You
203Teen Voice: Living within our means
203At the Library: The Underground Girls of Kabul - In Search of a Hidden Resistance in Afghanistan
202Dear Nebraskans: Nebraska is the place for business
202Capitol View: State aid proposal just might make some sense
202Their View: Goal post move unfair
202At the Library: Smoke Gets in Your Eyes: And Other Lessons from the Crematory by Caitlin Doughty
202The State of Nebraska Agriculture
201Across the Fence: The Pony Express
201Dear Nebraskans: Massachusetts should not determine Nebraska’s Presidential vote
201Fourth of July meetings
201
200View of the Zoo: VIPs at RCD
200Teen View: My crazy, wonderful life
199Guest Voices…
199Updates from NRD: Happy New Year
198In the Hills: Arbor Day in Nebraska
198Building Bridges: Fair time—learn, respect, appreciate, enjoy!
198At the Monument: Water, Will There Be Enough?
198Giving Thanks
198Tumbleweeds on the loose
197Teen Voice: Twitter as sleep criminal
197Update From the NRD: Winter has arrived
197Our View: Childcare not school district’s role
197Building Bridges: Be American - help your candidate
197Our View: Officials should take advantage of available training
197Lyman Review: The Frozen Tundra
197This year in the Regulation Rewind
196Our View: Come home to Nebraska, but not just anywhere
196Dear Nebraskans: Technology helps serve Nebraskans
196At the Monument: That old (historic) building
196At the Zoo: Spring in to the zoo
195Building Bridges: Dive into summer—dive into living
195PROPERTY TAXES REMAIN THE NUMBER ONE FOCUS, BUT WHERE IS THE FIX?
194Totally Random: Hemp: considering the real benefits of the miracle plant
194Lyman Review: Sheep Royalty
194Creatures of the Night
194Letters to the Editor
194
193Teen Voice: Catfished
193At the Monument: Art in National Parks
192View from Capitol Hill: Solutions for our economy and the budget
191Life in the Rearview Mirror: Personal control of an individual response
191Life in the Rearview Mirror: Work is more than a four-letter word
191Sychronicity: Thrive, don't just survive
191Reach out for challenges
190Capitol View: There was more to the session than just the big ticket items
190A Stray Moment: ‘The Man Who Fell to Earth’
189Teen Voice: Where is the love?
189Support emergency services personnel
189Our View: Confidentiality agreement disrespectful
189Budgeting the Nebraska Way
188From the Superintendent’s Desk - District purchase of building
188No-Till Notes: A word about weed control
187Capital View: Can prison reform survive property tax relief?
187Washington Report: Honoring America’s heroes
187Synchronicity:What brings me back
185Building Bridges: Know DOVES and know about domestic violence
185Feeding a world in need
183Teen Voice: What is love?
183In the Hills: Explore the state parks
183From the Capitol: The conduct we choose reflects our character
183No Till Notes: Drilling edible beans
182I'm falling for Tumblr?
182Our view: United we can build
181Be kind through communications
181The Good Life: Looking back on 2014
180Notes from NRD: Thanks agricultural producers
180Greetings from the State Capitol
180Fellow Nebraskans: Congratulations on graduation day
180In the Hills: Get to Know Our Feathered Travelers
179
179At the Monument: So You want to be a Ranger?
178Five Good Reasons to Create an Investment Strategy
178Capitol View: Legislature overrides gubernatorial vetoes
178At the Monument: Where are the animals?
178
178A Stray Moment: Winter Wonderland (and Thank You to the Snow Crews)
177Mayor’s Monthly: Moving on Gering’s momentum
176What’s really going on with our water?
176At the Library: “I Shall Be Near to You” By Erin Lindsay McCabe
176Across the Fence: Ladies First or First Ladies
175College Thoughts: Rotten for the minds? Think again
175Support letters requested for airport
174In the Hills: Awesome Amphibians and Rough Reptiles
170From the Superintendent’s Desk: Summer School – 2013
170Unprovoked dangers
169Building Bridges: Help! is the key word for the holidays
168Across the Fence: Oliver T. Jackson, Colorado pioneer
167At the Library: “The Master Switch” The rise and fall of information empires By Tim Wu
167A Stray Moment: Leonard Nimoy - Live long and prosper
167Jane’s Secret, XCIII: Hazel’s story
166Religious freedom must be protected
166News from Lincoln: TIF program gets abused
165Totally Random: Where does it go?
165Rural mail will suffer with more mail plant closures
163No-Till Notes: Power of Legumes, Part 4
163Young leaders in Nebraska agriculture
162
162Nebraska’s Heroes
160To The Editor
155Jack’s Insights: Knowing harvest
153Our View: A failure to communicate
152Our View: County has some ‘splainin’ to do
152Protecting Our Local Communities
150
148Jane’s Secret, XCIV: Hazel’s story, part II
146Our View: The elephant in the room
146From the Capitol: Investing in infrastructure
145
145Letter to the Editor
144No-Till Notes: The power of legumes, part 3
144Teen Voice: Ready for the world? Get real
143Our View: Streamlining is great...when all are informed
142Letter to the Editor - Injection well public hearing restricts participation
140Jane’s Secret LV A mystery
136All Points West: The better qualities of leadership
135Letter to the Editor
130Letter to the Editor
130Packing bill is a bad idea
125The Year Ahead
124Hog bill vote was disappointing
117Spurring Innovation
109It’s Fall in Nebraska
107Jane’s Secret, XCVI: Threads
101News From Lincoln: Session gets underway
99No-Till Notes: Water conservation
93Curiosity Corner: Exploring the Oregon Trail, backwards
91Walkable, bikeable communities
85Defending life is essential to defending freedom
78Stand Up for Life
65Jane’s Secret, XCVII: The vision
49Jane’s Secret, XCVIII: Clem’s onus
Most Read News Stories of 2012
1981Teen Voice: Social media preys on short attention spans
880Across The Fence: The Pawnee and human sacrifice
761Across the Fence: Roosevelt’s campaign tour of the west
757Across The Fence: The Hat Creek Outpost
738Across The Fence: C.B. Irwin: Wyoming’s “Giant Cowboy”
735Creativity dampened by standardized testing
703Capitol View: A new twist just might get health insurance for the working poor
658Across The Fence: The hanging of Cornelius Donahue a.k.a. John A. Hurley
649Capitol View: They’re back, and look what they brought with them
633Across The Fence: Barbecue Campbell and the XIT
621Across the Fence: All aboard the Transcontinental Express
621Across The Fence: Hinhan Kaga Paha
608Across the Fence: Ah-ho-appa (fallen leaf)
606Across The Fence: Amos Bad Heart Bull
605Bulldog Time: Teachers need to adjust their Habitudes
590No-till Notes” Conservation Agriculture, part 2
563Reversing the President’s failed agenda
550Protecting the Constitutional right to bear arms
546A Stray Moment: Review: ‘The Book Thief’ steals the fiction stage
540Across the Fence: Black Hills Gold and the Thoen Stone
539Right up Your Allie: A new day, a new me
537What's the deal with organic milk?
537A Stray Moment: My brother, a canoe, and Big Lake Alice
536Across The Fence: Portugee Phillips and a horse named Dandy
534Across The Fence: Freedom Triumphant Over War and Peace
528A Stray Moment: Reflections on Oregon Trail Days
525A Stray Moment: Without a net
523Across the Fence: Re-writing Wyoming’s history
513Anno Domini: Curtain Call: A Song for a Friend
509Across The Fence: Three Queens, Women in Rodeo.
507Totally Random: December 6, the day I lived
506Battle of Summit Springs, part II: Warpath to White Bear Creek
501Completely Different: It's all in the family
501Across The Fence: Relay race to Roseburg
499Across The Fence: Flossie, love child of the eighties.
498The Good Life: Eclipse, a metaphor for life
493Teen Voice: Looking to be teacher’s pet?
489No-Till Notes: Two-Thirds
482Across the Fence: Sioux Ordnance Depot: stories to be told
481Across the Fence: Here lies Major Alexander Culbertson
480Infamy - by Richard Reeves
479Across The Fence: Billy Dixon; Plainsman, Hunter, Indian fighter and Scout
479Our view: Getting the Gering plaza right
478A Stray Moment: Star Trek: Infinite diversity in infinite combinations
475Across the Fence: Cheyenne County, Nebraska: cattle country
473A Stray Moment: Summer dreaming about the ’70s
468The Good Life: All that remains is love
466Across the Fence: Pawnee legends in the Nebraska Panhandle
462Across the Fence; Massacre on the Marias River
461Across The Fence: Salt Creek Massacre, May 18, 1871
461At the Monument: Geology and its impacts
459All Points West: Getting to the truth of the matter
459All Points West: Taking action against child abuse
459Compassion, respect don’t cost a thing
457At the Library: An Irish Country...The Novels of Patrick Taylor
455Across the Fence: Judge Roy Bean : Texas prizefight promoter
451Across the Fence - Catherine’s boys
447A Stray Moment: Tacos! Our embarrassment of riches
443Across the Fence: Class of ’67, last remnants of home
441Teen Voice: Too many activities leads to negative effects
437A Stray Moment: Library at Legion Park worth exploring
437Teen Voice: What I’ve learned
436No-till Notes: Early registration discounts
435Across The Fence: A Fourth of July Montage
435No-Till Notes: Reminiscing
434All Points West: Never far from the trail
433Dynasty made Gering the biggest little town in Nebraska
431Across the Fence: The much maligned Ms. Watson
431Across the Fence: Bose Ikard; Texas Cowboy
429Completely Different : Could you come down off your soap box please?
428Jane’s Secret, LXXX: Revealed at last
427Across The Fence: “Medicine Bill”
427All Points West: The only stupid question
426No-Till Notes: Field Days, thank you
423State Senators visit western Nebraska
422Across The Fence: Union Pacific robbery at Big Springs
422Across The Fence: The Spanish Flu
421Across The Fence: The Three Guardsmen
421Across the Fence: Battle of Summit Springs, Part I: Tall Bull Killed
421Anno Domini: It’s a Grand Old Flag
421No-till Notes: CSC Classroom
420Across The Fence: The Pawnee on Pumpkin Creek
414Our View: Lowering teen wage makes Nebraska small
411Capitol View: Lawmakers convene 2016 session
407The Pros: Doctors, Lawyers and...Teachers?
406Completely Different: The Marilyn Monroe conundrum
406Wind Farms Expand, But Can They Survive Political Wrangling?
402Across the Fence: A Cowboy kind of Christmas
401All Points West: One of the dog days of summer
400All Points West: A community on the move
399 Giving thanks for family, faith and friends
398Jane’s Secret, XXXX: A tale of mayhem
397Across The Fence: Crow Dog, Spotted Tail’s assassin
397Our View: Law enforcement deserves respect
396Across The Fence: Celebrating the 120th anniversary of the Chadron to Chicago Cowboy Race, part I
394Across the Fence: Just For the Thrill of It
394Across the Fence: The hand dug well
393Across The Fence: Charley Nebo, cowboy; just passin’ through
392No-Till Notes: Cheat grass
390Across The Fence: Van Tassell
389Across the Fence: The Overland Camel Company
388A Stray Moment: Learning how to walk
388Across The Fence; ‘Johnny Appleseed’ of the Oregon Trail
388Observations Only: Gone away
388Across The Fence: The Solomon River Stampede
388Anno Domini: Giving thanks for what matters
387Jane’s Secret, part IX: Mrs. Huber’s chagrin
386Across The Fence: Jules, Jack and lawless justice
386Across The Fence: The Heartland plague of 1874-75
386Jane’s secret LXI: Molly’s premonition
385Cat on a Hot Tin Roof a mixed bag
385The Good Life: Reflecting on the first six years of the Gering Citizen
383Across the Fence: A gathering of warriors at Arikaree Fork
382Across The Fence: Moc-chi, A Southern Cheyenne warrior
382Across The Fence: The Christmas Truce of 1914
382Jane’s Secret LXIV: The rescue
382Jane’s Secret, LXVIII: An old wrong revealed
381Across The Fence: First train from Saply Grove
380Across the Fence: When Lady Luck sleeps
379Jane’s Secret, part VII Clem’s confession
379 Across the Fence: ‘Aunt Sally’ and Dakota Gold
379Across The Fence: Ms. Goodale and the Ghost Dance War (Part II of III)
378Building Bridges: Save the world, educate through agriculture
377No Till Notes: Residue levels
376Across The Fence: Billy Dixon at Adobe Walls, June 1874
375Teen Voice: What diabetes taught me
373Across the Fence: Cynthia Ann Parker, Comanche captive
373A Stray Moment - A night owl born to an 8 to 5 world
373Completely Different: The game is afoot, a look at Sherlock Holmes
373Power of legumes
372The Good Life: Today we celebrate Global Oneness Day
372Senior View: People get old, but hugs don’t
371Jane’s Secret LX: Stephen’s onus
370A Stray Moment: - The case for Hagel
370Teen Voice: He’s my dad
370Anno Domini: Charlie Brown’s Christmas Miracle
369Across The Fence: A day For thanks
369Jane’s Secret LXV Quicksand
368From the Pastor's Pen: Lord, teach us to pray
368A ‘city’ kid goes to the fair
368No-Till Notes: Plan to attend 2014 No-Till Conference
367Across The Fence: From Wounded Knee to the Land of Oz
366Observations Only: A new direction
366A Stray Moment: In praise of encouragement
366Anno Domini: The memorial nobody wants
366Building Bridges: Chautauqua will bring out the best in everyone
366Across the Fence: Old barns and memories
365Jane's Secret, XXXI: Sixes and sevens
365Capitol View: Considering additional education choices
365Our view: Let’s get the downtown we deserve
365 The Blight Way – Bo Tully #1 - by Patrick F. McManus
363Across the Fence: The Spirit of Crazy Horse
362Religious freedom or freedom to discriminate?
362Across the Fence: An Old Barn and new memories
362Capitol View: Where’s the peace and joy in border closings and gun-free zones?
360Completely Different: Look around, what are you missing?
359A Stray Moment: For the love of theatre
359Addressing Washington’s spending addiction
358Teen Voice:  Body bashing and self-image
357Across The Fence: Phileas Fogg gets bested by a girl
357News from Lincoln: Filibuster kills gun rights bill
356Teen Voice: Nobody else can lower you
356Building Bridges: Being grateful for the hardships in life
356Building Bridges: Regionalism should be focus of our core-idor
356No-Till Notes: Observations, part 2
356No Till Notes: Saying uncle
355Jane’s Secret, part VIII: Molly's plan
355Observations Only: Indifferent love
354SBNM View: Do you want to be a VIP?
353It's no surprise
353Jane’s Secret, part XXII: While the cat’s away
353Thinking about Health: Getting insurance under the Affordable Care Act
353No-Till Notes: "Different Approaches"
352Across The Fence: Thunder Rolling Down the Mountain (Part I)
351Teen Voice: Being a girl
351Teen Voice: Thanksgiving
351Across the Fence: Remembering English Joe
351Jane’s Secret, XCV: Hazel’s decision
350Across The Fence: Scalped at Plum Creek
349Across the Fence: Wyoming settlers lay siege to the TA Ranch
349A Stray Moment: I love Sookie Stackhouse
349Across the Fence: Charles Badger Clark
348Across the Fence: Discovering Ed Stemler
347Capitol View: Credit Where Credit Is Due
346Totally Random: My journey, life after living
346Across the Fence: New eyes on the Panhandle
345Across the Fence: Dull Knife’s Quest, part 1
345Across the Fence: Rural free delivery
345Observations Only: Fuzzy angel
344Across the Fence: Burnett’s Mound and the Topeka tornado
344Across the Fence; Prelude to the Red River War of 1874
344At the Library: Very Good Lives by J.K. Rowling
344Across The Fence: Old Julesburg and new
342A Stray Moment: Having a blast on the Fourth of July
342No-Till Notes: Water Funding Task Force
342A Stray Moment: Robin Williams – Good night sweet prince
340Totally Random: Astrology: It’s all in the stars…
339A Stray Moment: A voice from the past, haunting myself
338Jack’s Insights: We could all benefit from more ‘think’ time
337All Points West: Coming home, a veteran’s perspective on what it means
336Tourism can bolster economy
335Observations Only: Sisters lost, part I
335Across the Fence: Lions, wolves and bears
334Across the Fence: David F. Cook and ‘Indian Joe’
333Lyman Review: Devil calf
333A Stray Moment: Precious time is time shared
332The Good Life: Cooler breezes bring anticipation of fall
332Building Bridges: Celebrating the Bulldog homecoming
332Achieving your dreams takes work
331A Stray Moment : Carry the weight
330Across the Fence - Boston: April 18, 1775
330The Good Life: A holiday recipe for peace
330Across the Fence: Surrender, April 9, 1865
330Across The Fence: Antoine Barada, larger than life
329Teen Voice: To the future
329Jane’s Secret, LXVII For heaven’s sake
328Across the Fence: Standing on the wagon
328Jane’s Secret LXIII: Gertrude’s choice
327Across the Fence: James Butler Hickok: The thoughtful gunfighter
327Completely Different: The good, the bad, and the remedy
327Jane’s Secret LIX: Gertrude’s vow
327Across The Fence: The Butterfield Overland Mail
326Teeing Off: Around the Green
326Across the Fence: Missing; Nelson Buck survey party
326Across The Fence: The Zeek Homestead
325Completely Different: How the savings stole Christmas
325A Stray Moment: God Knows
325No-Till Notes: Irrigation rotation
324Theatre West’s Cabaret torch burns brightly
324Across the Fence: The Great Solomon River Stampede
324Guest Voice: If I could do it over again
324Anno Domini: On this remembering day
324Keeping our commitment to Nebraska veterans
323Across the Fence: A Cheyenne weekend
323Observations Only: Willfulness
323A Stray Moment: O Holy Night
322From the Superintendent’s Desk - Option Enrollment
322Political Cartoon by Doug Hoevet
322Anno Domini: We gather together
322Across the Fence: The Blizzard of ‘49
321A Stray Moment: On Canada and the forgotten bicentennial
321Jane’s Secret XXXVI:  The dream
321Building Bridges: Shovels and skills are as valuable as degrees
320Jane’s Secret, XXX: A new wrinkle
320Across the Fence: On the Old Chisholm Trail
320 Across The Fence: County Fair
319Across the Fence: Dull Knife’s Quest: Part 2 of 2
319Observations Only: A matter of matter
319Anno Domini: A time when manners were more important
319Jane’s Secret, LXVI: The note
318The Good Life: Through my father’s eyes
318Building Bridges: Following the spirit of Gering
318Final Point: Golf, cross country feats headline fall season successes
318Observations Only: Final moment
318A Stray Moment: Thanksgiving myths and traditions
318Across The Fence: Captain Silas S. Soule; The face of moral courage
318To protect Americans, stop underestimating ISIS
317From the Superintendent’s Desk: Thanks for the memories
317Teen Voice: The need to get away
317Observations Only: A gift of serenity
317Observations Only: A good daughter
317Teen Voice: Writing love on our hearts
317Across the Fence: Amanda
317Across The Fence: Ms. Goodale and the Ghost Dance War (Part I)
317Across the Fence: Buffalo Baron, Charles Rath
316Across the Fence: Submarines and railroads
316From the Superintendent’s Desk - Parent Teacher Conferences
316Jane’s Secret, XXVIII: Lame Johnny
316Across The Fence: Grandpa’s Grays
316Curiosity Corner: An Uncommon Christmas Story
316No-Till Notes: Observations
315Across the Fence: Mud Springs revisited
315Teen Voice: Let us be beautiful
315Across the Fence: Bloody Pocket, the final battle
315Across The Fence: The Long Hard Pull
315Capitol View: Say goodbye to ConAgra, but don’t lament departure
314Time keeps flowing like a river
314Teen Voice: The gift of caring
313Jane’s Secret, part II: Gertrude’s choice
313Jane’s Secret, XXXII Jane’s Bad Day
313Jane’s Secret, XXXIII: Night walk
313Teen Voice: Silence
313Across The Fence: Victory at Valverde and on to Glorieta
312Teen Voice: Until we say goodbye
312Jane's Secret XXXIV: Gin Rummy
312Review: ‘Half Bad’ by author Sally Green
311Capitol View: Lincoln Highway captures spotlight
311 Across the Fence: Remembering Armistice Day
311Building Bridges: Love your enemies
311Across The Fence: Over The Edge; Niagara’s Argonauts
311Across The Fence: Massacre Canyon
310Teen Voice: Is respect dead?
309Observations Only: The awful truth
309Observations Only: A sad week
308It's a small world : Everything we do has meaning
308Life in the Rearview Mirror: I’m on a road to someplace
308Observations Only: Sisters lost, part IV
308The Good Life: The two different types of business people
308The Lyman Review: I love baby ducks
308Building Bridges: Cleaning up for company--or not--reveals a lot
308Across the Fence: John Colter, the first mountain man
308All Points West: Looking for holiday inspiration?
308Across The Fence: Fort Sanders: A Forgotten fort on the U. P. line
307Across the Fence: When Fiddler quit running
307Completely Different: I go to seek a Great Perhaps
307Totally Random: Life’s ripples
307Across The Fence: Mustangs on Pumpkin Creek
307Property tax relief still in the works
306Completely Different: Tales from the mat
306Observations Only: Hog wash
306Teen Voice: Family for all intents and purposes
306Dear Fellow Nebraskans: Governor’s Ag Conference overview
306Across The Fence: From the Golden Gate to the Big Apple
305Jane’s Secret, XXIII: Molly’s plan
305Observations Only: Saint Marge
305Observations Only: One more time
305Across the Fence: The Spring Creek Raid
305Teen Voice: Character exceeds good grades
304A Stray Moment - Celebrating Gering's Quasquicentennial
304Capitol View: Wild life proposal costly but worthwhile
304A real leaning tree Christmas
304Enjoy the festivities
303Across The Fence: Steamboats on the Missouri
302A Stray Moment: Now is the winter of our disconnect
302Observations Only: A soul's journey, part two
302Building Bridges: Tend to 2014 and be Happy, Happy, Happy
301The Good Life: A farm girl in my heart
301Anno Domini: Ask the digital dust
301History Revisited:A Stray Moment: Life (and death) on the Oregon Trail
301Across The Fence: Road Trip and Discoveries
301No-Till Notes: It’s more than no tillage
301Star Gazing: Earth Day call to action: we must do more
300Lyman Review - Tales of the renegade rooster
300A Stray Moment: Earth Day, am I doing my part?
300Across the Fence: Celebrating the 120th anniversary of the Chadron to Chicago Cowboy Race, part II
300The Good Life: Innovation and young energy enriches us all
300Teen Voice: Sticks and stones
299Our View... Preserve Gering’s form of government
299Observations Only: Good and evil
299Anno Domini: The Textbook of Freedom
299Across the Fence: FDR’s New Deal and the CCC
298Across the Fence: Fact, fiction or fragmented dreams?
298Observations Only: Afraid of the dark
298Jane’s Secret: Jane’s Secret, XLII: Sunflowers
298Star Gazing: My father’s daughter
297Jane’s Secret, part XX: Change of plans
297Completely Different: Do you know John Green?
297Teen Voice: Dealing with stress
297Jane’s Secret XLVIII: Jane’s agenda
297Across the Fence: The Battle of Coon Creek
297A new era for the Nebraska National Guard
296Elizabeth's top ten movie list of 2011
296The Good Life: The lasting effects of bullying
296Across The Fence: Crazy Horse’s Last Battle
296Building Bridges – Teens in the Driver Seat is a program for LIFE
296Jane’s Secret: The Telling
296No-Till Notes: No-Till Conference
295Observations only : Sisters of the world
295Across the Fence: A hometown 4th of July
295Observations Only: The vision
295Totally Random: October, the pink month
294A Small World: Time traveling
294From the Superintendent's Desk: Thank You
294Jane’s Secret, part XII: Jane's Vow
294A Stray Moment: Merry Christmas – God save us all
294Jane’s Secret, Part XVIV: Crystal Waters
294A Stray Moment: All's well that ends well, usually
294Observations Only: A matter of paradox
294Guest Editorial: The future of health care at Regional West
293Our View: Museum merger a good thing, but let’s go slowly
293No-Till Notes: Joe Franks Memorial
292Jane’s Secret, part VI: Molly’s surprise
292Observations Only: Temptation
292The Good Life: A time to be proud of our ancestors
292Teen Voice: Gleek tragedy
292Across the Fence: The Cholera Corridor
291The zombie apocalypse and you
291Jane’s Secret XXXVII: A starry night
291A Stray Moment: To honor them all their days
291A Stray Moment: Those we lost in 2014
291Across The Fence: No way to treat a lady
291No Till Notes: It’s All About the Carbon
291No-Till Notes: Potential
291Nebraska’s roads still a challenge
290Completely Different: The mystery of Vivian Maier
290The Good Life: Christina Baker’s mom: Thank you
290Lyman Review: Now that's a set of handlebars!
289Observations Only: Critical thinking
289Anno Domini: Independence, an ideal worth celebrating
289Life in the Rearview Mirror: Adapt and adjust
289Observations Only: The last toothpick
288Jane’s Secret, XXIV: The last drive
288Observations Only: Expect the best, part II
288Teen Voice: My rebellion
288Stop texting your wish-list to Santa
287Teen Voice: I’ll be healthy – tomorrow
287Across the Fence: Prelude to Battle
287Across The Fence: Justice in the Big Horn Basin
287No Till Notes: Final Stop
287Across The Fence: To Honor a Flag
286Teen Voice: Confessions of the financially disabled
286Observations Only: A soul's journey, part III
286Completely Different: The Disney princess debate: an exercise in the ridiculous
286Observations Only: The unvarnished truth
286Lyman Review: Something wicked this way comes
286Across the Fence: Aftermath: Part III, The Battle of Summit Springs
286Building Bridges: #speaklife is a goal for students, a goal for all
286Across The Fence: “…a date that will live in infamy.”
286Star Gazing: Arts programming, something to be considered
285Our view: Gering’s future needs your vote
285Observations Only: The need to understand
285Jane’s secret LVIII: Mr. Valentine
284Observations Only: Beginnings
284Observations Only: The shadow of error
284Completely Different: Hey there, four eyes!
284Lyman Review: Goat-chasing cardio
284Building Bridges: Building us up to be what others see
283Our View: Extreme caution needed with fireworks
283Across the Fence: First scalp for Custer
283Across the Fence : November 1864: Pole Creek, Politics and Patriots
283Observations Only: A fine line
283Observations Only: Off to the races
283Why you should visit the zoo in February
282A Stray Moment: World War Two is not forgotten
282Across The Fence: By the dawn’s early light
282Drowning in Regulation
281Life in the West: Inside the minds of serial killers
281Across the Fence: Fort Mitchell on the Great Platte River Road
281Observations Only: Divine spirit
281Teen Voice - On the outside looking In
281Jane’s Secret XXXV: Bugs and things
281No-Till Notes: "Harvest"
281A Stray Moment: Brand new used cars
280Across the Fence: Building Barns
280Across the Fence: Wasicu Wakan
280Observations Only: Sister lost
279Observations Only: Just around the corner
279Jane’s Secret, XXV: Mysteries
279Building Bridges: Planning now for tourism season 2014
279Across the Fence: The Battle of Hungry Hill
279Welcome home
279Capitol View: Lawmakers want to consider old friend, school foundation aid
278Observations Only : The orphanage
278Teen Voice: The more the merrier
278Observations Only: Waiting time
278No Till Notes: Colorado Conservation Tillage Association Conference
278Back to Where it All Began
277Across the Fence: Consumed by fire
277Jane’s Secret, part XXI: Gertrude’s Agenda
277The Good Life - The worst day on record at the Citizen
277Observations Only: A day in August
277The Good Life: What a wild ride it’s been
277A Stray Moment: Je ne suis pas Charlie Hebdo
277Across The Fence: The Youngest Discoverer
276Jane's Secret, part X: The arrival
276Completely Different: The bucket list phenomenon
276Teen Voice: Say yes to branching out
276Teen Voice: Remember what you have
276Dear Fellow Nebraskans: We Are Proud of the Nebraska National Guard
276No-Till Notes: Looking Back
275Our view... Gering stands upon important threshold
275Observations Only: Little Girl Lost, part six
275The Good Life: We are not separate, we are one family
275Across The Fence: Battle of Valverde and The Texas Lancers
275Our View: City needs to hit green with eatery
275Why parents are important
275A book review: Once Shadows Fall, by Robert Daniels
274Observations Only: The joy of money
274The Good Life: The best Christmas gift
274Observations Only: Sisters lost, part III
274Teen Voice: Don’t be fooled by fads
274Observations Only: Divine prompts
274Teen Voice: Stress test
274Thinking About Health: The challenge of signing up for Obamacare
274The Christmas Story
274‘Is there something I can do?’
274Capitol View: Ricketts, some lawmakers want to put a lid on it, again
273Completely Different: Your local government and you
273The Good Life: Campaign ad using Jesus goes too far
273Lyman Review: Hubby’s got my goat
273Teen Voice: 'Pretty Little Liars'
273Jane’s secret, XXVI: The suitcase
273Jane’s Secret, XLI Black widow spider
273Across the Fence: Six went to the gallows
272Observations Only: Blinders aren’t just for horses
272The Good Life: Your dollar is a vote for what you care about
272Across the Fence: On The road
272A Small World: Special guest
272Dear Fellow Nebraskans: Collegebound Nebraska
272Our View: Community responsible for kids
272Across the Fence: Roy Bean; scoundrel with a law book
272Book Review: I Forgot to Remember By Su Meck
272Across the Fence: Investigation at Spring Creek
272Across The Fence: Deserters or Outcasts; Three who left. (Part I)
272Jane’s Secret column on hiatus
272Across The Fence: Charles Goodnight a Man of Indomitable Spirit (Part I)
271A last look at the Nebraska Zone
271Observations Only: Sisters lost, part two
271A Small World: Savoring county fair days
271Observations Only: Reality check
271Building Bridges: “New” will become a buzzword in the Valley
271Curiosity Corner: A Story of News
271No-Till Notes: PNTP Field Days
270Across the Fence: The Wellnitz Fire, day 1 and 2
270Across the Fence: Sitting Bull: The Last Surrendering Sioux
270The Good Life: It’s hard to believe, the Citizen is four years old
270A Small World: Legends week promises fun for everyone
270Building Bridges: Observing bullies, abuse and pastors
270Across the Fence: Before Barbed Wire
270A Stray Moment: Football – Violence, Death, and Denial
270Guest Opinion: Nebraska losing big-time
270No-Till Notes: Field Pea disease
269Across the Fence: The Soldier’s Free Homestead Colony of Gibbon
269Teen Voice: Lessons I learned from my eight-year-old brother
269Observations Only: Curious things, part II
269Welcome to the ‘New’ in Gering
269Across The Fence: New England’s Heroine Scalptress
268Observations Only : White water
268Lyman Review: The elusive farm cat
268A look at - and helping - the State of the Valley
268‘The Life We Bury’ by By Allen Eskens A book review
268Across The Fence: The Eighth Wonder of the World
268No-Till Notes: Path to Soil Health
268At the Monument: Find Your Park
267Observations Only: Extreme measures
267A Small World: Chokecherry season evokes memories of yesterday
267Teen Voice: Saying Goodbye
267Building Bridges: Objectivity and fairness make a winning plan
267Across the Fence: The Colorado Coalfield War
267Jane’s Secret XLIX: Phillip’s agenda
267A Stray Moment: Goodbye old house – sorting their things
267Teen Voice: Positive effects of social media
266No-Till Notes: Different Approaches Part II
266No-Till Notes: Drilling Edible Beans, part 2
266A warm feeling on a big winter day
265We need a few good people
265Completely Different: The Quest
265From the Superintendent's Desk: NePAS – State Accountability
265Observations Only: A strange Thanksgiving
265Observations Only: Journey's end
265Teeing Off: Persistence
265Across The Fence: Last Christmas
265Teen Voice: Out with homework
264Being a Nebraskan – border to border
264Completely Different: Perfect memories made in imperfect moments
264Lyman Review: A Tunnel of Birds
263Miss Movies: Ten great horror flicks for Halloween, part I
263Across the Fence: Tomb of the Unknown
263Jane’s Secret, XXVII: Town Meeting
263Teeing Off: Mind Gym
263A Highway Bill for Nebraska
262Observations Only: Little girl lost, part 3
262Across the fence: Something worth remembering
262A Stray Moment: Waiting on a train
262Teen: Voice : Drinking enough water
262Completely Different: What’s speech got to do with it?
262Totally Random: The Golden Rule
262Across The Fence: Battle of the Wabash: St. Clair’s Defeat
262All Points West: The mind is a terrible thing to waste
261Trash cans
261Jane’s Secret, part XVIII : Devil’s bargain
261Teen Voice: Fifty reasons to smile
261Observations Only: A soul’s journey
261Teeing Off: The thing about state
261Lyman Review: One mean chicken
261Across The Fence: Ms. Goodale and The Ghost Dance War (Part III)
260Jane’s Secret, part XIV: Molly’s dream
260Teeing Off: Lessons learned from golf
260Jane’s Secret: Jane’s Secret XLIV: Jail break
260No Till Notes:
260Jane’s Secret LIV The bargain part II
259Our view . . .Sports Complex
259Observations Only: Little Girl Lost: Adopted
259Do You Tube?
259The Good Life: We are the Valley’s emissaries
259Jane’s Secret, XXXVIII: Bad girls
259No-Till Notes:Enjoyable meeting
259Across The Fence: Charles Goodnight; A Man of Indomitable Spirit (Part II of II)
259Jane’s Secret LVII: A mystery revealed
259No Till Notes: Potential, part 2
258Observations Only: Saturday delight
257Observations Only: What's in a word?
257Life in the Rearview Mirror: I hate coffee
257Jane’s Secret LII: Eavesdroppers
256Life in the Rearview Mirror: Invisible scars have lasting effects
256Teen Voice : Leave your legacy
256Teen Voice: Thank you, Gering Speech Team
256Teen Voice: Experiencing versus remembering
256Observations Only: The last goodbye
255Our View: Scottsbluff attitude damages future collaborations
255Life's curve balls
255Across the Fence: Who was Martha Jane Canary?
255Jane’s Secret XLX: Day’s end
255A mom’s thoughts on social media
255Jane’s Secret LXII: True colors
254Observations Only - Two ages of man
254Observations Only: The visit
254No-Till Notes: “Fish and Mud”
253Completely Different: Happy Hollowthanksmas
253Teen Voice: Congratulations, you’re awful
253Lawmakers taking another shot at Medicaid expansion
252Curiosity Corner : The tale of the travelling train station
252From the Superintendent’s Desk - Haig and Aurora Buildings
252Observations Only: Expect the best
252Curiosity Corner: A forever Christmas
251From the Superintendent’s Desk : Thank You for another Great Year
251Jane’s Secret, part XVII : Plans gone awry
251Jane’s Secret, XXIX: Fred’s debacle
251Teen Voice: Self-expression
251Observations Only: The vigil
251No-Till Notes: Annual PNTP Tour
251Jane’s Secret, XC: Clem’s story
250Teen Voice: Serendipity
250Teen Voice: Go ahead, make my day
250Lyman Review: The love goat
250At the Library: Son by Lois Lowry
249Observations Only: Blue chip stock
249Teen Voice: Learning calculus more than numbers
249At the Library: Words of Radiance by Brandon Sanderson
249No-till Notes: Moving forward
248Completely Different: Remembering Aurora
248A Halloween Story: The scary dream
248Jane’s Secret: Jane’s Secret XLV: Gun smoke
248Jane’s Secret LI: The telling
248No Till Notes: Moving Forward
247Jane’s Secret XLVI: Sour grapes
247From the Hill: LEAP to New Opportunities
246Observations Only: Uneventful flight
246Building Bridges: Pause a moment...save a child’s life
246A Stray Moment: A ‘city boy’ visits the Harvest Festival
246Across The Fence: The Harmar Campaign
246Jack’s Insights: Basing decisions on facts, not opinion
245Lyman Review: Let’s get back to the subject of bullying
245Jane’s Secret, part V: Aggie’s complaint
245Teen Voice: Not according to the plan
245Teen Voice: Shadow art
245No-Till Notes: Enjoyable Day
245No-Till Notes: The value of water
245At the Monument: Domestic Animals on the Oregon Trail
244A Stray Moment: It's a dog's life
244Totally Random: I’m a backwards reader
244Totally Random: Happy Halloween
244Jane’s Secret LIII: The bargain
244A new chapter for the U.S. House
243Our View: Mayor should insist on civility
243Permission to remember
243Observations Only: Surprises
243Across the Fence: Places near forgotten
243Completely Different: That’s so Pinteresting
243No-Till Notes: Dakota Lakes Dry Land Rotations
242Livestock Production: My Paradigm Shift
242The ghost of Ayn Rand
242Jane’s Secret, part XVI: Fate takes a hand
242Observations Only: Going home
242Our View: Why rush the interlocal agreement?
242Teen Voice: The rivalry
242Capitol View: The 103rd Legislature is history … finally
242Rotary International observes World Polio Day Oct. 24
242Veterans Day
242No-Till Notes: Path to Soil Health II
242Simply October
242Keeping Nebraska Safe
241Observations Only : Mission accomplished
241Age of reason
241Completely Different: Confessions of an out of shape twenty something
241Completely Different: The Mind Palace Memory Technique
241Teen Voice: New Year’s goals
241Building Bridges: Oregon Trail Days—making our present a celebrated past
241In the Hills: Learn the Dutch Oven
241All Points West: Huskers win hearts and minds at Holiday Bowl
241Across The Fence: …and a Happy New Year.
241Practicing Fiscal Restraint
240Teen Voice: Equality
240The Good Life: People of the Valley, we have a choice
240Jane's Secret LVI: A mystery part II
239A Stray Moment: Guilty pleasures
239Teen Voice: The daily struggle to a lifelong battle
239Lyman Review: Taste of boot?
239Across the Fence: Deserters or outcasts; Three who left (Part II)
238The Good Life: Leave the quilt shop and laundromat alone
238Life in the Rearview Mirror: Experiencing life passion
238Life in the Rearview Mirror: The world is a stage
238Teen Voice: Shopping days or holidays?
238Teen Voice: Cyber War
238No-till Notes: Stripper head
237Seeing the works of the master
237Home of the Brave
237The Good Life: Hey, I’m a winner!
237Jane’s Secret, part XIII: Blackberry pie
237Lyman Review: Dog fun
237Building Bridges: Five years old IS a milestone
237Across The Fence: Barbecue Campbell and the XIT
237Jane’s Secret LII: Eavesdroppers
237No-Till Notes: The Power of Legumes, part II
237Capitol View: Corrections director knows challenge, forges ahead
236SELL-OUT!
236Observations Only: Painting a picture
236From the Hill: More Work Ahead
236Teen Voice: Hope for a New Year
236Teen Voice: My School, Their Rules
235Teen Voice: Just ten minutes
235Miss Movies: Ten movies for romance
235Teen Voice: The benefits of online learning
235The Good Life: Mom, my partner in life
235No-Till Notes: American Society of Agronomy
235Curiosity Corner: The Boss of the Plains
235Transgender issues need to be addressed
234A Stray Moment: Ready for the storm
234No-til Notes: Changing plans
234At the Library:Neil Patrick Harris: Choose Your Own Autobiography
234Building Bridges: On tourism and trash
233A Stray Moment: In praise of silence
233From the Pastor's Pen: Unbelievable breaking news
233At the Monument: Living History
232Life in the west: Betting on the end of the world
232A Stray Moment: Time to get moving
232At the Library: Book Review: “Landline” by Rainbow Rowell
232NRD Update: National Groundwater Awareness Week
231A Stray Moment: The last time
231Completely Different - The magic of spring
231New at the Zoo: Volunteer at the Zoo
231No-Till Notes: Back in the field
231We shall not give into fear
231Capitol View: How Nebraska rates is a good tool
230Teen Voice: Body image
230Rural America and immigration reform
230Gering freshmen introduce personalities, styles: Writing assignment encourages students to let individualism shine
230To whom are we thankful?
230Taking Flight: From War Orphan to Star Ballerina At the Library
230Curiosity Corner: Amazing Grace
229Our View: Bravo OTD committee
229Observations Only: The meeting
229Observations Only: Curious things
229Totally Random: Trusting the fates
228Economic development update
228Miss Movies: Miss Movies recommends her top 10 films of 2013
228Updates from NRD: NRD promotes conservation
228Building Bridges: “It’s happening” at the Harvest Festival
227Miss Movies: The top ten films of 2012: The year of the geek
227From the Superintendent’s Desk : Draft Calendar 2013-14
227Teen Voice: Go ahead, make my day
227Capitol View: Yes, Virginia, the Legislature has done something, so far
227Nebraska needs tax reform
227Building Bridges: The ‘School of Hard Knocks’ teaches life
226Miss Movies: Ten great horror flicks for Halloween, part 2
226In the Hills: Nebraska Bighorn Sheep
226At the Monument: Bird Homes at the Bluff
226Capitol View: Warning: Election Year Legislative session ahead
226Capitol View: Pig ownership may be defining moment in urban-rural relations
225Teen Voice: What senior year taught me
225Political Cartoon by Doug Hoevet
225Teen Voice: Previously unwritten cell phone rules
225Lyman Review: Winter's dog
225At the Library: March into a good book
225Teen Voice: Unexpected joys of being a sibling
225Building Bridges: Honoring our blessings and our leaders
225Committee reviews property tax proposals
225The hope of Christmas in an uncertain world
224Assad’s endgame
224Life in the Rearview Mirror: The Moments we live for
224Building Bridges: Awards are only part of our success
224No-Till Notes: Field peas and age
223From the Superintendent's Desk: Elementary attendance areas
223Across the Fence: Wounded Knee; December 29, 1890
223Life in the Rearview Mirror: Greensburg strong
223Up The Creek Without A Paddle: The NRD wants to do what with your money?
223Building Bridges: Be a Destination Ambassador
222Bright Ideas! Brighter Future! Common sense prevails
222Teen Voice: The Other Side
222Letter to Editor clarifies drug testing policy
222At the Monument: Museum collections
221From the Superintendent’s Desk: Welcome to new certified staff
221From the Superintendent's Desk: School Safety and Security
221Jane’s Secret: Jane’s Secret, XLIII: Jail house rock
221In the Hills: Pollinators – the buzz
221Jane’s Secret XLVII: A stormy afternoon
221No-Till Notes: Last chance for North, South Dakota tour
221Our View: Let the downtown revitalization begin
221Curiosity Corner: A Christmas with Buffalo Bill
221The Good Life: There is good everywhere
220Observations Only: North Powder
220From the Superintendent’s Desk: Accountability
220Across the Fence: A boy called Slon-Ha
220Completely Different: New Year’s Resolutions
220
220Capitol View: Delay tactics a gamble as session draws to a close
220Letters to the Editor
219Observations Only: Counting chickens
219Teen Voice: What’s so great about pizza?
219At the Library: “My Name is Resolute” By Nancy E. Turner
219
219Building Bridges: Building a bridge that lasts and endures
218 Taking a big risk
218Life in the Rearview Mirror: Cleaning off the ‘what if’ shelf
218The Good Life: The economic footprint of one small business
218Life in the Rearview Mirror: Life enhancing memories
218Building Bridges: Serve on the school board—or say no more
218Capitol View: It sounded like a good idea at first
218For the love of the game – best courses in the valley
218Teen View: My crazy, wonderful life
218Working for you
218No-Till Notes: Blue Dasher Farm
217From the Superintendent’s Desk: Early Childhood Education
217Teen Voice: Holiday horrors
217Building Bridges: When ‘FAMILY’ and fellow Nebraskans are all you’ve got
217Arts Scene: Theatre West’s Les Miserables not to be missed: Anniversary production proves to be a memorable winner
217At the Library: One Zentangle a Day
217Looking ahead to the 2016 Legislative session
216Teen Voice: Indulge In moderation
216Welcome to Gering and the 92nd Oregon Trail Days Celebration.
216Lyman Review: Nudge to the Butt
216Capitol View: Redistricting needs new procedure
216Gering ninth graders answer the questions of life
216A national day of Thanksgiving
216Teen Voice: Dating scene has come a long way
215Across the Fence: Thanks for the memory
215From the Superintendent's Desk: PLAS School
215Observations Only: Scourge of violence
215The Good Life: Extending grace, the lost art
215Teen Voice: Home is where the heart is
215Across The Fence: Edmund Guerrier: Custer’s scout in 1867
214Across the Fence: Faded photos and vivid memories
214Teen Voice: By my side until the newness wears off
214Teen Voice: Inspire me
214In the Hills: Nature for the Holidays
214News From Lincoln: Legislative big crush begins
213Observations Only: Together again
213Jane’s Secret, part XV: Unrequited love
213From the Superintendent’s Desk - Financial Outlook for Gering Public Schools
213Teen Voice: Do It Anyway
212Life in the Rearview Mirror: Is it possible to just drive in the 21st Century?
212From the Superintendent's Desk: Student transportation changes for 2012-13
212Miss Movies: “Bully” a powerful documentary
212Observations Only: Musings of an odd duck
212Christmas stories from Freshman Academy students
212Building Bridges: Don’t wait to develop
212Website Resources
211Capitol View: Clock keeps tickin,’ many issues remain unresolved
211Prairie Dogs
210Welcome to Gering
210Coach Schadwinkel promoted strong sense of tradition
210Nature Notes: Love is in the air
210Update from the NRD: March updates from the NRD
210At the Monument: Night Sky
210Jack’s Insights: A word about weed control
209Capitol View: Legislature to tackle meatier issues
209Teen Voice: The clock is ticking
209Letter to the editor
209Building Bridges: Turning a space into a sense of place
209Building Bridges: Supporting our teachers supports our children
209Building Bridges: Seeking a big win out of the 4th quarter
209I love Thanksgiving
208Teen Voice: Sticks and stones
208Teen Voice: Pinning your interest
208Honoring Our Veterans
208Jane’s Secret, XCI: Sticks and stones
207Timing makes perfect
207Completely Different: It’s the end of the world as we know it
207Our View: County Manager option leads to Good Old Boys' Club
207Barr’s Bacon Wrapped Fantasy Picks: A rookie's guide to drafting your dream team
207Lyman Review: Branding Time
207Linked Lives
206Teen Voice: Not just another ride
206Observations Only: Choices
206Teen Voice: Trouble Maker or Hard Worker?
206Building Bridges: Asking officials to speak and work as a body
206Final Point: Citizen receives first honor for ‘Final Point’
206
205From the Superintendent’s Desk: Get ready for Parent-teacher conferences
205Our View: Pipeline not a solution to oil problems
205Capitol View: The Legislature did provide tax relief
205At the Monument: Junior Rangers
205Letter to the Editor: A call to defend the U.S. Constitution
204Practice safe barbecue basics
204Teen Voice: Footprints
204Easter
204Serving You
203Observations Only: Sister odyssey
203Teen Voice: Living within our means
203At the Library: The Underground Girls of Kabul - In Search of a Hidden Resistance in Afghanistan
202Dear Nebraskans: Nebraska is the place for business
202Capitol View: State aid proposal just might make some sense
202Their View: Goal post move unfair
202At the Library: Smoke Gets in Your Eyes: And Other Lessons from the Crematory by Caitlin Doughty
202The State of Nebraska Agriculture
201Across the Fence: The Pony Express
201Dear Nebraskans: Massachusetts should not determine Nebraska’s Presidential vote
201Fourth of July meetings
201
200View of the Zoo: VIPs at RCD
200Teen View: My crazy, wonderful life
199Miss Movies: Top ten holiday films, part II
199Guest Voices…
199Updates from NRD: Happy New Year
198The hills, part 1: Mustangs
198In the Hills: Arbor Day in Nebraska
198Building Bridges: Fair time—learn, respect, appreciate, enjoy!
198At the Monument: Water, Will There Be Enough?
198Giving Thanks
198Tumbleweeds on the loose
197The Block
197The Good Life: A very interesting meeting indeed
197Teen Voice: Twitter as sleep criminal
197Update From the NRD: Winter has arrived
197Our View: Childcare not school district’s role
197Building Bridges: Be American - help your candidate
197Our View: Officials should take advantage of available training
197Lyman Review: The Frozen Tundra
197This year in the Regulation Rewind
196Our View: Come home to Nebraska, but not just anywhere
196Dear Nebraskans: Technology helps serve Nebraskans
196At the Monument: That old (historic) building
196At the Zoo: Spring in to the zoo
195Bright Ideas, Brighter Future: Leaving a Legacy
195Jane’s Secret, part XI: Grand Duchess
195Observations Only: The two faces of poverty
195Building Bridges: Dive into summer—dive into living
195PROPERTY TAXES REMAIN THE NUMBER ONE FOCUS, BUT WHERE IS THE FIX?
194Totally Random: Hemp: considering the real benefits of the miracle plant
194Lyman Review: Sheep Royalty
194Creatures of the Night
194Letters to the Editor
194
193Letter to the Editor
193Teen Voice: Catfished
193At the Monument: Art in National Parks
192Social time has important benefits
192View from Capitol Hill: Solutions for our economy and the budget
191Completely Different: The Hills, part 3: Rediscovering the spirit
191Life in the Rearview Mirror: Personal control of an individual response
191Life in the Rearview Mirror: Work is more than a four-letter word
191Sychronicity: Thrive, don't just survive
191Reach out for challenges
190Capitol View: There was more to the session than just the big ticket items
190A Stray Moment: ‘The Man Who Fell to Earth’
189Observations Only: Giving up
189Teen Voice: Where is the love?
189Support emergency services personnel
189Our View: Confidentiality agreement disrespectful
189Budgeting the Nebraska Way
188View from the block
188From the Superintendent’s Desk - District purchase of building
188No-Till Notes: A word about weed control
187Teen Voice: Respond to defeat
187Teen Voice: An eventful homecoming
187Capital View: Can prison reform survive property tax relief?
187Washington Report: Honoring America’s heroes
187Synchronicity:What brings me back
186Observations Only: Wilkerson Pass
185My mini Pen and me
185Building Bridges: Know DOVES and know about domestic violence
185Feeding a world in need
183A Small World: Scotts Bluff Valley Fiber Arts Fair classes offer great variety
183Completely Different: The Hills, part 2: The Civilian Conservation Corps
183From the Superintendent’s Desk: Parents’ role in the educational process
183Observations Only: Spider adventure
183Teen Voice: What is love?
183In the Hills: Explore the state parks
183From the Capitol: The conduct we choose reflects our character
183No Till Notes: Drilling edible beans
182I'm falling for Tumblr?
182Our view: United we can build
181Guest Editorial: Bob Kerrey is the true fiscal conservative
181Teen Voice: Practice makes perfect
181Teen Voice: Making sense of the Sandy Hook tragedy
181Be kind through communications
181The Good Life: Looking back on 2014
180Notes from NRD: Thanks agricultural producers
180Greetings from the State Capitol
180Fellow Nebraskans: Congratulations on graduation day
180In the Hills: Get to Know Our Feathered Travelers
179Teen Voice: March Madness
179
179At the Monument: So You want to be a Ranger?
178Teen Voice: I guess it’s just a western Nebraska thing
178Five Good Reasons to Create an Investment Strategy
178Capitol View: Legislature overrides gubernatorial vetoes
178At the Monument: Where are the animals?
178
178A Stray Moment: Winter Wonderland (and Thank You to the Snow Crews)
177Mayor’s Monthly: Moving on Gering’s momentum
176What’s really going on with our water?
176At the Library: “I Shall Be Near to You” By Erin Lindsay McCabe
176Across the Fence: Ladies First or First Ladies
175Pulpit of Bones: Man's best friend
175College Thoughts: Rotten for the minds? Think again
175Support letters requested for airport
174In the Hills: Awesome Amphibians and Rough Reptiles
173Remembering When
172Silence please
172LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Gering Public Schools seeks imput
170From the Superintendent’s Desk: Merry Christmas and Happy New Year
170From the Superintendent’s Desk: Summer School – 2013
170Unprovoked dangers
169The Good Life: Our most precious right, gagged
169Building Bridges: Help! is the key word for the holidays
168Across the Fence: Oliver T. Jackson, Colorado pioneer
167From the Superintendent's Desk: State report card
167At the Library: “The Master Switch” The rise and fall of information empires By Tim Wu
167A Stray Moment: Leonard Nimoy - Live long and prosper
167Jane’s Secret, XCIII: Hazel’s story
166Religious freedom must be protected
166News from Lincoln: TIF program gets abused
165Teen Voice: On becoming politically active
165Totally Random: Where does it go?
165Rural mail will suffer with more mail plant closures
163From the Superintendent's Desk: Our goal: Improve student performance
163From the Superintendent’s Desk
163Miss Movies: Top Ten Holiday Films
163No-Till Notes: Power of Legumes, Part 4
163Young leaders in Nebraska agriculture
162
162Nebraska’s Heroes
161Observations Only: No thank you
160To The Editor
159LETTER TO THE EDITOR: No tax state unrealistic
159From the Superintendent's Desk: Why so soon?
159Teen Voice: Today’s television
159Teen Voice: Outbreak of the Gamers
155Jack’s Insights: Knowing harvest
153Our View: A failure to communicate
152Our View: County has some ‘splainin’ to do
152Protecting Our Local Communities
150From the Superintendent’s Desk: Current enrollment count
150
148Our View: Visionaries wanted
148Jane’s Secret, XCIV: Hazel’s story, part II
146Our View: The elephant in the room
146From the Capitol: Investing in infrastructure
145
145Letter to the Editor
144No-Till Notes: The power of legumes, part 3
144Teen Voice: Ready for the world? Get real
143From the Superintendent's Desk: School year now in full swing
143Teen Voice: Eighth day of the week - Someday
143Our View: Streamlining is great...when all are informed
142Life in the Rearview Mirror: The cumulative effects of giving
142Letter to the Editor - Injection well public hearing restricts participation
141Teen Voice: The road of hatred
140Jane’s Secret LV A mystery
137Teen Voice: Happy news
136All Points West: The better qualities of leadership
135Letter to the Editor
130Guest Editorial: Fischer will see U.S. ‘living within means’
130Letter to the Editor
130Packing bill is a bad idea
125The Year Ahead
124From the Superintendent's Desk: Election over – work begins
124Their View: Hey Gering, mind your own business!
124Hog bill vote was disappointing
122Teen Voice: Sit back and enjoy YouTube
117Spurring Innovation
109It’s Fall in Nebraska
107Jane’s Secret, XCVI: Threads
101News From Lincoln: Session gets underway
99No-Till Notes: Water conservation
93Curiosity Corner: Exploring the Oregon Trail, backwards
91Walkable, bikeable communities
85Defending life is essential to defending freedom
82My Thanksgiving prayer
78Stand Up for Life
65Jane’s Secret, XCVII: The vision
49Jane’s Secret, XCVIII: Clem’s onus
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