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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932Across the Fence: Lions, wolves and bears
927Life in the West: Inside the minds of serial killers
927Totally Random: The Golden Rule
924Miss Movies: Ten great horror flicks for Halloween, part I
916Dear Fellow Nebraskans: Governor’s Ag Conference overview
915Across the Fence: Sioux Ordnance Depot: stories to be told
913A Stray Moment : Carry the weight
910No-Till Notes: Plan to attend 2014 No-Till Conference
907From the Superintendent's Desk: NePAS – State Accountability
905Observations Only - Two ages of man
894From the Superintendent’s Desk: Welcome to new certified staff
885Across the Fence: Dull Knife’s Quest, part 1
880Jane’s Secret, XXIV: The last drive
878Jane’s Secret, part XI: Grand Duchess
870The Good Life: Your dollar is a vote for what you care about
868Our view: Gering’s future needs your vote
865Across the Fence: On The road
863From the Superintendent’s Desk : Thank You for another Great Year
861From the Superintendent’s Desk - Option Enrollment
856Jane’s Secret, part VI: Molly’s surprise
854The Good Life: Through my father’s eyes
851Jane’s Secret, part IX: Mrs. Huber’s chagrin
849Assad’s endgame
844Jane’s Secret, part XIII: Blackberry pie
842The Good Life: Hey, I’m a winner!
839Across the Fence: Consumed by fire
839Jane’s Secret, part VII Clem’s confession
834Across the Fence: The Spirit of Crazy Horse
833A Stray Moment: Earth Day, am I doing my part?
831Barr’s Bacon Wrapped Fantasy Picks: A rookie's guide to drafting your dream team
824Guest Editorial: Fischer will see U.S. ‘living within means’
822Lyman Review: Hubby’s got my goat
815A Stray Moment: Merry Christmas – God save us all
813Observations Only: Painting a picture
812Teen Voice: I guess it’s just a western Nebraska thing
811From the Superintendent’s Desk: Early Childhood Education
810Jane’s Secret, part XX: Change of plans
807Across the Fence: Dull Knife’s Quest: Part 2 of 2
805Observations Only: A soul’s journey
803Miss Movies: “Bully” a powerful documentary
802Jane’s Secret, part VIII: Molly's plan
802Across the Fence: Discovering Ed Stemler
800Across the Fence: Burnett’s Mound and the Topeka tornado
797Completely Different: It’s the end of the world as we know it
789Completely Different: New Year’s Resolutions
786Across the Fence: The Great Solomon River Stampede
784Across the Fence: Mud Springs revisited
781Across the Fence: Class of ’67, last remnants of home
780Jane’s Secret, XXIII: Molly’s plan
779Completely Different: The game is afoot, a look at Sherlock Holmes
775Across the Fence: Just For the Thrill of It
775Life in the Rearview Mirror: I hate coffee
774The zombie apocalypse and you
771Jane’s Secret, part V: Aggie’s complaint
770Jane’s Secret, XXV: Mysteries
767A Stray Moment: All's well that ends well, usually
766Across the Fence: First scalp for Custer
759Jane’s Secret, part XIV: Molly’s dream
758Across the Fence: The Wellnitz Fire, day 1 and 2
755Jane’s Secret, part XVI: Fate takes a hand
754Across the Fence: The much maligned Ms. Watson
753From the Superintendent’s Desk: Accountability
752Across the Fence: Judge Roy Bean : Texas prizefight promoter
747Across the Fence: A hometown 4th of July
746Teen Voice: Experiencing versus remembering
741Observations Only: A new direction
738Our View: County Manager option leads to Good Old Boys' Club
734Teen Voice: Today’s television
726Observations Only: Giving up
725From the Superintendent’s Desk
725Jane’s Secret, part XV: Unrequited love
723From the Superintendent’s Desk - Haig and Aurora Buildings
722Teen Voice: Respond to defeat
722Jane’s Secret, part XVIII : Devil’s bargain
722Jane’s Secret, Part XVIV: Crystal Waters
721Teen Voice: Learning calculus more than numbers
720Trash cans
720Jane’s Secret, part XXII: While the cat’s away
718Teen Voice: Let us be beautiful
717Across the Fence: Submarines and railroads
715Completely Different: That’s so Pinteresting
714Teen Voice: The road of hatred
714Jane’s Secret, part XVII : Plans gone awry
714From the Pastor's Pen: Lord, teach us to pray
713Across The Fence: Celebrating the 120th anniversary of the Chadron to Chicago Cowboy Race, part I
712A Stray Moment - Celebrating Gering's Quasquicentennial
711From the Superintendent's Desk: Elementary attendance areas
711Jane’s Secret, part XII: Jane's Vow
709Lyman Review - Tales of the renegade rooster
708Observations Only: The joy of money
708Teen Voice: What senior year taught me
707From the Superintendent’s Desk: Current enrollment count
706Teen Voice: 'Pretty Little Liars'
706Life in the Rearview Mirror: Cleaning off the ‘what if’ shelf
702Teen Voice: New Year’s goals
701From the Superintendent’s Desk: Parents’ role in the educational process
700Teen Voice: The more the merrier
697A Stray Moment: In praise of silence
697Miss Movies: Ten movies for romance
696The Good Life: Our most precious right, gagged
696Jane’s Secret, XXXIII: Night walk
691Across the Fence: Faded photos and vivid memories
690The Block
687Completely Different: Confessions of an out of shape twenty something
687Jane’s Secret, XXVIII: Lame Johnny
684From the Superintendent’s Desk - District purchase of building
680 Taking a big risk
679Across the Fence: Sitting Bull: The Last Surrendering Sioux
674Teen Voice: Fifty reasons to smile
674From the Superintendent’s Desk: Summer School – 2013
672Teen Voice: Catfished
671Observations Only: Saturday delight
669From the Superintendent’s Desk: Thanks for the memories
669A Small World: Savoring county fair days
668The hills, part 1: Mustangs
668Completely Different: What’s speech got to do with it?
667The Good Life: The best Christmas gift
667Across the Fence - Boston: April 18, 1775
664Life's curve balls
662Teen Voice: Lessons I learned from my eight-year-old brother
662Jane's Secret, part X: The arrival
661Seeing the works of the master
660Across the Fence: Fort Mitchell on the Great Platte River Road
657Teen Voice: Confessions of the financially disabled
657From the Superintendent’s Desk : Draft Calendar 2013-14
655Completely Different: Remembering Aurora
655The ghost of Ayn Rand
654Jane’s Secret, part XXI: Gertrude’s Agenda
652Completely Different: The Hills, part 3: Rediscovering the spirit
651A Small World: Scotts Bluff Valley Fiber Arts Fair classes offer great variety
650Teen Voice: Sticks and stones
650Completely Different: The Marilyn Monroe conundrum
649A Stray Moment: Waiting on a train
649From the Superintendent's Desk: School year now in full swing
649Across the Fence: Black Hills Gold and the Thoen Stone
648Observations Only: Extreme measures
647Teen Voice: Not just another ride
646Our View: Extreme caution needed with fireworks
646Pulpit of Bones: Man's best friend
644Timing makes perfect
644Across The Fence: Billy Dixon; Plainsman, Hunter, Indian fighter and Scout
642Observations Only: Counting chickens
642Across the Fence: Bloody Pocket, the final battle
640Observations Only: Sisters lost, part III
640Observations Only: Sisters lost, part IV
635SELL-OUT!
635Completely Different: The Hills, part 2: The Civilian Conservation Corps
635Completely Different: The Mind Palace Memory Technique
635From the Superintendent's Desk: Election over – work begins
635Across The Fence: The Hat Creek Outpost
629A Stray Moment: On Canada and the forgotten bicentennial
628Miss Movies: Ten great horror flicks for Halloween, part 2
628A Small World: Chokecherry season evokes memories of yesterday
625A Stray Moment: God Knows
625Life in the Rearview Mirror: Greensburg strong
623It's no surprise
623A Stray Moment: It's a dog's life
620Observations Only: Just around the corner
620A Stray Moment: Now is the winter of our disconnect
619Across the Fence: Fact, fiction or fragmented dreams?
617Teen Voice: Not according to the plan
616Completely Different: The mystery of Vivian Maier
615Do You Tube?
615The Good Life: Leave the quilt shop and laundromat alone
615A Stray Moment: Star Trek: Infinite diversity in infinite combinations
615Anno Domini: Independence, an ideal worth celebrating
612Observations Only: Scourge of violence
610Across the Fence: Rural free delivery
609Completely Different: Happy Hollowthanksmas
608View from the block
607The Good Life: We are not separate, we are one family
605Welcome to Gering
605Totally Random: I’m a backwards reader
604A Stray Moment: Tacos! Our embarrassment of riches
603Observations Only: What's in a word?
603The Good Life: It’s hard to believe, the Citizen is four years old
602From the Superintendent's Desk: PLAS School
600Guest Editorial: Bob Kerrey is the true fiscal conservative
600From the Superintendent’s Desk: Merry Christmas and Happy New Year
599Silence please
598A Stray Moment: I love Sookie Stackhouse
598Political Cartoon by Doug Hoevet
598The Good Life: Mom, my partner in life
596A Stray Moment: The last time
594A Stray Moment: Without a net
593LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Gering Public Schools seeks imput
590From the Superintendent's Desk: Student transportation changes for 2012-13
590A Stray Moment: Ready for the storm
590Across the Fence: Cynthia Ann Parker, Comanche captive
589Observations Only: The two faces of poverty
588Age of reason
588Observations Only: Together again
586Political Cartoon by Doug Hoevet
585Life in the Rearview Mirror: Is it possible to just drive in the 21st Century?
585Jane’s Secret, XXVII: Town Meeting
584A Stray Moment: World War Two is not forgotten
583The Good Life: A farm girl in my heart
580Across the Fence: Wounded Knee; December 29, 1890
580Observations Only: Going home
580Across the Fence: Standing on the wagon
580Across the Fence: A Cheyenne weekend
579Economic development update
579Observations Only: No thank you
578 Across the Fence: ‘Aunt Sally’ and Dakota Gold
577Completely Different: How the savings stole Christmas
577Observations Only: Curious things
576Our View: Pipeline not a solution to oil problems
576At the Library: Words of Radiance by Brandon Sanderson
574Life in the Rearview Mirror: The Moments we live for
573Thinking About Health: The challenge of signing up for Obamacare
572Jane’s Secret, XXIX: Fred’s debacle
571Teen Voice: An eventful homecoming
571From the Superintendent’s Desk - Financial Outlook for Gering Public Schools
568Observations Only: Surprises
568Across the Fence: Tomb of the Unknown
567From the Superintendent's Desk: Our goal: Improve student performance
567Across the Fence: A boy called Slon-Ha
566Life in the Rearview Mirror: Personal control of an individual response
561Guest Voices…
560Observations Only: Spider adventure
560Teen Voice: What’s so great about pizza?
559Observations Only: Uneventful flight
558Observations Only: Musings of an odd duck
558Teen Voice: Living within our means
557Observations Only: Sister odyssey
557Observations Only: North Powder
557Capitol View: Lincoln Highway captures spotlight
557Rural America and immigration reform
556Teen Voice: Sit back and enjoy YouTube
556Miss Movies: Top ten holiday films, part II
556A Stray Moment: - The case for Hagel
556Teen Voice: Body image
555Miss Movies: The top ten films of 2012: The year of the geek
555Teen Voice: Twitter as sleep criminal
554Observations Only: Blue chip stock
554Across the Fence: Places near forgotten
554Teen Voice: The benefits of online learning
552The Good Life: Extending grace, the lost art
551Observations Only: Critical thinking
549Teen Voice: Shadow art
548A Stray Moment: Guilty pleasures
547The Good Life: A very interesting meeting indeed
547Teen Voice: Congratulations, you’re awful
545A Stray Moment: A voice from the past, haunting myself
544Across the Fence: Celebrating the 120th anniversary of the Chadron to Chicago Cowboy Race, part II
543From the Superintendent's Desk: School Safety and Security
543Teen: Voice : Drinking enough water
543Across the Fence: The hand dug well
542Permission to remember
542Across the Fence: Thanks for the memory
540Observations Only: A strange Thanksgiving
539A Stray Moment: For the love of theatre
537From the Superintendent's Desk: Why so soon?
536Across The Fence: A day For thanks
535Observations Only: The awful truth
534Teen Voice: Serendipity
534Our View: County has some ‘splainin’ to do
531The Good Life: Christina Baker’s mom: Thank you
529Teen Voice: On becoming politically active
528Our View: The elephant in the room
526Across the Fence: When Lady Luck sleeps
526Across the Fence: When Fiddler quit running
525LETTER TO THE EDITOR: No tax state unrealistic
525Teen Voice: Eighth day of the week - Someday
525Thinking about Health: Getting insurance under the Affordable Care Act
523Observations Only: Journey's end
521Social time has important benefits
520Home of the Brave
518Completely Different: The bucket list phenomenon
516Observations Only: Curious things, part II
515From the Superintendent's Desk: State report card
515Across the Fence: Cheyenne County, Nebraska: cattle country
515Completely Different: Hey there, four eyes!
515Teeing Off: Lessons learned from golf
514Miss Movies: Top Ten Holiday Films
514Their View: Hey Gering, mind your own business!
513Practice safe barbecue basics
512Teen Voice: Gleek tragedy
510Observations Only: Sister lost
509Across the Fence : November 1864: Pole Creek, Politics and Patriots
509Observations Only: A soul's journey, part III
509Guest Voice: If I could do it over again
508Observations Only: The meeting
506Observations Only: Wilkerson Pass
506Completely Different: Do you know John Green?
505The Good Life: The economic footprint of one small business
502My Thanksgiving prayer
502Teen Voice: Outbreak of the Gamers
502A Stray Moment - A night owl born to an 8 to 5 world
499Our View: Bravo OTD committee
499Across the Fence: Wasicu Wakan
497The Good Life: The two different types of business people
495Teen Voice: Dealing with stress
493The Good Life: We are the Valley’s emissaries
493Totally Random: My journey, life after living
492I'm falling for Tumblr?
490Teen Voice: Pinning your interest
488Remembering When
487Jane’s secret, XXVI: The suitcase
486Jane’s Secret, XXXII Jane’s Bad Day
485Teen Voice: Practice makes perfect
485Teen Voice: Go ahead, make my day
485Teen Voice: Being a girl
485Observations Only: A gift of serenity
485Completely Different: Perfect memories made in imperfect moments
484Five Good Reasons to Create an Investment Strategy
484Observations Only: Expect the best, part II
484A Stray Moment: Having a blast on the Fourth of July
483A ‘city’ kid goes to the fair
479Capitol View: Wild life proposal costly but worthwhile
476Across The Fence: Union Pacific robbery at Big Springs
475The Good Life: The lasting effects of bullying
474Teen Voice: Happy news
473Observations Only : White water
471Life in the Rearview Mirror: The cumulative effects of giving
468Teen Voice: Go ahead, make my day
462Anno Domini: The memorial nobody wants
460A Small World: Special guest
458Observations Only: Sisters lost, part two
456Observations Only: A soul's journey, part two
455Observations Only: A fine line
455Jane's Secret, XXXI: Sixes and sevens
454Teen Voice: Say yes to branching out
452Teen Voice: Making sense of the Sandy Hook tragedy
451Life in the Rearview Mirror: Work is more than a four-letter word
451Across The Fence: Jules, Jack and lawless justice
450Observations Only: Good and evil
450Building Bridges: Cleaning up for company--or not--reveals a lot
448Teen Voice: Indulge In moderation
447Teen Voice: Equality
447Life in the Rearview Mirror: The world is a stage
447Teen Voice: Until we say goodbye
443Our View: Visionaries wanted
443The Good Life: A holiday recipe for peace
442Observations Only: Expect the best
439Across The Fence: The Heartland plague of 1874-75
438Jane’s Secret XXXV: Bugs and things
438A real leaning tree Christmas
438Building Bridges: Save the world, educate through agriculture
435Completely Different: I go to seek a Great Perhaps
433Across The Fence: The Spanish Flu
425Observations Only: The shadow of error
425The Good Life: A time to be proud of our ancestors
424Teen Voice: By my side until the newness wears off
424Observations Only: A matter of matter
423The Good Life: Innovation and young energy enriches us all
423The Good Life: Cooler breezes bring anticipation of fall
423Building Bridges: Planning now for tourism season 2014
421The Good Life - The worst day on record at the Citizen
420The Good Life: People of the Valley, we have a choice
420Observations Only: Indifferent love
418Teen Voice: The daily struggle to a lifelong battle
417Across The Fence: By the dawn’s early light
416Teen Voice: Previously unwritten cell phone rules
415Observations Only: Beginnings
415Jane's Secret XXXIV: Gin Rummy
414Across The Fence: The hanging of Cornelius Donahue a.k.a. John A. Hurley
414Across The Fence: Crow Dog, Spotted Tail’s assassin
409Completely Different - The magic of spring
408Building Bridges: Chautauqua will bring out the best in everyone
407Observations Only: Divine spirit
405Observations Only: Choices
404Observations Only: Temptation
404Teen Voice: Saying Goodbye
403Life in the Rearview Mirror: Experiencing life passion
400The Lyman Review: I love baby ducks
399Totally Random: Life’s ripples
394Observations Only: Willfulness
390Building Bridges: Being grateful for the hardships in life
386Observations Only: Divine prompts
386Teeing Off: Around the Green
385Teen Voice: The need to get away
382Across the Fence: Pawnee legends in the Nebraska Panhandle
381Life in the Rearview Mirror: Life enhancing memories
381Observations Only: A matter of paradox
379A Stray Moment: Learning how to walk
378A Small World: Legends week promises fun for everyone
377Across The Fence: Billy Dixon at Adobe Walls, June 1874
373Life in the Rearview Mirror: Adapt and adjust
373Anno Domini: We gather together
372A Stray Moment: In praise of encouragement
370Teen Voice: I’ll be healthy – tomorrow
370Teen Voice - On the outside looking In
370Observations Only: Off to the races
370Building Bridges: Tend to 2014 and be Happy, Happy, Happy
369Observations Only: The vision
364Across The Fence: The Pawnee on Pumpkin Creek
363Teen Voice: Do It Anyway
363Teen Voice: Thanksgiving
362Across the Fence: The Overland Camel Company
358Across the Fence: The Pony Express
358Observations Only: The need to understand
358Totally Random: October, the pink month
358Dear Fellow Nebraskans: We Are Proud of the Nebraska National Guard
356Teen Voice: Sticks and stones
355Teen Voice:  Body bashing and self-image
349Across The Fence: Freedom Triumphant Over War and Peace
348Building Bridges: Celebrating the Bulldog homecoming
347Observations Only: A good daughter
347Observations Only: Fuzzy angel
343Teeing Off: Mind Gym
342Teen Voice: Silence
339A Halloween Story: The scary dream
338Building Bridges: Love your enemies
336Teeing Off: Persistence
334Welcome to Gering and the 92nd Oregon Trail Days Celebration.
333Across the Fence; Prelude to the Red River War of 1874
332Lyman Review: Devil calf
330Teen Voice: Stress test
328Teen Voice: Remember what you have
327Anno Domini: Ask the digital dust
326Teen Voice: The Other Side
326Observations Only: A sad week
325Observations Only: Afraid of the dark
317Teeing Off: The thing about state
316Lyman Review: The elusive farm cat
315Teen Voice: What is love?
314Observations Only: Waiting time
313Across The Fence: First train from Saply Grove
308Observations Only: The unvarnished truth
307Teen Voice: The rivalry
304Building Bridges: Observing bullies, abuse and pastors
303Building Bridges: Building us up to be what others see
300Observations Only: Reality check
297Up The Creek Without A Paddle: The NRD wants to do what with your money?
296Update From the NRD: Winter has arrived
295Observations Only: Hog wash
291Guest Editorial: The future of health care at Regional West
290Updates from NRD: NRD promotes conservation
290Totally Random: Hemp: considering the real benefits of the miracle plant
289Building Bridges: “New” will become a buzzword in the Valley
288Lyman Review: The love goat
286Building Bridges: Following the spirit of Gering
285Across the Fence: A Cowboy kind of Christmas
284Our View: Why rush the interlocal agreement?
284Observations Only: Saint Marge
284Dear Fellow Nebraskans: Collegebound Nebraska
283Lyman Review: Now that's a set of handlebars!
275Jane’s Secret XXXVII: A starry night
273Jane’s Secret XXXVI:  The dream
273Totally Random: Happy Halloween
271Lyman Review: One mean chicken
270Across The Fence: Amos Bad Heart Bull
267Anno Domini: On this remembering day
267Across The Fence; ‘Johnny Appleseed’ of the Oregon Trail
267Teen Voice: Shopping days or holidays?
265Observations Only: Gone away
260Lyman Review: Something wicked this way comes
258
257Final Point: Golf, cross country feats headline fall season successes
255Building Bridges: Serve on the school board—or say no more
252No-Till Notes: Water Funding Task Force
252Teen Voice: Self-expression
251Teen Voice: Is respect dead?
248Teen Voice: Nobody else can lower you
245From the Hill: More Work Ahead
245Across The Fence: The Three Guardsmen
245Jane’s Secret, XXXVIII: Bad girls
242Observations Only: The visit
239 Across the Fence: Remembering Armistice Day
231Teen Voice: My rebellion
229Teen Voice: Cyber War
228Welcome to the ‘New’ in Gering
227Across the Fence: The Blizzard of ‘49
223Observations Only: A day in August
222Why you should visit the zoo in February
221Observations Only: The last goodbye
221Teen Voice: Hope for a New Year
220Our View: Childcare not school district’s role
218Jane’s Secret, XLI Black widow spider
217Across the Fence: New eyes on the Panhandle
216Building Bridges: Objectivity and fairness make a winning plan
215Across The Fence: Mustangs on Pumpkin Creek
207Teen Voice: The gift of caring
206Lyman Review: Goat-chasing cardio
205Observations Only: The last toothpick
204Observations Only: Final moment
204No-Till Notes: Joe Franks Memorial
204Teen Voice: My School, Their Rules
203Observations Only: One more time
201Updates from NRD: Happy New Year
200Totally Random: Trusting the fates
198Across the Fence; Massacre on the Marias River
196Observations Only: The vigil
194Across The Fence: Moc-chi, A Southern Cheyenne warrior
189Teen Voice: Family for all intents and purposes
188Teen Voice: To the future
185Across The Fence: Crazy Horse’s Last Battle
184Our View: Community responsible for kids
182Dear Nebraskans: Massachusetts should not determine Nebraska’s Presidential vote
178Building Bridges: Pause a moment...save a child’s life
174Teen Voice: Writing love on our hearts
171Christmas stories from Freshman Academy students
170Across The Fence: Portugee Phillips and a horse named Dandy
166Across The Fence: Last Christmas
165SBNM View: Do you want to be a VIP?
160Coach Schadwinkel promoted strong sense of tradition
158Across the Fence: Remembering English Joe
157Lyman Review: Taste of boot?
157Teen Voice: Trouble Maker or Hard Worker?
154Lyman Review: Nudge to the Butt
154Letter to Editor clarifies drug testing policy
152Capitol View: Yes, Virginia, the Legislature has done something, so far
151At the Library: March into a good book
147Teen Voice: Where is the love?
147Mayor’s Monthly: Moving on Gering’s momentum
145Jane’s Secret: Jane’s Secret, XLII: Sunflowers
143Lyman Review: Winter's dog
138Dear Nebraskans: Nebraska is the place for business
134No-Till Notes: Looking Back
132Teen Voice: Holiday horrors
128Nature Notes: Love is in the air
126Totally Random: Where does it go?
123In the Hills: Arbor Day in Nebraska
119Across the Fence: Prelude to Battle
115Capitol View: Considering additional education choices
105Capitol View: Clock keeps tickin,’ many issues remain unresolved
104Across the Fence: Roy Bean; scoundrel with a law book
101Jane’s Secret: Jane’s Secret XLIV: Jail break
97Lyman Review: Dog fun
95Jane’s Secret: Jane’s Secret, XLIII: Jail house rock
92At the Monument: That old (historic) building
89Building Bridges: Be American - help your candidate
89Capitol View: Delay tactics a gamble as session draws to a close
86Across the Fence: John Colter, the first mountain man
85Capitol View: Legislature to tackle meatier issues
83Notes from NRD: Thanks agricultural producers
83Building Bridges: Asking officials to speak and work as a body
82Capitol View: It sounded like a good idea at first
78Across the Fence: On the Old Chisholm Trail
78Across the Fence: The Cholera Corridor
78Religious freedom must be protected
67Capitol View: State aid proposal just might make some sense
66Teen Voice: Inspire me
63Dear Nebraskans: Technology helps serve Nebraskans
63View of the Zoo: VIPs at RCD
63Across the Fence: Amanda
62Update from the NRD: March updates from the NRD
60At the Zoo: Spring in to the zoo
56Teen Voice: Footprints
23Building Bridges: Don’t wait to develop
20No-till Notes: Moving forward
19At the Monument: Art in National Parks
18Support emergency services personnel
15Capitol View: Legislature overrides gubernatorial vetoes
14Our View: Confidentiality agreement disrespectful
13Capital View: Can prison reform survive property tax relief?
13Across the Fence: Old barns and memories
10Building Bridges: Awards are only part of our success
10In the Hills: Explore the state parks
9Across the Fence: Missing; Nelson Buck survey party
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