Elizabeth's top ten movie list of 2011
January 05, 2012 Elizabeth Gross   
Though the remake revolution continues in the movie industry, there were a few standouts that were a real joy to watch. Here are my picks for the 10 best films of 2011.

Tree of Life

This is hands down one of the most visually stunning films I have ever seen. There is virtually no plot, yet the few scenes that do involve the actors craft a different story for different people. It contains elements of every situation we are faced with in life; the loss of innocence, the tragedy of death, and the glory of new life. The film poses different questions we have at one point or another asked ourselves. Why are we here? Why did this happen? And where were you? It is like watching a moving painting, so you let go of the fact there is no direct plot.

You have to watch this film with an open mind. While at times it does drag, if you are not paying attention, you miss something important. Make sure that you have the volume turned up. Many voice-overs are delivered in a whispered voice, so again, you risk missing something important. I highly recommend this film. If you don’t understand it the first time, watch it again. And if you don’t create a story, you can still appreciate the beautiful filmmaking.

Limitless

The film opens with Eddie Mora (Bradley Cooper) standing on the ledge of a high story building, ready to jump. Cue in a voice over that kind of explains what in the world he is doing on a ledge. The film tells the story about down and out writer Eddie. His girlfriend has dumped him; he has a serious case of writer’s block, and has accepted the fact that he’s a loser. Until he gets his hands on a new pharmaceutical drug that helps a person use 100 percent of their brain. Suddenly, his world is turned upside down while he moves his way up the corporate ladder.

The opening reminded me immediately of the movie ‘Fight Club.’ You are almost set up to think that this is going to be a twisted thriller. Every time Eddie takes a pill, you take it with him. The camera angles make you feel like you are on a drug trip. The whole time you start crafting in your mind about what this could really be about. Everything that happens to him is almost too good to be true. I will not say how it ends because you have to see the film for yourself.

30 Minutes or Less

30 minutes or less is the second film by director Ruben Fleischer. Fleischer, who burst onto the scene with the movie Zombieland, brings us a much darker comedy. The movie is about Dwayne and Travis, two guys who want to start a massage parlor. In order for them to get the money they get the brilliant idea of killing Dwayne’s father, The Major. (The Major is an ex-military man who hit it big when he won the lottery). Because they don’t have the guts to kill the Major themselves, they now must get 100, 000 dollars to hire an assassin.

They have no way to get that kind of money, so they decide to kidnap a pizza delivery boy named Nick. Dwayne and Travis strap a bomb to Nick and tell him he has 10 hours to rob a bank or he dies.
When you see a movie that stars Danny McBride and Nick Swandson you have some expectations. The film will have lots of drug references and naughty jokes. This film is no exception; however, it’s played up much nicer so the film doesn’t turn vulgar. It’s a black comedy, so a lot of the jokes fall flat if you are not into these kinds of films. The movie has a great balance of action and comedy which keeps the film moving at a good pace. In terms of storyline, this was probably the most original idea on my list. I look forward to more films from Ruben Fleischer. If you’re into something a little different this film is for you.

Bridesmaids

Hailed as the female version of the “Hangover,” Bridesmaids was one of the most risky comedies this year. It’s not very often we see a comedy with an all-female cast. If we do, it goes more along the lines of a chick flick; which if you’re like me, is an unfunny snore fest. Bridesmaids is about two best friends Lillian and Annie. When Lillian gets married she asks Annie to be her maid of honor. Annie is honored until she meets one of Lillian’s friends from college, Helen. Annie and Helen get into a battle royale to prove who the better friend is.

A lot of people said this was a female version of “The Hangover.” I would have to agree to a point but “The Hangover” was something you just sort of expected from men. Bridesmaids was a very brash and in your face look at how some women really do treat each other. To quote Lillian from the movie, “Why can’t you be happy for me and then go home and talk about me behind my back like a normal person?”
This is a great comedy for both men and women. It has a great balance of slapstick and tender moments. This is a movie you can watch with your significant other and not have him become embarrassed when they mention “female problems.” I hope we start to see more female leads in comedies.

Fast Five

Just when you thought they couldn’t possibly come up with anymore squeals for this franchise, “Fast Five” proved that they could. Turning away from its street racing roots, this sequel’s style was more along the lines of a heist film. The movie picks up right where the last one left off. Brian and Mia plan a heist to break Dominic out of jail. Afterwards they end up in Rio Janeiro, Brazil where they need money fast. They hook up with one of their old partners, Vince. The deal goes south and the gang now has to face the drug lord of Rio. To settle the score they plan a heist to take all of his money.

This film was action-packed, the car scenes where phenomenal and it brought together all of your favorite characters from the franchise. If you are a fan of the Fast and the Furious films you will love this movie.

Take Me Home Tonight

Even though the film takes place the year I was born, this movie was very relatable. It tells the story of MIT graduate Matt. A guy that everyone feels has so much potential, yet has no idea what direction to take with his life. He works at Sun Coast Video in the mall, where he runs into his high school crush. She invites him to a party, where everything changes for Matt.

What was great about this movie is that it’s your typical coming of age story. Everyone goes through that feeling after high school or college wondering what to do with their life. You have that diploma or degree; now what? Even though the timeline of the story is during one day, the characters are so well developed that you feel like you know every one of them. If you don’t relate with Matt, you relate with his sister or his friend. This film has a John Hughes sort of magic to it that makes it so memorable.

Colombiana

What Bridesmaids did for women in comedy, Colombiana does for action films. After witnessing her parents’ murder, Catelyea (Zoe Saldana) dedicates her life to avenging her family. This is a story line we’ve heard before. What makes it unique is that a woman is the fighting lead and it works. They used the physical body type of the actress and put her in situations that were believable. However, in terms of fight scenes, this didn’t work and the actress was tossed around like a rag doll.

The pace of the movie was fast, which left no dead spots. While it could have used better character development, the film proved that there can be such a thing as a female action star. This is another genre I would love to see women have a bigger role in.

Thor

Comic book heroes are our modern mythology. As an avid Marvel comics fan, I wasn’t a big fan of the Thor comic books. It always seemed a little unoriginal to use a hero from mythology to create a comic book hero. The movie Thor however, made me second guess my original opinion.

The fact that they had Shakespearean actor Kenneth Barnagh directing the film was kind of a shocker for me. The movie was pretty basic in terms of story. This is Thor and this is why he’s stuck on earth now. The simple storytelling was what made this film easy to follow. The casting was great because quite frankly, Chris Hemsworth just looks like a god. The film had a nice blend of CGI effects, unlike other films where the CGI effects overtake the storyline.

Captain America: The First Avenger

This is another Marvel comic hero I knew nothing about. Captain America was before my time so when I heard they were making this into a movie I wasn’t really excited about it. Captain America was a hero from WWII that we found in a block of ice.

What kind of superhero gets trapped in a block of ice? Now if he was trapped in adamantium, that make more sense.

Just like Thor, I ate my words when I saw Captain America. This was another film with a nice blend of CGI effects to go into the WWII back story. It has a lot of heart and you find yourself wanting the hero Steve Rogers to win. Again this film was great for anybody, not just comic book fans.

X-Men: First Class

This comic book film is more for the fans instead of everyone. I love the X-Men but I was a little leery about this film. X-Men: First Class tells the back story of Charles Xavier and Erick Lensherr (Magneto).

When I first heard the premise of this story, I thought this was going to be completely boring. Again, I was surprised and this was a neat take on the X-Men universe. The story takes place during the Cuban missile crisis. Charles Xavier is enlisted by the military to get a team together to find out what the Russians are up to.

The combination of history and action makes this movie interesting. While it does drag at times, the filmmakers make it up to you by adding a great fight scene. There were a lot of strong actors that made this movie. It is a good film for anyone who enjoys the X-Men.

There you have it, my picks for the best films of 2011. Let’s hope 2012 will bring us some new and fresh ideas. Check these films out and you’re sure to find something for everybody.

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293Lyman Review: Winter's dog
293Update from the NRD: March updates from the NRD
293At the Library: “I Shall Be Near to You” By Erin Lindsay McCabe
292Capitol View: Redistricting needs new procedure
289Website Resources
286Building Bridges: Don’t wait to develop
286Capitol View: The Legislature did provide tax relief
285At the Monument: That old (historic) building
285Across the Fence: Who was Martha Jane Canary?
282Teen Voice: Holiday horrors
282From the Capitol: The conduct we choose reflects our character
281College Thoughts: Rotten for the minds? Think again
281Anno Domini: The Textbook of Freedom
280Capitol View: It sounded like a good idea at first
280Across the Fence: Charles Badger Clark
279Capital View: Can prison reform survive property tax relief?
279Teen Voice: Home is where the heart is
278Across the Fence: Amanda
278No-Till Notes: Annual PNTP Tour
275Building Bridges: Oregon Trail Days—making our present a celebrated past
274Across the Fence: On the Old Chisholm Trail
274No-Till Notes: Enjoyable Day
271Across the Fence: Old barns and memories
271No-till Notes: Moving forward
270Lyman Review: Dog fun
270Across the Fence: Investigation at Spring Creek
269No-Till Notes: Cheat grass
266New at the Zoo: Volunteer at the Zoo
266Lyman Review: Sheep Royalty
265At the Monument: Where are the animals?
264At the Zoo: Spring in to the zoo
262Capitol View: Legislature to tackle meatier issues
261Teen Voice: Inspire me
260Capitol View: Clock keeps tickin,’ many issues remain unresolved
260Building Bridges: Dive into summer—dive into living
252Greetings from the State Capitol
251Washington Report: Honoring America’s heroes
251No-til Notes: Changing plans
249Across the Fence: The Spring Creek Raid
249Teen Voice: The clock is ticking
247Building Bridges: Turning a space into a sense of place
243Jane’s Secret XLVI: Sour grapes
240No-Till Notes: Back in the field
238Across The Fence: Justice in the Big Horn Basin
237No-Till Notes: “Fish and Mud”
234Capitol View: State aid proposal just might make some sense
223At the Monument: Art in National Parks
219Jane’s Secret XLVII: A stormy afternoon
218View of the Zoo: VIPs at RCD
215Synchronicity:What brings me back
215Be kind through communications
213Dear Nebraskans: Technology helps serve Nebraskans
210Across the Fence: Six went to the gallows
206Fellow Nebraskans: Congratulations on graduation day
205Jane’s Secret XLVIII: Jane’s agenda
204No-Till Notes:Enjoyable meeting
202Letter to the editor
187Across The Fence: Hinhan Kaga Paha
181Across the Fence: Aftermath: Part III, The Battle of Summit Springs
180Letters to the Editor
177In the Hills: Awesome Amphibians and Rough Reptiles
170Jane’s Secret XLIX: Phillip’s agenda
163A Stray Moment: Goodbye old house – sorting their things
157Fourth of July meetings
152Battle of Summit Springs, part II: Warpath to White Bear Creek
142Building Bridges: Supporting our teachers supports our children
142A Stray Moment: Time to get moving
131Building Bridges: Fair time—learn, respect, appreciate, enjoy!
123Prairie Dogs
121Teen Voice: Unexpected joys of being a sibling
116Across The Fence: Steamboats on the Missouri
116 Across The Fence: County Fair
114Across The Fence: Scalped at Plum Creek
111Dynasty made Gering the biggest little town in Nebraska
111
110No-Till Notes: Last chance for North, South Dakota tour
110Jane’s Secret XLX: Day’s end
104Building Bridges: Seeking a big win out of the 4th quarter
95No-Till Notes: American Society of Agronomy
95At the Library: One Zentangle a Day
94Across The Fence: New England’s Heroine Scalptress
93In the Hills: Get to Know Our Feathered Travelers
83Across The Fence: Deserters or Outcasts; Three who left. (Part I)
80Sychronicity: Thrive, don't just survive
79Across the Fence: Here lies Major Alexander Culbertson
72No-Till Notes: "Harvest"
70
47Jane’s Secret LI: The telling
38At the Monument: Night Sky
32No-Till Notes: "Different Approaches"
22Across the Fence: Deserters or outcasts; Three who left (Part II)
Most Read News Stories of 2012
17034Across The Fence: Portugee Phillips and a horse named Dandy
5049We need a few good people
3154What's the deal with organic milk?
2820Jane’s Secret, XXXX: A tale of mayhem
2482Across the Fence: Roosevelt’s campaign tour of the west
2266Being a Nebraskan – border to border
2210The Good Life: Today we celebrate Global Oneness Day
2203Across the Fence: The Soldier’s Free Homestead Colony of Gibbon
2174Completely Different: It's all in the family
2073Completely Different: The Disney princess debate: an exercise in the ridiculous
2060Completely Different : Could you come down off your soap box please?
2038Lyman Review: Let’s get back to the subject of bullying
1983Elizabeth's top ten movie list of 2011
1939Teen Voice: Thank you, Gering Speech Team
1936Our View... Preserve Gering’s form of government
1931Jane’s Secret, part II: Gertrude’s choice
1930Life in the Rearview Mirror: Invisible scars have lasting effects
1892The Good Life: Campaign ad using Jesus goes too far
1865Our View: Museum merger a good thing, but let’s go slowly
1855A Small World: Time traveling
1824Teen Voice: Just ten minutes
1819Completely Different: Tales from the mat
1804Time keeps flowing like a river
1802Totally Random: Astrology: It’s all in the stars…
1773A last look at the Nebraska Zone
1772Completely Different: Look around, what are you missing?
1765Life in the west: Betting on the end of the world
1761Our View: Mayor should insist on civility
1756Letter to the Editor
1739Observations Only : The orphanage
1726My mini Pen and me
1711Observations Only : Mission accomplished
1709Teen Voice: March Madness
1699Our view . . .Sports Complex
1693From the Pastor's Pen: Unbelievable breaking news
1687Observations Only: Little Girl Lost: Adopted
1685Livestock Production: My Paradigm Shift
1680Completely Different: Your local government and you
1671Observations Only: Sisters lost, part I
1669Observations only : Sisters of the world
1657Our view... Gering stands upon important threshold
1653Bright Ideas, Brighter Future: Leaving a Legacy
1652Miss Movies: Ten great horror flicks for Halloween, part I
1651Observations Only: Little girl lost, part 3
1651Bright Ideas! Brighter Future! Common sense prevails
1647Curiosity Corner : The tale of the travelling train station
1646Across the Fence: Ah-ho-appa (fallen leaf)
1638Observations Only: Little Girl Lost, part six
1636Completely Different: The good, the bad, and the remedy
1598From the Superintendent’s Desk - Parent Teacher Conferences
1595It's a small world : Everything we do has meaning
1594Across the Fence: James Butler Hickok: The thoughtful gunfighter
1593Teen Voice : Leave your legacy
1586Across the Fence: All aboard the Transcontinental Express
1585Teen Voice: What diabetes taught me
1584Our View: Scottsbluff attitude damages future collaborations
1543Across the Fence: Bose Ikard; Texas Cowboy
1502Jane’s Secret, XXX: A new wrinkle
1456Across the fence: Something worth remembering
1455Across the Fence - Catherine’s boys
1453Totally Random: December 6, the day I lived
1444Jane’s Secret, part XVIII : Devil’s bargain
1381Teen Voice: Don’t be fooled by fads
1344Completely Different: The Quest
1326Our View: Come home to Nebraska, but not just anywhere
1322Barr’s Bacon Wrapped Fantasy Picks: A rookie's guide to drafting your dream team
1271Totally Random: The Golden Rule
1255Miss Movies: Miss Movies recommends her top 10 films of 2013
1254Observations Only: A soul’s journey
1247Jane’s Secret, XXIV: The last drive
1231Across the Fence: Sioux Ordnance Depot: stories to be told
1230The Good Life: Extending grace, the lost art
1219Across the Fence: Building Barns
1213Dear Fellow Nebraskans: Governor’s Ag Conference overview
1212Life in the Rearview Mirror: I’m on a road to someplace
1212From the Superintendent’s Desk: Get ready for Parent-teacher conferences
1210Theatre West’s Cabaret torch burns brightly
1204Across the Fence: Burnett’s Mound and the Topeka tornado
1196Totally Random: Hemp: considering the real benefits of the miracle plant
1187Across the Fence: Lions, wolves and bears
1183Across The Fence: Union Pacific robbery at Big Springs
1182From the Superintendent's Desk: Thank You
1179No-Till Notes: Plan to attend 2014 No-Till Conference
1174Across the Fence: Dull Knife’s Quest, part 1
1169Building Bridges: Save the world, educate through agriculture
1156From the Superintendent's Desk: NePAS – State Accountability
1156Jane’s Secret, XXIII: Molly’s plan
1154Observations Only: Blinders aren’t just for horses
1145Jane’s Secret, XXV: Mysteries
1144Our view: Gering’s future needs your vote
1140From the Superintendent’s Desk: Welcome to new certified staff
1138Jane’s Secret, XXXIII: Night walk
1135From the Superintendent’s Desk - Option Enrollment
1129Across the Fence: Class of ’67, last remnants of home
1123Life in the West: Inside the minds of serial killers
1122Completely Different: It’s the end of the world as we know it
1121Across the Fence: Wyoming settlers lay siege to the TA Ranch
1115The Good Life: Through my father’s eyes
1110A Stray Moment: Merry Christmas – God save us all
1104Across the Fence: Dull Knife’s Quest: Part 2 of 2
1099Cat on a Hot Tin Roof a mixed bag
1098Completely Different: New Year’s Resolutions
1096Across the Fence: Judge Roy Bean : Texas prizefight promoter
1090Across the Fence: On The road
1088Jane’s Secret, part XI: Grand Duchess
1087From the Superintendent’s Desk: Early Childhood Education
1085Across The Fence: Crow Dog, Spotted Tail’s assassin
1083Completely Different: The game is afoot, a look at Sherlock Holmes
1077Across the Fence: Discovering Ed Stemler
1076A Stray Moment : Carry the weight
1073Assad’s endgame
1072From the Superintendent’s Desk : Thank You for another Great Year
1067A Small World: Savoring county fair days
1064Jane’s Secret, part IX: Mrs. Huber’s chagrin
1064The Good Life: Hey, I’m a winner!
1061Jane’s Secret, part VI: Molly’s surprise
1060Jane’s Secret, part XIII: Blackberry pie
1051Jane’s Secret, part VIII: Molly's plan
1048Jane’s Secret, part VII Clem’s confession
1047Lyman Review: Hubby’s got my goat
1042A Stray Moment: All's well that ends well, usually
1040Guest Editorial: Fischer will see U.S. ‘living within means’
1039Teen Voice: I guess it’s just a western Nebraska thing
1033From the Superintendent’s Desk: Thanks for the memories
1032Observations Only - Two ages of man
1027From the Superintendent’s Desk - Haig and Aurora Buildings
1023Miss Movies: “Bully” a powerful documentary
1018Jane’s Secret, part XVII : Plans gone awry
1018Jane’s Secret, part XX: Change of plans
1012The Good Life: Your dollar is a vote for what you care about
1008Across the Fence: Consumed by fire
1002Across the Fence: The Spirit of Crazy Horse
999Across the Fence: Black Hills Gold and the Thoen Stone
999Thinking About Health: The challenge of signing up for Obamacare
993A Stray Moment: Earth Day, am I doing my part?
990Across The Fence: Billy Dixon; Plainsman, Hunter, Indian fighter and Scout
983Jane’s Secret, part XVI: Fate takes a hand
982From the Superintendent’s Desk: Accountability
981Across The Fence: The Hat Creek Outpost
979Observations Only: Painting a picture
977Jane’s Secret, part V: Aggie’s complaint
974Across the Fence: The Great Solomon River Stampede
970A Small World: Chokecherry season evokes memories of yesterday
964Completely Different: That’s so Pinteresting
962Jane’s Secret, part XIV: Molly’s dream
961Across the Fence: Mud Springs revisited
961Life in the Rearview Mirror: I hate coffee
959Teen Voice: Today’s television
955Teen Voice: New Year’s goals
950Across the Fence: First scalp for Custer
949Jane’s Secret, XXVIII: Lame Johnny
948Across the Fence: The Wellnitz Fire, day 1 and 2
948Jane’s Secret, part XV: Unrequited love
947Jane’s Secret, Part XVIV: Crystal Waters
946Across the Fence: The much maligned Ms. Watson
943Across The Fence: Celebrating the 120th anniversary of the Chadron to Chicago Cowboy Race, part I
940Jane’s Secret, part XXII: While the cat’s away
936Across the Fence: Sitting Bull: The Last Surrendering Sioux
934Jane’s Secret, part XII: Jane's Vow
932 Across the Fence: ‘Aunt Sally’ and Dakota Gold
929From the Superintendent’s Desk: Summer School – 2013
928Teen Voice: What senior year taught me
927From the Superintendent’s Desk
926From the Superintendent’s Desk: Parents’ role in the educational process
922From the Superintendent’s Desk - District purchase of building
921Across the Fence: Just For the Thrill of It
921From the Superintendent’s Desk: Current enrollment count
917Across The Fence: A day For thanks
916Across the Fence: A hometown 4th of July
916Our View: County Manager option leads to Good Old Boys' Club
915Observations Only: A new direction
911Teen Voice: Fifty reasons to smile
911Teen Voice: Learning calculus more than numbers
909Life in the Rearview Mirror: Cleaning off the ‘what if’ shelf
907The zombie apocalypse and you
904From the Pastor's Pen: Lord, teach us to pray
903Miss Movies: Ten movies for romance
901Completely Different: The Marilyn Monroe conundrum
899Across the Fence: Fort Mitchell on the Great Platte River Road
895A Stray Moment: Star Trek: Infinite diversity in infinite combinations
888From the Superintendent’s Desk : Draft Calendar 2013-14
886Teen Voice: Experiencing versus remembering
886Across the Fence: Faded photos and vivid memories
886Across the Fence - Boston: April 18, 1775
885Jane’s Secret, part XXI: Gertrude’s Agenda
882Jane’s Secret, XXVII: Town Meeting
881Across the Fence: Submarines and railroads
877From the Superintendent’s Desk: Merry Christmas and Happy New Year
876Across the Fence: Bloody Pocket, the final battle
875Completely Different: What’s speech got to do with it?
873From the Superintendent’s Desk - Financial Outlook for Gering Public Schools
872Teen Voice: Respond to defeat
871Totally Random: I’m a backwards reader
869Observations Only: Giving up
866Completely Different: Confessions of an out of shape twenty something
866Observations Only: Sisters lost, part IV
863Trash cans
863From the Superintendent's Desk: Election over – work begins
861A Stray Moment: Now is the winter of our disconnect
861The Good Life: It’s hard to believe, the Citizen is four years old
857A Stray Moment - Celebrating Gering's Quasquicentennial
857A Stray Moment: In praise of silence
849The Good Life: Our most precious right, gagged
849Anno Domini: Independence, an ideal worth celebrating
848The hills, part 1: Mustangs
847Teen Voice: Let us be beautiful
845From the Superintendent's Desk: Elementary attendance areas
844Teen Voice: The road of hatred
843Observations Only: The joy of money
843Teen Voice: 'Pretty Little Liars'
841Across the Fence: The hand dug well
840Lyman Review - Tales of the renegade rooster
840Teen Voice: Catfished
839Across the Fence: Fact, fiction or fragmented dreams?
839Across the Fence: Celebrating the 120th anniversary of the Chadron to Chicago Cowboy Race, part II
838Teen Voice: The more the merrier
838Thinking about Health: Getting insurance under the Affordable Care Act
836The Good Life: The best Christmas gift
835Observations Only: Saturday delight
833Teen Voice: Lessons I learned from my eight-year-old brother
832Observations Only: Sisters lost, part III
832Completely Different: The mystery of Vivian Maier
832Across the Fence: Cynthia Ann Parker, Comanche captive
829Observations Only: Curious things
828The Block
824A Stray Moment: Waiting on a train
824At the Library: Words of Radiance by Brandon Sanderson
820Completely Different: The Hills, part 3: Rediscovering the spirit
820Across the Fence: A Cheyenne weekend
813Political Cartoon by Doug Hoevet
812Across the Fence: Rural free delivery
810Jane’s Secret, XXIX: Fred’s debacle
807Life's curve balls
807A Stray Moment: On Canada and the forgotten bicentennial
807A Stray Moment: God Knows
805Completely Different: The Mind Palace Memory Technique
805Life in the Rearview Mirror: Greensburg strong
803 Taking a big risk
803From the Superintendent's Desk: School year now in full swing
802Teen Voice: What’s so great about pizza?
802A Stray Moment: Without a net
801Jane's Secret, part X: The arrival
798A Stray Moment: Tacos! Our embarrassment of riches
796The Good Life: We are not separate, we are one family
796A Stray Moment: I love Sookie Stackhouse
795A Small World: Scotts Bluff Valley Fiber Arts Fair classes offer great variety
794Completely Different: Remembering Aurora
794Teen Voice: Not just another ride
794Political Cartoon by Doug Hoevet
793A Stray Moment: It's a dog's life
793Teen Voice: Congratulations, you’re awful
792The Good Life: Mom, my partner in life
791Across the Fence: Standing on the wagon
790Miss Movies: Ten great horror flicks for Halloween, part 2
788Life in the Rearview Mirror: The Moments we live for
787A Stray Moment: World War Two is not forgotten
786Teen Voice: Confessions of the financially disabled
784From the Superintendent's Desk: PLAS School
783Completely Different: The Hills, part 2: The Civilian Conservation Corps
782The ghost of Ayn Rand
781Observations Only: Scourge of violence
779Observations Only: Counting chickens
779The Good Life: A farm girl in my heart
778Teen Voice: Sticks and stones
777Seeing the works of the master
776Observations Only: Extreme measures
776Across the Fence: Wounded Knee; December 29, 1890
774Timing makes perfect
771A Stray Moment: - The case for Hagel
770Pulpit of Bones: Man's best friend
770Observations Only: Going home
770Across the Fence: When Fiddler quit running
768Observations Only: Just around the corner
767View from the block
767Teen Voice: Gleek tragedy
766Our View: Extreme caution needed with fireworks
766The Good Life: Leave the quilt shop and laundromat alone
764Across the Fence: When Lady Luck sleeps
761SELL-OUT!
761Completely Different: Happy Hollowthanksmas
761Observations Only: The two faces of poverty
760Across the Fence: Tomb of the Unknown
760Observations Only: A soul's journey, part III
759Jane’s Secret, XXXII Jane’s Bad Day
758A Stray Moment: The last time
757A ‘city’ kid goes to the fair
756A Stray Moment: A voice from the past, haunting myself
756The Good Life: Christina Baker’s mom: Thank you
754Capitol View: Lincoln Highway captures spotlight
753Observations Only: Uneventful flight
752Our View: County has some ‘splainin’ to do
752Teen Voice: Body image
750Teen Voice: Living within our means
750The Good Life: The two different types of business people
749Across the Fence : November 1864: Pole Creek, Politics and Patriots
748It's no surprise
747Guest Editorial: Bob Kerrey is the true fiscal conservative
746Teen Voice: Not according to the plan
745Observations Only: Surprises
745Our View: Pipeline not a solution to oil problems
745Totally Random: My journey, life after living
743Welcome to Gering
742Across the Fence: Places near forgotten
741Completely Different: How the savings stole Christmas
740Observations Only: Journey's end
738Miss Movies: Top ten holiday films, part II
738Across the Fence: A boy called Slon-Ha
738Completely Different: The bucket list phenomenon
738Rural America and immigration reform
737Silence please
735A Stray Moment: Ready for the storm
734Age of reason
733Observations Only: No thank you
733Teen Voice: The benefits of online learning
732Observations Only: Musings of an odd duck
731Guest Voice: If I could do it over again
730From the Superintendent's Desk: School Safety and Security
730Across the Fence: Cheyenne County, Nebraska: cattle country
730Observations Only: A gift of serenity
729Observations Only: What's in a word?
728Do You Tube?
728The Good Life: We are the Valley’s emissaries
727Teen Voice: Twitter as sleep criminal
727Observations Only: The awful truth
725Life in the Rearview Mirror: Personal control of an individual response
724A Stray Moment - A night owl born to an 8 to 5 world
723Teen Voice: Serendipity
723Teen Voice: Shadow art
720Completely Different: Hey there, four eyes!
718Economic development update
718Observations Only: Critical thinking
717LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Gering Public Schools seeks imput
717Teen: Voice : Drinking enough water
717Completely Different: Perfect memories made in imperfect moments
716Observations Only: North Powder
714Across the Fence: Thanks for the memory
714A Stray Moment: For the love of theatre
714Life in the Rearview Mirror: The world is a stage
713Book Review: I Forgot to Remember By Su Meck
712Teen Voice: Eighth day of the week - Someday
711Observations Only: Together again
711Capitol View: Wild life proposal costly but worthwhile
710Teen Voice: Sit back and enjoy YouTube
710Miss Movies: The top ten films of 2012: The year of the geek
708From the Superintendent's Desk: Student transportation changes for 2012-13
708Observations Only: A strange Thanksgiving
708Across The Fence: Jules, Jack and lawless justice
708Across The Fence: Freedom Triumphant Over War and Peace
706Life in the Rearview Mirror: Is it possible to just drive in the 21st Century?
706Observations Only: Sister odyssey
706Across the Fence: Wasicu Wakan
703Observations Only: Sister lost
702Observations Only: Blue chip stock
702The Good Life: A very interesting meeting indeed
701Teen Voice: An eventful homecoming
701A Stray Moment: Having a blast on the Fourth of July
700Observations Only: Spider adventure
699From the Superintendent's Desk: Our goal: Improve student performance
695Observations Only: Curious things, part II
695Anno Domini: The memorial nobody wants
693Completely Different: Do you know John Green?
692I'm falling for Tumblr?
690Guest Voices…
690Teeing Off: Lessons learned from golf
689Their View: Hey Gering, mind your own business!
687Across The Fence: The hanging of Cornelius Donahue a.k.a. John A. Hurley
686Teen Voice: On becoming politically active
686Building Bridges: Cleaning up for company--or not--reveals a lot
682Observations Only: Sisters lost, part two
682Building Bridges: Chautauqua will bring out the best in everyone
678From the Superintendent's Desk: State report card
676From the Superintendent's Desk: Why so soon?
673Observations Only: Expect the best, part II
672A real leaning tree Christmas
670Teen Voice: Go ahead, make my day
669Teen Voice: Dealing with stress
668A Stray Moment: Guilty pleasures
668Teen Voice: Pinning your interest
668Jane’s secret, XXVI: The suitcase
667Teen Voice: Being a girl
665Completely Different: I go to seek a Great Perhaps
665Across The Fence: The Heartland plague of 1874-75
664My Thanksgiving prayer
663Permission to remember
663The Good Life: The lasting effects of bullying
662Across The Fence: The Spanish Flu
660Teen Voice: Indulge In moderation
659Miss Movies: Top Ten Holiday Films
657The Good Life: A time to be proud of our ancestors
656Across the Fence: Pawnee legends in the Nebraska Panhandle
654Observations Only: A soul's journey, part two
653Jane’s Secret XXXV: Bugs and things
653The Good Life: A holiday recipe for peace
652Five Good Reasons to Create an Investment Strategy
651Observations Only: The meeting
651Teen Voice: Say yes to branching out
650Observations Only: Wilkerson Pass
650A Small World: Special guest
649Our View: The elephant in the room
648Observations Only : White water
646Social time has important benefits
645Teen Voice: Outbreak of the Gamers
645Across The Fence: A Fourth of July Montage
644Home of the Brave
644The Good Life: The economic footprint of one small business
643Building Bridges: Planning now for tourism season 2014
642Teen Voice: Until we say goodbye
640A Small World: Legends week promises fun for everyone
639Teen Voice: Go ahead, make my day
639Jane's Secret, XXXI: Sixes and sevens
637Life in the Rearview Mirror: The cumulative effects of giving
637Life in the Rearview Mirror: Work is more than a four-letter word
634Observations Only: Good and evil
634Teen Voice: Saying Goodbye
634The Lyman Review: I love baby ducks
633Practice safe barbecue basics
633Teen Voice: Happy news
630LETTER TO THE EDITOR: No tax state unrealistic
629The Good Life: Cooler breezes bring anticipation of fall
627Teen Voice: Practice makes perfect
626Remembering When
624Teen Voice: Making sense of the Sandy Hook tragedy
624Observations Only: A matter of matter
623Observations Only: Expect the best
623Observations Only: A fine line
623Across The Fence: Billy Dixon at Adobe Walls, June 1874
622Teen Voice: By my side until the newness wears off
622Teeing Off: Around the Green
619The Good Life: People of the Valley, we have a choice
619The Good Life: Innovation and young energy enriches us all
617Observations Only: The shadow of error
615The Good Life - The worst day on record at the Citizen
615Across The Fence: By the dawn’s early light
614Observations Only: Beginnings
612Our View: Bravo OTD committee
611Across The Fence: The Pawnee on Pumpkin Creek
610Jane's Secret XXXIV: Gin Rummy
610Teen Voice: The daily struggle to a lifelong battle
608Observations Only: Indifferent love
604Teen Voice: Equality
603Observations Only: Divine spirit
602Across the Fence: The Overland Camel Company
602Building Bridges: Being grateful for the hardships in life
598Teen Voice - On the outside looking In
594Anno Domini: We gather together
593Completely Different - The magic of spring
592Teen Voice: I’ll be healthy – tomorrow
590Observations Only: Choices
590Observations Only: A matter of paradox
587A Stray Moment: Learning how to walk
586Building Bridges: Tend to 2014 and be Happy, Happy, Happy
584Observations Only: Divine prompts
583Teen Voice:  Body bashing and self-image
579Teen Voice: Previously unwritten cell phone rules
578Teen Voice: Silence
576Teen Voice: Sticks and stones
574Life in the Rearview Mirror: Experiencing life passion
570Observations Only: Temptation
568Welcome to Gering and the 92nd Oregon Trail Days Celebration.
566A Stray Moment: In praise of encouragement
566Totally Random: Life’s ripples
563Lyman Review: Devil calf
562Observations Only: Off to the races
561Observations Only: A sad week
558Life in the Rearview Mirror: Adapt and adjust
558Across the Fence; Prelude to the Red River War of 1874
558Dear Fellow Nebraskans: We Are Proud of the Nebraska National Guard
557Observations Only: The vision
557Building Bridges: Love your enemies
556Teen Voice: Thanksgiving
553Observations Only: Willfulness
550Teen Voice: The need to get away
549Totally Random: October, the pink month
548A Halloween Story: The scary dream
546Observations Only: Fuzzy angel
545Building Bridges: Celebrating the Bulldog homecoming
545The Good Life: What a wild ride it’s been
544Teen Voice: Do It Anyway
542Across The Fence: First train from Saply Grove
541Across The Fence: Amos Bad Heart Bull
539Our View: Visionaries wanted
538Observations Only: The need to understand
535Guest Editorial: The future of health care at Regional West
532Anno Domini: Ask the digital dust
529Across the Fence: The Pony Express
529Life in the Rearview Mirror: Life enhancing memories
525Observations Only: A good daughter
521Teen Voice: Stress test
520Teeing Off: Persistence
517Teen Voice: Footprints
515Updates from NRD: NRD promotes conservation
514Teeing Off: Mind Gym
512Building Bridges: Asking officials to speak and work as a body
511Across the Fence: A Cowboy kind of Christmas
510Observations Only: Afraid of the dark
510Building Bridges: Serve on the school board—or say no more
508Observations Only: The unvarnished truth
506Dear Nebraskans: Massachusetts should not determine Nebraska’s Presidential vote
501Teen Voice: The rivalry
501Building Bridges: Observing bullies, abuse and pastors
499Teen Voice: Remember what you have
499Teen Voice: Is respect dead?
497Observations Only: Waiting time
496Lyman Review: The elusive farm cat
492Observations Only: Saint Marge
488Building Bridges: Building us up to be what others see
485Lyman Review: The love goat
484Building Bridges: “New” will become a buzzword in the Valley
483Teen Voice: The Other Side
481Our View: Why rush the interlocal agreement?
481Up The Creek Without A Paddle: The NRD wants to do what with your money?
480Teeing Off: The thing about state
475Anno Domini: On this remembering day
473Building Bridges: Following the spirit of Gering
472Totally Random: Happy Halloween
471Teen Voice: What is love?
468Observations Only: Reality check
468Across the Fence: The Blizzard of ‘49
467Across The Fence: The Three Guardsmen
466Dear Fellow Nebraskans: Collegebound Nebraska
464Observations Only: Gone away
463Teen Voice: Nobody else can lower you
463Update From the NRD: Winter has arrived
460Jane’s Secret XXXVII: A starry night
459Teen Voice: My rebellion
457Capitol View: Delay tactics a gamble as session draws to a close
456Final Point: Golf, cross country feats headline fall season successes
454Lyman Review: Now that's a set of handlebars!
453Across The Fence; ‘Johnny Appleseed’ of the Oregon Trail
448No-Till Notes: Water Funding Task Force
446Welcome to the ‘New’ in Gering
445Building Bridges: Pause a moment...save a child’s life
444Jane’s Secret, XXXVIII: Bad girls
441Lyman Review: Something wicked this way comes
437Teen Voice: Self-expression
437Teen Voice: Positive effects of social media
436 Across the Fence: Remembering Armistice Day
436Building Bridges: Objectivity and fairness make a winning plan
434Observations Only: Hog wash
433Jane’s Secret XXXVI:  The dream
433Across the Fence: Battle of Summit Springs, Part I: Tall Bull Killed
432Why you should visit the zoo in February
429Across The Fence: Moc-chi, A Southern Cheyenne warrior
427Teen Voice: Shopping days or holidays?
426Across the Fence; Massacre on the Marias River
420Lyman Review: One mean chicken
419From the Hill: More Work Ahead
419Teen Voice: Cyber War
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413At the Library: March into a good book
412Observations Only: The visit
410For the love of the game – best courses in the valley
403SBNM View: Do you want to be a VIP?
402Across The Fence: Crazy Horse’s Last Battle
401Observations Only: A day in August
401Across the Fence: New eyes on the Panhandle
398Teen Voice: Hope for a New Year
396Across The Fence: Mustangs on Pumpkin Creek
390Jane’s Secret, XLI Black widow spider
390What’s really going on with our water?
384In the Hills: Nebraska Bighorn Sheep
383Observations Only: The last goodbye
382No-Till Notes: Looking Back
378Observations Only: One more time
378Teen Voice: My School, Their Rules
377Observations Only: Final moment
377Updates from NRD: Happy New Year
375Jane’s Secret: Jane’s Secret, XLIII: Jail house rock
372Lyman Review: Goat-chasing cardio
372No-Till Notes: Joe Franks Memorial
372Teen Voice: Family for all intents and purposes
371Capitol View: Yes, Virginia, the Legislature has done something, so far
370Our View: Childcare not school district’s role
368Teen Voice: To the future
367Teen Voice: The gift of caring
365Across the Fence: Remembering English Joe
363Gering ninth graders answer the questions of life
363Building Bridges: #speaklife is a goal for students, a goal for all
363A Stray Moment: Robin Williams – Good night sweet prince
362Lyman Review: Branding Time
361Teen Voice: Writing love on our hearts
360View from Capitol Hill: Solutions for our economy and the budget
360Building Bridges: Be a Destination Ambassador
359Across The Fence: Last Christmas
359Across the Fence: Prelude to Battle
356At the Monument: Junior Rangers
355Teen Voice: Where is the love?
354Building Bridges: Awards are only part of our success
352Across the Fence: John Colter, the first mountain man
351Mayor’s Monthly: Moving on Gering’s momentum
351Their View: Goal post move unfair
350Our View: Community responsible for kids
350Totally Random: Where does it go?
349Letter to Editor clarifies drug testing policy
348Observations Only: The last toothpick
348Capitol View: Considering additional education choices
348Across the Fence: David F. Cook and ‘Indian Joe’
346Across the Fence: The Colorado Coalfield War
343Nature Notes: Love is in the air
341Jane’s Secret: Jane’s Secret XLIV: Jail break
339In the Hills: Pollinators – the buzz
337Jane’s Secret: Jane’s Secret, XLII: Sunflowers
336Totally Random: Trusting the fates
333Capitol View: The 103rd Legislature is history … finally
333Capitol View: There was more to the session than just the big ticket items
332In the Hills: Arbor Day in Nebraska
329Christmas stories from Freshman Academy students
329Jane’s Secret: Jane’s Secret XLV: Gun smoke
328Building Bridges: Be American - help your candidate
327Teen Voice: Trouble Maker or Hard Worker?
327Coach Schadwinkel promoted strong sense of tradition
326Building Bridges: Five years old IS a milestone
324Across the Fence: Roy Bean; scoundrel with a law book
323Observations Only: The vigil
322Lyman Review: Taste of boot?
320Building Bridges: When ‘FAMILY’ and fellow Nebraskans are all you’ve got
319Across the Fence: Missing; Nelson Buck survey party
316Linked Lives
314Dear Nebraskans: Nebraska is the place for business
312Lyman Review: Nudge to the Butt
309Capitol View: Legislature overrides gubernatorial vetoes
309History Revisited:A Stray Moment: Life (and death) on the Oregon Trail
309Arts Scene: Theatre West’s Les Miserables not to be missed: Anniversary production proves to be a memorable winner
306Religious freedom must be protected
306Support emergency services personnel
303Notes from NRD: Thanks agricultural producers
303At the Library: “My Name is Resolute” By Nancy E. Turner
301Across the Fence: The Cholera Corridor
298Final Point: Citizen receives first honor for ‘Final Point’
297Our View: Confidentiality agreement disrespectful
296In the Hills: Explore the state parks
293Lyman Review: Winter's dog
293Update from the NRD: March updates from the NRD
293At the Library: “I Shall Be Near to You” By Erin Lindsay McCabe
292Capitol View: Redistricting needs new procedure
289Website Resources
286Building Bridges: Don’t wait to develop
286Capitol View: The Legislature did provide tax relief
285At the Monument: That old (historic) building
285Across the Fence: Who was Martha Jane Canary?
282Teen Voice: Holiday horrors
282From the Capitol: The conduct we choose reflects our character
281College Thoughts: Rotten for the minds? Think again
281Anno Domini: The Textbook of Freedom
280Capitol View: It sounded like a good idea at first
280Across the Fence: Charles Badger Clark
279Capital View: Can prison reform survive property tax relief?
279Teen Voice: Home is where the heart is
278Across the Fence: Amanda
278No-Till Notes: Annual PNTP Tour
275Building Bridges: Oregon Trail Days—making our present a celebrated past
274Across the Fence: On the Old Chisholm Trail
274No-Till Notes: Enjoyable Day
271Across the Fence: Old barns and memories
271No-till Notes: Moving forward
270Lyman Review: Dog fun
270Across the Fence: Investigation at Spring Creek
269No-Till Notes: Cheat grass
266New at the Zoo: Volunteer at the Zoo
266Lyman Review: Sheep Royalty
265At the Monument: Where are the animals?
264At the Zoo: Spring in to the zoo
262Capitol View: Legislature to tackle meatier issues
261Teen Voice: Inspire me
260Capitol View: Clock keeps tickin,’ many issues remain unresolved
260Building Bridges: Dive into summer—dive into living
252Greetings from the State Capitol
251Washington Report: Honoring America’s heroes
251No-til Notes: Changing plans
249Across the Fence: The Spring Creek Raid
249Teen Voice: The clock is ticking
247Building Bridges: Turning a space into a sense of place
243Jane’s Secret XLVI: Sour grapes
240No-Till Notes: Back in the field
238Across The Fence: Justice in the Big Horn Basin
237No-Till Notes: “Fish and Mud”
234Capitol View: State aid proposal just might make some sense
223At the Monument: Art in National Parks
219Jane’s Secret XLVII: A stormy afternoon
218View of the Zoo: VIPs at RCD
215Synchronicity:What brings me back
215Be kind through communications
213Dear Nebraskans: Technology helps serve Nebraskans
210Across the Fence: Six went to the gallows
206Fellow Nebraskans: Congratulations on graduation day
205Jane’s Secret XLVIII: Jane’s agenda
204No-Till Notes:Enjoyable meeting
202Letter to the editor
187Across The Fence: Hinhan Kaga Paha
181Across the Fence: Aftermath: Part III, The Battle of Summit Springs
180Letters to the Editor
177In the Hills: Awesome Amphibians and Rough Reptiles
170Jane’s Secret XLIX: Phillip’s agenda
163A Stray Moment: Goodbye old house – sorting their things
157Fourth of July meetings
152Battle of Summit Springs, part II: Warpath to White Bear Creek
142Building Bridges: Supporting our teachers supports our children
142A Stray Moment: Time to get moving
131Building Bridges: Fair time—learn, respect, appreciate, enjoy!
123Prairie Dogs
121Teen Voice: Unexpected joys of being a sibling
116Across The Fence: Steamboats on the Missouri
116 Across The Fence: County Fair
114Across The Fence: Scalped at Plum Creek
111Dynasty made Gering the biggest little town in Nebraska
111
110No-Till Notes: Last chance for North, South Dakota tour
110Jane’s Secret XLX: Day’s end
104Building Bridges: Seeking a big win out of the 4th quarter
95No-Till Notes: American Society of Agronomy
95At the Library: One Zentangle a Day
94Across The Fence: New England’s Heroine Scalptress
93In the Hills: Get to Know Our Feathered Travelers
83Across The Fence: Deserters or Outcasts; Three who left. (Part I)
80Sychronicity: Thrive, don't just survive
79Across the Fence: Here lies Major Alexander Culbertson
72No-Till Notes: "Harvest"
70
47Jane’s Secret LI: The telling
38At the Monument: Night Sky
32No-Till Notes: "Different Approaches"
22Across the Fence: Deserters or outcasts; Three who left (Part II)
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