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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304In the Hills: Explore the state parks
304Website Resources
301Lyman Review: Winter's dog
300Across the Fence: Who was Martha Jane Canary?
300Building Bridges: Oregon Trail Days—making our present a celebrated past
299Update from the NRD: March updates from the NRD
299Our View: Confidentiality agreement disrespectful
299Capitol View: The Legislature did provide tax relief
298At the Monument: That old (historic) building
297Capitol View: Redistricting needs new procedure
296Anno Domini: The Textbook of Freedom
294Building Bridges: Don’t wait to develop
294No-Till Notes: Annual PNTP Tour
293From the Capitol: The conduct we choose reflects our character
291Capital View: Can prison reform survive property tax relief?
291Across the Fence: Charles Badger Clark
290Across the Fence: On the Old Chisholm Trail
290Across the Fence: Amanda
289Teen Voice: Holiday horrors
287Capitol View: It sounded like a good idea at first
287Across the Fence: Investigation at Spring Creek
287Teen Voice: Home is where the heart is
283Building Bridges: Dive into summer—dive into living
282No-Till Notes: Cheat grass
281Across the Fence: Old barns and memories
279No-till Notes: Moving forward
277Lyman Review: Dog fun
275Capitol View: Clock keeps tickin,’ many issues remain unresolved
274New at the Zoo: Volunteer at the Zoo
274At the Monument: Where are the animals?
273At the Zoo: Spring in to the zoo
273Lyman Review: Sheep Royalty
271Capitol View: Legislature to tackle meatier issues
269Teen Voice: Inspire me
263No-til Notes: Changing plans
262Washington Report: Honoring America’s heroes
262Teen Voice: The clock is ticking
260Greetings from the State Capitol
258Across the Fence: The Spring Creek Raid
258No-Till Notes: “Fish and Mud”
257Jane’s Secret XLVI: Sour grapes
255Building Bridges: Turning a space into a sense of place
252Across The Fence: Justice in the Big Horn Basin
251No-Till Notes: Back in the field
239Capitol View: State aid proposal just might make some sense
234Jane’s Secret XLVIII: Jane’s agenda
233At the Monument: Art in National Parks
232Jane’s Secret XLVII: A stormy afternoon
231Across the Fence: Six went to the gallows
227Synchronicity:What brings me back
227Be kind through communications
222Dear Nebraskans: Technology helps serve Nebraskans
222View of the Zoo: VIPs at RCD
216Fellow Nebraskans: Congratulations on graduation day
216No-Till Notes:Enjoyable meeting
213Letter to the editor
209Jane’s Secret XLIX: Phillip’s agenda
203Across The Fence: Hinhan Kaga Paha
193Letters to the Editor
192Across the Fence: Aftermath: Part III, The Battle of Summit Springs
191In the Hills: Awesome Amphibians and Rough Reptiles
188A Stray Moment: Time to get moving
180A Stray Moment: Goodbye old house – sorting their things
169Battle of Summit Springs, part II: Warpath to White Bear Creek
169Fourth of July meetings
159Building Bridges: Seeking a big win out of the 4th quarter
157Building Bridges: Supporting our teachers supports our children
148Jane’s Secret XLX: Day’s end
145Prairie Dogs
143Teen Voice: Unexpected joys of being a sibling
143Across The Fence: Steamboats on the Missouri
140Building Bridges: Fair time—learn, respect, appreciate, enjoy!
140 Across The Fence: County Fair
140
134Across The Fence: Scalped at Plum Creek
134Dynasty made Gering the biggest little town in Nebraska
131Across The Fence: Deserters or Outcasts; Three who left. (Part I)
130No-Till Notes: Last chance for North, South Dakota tour
128At the Library: One Zentangle a Day
122Creatures of the Night
118No-Till Notes: American Society of Agronomy
116A Stray Moment: Brand new used cars
115In the Hills: Get to Know Our Feathered Travelers
113No-Till Notes: "Harvest"
110Across The Fence: New England’s Heroine Scalptress
107At the Monument: Night Sky
105Across the Fence: Here lies Major Alexander Culbertson
104Building Bridges: “It’s happening” at the Harvest Festival
103Gering freshmen introduce personalities, styles: Writing assignment encourages students to let individualism shine
101Sychronicity: Thrive, don't just survive
101Jane’s Secret LI: The telling
100
98Across The Fence: The Pawnee and human sacrifice
91
89No-Till Notes: "Different Approaches"
87Across the Fence: Deserters or outcasts; Three who left (Part II)
85No-Till Notes: Different Approaches Part II
84Across The Fence: Grandpa’s Grays
77
73Jane’s Secret LII: Eavesdroppers
67No Till Notes: Final Stop
Most Read News Stories of 2012
17545Across The Fence: Portugee Phillips and a horse named Dandy
5070We need a few good people
3193What's the deal with organic milk?
2842Jane’s Secret, XXXX: A tale of mayhem
2624Across the Fence: Bose Ikard; Texas Cowboy
2582Across the Fence: Roosevelt’s campaign tour of the west
2287Being a Nebraskan – border to border
2237The Good Life: Today we celebrate Global Oneness Day
2231Across the Fence: The Soldier’s Free Homestead Colony of Gibbon
2214Completely Different: It's all in the family
2087Completely Different: The Disney princess debate: an exercise in the ridiculous
2076Completely Different : Could you come down off your soap box please?
2063Lyman Review: Let’s get back to the subject of bullying
1997Elizabeth's top ten movie list of 2011
1954Our View... Preserve Gering’s form of government
1951Teen Voice: Thank you, Gering Speech Team
1947Life in the Rearview Mirror: Invisible scars have lasting effects
1945Jane’s Secret, part II: Gertrude’s choice
1906The Good Life: Campaign ad using Jesus goes too far
1883Our View: Museum merger a good thing, but let’s go slowly
1870A Small World: Time traveling
1839Across the Fence: A Cheyenne weekend
1838Teen Voice: Just ten minutes
1834Completely Different: Tales from the mat
1816Totally Random: Astrology: It’s all in the stars…
1811Time keeps flowing like a river
1786A last look at the Nebraska Zone
1779Completely Different: Look around, what are you missing?
1777Life in the west: Betting on the end of the world
1772Our View: Mayor should insist on civility
1765Letter to the Editor
1748Observations Only : The orphanage
1738My mini Pen and me
1718Observations Only : Mission accomplished
1715Teen Voice: March Madness
1710Our view . . .Sports Complex
1703From the Pastor's Pen: Unbelievable breaking news
1701Observations Only: Little Girl Lost: Adopted
1693Livestock Production: My Paradigm Shift
1692Completely Different: Your local government and you
1686Observations Only: Sisters lost, part I
1683Remembering When
1679Across the Fence: Ah-ho-appa (fallen leaf)
1678Observations only : Sisters of the world
1669Our view... Gering stands upon important threshold
1667Miss Movies: Ten great horror flicks for Halloween, part I
1664Observations Only: Little girl lost, part 3
1663Bright Ideas! Brighter Future! Common sense prevails
1661Bright Ideas, Brighter Future: Leaving a Legacy
1660Completely Different: The good, the bad, and the remedy
1655Curiosity Corner : The tale of the travelling train station
1645Observations Only: Little Girl Lost, part six
1634Across the Fence: All aboard the Transcontinental Express
1621Across the Fence: James Butler Hickok: The thoughtful gunfighter
1615From the Superintendent’s Desk - Parent Teacher Conferences
1613It's a small world : Everything we do has meaning
1603Teen Voice: What diabetes taught me
1601Teen Voice : Leave your legacy
1588Our View: Scottsbluff attitude damages future collaborations
1530Jane’s Secret, XXX: A new wrinkle
1505Observations Only: Reality check
1493Across the Fence - Catherine’s boys
1474SBNM View: Do you want to be a VIP?
1465Across the fence: Something worth remembering
1464Totally Random: December 6, the day I lived
1452Jane’s Secret, part XVIII : Devil’s bargain
1411Teen Voice: Don’t be fooled by fads
1378Barr’s Bacon Wrapped Fantasy Picks: A rookie's guide to drafting your dream team
1354Completely Different: The Quest
1339Our View: Come home to Nebraska, but not just anywhere
1288Observations Only: A soul’s journey
1284Totally Random: The Golden Rule
1273Jane’s Secret, XXIII: Molly’s plan
1269Miss Movies: Miss Movies recommends her top 10 films of 2013
1265Jane’s Secret, XXIV: The last drive
1256Across the Fence: Sioux Ordnance Depot: stories to be told
1242Life in the Rearview Mirror: I’m on a road to someplace
1242From the Superintendent’s Desk: Get ready for Parent-teacher conferences
1241The Good Life: Extending grace, the lost art
1234Across the Fence: Building Barns
1231Across the Fence: Burnett’s Mound and the Topeka tornado
1230Dear Fellow Nebraskans: Governor’s Ag Conference overview
1229Theatre West’s Cabaret torch burns brightly
1215Across the Fence: Dull Knife’s Quest, part 1
1212Totally Random: Hemp: considering the real benefits of the miracle plant
1208Across the Fence: Lions, wolves and bears
1207Across The Fence: Union Pacific robbery at Big Springs
1198From the Superintendent's Desk: Thank You
1194No-Till Notes: Plan to attend 2014 No-Till Conference
1190Building Bridges: Save the world, educate through agriculture
1185Jane’s Secret, XXXIII: Night walk
1182From the Superintendent's Desk: NePAS – State Accountability
1174Observations Only: Blinders aren’t just for horses
1174Our view: Gering’s future needs your vote
1172Jane’s Secret, XXV: Mysteries
1164From the Superintendent’s Desk - Option Enrollment
1163From the Superintendent’s Desk: Welcome to new certified staff
1152Across the Fence: Class of ’67, last remnants of home
1151Completely Different: It’s the end of the world as we know it
1148Across the Fence: Dull Knife’s Quest: Part 2 of 2
1139Life in the West: Inside the minds of serial killers
1138Across the Fence: Wyoming settlers lay siege to the TA Ranch
1138The Good Life: Through my father’s eyes
1134A Stray Moment: Merry Christmas – God save us all
1121Completely Different: New Year’s Resolutions
1120Across the Fence: Judge Roy Bean : Texas prizefight promoter
1112From the Superintendent’s Desk: Early Childhood Education
1111Cat on a Hot Tin Roof a mixed bag
1111Jane’s Secret, part XI: Grand Duchess
1110Across the Fence: On The road
1109Completely Different: The game is afoot, a look at Sherlock Holmes
1099Across the Fence: Discovering Ed Stemler
1098A Stray Moment : Carry the weight
1098Across The Fence: Crow Dog, Spotted Tail’s assassin
1091Jane’s Secret, part IX: Mrs. Huber’s chagrin
1090Assad’s endgame
1089From the Superintendent’s Desk : Thank You for another Great Year
1088A Small World: Savoring county fair days
1087Jane’s Secret, part XIII: Blackberry pie
1084The Good Life: Hey, I’m a winner!
1082Jane’s Secret, part VI: Molly’s surprise
1071Jane’s Secret, part VII Clem’s confession
1068Jane’s Secret, part VIII: Molly's plan
1066Lyman Review: Hubby’s got my goat
1060Guest Editorial: Fischer will see U.S. ‘living within means’
1058From the Superintendent’s Desk: Thanks for the memories
1056From the Superintendent’s Desk - Haig and Aurora Buildings
1055Jane’s Secret, part XX: Change of plans
1054Teen Voice: I guess it’s just a western Nebraska thing
1051A Stray Moment: All's well that ends well, usually
1046Jane’s Secret, part XVII : Plans gone awry
1041Observations Only - Two ages of man
1041Miss Movies: “Bully” a powerful documentary
1025Across The Fence: Billy Dixon; Plainsman, Hunter, Indian fighter and Scout
1024Across the Fence: Consumed by fire
1024The Good Life: Your dollar is a vote for what you care about
1023Across the Fence: Black Hills Gold and the Thoen Stone
1021Thinking About Health: The challenge of signing up for Obamacare
1019Across the Fence: The Spirit of Crazy Horse
1012Across The Fence: The Hat Creek Outpost
1007Completely Different: That’s so Pinteresting
1005From the Superintendent’s Desk: Accountability
1004Jane’s Secret, part XVI: Fate takes a hand
1002A Stray Moment: Earth Day, am I doing my part?
997Jane’s Secret, part V: Aggie’s complaint
997Teen Voice: New Year’s goals
991A Small World: Chokecherry season evokes memories of yesterday
990Jane’s Secret, part XIV: Molly’s dream
988Observations Only: Painting a picture
983Across the Fence: The Great Solomon River Stampede
977Jane’s Secret, Part XVIV: Crystal Waters
976Across the Fence: Mud Springs revisited
976Teen Voice: Today’s television
975Life in the Rearview Mirror: I hate coffee
970Across the Fence: The Wellnitz Fire, day 1 and 2
968Jane’s Secret, part XV: Unrequited love
966Across the Fence: The much maligned Ms. Watson
966 Across the Fence: ‘Aunt Sally’ and Dakota Gold
965Across the Fence: First scalp for Custer
962Across The Fence: Celebrating the 120th anniversary of the Chadron to Chicago Cowboy Race, part I
960From the Superintendent’s Desk: Summer School – 2013
960Jane’s Secret, XXVIII: Lame Johnny
959Across the Fence: Sitting Bull: The Last Surrendering Sioux
957Jane’s Secret, part XII: Jane's Vow
954From the Superintendent’s Desk - District purchase of building
953Jane’s Secret, part XXII: While the cat’s away
948From the Superintendent’s Desk
946Our View: County Manager option leads to Good Old Boys' Club
945From the Superintendent’s Desk: Parents’ role in the educational process
945From the Superintendent’s Desk : Draft Calendar 2013-14
944Across The Fence: A day For thanks
943Miss Movies: Ten movies for romance
938From the Superintendent’s Desk: Current enrollment count
938Teen Voice: What senior year taught me
937Across the Fence: Just For the Thrill of It
935Teen Voice: Fifty reasons to smile
933Life in the Rearview Mirror: Cleaning off the ‘what if’ shelf
932Observations Only: A new direction
926Across the Fence: A hometown 4th of July
922Teen Voice: Learning calculus more than numbers
920The zombie apocalypse and you
919From the Pastor's Pen: Lord, teach us to pray
915Across the Fence: Fort Mitchell on the Great Platte River Road
915A Stray Moment: Star Trek: Infinite diversity in infinite combinations
912Completely Different: The Marilyn Monroe conundrum
910Jane’s Secret, XXVII: Town Meeting
905Across the Fence: Faded photos and vivid memories
900Jane’s Secret, part XXI: Gertrude’s Agenda
898Across the Fence - Boston: April 18, 1775
896Teen Voice: Experiencing versus remembering
896Across the Fence: Submarines and railroads
894From the Superintendent’s Desk: Merry Christmas and Happy New Year
894Across the Fence: Bloody Pocket, the final battle
891From the Superintendent’s Desk - Financial Outlook for Gering Public Schools
890Totally Random: I’m a backwards reader
886Completely Different: What’s speech got to do with it?
883Completely Different: Confessions of an out of shape twenty something
882Teen Voice: Respond to defeat
882From the Superintendent's Desk: Election over – work begins
880The Good Life: It’s hard to believe, the Citizen is four years old
877Observations Only: Giving up
877Observations Only: Sisters lost, part IV
874Trash cans
872A Stray Moment - Celebrating Gering's Quasquicentennial
871A Stray Moment: Now is the winter of our disconnect
869A Stray Moment: In praise of silence
867Anno Domini: Independence, an ideal worth celebrating
863The hills, part 1: Mustangs
863Teen Voice: Catfished
862The Good Life: Our most precious right, gagged
862Thinking about Health: Getting insurance under the Affordable Care Act
860From the Superintendent's Desk: Elementary attendance areas
860Across the Fence: The hand dug well
858Observations Only: Curious things
857Teen Voice: Let us be beautiful
856Teen Voice: The road of hatred
856Across the Fence: Fact, fiction or fragmented dreams?
856Across the Fence: Celebrating the 120th anniversary of the Chadron to Chicago Cowboy Race, part II
853Lyman Review - Tales of the renegade rooster
852Observations Only: The joy of money
851Teen Voice: 'Pretty Little Liars'
850Across the Fence: Cynthia Ann Parker, Comanche captive
847The Block
846Observations Only: Sisters lost, part III
845Teen Voice: The more the merrier
844Completely Different: The mystery of Vivian Maier
843The Good Life: The best Christmas gift
842Across the Fence: Rural free delivery
841Teen Voice: Lessons I learned from my eight-year-old brother
840Observations Only: Saturday delight
840At the Library: Words of Radiance by Brandon Sanderson
837A Stray Moment: Waiting on a train
829Completely Different: The Hills, part 3: Rediscovering the spirit
829A Stray Moment: I love Sookie Stackhouse
826Political Cartoon by Doug Hoevet
824Jane’s Secret, XXIX: Fred’s debacle
821Teen Voice: What’s so great about pizza?
819Life's curve balls
819A Stray Moment: On Canada and the forgotten bicentennial
817Life in the Rearview Mirror: Greensburg strong
815Jane's Secret, part X: The arrival
815From the Superintendent's Desk: School year now in full swing
815Completely Different: The Mind Palace Memory Technique
814 Taking a big risk
814A Stray Moment: Without a net
813A Stray Moment: God Knows
812The Good Life: We are not separate, we are one family
812A Stray Moment: Tacos! Our embarrassment of riches
812Teen Voice: Congratulations, you’re awful
807Completely Different: Remembering Aurora
807A Stray Moment: It's a dog's life
806Teen Voice: Not just another ride
805Political Cartoon by Doug Hoevet
804Across the Fence: Standing on the wagon
803A Small World: Scotts Bluff Valley Fiber Arts Fair classes offer great variety
801Life in the Rearview Mirror: The Moments we live for
801The Good Life: Mom, my partner in life
800Miss Movies: Ten great horror flicks for Halloween, part 2
799Teen Voice: Confessions of the financially disabled
799Completely Different: The Hills, part 2: The Civilian Conservation Corps
796Observations Only: Going home
795Observations Only: Scourge of violence
794The ghost of Ayn Rand
794A Stray Moment: World War Two is not forgotten
793Seeing the works of the master
792Observations Only: Extreme measures
790From the Superintendent's Desk: PLAS School
789The Good Life: A farm girl in my heart
787Observations Only: Counting chickens
786Teen Voice: Sticks and stones
786Across the Fence: Wounded Knee; December 29, 1890
785Across the Fence: When Fiddler quit running
785Teen Voice: Gleek tragedy
784Across the Fence: When Lady Luck sleeps
783A Stray Moment: - The case for Hagel
782Timing makes perfect
780Observations Only: Just around the corner
780Jane’s Secret, XXXII Jane’s Bad Day
780The Good Life: Christina Baker’s mom: Thank you
779The Good Life: Leave the quilt shop and laundromat alone
779Our View: County has some ‘splainin’ to do
779A ‘city’ kid goes to the fair
778Completely Different: Happy Hollowthanksmas
777Our View: Extreme caution needed with fireworks
776View from the block
775Pulpit of Bones: Man's best friend
775Across the Fence: Tomb of the Unknown
774Capitol View: Lincoln Highway captures spotlight
773SELL-OUT!
773A Stray Moment: A voice from the past, haunting myself
770Observations Only: The two faces of poverty
769Across the Fence : November 1864: Pole Creek, Politics and Patriots
769Observations Only: A soul's journey, part III
768A Stray Moment: The last time
766Totally Random: My journey, life after living
765Observations Only: Uneventful flight
764Teen Voice: Living within our means
764The Good Life: The two different types of business people
759It's no surprise
758Teen Voice: Body image
757Guest Editorial: Bob Kerrey is the true fiscal conservative
755Teen Voice: Not according to the plan
755Observations Only: Surprises
755Guest Voice: If I could do it over again
753Welcome to Gering
753Across the Fence: Places near forgotten
753Across the Fence: A boy called Slon-Ha
752Miss Movies: Top ten holiday films, part II
752Our View: Pipeline not a solution to oil problems
750A Stray Moment: Ready for the storm
750Completely Different: How the savings stole Christmas
750Teen Voice: Twitter as sleep criminal
750Across the Fence: Cheyenne County, Nebraska: cattle country
750The Good Life: We are the Valley’s emissaries
748Silence please
748Completely Different: The bucket list phenomenon
747Age of reason
747Rural America and immigration reform
746Observations Only: Journey's end
746Teen Voice: The benefits of online learning
745Do You Tube?
744Observations Only: Musings of an odd duck
744From the Superintendent's Desk: School Safety and Security
744Life in the Rearview Mirror: Personal control of an individual response
744Observations Only: The awful truth
743Observations Only: No thank you
743Teen: Voice : Drinking enough water
742Observations Only: What's in a word?
742A Stray Moment - A night owl born to an 8 to 5 world
740Observations Only: A gift of serenity
740Life in the Rearview Mirror: The world is a stage
738Teen Voice: Serendipity
736Completely Different: Hey there, four eyes!
735Book Review: I Forgot to Remember By Su Meck
734Teen Voice: Shadow art
732LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Gering Public Schools seeks imput
732Completely Different: Perfect memories made in imperfect moments
730Across the Fence: Thanks for the memory
730Observations Only: Critical thinking
729Capitol View: Wild life proposal costly but worthwhile
727Economic development update
727A Stray Moment: For the love of theatre
727Across The Fence: Jules, Jack and lawless justice
726Observations Only: North Powder
724Teen Voice: Eighth day of the week - Someday
724Miss Movies: The top ten films of 2012: The year of the geek
723Observations Only: Together again
723Observations Only: A strange Thanksgiving
721Observations Only: Curious things, part II
721Across the Fence: Wasicu Wakan
721Across The Fence: Freedom Triumphant Over War and Peace
719From the Superintendent's Desk: Student transportation changes for 2012-13
719Teen Voice: Sit back and enjoy YouTube
716Life in the Rearview Mirror: Is it possible to just drive in the 21st Century?
716Observations Only: Sister odyssey
713Observations Only: Spider adventure
713The Good Life: A very interesting meeting indeed
713Building Bridges: Cleaning up for company--or not--reveals a lot
712Teen Voice: An eventful homecoming
712Observations Only: Blue chip stock
712Observations Only: Sister lost
710A Stray Moment: Having a blast on the Fourth of July
710Across The Fence: The hanging of Cornelius Donahue a.k.a. John A. Hurley
707From the Superintendent's Desk: Our goal: Improve student performance
707Anno Domini: The memorial nobody wants
705Completely Different: Do you know John Green?
704Teeing Off: Lessons learned from golf
703I'm falling for Tumblr?
702Teen Voice: On becoming politically active
700Their View: Hey Gering, mind your own business!
697Guest Voices…
697Across The Fence: The Spanish Flu
696Building Bridges: Chautauqua will bring out the best in everyone
690Observations Only: Sisters lost, part two
690A real leaning tree Christmas
688Across the Fence: Pawnee legends in the Nebraska Panhandle
687From the Superintendent's Desk: Why so soon?
685From the Superintendent's Desk: State report card
683Observations Only: Expect the best, part II
681The Good Life: A holiday recipe for peace
680Teen Voice: Dealing with stress
678Teen Voice: Go ahead, make my day
678Jane’s secret, XXVI: The suitcase
677Teen Voice: Pinning your interest
677Teen Voice: Being a girl
677Completely Different: I go to seek a Great Perhaps
676Observations Only : White water
675A Stray Moment: Guilty pleasures
674Permission to remember
674Across The Fence: The Heartland plague of 1874-75
672Observations Only: A soul's journey, part two
672The Good Life: A time to be proud of our ancestors
671My Thanksgiving prayer
671Miss Movies: Top Ten Holiday Films
671Five Good Reasons to Create an Investment Strategy
671The Good Life: The lasting effects of bullying
669Building Bridges: Planning now for tourism season 2014
668Observations Only: The meeting
668Jane’s Secret XXXV: Bugs and things
667Teen Voice: Indulge In moderation
666Teen Voice: Until we say goodbye
665A Small World: Special guest
663Teen Voice: Say yes to branching out
660Observations Only: Wilkerson Pass
660Across The Fence: A Fourth of July Montage
659The Good Life: The economic footprint of one small business
658Our View: The elephant in the room
655Social time has important benefits
655The Lyman Review: I love baby ducks
653Teen Voice: Go ahead, make my day
653Jane's Secret, XXXI: Sixes and sevens
652Home of the Brave
652Teen Voice: Outbreak of the Gamers
652The Good Life: Cooler breezes bring anticipation of fall
651Life in the Rearview Mirror: Work is more than a four-letter word
649A Small World: Legends week promises fun for everyone
648Life in the Rearview Mirror: The cumulative effects of giving
648Teen Voice: Saying Goodbye
645Teeing Off: Around the Green
644Observations Only: Good and evil
643LETTER TO THE EDITOR: No tax state unrealistic
641Practice safe barbecue basics
641Teen Voice: Happy news
641Across The Fence: Billy Dixon at Adobe Walls, June 1874
639Observations Only: A matter of matter
635Teen Voice: Making sense of the Sandy Hook tragedy
635Observations Only: Expect the best
634Teen Voice: Practice makes perfect
634Across The Fence: By the dawn’s early light
634The Good Life: Innovation and young energy enriches us all
634Across The Fence: The Pawnee on Pumpkin Creek
631Observations Only: The shadow of error
631Observations Only: Indifferent love
631Across the Fence: The Overland Camel Company
630Observations Only: A fine line
629The Good Life - The worst day on record at the Citizen
626Teen Voice: By my side until the newness wears off
626Building Bridges: Being grateful for the hardships in life
625Observations Only: Beginnings
625The Good Life: People of the Valley, we have a choice
623Teen Voice: The daily struggle to a lifelong battle
620Jane's Secret XXXIV: Gin Rummy
618Anno Domini: We gather together
615Our View: Bravo OTD committee
615Observations Only: Divine spirit
614Teen Voice:  Body bashing and self-image
612Teen Voice - On the outside looking In
610Teen Voice: Equality
601Observations Only: A matter of paradox
601Building Bridges: Tend to 2014 and be Happy, Happy, Happy
600Completely Different - The magic of spring
600Teen Voice: Sticks and stones
599The Good Life: What a wild ride it’s been
598Teen Voice: I’ll be healthy – tomorrow
597Observations Only: Choices
596Observations Only: Divine prompts
594A Stray Moment: Learning how to walk
592Observations Only: A sad week
591Teen Voice: Silence
588Teen Voice: Previously unwritten cell phone rules
587Life in the Rearview Mirror: Experiencing life passion
583Teen Voice: Thanksgiving
582A Halloween Story: The scary dream
581Observations Only: Temptation
581Totally Random: Life’s ripples
580Observations Only: Off to the races
580Totally Random: October, the pink month
579Building Bridges: Love your enemies
578Welcome to Gering and the 92nd Oregon Trail Days Celebration.
578A Stray Moment: In praise of encouragement
576Observations Only: Fuzzy angel
575Building Bridges: Celebrating the Bulldog homecoming
574Across the Fence; Prelude to the Red River War of 1874
574Lyman Review: Devil calf
571Life in the Rearview Mirror: Adapt and adjust
571Across The Fence: First train from Saply Grove
570Across The Fence: Amos Bad Heart Bull
569Dear Fellow Nebraskans: We Are Proud of the Nebraska National Guard
568Teen Voice: Positive effects of social media
565Observations Only: The vision
563Observations Only: Willfulness
562Teen Voice: The need to get away
560Guest Editorial: The future of health care at Regional West
552Teen Voice: Do It Anyway
549Teen Voice: Stress test
547Observations Only: The need to understand
546Our View: Visionaries wanted
546Anno Domini: Ask the digital dust
539Life in the Rearview Mirror: Life enhancing memories
536Across the Fence: The Pony Express
534Observations Only: A good daughter
531Building Bridges: Observing bullies, abuse and pastors
531Updates from NRD: NRD promotes conservation
526Teen Voice: Is respect dead?
526Across the Fence: A Cowboy kind of Christmas
525Teeing Off: Persistence
525Building Bridges: Asking officials to speak and work as a body
524Teeing Off: Mind Gym
524Teen Voice: Footprints
520Observations Only: The unvarnished truth
519Observations Only: Afraid of the dark
519Lyman Review: The elusive farm cat
517Dear Nebraskans: Massachusetts should not determine Nebraska’s Presidential vote
516Building Bridges: “New” will become a buzzword in the Valley
516Building Bridges: Serve on the school board—or say no more
514Teen Voice: The rivalry
511Lyman Review: The love goat
509Teen Voice: Remember what you have
506Up The Creek Without A Paddle: The NRD wants to do what with your money?
504Observations Only: Saint Marge
504Building Bridges: Following the spirit of Gering
503Observations Only: Waiting time
503Anno Domini: On this remembering day
503Building Bridges: Building us up to be what others see
498Teen Voice: Nobody else can lower you
497Dear Fellow Nebraskans: Collegebound Nebraska
495Totally Random: Happy Halloween
493Teeing Off: The thing about state
493Our View: Why rush the interlocal agreement?
493Across The Fence: The Three Guardsmen
491Final Point: Golf, cross country feats headline fall season successes
489Across the Fence: Battle of Summit Springs, Part I: Tall Bull Killed
488Teen Voice: The Other Side
487Jane’s Secret XXXVII: A starry night
487Across The Fence; ‘Johnny Appleseed’ of the Oregon Trail
481No-Till Notes: Water Funding Task Force
481Teen Voice: My rebellion
481Observations Only: Gone away
481Across the Fence: The Blizzard of ‘49
480Lyman Review: Now that's a set of handlebars!
476Teen Voice: What is love?
472Jane’s Secret, XXXVIII: Bad girls
472Update From the NRD: Winter has arrived
464Observations Only: Hog wash
462Jane’s Secret XXXVI:  The dream
462Capitol View: Delay tactics a gamble as session draws to a close
461Lyman Review: Something wicked this way comes
460Teen Voice: Self-expression
460 Across the Fence: Remembering Armistice Day
459Welcome to the ‘New’ in Gering
452Building Bridges: Pause a moment...save a child’s life
445Building Bridges: Objectivity and fairness make a winning plan
445Why you should visit the zoo in February
441Across The Fence: Moc-chi, A Southern Cheyenne warrior
440From the Hill: More Work Ahead
439Across the Fence; Massacre on the Marias River
435Teen Voice: Shopping days or holidays?
434Observations Only: The visit
430
430Lyman Review: One mean chicken
426Observations Only: A day in August
425Teen Voice: Cyber War
425For the love of the game – best courses in the valley
422At the Library: March into a good book
422A Stray Moment: Robin Williams – Good night sweet prince
417Across The Fence: Crazy Horse’s Last Battle
417Across the Fence: New eyes on the Panhandle
413Teen Voice: Hope for a New Year
411Across The Fence: Mustangs on Pumpkin Creek
409What’s really going on with our water?
406Jane’s Secret, XLI Black widow spider
402Observations Only: One more time
402Observations Only: The last goodbye
400In the Hills: Nebraska Bighorn Sheep
397Lyman Review: Goat-chasing cardio
393No-Till Notes: Looking Back
392Teen Voice: My School, Their Rules
389Updates from NRD: Happy New Year
387Observations Only: Final moment
387Our View: Childcare not school district’s role
387Building Bridges: #speaklife is a goal for students, a goal for all
385Teen Voice: The gift of caring
382Jane’s Secret: Jane’s Secret, XLIII: Jail house rock
380Teen Voice: Family for all intents and purposes
380Across the Fence: Remembering English Joe
378No-Till Notes: Joe Franks Memorial
378Capitol View: Yes, Virginia, the Legislature has done something, so far
377Their View: Goal post move unfair
376Teen Voice: To the future
374Teen Voice: Writing love on our hearts
372View from Capitol Hill: Solutions for our economy and the budget
371Building Bridges: Be a Destination Ambassador
370Gering ninth graders answer the questions of life
370At the Monument: Junior Rangers
368Lyman Review: Branding Time
366Across the Fence: Prelude to Battle
366Capitol View: Considering additional education choices
365Across The Fence: Last Christmas
363Across the Fence: David F. Cook and ‘Indian Joe’
362Across the Fence: John Colter, the first mountain man
361Building Bridges: Awards are only part of our success
360Teen Voice: Where is the love?
358Our View: Community responsible for kids
358Across the Fence: The Colorado Coalfield War
357Totally Random: Where does it go?
357In the Hills: Pollinators – the buzz
356Mayor’s Monthly: Moving on Gering’s momentum
355Observations Only: The last toothpick
355Letter to Editor clarifies drug testing policy
352Jane’s Secret: Jane’s Secret, XLII: Sunflowers
350Nature Notes: Love is in the air
350Jane’s Secret: Jane’s Secret XLIV: Jail break
347In the Hills: Arbor Day in Nebraska
344Capitol View: The 103rd Legislature is history … finally
343Totally Random: Trusting the fates
341Jane’s Secret: Jane’s Secret XLV: Gun smoke
341Building Bridges: Five years old IS a milestone
341Capitol View: There was more to the session than just the big ticket items
335Coach Schadwinkel promoted strong sense of tradition
335Building Bridges: Be American - help your candidate
334Christmas stories from Freshman Academy students
334Across the Fence: Roy Bean; scoundrel with a law book
333Observations Only: The vigil
333Teen Voice: Trouble Maker or Hard Worker?
331Lyman Review: Taste of boot?
330Across the Fence: Missing; Nelson Buck survey party
330Arts Scene: Theatre West’s Les Miserables not to be missed: Anniversary production proves to be a memorable winner
329Building Bridges: When ‘FAMILY’ and fellow Nebraskans are all you’ve got
327Linked Lives
324Lyman Review: Nudge to the Butt
322At the Library: “My Name is Resolute” By Nancy E. Turner
322History Revisited:A Stray Moment: Life (and death) on the Oregon Trail
320Dear Nebraskans: Nebraska is the place for business
319No-Till Notes: Enjoyable Day
318Capitol View: Legislature overrides gubernatorial vetoes
316Final Point: Citizen receives first honor for ‘Final Point’
314Religious freedom must be protected
311Support emergency services personnel
310At the Library: “I Shall Be Near to You” By Erin Lindsay McCabe
309Across the Fence: The Cholera Corridor
307Notes from NRD: Thanks agricultural producers
306College Thoughts: Rotten for the minds? Think again
304In the Hills: Explore the state parks
304Website Resources
301Lyman Review: Winter's dog
300Across the Fence: Who was Martha Jane Canary?
300Building Bridges: Oregon Trail Days—making our present a celebrated past
299Update from the NRD: March updates from the NRD
299Our View: Confidentiality agreement disrespectful
299Capitol View: The Legislature did provide tax relief
298At the Monument: That old (historic) building
297Capitol View: Redistricting needs new procedure
296Anno Domini: The Textbook of Freedom
294Building Bridges: Don’t wait to develop
294No-Till Notes: Annual PNTP Tour
293From the Capitol: The conduct we choose reflects our character
291Capital View: Can prison reform survive property tax relief?
291Across the Fence: Charles Badger Clark
290Across the Fence: On the Old Chisholm Trail
290Across the Fence: Amanda
289Teen Voice: Holiday horrors
287Capitol View: It sounded like a good idea at first
287Across the Fence: Investigation at Spring Creek
287Teen Voice: Home is where the heart is
283Building Bridges: Dive into summer—dive into living
282No-Till Notes: Cheat grass
281Across the Fence: Old barns and memories
279No-till Notes: Moving forward
277Lyman Review: Dog fun
275Capitol View: Clock keeps tickin,’ many issues remain unresolved
274New at the Zoo: Volunteer at the Zoo
274At the Monument: Where are the animals?
273At the Zoo: Spring in to the zoo
273Lyman Review: Sheep Royalty
271Capitol View: Legislature to tackle meatier issues
269Teen Voice: Inspire me
263No-til Notes: Changing plans
262Washington Report: Honoring America’s heroes
262Teen Voice: The clock is ticking
260Greetings from the State Capitol
258Across the Fence: The Spring Creek Raid
258No-Till Notes: “Fish and Mud”
257Jane’s Secret XLVI: Sour grapes
255Building Bridges: Turning a space into a sense of place
252Across The Fence: Justice in the Big Horn Basin
251No-Till Notes: Back in the field
239Capitol View: State aid proposal just might make some sense
234Jane’s Secret XLVIII: Jane’s agenda
233At the Monument: Art in National Parks
232Jane’s Secret XLVII: A stormy afternoon
231Across the Fence: Six went to the gallows
227Synchronicity:What brings me back
227Be kind through communications
222Dear Nebraskans: Technology helps serve Nebraskans
222View of the Zoo: VIPs at RCD
216Fellow Nebraskans: Congratulations on graduation day
216No-Till Notes:Enjoyable meeting
213Letter to the editor
209Jane’s Secret XLIX: Phillip’s agenda
203Across The Fence: Hinhan Kaga Paha
193Letters to the Editor
192Across the Fence: Aftermath: Part III, The Battle of Summit Springs
191In the Hills: Awesome Amphibians and Rough Reptiles
188A Stray Moment: Time to get moving
180A Stray Moment: Goodbye old house – sorting their things
169Battle of Summit Springs, part II: Warpath to White Bear Creek
169Fourth of July meetings
159Building Bridges: Seeking a big win out of the 4th quarter
157Building Bridges: Supporting our teachers supports our children
148Jane’s Secret XLX: Day’s end
145Prairie Dogs
143Teen Voice: Unexpected joys of being a sibling
143Across The Fence: Steamboats on the Missouri
140Building Bridges: Fair time—learn, respect, appreciate, enjoy!
140 Across The Fence: County Fair
140
134Across The Fence: Scalped at Plum Creek
134Dynasty made Gering the biggest little town in Nebraska
131Across The Fence: Deserters or Outcasts; Three who left. (Part I)
130No-Till Notes: Last chance for North, South Dakota tour
128At the Library: One Zentangle a Day
122Creatures of the Night
118No-Till Notes: American Society of Agronomy
116A Stray Moment: Brand new used cars
115In the Hills: Get to Know Our Feathered Travelers
113No-Till Notes: "Harvest"
110Across The Fence: New England’s Heroine Scalptress
107At the Monument: Night Sky
105Across the Fence: Here lies Major Alexander Culbertson
104Building Bridges: “It’s happening” at the Harvest Festival
103Gering freshmen introduce personalities, styles: Writing assignment encourages students to let individualism shine
101Sychronicity: Thrive, don't just survive
101Jane’s Secret LI: The telling
100
98Across The Fence: The Pawnee and human sacrifice
91
89No-Till Notes: "Different Approaches"
87Across the Fence: Deserters or outcasts; Three who left (Part II)
85No-Till Notes: Different Approaches Part II
84Across The Fence: Grandpa’s Grays
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73Jane’s Secret LII: Eavesdroppers
67No Till Notes: Final Stop
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