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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284At the Library: “I Shall Be Near to You” By Erin Lindsay McCabe
280Lyman Review: Winter's dog
280At the Monument: That old (historic) building
278Website Resources
274Teen Voice: Holiday horrors
274Capital View: Can prison reform survive property tax relief?
274From the Capitol: The conduct we choose reflects our character
274College Thoughts: Rotten for the minds? Think again
273Across the Fence: Who was Martha Jane Canary?
272Capitol View: It sounded like a good idea at first
272Across the Fence: Amanda
271Across the Fence: On the Old Chisholm Trail
268Anno Domini: The Textbook of Freedom
267Building Bridges: Don’t wait to develop
267Teen Voice: Home is where the heart is
266Across the Fence: Charles Badger Clark
265No-Till Notes: Annual PNTP Tour
263Lyman Review: Dog fun
262Across the Fence: Old barns and memories
262Building Bridges: Oregon Trail Days—making our present a celebrated past
260Across the Fence: Investigation at Spring Creek
259Capitol View: Legislature to tackle meatier issues
259At the Zoo: Spring in to the zoo
259Capitol View: The Legislature did provide tax relief
257Capitol View: Clock keeps tickin,’ many issues remain unresolved
255Teen Voice: Inspire me
255New at the Zoo: Volunteer at the Zoo
251At the Monument: Where are the animals?
250No-till Notes: Moving forward
249Greetings from the State Capitol
249Building Bridges: Dive into summer—dive into living
245No-Till Notes: Cheat grass
243Washington Report: Honoring America’s heroes
241Lyman Review: Sheep Royalty
238Across the Fence: The Spring Creek Raid
236Teen Voice: The clock is ticking
233No-til Notes: Changing plans
231No-Till Notes: Back in the field
231Jane’s Secret XLVI: Sour grapes
228Across The Fence: Justice in the Big Horn Basin
226No-Till Notes: “Fish and Mud”
222Building Bridges: Turning a space into a sense of place
220Capitol View: State aid proposal just might make some sense
216At the Monument: Art in National Parks
216No-Till Notes: Enjoyable Day
211View of the Zoo: VIPs at RCD
209Dear Nebraskans: Technology helps serve Nebraskans
205Synchronicity:What brings me back
202Be kind through communications
201Jane’s Secret XLVII: A stormy afternoon
198Across the Fence: Six went to the gallows
195No-Till Notes:Enjoyable meeting
195Letter to the editor
194Jane’s Secret XLVIII: Jane’s agenda
191Fellow Nebraskans: Congratulations on graduation day
179Across The Fence: Hinhan Kaga Paha
170Letters to the Editor
168Across the Fence: Aftermath: Part III, The Battle of Summit Springs
165In the Hills: Awesome Amphibians and Rough Reptiles
160Jane’s Secret XLIX: Phillip’s agenda
152A Stray Moment: Goodbye old house – sorting their things
145Fourth of July meetings
140Battle of Summit Springs, part II: Warpath to White Bear Creek
132Building Bridges: Supporting our teachers supports our children
122Building Bridges: Fair time—learn, respect, appreciate, enjoy!
118A Stray Moment: Time to get moving
107Prairie Dogs
105A Stray Moment: Robin Williams – Good night sweet prince
103Across The Fence: Scalped at Plum Creek
100Teen Voice: Unexpected joys of being a sibling
98No-Till Notes: Last chance for North, South Dakota tour
97Across The Fence: Steamboats on the Missouri
87Dynasty made Gering the biggest little town in Nebraska
87 Across The Fence: County Fair
84Across The Fence: New England’s Heroine Scalptress
80Jane’s Secret XLX: Day’s end
77No-Till Notes: American Society of Agronomy
66In the Hills: Get to Know Our Feathered Travelers
56Sychronicity: Thrive, don't just survive
40Across the Fence: Here lies Major Alexander Culbertson
40At the Library: One Zentangle a Day
30
Most Read News Stories of 2012
16450Across The Fence: Portugee Phillips and a horse named Dandy
4916We need a few good people
3128What's the deal with organic milk?
2798Jane’s Secret, XXXX: A tale of mayhem
2420Across the Fence: Roosevelt’s campaign tour of the west
2248Being a Nebraskan – border to border
2202The Good Life: Today we celebrate Global Oneness Day
2176Across the Fence: The Soldier’s Free Homestead Colony of Gibbon
2161Completely Different: It's all in the family
2066Completely Different: The Disney princess debate: an exercise in the ridiculous
2038Completely Different : Could you come down off your soap box please?
2013Lyman Review: Let’s get back to the subject of bullying
1979Elizabeth's top ten movie list of 2011
1929Teen Voice: Thank you, Gering Speech Team
1919Our View... Preserve Gering’s form of government
1916Life in the Rearview Mirror: Invisible scars have lasting effects
1915Jane’s Secret, part II: Gertrude’s choice
1884The Good Life: Campaign ad using Jesus goes too far
1848A Small World: Time traveling
1843Our View: Museum merger a good thing, but let’s go slowly
1812Teen Voice: Just ten minutes
1811Completely Different: Tales from the mat
1794Time keeps flowing like a river
1787Totally Random: Astrology: It’s all in the stars…
1768A last look at the Nebraska Zone
1758Completely Different: Look around, what are you missing?
1757Life in the west: Betting on the end of the world
1756Our View: Mayor should insist on civility
1748Letter to the Editor
1727Observations Only : The orphanage
1721My mini Pen and me
1705Observations Only : Mission accomplished
1701Teen Voice: March Madness
1689Our view . . .Sports Complex
1679From the Pastor's Pen: Unbelievable breaking news
1678Observations Only: Little Girl Lost: Adopted
1669Completely Different: Your local government and you
1662Livestock Production: My Paradigm Shift
1660Observations only : Sisters of the world
1660Observations Only: Sisters lost, part I
1648Observations Only: Little girl lost, part 3
1646Our view... Gering stands upon important threshold
1646Bright Ideas, Brighter Future: Leaving a Legacy
1646Bright Ideas! Brighter Future! Common sense prevails
1639Curiosity Corner : The tale of the travelling train station
1638Miss Movies: Ten great horror flicks for Halloween, part I
1634Across the Fence: Ah-ho-appa (fallen leaf)
1629Observations Only: Little Girl Lost, part six
1621Completely Different: The good, the bad, and the remedy
1592It's a small world : Everything we do has meaning
1584Teen Voice : Leave your legacy
1580Our View: Scottsbluff attitude damages future collaborations
1574Teen Voice: What diabetes taught me
1572Across the Fence: James Butler Hickok: The thoughtful gunfighter
1568Across the Fence: All aboard the Transcontinental Express
1564From the Superintendent’s Desk - Parent Teacher Conferences
1525Across the Fence: Bose Ikard; Texas Cowboy
1471Jane’s Secret, XXX: A new wrinkle
1454Across the fence: Something worth remembering
1437Jane’s Secret, part XVIII : Devil’s bargain
1435Totally Random: December 6, the day I lived
1421Across the Fence - Catherine’s boys
1350Teen Voice: Don’t be fooled by fads
1335Completely Different: The Quest
1323Our View: Come home to Nebraska, but not just anywhere
1282Barr’s Bacon Wrapped Fantasy Picks: A rookie's guide to drafting your dream team
1249Totally Random: The Golden Rule
1247Miss Movies: Miss Movies recommends her top 10 films of 2013
1228Jane’s Secret, XXIV: The last drive
1221Observations Only: A soul’s journey
1221The Good Life: Extending grace, the lost art
1214Across the Fence: Building Barns
1212Across the Fence: Sioux Ordnance Depot: stories to be told
1205Dear Fellow Nebraskans: Governor’s Ag Conference overview
1194From the Superintendent’s Desk: Get ready for Parent-teacher conferences
1193Theatre West’s Cabaret torch burns brightly
1191Life in the Rearview Mirror: I’m on a road to someplace
1178Totally Random: Hemp: considering the real benefits of the miracle plant
1176Across The Fence: Union Pacific robbery at Big Springs
1175Across the Fence: Lions, wolves and bears
1174Across the Fence: Burnett’s Mound and the Topeka tornado
1166From the Superintendent's Desk: Thank You
1161Building Bridges: Save the world, educate through agriculture
1159No-Till Notes: Plan to attend 2014 No-Till Conference
1157Across the Fence: Dull Knife’s Quest, part 1
1144Jane’s Secret, XXIII: Molly’s plan
1139Observations Only: Blinders aren’t just for horses
1131From the Superintendent's Desk: NePAS – State Accountability
1126Jane’s Secret, XXV: Mysteries
1121Our view: Gering’s future needs your vote
1117From the Superintendent’s Desk: Welcome to new certified staff
1117Across the Fence: Class of ’67, last remnants of home
1106Across the Fence: Wyoming settlers lay siege to the TA Ranch
1104Life in the West: Inside the minds of serial killers
1104The Good Life: Through my father’s eyes
1104Jane’s Secret, XXXIII: Night walk
1099From the Superintendent’s Desk - Option Enrollment
1096Completely Different: It’s the end of the world as we know it
1095A Stray Moment: Merry Christmas – God save us all
1087Across the Fence: Dull Knife’s Quest: Part 2 of 2
1085Cat on a Hot Tin Roof a mixed bag
1080Across the Fence: On The road
1078Across The Fence: Crow Dog, Spotted Tail’s assassin
1077Completely Different: New Year’s Resolutions
1073Jane’s Secret, part XI: Grand Duchess
1068A Stray Moment : Carry the weight
1064Across the Fence: Judge Roy Bean : Texas prizefight promoter
1064From the Superintendent’s Desk: Early Childhood Education
1064Completely Different: The game is afoot, a look at Sherlock Holmes
1059From the Superintendent’s Desk : Thank You for another Great Year
1056Across the Fence: Discovering Ed Stemler
1053Assad’s endgame
1052The Good Life: Hey, I’m a winner!
1048Jane’s Secret, part IX: Mrs. Huber’s chagrin
1046Jane’s Secret, part XIII: Blackberry pie
1045Jane’s Secret, part VI: Molly’s surprise
1045A Small World: Savoring county fair days
1031Lyman Review: Hubby’s got my goat
1031Jane’s Secret, part VIII: Molly's plan
1030Jane’s Secret, part VII Clem’s confession
1026Guest Editorial: Fischer will see U.S. ‘living within means’
1021Teen Voice: I guess it’s just a western Nebraska thing
1017Observations Only - Two ages of man
1017A Stray Moment: All's well that ends well, usually
1014From the Superintendent’s Desk: Thanks for the memories
1012Jane’s Secret, part XX: Change of plans
1009Miss Movies: “Bully” a powerful documentary
1005The Good Life: Your dollar is a vote for what you care about
1002Across the Fence: Consumed by fire
998From the Superintendent’s Desk - Haig and Aurora Buildings
992Across the Fence: The Spirit of Crazy Horse
990Jane’s Secret, part XVII : Plans gone awry
979A Stray Moment: Earth Day, am I doing my part?
979Thinking About Health: The challenge of signing up for Obamacare
972Observations Only: Painting a picture
969Jane’s Secret, part XVI: Fate takes a hand
969Across the Fence: Black Hills Gold and the Thoen Stone
966Jane’s Secret, part V: Aggie’s complaint
964Across the Fence: The Great Solomon River Stampede
964Across The Fence: The Hat Creek Outpost
960From the Superintendent’s Desk: Accountability
959Across The Fence: Billy Dixon; Plainsman, Hunter, Indian fighter and Scout
950Across the Fence: Mud Springs revisited
949A Small World: Chokecherry season evokes memories of yesterday
947Life in the Rearview Mirror: I hate coffee
944Jane’s Secret, part XIV: Molly’s dream
943Teen Voice: Today’s television
942Completely Different: That’s so Pinteresting
942Jane’s Secret, Part XVIV: Crystal Waters
941Across the Fence: First scalp for Custer
939Across the Fence: The Wellnitz Fire, day 1 and 2
939Jane’s Secret, XXVIII: Lame Johnny
938Jane’s Secret, part XV: Unrequited love
934Teen Voice: New Year’s goals
933Across the Fence: The much maligned Ms. Watson
928Across The Fence: Celebrating the 120th anniversary of the Chadron to Chicago Cowboy Race, part I
924Jane’s Secret, part XXII: While the cat’s away
920Jane’s Secret, part XII: Jane's Vow
919Across the Fence: Sitting Bull: The Last Surrendering Sioux
915Teen Voice: What senior year taught me
911Across the Fence: Just For the Thrill of It
911From the Superintendent’s Desk: Summer School – 2013
910From the Superintendent’s Desk
910 Across the Fence: ‘Aunt Sally’ and Dakota Gold
909Across the Fence: A hometown 4th of July
909From the Superintendent’s Desk - District purchase of building
908Across The Fence: A day For thanks
907Observations Only: A new direction
905From the Superintendent’s Desk: Parents’ role in the educational process
905From the Superintendent’s Desk: Current enrollment count
905Our View: County Manager option leads to Good Old Boys' Club
898The zombie apocalypse and you
894Teen Voice: Learning calculus more than numbers
893Miss Movies: Ten movies for romance
893From the Pastor's Pen: Lord, teach us to pray
890Life in the Rearview Mirror: Cleaning off the ‘what if’ shelf
888Teen Voice: Fifty reasons to smile
883Completely Different: The Marilyn Monroe conundrum
881Across the Fence: Fort Mitchell on the Great Platte River Road
879Across the Fence - Boston: April 18, 1775
876Teen Voice: Experiencing versus remembering
873A Stray Moment: Star Trek: Infinite diversity in infinite combinations
872From the Superintendent’s Desk : Draft Calendar 2013-14
871Across the Fence: Submarines and railroads
869Across the Fence: Faded photos and vivid memories
869Completely Different: What’s speech got to do with it?
863Across the Fence: Bloody Pocket, the final battle
863Jane’s Secret, XXVII: Town Meeting
862Observations Only: Giving up
860Teen Voice: Respond to defeat
859Jane’s Secret, part XXI: Gertrude’s Agenda
857Trash cans
855From the Superintendent’s Desk: Merry Christmas and Happy New Year
854Totally Random: I’m a backwards reader
853From the Superintendent’s Desk - Financial Outlook for Gering Public Schools
852Completely Different: Confessions of an out of shape twenty something
848The Good Life: It’s hard to believe, the Citizen is four years old
845From the Superintendent's Desk: Election over – work begins
845A Stray Moment: Now is the winter of our disconnect
845Observations Only: Sisters lost, part IV
844A Stray Moment: In praise of silence
843A Stray Moment - Celebrating Gering's Quasquicentennial
843The hills, part 1: Mustangs
841Anno Domini: Independence, an ideal worth celebrating
839Teen Voice: Let us be beautiful
838Teen Voice: The road of hatred
837From the Superintendent's Desk: Elementary attendance areas
836Observations Only: The joy of money
835The Good Life: Our most precious right, gagged
833Lyman Review - Tales of the renegade rooster
832Teen Voice: 'Pretty Little Liars'
830Teen Voice: The more the merrier
828The Good Life: The best Christmas gift
827Across the Fence: Fact, fiction or fragmented dreams?
825Observations Only: Saturday delight
825Teen Voice: Catfished
825Completely Different: The mystery of Vivian Maier
823Observations Only: Sisters lost, part III
820Across the Fence: The hand dug well
819A Stray Moment: Waiting on a train
819The Block
819Across the Fence: Cynthia Ann Parker, Comanche captive
818Across the Fence: Celebrating the 120th anniversary of the Chadron to Chicago Cowboy Race, part II
818Thinking about Health: Getting insurance under the Affordable Care Act
816Teen Voice: Lessons I learned from my eight-year-old brother
816Observations Only: Curious things
816At the Library: Words of Radiance by Brandon Sanderson
813Completely Different: The Hills, part 3: Rediscovering the spirit
808Across the Fence: A Cheyenne weekend
805Life's curve balls
805Jane’s Secret, XXIX: Fred’s debacle
804A Stray Moment: God Knows
799A Stray Moment: On Canada and the forgotten bicentennial
799Political Cartoon by Doug Hoevet
798Across the Fence: Rural free delivery
795 Taking a big risk
795Jane's Secret, part X: The arrival
795From the Superintendent's Desk: School year now in full swing
795Life in the Rearview Mirror: Greensburg strong
790A Stray Moment: It's a dog's life
790A Stray Moment: Without a net
789Completely Different: The Mind Palace Memory Technique
789A Stray Moment: Tacos! Our embarrassment of riches
787Completely Different: Remembering Aurora
787A Stray Moment: I love Sookie Stackhouse
785Teen Voice: What’s so great about pizza?
784The Good Life: We are not separate, we are one family
784The Good Life: Mom, my partner in life
781Teen Voice: Not just another ride
780A Small World: Scotts Bluff Valley Fiber Arts Fair classes offer great variety
780Completely Different: The Hills, part 2: The Civilian Conservation Corps
779Political Cartoon by Doug Hoevet
778The ghost of Ayn Rand
777Across the Fence: Standing on the wagon
776Observations Only: Counting chickens
775Miss Movies: Ten great horror flicks for Halloween, part 2
773From the Superintendent's Desk: PLAS School
773Observations Only: Scourge of violence
773Teen Voice: Congratulations, you’re awful
771Teen Voice: Confessions of the financially disabled
771Teen Voice: Sticks and stones
771Observations Only: Extreme measures
771A Stray Moment: World War Two is not forgotten
770The Good Life: A farm girl in my heart
769Timing makes perfect
767Seeing the works of the master
767Pulpit of Bones: Man's best friend
767Life in the Rearview Mirror: The Moments we live for
765Across the Fence: Wounded Knee; December 29, 1890
764Observations Only: Going home
761View from the block
761Our View: Extreme caution needed with fireworks
759Across the Fence: When Fiddler quit running
757Observations Only: Just around the corner
755Observations Only: The two faces of poverty
755Teen Voice: Gleek tragedy
754Across the Fence: When Lady Luck sleeps
753A Stray Moment: The last time
753Completely Different: Happy Hollowthanksmas
752The Good Life: Leave the quilt shop and laundromat alone
750SELL-OUT!
748Observations Only: Uneventful flight
747A ‘city’ kid goes to the fair
746A Stray Moment: A voice from the past, haunting myself
745Across the Fence: Tomb of the Unknown
744It's no surprise
744Observations Only: A soul's journey, part III
744Jane’s Secret, XXXII Jane’s Bad Day
743Capitol View: Lincoln Highway captures spotlight
743The Good Life: Christina Baker’s mom: Thank you
741Teen Voice: Body image
740A Stray Moment: - The case for Hagel
738Our View: County has some ‘splainin’ to do
737Teen Voice: Not according to the plan
736Welcome to Gering
735Guest Editorial: Bob Kerrey is the true fiscal conservative
734Observations Only: Surprises
734The Good Life: The two different types of business people
733Silence please
732Across the Fence: A boy called Slon-Ha
732Rural America and immigration reform
730Across the Fence: Places near forgotten
729Our View: Pipeline not a solution to oil problems
728Completely Different: How the savings stole Christmas
728Miss Movies: Top ten holiday films, part II
728Completely Different: The bucket list phenomenon
727Across the Fence : November 1864: Pole Creek, Politics and Patriots
726Age of reason
724A Stray Moment: Ready for the storm
724Observations Only: Musings of an odd duck
722Observations Only: What's in a word?
722Teen Voice: Living within our means
722Across the Fence: Cheyenne County, Nebraska: cattle country
722Observations Only: A gift of serenity
721Observations Only: No thank you
721Observations Only: The awful truth
720Do You Tube?
719Observations Only: Journey's end
719The Good Life: We are the Valley’s emissaries
716Life in the Rearview Mirror: Personal control of an individual response
715Observations Only: Critical thinking
715From the Superintendent's Desk: School Safety and Security
715Guest Voice: If I could do it over again
715Completely Different: Hey there, four eyes!
714Teen Voice: Serendipity
714Teen Voice: Shadow art
713Economic development update
713Teen Voice: Twitter as sleep criminal
712Teen Voice: The benefits of online learning
711Totally Random: My journey, life after living
709Observations Only: Together again
709A Stray Moment - A night owl born to an 8 to 5 world
706LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Gering Public Schools seeks imput
706Observations Only: North Powder
706Across the Fence: Thanks for the memory
705Capitol View: Wild life proposal costly but worthwhile
705A Stray Moment: For the love of theatre
705Completely Different: Perfect memories made in imperfect moments
704Teen Voice: Sit back and enjoy YouTube
703From the Superintendent's Desk: Student transportation changes for 2012-13
702Teen Voice: Eighth day of the week - Someday
702Teen: Voice : Drinking enough water
701Observations Only: Sister odyssey
701Observations Only: A strange Thanksgiving
700Miss Movies: The top ten films of 2012: The year of the geek
700Book Review: I Forgot to Remember By Su Meck
699Life in the Rearview Mirror: Is it possible to just drive in the 21st Century?
699Life in the Rearview Mirror: The world is a stage
698A Stray Moment: Having a blast on the Fourth of July
697Observations Only: Blue chip stock
697Across The Fence: Freedom Triumphant Over War and Peace
696From the Superintendent's Desk: Our goal: Improve student performance
695The Good Life: A very interesting meeting indeed
693Observations Only: Spider adventure
692Across The Fence: Jules, Jack and lawless justice
691Teen Voice: An eventful homecoming
691Observations Only: Curious things, part II
686Completely Different: Do you know John Green?
685Anno Domini: The memorial nobody wants
684Teeing Off: Lessons learned from golf
683Across the Fence: Wasicu Wakan
683Observations Only: Sister lost
680Their View: Hey Gering, mind your own business!
680Guest Voices…
677Building Bridges: Cleaning up for company--or not--reveals a lot
676Across The Fence: The hanging of Cornelius Donahue a.k.a. John A. Hurley
670Teen Voice: On becoming politically active
669Observations Only: Expect the best, part II
666From the Superintendent's Desk: Why so soon?
666I'm falling for Tumblr?
665Jane’s secret, XXVI: The suitcase
665Building Bridges: Chautauqua will bring out the best in everyone
662From the Superintendent's Desk: State report card
661A Stray Moment: Guilty pleasures
658Teen Voice: Pinning your interest
658Teen Voice: Go ahead, make my day
658The Good Life: The lasting effects of bullying
658A real leaning tree Christmas
657Observations Only: Sisters lost, part two
657Teen Voice: Dealing with stress
655Permission to remember
653Teen Voice: Being a girl
653Across The Fence: The Heartland plague of 1874-75
652Completely Different: I go to seek a Great Perhaps
652Across The Fence: The Spanish Flu
650The Good Life: A time to be proud of our ancestors
648The Good Life: A holiday recipe for peace
647My Thanksgiving prayer
647Jane’s Secret XXXV: Bugs and things
646Observations Only: A soul's journey, part two
645Miss Movies: Top Ten Holiday Films
644Teen Voice: Say yes to branching out
644Teen Voice: Indulge In moderation
641Five Good Reasons to Create an Investment Strategy
641Across the Fence: Pawnee legends in the Nebraska Panhandle
640Observations Only: Wilkerson Pass
639Social time has important benefits
639Observations Only : White water
638Observations Only: The meeting
635Teen Voice: Outbreak of the Gamers
635A Small World: Special guest
634Teen Voice: Until we say goodbye
633Our View: The elephant in the room
632Home of the Brave
632The Good Life: The economic footprint of one small business
632Jane's Secret, XXXI: Sixes and sevens
631Building Bridges: Planning now for tourism season 2014
629Teen Voice: Go ahead, make my day
629A Small World: Legends week promises fun for everyone
628Life in the Rearview Mirror: The cumulative effects of giving
627Observations Only: Good and evil
626Practice safe barbecue basics
625LETTER TO THE EDITOR: No tax state unrealistic
625The Lyman Review: I love baby ducks
624Teen Voice: Saying Goodbye
622Life in the Rearview Mirror: Work is more than a four-letter word
622The Good Life: Cooler breezes bring anticipation of fall
620Remembering When
620Teen Voice: Happy news
620Across The Fence: A Fourth of July Montage
618Observations Only: Expect the best
618Across The Fence: Billy Dixon at Adobe Walls, June 1874
617Teen Voice: Practice makes perfect
615Observations Only: A fine line
614Teeing Off: Around the Green
611Teen Voice: Making sense of the Sandy Hook tragedy
611The Good Life: People of the Valley, we have a choice
611The Good Life: Innovation and young energy enriches us all
610Observations Only: A matter of matter
609Our View: Bravo OTD committee
609Teen Voice: By my side until the newness wears off
608Across The Fence: By the dawn’s early light
607Observations Only: The shadow of error
606The Good Life - The worst day on record at the Citizen
604Observations Only: Beginnings
604Teen Voice: The daily struggle to a lifelong battle
602Jane's Secret XXXIV: Gin Rummy
597Observations Only: Divine spirit
595Observations Only: Indifferent love
594Across The Fence: The Pawnee on Pumpkin Creek
594Building Bridges: Being grateful for the hardships in life
589Teen Voice - On the outside looking In
589Across the Fence: The Overland Camel Company
587Teen Voice: I’ll be healthy – tomorrow
586Completely Different - The magic of spring
586Observations Only: A matter of paradox
585Teen Voice: Equality
583Observations Only: Choices
583Anno Domini: We gather together
580A Stray Moment: Learning how to walk
575Observations Only: Divine prompts
572Teen Voice: Silence
571Building Bridges: Tend to 2014 and be Happy, Happy, Happy
569Teen Voice:  Body bashing and self-image
568Teen Voice: Previously unwritten cell phone rules
565Life in the Rearview Mirror: Experiencing life passion
562Teen Voice: Sticks and stones
561Totally Random: Life’s ripples
558Observations Only: Temptation
558A Stray Moment: In praise of encouragement
557Observations Only: Off to the races
554Across the Fence; Prelude to the Red River War of 1874
553Welcome to Gering and the 92nd Oregon Trail Days Celebration.
552Observations Only: A sad week
550Observations Only: The vision
548Observations Only: Willfulness
548Life in the Rearview Mirror: Adapt and adjust
548Lyman Review: Devil calf
548Dear Fellow Nebraskans: We Are Proud of the Nebraska National Guard
546Teen Voice: The need to get away
542Teen Voice: Thanksgiving
540Teen Voice: Do It Anyway
538Our View: Visionaries wanted
538Totally Random: October, the pink month
534Building Bridges: Celebrating the Bulldog homecoming
534Building Bridges: Love your enemies
533Observations Only: The need to understand
532Observations Only: Fuzzy angel
531Across The Fence: Amos Bad Heart Bull
529Across The Fence: First train from Saply Grove
524Life in the Rearview Mirror: Life enhancing memories
524A Halloween Story: The scary dream
523Anno Domini: Ask the digital dust
519Guest Editorial: The future of health care at Regional West
517Teeing Off: Persistence
513Observations Only: A good daughter
513Teen Voice: Stress test
513The Good Life: What a wild ride it’s been
511Teeing Off: Mind Gym
509Teen Voice: Footprints
508Updates from NRD: NRD promotes conservation
507Across the Fence: The Pony Express
507Building Bridges: Serve on the school board—or say no more
506Across the Fence: A Cowboy kind of Christmas
503Observations Only: The unvarnished truth
503Observations Only: Afraid of the dark
498Dear Nebraskans: Massachusetts should not determine Nebraska’s Presidential vote
497Building Bridges: Asking officials to speak and work as a body
492Teen Voice: The rivalry
491Teen Voice: Remember what you have
491Building Bridges: Observing bullies, abuse and pastors
490Observations Only: Waiting time
489Observations Only: Saint Marge
485Lyman Review: The elusive farm cat
482Building Bridges: Building us up to be what others see
480Teen Voice: Is respect dead?
477Teeing Off: The thing about state
475Teen Voice: The Other Side
475Building Bridges: “New” will become a buzzword in the Valley
474Up The Creek Without A Paddle: The NRD wants to do what with your money?
472Lyman Review: The love goat
467Our View: Why rush the interlocal agreement?
467Building Bridges: Following the spirit of Gering
460Teen Voice: What is love?
459Anno Domini: On this remembering day
458Observations Only: Reality check
458Jane’s Secret XXXVII: A starry night
456Totally Random: Happy Halloween
455Observations Only: Gone away
454Update From the NRD: Winter has arrived
454Capitol View: Delay tactics a gamble as session draws to a close
453Dear Fellow Nebraskans: Collegebound Nebraska
452Across the Fence: The Blizzard of ‘49
449Final Point: Golf, cross country feats headline fall season successes
449Teen Voice: My rebellion
446Teen Voice: Nobody else can lower you
445Across The Fence; ‘Johnny Appleseed’ of the Oregon Trail
444Lyman Review: Now that's a set of handlebars!
443Across The Fence: The Three Guardsmen
440Building Bridges: Pause a moment...save a child’s life
438No-Till Notes: Water Funding Task Force
436Jane’s Secret, XXXVIII: Bad girls
435Welcome to the ‘New’ in Gering
432Lyman Review: Something wicked this way comes
428Teen Voice: Self-expression
427Observations Only: Hog wash
426 Across the Fence: Remembering Armistice Day
426Building Bridges: Objectivity and fairness make a winning plan
423Jane’s Secret XXXVI:  The dream
421Teen Voice: Shopping days or holidays?
421Why you should visit the zoo in February
417Across the Fence; Massacre on the Marias River
415Across The Fence: Moc-chi, A Southern Cheyenne warrior
412Lyman Review: One mean chicken
411Teen Voice: Cyber War
410Observations Only: The visit
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405At the Library: March into a good book
402From the Hill: More Work Ahead
393Observations Only: A day in August
393SBNM View: Do you want to be a VIP?
392Across the Fence: New eyes on the Panhandle
388Teen Voice: Hope for a New Year
387Across The Fence: Mustangs on Pumpkin Creek
386Across The Fence: Crazy Horse’s Last Battle
385What’s really going on with our water?
383Jane’s Secret, XLI Black widow spider
381For the love of the game – best courses in the valley
376Observations Only: The last goodbye
375No-Till Notes: Looking Back
373Updates from NRD: Happy New Year
372Observations Only: Final moment
369Jane’s Secret: Jane’s Secret, XLIII: Jail house rock
367Our View: Childcare not school district’s role
366Observations Only: One more time
364Teen Voice: My School, Their Rules
362Across the Fence: Remembering English Joe
362Capitol View: Yes, Virginia, the Legislature has done something, so far
361No-Till Notes: Joe Franks Memorial
361Teen Voice: To the future
360Lyman Review: Goat-chasing cardio
360Teen Voice: Family for all intents and purposes
359Teen Voice: The gift of caring
356In the Hills: Nebraska Bighorn Sheep
356Across the Fence: Battle of Summit Springs, Part I: Tall Bull Killed
353Teen Voice: Writing love on our hearts
353Across the Fence: Prelude to Battle
353Gering ninth graders answer the questions of life
351View from Capitol Hill: Solutions for our economy and the budget
351Lyman Review: Branding Time
351Building Bridges: Be a Destination Ambassador
351Teen Voice: Positive effects of social media
350Across The Fence: Last Christmas
347Teen Voice: Where is the love?
346Building Bridges: Awards are only part of our success
345Our View: Community responsible for kids
344Across the Fence: John Colter, the first mountain man
343Mayor’s Monthly: Moving on Gering’s momentum
343At the Monument: Junior Rangers
342Observations Only: The last toothpick
342Totally Random: Where does it go?
341Their View: Goal post move unfair
340Capitol View: Considering additional education choices
338Across the Fence: The Colorado Coalfield War
335Across the Fence: David F. Cook and ‘Indian Joe’
333Nature Notes: Love is in the air
332Jane’s Secret: Jane’s Secret, XLII: Sunflowers
330Jane’s Secret: Jane’s Secret XLIV: Jail break
329Letter to Editor clarifies drug testing policy
327Totally Random: Trusting the fates
324In the Hills: Pollinators – the buzz
323Jane’s Secret: Jane’s Secret XLV: Gun smoke
322In the Hills: Arbor Day in Nebraska
321Building Bridges: Be American - help your candidate
321Across the Fence: Roy Bean; scoundrel with a law book
319Observations Only: The vigil
319Christmas stories from Freshman Academy students
318Capitol View: There was more to the session than just the big ticket items
315Teen Voice: Trouble Maker or Hard Worker?
314Building Bridges: Five years old IS a milestone
313Coach Schadwinkel promoted strong sense of tradition
311Lyman Review: Taste of boot?
311Dear Nebraskans: Nebraska is the place for business
310Across the Fence: Missing; Nelson Buck survey party
305Capitol View: The 103rd Legislature is history … finally
302Linked Lives
301Lyman Review: Nudge to the Butt
301Building Bridges: #speaklife is a goal for students, a goal for all
300Capitol View: Legislature overrides gubernatorial vetoes
300History Revisited:A Stray Moment: Life (and death) on the Oregon Trail
298Across the Fence: The Cholera Corridor
297Notes from NRD: Thanks agricultural producers
296Support emergency services personnel
294Our View: Confidentiality agreement disrespectful
293Building Bridges: When ‘FAMILY’ and fellow Nebraskans are all you’ve got
293Arts Scene: Theatre West’s Les Miserables not to be missed: Anniversary production proves to be a memorable winner
290In the Hills: Explore the state parks
289Religious freedom must be protected
289At the Library: “My Name is Resolute” By Nancy E. Turner
287Final Point: Citizen receives first honor for ‘Final Point’
286Update from the NRD: March updates from the NRD
285Capitol View: Redistricting needs new procedure
284At the Library: “I Shall Be Near to You” By Erin Lindsay McCabe
280Lyman Review: Winter's dog
280At the Monument: That old (historic) building
278Website Resources
274Teen Voice: Holiday horrors
274Capital View: Can prison reform survive property tax relief?
274From the Capitol: The conduct we choose reflects our character
274College Thoughts: Rotten for the minds? Think again
273Across the Fence: Who was Martha Jane Canary?
272Capitol View: It sounded like a good idea at first
272Across the Fence: Amanda
271Across the Fence: On the Old Chisholm Trail
268Anno Domini: The Textbook of Freedom
267Building Bridges: Don’t wait to develop
267Teen Voice: Home is where the heart is
266Across the Fence: Charles Badger Clark
265No-Till Notes: Annual PNTP Tour
263Lyman Review: Dog fun
262Across the Fence: Old barns and memories
262Building Bridges: Oregon Trail Days—making our present a celebrated past
260Across the Fence: Investigation at Spring Creek
259Capitol View: Legislature to tackle meatier issues
259At the Zoo: Spring in to the zoo
259Capitol View: The Legislature did provide tax relief
257Capitol View: Clock keeps tickin,’ many issues remain unresolved
255Teen Voice: Inspire me
255New at the Zoo: Volunteer at the Zoo
251At the Monument: Where are the animals?
250No-till Notes: Moving forward
249Greetings from the State Capitol
249Building Bridges: Dive into summer—dive into living
245No-Till Notes: Cheat grass
243Washington Report: Honoring America’s heroes
241Lyman Review: Sheep Royalty
238Across the Fence: The Spring Creek Raid
236Teen Voice: The clock is ticking
233No-til Notes: Changing plans
231No-Till Notes: Back in the field
231Jane’s Secret XLVI: Sour grapes
228Across The Fence: Justice in the Big Horn Basin
226No-Till Notes: “Fish and Mud”
222Building Bridges: Turning a space into a sense of place
220Capitol View: State aid proposal just might make some sense
216At the Monument: Art in National Parks
216No-Till Notes: Enjoyable Day
211View of the Zoo: VIPs at RCD
209Dear Nebraskans: Technology helps serve Nebraskans
205Synchronicity:What brings me back
202Be kind through communications
201Jane’s Secret XLVII: A stormy afternoon
198Across the Fence: Six went to the gallows
195No-Till Notes:Enjoyable meeting
195Letter to the editor
194Jane’s Secret XLVIII: Jane’s agenda
191Fellow Nebraskans: Congratulations on graduation day
179Across The Fence: Hinhan Kaga Paha
170Letters to the Editor
168Across the Fence: Aftermath: Part III, The Battle of Summit Springs
165In the Hills: Awesome Amphibians and Rough Reptiles
160Jane’s Secret XLIX: Phillip’s agenda
152A Stray Moment: Goodbye old house – sorting their things
145Fourth of July meetings
140Battle of Summit Springs, part II: Warpath to White Bear Creek
132Building Bridges: Supporting our teachers supports our children
122Building Bridges: Fair time—learn, respect, appreciate, enjoy!
118A Stray Moment: Time to get moving
107Prairie Dogs
105A Stray Moment: Robin Williams – Good night sweet prince
103Across The Fence: Scalped at Plum Creek
100Teen Voice: Unexpected joys of being a sibling
98No-Till Notes: Last chance for North, South Dakota tour
97Across The Fence: Steamboats on the Missouri
87Dynasty made Gering the biggest little town in Nebraska
87 Across The Fence: County Fair
84Across The Fence: New England’s Heroine Scalptress
80Jane’s Secret XLX: Day’s end
77No-Till Notes: American Society of Agronomy
66In the Hills: Get to Know Our Feathered Travelers
56Sychronicity: Thrive, don't just survive
40Across the Fence: Here lies Major Alexander Culbertson
40At the Library: One Zentangle a Day
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