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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223Greetings from the State Capitol
223Across the Fence: Charles Badger Clark
222Across the Fence: Investigation at Spring Creek
221At the Monument: Where are the animals?
220From the Capitol: The conduct we choose reflects our character
218Building Bridges: Don’t wait to develop
218No-till Notes: Moving forward
217Website Resources
215Across the Fence: Old barns and memories
208Capitol View: Legislature to tackle meatier issues
206No-Till Notes: Back in the field
204New at the Zoo: Volunteer at the Zoo
200Teen Voice: Home is where the heart is
200Gering ninth graders answer the questions of life
198View of the Zoo: VIPs at RCD
198Across the Fence: The Spring Creek Raid
198No-Till Notes: Cheat grass
196Final Point: Citizen receives first honor for ‘Final Point’
195Across The Fence: Justice in the Big Horn Basin
194Dear Nebraskans: Technology helps serve Nebraskans
191No-Till Notes: “Fish and Mud”
189Jane’s Secret XLVI: Sour grapes
188At the Monument: Art in National Parks
184Washington Report: Honoring America’s heroes
182Building Bridges: When ‘FAMILY’ and fellow Nebraskans are all you’ve got
177No-til Notes: Changing plans
175Anno Domini: The Textbook of Freedom
172Building Bridges: Dive into summer—dive into living
170Capitol View: State aid proposal just might make some sense
163Teen Voice: The clock is ticking
161At the Library: “My Name is Resolute” By Nancy E. Turner
158Fellow Nebraskans: Congratulations on graduation day
158History Revisited:A Stray Moment: Life (and death) on the Oregon Trail
150Across the Fence: Battle of Summit Springs, Part I: Tall Bull Killed
149Across the Fence: Six went to the gallows
146Jane’s Secret XLVII: A stormy afternoon
139Lyman Review: Sheep Royalty
138No-Till Notes: Annual PNTP Tour
128Across The Fence: Hinhan Kaga Paha
119Synchronicity:What brings me back
117No-Till Notes:Enjoyable meeting
100Be kind through communications
96Jane’s Secret XLVIII: Jane’s agenda
74Building Bridges: Oregon Trail Days—making our present a celebrated past
72Letters to the Editor
60Letter to the editor
49Fourth of July meetings
36Battle of Summit Springs, part II: Warpath to White Bear Creek
7Building Bridges: Turning a space into a sense of place
Most Read News Stories of 2012
12443Across The Fence: Portugee Phillips and a horse named Dandy
3622We need a few good people
3056What's the deal with organic milk?
2743Jane’s Secret, XXXX: A tale of mayhem
2271Across the Fence: Roosevelt’s campaign tour of the west
2160Being a Nebraskan – border to border
2157The Good Life: Today we celebrate Global Oneness Day
2118Across the Fence: The Soldier’s Free Homestead Colony of Gibbon
2089Completely Different: It's all in the family
2019Completely Different: The Disney princess debate: an exercise in the ridiculous
1974Completely Different : Could you come down off your soap box please?
1962Lyman Review: Let’s get back to the subject of bullying
1945Elizabeth's top ten movie list of 2011
1903Life in the Rearview Mirror: Invisible scars have lasting effects
1900Teen Voice: Thank you, Gering Speech Team
1884Our View... Preserve Gering’s form of government
1872Jane’s Secret, part II: Gertrude’s choice
1851The Good Life: Campaign ad using Jesus goes too far
1824A Small World: Time traveling
1813Our View: Museum merger a good thing, but let’s go slowly
1788Teen Voice: Just ten minutes
1777Completely Different: Tales from the mat
1763Time keeps flowing like a river
1738A last look at the Nebraska Zone
1737Life in the west: Betting on the end of the world
1729Our View: Mayor should insist on civility
1728Completely Different: Look around, what are you missing?
1720Totally Random: Astrology: It’s all in the stars…
1719Letter to the Editor
1698Observations Only : The orphanage
1694My mini Pen and me
1681Teen Voice: March Madness
1677Observations Only : Mission accomplished
1658Our view . . .Sports Complex
1646Observations Only: Little Girl Lost: Adopted
1645Completely Different: Your local government and you
1637Observations Only: Sisters lost, part I
1633Observations only : Sisters of the world
1630Bright Ideas! Brighter Future! Common sense prevails
1624Our view... Gering stands upon important threshold
1622Livestock Production: My Paradigm Shift
1621Curiosity Corner : The tale of the travelling train station
1618Observations Only: Little girl lost, part 3
1617Bright Ideas, Brighter Future: Leaving a Legacy
1610From the Pastor's Pen: Unbelievable breaking news
1597Observations Only: Little Girl Lost, part six
1582Completely Different: The good, the bad, and the remedy
1571It's a small world : Everything we do has meaning
1566Teen Voice : Leave your legacy
1561Miss Movies: Ten great horror flicks for Halloween, part I
1552Our View: Scottsbluff attitude damages future collaborations
1534Teen Voice: What diabetes taught me
1516Across the Fence: James Butler Hickok: The thoughtful gunfighter
1497Across the Fence: All aboard the Transcontinental Express
1481From the Superintendent’s Desk - Parent Teacher Conferences
1471Across the Fence: Ah-ho-appa (fallen leaf)
1442Across the Fence: Bose Ikard; Texas Cowboy
1414Across the fence: Something worth remembering
1396Jane’s Secret, XXX: A new wrinkle
1381Totally Random: December 6, the day I lived
1369Jane’s Secret, part XVIII : Devil’s bargain
1330Across the Fence - Catherine’s boys
1307Completely Different: The Quest
1304Our View: Come home to Nebraska, but not just anywhere
1255Teen Voice: Don’t be fooled by fads
1218Miss Movies: Miss Movies recommends her top 10 films of 2013
1201Totally Random: The Golden Rule
1184Barr’s Bacon Wrapped Fantasy Picks: A rookie's guide to drafting your dream team
1176Across the Fence: Building Barns
1175Jane’s Secret, XXIV: The last drive
1160The Good Life: Extending grace, the lost art
1142Theatre West’s Cabaret torch burns brightly
1141Across the Fence: Sioux Ordnance Depot: stories to be told
1136From the Superintendent's Desk: Thank You
1135From the Superintendent’s Desk: Get ready for Parent-teacher conferences
1134Dear Fellow Nebraskans: Governor’s Ag Conference overview
1133Life in the Rearview Mirror: I’m on a road to someplace
1120Observations Only: A soul’s journey
1115Across the Fence: Lions, wolves and bears
1114Across The Fence: Union Pacific robbery at Big Springs
1101From the Superintendent's Desk: NePAS – State Accountability
1097Across the Fence: Dull Knife’s Quest, part 1
1095Observations Only: Blinders aren’t just for horses
1091Building Bridges: Save the world, educate through agriculture
1085No-Till Notes: Plan to attend 2014 No-Till Conference
1081Across the Fence: Burnett’s Mound and the Topeka tornado
1079Totally Random: Hemp: considering the real benefits of the miracle plant
1076Our view: Gering’s future needs your vote
1070Jane’s Secret, XXIII: Molly’s plan
1067From the Superintendent’s Desk: Welcome to new certified staff
1064Across the Fence: Wyoming settlers lay siege to the TA Ranch
1064The Good Life: Through my father’s eyes
1063Life in the West: Inside the minds of serial killers
1056From the Superintendent’s Desk - Option Enrollment
1053Across the Fence: Class of ’67, last remnants of home
1050Jane’s Secret, XXV: Mysteries
1048Cat on a Hot Tin Roof a mixed bag
1042A Stray Moment: Merry Christmas – God save us all
1041Completely Different: It’s the end of the world as we know it
1036Across the Fence: Dull Knife’s Quest: Part 2 of 2
1031A Stray Moment : Carry the weight
1030Jane’s Secret, part XI: Grand Duchess
1026Across the Fence: On The road
1026From the Superintendent’s Desk: Early Childhood Education
1017Across The Fence: Crow Dog, Spotted Tail’s assassin
1014Completely Different: New Year’s Resolutions
1012From the Superintendent’s Desk : Thank You for another Great Year
1010Jane’s Secret, XXXIII: Night walk
1009Jane’s Secret, part VI: Molly’s surprise
1009The Good Life: Hey, I’m a winner!
1009Assad’s endgame
1006Completely Different: The game is afoot, a look at Sherlock Holmes
1003Jane’s Secret, part XIII: Blackberry pie
1003Across the Fence: Judge Roy Bean : Texas prizefight promoter
999Jane’s Secret, part IX: Mrs. Huber’s chagrin
986Lyman Review: Hubby’s got my goat
986Jane’s Secret, part XX: Change of plans
985Observations Only - Two ages of man
982Jane’s Secret, part VII Clem’s confession
980Across the Fence: Discovering Ed Stemler
978Jane’s Secret, part VIII: Molly's plan
978Teen Voice: I guess it’s just a western Nebraska thing
977Guest Editorial: Fischer will see U.S. ‘living within means’
975The Good Life: Your dollar is a vote for what you care about
966A Stray Moment: All's well that ends well, usually
963Across the Fence: Consumed by fire
957Across the Fence: The Spirit of Crazy Horse
957Miss Movies: “Bully” a powerful documentary
950A Stray Moment: Earth Day, am I doing my part?
950From the Superintendent’s Desk: Thanks for the memories
943From the Superintendent’s Desk - Haig and Aurora Buildings
933Jane’s Secret, part XVII : Plans gone awry
932Observations Only: Painting a picture
930Jane’s Secret, part XVI: Fate takes a hand
929Thinking About Health: The challenge of signing up for Obamacare
927A Small World: Savoring county fair days
922Across the Fence: The Great Solomon River Stampede
916From the Superintendent’s Desk: Accountability
915Jane’s Secret, part V: Aggie’s complaint
915Life in the Rearview Mirror: I hate coffee
910Jane’s Secret, Part XVIV: Crystal Waters
906Completely Different: That’s so Pinteresting
903Across the Fence: Black Hills Gold and the Thoen Stone
902Jane’s Secret, part XIV: Molly’s dream
901Teen Voice: Today’s television
900Across the Fence: Mud Springs revisited
900Across the Fence: The Wellnitz Fire, day 1 and 2
900Across The Fence: Billy Dixon; Plainsman, Hunter, Indian fighter and Scout
896Jane’s Secret, part XV: Unrequited love
894Across The Fence: The Hat Creek Outpost
893Across the Fence: First scalp for Custer
893Across The Fence: Celebrating the 120th anniversary of the Chadron to Chicago Cowboy Race, part I
891Across the Fence: The much maligned Ms. Watson
886Our View: County Manager option leads to Good Old Boys' Club
886Jane’s Secret, XXVIII: Lame Johnny
884Jane’s Secret, part XXII: While the cat’s away
883Teen Voice: New Year’s goals
882Across the Fence: Just For the Thrill of It
879Across the Fence: A hometown 4th of July
876Across the Fence: Sitting Bull: The Last Surrendering Sioux
873From the Superintendent’s Desk: Current enrollment count
871From the Superintendent’s Desk
871Teen Voice: What senior year taught me
869The zombie apocalypse and you
868From the Superintendent’s Desk: Parents’ role in the educational process
867From the Superintendent’s Desk: Summer School – 2013
866Jane’s Secret, part XII: Jane's Vow
861From the Superintendent’s Desk - District purchase of building
861Miss Movies: Ten movies for romance
861From the Pastor's Pen: Lord, teach us to pray
861A Small World: Chokecherry season evokes memories of yesterday
860Observations Only: A new direction
858Teen Voice: Learning calculus more than numbers
851Life in the Rearview Mirror: Cleaning off the ‘what if’ shelf
849Teen Voice: Experiencing versus remembering
847Across The Fence: A day For thanks
840Across the Fence - Boston: April 18, 1775
838Completely Different: What’s speech got to do with it?
835From the Superintendent’s Desk : Draft Calendar 2013-14
835Across the Fence: Fort Mitchell on the Great Platte River Road
834Observations Only: Giving up
833Teen Voice: Fifty reasons to smile
833Completely Different: The Marilyn Monroe conundrum
832Teen Voice: Respond to defeat
831Across the Fence: Submarines and railroads
825Trash cans
823Across the Fence: Faded photos and vivid memories
823 Across the Fence: ‘Aunt Sally’ and Dakota Gold
818Jane’s Secret, part XXI: Gertrude’s Agenda
817A Stray Moment - Celebrating Gering's Quasquicentennial
817Completely Different: Confessions of an out of shape twenty something
813Teen Voice: The road of hatred
812The Good Life: Our most precious right, gagged
812The hills, part 1: Mustangs
811Lyman Review - Tales of the renegade rooster
810From the Superintendent's Desk: Election over – work begins
810From the Superintendent’s Desk: Merry Christmas and Happy New Year
809Teen Voice: Let us be beautiful
809From the Superintendent's Desk: Elementary attendance areas
808A Stray Moment: In praise of silence
807A Stray Moment: Star Trek: Infinite diversity in infinite combinations
807Jane’s Secret, XXVII: Town Meeting
804Teen Voice: 'Pretty Little Liars'
803Observations Only: The joy of money
802Across the Fence: Bloody Pocket, the final battle
802Observations Only: Sisters lost, part IV
801Totally Random: I’m a backwards reader
800Teen Voice: Catfished
798The Good Life: It’s hard to believe, the Citizen is four years old
792The Block
792From the Superintendent’s Desk - Financial Outlook for Gering Public Schools
790Teen Voice: Lessons I learned from my eight-year-old brother
790Teen Voice: The more the merrier
790The Good Life: The best Christmas gift
789Observations Only: Saturday delight
789A Stray Moment: Waiting on a train
787A Stray Moment: Now is the winter of our disconnect
787Anno Domini: Independence, an ideal worth celebrating
787At the Library: Words of Radiance by Brandon Sanderson
785Completely Different: The Hills, part 3: Rediscovering the spirit
785Completely Different: The mystery of Vivian Maier
782Across the Fence: Cynthia Ann Parker, Comanche captive
780A Stray Moment: God Knows
778Thinking about Health: Getting insurance under the Affordable Care Act
777Observations Only: Sisters lost, part III
773Life in the Rearview Mirror: Greensburg strong
770From the Superintendent's Desk: School year now in full swing
770Observations Only: Curious things
769Life's curve balls
767A Stray Moment: On Canada and the forgotten bicentennial
767Across the Fence: Fact, fiction or fragmented dreams?
766Jane's Secret, part X: The arrival
765 Taking a big risk
765A Stray Moment: Without a net
763Across the Fence: Rural free delivery
760A Stray Moment: Tacos! Our embarrassment of riches
760Across the Fence: A Cheyenne weekend
759Completely Different: Remembering Aurora
758Completely Different: The Mind Palace Memory Technique
756The Good Life: Mom, my partner in life
754The ghost of Ayn Rand
754A Stray Moment: I love Sookie Stackhouse
754Jane’s Secret, XXIX: Fred’s debacle
753Teen Voice: Not just another ride
753A Stray Moment: It's a dog's life
752Completely Different: The Hills, part 2: The Civilian Conservation Corps
751Teen Voice: Confessions of the financially disabled
751Across the Fence: Celebrating the 120th anniversary of the Chadron to Chicago Cowboy Race, part II
750Teen Voice: Sticks and stones
749A Small World: Scotts Bluff Valley Fiber Arts Fair classes offer great variety
747Political Cartoon by Doug Hoevet
747Across the Fence: The hand dug well
746Observations Only: Extreme measures
746Observations Only: Counting chickens
744Miss Movies: Ten great horror flicks for Halloween, part 2
742Seeing the works of the master
741From the Superintendent's Desk: PLAS School
738Our View: Extreme caution needed with fireworks
738The Good Life: We are not separate, we are one family
737Teen Voice: What’s so great about pizza?
735Timing makes perfect
735Pulpit of Bones: Man's best friend
735Across the Fence: Standing on the wagon
734The Good Life: Leave the quilt shop and laundromat alone
734A Stray Moment: World War Two is not forgotten
733Political Cartoon by Doug Hoevet
732Observations Only: Scourge of violence
730Observations Only: Just around the corner
726View from the block
726SELL-OUT!
725Life in the Rearview Mirror: The Moments we live for
724Across the Fence: Wounded Knee; December 29, 1890
724Observations Only: Going home
723A Stray Moment: The last time
718The Good Life: A farm girl in my heart
717Completely Different: Happy Hollowthanksmas
717Across the Fence: When Fiddler quit running
716Teen Voice: Not according to the plan
714Welcome to Gering
714It's no surprise
714Teen Voice: Congratulations, you’re awful
713Observations Only: The two faces of poverty
710Teen Voice: Gleek tragedy
708Across the Fence: When Lady Luck sleeps
707A Stray Moment: A voice from the past, haunting myself
706Observations Only: Uneventful flight
705Teen Voice: Body image
705Capitol View: Lincoln Highway captures spotlight
705The Good Life: Christina Baker’s mom: Thank you
703A Stray Moment: - The case for Hagel
702Completely Different: How the savings stole Christmas
702Our View: County has some ‘splainin’ to do
702Rural America and immigration reform
701Across the Fence: Places near forgotten
700Observations Only: Surprises
698Do You Tube?
698Silence please
698Teen Voice: Living within our means
697Life in the Rearview Mirror: Personal control of an individual response
696Across the Fence: Tomb of the Unknown
696Across the Fence : November 1864: Pole Creek, Politics and Patriots
696Our View: Pipeline not a solution to oil problems
695Across the Fence: Cheyenne County, Nebraska: cattle country
694A Stray Moment: Ready for the storm
694Observations Only: A soul's journey, part III
693Observations Only: No thank you
692Observations Only: What's in a word?
692Observations Only: Musings of an odd duck
691Guest Editorial: Bob Kerrey is the true fiscal conservative
691Miss Movies: Top ten holiday films, part II
691Across the Fence: A boy called Slon-Ha
691Observations Only: A gift of serenity
689Jane’s Secret, XXXII Jane’s Bad Day
689A ‘city’ kid goes to the fair
687Economic development update
687From the Superintendent's Desk: Student transportation changes for 2012-13
687LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Gering Public Schools seeks imput
687Teen Voice: Twitter as sleep criminal
687The Good Life: The two different types of business people
685Completely Different: The bucket list phenomenon
684Observations Only: The awful truth
683Age of reason
683Observations Only: Journey's end
682Observations Only: Together again
682Teen Voice: Shadow art
680Teen: Voice : Drinking enough water
680Teen Voice: Serendipity
680The Good Life: We are the Valley’s emissaries
679Life in the Rearview Mirror: Is it possible to just drive in the 21st Century?
679From the Superintendent's Desk: School Safety and Security
679Teen Voice: The benefits of online learning
678Teen Voice: Sit back and enjoy YouTube
677Observations Only: Critical thinking
676From the Superintendent's Desk: Our goal: Improve student performance
676Across the Fence: Thanks for the memory
675Teen Voice: Eighth day of the week - Someday
674A Stray Moment: For the love of theatre
673Miss Movies: The top ten films of 2012: The year of the geek
671Observations Only: North Powder
669Teen Voice: An eventful homecoming
669Capitol View: Wild life proposal costly but worthwhile
669Guest Voice: If I could do it over again
667Observations Only: Sister odyssey
667A Stray Moment - A night owl born to an 8 to 5 world
666Observations Only: A strange Thanksgiving
664Observations Only: Spider adventure
663Observations Only: Curious things, part II
662Completely Different: Hey there, four eyes!
662Completely Different: Perfect memories made in imperfect moments
660The Good Life: A very interesting meeting indeed
659A Stray Moment: Having a blast on the Fourth of July
659Across The Fence: Jules, Jack and lawless justice
658Guest Voices…
657Teeing Off: Lessons learned from golf
655Observations Only: Blue chip stock
652Across the Fence: Wasicu Wakan
652Observations Only: Sister lost
652Totally Random: My journey, life after living
651Their View: Hey Gering, mind your own business!
650Life in the Rearview Mirror: The world is a stage
648Completely Different: Do you know John Green?
646Teen Voice: On becoming politically active
644I'm falling for Tumblr?
643From the Superintendent's Desk: State report card
639From the Superintendent's Desk: Why so soon?
637Permission to remember
635A Stray Moment: Guilty pleasures
635Building Bridges: Cleaning up for company--or not--reveals a lot
634Teen Voice: Go ahead, make my day
633Anno Domini: The memorial nobody wants
629Observations Only: Expect the best, part II
629Jane’s secret, XXVI: The suitcase
627My Thanksgiving prayer
627Observations Only: Sisters lost, part two
627Teen Voice: Dealing with stress
627Across The Fence: The hanging of Cornelius Donahue a.k.a. John A. Hurley
626The Good Life: The lasting effects of bullying
622Five Good Reasons to Create an Investment Strategy
620Completely Different: I go to seek a Great Perhaps
618Teen Voice: Being a girl
617Miss Movies: Top Ten Holiday Films
616Teen Voice: Pinning your interest
615Our View: The elephant in the room
615The Good Life: A holiday recipe for peace
615A real leaning tree Christmas
612The Good Life: A time to be proud of our ancestors
611Home of the Brave
611Observations Only: The meeting
611Jane’s Secret XXXV: Bugs and things
611Across The Fence: The Spanish Flu
609Social time has important benefits
609Teen Voice: Indulge In moderation
608The Good Life: The economic footprint of one small business
608Teen Voice: Until we say goodbye
607LETTER TO THE EDITOR: No tax state unrealistic
607Across The Fence: The Heartland plague of 1874-75
606Teen Voice: Go ahead, make my day
605Life in the Rearview Mirror: The cumulative effects of giving
605Jane's Secret, XXXI: Sixes and sevens
604Observations Only: A soul's journey, part two
603Observations Only: Wilkerson Pass
603Teen Voice: Say yes to branching out
603Building Bridges: Chautauqua will bring out the best in everyone
601Teen Voice: Outbreak of the Gamers
601Across The Fence: Freedom Triumphant Over War and Peace
600Practice safe barbecue basics
596Teen Voice: Practice makes perfect
596Teen Voice: Happy news
595A Small World: Special guest
594Life in the Rearview Mirror: Work is more than a four-letter word
593Remembering When
593Observations Only : White water
591Across the Fence: Pawnee legends in the Nebraska Panhandle
590Observations Only: Expect the best
589Our View: Bravo OTD committee
588The Good Life: Innovation and young energy enriches us all
587Observations Only: Good and evil
587The Good Life: People of the Valley, we have a choice
587Building Bridges: Planning now for tourism season 2014
586A Small World: Legends week promises fun for everyone
585Observations Only: A fine line
585The Lyman Review: I love baby ducks
584Teen Voice: By my side until the newness wears off
584Across The Fence: Billy Dixon at Adobe Walls, June 1874
583Teen Voice: Saying Goodbye
582Teen Voice: Making sense of the Sandy Hook tragedy
582The Good Life: Cooler breezes bring anticipation of fall
576Across The Fence: By the dawn’s early light
575The Good Life - The worst day on record at the Citizen
575Observations Only: The shadow of error
575Teen Voice: The daily struggle to a lifelong battle
572Teeing Off: Around the Green
570Observations Only: A matter of matter
569Observations Only: Beginnings
559Observations Only: Indifferent love
558Teen Voice - On the outside looking In
557Across the Fence: The Overland Camel Company
556Jane's Secret XXXIV: Gin Rummy
552Teen Voice: I’ll be healthy – tomorrow
551Observations Only: Divine spirit
551Observations Only: A matter of paradox
550Teen Voice: Equality
550Observations Only: Choices
547Completely Different - The magic of spring
543Observations Only: Divine prompts
543A Stray Moment: Learning how to walk
543Anno Domini: We gather together
541Building Bridges: Being grateful for the hardships in life
539Life in the Rearview Mirror: Experiencing life passion
538Across The Fence: The Pawnee on Pumpkin Creek
536Totally Random: Life’s ripples
533Teen Voice: Sticks and stones
532Teen Voice: Previously unwritten cell phone rules
532Life in the Rearview Mirror: Adapt and adjust
532Teen Voice:  Body bashing and self-image
532Building Bridges: Tend to 2014 and be Happy, Happy, Happy
531Teen Voice: Silence
525A Stray Moment: In praise of encouragement
520Observations Only: Willfulness
518Observations Only: The vision
517Our View: Visionaries wanted
517Observations Only: Temptation
516Dear Fellow Nebraskans: We Are Proud of the Nebraska National Guard
515Teen Voice: The need to get away
515Observations Only: Off to the races
515Across the Fence; Prelude to the Red River War of 1874
512Book Review: I Forgot to Remember By Su Meck
510Totally Random: October, the pink month
509Teen Voice: Do It Anyway
509Observations Only: A sad week
509Teen Voice: Thanksgiving
508Observations Only: The need to understand
505Life in the Rearview Mirror: Life enhancing memories
503A Halloween Story: The scary dream
501Lyman Review: Devil calf
501Observations Only: Fuzzy angel
493Building Bridges: Celebrating the Bulldog homecoming
490Anno Domini: Ask the digital dust
489Across The Fence: First train from Saply Grove
489Building Bridges: Love your enemies
487Teeing Off: Mind Gym
487Teen Voice: Stress test
484Teeing Off: Persistence
481Welcome to Gering and the 92nd Oregon Trail Days Celebration.
480Across the Fence: The Pony Express
480Observations Only: A good daughter
479Guest Editorial: The future of health care at Regional West
479Across The Fence: Amos Bad Heart Bull
477Observations Only: Afraid of the dark
475Teen Voice: The rivalry
469Updates from NRD: NRD promotes conservation
464Lyman Review: The elusive farm cat
464Across the Fence: A Cowboy kind of Christmas
462Observations Only: The unvarnished truth
458Dear Nebraskans: Massachusetts should not determine Nebraska’s Presidential vote
456Observations Only: Saint Marge
455Observations Only: Waiting time
454Teeing Off: The thing about state
453Teen Voice: Remember what you have
452Building Bridges: Observing bullies, abuse and pastors
452Building Bridges: Building us up to be what others see
451Building Bridges: Serve on the school board—or say no more
447Teen Voice: The Other Side
446Teen Voice: Is respect dead?
446Teen Voice: Footprints
444Building Bridges: “New” will become a buzzword in the Valley
443Lyman Review: The love goat
441Up The Creek Without A Paddle: The NRD wants to do what with your money?
440Our View: Why rush the interlocal agreement?
439Observations Only: Reality check
433Teen Voice: What is love?
431Dear Fellow Nebraskans: Collegebound Nebraska
428Building Bridges: Following the spirit of Gering
428Anno Domini: On this remembering day
426Jane’s Secret XXXVII: A starry night
424Update From the NRD: Winter has arrived
423Final Point: Golf, cross country feats headline fall season successes
422Totally Random: Happy Halloween
422Capitol View: Delay tactics a gamble as session draws to a close
420Lyman Review: Now that's a set of handlebars!
419Teen Voice: Nobody else can lower you
415Across The Fence; ‘Johnny Appleseed’ of the Oregon Trail
413Observations Only: Gone away
412Across The Fence: A Fourth of July Montage
411Across the Fence: The Blizzard of ‘49
408Observations Only: Hog wash
408Across The Fence: The Three Guardsmen
404Teen Voice: My rebellion
403Lyman Review: Something wicked this way comes
403Welcome to the ‘New’ in Gering
402Teen Voice: Self-expression
401No-Till Notes: Water Funding Task Force
401Teen Voice: Shopping days or holidays?
400Building Bridges: Pause a moment...save a child’s life
398Jane’s Secret XXXVI:  The dream
398Building Bridges: Asking officials to speak and work as a body
397Lyman Review: One mean chicken
391 Across the Fence: Remembering Armistice Day
388Jane’s Secret, XXXVIII: Bad girls
386Why you should visit the zoo in February
382Teen Voice: Cyber War
378Observations Only: The visit
378From the Hill: More Work Ahead
376Across the Fence; Massacre on the Marias River
375Building Bridges: Objectivity and fairness make a winning plan
370
369Across The Fence: Mustangs on Pumpkin Creek
368Across The Fence: Moc-chi, A Southern Cheyenne warrior
366Observations Only: A day in August
363Across the Fence: New eyes on the Panhandle
362Jane’s Secret, XLI Black widow spider
360SBNM View: Do you want to be a VIP?
358Teen Voice: Hope for a New Year
356At the Library: March into a good book
355Across The Fence: Crazy Horse’s Last Battle
354Updates from NRD: Happy New Year
352The Good Life: What a wild ride it’s been
350Observations Only: The last goodbye
345No-Till Notes: Looking Back
344Our View: Childcare not school district’s role
344Teen Voice: My School, Their Rules
340Observations Only: Final moment
340Teen Voice: The gift of caring
339Observations Only: One more time
337No-Till Notes: Joe Franks Memorial
337Teen Voice: To the future
336Teen Voice: Family for all intents and purposes
335Teen Voice: Writing love on our hearts
334Lyman Review: Goat-chasing cardio
332Across the Fence: Remembering English Joe
331What’s really going on with our water?
327Capitol View: Yes, Virginia, the Legislature has done something, so far
326Jane’s Secret: Jane’s Secret, XLIII: Jail house rock
324Across The Fence: Last Christmas
324Observations Only: The last toothpick
322Across the Fence: John Colter, the first mountain man
320Our View: Community responsible for kids
320Teen Voice: Where is the love?
320Capitol View: Considering additional education choices
319Across the Fence: Prelude to Battle
317Lyman Review: Branding Time
316Totally Random: Trusting the fates
314Across the Fence: The Colorado Coalfield War
310Letter to Editor clarifies drug testing policy
310Nature Notes: Love is in the air
303Jane’s Secret: Jane’s Secret, XLII: Sunflowers
300Christmas stories from Freshman Academy students
300Mayor’s Monthly: Moving on Gering’s momentum
299Observations Only: The vigil
297Coach Schadwinkel promoted strong sense of tradition
296Totally Random: Where does it go?
295Across the Fence: Roy Bean; scoundrel with a law book
294Teen Voice: Trouble Maker or Hard Worker?
294View from Capitol Hill: Solutions for our economy and the budget
293Dear Nebraskans: Nebraska is the place for business
292Building Bridges: Be American - help your candidate
292In the Hills: Arbor Day in Nebraska
291Building Bridges: Be a Destination Ambassador
290Lyman Review: Taste of boot?
281Lyman Review: Nudge to the Butt
281Jane’s Secret: Jane’s Secret XLIV: Jail break
279Building Bridges: Awards are only part of our success
279Their View: Goal post move unfair
279In the Hills: Nebraska Bighorn Sheep
276Notes from NRD: Thanks agricultural producers
269Jane’s Secret: Jane’s Secret XLV: Gun smoke
268Religious freedom must be protected
267Capitol View: There was more to the session than just the big ticket items
264Lyman Review: Winter's dog
264At the Monument: Junior Rangers
263Our View: Confidentiality agreement disrespectful
262Capitol View: Legislature overrides gubernatorial vetoes
258Across the Fence: The Cholera Corridor
257Across the Fence: Missing; Nelson Buck survey party
257Across the Fence: David F. Cook and ‘Indian Joe’
257Building Bridges: Five years old IS a milestone
256In the Hills: Explore the state parks
255Teen Voice: Holiday horrors
252Capitol View: Redistricting needs new procedure
252Linked Lives
250At the Monument: That old (historic) building
249In the Hills: Pollinators – the buzz
245Across the Fence: On the Old Chisholm Trail
241Capitol View: The 103rd Legislature is history … finally
240Lyman Review: Dog fun
240Across the Fence: Amanda
239Capitol View: It sounded like a good idea at first
239For the love of the game – best courses in the valley
238Support emergency services personnel
237Update from the NRD: March updates from the NRD
234At the Zoo: Spring in to the zoo
234Capitol View: The Legislature did provide tax relief
234At the Library: “I Shall Be Near to You” By Erin Lindsay McCabe
232Capitol View: Clock keeps tickin,’ many issues remain unresolved
231College Thoughts: Rotten for the minds? Think again
230Capital View: Can prison reform survive property tax relief?
229Across the Fence: Who was Martha Jane Canary?
226Teen Voice: Inspire me
223Greetings from the State Capitol
223Across the Fence: Charles Badger Clark
222Across the Fence: Investigation at Spring Creek
221At the Monument: Where are the animals?
220From the Capitol: The conduct we choose reflects our character
218Building Bridges: Don’t wait to develop
218No-till Notes: Moving forward
217Website Resources
215Across the Fence: Old barns and memories
208Capitol View: Legislature to tackle meatier issues
206No-Till Notes: Back in the field
204New at the Zoo: Volunteer at the Zoo
200Teen Voice: Home is where the heart is
200Gering ninth graders answer the questions of life
198View of the Zoo: VIPs at RCD
198Across the Fence: The Spring Creek Raid
198No-Till Notes: Cheat grass
196Final Point: Citizen receives first honor for ‘Final Point’
195Across The Fence: Justice in the Big Horn Basin
194Dear Nebraskans: Technology helps serve Nebraskans
191No-Till Notes: “Fish and Mud”
189Jane’s Secret XLVI: Sour grapes
188At the Monument: Art in National Parks
184Washington Report: Honoring America’s heroes
182Building Bridges: When ‘FAMILY’ and fellow Nebraskans are all you’ve got
177No-til Notes: Changing plans
175Anno Domini: The Textbook of Freedom
172Building Bridges: Dive into summer—dive into living
170Capitol View: State aid proposal just might make some sense
163Teen Voice: The clock is ticking
161At the Library: “My Name is Resolute” By Nancy E. Turner
158Fellow Nebraskans: Congratulations on graduation day
158History Revisited:A Stray Moment: Life (and death) on the Oregon Trail
150Across the Fence: Battle of Summit Springs, Part I: Tall Bull Killed
149Across the Fence: Six went to the gallows
146Jane’s Secret XLVII: A stormy afternoon
139Lyman Review: Sheep Royalty
138No-Till Notes: Annual PNTP Tour
128Across The Fence: Hinhan Kaga Paha
119Synchronicity:What brings me back
117No-Till Notes:Enjoyable meeting
100Be kind through communications
96Jane’s Secret XLVIII: Jane’s agenda
74Building Bridges: Oregon Trail Days—making our present a celebrated past
72Letters to the Editor
60Letter to the editor
49Fourth of July meetings
36Battle of Summit Springs, part II: Warpath to White Bear Creek
7Building Bridges: Turning a space into a sense of place
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