It’s Thanksgiving Day and time to give thanks again.

It’s Thanksgiving Day and time to give thanks again.

Especially, if you are employed, in good health, have money in the bank, many friends and do not have you worry where you next meal is coming from.

There are many other reasons to be thankful on this day and exactly one month until Christmas.

The great fall weather. Improvements at Arrowhead Stadium and Kauffman Stadium. Predictions the winter will not be as severe as last winter. Haven’t had to hear insulting political advertisements on television or radio for three weeks. Second doctor’s opinion is better than the first. The new turf field and other improvements at Van Horn High School. The banner Truman softball season. Improvements at Truman and William Chrisman. All-weather tires, warm fire on cold winter night. 100,00-mile car warranties. Successful fishing or hunting trips. Good friends in Wingo (Ky.) and Overland Park (Kan.)  enjoying a healthful year. Hot-buttered popcorn, ethnic restaurants, zoos. Talk radio shows, scalloped potatoes. Daylight savings time. Cancer survivors. Cheaper generic drugs, beef vegetable soup, pecan pie. Those who gave up smoking this year. Christmas and New Year’s Day falling on Saturday, making for a three-day weekend. The Mavericks successful first season. The winning season to date by the Chiefs. Yours truly holding the season-long lead in Pigskin Picks. The banner, record-breaking rushing career of Blue Springs running back Darrian Miller. All area schools that claimed conference, district, state titles this year. Coaches turning in on time requested information on their teams. Buy three, get one free sales. Office Christmas parties. Great service clubs like the Rotary Club of Independence. Professional work staff. The Chiefs not signing Randy Moss. Lee’s Summit West advancing to the state Class 5 football finals. A cheerful, understanding, appreciative boss. Arriving home safely prior to forecast ice storm. Those who return telephone calls. Making money on your IRA. Finally, a happy Thanksgiving Day and holiday season.