OK, all is not great.


The economy is in a nosedive and the United States continues to wage wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.


There are many other things to be thankful for as we head into the holiday season:

OK, all is not great.
The economy is in a nosedive and the United States continues to wage wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Drugs and senseless killings also remain serious problems.
But the weather is nice for this time of the year and Christmas is only four weeks away.
There are many other things to be thankful for as we head into the holiday season:
• A white Christmas.
• Six area football teams qualifying for state playoffs with Blue Springs South and Raytown South reaching the finals.
• Five Friday paydays in a month.
• Calendars, laptop computers, daylight savings time.
• Planned improvements at the Fort Osage High School baseball, softball fields, including new bleachers and scoreboards.
• Bean and ham soup, hot chocolate on a cold winter night.
• Buy-one-get-one-free sales.
• A forecasted winter blizzard that doesn’t come.
• Your son becoming an Eagle scout.
• New playground equipment at Independence’s Fairmount Elementary School.
• Girl Scout cookies, oranges, peaches, apples.
• League of Women Voters, American Legion, VFW.
• Digital cameras, roller and ice skates, ski trips.
• Those who don’t smoke or use their cell telephone while driving.
• Your husband or boyfriend helping you with your coat or opening the car door for you.
• Non-smoking establishments.
• Hair spray, police departments, caramel popcorn.
• New car for graduation.
• Game tables, vitamin D, cookbooks.
• Animal Planet, Discovery television channels.
• A bed and breakfast.
• Getting what you wished for Christmas.
• Kansas City Store, Hidden Valley Park, new Independence Athletic Complex.
• Your son or daughter hitting the game-winning basket or free throw or goal in soccer.
• Hopefully, an announcement Chiefs president Carl Peterson will retire after this season.
• A police officer giving you a warning instead of a ticket for speeding 10 miles over the limit.
• Drivers who signal and grocery shoppers who return the cart to the proper place.
• Cool, refreshing rain on a hot summer day.
• The thrill of becoming a father for the first time.
• Believing in God and the power of prayer.
• Improvements at Van Horn High School, including the start of a wrestling program.
• Area high schools teams that captured state titles this year.
• Finally, a happy Thanksgivings to all.