It’s time again to give thanks. After all, this is Thanksgiving Day.

And despite the many problems in the world, there’s much to be thankful for.

I’m thankful to be reasonably healthy, alive and writing about sports, and it was requested to renew my annual Thanksgiving column. So, here are some of the things I’m thankful for:

• The resurgence of the Royals and Chiefs.

• Lower gasoline prices, the Independence School District taking over Van Horn High School.

• The successful Missouri football season and the beautiful fall foliage.

• The great people you work with.

• Excellent medical care received in hospitals.

• A boss who appreciates and rewards his employees.

• A second medical opinion more encouraging than the first.

• American Legion baseball, Independence Events Center, the Missouri Mavericks success.

• Bill Self, Andy Reid, sellout Chiefs home games, athletic directors.

• Area high schools that have winning records and win conference, district and state titles.

• Great things done by the area service clubs, people who return telephone calls.

• Chili con carne, bean and ham soup, banana cream pie.

• Great high school football rivalries, Blue Springs High School football stadium improvements.

• Flu shots, chicken fried steak, vegetable beef soup.

• Cities with synchronized signal light systems.

• Home computers, anything digital, schools with halls of fame.

• Christmas lighting ceremonies, high school bands.

• Roller-coasters, cheese and onion soups, Fourth of July parades.

• A banner Sporting Kansas City soccer season, 24-hour restaurants,

• Avoiding accidents on morning or evening drive to and from work.

• Weather forecasters canceling a predicted snowstorm.

• Income tax refund, cheaper generic drugs.

• Crossword puzzles, the eventual opening of the new St. Michael High School.

Finally, a healthy, rewarding and happy holiday season to everyone.

Dick Puhr is a retired, part-time sports writer for The Examiner. Reach him at 816-350-6315.