So many reasons for giving thanks

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Another year goes by, and we’re now in the throes of the holiday season.

Christmas gets the best press, but I’m still squarely in the camp of Thanksgiving. For me, it’s less commercial, more family-oriented, and it gives me a chance to show off my self-admittedly good cooking skills.

(I’m also fond of New Year’s Day, as it’s my birthday, so you’re welcome, since most everyone gets my birthday off.)

Last year, there was a lot for me to be thankful for, given a small health emergency. It did, however, put a new perspective on my life, so now, every day I’m thankful for my blessings.

This year, I find that I have as much if not more to be thankful for.

I still am here, able to be part of this magnificent, wondrous world — which is one of the many gifts from God (the most special gift being, of course, the gift of his Son).

I’m thankful for my family — my wife and three daughters, and all the extended in-laws, brothers, fathers, etc., who have given me a clarity in purpose and more joy than I thought I was allowed. Yes, they test me, as all kids do, but the rewards way outweigh the tribulations.

I’m thankful for being part of a country, that even with its problems, is better than any alternative I’ve heard about, and has given me the opportunity to live on my terms.

I’m thankful for my position as a newspaper man, where I can hear and relate stories of a community, and for coworkers and supervisors that allow me to express myself — also on my terms.

I’m thankful for communities like Madisonville, where people still remember traditional values, still value hard work and decency, and still come together to help one another in tough times.

It’s a great time to be alive. That’s always worth thanks.

•If you’ve been a regular follower of this column, you know I’m highly critical of the news media, especially the national folks, both over what constitutes news coverage and why some standards of investigation and fact-checking seem to be applied unequally.

I’m going to start a new thing — a piece on the end of each column where I highlight some things that really shouldn’t be news, but is anyway. You be the judge on whether I’m on track.

This week’s entry: “Navy admits its aircraft drew lewd images in sky.”

Apparently, contrails can be used to create naughty pictures, and when that happens, it’s all over the news.

Hey, at least it’s not like they’re dropping mind-control chemicals …

Tony Farkas is publisher of the Madisonville Meteor.

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