On Thanksgiving morning I wake earlier than usual and stumble my way down to the kitchen to start cooking the candied bacon, baked brie, and green bean casserole—my contribution to the Thanksgiving feast. 

While I’m cooking its become a tradition to watch WKRP in Cincinnati’s “Turkeys Away” episode, which always puts a smile on my face and for whatever reason never gets old. Then it’s time to call my parents and make sure my father has turned on the oven. Yes, one year he forgot and it was a very late dinner. Needless to say, it’s a Thanksgiving he will never live down. This year I’m thinking about calling them using Skype, so I can actually see if they remembered to turn on the oven.

Then it’s time to hit the road. By late afternoon I will be surrounded by family and friends giving thanks for all the gifts I have been given.

I’m especially thankful for our columnists, reporters, contributors, and most importantly readers like you. For the past five years I have been honored to report what’s going on at the state Capitol and beyond. Every day I’m grateful I get to do what I do and I can’t thank you enough for making it possible.

Have a wonderful and safe Thanksgiving and please use the comment section below to share your Thanksgiving Day traditions with us.