It’s already Thanksgiving week, as hard as that might be to believe. And to kick it off, The Gazette has a couple of items about being thankful, even in difficult times.

The first is a story about how people find the will to continue to be thankful and recognize the good things still in their lives.

It’s been a rough year here in Eastern Iowa. Thousands of people are still wondering when they’ll be able to move back into their homes, and many of them face the prospect of spending the holiday season away from home. But that doesn’t mean there’s been nothing good.

We talked to elementary school students about what they’re thankful for, and we’re asking you the same question. Even in this difficult year, what makes you grateful? You can leave your comments here, or on the stories linked above, or, as always, you can e-mail me.