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A Thanksgiving tradition I particularly enjoy is going around the dinner table before we feast to say what we are thankful for.

It only takes a few moments and there are always the standards — friends, family, health —  to rely on if you draw a blank.

Regardless of what a person says, the simple exercise draws our attention to the true spirit of the holiday.

Thanksgiving is a time to stop and realize what we are fortunate enough to have in our lives.

Each year may be different and sometimes what we were thankful for the year before is no longer part of our lives or we have new gifts to be thankful for.

I enjoy the reminder that even when I’m stressed about what feels like a million tasks that must be accomplished or I’m simply having a bad day, I’ve got a better life than I could have ever imagined, and for that I am very thankful.

Keeping with tradition, I asked each person in our newsroom what they are thankful for this year, and they found blessings in their lives to give thanks for.

“I am thankful for my girlfriend, Irma Cernica, and our baby boy that is set to be born sometime in February. We’ve decided to name him Admir Jeremiah Bergner, or A.J. Bergner.”

Brian Bergner Jr.

Sports Reporter

“I’m thankful for my furry family of Nike, Knox and Farrah because they make me smile every day, even if they only see me as a big old Pez dispenser.”

Constance Israel

Copy Editor

"I’m thankful for family, near and far, two- and four-legged. And for old friends who’ve aged along with me through good times and bad — careers, relationships, marriages, divorces, children, etc. —and now grandchildren and retirement.”

Jo Page


“I’m thankful to be close to my children who live in Camp Verde and, after a few years of soul-searching, finding myself in a community and job that I love.”

Tom Hood

Sedona Photojournalist

“I’m thankful for a healthy, loving family that supports me throughout the year. I’m also thankful for the support of all of our customers.”

Kyle Larson

Advertising Director

This year I am especially thankful for my new husband, Henry. If soulmates do in fact exist, I think I found mine. I’m also thankful for our wonderful life together and our furry, four-legged children, Zeke, Fletcher and Fiddler.

Happy Thanksgiving.

Trista Steers MacVittie

Managing Editor

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