This year’s Thanksgiving meal was as pleasant as any at my family’s gathering. I spent the day with my sister, Mary, and her family at their rural home in Rock Township. It’s a fun place to gather  and share the latest family news, pass around and coo over my niece’s new baby girl, play games with nephews, watch football and eat way too much food.

My brother-in-law Matt enjoys cooking and his tur-duck-en this year was delightful.