Armed with a cushy headband of brown reindeer antlers that twinkle with red lights at the push of a button and the best holiday smile I could muster for total strangers, I headed over to Gibson’s Discount Center Tuesday afternoon full of pride, hope and the first twinges of true Christmas spirit.

While many this Thanksgiving will be reflecting on the positive things in their lives, I’ll be counting two blessings in particular who made the past 14 years possible for my family.

A week ago, I wrote a column confessing my own pet peeves. What I offered were just a few on the long list I unfortunately own up to, while at the same time admitting their existence confirms my own flawed character.

Kerrville is fortunate — it’s scenery is extraordinarily beautiful, there are tons of residents who are top-notch talents in art, crafts, acting, music and more, and this city has some of the basic infrastructure necessary to support hosting wonderful events.

What makes our part of the Texas Hill Country unique from anywhere else? The thoughts, opinions and memories of its residents, of course, as well as the collective history we share.

Over the weekend, the staff of The Kerrville Daily Times was faced with having to report on an unfortunate incident in which a Kerrville city councilman and his wife were found dead of what police termed from the outset as a case of possible murder-suicide.