By Rick Babson, The Kansas City Star, Mo. Knight Ridder/Tribune Business News
Dec. 3--There's something different in the air that's making me feel good.
Maybe it's just me being gripped by the holiday spirit.
Maybe it's just me being naive or delusional.
Or maybe, just maybe, the long-promised economic recovery really is in full swing and we as Americans, as consumers and as participants in that recovery can start to embrace optimism again.
Buried among the news of improvement in national reports for areas of the economy such as first-time unemployment claims, inventories, retail sales and the like is a growing sense of …