It’s A Wonderful (Award)

In Frank Capra’s enduring classic It’s A Wonderful Life, some of the most well-known and memorable scenes feature Clarence, the bumbling angel who has yet to earn his wings.  Clarence is assigned the task of trying to help the movie’s hero, George Bailey, realize that his life is worth living.





To achieve this, the angel restructures the very fabric of reality, and allows George to see what the world would have been like if he’d never been born.  Clarence’s brainstorm succeeds–and George does indeed come to understand that he’s really had a wonderful life.



But the ending of It’s A Wonderful Life, while not as fantastic or mind-bending, offers the kind of feel-good (some would say corny) moment Capra became famous for.  Corny or not, it remains one of my all-time favorite scenes.

One of the main reasons George Bailey had been in such dire straits to begin with, and why Clarence the angel’s services were needed, concerns a weighty matter of lost money for the family business–the Bailey Building and Loan.  If George can’t find the money, he will go to jail.

But upon returning home from his extraordinary adventure with Clarence, seeing the bank examiner there ready to deliver the grim news, and hugging his children, thankful to be alive and a real person again, despite the pall hanging over him, George is surprised when his wife, Mary, steps inside and tells him, “It’s a miracle, it’s a miracle!”



One by one, friends, neighbors, residents of the town stream in after Mary, donating whatever money they can spare to help George pay off his debt.  Within minutes, it becomes clear that, not only will the debt be paid and prison avoided, but, in the words of Harry Bailey, George’s younger brother, George has become “the richest man in town.”



The kind of community spirit and support depicted in this classic film is, in very real ways, kept alive through the WordPress community.  I can’t thank all of you enough for your ongoing encouragement and support of The Eye-Dancers blog, and for continuing to read and comment on these ramblings of mine. You are the best.


I want to thank Sherri for nominating me for The Shauny Award.  If you’ve never checked out Sherri’s wonderful blog (or even if you have!),  A View From My Summerhouse, I hope you will take a few moments now.  It’s a great place to stop in for a virtual visit, so please take your time!

Before accepting The Shauny Award, I want to thank two other bloggers for recently nominating The Eye-Dancers for two awards–The Sunshine Award and The Dragon’s Loyalty Award.  I was lucky enough to have been nominated for these awards previously, but thanks so much to Dear Kitty. Some blog and to Janice at jemsbooks for the nominations!  After pulling up a chair at Sherri’s blog, I hope you will visit both of these great blogs as well.

I also wanted to take this time to thank Teagan Geneviene.  Teagan was the winner of the recent Eye-Dancers promotion, and she was gracious enough to include me in her fabulous blog, inviting me to participate in her very fun and creative Three Ingredients serial.   Please check out Teagan’s site–you will be glad you did!

And, while you’re at it, I hope you’ll buy her book Atonement, Tennessee, available on Amazon . . .



The Rules for The Shauny Award  are quite straightforward:

Show Humanity, Show Love, Be Yourself, Don’t Be Others, Don’t Gossip,

and Share the Love by giving This Award to 10 others.

As readers of The Eye-Dancers blog probably already know, I have a penchant for breaking the rules.  (Kind of like the maxim to never, ever split the infinitive, and how the passive voice should be avoided!)

As such, I am going to break the rules again, simple as they are, for The Shauny Award.  Rather than narrowing the nominations to 10, I would like to nominate every single follower of The Eye-Dancers site.  You are the number-one reason blogging is so much fun for me, and I hope all of you will accept this award.

I may not have been about to jump off a bridge, as old George Bailey was in 1946, but when I began The Eye-Dancers blog, I was hesitant, not at all sure how my posts would be received.  From the first, you all made me feel accepted and welcomed, and for that I thank you.

Because of you, It’s A Wonderful Blogging Life.


Thanks so much for reading!


44 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. teagan geneviene
    Feb 28, 2014 @ 19:52:31

    Mike — you were definitely showing the love [to slightly alter a phrase] in this post.
    I was honored and even humbled to win the Eye-Dancers promotion. The greatest prize is reading your book.


  2. Mary J. McCoy-Dressel
    Feb 28, 2014 @ 20:11:13

    You show the love with every post you write, Mike. Nice of you to share the award with us all. Have a great weekend.


  3. jmro98
    Feb 28, 2014 @ 23:17:18

    I love this movie, this is my annual Christmas gift…to me…:)


  4. Lyn
    Feb 28, 2014 @ 23:28:30

    You know, as far as I can remember, I’ve never actually seen It’s a Wonderful LIfe. I could have years ago when I was a kid, but it doesn’t really ring a bell. Easter is coming up in a couple of months, and it seems that it would be a good movie to watch, given the theme of the movie – love, sacrifice and hope 🙂


  5. jjspina
    Mar 01, 2014 @ 04:26:19

    I love this movie too! It makes me cry every time watch it!

    You are so sweet to nominate all of us followers! Wow, that is a lot of awards going out! You will be getting a ton of responses and thank yous too! Let me be one of the first few to say gracias!


  6. stockdalewolfe
    Mar 01, 2014 @ 22:35:42

    Congratulations on all your awards, Mike. You are so deserving and generous to spread around your good fortune. Am enjoying your book and finding it very, very interesting. It is an almost spiritual take on Sci fi. It is very well written and I say all this as someone who never ever reads Sci fi.


  7. tommiaw
    Mar 02, 2014 @ 05:26:54

    Congratulations, Mike – well deserved indeed! (smile)


  8. Shelley
    Mar 03, 2014 @ 06:15:30

    Well done! You deserve the recognition. 🙂


  9. laurie27wsmith
    Mar 03, 2014 @ 09:26:13

    Congratulations on your award Michael.


  10. BeWithUs
    Mar 03, 2014 @ 10:53:16

    Congratulations, my friend!

    Happy Monday and Cheers!! 😀


  11. Sherri
    Mar 03, 2014 @ 11:14:39

    It might be a ‘Wonderful Life’ but this is a wonderful blog post Mike, (and I adore the film, corny ending or not 😉 ) Love how you pulled in the story and I just want to congratulate you on all your richly deserved awards. This community wouldn’t be the same without you. I’m also very humbled by the lovely things you have shared about my blog, thank you so much. Have a wonderful day my friend 🙂


  12. ptero9
    Mar 03, 2014 @ 18:51:16

    Yes, congratulations Mike! No surprise to me. You have a great blog that is very well written and fun to read. And I agree, the WordPress community is wonderful 🙂


  13. dannadesigns
    Mar 04, 2014 @ 05:19:55

    Congrats! 🙂


  14. The Other Side of Ugly - Letters to Humanity
    Mar 04, 2014 @ 16:56:45

    Mike, I love It’s a Wonder Life! I watch it every Christmas. The story gets me every time. I’m so happ you have received another award. Congrats! Sheri


  15. fashionassist
    Mar 05, 2014 @ 03:17:01

    LIke so many others, I too love to watch It’s A Wonderful Life every Christmas…
    but I must say, I appreciate your reminder of its theme outside the holidays…
    and agree, the care and support of family + community is what truly makes…
    a “wonderful life”!!
    BIG congrats on your awards and thank you for all your support of us too Mike~


  16. Fashion Mayann
    Mar 06, 2014 @ 15:57:19

    It seems like I keep congratulating you for awards ! As always, you deserve it ! As I said on the comment of your “A Very (Corny) Christmas” post, when I was studying English in Montpellier, my favorite Sunday-night ritual was watching old movies, starring James Stewart, such as “It’s a Wonderful Life” ! Thanks so much for being such a wonderful author and follower !


  17. stormy1812
    Mar 10, 2014 @ 06:33:11

    This is a very sad confession on my part, but I still have yet to see the movie “It’s A Wonderful Life.” I know….it’s a crime. I’ll be sure to add it to my Netflix dvd list. I think it’s been a blessing for me to find this blog personally. I agree with you that the WordPress community is amazing. I have slipped away a bit with some personal issues that need to be addressed and working (which really means writing every day) has been a bit trying as of late also. I do miss being more involved with this community for the very reasons you talk so highly of it. I still have much work to do on my own blog, but your support has been a big deal for me. Thank you! 🙂


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  19. DeDivahDeals
    Mar 11, 2014 @ 03:23:52

    Congratulations, it is definitely a wonderful life!


  20. 24/7 in France
    Mar 12, 2014 @ 06:35:43

    Congratulations, Mike – It’s a wonderful (iconic movie)!


  21. Sam Han
    Mar 24, 2014 @ 21:46:07

    Congratulations Mike!


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