Appreciation in This Season of Thanksgiving

Late fall is a frigid time of the year in the hills of east-central Vermont, where I live.  Daytime highs rarely reach forty degrees Fahrenheit, and nighttime lows almost always are well below freezing.  The other day, the first measurable snow of the season blew in–three inches.  A long winter looms ahead.


But this is a good time of year to reflect.  Another year nears its inevitable and inexorable end.  The days are short; the nights long.  Often, there is a stillness in the air.  Outside, on the meadow, early in the morning, before the birds awaken, there are few sounds.  It is still and silent, my breath visible on the sharp, subfreezing air.  A time to reflect, indeed.  And to think of things for which I am thankful.


There are many–too many to list, both past and present.  And one of them is the success of my “freelance” business.  For nearly two years now, I have been working, well, for myself, copy editing books.  The workload is intense–this year alone, I will have worked on close to two hundred titles when the dust settles at the end of December.  Very thankful, indeed.  But the hectic schedule (which, even now, I am still adjusting to and learning how to include my own writing projects into the mix) makes it more difficult to blog than ever before.  As readers of this space surely are aware, the frequency of posts on this site has gradually decreased over the years–settling in to its current rhythm of one post per month.


But for those of you who still stop in, pull up a virtual chair, sip a virtual tea, and read these, well, virtual scribblings, I am enormously thankful.  In fact, you are the reason why I still blog at all.  You are what makes this so rewarding and enduring.


The Eye-Dancers website turns ten years old in 2022.  When I began this blog in the summer of 2012, I genuinely wondered if I could cobble together ten weeks’ worth of posts, never mind ten years.  It has been a wonderful journey.

And, as long as you want to keep visiting from time to time, and perusing these words and posts, it’s a journey that will continue.


Thank you for sticking around!  And thank you for reading.


21 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Mary J. McCoy-Dressel
    Nov 30, 2021 @ 14:14:27

    Living in the Midwest, I’m no stranger to short days and long nights during this time of year. It’s hard to believe that 2021 is nearly over. I’ve probably missed reading a couple of your “virtual scribblings.” Your posts are much more than scribblings, Mike. Posting each month is better than I’ve done this year, so congratulations on fitting in the time to write. I’m glad to hear your business is doing well. Happy Holidays!


  2. Patrice
    Nov 30, 2021 @ 17:00:59

    So enjoy your writing ❤


  3. Willow Croft
    Nov 30, 2021 @ 17:18:46

    I miss Vermont…


  4. joannerambling
    Dec 01, 2021 @ 00:00:31

    You write bloody good posts


  5. Donna Gwinnell Lambo-Weidner
    Dec 01, 2021 @ 17:58:05

    I’m so happy you aren’t totally giving it up, Mike. I always enjoy your thoughtful, creative, and inspiring posts. I too have scaled back to about one a month. And it’s crazy how fast 30 days flies by, right. I’m looking forward to your next post, whenever that is. Be well ❤


  6. foodinbooks
    Dec 01, 2021 @ 20:48:13

    Lovely post. Very reminiscent of Frost’s Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening. I am not a fan of snow or the cold, but you write so evocatively and beautifully about it that you’ve (almost) convinced me of the beauty of winter. 🙂 I am glad you are continuing to write. Your posts are among those that I always look forward to and thoroughly enjoy reading.


    • The Eye-Dancers
      Dec 12, 2021 @ 00:32:45

      Thanks so much, Vanessa! And it’s funny because I actually do not like the snow.:) But, living in Vermont, I have to force myself to try to appreciate it. Sometimes, it isn’t easy!


      • foodinbooks
        Dec 12, 2021 @ 20:49:09

        I admire you for living someplace so cold. I couldn’t do it. I hate the cold even more as I get older. I appreciate the beauty of pure snow, but that’s about it.

  7. Alexis Chateau
    Dec 02, 2021 @ 06:06:26

    I could never survive in those temperatures. 😅 Congrats on almost turning 10!


  8. TheDreamGirlWrites
    Dec 03, 2021 @ 07:15:42

    Damn, 10 years
    That’s seriously amazing!!


  9. candidkay
    Dec 07, 2021 @ 17:35:23

    Such a peaceful post. Makes me want a fire in the fireplace and a good book:). And I hear you on the pace of blog writing slowing down. The day job demands what it demands. But glad you stick with it!


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