Late fall sunrise on the Blue Ridge Parkway

A year ago, I spent Thanksgiving on the couch — down with severe back problems that threatened to put me in a wheelchair for the rest of my life.

On Thanksgiving this year, Amy and I will pack her Liberty with food and head out of the county to spend the holiday with my mother at her assisted-living facility.

This year, Amy is using a cane to get around after injuring her back at work in March. She continues treatment and the doctors have — thankfully — ruled out surgery, opting instead for therapy, pain management and medication.

I came through my back problems after a four-month fight to get back on my feet.  I’m walking, able to ride my Harley, and do the things I love, including photography, videography and writing.

My mother’s health, while still fragile, is stable for now and we are able to provide her with the care that she needs as she turns 88 this week.

We head towards year’s end with hope for the future.

Our best Thanksgiving wishes to our friends and readers.