Congrats and all the best to everyone who has been involved with
JABB. It's been fun meeting new people, writing
stories and just talking to others.
love to just write how much I have enjoyed JABB. I know I have
been a member for such a short period of time but it has really helped
me on some days I have been stuck at home especially after I had
surgery and when the weather was really cruddy. I love Touched by an Angel and John
Dye. I am a huge fan of his and have enjoyed all of his work that
I have seen. It is fun to know other people with the same
interest. I am so glad I joined and have really enjoyed it!!
It seems so hard to believe that we are nearing the big 3-0-0 on JABB
newsletters. It has been a very
interesting, albeit sometimes painful ten plus years.
We have laughed together, cried together, and dealt with life’s
challenges together. It is as though we
have become an extended family of sorts and have offered one another
the understanding and insight that helped us along with this thing
called life. When I think about the fact
that I was 28-years-old when JABB started, and while I was not there at
the beginning, I was around, even if it was just as a passive member,
peering into the group when time permitted.
I may not have said much, but I always noticed the special
dynamic of this list that sets it apart from other lists.
I noticed that I have changed since my first day in JABB, and
how my interests evolved over time. You
guys were there when I got into my Wonkaverse interest as well as when
I started writing Labyrinth stories.
With all these changes, you know that I will never forget the time I
spent writing stories about Andrew and Adam, sometimes finding the
motivation to combine Touched by an Angel with other areas of interest. It has been a lot of fun sharing these
elements with all of you, whether it be through writing crossovers, or
simply submitting fan fiction. This list
has given me the chance to explore so many facets of writing, that I
wouldn’t be where I am now without your supportive words, kind
comments, and motivational remarks.
You folks are one in a
million; JABB is one in a million. Not
only have you been a lovely support to me as a writer, you have also
been there for each other; offering your time and energies to help one
another, delve into fantasy, and share thoughts and ideas.
You have not only challenged us with Jeopardy questions and
answers, but you have given us the opportunity to share insights about
said questions and answers. You have
laughed and shared ideals about Andrew, flannel shirts, dog care,
comfort foods, clothing styles, annoying neighbors, painting a
basement, Adam, angels, spiritual concepts, books, writing, television
shows, Shakespeare, Rent, Beauty and the Beast, Moonlight, Willy Wonka
and the Chocolate Factory, The Office, Touched by an Angel, good vs.
evil, God, prayers, and the list goes on and on.
I feel myself a better
person being a part of this group. I am
honored by the friendships that were born from this list, and how they
have been empowered and extended towards the new members who have come
into this group. Of all the fan groups I
have seen, this one has been the most fulfilling for me because it is
such a lovely place. It carries the same
level of acceptance today as it did the day I first joined. This is quite rare in the Touched By An Angel
universe. It’s not just because we share a
similar aversion to angel shipping, but we share a friendship that goes
beyond an attractive Angel of Death character from a television show. Although we may be different, come from
different places, and have different ideals, we have shown the world
that through our differences we are stronger and more accepting of
those who are not like us. This is an
asset that has made JABB survive the test of time.
Here’s to 300 more
newsletters. Thank you Jenni for the hard
work and dedication that you have offered for the continuation of this
wonderful thing we call JABB. It is
through your dedication and hard work that we are celebrating this
landmark issue. You deserve to be proud of
this, and this is an overwhelming affirmation of the good that can
emerge from the concepts evident in a television show.
Wow. So here's a letter I never thought I'd write! 300 JABB
newsletters! That's freaking unbelievable! And yet
somehow... not. On one hand, I remain thoroughly surprised that I
have any lingering inspiration stemming from a show that ended over 7
years ago. (Of course, when I look at a photo of Andrew it only
takes a second to go "Oh! Right!" ;-) But on the
other, it's really not at all
surprising. Whatever else, JABB has been a constant for me since
July 19, 1998. I've come to count on it in various ways. I
was just days shy of 16 when we started.
Soon I'll be 28. Astounding.
When I think back on these 12 years just in general, I discover that
thing that comes to mind also reminds me of something that happened on
JABB. It's inextricably linked for me with so many events.
There was Columbine and the scramble to get in touch with a
JABBer who we only knew went to high school in the area. There
was relief when we reached her and learned it wasn't her school but
also sadness because we knew not everyone had been so lucky.
There was Bush v. Gore in 2000 prompting Adam and Andrew to debate
"fuzzy mathematics" and ideal uses for "a locked box." After 9-11
we gave away drool buckets for donations. We sold angel ribbons
raise money after Hurricane Katrina. There were efforts to help
the victims of the tsunami in Asia, donations sent to Operation Smile,
the Fisher House, the National Coalition for the Homeless, funds for
Haiti, and more. In 2008, Senators Clinton, McCain, and Obama
made their dancing debuts on the balcony of a caffeine-drunk Lady
JenniAnn much to the chagrin of a very sober Andrew. Scandals
rocked the religion I was raised with and there was Andrew offering
words of comfort and peace as he walked around a moonlit Dyeland
the passings of appreciated public figures in stories and in heartfelt
emails. Good and bad, scary and goofy these events touched so
many of us and I know for me, at least, JABB helped me cope with them
all. I really don't want to imagine what I would have been doing
if not for having JABB as my playground, psychiatrist's office, and
sometimes even church.
Beyond coping with world events, JABB has seen me through the deaths of
two grandfathers, the loss of beloved pets, a completely unexpected
loss, my own illnesses and the illnesses of others, graduating from
high school and then college, unemployment, underemployment, full-time
employment, moving into my own place, and so much more. No matter
what was going on in my life or in the world, JABB and its members were
there. We've had our quiet times and, yes, even times I thought
it was time to let it go. But that never quite happens. We
always come back: the communication comes back, the inspiration comes
back, and onthisside.net offers proof of it all.
I used to be so certain that the YG was my favorite part of JABB.
Or the web site was. Or the writing was. I used to be
confident that the YG would out last the newsletters and web site
by years. Then I was convinced I'd be writing forever, YG or
not. Nowadays... it's beginning to all seem inseparable.
The stories sometimes grow out of conversation on the YG, the bulk of
the web site becomes the permanent home for the stories, other portions
of the site directly reflect the goings on of the YG, etc. I
that's the best way to look at JABB, at least for me.
something you can pick apart and decide one aspect is the most
important. We're friends, we're writers and creators, we're
Dyelanders, we're JABBers all at once.
This year I did something I've never allowed myself to do with Dyeland:
I looked forward. Andrew stepped into the Willowveil ballroom and
saw his friends and their children, still together even ten years down
the road. I always resisted such a thing because what if someone
leaves and there I have their character sitting in the midst of a scene
10 years down the road? Heck, what if I die and there's
LJA living on? But I decided to let it happen. Because
actually going on for us in ten years, whether JABB still exists in
this form or not, I know that just as the Dyelanders are linked so are
we. This group has been a HUGE part of my growing up
years and my young adulthood. Even if it all ended tomorrow, that
leaves a mark. Even if by 2020 we're not still
communicating and onthisside.net has gone to the Wayback Machine in the
cyber sky, I know some part of me will still be sitting in this lil
space we created... still thinking Andrew's utterly adorable and still
pondering a world where angels, Tunnel dwellers, vampires, a famed
candyman, and a bunch of really great girls all live mostly happily
(with some angst), mostly peacefully (with some drama), and completely
lovingly. What Andrew saw was true, if not literally then
symbolically. And no matter what happens, when it's me looking at
JABB ten years from now, I'll thank God for these years and these
friends. Thank you for being a part of it. God bless!
(Photo Credits: The photographs used on
from "Touched by
an Angel" and owned by CBS Productions, Caroline Productions, and Moon
Water Productions except for the second which is from "Tour of Duty"
and owned by New World Television and Braun Entertainment Group and the
second to last which is from "Promised Land" and owned by CBS
Productions. They are not being used to seek profit.)