“Too often we underestimate the power of
a touch, a smile, a kind word, a listening ear, an
or the smallest act of caring, all of which have the
potential to turn a life around.”
~~ Leo Buscaglia
Welcome (officially now) to summer!
I've spent much of this week doing backup on the JABB site
so I didn't get much done for this newsletter.
Basically I just filled out a survey that some of my first
Internet friends and I filled out years and years ago... but
this time I did it as Andrew. Very little talent
involved. ;-) I hope ya enjoy what's here,
Happy (almost) Independence Day to those in the States!
Andrew... A Lot
this installment of "Ask Andrew," we, the ladies of
Dyeland, are subjecting the esteemed and beloved angel of
death to something of a personality survey culled from all
those questionnaires that get passed around online... with
some tweaks. Although some questions were left as is
just to see how he'd respond. Cause it's fun.
1. Full name and nick names?
Full: Andrew... that's it.
Nicknames: Ummm... Can you just read this?
It'd save some time.
2. Birthday and sign?
Birthday: September 20th (observed) I pre-exist the
Sign: Virgo, I guess. I don't believe in all that.
3. Favorite fruit?
Hmm... Apples are good. Oranges. Really
they're all good.
4. What do you look for in the
Friendship. That's all. But that's no small
5. If you could turn into an
animal which would it be?
A bird. Or maybe a wild horse.
6. Aww. Glad you're you, though. If you
could meet one person in the world who would it be?
A really old friend. It's not that I haven't seen them
before. I have. But I never get tired of seeing
them in this world.
7. Favorite quote?
"God loves you." That can't be surprising to anyone
here, is it? 0:-)
8. Ever been in love? Pretty sure the answer
to this one is going to be no... but cutely so.
No. I love many, many people, though. Cute enough?
9. Yes. Loveliness... So what're on the
walls of your room?
Let's see... I have a mirror. I have some
paintings (thanks, Owen) and some drawings (thanks, kids!) and
some photographs (thanks, everyone). Windows. A
couple shelves. 10. Is the glass
half-empty or half-full?
Half-full, baby! 11. What is on your
Paint. And looks like maybe a spider... 12. Hmm... I hope
it's a nice spider. So... Pick a song that
describes you or one that you can relate to.
I will always love "Abide With Me" by Henry Lyte
13. Yeah... Favorite movies?
The movie doesn't matter to me. It's watching them with
people I love that does. 14. Sigh...
I'm in a green mode right now. I like calming
shades. Blues, too. 15. Did Adam and Eve have belly buttons?
16. Darn. If you were a dog what would your
Andrew? Don't most people give their dogs human names
17. Do you type with your
fingers on the right keys?
Yes, ma'am! 19. Do you secretly
believe you came from Mars? Who wrote this
No, definitely no. I know where I came from.
20. If you could do one thing to the person you
hated most what would it be? Bet I know how this
I don't hate anyone.
But there are some people who I think could do with a strongly
worded Tess lecture. 21. Definitely. Or a smoldering look
from you! Moving on. What's the best number in
I don't know. Strange question.
Agreed. 22. What grade are you
in? Yeah, we shoulda deleted this one...
Grade A... for angel. 0;-)
23. Nice save. How tall are you?
24. Time you were born?
You know, there just wasn't a clock handy... 25. Or invented. Ha! Are you
listening to any songs right now?
"Look After You" by The Fray is playing on the radio.
26. Can you play any instruments?
I know how to play the piano and the drums. Sometimes I
know how to play other musicals instruments when I need to.
27. Who are your good friends?
Too many to name and that's a great thing. Anyone
quizzing me right now is definitely a good friend. 28. Yippee! What's
your favorite radio station?
Laja there set me up on Pandora so that's been great. I
think this is some sort of alt-contemporary station. 29. Funniest person you
God's got a great sense of humor! 30. Do you go in the chat
Only when I have to. I'd rather chat in person. 31. Do you consider yourself nice or
mean? Well duh...
32. What annoys you?
People who use Halloween as an excuse to glorify violence and
promote fear. I won't say I hate Halloween any
more. But there are aspects of it... And mean
people. 33. We get ya. Favorite candy?
Chocolate. I don't want to offend a certain someone who
has a chocolate factory. 0;-)
34. Least favorite candy?
Those joke Harry Potter jelly beans are gross!
Max and Rose, I'm not falling for that again! 35. Poor love...
Oh... We shoulda nixed this one, too.
Okay... Have you ever broken a body part?
Oh. Yeah. I'm fine now, though.
36. Do you have a... now,
really, did anyone bother to read this over first?...
No... I have girls who are friends, though. As you
37. Oh right. We left
that in so you'd say that. Swoon... So what
state do you want to go to?
I've been to them all and they're all great. The state
of grace is the best, though. 38. Cute! Umm... when was the last time
you were sick?
This past winter. Feeling great now.
39. Good. Just wanted to be sure. So...
Tess. I think I'd get a Look if I said anything
else. Just kidding, Tess! A lot of my friends can
sing and I love listening to them all. And Jon Mateos is
doing really great work now.
40. Very cool! Least favorite singer?
Don't have one. It's making a joyful noise
that counts. Even if it doesn't sound, you know, totally
41. Favorite group?
Music group? I'll just go ahead and say the AOD Band and
the Immortals. I love playing with those guys.
42. And we love
listening! Do you have a wish?
I'm more into praying that wishing. I pray that everyone
knows how loved they are by the Father.
43. Us too. What do you
remember most about this year?
Wow. So much. Drawing closer to my friends,
spending all that time with Max, moving Max to his own place,
meeting Chava, dancing with Laja, Tiva's rugelach, watching
Violeta learn the ropes. Lots of great
assignments. Orlando with all of you! God's been
very good to me.
44. Favorite TV shows?
Touched by an Angel I wouldn't be where I am
45. Favorite sound?
A dove cooing. Music's pretty great. The voice of
a friend. 46. Worst feeling in the
47. Love... Best feeling
in the world?
48. Where do you see yourself
in 10 years?
Here, there, and everywhere... just grayer!
49. And still lovely!
Future son... oops... future nephew names?
I don't think I should really have much say. How about
Jehoshaphat? 0;-) 50. Umm no. Future
Okay, I'll be serious for this one. I've always really
liked Annabelle. 51. That's cute! And now... what is the
worst movie you can think of that you have seen?
I can't remember the name but it was about an angel of death
who obsessed over a girl because she looked like his dead wife
(why does he have a wife???). So... he killed
people. Terrible movie. Adam, Henry, Eli... we
should sue! Just kidding. It was a bad movie,
though. 52. Creepy! Ummm...
moving on. What do you collect?
Hugs, of course!
53. Yay! Favorite Songs?
I'll just say "Abide With Me" again because otherwise I'd have
to give a very long list.
54. Favorite actresses?
You ladies! Really. I've loved the stage
productions we've done here.
55. Favorite actors?
I'll always be indebted to John Dye. Then I'd add my
fellow male Dyelanders. I've worked with some great
casts of men and women and kids on productions over the years
when I've had movie, TV, and theatre related
assignments. I'm looking forward to doing more of
those. A lot. Jimmy Stewart! I better say
the name of the guy I have to mimic every single Christmas.
56. Darn right! Favorite
I think Literature is my favorite class to teach.
Although parenting classes can be a lot of fun.
Important, too. 57. Least favorite class?
I can't really say History is my least favorite but sometimes
it can be difficult. Sometimes I remember what I'm
teaching. That can be challenging.
58. Favorite Broadway play?
I've been listening to Jesus Christ Superstar a
lot. That's an interesting one.
59. Yep. Dream vacation
spot? Paris is still waiting... But I'll say Alaska since
we're going there next.
60. Looking forward to Alaska! And what is
your favorite stuffed animal?
The bear Yva made me.
61. Aww. If you knew you
were going to die... sheesh... get a new
puppy tomorrow, what would you do?
Thanks for the edit. 0;-) I guess I would buy it a
collar? But I think Lulu needs her one-on-one time for
62. If you could live in any
movie you wanted, what movie would you live in?
None. I wouldn't want to leave my real life
behind. But I would like to know what it felt like to be
a superhero. Just once. 63. Speaking of... If you could have
one, inhuman quality, what would it be? Hmm...
Being an angel. Haha.
Okay, besides that. Like a
The power to read minds. Then I could know exactly
what to say to get through to a person. But it would
also be intrusive. Maybe not. Next question. 64. Sure. Favorite
Dogshaming.com I love it! 65. Favorite holiday?
Definitely Christmas but we tend to make them all pretty
special here, huh? 66. We do! We're
good at holidays. Let's see... Favorite
67. Favorite magazines?
I don't get much time to read magazines but when I can I flip
68. Favorite smells?
Fresh air. Freshly cut wood. Food cooking/baking. 69. Favorite soundtracks?
I guess the only soundtracks I really listen to are the ones
some of you make me: our own soundtracks. 70. What is the first
thing you think of when you wake up in the morning?
Thank you, Father.
71. Lovely... Storms: are
they cool or scary?
I think they're cool as long as no one gets hurt and there's
no damage. Great time to spend tucked away some place
safe with friends and lots of snacks. 72. In your
basement! Hey, if you could dye your hair any color
what would it be? Nervous here...
None. I wouldn't want to traumatize anyone.
73. Relieved... What is
your dream car?
The Jolly Green! Yeah, I know I wasn't crazy about the
big lug at first but it's served us well. 74. Long may it
run! Were you named after anyone?
No. 75. If you were making a movie about
yourself, what would the title be?
Why would I make a movie about myself? Would anyone
watch that? Naw.
76. We would! But
privacy is good. So... are you trendy?
If I am then it's only because the Father and my personal
shoppers (you know who you are) make it so.
77. Flannel... Any bad habits?
The twitchy hands thing. Yanking at my hair. Okay
and, yes, sometimes I talk with food in my mouth.
There. I admitted it. 0;-) More seriously, I
know I still need to work on being better about asking for
help when I need/want it.
78. But you really have come so
far. We all have. Do you know how crazy much
I've gotten the idea. Love you, too. 79. How's about we call this good and
head over to the Cafe?
Sounds like a plan, ladies. 80. Ready for a
newsletter is dedicated to John Dye's performance in
"Pandora's Box" which is the episode I just watched this
morning in lieu of putting a little more effort into this
newsletter. ;-) I was a teenager when that
episode aired and new to this crazy sometimes wonderful,
sometimes awful online world. It didn't take long for
a few "Deans" to make their presence known although, thank
God, I didn't fall for that. In any case, seeing
John's portrayal of Andrew in that episode made me feel
better. Even though it was only fictional, it was
wonderful to visualize an angel caring so much about our
online safety. And I never saw baseball bats the same