|“We are not called by God to do
but to do ordinary things with extraordinary love."
August 24th was Charles Rocket's birthday but it was an
off-week for the newsletter so we'll be commemorating that
this week as well as having some back-to-school fun.
I hope you enjoy!
So... Charles Rocket won my undying appreciation when he
portrayed Adam in "An Unexpected Snow." More about
(Warning: That was what we wrote shortly after Mr. Rocket
passed away so it's a little raw.) Touched by an
Angel was by no means the only project of Charles
Rocket's that I enjoyed (Hocus Pocus being an
all-time favorite movie) but since this is a TBAA byproduct,
I want to focus on Adam. It's been an honor and,
truthfully, a relief to continue Adam's story in our Dyeland
tales. So let's celebrate Mr. Rocket's continued
Little Known Facts about Adam
by facts, I mean stuff I've totally made up and that,
as I know, have no basis in TBAA. :-)
Dude has mad obstetrics skills! Per "The
King," in the near future, Adam will deliver his own
niece. But Kylie wasn't the first lady he helped
out. And he learned from none other than Maryam
2. Adam's supervisor of sorts is Azrael. It's
not so much that Azrael helps Adam with assignments.
Adam's well beyond needing that sort of assistance.
But it's Azrael who vets candidates for Adam's
recreational therapy program for angels.
3. Following the events depicted in "An Unexpected
Snow," Joshua gave Monica and Tess a talking to.
Because unlike those two, Joshua actually noticed how hurt
Adam was by their behavior. (Yay, head canon!
Seriously... those two really bother me in that episode.)
4. Adam knows all the lyrics to Beyonce's "All the
Single Ladies." The catchy beat hooked him.
5. You may know that Adam makes delicious wedding
cakes but do you know why? Back in the 1980s, Adam
had an assignment named Harriet. Harriet was a
fantastic baker. The problem? She was so
wonderful that she had memorized all her recipes and, when
Adam showed up to take Harriet Home, the good lady was
devastated when she realized all of her recipes would die
with her. So, with permission from God, Adam stayed
with Harriet a week and they baked cake after cake,
jotting down the recipes as they went. Harriet's
masterpiece, vanilla raspberry wedding cake, has become
Adam's own crowning culinary achievement.
6. Adam and Kylie have wedding rings that they wear
when they play the Pilates in Jesus Christ Superstar.
When Kylie married Clay, they got him a matching ring and
now refer to them as BFF rings.
7. The reason Adam's so partial to turkeys (other
than Alexander simply being a swell pal) is because during
the colonial era, Adam was assigned to a group of
settlers. A terrible storm started up and the group
was divided as they tried to outrun it. Adam found
himself alone, lost in some woods, with only the company
of a wild turkey who he named Humbert. Adam was
reunited with his party... after telling Humbert to make a
run for it!
8. Adam creates his meat-like substance by... REDACTED 0:-)
Wonderful educational opportunities
are flourishing in Dyeland, the Tunnels, and amongst the
Friends this year! Let's take a look at a few...
Exciting Changes for School Year 2015/16
1. The Tunnel school won't be at a
loss for assistant teachers! With the additions of
Behnam, Isra, and Eilish; Vincent and Co. may just find themselves with more help teaching
the young 'uns.
2. Ivy and Violeta will begin classes at Fordham
University which is sure to shake things up at Willowveil as
no doubt the latter will have loads and loads of questions.
3. Androoler University is no more. To Andrew's
relief, the school has been renamed Asterian Academy.
(Thanks Pia for the new name!)
4. Little Belle's getting restless and no longer content
to just play in the back of the classroom while her Mama,
Uncle Owen, Aunt Kemara, and Appa Vincent teach. In
addition, Omar is a bit speech-delayed. Therefore,
Vincent is studying up on early childhood education and speech
pathology which he'll use to teach his wee grandkids.
Soon the Tunnels will have their very own Pre-K program!
5. Max and Rose will start pre-wedding instruction with
Andrew, JenniAnn, Diana, Zeke, Kemara, Sean, Kylie, and
6. Adam's going to get his recreational therapy classes
for angels going full force. Several of the Friends will
be brought on board to give instruction on various crafts and
7. Violeta's going to get a real education on biology
and time management when Mary and Silly have lambs in the
8. Belle will be learning to use the potty like a big
girl! There may be some stressful times ahead for Andrew
and JenniAnn but, once she's trained, I imagine they will both
be very happy to shed the diaper bag.
9. Everyone's going to be learning about Medieval
England as the gang produces Camelot in the autumn.
10. I imagine there will be a few more people learning a
thing or two about Joshua during the course of the year...
This newsletter is dedicated to John Dye and Charles Rocket
for bringing to life two AODs who were so enjoyable to watch
that I just couldn't seem to stop watching them even if it
meant watching them in my head with myself and my friends
writing for them.
Credits: The photographs used on
this page are from Touched by
an Angel and owned by CBS
Productions, Caroline Productions,
and Moon Water Productions. They
are not being used to seek