“For to be free is not merely to cast off one’s chains,
but to live in a way that respects and enhances the freedom of others.”
~~Nelson Mandela

Hi all,

Happy nearly Independence Day to those in and from the U.S.!  To everyone, I hope you feel free wherever you are!

God bless,


With July 4th tomorrow, the ideas of independence and freedom have been on my mind.  As I prepare to commemorate my country's independence, I got to thinking about how we all declare independence in different ways.  Below, the Friends weigh in on what they've declared independence from.

Declaring Independence

Andrew- I'm continuing to try to free myself from the limitations of my own pride.  I seek out help and comfort when I need it and try not to pose as a superhero... as Laja puts it!

Emma- I've declared my independence from the pain of the past and how it made me distrust virtually everyone I met.  Now I want to start out from a place of goodwill with everyone.  :-)

Behnam- With much help from my wife, I am declaring my independence from feeling undeserving of my own happiness. 

Isra- I am freeing myself from concerns about body image and eating as much chocolate as my baby wants.

Kemara and Sean - With Joshua's help we're working to free ourselves from fear of what the future might hold for us and our children.

JenniAnn- I'm letting go of the need to fix everything.  Sometimes just listening or cuddling while praying is the best you can do... and exactly what the other person needs.

Violeta- I'm going to stop worrying about what other people think of me and freely be myself... all sides of myself!  0:-)

Clay and Kylie- We're declaring ourselves soon to be free of free time because... we're gonna have a baby!

Adam- I'm going to do the opposite of everyone else by ceding my freedom preemptively.  I think that little baby in Kylie's belly is going to have Uncle Adam here wrapped around his or her pinkie. 

Peter- I'd like to declare my freedom from worrying about losing Emma.  I'm so blessed to have her as my wife but sometimes have nightmares about losing her like I did Jaz.  I'm turning those fears over to Joshua.

Caleb- I think I'm getting independence from my singlehood.  One month in and things are going really well with Lacey.  8-)

Joshua- I'm declaring myself free to eat the red, white, and blue Froot Loops parfaits the little ones made for me. 


And now for a TBAA/Dyeland themed...

American History and Geography Pop Quiz

Below are trivia questions about U.S. history, etc. as related in Touched by an Angel and the Dyeland stories.  See how many you can get right.  Answers are at the very bottom of this page.

1.  With which famous American does Adam share an appreciation for turkeys?

2.  Monica helped prepare a dress for which American First Lady?

3.  This young lady was Andrew's assignment during the witch trial epidemic of the 1600s.

4.  Andrew told JenniAnn that he served two of the Founding Fathers while working as a barkeep in 1776 Philadelphia.  Which two?

5.  In which episode did Tess sing "God Bless America"?

6.  What heartbreaking and challenging American song did Andrew and Monica witness the first performance of?

7.  Which President did Andrew escort Home?

8.  Which state did the Friends vacation in for several days after the harrowing events of "Shadowlands"?

9.  What U.S. college do Violeta and Ivy currently attend?

10.  What state does JenniAnn hail from?

11.  Which Dyelander is a Jersey boy?

12.  Which armed service is Clay a veteran of?

13.  Name the TBAA episode in which a young girl is inspired by the Statue of Liberty.

14.  Monica, Andrew, and Sam all spent time in the home of this famed American author during a tragic Christmas season.

This newsletter is dedicated to John Dye for looking so darn good in period costumes.  Sigh...

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1.  Ben Franklin, 2.  Mary Todd Lincoln, 3.  Hope Lewis, 4. John Adams and Thomas Jefferson, 5.  "The Blue Angel," 6.  Billie Holiday's "Strange Fruit," 7.  Abraham Lincoln, 8.  North Carolina, 9.  Fordham University, 10.  Nebraska, 11.  Max, 12.  U.S. Army, 13.  "The Spirit of Liberty Moon," 14.  Mark Twain