|“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.”
Happy nearly Independence Day to those in and from the
U.S.! To everyone, I hope you feel free wherever you
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.
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
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
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!
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
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
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
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
This newsletter is dedicated to John
Dye for looking so darn good in period costumes.
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
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