|“We do not need magic to
transform our world.
We carry all of the power we need inside
Welcome to JABB's 18th anniversary issue! I'm not gonna
say too much here because you'll be hearing from me more in a
bit. In short, I feel incredibly blessed to have been a
part of JABB for its entire (ongoing) run. Thank you to
all of you for being a part of it!
Top Ten Random Facts About JABB
10. In July 1998, when JABB was
founded, Brandy's and Monica's "The Boy is Mine," Alanis
Morissette's "Uninvited," the Goo Goo Dolls' "Iris," and Natalie
Imbruglia's "Torn" were among the top songs per
9. JABB is older than: YouTube, Facebook, Twitter,
iPhones, iPods, iPads, Twilight, The Hunger
Games, and Wicked.
8. Other ways in which the world has changed since 1998
can be found in the chart below:
Mask of Zorro
Secret Life of Pets
Street Lawyer by John Grisham
Before You by Jojo Moyes
of a gallon of gas
of a loaf of bread
of the world
of the U.S.
http://www.mybirthdayfacts.com/#facts and, of course,
7. JABB's web site is compromised of 30,783 files with a
total size of 929.08 megabytes.
6. The largest file on the whole of JABB's web site is this
5. In this year alone, the JABB site
has been visited by people in the following places: Argentina,
Albania, Algeria, Australia, Austria, Barbados, Belarus,
Belgium, Botswana, Brazil, Bulgaria, Cape Verde, Chile, China,
Colombia, Costa Rica, Curaçao, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Dominican
Republic, Estonia, Ethiopia, Finland, France, French Guiana,
Germany, Ghana, Greece, Guyana, Hong Kong, Hungary, India,
Indonesia, Iran, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Jersey, Kenya,
Luxembourg, Malaysia, Mexico, Moldova, Mongolia, Mozambique,
Namibia, Netherlands, New Zealand, Nigeria, Norway, Pakistan,
Peru, Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Russia, Saudi
Arabia, Serbia, Singapore, Slovakia, South Africa, South Korea,
Spain, Sri Lanka, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, Thailand,
Trinidad and Tobago, Turkey, Uganda, Ukraine, United Arab
Emirates, United Kingdom, United States of America, Uruguay,
Uzbekistan, Venezuela, Vietnam.
Apologies if your country is not listed and you've visited the
site this year. 1and1's analytics aren't 100% accurate and
always include a "could not be identified" portion.
4. The name Joshua/Josh
appears in 239 JABB files, God in 2,584, John in 1,669, and
Andrew in 2,469. Try as I might, I couldn't find any way
to count actual instances of those names. Maybe next year!
3. When it comes
to Dyeland stories, characters from several different shows
were brought together. However, the Touched by an
Angel and Beauty and the Beast characters are
repeatedly cited as inspiring the resulting TV shows.
The only TV show that is never referenced inside stories is Moonlight.
Therefore, it can be assumed that the Dyeland stories exist in
Moonlight's universe. And if that's true... they
also exist within the Tommy
Westphall Universe. Or not. ;-)
2. While I don't recall the exact time when the idea of
JABB was born, it's been around for about
1. It means so incredibly much to me... too much to put in
an item on a top ten. So...
Reflections on JABB on the Occasion of
Our Eighteenth Anniversary
When JABB started, I was a shy girl only
days away from her sixteenth birthday. The internet was
still fairly new to me but I loved it. It felt great to
feel confident about talking to strangers... strangers who
became friends all because of our mutual love of Touched
by an Angel and John Dye. Things weren't always
perfect. I can remember tears when there were
disagreements and especially when people would simply
disappear into the ether once their own fondness for TBAA
waned. Admittedly, there were times when I wondered why I was still
lingering on JABB. I sometimes wondered if maybe I could
just rechristen the YahooGroup as Just a Bunch of Buddies and
archive the web site. Maybe it was one of those childish
things that we're meant to put away. But then things
changed. Up above, in the top ten, I tried to remain
light-hearted and goofy. But we all know that there have
been some serious changes in the world in the past 18
years. And we've all had upheavals in our own
lives. As for me, I've lost dear grandparents, amazing
co-workers, adored pets, beloved teachers, even a child I once
babysat. And then there was the heartbreak of losing
John Dye, the reason we're all here on JABB. Each time,
I came running back to TBAA, to Andrew, to "I want you to know
there's nothing... nothing to be afraid of. On one side,
there's life. And on the other...there's life, too."
And, each time, they made me feel better.
Eventually, they made me want to keep the story going, keep
the characters speaking. Not in some silly way... at
least not always... but in a substantive, hopeful way.
In, I hoped, a TBAA-like way. So Dyeland shifted from a
joke to very nearly a way of life for me. I used it to
cope with 9/11, mass shootings, terrorism, the horrors of
rape, racism, homophobia, anti-Semitism, and so much
more. And then it began to reach backwards, sending me
to Nazareth and Bethlehem, Jerusalem and Golgotha. And,
best of all, I wasn't alone. Whether you read the
Dyeland stories, proofed them, started writing them
yourselves, bounced ideas around with me, or simply joined
JABB and gave me one more reason to keep writing... you made a
And not just in our fictional world. Whether on the
YahooGroup or in private emails, JABB members have discussed
their fears, hopes, triumphs, and tragedies with each
other. We've been angels to each other, bringing good
news during happy times and comfort during sad times.
That means so, so much to me. I hope that can continue
to be true for a good, long time to come.
Still, sometimes, we talk about TBAA whether it be brought
about by the latest indignation (Monica should NOT have
snapped Andrew's suspenders!!!), a new member eager to share
about the impact the show had on them, or a trip down memory
lane. This is a group that knows the significance of
flannel shirts and mocha lattes and pocket watches and really
lame loafers. I treasure that and hope you do, too!
I'm going to end this here because I owe emails to some of you
and, frankly, my caffeine intake for today has been a bit
wanting. But I'm glad JABB was born. And I'm glad
you were all born, too. I may have decided to reject the
whole Just a Bunch of Buddies "rebranding" but, in so many
ways, it's still true here among the John/Andrew Bucket
Brigade. :-) Thank you for that!
God bless and love,
This newsletter is dedicated to
John Dye for inspiring 18 wonderful years! Here's to
many, many more!
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 profit.)