“At times, our own light goes out and is rekindled by a spark from another person.
Each of us has cause to think with deep gratitude of those who have lighted the flame within us.” ~~Albert Schweitzer

Hi all,

I hope those of you who celebrated Thanksgiving have recovered from all the food!  I somehow ended up with loads of sweets as my leftovers so... that's a problem!  But a good one.  :-)

I'm maybe an hour from finishing a story that's taken me forever to finish.  So I almost sent some scrapbook scans but... that didn't feel right.  Even though Thanksgiving is behind us, I guess I'm not ready to move on just yet.  I really wanted to list what the Dyelanders and Friends are grateful for but, as I deemed that too spoiler-y, instead you just get me.

God bless,

Reasons I'm Thankful for JABB, Etc.

1.  I'm grateful that, all these years later, TBAA continues to inspire people to come find us!  And, of course, it continues to inspire stories and most of what goes into a JABB newsletter.

2.  I'm thankful that Leo is maybe getting just a tiny, tiny bit more self-sufficient so I have more time for writing... sometimes.  :-)

3.  On that note, I'm grateful that Danika has become such a low-key, gentle companion who is calmly sitting by me right now as I write this... as she often does during my writing sessions.

4.  I'm grateful for all the amazing friendships that I've made via JABB.  It seems like every single time I start to think people have moved on and maybe it's time to close up shop... someone new shows up and brings new life and inspiration.

5.  I remain so grateful to John Dye who, almost 23 years after I first glimpsed him on "The One That Got Away," still makes me want to write about Andrew. 

6.  I'm thankful that my laptop, despite its myriad issues, keeps on trucking so I can create these newsletters, send them, update the web site, and talk with all of you!

7.  I'm grateful for Target's Light Egg Nog.  It's basically been fueling the conclusion of my latest story and will, no doubt, get me through the next one.

8.  I'm thankful that I come from a family who values and encourages creativity...  This probably isn't exactly how they expected me to use mine but oh well!

9.  I'm grateful for my recent trip to DC which not only inspired a story coming in early 2019 but also allowed me to revisit several TBAA episodes like "Beautiful Dreamer," "Made in the U.S.A.," "The Compass," "Dear God," and so many others that touched on history.

10.  I'm thankful for whatever impulse or inspiration compelled me to introduce Joshua into the Dyeland stories.  I'm honestly not sure I could have kept this going without Him after John passed away.

This newsletter is dedicated to John Dye for inspiring a shy girl to get online and write some stuff.  Without that, I wouldn't have a JABB to be thankful for.

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