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When Angels Sing: Chapter Ten

Updated on August 17, 2016

Welcome Back

To you all, welcome!

Welcome to a touch of fantasy!

Welcome to a rambling metaphor with what I believe to be several important messages.

Welcome to the world of Sheila!

Our story enters the springtime of 1972. The setting is a small farm in Olympia, Washington, a lovely farm bordered by a creek, a purposeful farm worked by Sam, Heather, and daughter Sheila.

It may appear to be a simple, pastoral setting, but it is so much more!

Sheila is out in the barn doing her Sheila thing. Hush now as we approach. We don’t want to startle her “pets.”

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In the Barn

She is now a teenager, this child named Sheila. Busting out all over, she is, ninety-six pounds of beautiful flower, spreading her pedals, one more sign of springtime on the farm, one more sign of springtime in her life. The sun shines through spaces in the grand old barns roof, and shafts of light pierce the dusty floor as Sheila feeds her growing flock.

Her midnight hair hangs loose over her shoulders as she fills containers with various grains, and reflected in her green eyes is the barely-contained excitement of her “flock” as they each await their meal.

“Minerva,” she said to a chipmunk. “You simply must wait your turn. There is enough for all of you so please, no pushing and shoving.” She shook her beautiful head in mock disgust, but it was all an act she played, for there was no disgust in that barn, at that time, in that safe place. There was only love.

She hugged the lamb named Pipsy, and stroked the feathers of a sparrow named Darter. She whispered silliness to a barn mouse and laughed at the antics of a hedgehog. All totaled there were forty-seven creatures surrounding her, their numbers increasing by the week, for this was Sheila and protecting small animals was what she felt compelled to do.

Having completed the feeding ritual, Sheila dusted off her hands and addressed her friends.

“For as long as you live, my playful, loving friends, you will have a safe harbor in me, for I am Sheila, Goddess of the insignificant and guardian of all that is miniature. Now please enjoy your meal while I go to the house for my studies.”

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To the House We Go

When the child named Sheila arrived in the kitchen she found her mother, Heather, her father, Sam, and their close friend, Rousas John Rushdoony, all sitting at the table. On the table were three cups of lavender tea and a book titled “Intellectual Schizophrenia.”

“There she is now,” exclaimed Heather as she gathered her daughter in a loving hug.

“And how is my prized pupil?” asked Rousas John Rushdoony.

Mister Rushdoony (don’t call me John) was a pioneer of sorts, a leading voice in the new movement known as homeschooling. His first book, “Intellectual Schizophrenia,” attacked the public school system in the United States, and called on forward-thinking parents to cast off the shackles of traditional education which, in his not-so-humble opinion, hindered a child under the yoke of conformity.

“I’m fine, Mister Rushdoony,” Sheila answered. “I’m terribly sorry I’m late. I have a sick beetle who requires extra care and, well, time got away from me, I’m afraid.”

The adults and child all laughed at this remark for in truth, time never “got away” from Sheila. She was quite at home traveling in the present, the past, and the future, tapping into her remarkable gifts whenever she saw fit and visiting other times, other places, spreading her proverbial wings and flying wherever she was needed.

“It’s quite all right, Sheila,” said Mister Rushdoony. “We all have our priorities. Mine is to awaken the American public to new educational possibilities. Your parents will lead a great movement of love. And you, Sheila? What is your priority?”

“I am the Goddess of the insignificant and guardian of all that is miniature, but you know that, of course, and I suspect, Mister Rushdoony, you are simply pulling my leg.”

“I am indeed,” said the educational guru. “I am indeed. As you all know, if I had not chosen education to be my main focus, I would have turned to environmental studies, for I fear a great cataclysm is approaching. So, Sheila, I sleep better each night knowing you are on the job, so to speak. Now, if there are no further questions about your homeschooling path, Sam, Heather, Sheila, I must take my leave and prepare for my trip to Washington D.C. The Senate Committee on Educational Reform has agreed to listen to my thoughts and I cannot pass up that opportunity.”

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Her Studies Completed

Hugs were exchanged, Mister Rushddoony took his leave, and Sheila spent the next three hours learning about alternative energies, renewable resources, and the biology of all living things. For one-hundred and eighty minutes her forehead wrinkled and lips scrunched in concentration as her mother discussed the circle of life with her, the intricate spider web of relationships which provide support for us all on this planet, and the fine balance of it all.

As the lesson came to an end, a single tear slid down Sheila’s left cheek and came to rest on the tabletop.

“There is so much to do, Mother,” said the beatific teen.

“There is indeed, my child. Does that worry you? It is all right to admit concerns.”

“It does not worry me, Mother. It saddens me. How have we reached this point? How have we allowed greed to overrun our finer nature? How have we, as a society, reached the point where cents have more value than common sense? We are all connected, Mother. What I do to harm one will have ramifications for thousands months later, and on and on it goes, an avalanche of consequences we are not prepared for.”

Her mother reached out and stroked the onyx hair.

“Is it too much for you to do, Sheila? I worry about you, you know.”

“If not me then who, Mother? Who will pick up the lance and fight the good fight? Besides, I will not be alone. My friends from the orphanage will be helping me, as will my future husband Bill Hollis, and close friends Tweetie and Pauline. And don’t forget the work my daughter, Astarte, will be doing, as well as my granddaughter, Hope. No, Mother, I will not be alone, and I am not worried.”

“And don’t forget your loving parents, Sheila,” said Heather with a smile. “We will always be by your side, darling, even after we have left this corporeal life. You can call on us at any time for strength and comfort.”

“I love you, Mother! Now, if we’re done for the day, I need to go check on my sick beetle. Then Delilah and I are going for a walk by the creek. Oh, Mother, Delilah has taken to riding on my buttocks during our walks. It really is quite adorable, my loyal ladybug friend clinging to my cheeks.”

And with a toss of her hair and a kiss on her mother’s cheek, the child named Sheila raced out the backdoor and seemingly glided to the barn.

The End for Now

Perhaps that is a good place to end the prequel for now. I greatly appreciate the suggestions you have given during this process. They will be considered when I finally begin making this a book.

But before that the next in my “Shadow” series must be written, and then there will be my novel set during the 1960s, a loss of innocence sort of thing, so I’ll have a good year to consider Sheila and her youth before the writing actually begins.

As Sheila would tell you all, be good to one another, and be good to our planet. We only get one chance at this thing called life, so let’s make it count.

And yes, there really was a person named Rousas John Rushdoony! Look it up if you don’t believe me.

2016 William D. Holland (aka billybuc) #greatestunknownauthor

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      Eldon Arsenaux 7 months ago from Cooley, Texas

      Sheila reminds me of a Tom Robbins' character. Not quite Sissy. But definitely sassy. A great character, and a great read! Keep rollin' along tumbleweed! Have a good week Bill.

      Adios, for now,

      -E.G.A.

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      Janine Huldie 7 months ago from New York, New York

      Aw, loving the character of Sheila and definitely gives me hope to read about her and her message her for all. Thanks for sharing and have a wonderful Wednesday ahead now!! :)

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      Bill Holland 7 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Eldon, that is remarkable. The original novel with Sheila in it began as a dare, someone challenging me to write like Robbins. LOL You are the first to see the similarity after six years. Thanks, buddy! You made my day.

      bill

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      Bill Holland 7 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Janine! This may be fiction but I believe the message is very pertinent for today.

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      Patricia Scott 7 months ago from sunny Florida

      O bill I love this story more each time I return. It has a surrealness that I can believe in if that makes sense....I do hope the beetle survives. Keep on writing, my friend....wishing you and Deb good things

      Angels are on the way to you both today ps

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      Bill Holland 7 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you so much, P.S. I do like the surrealness of this story. I think we all need a little feel-good fantasy from time to time, don't you?

      Moving on to another story, my friend. Thank you again, and hugs and prayers are heading your way.

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      Shyron E Shenko 7 months ago

      Bill, I too love this if only the world were as simple and beautiful as Shelia's, or as simply beautiful as your story of her.

      I will be borrowing your quote for a future hub. " How have we, as a society, reached the point where cents have more value than common sense?"

      Blessings and hugs my friend

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      Patricia Scott 7 months ago from sunny Florida

      Yes, we do, bill....a story such as this lets me slide off into another place :D

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      Zulma Burgos-Dudgeon 7 months ago from United Kingdom

      You sound a lot more comfortable with this new voice. I do believe you've cracked it, my friend. Shame this has to come to an end, no a pause. This story is too good to end.

      By the way, where did Sheila get the hedgehog? As far as I know, they're not native to the US.

      Have a lovely day, Bill.

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      Bill Holland 7 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Borrow away, Shyron! I'm so glad you liked that line. Blessings to you and yours.

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      Bill Holland 7 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Exactly, P.S.!

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      Bill Holland 7 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Zulma, we have private breeders of hedgehogs here in the States. My son and I had a couple for about a year. They are not the same as those native in England but still quite prickly. LOL

      Thanks for the affirmation. I'm more comfortable with it now that I've practiced a bit.

      Now back to my dark side with the next story.

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      Zulma Burgos-Dudgeon 7 months ago from United Kingdom

      Oh, that is adorable. I've rescued a couple of the little critters when they woke up too early from their hibernation. A tin of cat food and a call to the local rescue home and they were set. Yes, they are quite prickly. I always wear gloves when I have to handle them. That's not very often, thankfully. The wild ones I come across always have ticks. Yuck.

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      Bill Holland 7 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Ticks are something I can live quite happily without, Zulma. I'll leave the rescuing to you. :)

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      Venkatachari M 7 months ago from Hyderabad, India

      It was one more beautiful piece. Sheila is proving to be a wonderful child and teenage girl with all those lovely qualities. But, you have wrapped it up so suddenly.

      I referred to the autobiography of Rushdoony and learnt many interesting facts about his contributions to homeschool movement, theological and psychological analyses, and biblical interpretations.

      So, seeing for your next series of a new story.

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      Norma Lawrence 7 months ago from California

      Very good article. I learned a lot I did not know. Thanks

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      FlourishAnyway 7 months ago from USA

      I like the message of kindness to animals. May we all find our purpose on Earth.

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      Bill Holland 7 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you very much, Venkatachari M. I will try to begin a new story that will captivate you as well.

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      Bill Holland 7 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you norlawrence. I appreciate it very much.

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      Bill Holland 7 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Flourish, and I echo your wish that we all may find a purpose.

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 7 months ago from Southern Illinois

      I love your light side and your dark side ' ain't ' too shabby. Lol This story is so good and I adore Sheila and her family, and of course the critters...

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      MizBejabbers 7 months ago

      Bill, I just lost my youngest son to illness (Monday morning). If only he could have had Sheila to make him well again.

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      Dianna Mendez 7 months ago

      I hear your reflections on education from experience. A ring of truth in the view! Sheila is a charming character and her essence is pulling is all in with each chapter.

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      breakfastpop 7 months ago

      Sheila is lovely and she continues to give me hope.

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      Bill Holland 7 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Ruby! Sheila wishes you a Happy Thursday.

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      Bill Holland 7 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Aw, MizB, I am so sorry. I have no words for you, my friend. Hugs heading your way.

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      Bill Holland 7 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Dee! I hope the brain trust figures out the education problem soon. I know you feel the same.

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      Bill Holland 7 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Well then, Pop, she's done her job. Thank you!

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      Brian Leekley 7 months ago from Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA

      I googled Rushdoony. The article "R. J. Rushdoony, Reconstructionist and Racist Bigot" by Lorette C. Luzajic says of him, "R.J.'s basic philosophy was that the Old Testament gave white man dominion over the earth, the animals, women, and heathen nations. Theocracy is God's will, and democracy is apostasy—only Christians should be able to vote." In a book on the "heresy" of democracy, he wrote “The move from Africa to America was a vast increase of freedom for the Negro, materially and spiritually” and many other nutty lies. He advocated homeschooling as a way to brainwash children in his bigoted, evil, loony pseudo-Christian theology. Homeschooling does not need to be like that. I know homeschoolers who teach their children to be curious and inquisitive.

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      manatita44 7 months ago from london

      Another lovely tale and a cute, cuter, cutest Sheila at her usual best. Great story.

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      Linda Crampton 7 months ago from British Columbia, Canada

      As I've said before, Sheila is a very interesting character. She raises some important points about the state of our world today. Thank you for continuing to share them, Bill.

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      Dora Isaac Weithers 7 months ago from The Caribbean

      Is there a name for fiction which includes real names and real facts? Or is this a question for the mailbag? I think this is a good way for the author to preserve information which has significance to him or her.

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      Bill Holland 7 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Fascinating, Brian! Thanks for sharing that research with us.

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      Bill Holland 7 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Manatita, at this age she is a bundle of cute. I wonder if all that cute would get on my nerves? LOL

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      Bill Holland 7 months ago from Olympia, WA

      And that, Alicia, is her literary job...to raise important points about our world. Thank you for mentioning that.

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      Bill Holland 7 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Dora, it's usually referred to as historical fiction if it is done throughout the novel....otherwise, if just a small section is historical, it is simply a "time" piece of fiction. I could have included that in the Mailbag but it's full this week.

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      Gypsy Rose Lee 7 months ago from Riga, Latvia

      Shiela sounds a lot like me. I had a grand imagination and I loved interacting with animals more than with other kids and people. That is why in my teen years I only had a handful of close friends who could understand me. Looking forward to more.

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      Nithya Venkat 7 months ago from Dubai

      Sheila is a special little girl who has great strength to face all the enormous tasks set before her. Enjoyed the journey with Sheila, thank you for sharing. Wishing you all the very best and great success for your future publications.

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      Bill Holland 7 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Rasma, I understand Sheila quite well, as do you, for the same reasons. :) Thanks for sharing that.

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      Bill Holland 7 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Aw, thanks so much, Vellur. I hope all is well in Dubai, my friend. You are appreciated.

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      Shauna L Bowling 7 months ago from Central Florida

      I'm sure Sheila will be quite busy in the coming year getting to know your muse on a different plane in a different time. I hope you consider my previous suggestion to include a flashback revealing how Sheila got her powers. I look forward to Sheila's return, my friend.

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      Bill Holland 7 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you, Sha, and thank you for your suggestion. You can be assured it will be included in the final product, whenever that is.

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      Michael-Milec 7 months ago

      Hi my friend.What a predictive intuitiveness!

      Following Sheila's development became obvious a gift given individually to every person on arrival to this planet of earth. The parents are guardians responsible that no Sheila should be engaged into the educational political correctness which is offensive over supernatural ability given by the Creator to prevent natural human dominion one human over the others . We see it where the consumption of greed is destroying individual initiative majority of population by imposing newly unfolding slavery over intelectuly stagnant people , once they gave up on spiritual existance and growth in righteousness.

      Blessing and peace.

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      Bill Holland 7 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Michael my friend, it is a pure joy when one of my readers understands the point of my book. I have sprinkled messages about life throughout this metaphor, and I'm so happy that you understand.

      blessings always

      bill

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      Missy Smith 7 months ago from Florida

      Your story propels us to modern-day times, where Shelia's advice needs to be heeded right here and right now today.

      A story is always great when it seeks out to wake up the sleeping, and does it in an entertaining way. Wonderful Job! I'm so glad you shared this prequel with us. It's always a real pleasure to read your stories. :)

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      Bill Holland 7 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Missy! The new one I've started isn't nearly as upbeat, but the message is just as important.

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      Frank Atanacio 6 months ago from Shelton

      Billybuc I am so enjoying these installments.. can't wait ti catch up..:)

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      Bill Holland 6 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Frank! You are at the end, I believe....and I appreciate you making the effort to catch up.

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      Deb Hirt 6 months ago from Stillwater, OK

      Such a nice little story. I do so enjoy reading it, and have a smile on my face each time I finish.

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      Bill Holland 6 months ago from Olympia, WA

      I'm very happy to hear that, Deb. I'll let you know when the book is finished. :)

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      Maria Jordan 6 months ago from Jeffersonville PA

      What a satisfying ending, for now, dear Bill. This has been a joy - I see you are well on your way in your next story - will visit as I can. Love ya, Maria

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      Bill Holland 6 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Thanks a bunch, Maria. I love creating characters and watching them come to life....and then they meet all of you, and you all are so welcoming. How cool is that?

      love,

      bill

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      Larry Rankin 6 months ago from Oklahoma

      I've already explained, but getting caught up. So glad to be picking up on your stories.

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      Bill Holland 6 months ago from Olympia, WA

      I really do appreciate it, Larry! Thank you!

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      Lawrence Hebb 6 months ago from Hamilton, New Zealand

      Bill

      Great read, people like Sheila are alone yet never alone if you know what I mean.

      Loved the hub.

      Lawrence

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      Bill Holland 6 months ago from Olympia, WA

      I do know what you mean, Lawrence, and I agree. Thank you sir!

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      Lawrence Hebb 6 months ago from Hamilton, New Zealand

      Bill

      Also just wanted to say Congrats on the award in the latest 'Hubbies'. one well deserved.

      Blessings

      Lawrence

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      Bill Holland 6 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you very much, Lawrence. It's very nice when our peers give us praise.

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      Shannon 5 months ago from Texas

      Hey, I have a question. If cents have more value than common sense, why do people put their two cents into others thoughts?

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      Bill Holland 5 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Shannon, me thinks you have far too much spare time on your hands in Texas. LOL You do make me laugh.

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      Shannon 5 months ago from Texas

      Haha. Laughter is always a good thing!

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      Bill Holland 5 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Glad you like, Shannon. LOL

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      rdsparrowriter 5 months ago

      Hi Sir Billy I really enjoyed the time I spent with Shelia :) She has a pure innocent compassionate heart full of love :) She's wise as well as really cute :) I wish you all the very best for your future plans!! God bless you!

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      Bill Holland 5 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Sparrow! Sheila was my very first fictional character, created six years ago. I'm so happy you like her. Bless you as well, my friend.

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      Ann Carr 5 months ago from SW England

      Love the full name of Rushdoony. Thought you'd made it up!

      Sheila is what I would call a 'rounded' person; there's nothing she doesn't consider, touch or influence. How great that would be though what a burden to carry! We should all aspire to what she believes in though.

      Great story telling peppered with delicious humour, bill.

      Sooo far behind here on HP but the house is benefitting!

      Have a fun-filled Friday and a wicked weekend!

      Ann :)

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      Bill Holland 5 months ago from Olympia, WA

      No sun-filed weekend here, Ann, but it's a lovely thought. As for a wicked weekend, that I believe I can accomplish. :)

      Thanks so much for liking Sheila. She shall return one of these days when there is time to properly tell her story in a novel.

      bill

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