Dear Readers

Fear not the Darkness, But What Lies Within, The recesses of our mind, The creepy cobwebbed corners,That lingers on and tickles us,With tingle feelings of alarm, The deep in the stomach, Pain we feel when we do warn, The fear is deadly it seeks, The deepest corner of our mind, It's just a story to alarm,Educate and provide entertainment for our minds. So read on dear reader, I hope you find the stories amusing and full of charm.






Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Happy 150 Birthday Canada 1867-2017




Happy 150 Birthday Canada 
1867-2017



Canada a mosaic of people
Standing proudly free
Celebrating 
The one hundred and fiftieth birthday
Of confederation 
When we all came together
At first under the flag of Britain 
Then finally to be one under a flag
With a field of red on each side
red maple leaf
 In a subject of white
In the centre
A symbol of our hearts
We love our country
Its people and traditions
We love the freedom of speech
Movement and freedom to vote

Yet we remember 
There were people 
Here
Way before we became
Canada
We thank them for their contribution
Our very name
Because they are the reason
We are Canadian
They are the very best of us
Their values have made us better

Some days we quietly
Think about being Canadian
How we are so lucky
To be in this country
To live strong and free
To enjoy our country
So beautiful far and wide
Riches of nature to behold

We love our symbols such as
The beaver and the moose
Hockey, toques, Timmies' coffee
Butter tarts and maple syrup
Health care
Because we care 
For each other
To name a few
But most of all we love that
We can raise our families
In peace and tranquility
Proudly saying we are
CANADIAN

So we raise our flags today
And celebrating proudly our birthday
Shouting
Happy Canada Day!!
Smiling at our neighbours
Offering thanks to the heavens above
For peace as we
Get together to party
As one
Singing


¸¸.•*¨*• ♫♪Oh Canada we stand on guard for thee ♪♫ *¨*.¸¸¸¸
and ¸.•*¨*• ♫♪Happy Birthday♪♫ *¨*.¸¸¸¸.*¨* 


♡ Happy 150th Birthday Canada! 

July 1st, 2017

(From 1967 A Place to Stand )





This video was made a few years ago by some of my hometown people the song is 'Canadian Please'. I love this video.

Song & video produced by  Julia Bentley & Andrew Gunadie

And now we're off to party catch you Monday with our holiday hangover.

Excerpt from Stray Bullet –Part 51

Excerpt from Stray Bullet –Part 51

First of all thank you Thom for ten wonderful years of posting new words every week that encouraged us to write. I wish you good fortune for all that you have given to us.

Prompts :Goodbye, exclamation: farewell, adieu, au revoir, ciao, adios; bye, bye-bye, so long, see you later, see you, sayonara; bon voyage; cheers; noun: parting, leave-taking, send-off.

Memorize, verb: commit to memory, remember, learn by heart, get off by heart, learn, learn by rote, become word-perfect in, get something down pat.


Haphazard, adjective: random, unplanned, unsystematic, unmethodical, disorganized, disorderly, irregular, indiscriminate, chaotic, hit-and-miss, arbitrary, aimless, careless, casual, slapdash, slipshod; chance, accidental.



Stray Bullet

  “You think you have something on me now don’t you Bullet?” The mayor exclaimed in an angry tone, “I want you to know that two can play that game. I can go to the authorities at any time and tell them you coerced me into giving that statement and omitting my son’s involvement to protect yourself. Just remember that I can be an ally or an enemy.”
“What brought this on Mayor?” I asked sounding surprised but really I wasn’t the man was really a slippery eel.
“I started thinking about the sweetheart deal you have now hero of Driftwood. You were involved with one of the player’s too!”
“My wife was coerced by Rita. None of us knew that Rita was manipulating us. I won’t tell any of this if you don’t mayor so let’s call a truce you have nothing to worry about.”

The mayor looked like he wanted to argue more but Aunt Louise was waving at me from the door so I added, “You do realize you are interrupting the memorial for my wife and daughter don’t you?”
“Sorry. I just wanted to be clear. Now that we are I’ll let you go and follow you in to say my goodbye.” The mayor exclaimed.
“We’re clear.”

     I hoped the mayor meant what he said I didn’t need his kind of trouble that could end my career even if it would also end his at the same time. I would keep him close as I had read the Art of War in my sickbed. The Chinese general Sun Tzu was right, keep your friends close and your enemies closer at least that’s what I figured he was saying in his philosophy. So I’d keep the mayor as close as friend and keep an eye on him protecting myself and my own. I had discovered much to my surprise the back up of my I –Phone recording in my cloud account and it had recorded everything; if I went down he’d go down too.



      I went into to the church to find a full house. The memorial for Tina and Tina-Marie was well attended it seemed most of the town turned out. Press from all around the country confronted me when I came out of the church. Though the townspeople tried to protect me I decided to address the press. I had memorized a speech I hoped would reach them and make them realize how serious this crisis was. Nothing haphazard I'd practiced this speech for an hour to get it right.

        I briefly told them of the bravery of the mayor and of my deputy Errol Ward saving Reginald and Ethan from their mother and then went on to take questions before moving on with the rest of my speech.

“What about the fentanyl crisis is it now over in Driftwood?” asked a reporter.
“We have made numerous arrests and have broken up the supply of fentanyl and its other forms for now but there is always a new supplier and a new drug. The fentanyl crisis will never be over this is an epidemic make no mistake about this!! Take the case of an estimated 4,149 people in Ohio who died from unintentional drug overdoses last year that's a 36 per cent increase over 2015. Ohio has been the hardest hit in the United States. We don't want that happening here in our small town of Driftwood but it could.”
“But we're not a huge town,” argued a reporter.
“Size does not matter; this drug is deadly. We’ve had deaths from this scourge and will continue to have deaths unless we take steps to control the fallout. This crisis started with the mistaken impression that opioids were non- addictive which were prescribed frequently in the past by doctors and even in the present easily. These patients can become addicts and do. Your brothers your sisters your neighbours are fighting their way out of these addictions but they need help. These opioids are too easily accessible and are ever changing making them harder to track. For instance the DEA is now concerned with a new form an analog called acrylfentanyl. Acrylfentanyl seemed to have associated with more deaths because it takes more naloxone to reverse an overdose than just fentanyl. Driftwood and many other communities have lost a number of young people to this plague. We can’t arrest out way out of this. This is a man-made opioid 100 times more powerful than morphine.”
“But didn’t the World Health Organization listed fentanyl as an essential drug?” asked one reporter.

“Yes and when more citizens are dying every month from overdoses of illicit fentanyl it’s easy to lose sight of the fact that prescription fentanyl is an important drug for patients. It has been listed on the essential medicine list. There are people who need access to these medicines but they have to be prescribed with caution and used with caution. Fentanyl patches and methadone are needed for the treatment of cancer pain.”
“I don’t understand! The DEA wants to restrict it,” another reporter muttered.
“That’s the problem with this crisis there are many opinions, some conflicting and this is not just Driftwood’s problem. It is not only a national crisis but a world crisis that we need to address it head on. Even the U.N. has now declared it the most dangerous substance in the world.  There were roughly 20,000 U.S. overdose deaths in 2015 from fentanyl and its derivatives according to the CDC and there has been an increase since that data was collected. China’s ban of carfentanil, furanyl fentanyl, acrylfentanyl and valeryl fentanyl from being legally manufactured and sold will help, but we must be vigilant. Suppliers pop up and new drug operations will persevere, but make no mistake we will put a stop to this.”
“We want to start up a conference with mayors across Colorado to address this problem as they’ve done in Canada; and also liaison with police forces and health officials throughout Colorado to share overdose data and hopefully be alerted and be able to have a better response to the crisis and stem the tide of this opioid drug crisis. The FBI has helped us in this endeavor by reaching out to China to stop the influx of the chemicals used to make fentanyl. However we need to educate the public and provide a place to help the addicts get off the drugs. I am also starting construction on a rehab facility in Driftwood that will help them with the proceeds of my wife’s estate. The foundation in my wife’s name will also provide naloxone to front line workers to prevent overdoses and deaths. This foundation will operate in an older building temporarily downtown until the new Doctor Tina Bullet Foundation for Drug Rehabilitation opens next year. Parents talk to your children about these drugs. Tell them that they don’t know what the drug is they are getting and that they really are taking a chance with their life every time they use one of these drugs recreationally. Talk to them about opioids and how easy it is to become addicted in a short period of time. Talk to them about the signs of an overdose and how to get help immediately at those signs. The life they could save could be family or friends. I carry a Naxolone kit that is because I want to be able to save someone’s life. It will now be mandatory for officers to wear protective equipment including a respiratory mask, safety glasses or goggles, nitrile gloves, and long sleeve shirt or jacket while conducting drug searches and seizures. After all we want to keep our officers safe too.”
 “This drug fighting equipment will be provided by the Doctor Tina Bullet Foundation for Drug Rehabilitation free of charge for the first five years.” If you should carry a Naxolone kit, too it could save their life. Most of all have an open dialogue with your kids. Hopefully with these steps we can help some people recover and stem this tide.”
“Are you suggesting we should supply the drugs to these addicts? ’Someone shouted at me.
“No, I’m not suggesting that we supply addicts with their drug of choice but I am suggesting we direct these addicts to help so they can get clean and sober. If they can...”
“So the center, the Tina Bullet Foundation will do this?”
“Hopefully we will help a lot of people. Thank you for your time that is all.” I concluded.

        I was rewarded with applause but I knew that we had a long way to go. Driftwood would never the quiet town I thought it would be no town could. Crime was human nature in some and I could only hope to stem the tide.

“How are you really,dear?” Aunt Louise asked.
“I’m fine,” I stated.
“I’d like you to meet someone, she’s just your type,” the mayor said.
“Really Ethan! My nephew just lost his wife and babe and you’re trying to set him up at their memorial?”
“I’ve swore off women. I’m all about the job now,” I declared. 
“I’m sorry Gee. You saved my life I’d like to make it up to you since I feel responsible,” the mayor admitted.
“None of us could have known about Rita,” Aunt Louise insisted.
“Aunt Louise is correct. We leave the past in the past and we move forward,” I declared.
“At least I haven’t lost my job. And my constituents have sympathy for what happened. ”
“Good then my job is secure too.”
“Of course it is Sheriff you’re the hero of Driftwood. You stopped a mighty felon,” the mayor said aloud so others could hear.


       The mayor was protecting his own ass for now and I was still the sheriff. I wasn't complacent I knew he still had his own agenda but I would protect myself. Stella-Marie was coping with the loss of Tina as were we all. I was still coming to terms with my loss. Some days I was angry some days just sad but I had my work and that kept my mind busy. And so ends my first year in Driftwood, Colorado I tip my cup of coffee to many, many more.

©Sheilagh Lee June 28, 2017

Friday, June 23, 2017

Always

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"Are you okay?” Andrew asked.
“At first I didn’t get it. He claimed to love me and then suddenly he married her.”
“You don’t seem over it, Gemma.”
“He was my first crush.”
“Crush not love?”
“I don’t love him anymore.”
“Why?”
“He’s not worthy of my love. He only cares about money and power.”
“You do finally get it.”
“Are you still his friend, Andrew?”
“I was never his friend, only yours Gemma.”
“You were, weren’t you?”
“Always.” 
“I realized she’s perfect for him... cold, unfeeling and distant. He’s getting what he deserves.”
“And what do you deserve? Don’t you deserve happiness?”
“I guess so.”
“Then you only have to reach for it.”
“Are you saying what I think you’re saying?” I asked.
“I love you Gemma, but I’m willing to wait until you’re ready. We’ve been here before in other lifetimes and what you have to know is my love is like a harbour a place of safety and retreat but you can leave any time you want and I’ll still be your friend and loyal companion for eternity.”
“I don’t get it why me? Why don’t you ever give up?”
“You are worth a thousand lifetimes of friendship. Some lifetime you’ll choose me.”
“I choose you.”
“Do you mean it Gemma?”
“I love you, only you, forever more.”
“Now we can get it right and our love can last this lifetime and hopefully beyond,” Andrew replied.


I just smiled and melted into his arms happy at last.

©Sheilagh Lee June 23, 2017

Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Remembering D-Day 73 Years Later #ldnont

Remembering D-Day 73 Years Later

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Men some young, some old

Some in between
Scared, shaking in their skins
They found the inner courage
The stamina and the bravery

To go to war    
On distance shore
They battle waves
The wicked weather
To face tanks, big guns and men
Trying to take land
To end the war
To save their families
For tyranny and strife
To find peace
Who gave their all
So we could end the war
To have peace again
And enjoy the fruits of life
So on this day 73 years later
We remember their sacrifice
And every day
For their love of country
And home they forfeited
Peace of mind, fear and life
Some gave their lives
Others their peace of mind
There are now words to thank them

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Their sacrifice 

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And remember them forever
American, British and Canadian


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Londoners from Ontario, Canada







One and all remembered 
Forever more
 ©Sheilagh Lee June 6, 2017