Author Archives: Bill Engleson

Bathing for Old People or Soaking the Rich at Air Canada or Bath Faults and Ethical Wounds

This essay was written a couple of years ago. Part Humor; part deadly concern. Recently, the Seniors Advocate of BC, Isobel MacKenzie, expressed concern about the frequency of baths available to seniors in care homes. It may be an issue, a dirty little secret, whose time has come. Here is my take: BATHING FOR OLD […]

Bus Stop: A Great Marilyn Monroe Film, A Heck of a Hollies Hit, and a Somewhat Improvised BC Government Child Welfare Policy…or decree

Introduction A few days ago, I overheard a radio discussion with Adrian Crook about his recent interactions with MCFD. I was attracted to his dilemma because, unlike many who have been the subject of oversite (or intrusion) by the Ministry of Children and Family Development, he seemed gracious enough to opine on the necessary work […]

Politicians, The Press, a couple of great old movies, and the ways of the world…

Recently, to escape all things Trump, I caught a few minutes of one of my favorite films, The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance. (I freely allow that I hear Gene Pitney’s classic take of Burt Bacharach and Hal David’s song, the man who shot liberty valance, every time I watch the film even though it […]

Who put the Angst in Book Angst?

Summer has arrived. On Denman Island, one of the things that means is that the Denman Island Readers and Writers Festival is just around the corner. I generally take a course or two, this year one from Charlotte Gray and the other from Andrew Struthers, eat the odd fabulous meal, attend a few Main Stage Events […]