Author Archives: Bill Engleson

The Old Guy Who Talked to the Squirrels…or, at least, one Squirrel

I recently posted a link on Facebook that referenced squirrels and how, in the long ago, people kept them as house pets. Stimulated by that antiquated human behaviour oddity,  I recalled that a couple of years ago I wrote a flash fiction piece that involved a squirrel. Here is that story which I titled… The […]

You Never Know When You’ll Get Smacked in The Kisser with a Fresh Tomato, OR THE MUSE…

  It was a quiet Sunday. Normally I’d be watching Trump Talks to His Body Snatchers in the morning and preparing to play Pickleball for a couple of hours in the afternoon. But it was our Canadian Thanksgiving weekend. Family were driving down from Black Creek to break bread…seriously, vegetarian stuffing to go with the […]

Communal Memories…

I came of age in the 1960’s. When I was twenty, I moved into an urban commune, the Campus Residence Cooperative Association. Two Edwardian houses, next door to each other in the heart of New Westminster. For the first couple of summers, I went home to Nanaimo to work and earn the funds necessary to […]

Denman Island, DIRA, and the VIRL : A Personal History in response to a recent Facebook Discussion

  For reasons I know not, decades ago, a decision was made not to institute a branch of the Vancouver Island Regional Library on Denman Island. I suspect that people were happy with the local volunteer library, the Dora Drinkwater. Jump forward a decade or two. Shortly after I moved to Denman in 2004, senior […]