life rattle show no. 1177

Presented on Sunday, NOVEMBER 6, 2011




Virginia Ashberry reading her stories:
"A Walk in the Park"

tonight's Show

Tonight, on Life Rattle Number 1177, we present four dry, wry, edgy snapshots of the human condition, Life Rattle classics, written and read by Virginia Ashberry.

Virginia Ashberry was born in Toronto in 1952, the youngest of three children. She left home at seventeen, married on her nineteenth birthday and had three children. She left her husband, took the kids when they were eight, six and three years old and went to live in Peterborough on mothers’ allowance, where she went to university. In 1985, Ashberry sold everything she had and drove the three kids across Canada to Victoria, B.C. She returned six weeks later to face the issues in Toronto she realized she had run away from. “Things were difficult until I was forty,” Ashberry says, “but now they’re better.” Virginia Ashberry has worked in social services since 1991.

Ashberry’s voice will sound familiar to Life Rattle listeners – she has been at the helm of Life Rattle Radio since co-founder Arnie Achtman died in 2005. Her loyalty, determination and energy kept Life Rattle on the air. In tonight’s show you will have the pleasure of listening to her stories. Ashberry’s writing doesn’t pull any punches. Her observations can cut like a knife. Or, offer the voice of a trusted friend, someone you want in your corner when things get rough. Either way, Ashberry’s writing always stands out as honest and believable.

Please note: tonight’s stories, written for and about adults, include material that some listeners might find offensive. Listener discretion is advised.