life rattle show no. 1250
Presented on THURSDAY, april 4, 2013
Hosted by laurie kallis
"Dinner and a Movie"
by Virginia Ashberry
Tonight, on Life Rattle Number 1250, we present the final two stories of our Virginia Ashberry showcase.
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. There, Ashberry put herself through 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 she realized she had run away from. “Things were difficult until I was forty,” Ashberry says, “but now they’re better.”
This year, Virginia Ashberry moved to Hamilton, Ontario. Early every morning, she commutes to Toronto, where she has worked in social services since 1991.
Watch for a collection of stories by Ashberry to be published later this year.
Virginia Ashberry’s voice will sound familiar to Life Rattle listeners. Ashberry’s loyalty, determination and energy kept Life Rattle on the air when she took over the helm of Life Rattle Radio after co-founder Arnie Achtman died in 2005. In this showcase you will have the pleasure of listening to her stories.
Arnie Achtman said Ashberry “writes in direct, accessible language. Her stories show a shrewd observation of human behaviour and a fine balance of toughness and tenderness.”
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.
In tonight’s stories, "Dinner and a Movie," and "Passages," our narrator is now an adult, with control of the events in her life, to the extent that anyone has control of the events in their life.
Please note: tonight’s stories contain intense and disturbing subject matter. Parental discretion is strongly advised.