life rattle show no. 1304

Presented on THURSDAY, June 12, 2014


hosted by Laurie kallis


"Promise Me, Cowboy"
by Nathalie Soulliere


"A Man and A Dog"
by Laura Lush



tonight's Show

In honour of Father's Day, Life Rattle Program No. 1304 features two themed stories: Nathalie Soullier’s portrait of her Grand Papa, and Laura Lush’s tribute to her father.

Nathalie Soulliere was born in 1993 at the Royal Victoria Hospital in Barrie, Ontario. She often calls her parents the Pocahontas story—the uncanny union of Anglophone and Francophone teenagers who met on a Mont-Sainte-Anne ski hike. They moved to Innisfil Beach Road on Lake Simcoe, where Nathalie spent hours sculpting mud in the garden. Saying goodbye to her high school sweetheart, Nathalie left for Toronto to study history at university, hoping to one day curate. At a dead end, and lost in the jazz scene, she switched programs to pursue her true passion in editorial and technical writing. Nathalie Soulliere now lives in Toronto’s Garden District. She takes breaks by painting on Sundays and watching Shane West on the WGN America show Salem.

Fresh, unexpected turns of phrase, peppered with French Canadian twang bring an almost musical quality to the writing of Nathalie Soulliere.

"Promise Me, Cowboy" draws us into the world of a young girl and her Grand Papa, where make-believe seeps into their lazy Sunday morning routine. Nathalie blends snippets of a classic John Wayne film with the sometimes inexplicable behaviour of a child and the affectionate banter between the girl and her grandfather to create a magical character study.

Laura Lush, is a poet who has recently returned to prose—one noun and one verb at a time. Passionate about rural life, Laura lives with her son, Jack, in Guelph and commutes to Toronto, where she teaches academic English and creative writing.

Laura’s recently published book, Swing Beam: My Father’s Story of Life on the Farm and the Barns He Loved and Lost, is a breathtaking collection of prose, poetry and photographs paying tribute to her father. Her story tonight comes from that collection.

"A Man and a Dog" reveals Laura’s poetic roots. In this exquisite tribute, the circuit of a man’s life unfolds. From birth onward, we follow his spectacular accomplishments, his times of joy and sorrow, and devastating heartbreak. We see his hilarious character quirks, his fierce determination and his passionately held beliefs, that are sometimes overridden by the depth of his love for family.