life rattle show no. 1326

Presented on THURSDAY, december 18, 2014


hosted by Laurie Kallis



"The Boy-Girl Party"
by Jayson San Miguel




tonight's Show

Life Rattle No. 1326 features two stories by new Life Rattle writer Jayson San Miguel.

Jayson San Miguel was born in 1985 in Manila, Philippines, the eldest of two boys. He and his family moved to Canada when he was eight years old and he spent his adolescent years in the Toronto suburb of Scarborough. After he completed his teacher education, Jayson taught in England and in Australia before returning to Toronto to teach kindergarten and work in social services.

Jayson is currently pursuing graduate studies in education. When he is not reading and writing papers, Jayson San Miguel enjoys performing with his improvisational sketch comedy troupes around the city.

Jayson San Miguel brings a tremendously generous spirit to his writing. His stories, beautifully written, leaves the reader feeling good. They are not sticky sweet,or maudlin, just heartfelt observations of the better sides of human nature. This is no easy task or common achievement. As humans, we tend to notice and comment on the troublesome or difficult aspects of life. In the narratives we will hear tonight, Jayson captures the better side of us.

In "The Boy-Girl Party" our pre-adolescent narrator nervously attends his first boy-girl party and even more nervously anticipates his first kiss as game of spin-the-bottle is launched. It will come as no surprise that this experience covers all the bases, excitement, disappointment, and some moony dreaming of future romance

In "Try-A-Tri" we join two friends, young men taking part in their first triathalon. After the gruelling run, swim and cycle they put their own spin on the competition and finish up the event with a match of rock-paper-scissors.

Both of tonight's stories are included in the Life Rattle collection "There's Going to be Trouble."