Wednesday, March 12, 2014
A book reading by the entertainingly creative
Poulin entertained the audience by reading stories about how to be a balanced person who enjoys life, from the perspective of her character, Ida LeClair. Her common sense advice and comically expressed words of wisdom are portrayed with an authentic
Poulin created her female wit and font of
“Ida is sort of like a life coach, but without a fancy office,” explains Poulin.
As Ida, she adds, “The most important thing in life is to have a positive attitude.”
Amusing life guide advice from Ida produced an enjoyable outing on an otherwise frigidly cold Sunday afternoon, in the warmness of the quaint
Susan Poulin, Maine writer and performer, at a book reading in the historic China Village Albert Church Brown Memorial Library
Poulin is proud of her Franco-American heritage. She was born in Jackman and grew up in
As a matter of fact, her character Ida also lives in a mill town fictionally named
Likewise, Ida is a Franco-American. Her character’s maiden name is Gilbert. She weaves her pepere “Grampy Gilbert” into several stories.
Although “Grampy Gilbert” speaks French, he’s most comfortable speaking a combination of French and English, sometimes called “Franglais”. In her animated conversations, “Grampy Gilbert” calls Ida “mon petit chou”, meaning “my little cabbage”, a Franco-American term of endearment, often associated with loved ones.
Susan Poulin read as her character "Ida" published in "Finding Your Inner Moose"
Ida draws her life guide advice from funny observations she learned from watching moose. Indeed, moose are majestic animals, but they know enough, through experience, not to lock their horns over stress brought about by taking life too seriously.
“Ida is a continually unfolding character. She takes me places where I didn’t know we would go, when I begin to write each of her stories.”
Poulin began performing in 1992, after graduating the
Her character Ida LeClair is an open hearted person who hangs out with a great group of entertaining friends. She believes in straight talk and the infectious effect of happiness. “We expect good things to happen, so they do,” says Ida.
Nearly as enjoyable as Poulin’s book reading was the tour of the small China Village Albert Church Brown Memorial Library. It’s among
Paul Parent, who is president of the China Library Association and a Franco-Americans, says the library is a non-profit 501©3 association dedicated to providing community service.
Certainly, Ida LeClair was right at home in the
Pre-Civil War History in the Albert Church Brown Memorial Library in China Village
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Juliana L’Heureux is a freelance writer whose articles about Maine’s Franco-American history and culture have appeared in Portland newspapers for 25 years. She serves on the Maine Franco-American Leadership Council.
Juliana and her husband Richard live in Topsham ME. Feel free to contact her at Juliana@mainewriter.com.