Carol Phillips Fiji and Me

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Fiji and Me

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Chicago was my home town but I grew up in Green Bay Wisconsin We all loved those Packers I went back to Chicago to study nursing This was during WWII when we all wanted to help in the war to end wars What I had wanted to be was an English professor so I could read and write all the time I found that nursing was a magic carpet in many ways I married a doctor from North Carolina We moved to Southern Pines and I was glad to raise my six children in a place where the winter wasn t nine months long My first vision of North Carolina was in April Everything was in full bloom and I remember feeling that I had died and gone to heaven People have said that it must have been difficult to have six children but my memories are of enjoying it most of the time My husband s midlife crisis ended our marriage At forty five I went back to college to finish a graduate degree I began a career in nursing which included teaching My writing during my nursing career had more to do with work sheets and constructing tests than fun I did enjoy writing long letters to my children and grandchildren as they came along In those days people wrote letters I have always loved to travel When an opportunity came to circumnavigate the globe with a friend I took it We spent a wonderful month in Japan Thailand Nepal India Dubai UK and Canada before returning I remember well how grateful I was to be home in the US I d heard about people kissing the soil of their homeland and I understood I married a former Duke art professor who had decided to paint full time He said he would find a place where a nurse and an artist could live happily He found Key West I rented my house packed my car and started driving down the Keys When I got there I found a houseboat named Miss Maggie and we lived on her It was a real adventure for me I worked in a mental health clinic and met some of the unusual people who inhabit Key West A lot of stories were there to tell After a year my

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AUTHOR'S COVER BIO Carol Phillips Born in Chicago June 2, 1924 She grew up in Green Bay, Wisconsin, and returned to Chicago for nursing school during WWII. She completed her undergraduate and graduate degrees at UNC-CH with help from her children. Her nursing career has been in a number of fields including teaching in Durham and Fiji. She facilitated classes on "Great Books" and "Reading Shakespeare" at OLLI, the school for older adults at Duke. Her great adventure was living in Fiji as a Peace Corps volunteer for two years. She has always been an avid reader and has written short stories for her family and friends. She now lives in Durham, N.C.

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