Barbados - A Twenty Year Sojourn

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By Philip A. Stahl on Thursday, June 12, 2003 - 2:42 pm: Edit Post

Most PCVs I served with don't realize that after my 4 year Peace Corps service I remained on the island 16 more years. In August, 1975 I married Janice A. Johnson, a native Bajan - after an eight month courtship. We both lived and worked in the island, me teaching Physics and Math at various schools for the Ministry of Education; Janice, a senior radiographer at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital Radiotherapy Dept.

We also became almost synonymous with the Barbados Astronomical Society, serving (between us) two consecutive terms as President, and initiating the publication of the BAS Journal. We also assisted in teachers workshops and training for the Caribbean Examinations Council when Astronomy was added to the syllabus in 1978.

Later, I received my post-graduate M.Phil. degree in Physics at the University of the West Indies, paid for by the Barbados Government.

In 1992, alas, we moved to the States because of a deteroriating economic condition in the island (civil servants had just been subjected to an 8% pay cut in 1991 after the island went to the IMF). We moved to Columbia, MD - where we lived for nine years - both of us working for Nucletron Corporation there- before moving here to Colorado.

I now do full time writing (just published my 'Atheist Handbook to Modern Materialism' in 2000 now working on a science fiction novel) while Janice works from home for the same company. We are now in Colorado Springs, CO.

We've since gone back to Barbados- including recently (May) for a family reunion, and enjoy it each time. In many ways Bim has changed, but its core identity also remains the same - and it's always a welcome place to go to escape from the sphere of U.S. commercialism.

Our new e-mail btw, is not the one given in the directory. We're still looking to make contact with RPCVs we knew- especially Karen Siciliano. Karen, if you're out there please give us a shout.

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