photograph by Michael Suggs

Phoebe and I had a lot of friends in common back in the late '80s when I was 18 and she was 15 or so, but we didn't really know each other.

Then in '93, we found ourselves in nursing school together. It didn't take long before we hit it off. We rode to class and clinicals together almost every day.

Sometimes we could have conversations without saying a word. We were very much in sync with one another.

Then Kim and I moved to her neighborhood. Somehow living only blocks away from each other made it harder to get together than living across town from each other.

Phoebe was working as a nurse with people in mental crisis for a couple of years, but her unit shut down. Now she's be going to a real University and studying Marine Biology or some such.

She's another of The Chosen that I would have with me if I could. When she finishes school, maybe I can talk her into coming out here to Sea World or Stephen Birch Aquarium.