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 Jan Morgan-Swegle Compass Point    I have been a Leland resident for almost 12 years. My husband, Tony, and I moved down here from Cleveland, Ohio, to enjoy better weather in retirement. We have three children and nine grandchildren. We also have a dog named Dixie, who runs the house and fully trained us in only a month. 

I missed working and my career after I retired, so I volunteered and then was hired at Novant Hospital in the Emergency Room for five years. It was a rewarding experience that taught me a great deal.

 I have always wanted to be a writer.  I  wrote a story about losing a job I held and loved for 17 years, getting my first piece published in The Cleveland Plain Dealer in the early ’80s. It was called, “Fired? No, Displaced.” In it, I talked about the trauma of being downsized and how I grew from the experience. 

I have also been  published in Blue Moon—A Magazine for Girls. I wrote a piece called “Dream Killer” that illustrated a discussion I had with my father many years before. I told him that I wanted to be a writer. He told me that being a writer wasn’t a real job and that I needed to be a secretary.

I also wrote for the West Geauga Courier and was again published in The Cleveland Plain Dealer. However, it wasn’t until I found a copy of Cape Fear Voices at Bridgewater Wines, our favorite wine store, that I started to write consistently again. I wish I could tell my father that I am, indeed, a writer.

I can’t thank Gerald Decker  enough for developing Cape Fear Voices and Teen Scene; they have given me my dream back. 

And, I’m so glad my husband and I drink wine. It was meant to be! 

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Jan Morgan-Swegle
Jan Morgan-Swegle is the Editor of Cape Fear Voices.  She has been writing for CFV for almost 3 years.  She is originally from the Cleveland area and moved down to Leland 12 years ago.  She and her husband, Tony, and their dog, Dixie, enjoy sitting on the lanai listening to music and sharing wine (Dixie likes white wine but only gets two finger tips full!!)  They have 3 children and 9 grandchildren living in Cleveland, Ohio,  Charlotte, North Carolina and Lakeland, Florida.

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    Daniel NeizmikJul 24, 2023 at 5:24 pm


    You are, in deed, a writer… and an extremely talent one! Thank you for inspiring the rest of us. Your contribution is priceless.

    Dan Neizmik

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      adviserJul 25, 2023 at 9:10 am

      Thank you dear. I’m so glad you are part of Cape Fear Voices!