Lynda Lozner and her husband Dale live near Seattle.
Lynda has been an active participant on this blog almost from the get-go. And this year she and Dale joined us on the Indian tour.
Jennifer and I had met them both earlier when, on a trip to the US last year, we drove up from LA to spend a couple of days with them in their neck of the woods. It was wonderful to meet them after getting to know them through this blog.
Lynda wanted to write something about this blog, and the community that’s developed around PGS. Each day it both surprises and delights me that you guys hang in there with me on this blog.
Sometimes I write some crazy stuff. Sometimes I write some ordinary stuff.
What particularly pleases me though is that through this blog, friendships have developed – not only our friendship with you all, but also as Lynda points out below, friendships between some of you that have nothing to do with Jennifer and myself.
So here are Lynda’s thoughts, which she entitled ~
In April of 2013, I was reading Ivar’s forum in preparation for Dale’s and my Camino for August to October 2013. I came across Bill’s post on his thoughts of his first ten days on the camino.
That, I believe, for me was the birth of our present Camino family. The writing was so engaging, the walk painful, the humor hilarious. I checked the follow button and it opened a whole new family for us.
Over the last 2 2/3 years some have joined and some have left but our core family has remained the same. With Bill at the head and Jen at his side, our family must now number in the thousands. I know for many of us that morning coffee is best consumed with a post from Bill. It is this family of pilgrims that I am proud to call friends.
Dale and I were honored to first meet Bill and Jen as they passed by our way 1 1/2 years ago. Actually, I believe they detoured WAY out of their way to meet us. We knew before hand that we could call them friends but this solidified the feeling.
This September we were fortunate enough to join Bill, beautiful Jennifer and four others from the blog on a spiritual tour of India. Meeting Jill, Marie, Britta and Janet was an awesome highlight. However, it really felt like we already knew each other as we had bantered back and forth on the blog for two years as well as shared a number of emails.
Thanksgiving and Christmastime usually bring about thoughts of family and I just wanted you all to know how much I appreciate you all and how fortunate I feel to call you all family and friends.
I think Bill has attracted a wonderful group of people that truly are lovely, honest, caring, thoughtful good people. Looking forward to someday meeting Arlene, Jenny, Steve, Ingrid, Ken, Angie, the Landers Express and others.
Some of you know that my daughter Stacey, a single mother of an eight year old and fifteen year old, was diagnosed with ovarian cancer a year ago, In April she was told she was cancer free. However while we were in India, it returned with a vengeance and to add insult to injury she was in a near head on car accident last month.
She spent a week in the hospital and is now home but still in horrific amount of pain. Throughout this year I’ve had numerous calls from Bill, Jen and several others offering thoughts and well wishes. I’d like to thank you each and tell you how much those calls and emails mean to us. We are blessed to be able to call you all friends.
I’ve often wondered why we got to meet Bill and Jennifer. It seems odd to me that someone writing a blog would travel 1,000 miles out of their way to meet Dale and me. Especially someone that is an author, film producer and director.
We do live within 30 minutes of the “set” of David Lynch’s “Twin Peaks” series. (David Lynch is Bill’s favorite director). A dinner was had at the famous diner but that was not enough reason for this meeting. No, I think it was to solidify the friendship and set us on our way to learning more about our spiritual side and higher self. All, maybe to be able to help and guide my daughter.
Britta has been very helpful with chants, email conversations and even mailed two books all the way from Australia to help me with my quest on acquiring spiritual knowledge. Jill too has offered help and guidance with some good alternatives to the horrible chemotherapy that Stacey is getting at the moment.
Arlene and I have twice weekly conversations on life in general. Janet has been very supportive as well with emails and reminder pictures of India. And Jenny, well Jenny is hilarious! Always brings a smile.
What started out to be a “Camino Family” has turned out, in my opinion, to be an all around wonderful family and group of friends. Bill, thank you for your support, friendship and blog. You truly deserve the best !
Merry Christmas (or as you Australians say Chrissie) to All