Walking Distance: Pilgrimage, Parenthood, Grief, and Home Repairs

Walking Distance Pilgrimage Parenthood Grief and Home Repairs In the summer of David Hlavsa and his wife Lisa Holtby embarked on a pilgrimage After trying for three years to conceive a child and suffering through the monthly cycle of hope and disappointmen

  • Title: Walking Distance: Pilgrimage, Parenthood, Grief, and Home Repairs
  • Author: David Hlavsa
  • ISBN: 9781611861860
  • Page: 185
  • Format: Paperback
  • In the summer of 2000, David Hlavsa and his wife Lisa Holtby embarked on a pilgrimage After trying for three years to conceive a child and suffering through the monthly cycle of hope and disappointment, they decided to walk the Camino de Santiago, a joint enterprise and an act of faith they hoped would strengthen their marriage and prepare them for parenthood Though walkIn the summer of 2000, David Hlavsa and his wife Lisa Holtby embarked on a pilgrimage After trying for three years to conceive a child and suffering through the monthly cycle of hope and disappointment, they decided to walk the Camino de Santiago, a joint enterprise and an act of faith they hoped would strengthen their marriage and prepare them for parenthood Though walking than 400 miles across the north of Spain turned out to be difficult than they had anticipated, after a series of misadventures, including a brief stay in a Spanish hospital, they arrived in Santiago Shortly after their return to Seattle, Lisa became pregnant, and the hardships of the Camino were no comparison to what followed the stillbirth of their first son and Lisa s harrowing second pregnancy.Walking Distance is a moving and disarmingly funny book, a good story with a happy ending the safe arrival of David and Lisa s second son, Benjamin David and Lisa get than they bargained for, but they also get exactly what they wanted a child, a solid marriage, and a richer life.

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  • David Hlavsa

    David Hlavsa heads the Theatre Arts Department at Saint Martin s University, in Lacey, Washington, where he has been teaching acting, directing, playwriting and film studies since 1989 A recipient of the University s Outstanding Teaching Award, he has served two terms as Faculty President.He is the author of Walking Distance Pilgrimage, Parenthood, Grief, and Home Repairs Michigan State University Press, 2015 and An Actor Rehearses What to Do When and Why Allworth Press, 2006 His article, My First Son, A Pure Memory appeared in the Modern Love column of The New York Times His essay, Two Sons, One Living appears in They Were Still Born Personal Stories About Stillbirth ed Janel Atlas, Rowman Littlefield, 2010 Hlavsa s plays, including Pack of Lies, I m Your Man, and Long Run, have been produced in Seattle, Chicago and New York As an arts writer for the Seattle Repertory Theatre, he published than twenty articles and study guides on Shakespeare, Chekhov, Synge, Pirandello, Goldoni, Feydeau, David Mamet, August Wilson and others.Hlavsa has a BA in English Theatre from Princeton University and an MFA in Directing from the University of Washington Productions directed at SMU include Uncle Vanya, A Little Night Music, The Dining Room, Old Times, Brilliant Traces, You Can Count on Me, Reaching Through the Frame, Everyman, Goodnight Desdemona Good Morning Juliet, A Midsummer Night s Dream, The Day Room, The Illusion, Comings and Goings and The Memorandum Hlavsa has also served as the University s Director of Interdisciplinary Studies, developing and co teaching courses on Political Theatre, Acting and Economics Dramanomics , Saint Joan, Jane Austen on Film, Business Leadership, Acting for Teachers, and Jesus on Film and in the Gospels At the University s Spiritual Life Institute, he has taught workshops on Theatre as a Spiritual Path.He lives in Seattle with his wife, Lisa Holtby, and their son Benjamin.

  • 267 Comments

  • I enjoyed this book about a couple who walks the Camino de Santiago. Their story continues after the pilgrimage, which is very different from most hiking books. It is a very personal and moving story.



  • If I were looking for a book to read and came across Walking Distance, I do not think I would have given it a second look if I had been depending on the cover of the book to spark my interest. If I followed my normal habit – letting the cover draw me in – I would have missed a great story.David Hlavsa takes the reader along on a walking journey, a pilgrimage. The author and his wife walked 400 miles across Spain on the Camino de Santiago. They had suffered loss and their hope was waning and [...]


  • Several reasons prompted me to say yes to reading this book: one, the author and his wife struggled through infertility for many years; we have that in common. Two, they live in my part of the world. Three, they walked the Camino de Santiago; while we do not yet have that in common, it’s not outside the realm of possibility that someday we might, and that potential intrigues me.David Hlavsa’s story is several things. It’s a travelogue of sorts, with twists. It’s an exploration of faith. [...]


  • To be honest, I'm not entirely sure how I feel about this book. I didn't enjoy it as much as I thought I would but I can't pinpoint why exactly. I thought the premise behind the book was very interesting and I enjoyed learning about the pilgrimage of Camino de Santiago. I also found it inspiring how they applied the things they learned on that journey to their lives and the difficulties they went through afterwards. I think perhaps I thought there would be more about their marriage, parenthood a [...]


  • This is a very personal story written by David Hlavsa about he and his wife's journey walking the Way of Saint James, the Camino de Santiago, the 400+ miles across Northern Spain from the Pyrenees to Santiago de Compostela. Before a friend recently told me that she wanted to make this pilgrimage, I had only briefly heard of it. I assume that there are as many reasons to walk this trail as there are people who have traveled it. But I wanted to learn more. This has shown me what a profound mark it [...]


  • "There is a deeper reality, just under this one: Like Everyman, we are, all of us, on a pilgrimage to the end of the world: and we know it, but it’s hard to remember; perhaps people who pray remember more often; and then there are people who grieve. When you grieve, you remember. This remembering puts a distance between you and those who are not grieving. The language of their country is not the language of your country. You become a stranger passing through, and you are on fire. Everything is [...]


  • Disclosure: I won this book in a giveaway.I really had no expectations when I started this memoir but once I got into this book I could not put it down. I am not typically a memoir reader, but this memoir is different than most. At timeshumorous, philosophical, and sad and always well written, this book tells the story of a married coupke's journey to parenthood (both literally and figuratively), of loss and joy and life. Well written and compelling--I highly recommend it!


  • David Hlavsa’s _Walking Distance_ is a short but deep gem of a book. Seldom do I read contemporary memoir that is such a delightful balance of grief, humor, self-reflection, and great story-telling. Hlavsa’s book, straight-forward yet shot through with lyricism, tells of the pilgrimage he took with his wife, Lisa, on the Camino de Santiago. The author juxtaposes moments of humor with moments of pain, and the reader’s life is richer for the love Hlavsa shares through his book. I loved it.


  • Walking Distance is lyrical, dramatic, tender, insightful, and an engrossing read. It's a memoir of a marriage by a husband, of parenthood by a father, of two sons, James who was stillborn and Ben who lived. It's a memoir of a pilgrimage, spiritual and philosophical as well as humorous and quite witty. It's really a heart-grabbing love story. I give it five thousand stars.


  • This is such a beautifully written book, with lyrical language and a lot of humor. It is, ultimately, about a marriage--from its cheerful adventures, through its petty bickering, to its deep divides. Fortunately, Lisa and David are such an endearing couple, you'll wish you knew them in real life.



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