Life Long Friends


I remember my first penpal. Her name was Hannah and she was from Germany and I loved writing to her and waiting for her to write me back. I remember wondering how come her English was extraordinary and my German was non-existent. We only wrote for a couple of months because I really sucked at acquiring stamps but I really enjoyed the act of connection. Flashforward 25 years and here I am still connecting across the globe courtesy of the internet.

I met Bryan in 2006, when he read a blog post of mine on MySpace that was on the page of a mutual friend. He commented on that blog and we started reading each other’s posts. Hailing from British Columbia, Canada, he lives 3,200 miles from me but despite the time zone differences he’s been present at nearly all of my shows and has read all of my blogs.We started talking on Skype and it’s amazing that he’s become an incredible friend to me over the years and kind ear and guiding force through a lot of changes in my life. He’s played countless hours of Chinese Checkers with me and the kids and has logged more hours talking to Darienne over the years than her own father. His friendship is very wonderful and very much appreciated.

Bryan’s been taking a tour of his social network (much like the KIN commercials) and has spent time recently in Portland and Fort Walton Beach. When he wanted to come to Rhode Island I was thrilled. After over 4 years I was going to be able to meet him in person and the kids could finally put a breathing face behind all those checkers matches and Facebook posts.

Danielle has also been a friend of mine starting on MySpace in 2007, and has been a part of the show coordinating the chatroom and doing research. Our friendship has evolved over the years and I am friends with her husband, her mother, and brother in law on Facebook and I consider her to be a very good friend. When she found out that Bryan was visiting she was in for the trip as well. On July 1, 2010, Bryan boarded a flight in western Canada and came to Rhode Island for the first time. On July 6th Danielle got in her car in Gainesville, GA, and drove 21 hours straight to come and visit her long time internet friends.

We started out just reading blogs and then spending two hours a week on my radio broadcast and then it morphed into phone calls, chinese checkers, and a friendship that is unique and very treasured. Now we have experienced even more with friends, family, chowdah, clamcakes and even public transportation!

Not everyone understands the power of the internet, but I can attest to the fact that you can make life long friends with people you’ve never “met.”

About the Author

Regina Foster Bartlett is a mother of two teenagers who recently married her soulmate and believes her favorite wedding gift was the addition of four stepchildren and four grandchildren! She’s a confessed tech-nerd who loves all things social media. She’s also a published freelance writer and she’s been blogging since before blogging was cool. She's the voice behind the radio broadcast and writer behind this blog. Always on the lookout for interesting stories she can be reached by emailing: or using the Contact form by clicking the link above.