December 7, 1999 |
It was April of 1995. Nine men, all HIV positive or with symptomatic AIDS, had come to a retreat at serene Zaca Lake in the Santa Ynez Mountains north of Santa Barbara. They sought inner peace, solace--and acceptance of their premature deaths, which seemed inevitable. Ignorance about AIDS, and AIDS hysteria, were widespread, and it had not been easy to find a place that would welcome these men.