Archive for the 'Doing Good or the Kindness of Strangers' Category

Doing Good or the Kindness of Strangers Gold Winner: Nirvana’s Horizon—Discovering the Soul of the Golden Land as a Buddhist Monk in Myanmar

Monday, April 24th, 2017

By Kevin Dimetres
He was seeking a new level of travel.
The reflection in the mirror was virtually unrecognizable; the spelling of my name remained obscure; what might happen next had become a perpetual mystery.  Before I could make sense of it all, Burgundy-robed monks whisked me away, up a dusty spiral staircase, to their secluded 5th [...]

Doing Good or the Kindness of Strangers Bronze Winner: Ali’s Heritage Garden

Monday, January 16th, 2017

By Rosie Cohan
One man’s efforts to preserve traditional culture as tourism changes his community.
Pink skid marks faded to purple in the blackening sky as lights popped on across Goreme, the stony Turkish village below me. I had checked into my room and then saw my friend, Ali, sitting alone on the terrace of the hotel he [...]

Doing Good or the Kindness of Strangers Silver Winner: Alsace’s Unique Character, Through the Eyes of a Local

Monday, September 5th, 2016

By James Ullrich
In a corner of eastern France, a unique, hybridized culture has evolved from two very different sources.
Jean-Claude Schroeder, the kind old man with the French first name and the German surname, looks out over the tree-carpeted Vosges Mountains. The Black Forrest is in the distance. He can see into Germany. Squinting in morning [...]

Doing Good or the Kindness of Strangers Gold Winner: A Stranger in Jerusalem

Monday, May 23rd, 2016

By Sasha Vasilyuk
As she made her way to the Wailing Wall in the middle of her mourning, a shopkeeper stopped her with a question.
The hot wind whistled quietly through the row of Jerusalem’s labyrinthine cemetery, built into the dusty yellow mountainside.
I would have never found my grandmother’s grave if it weren’t for Inna, her college [...]

Bronze Award in Doing Good or the Kindness of Strangers: A Saharan Love Story

Tuesday, February 11th, 2014

By Ted Beatie
It was midnight in a nearly deserted bus station on the outskirts of Marrakesh, and my fiancee and I had one-way tickets to the edge of nowhere. We knew we wanted to see the great Sahara–after all, that was why we had come to Morocco–but plans? Provisions? We hoped the [...]

Silver Award in Doing Good or the Kindness of Strangers: A Shared Indian Cake Is Never Forgotten

Thursday, January 16th, 2014

By Margaret Wagner
On the morning of my sixth birthday, before I stepped off the airplane in Mumbai, India, then known as Bombay, my mother gave me a present, a Tammy doll. Tammy, more wholesome and sweet than a Barbie doll, had blonde hair, a comb and several outfits. Even more exciting was the carrying case [...]

Gold Award in Doing Good or the Kindness of Strangers: Misha and the Young Belarussians

Monday, January 6th, 2014

By Michelle McAlister
NINE-YEAR OLD Misha thinks no one is watching. His unusually large, round blue eyes scan the kitchen. His papery, quasi-translucent hand reaches out to steal fruit from atop a plastic table. The muscles of his tiny hand tremble as he jerks a banana from its bunch.
He sticks it down his [...]

Doing Good or the Kindness of Strangers Bronze Winner: Dear Madame Renaud

Monday, March 12th, 2012

by Erin Byrne
Dear Madame Renaud is the story of a woman in Normandy, France who eased the suffering of American families whose loved ones died during the Liberation of France.  After she had been dead for over twenty years, she did the same for me.
She took on the grief of others.  Six decades later, after [...]

Doing Good or the Kindness of Strangers Silver Winner: One of Them

Monday, March 12th, 2012

by Mary Anne Mercer
A nurse volunteering in Nepal struggles to adapt to an alien culture.

Someone was calling to me from just outside the tent.  My wake-up call turned out to be Bhim Raj, the cook, who passed me a chipped white enamel mug of tea and a basin of warm wash [...]

Doing Good or the Kindness of Strangers Gold Winner: My Friend, Moses

Monday, March 12th, 2012

by James Dorsey
A Maasai education
Travel does not always begin with the boarding of an airplane, but rather at the moment one opens the mind to new possibilities, and that is why I was quite surprised when the gentleman I had engaged in dinner conversation at a party in Los Angeles told [...]

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