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

Nuns on a Train

Monday, April 29th, 2019

By Ashley Seashore Doing Good or the Kindness of Strangers Gold Winner in the Thirteenth Annual Solas Awards Half of my money is in my right shoe. My passport is in my left. The other half of my money is in an envelope in my underwear, and my credit cards, family photos, and one traveler’s […]

Doing Good or the Kindness of Strangers Gold Winner: Welcome Back Again

Monday, June 18th, 2018

By Matthew Félix Nine hours after leaving Fez, my French friend Sophie and I arrived in Tangier. Although we had walked to the train station the morning of our departure, this time we were arriving late at night. We opted to get a cab, a ride that shouldn’t have cost more than five or six […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 Universe would […]

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 […]

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 pants, […]

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 […]

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