Archive for the 'Travel and Healing' Category

Travel and Healing—Gold: Ready or Not, Here I…

Friday, February 27th, 2009

by Gaye Brown I wasn’t sure what my children expected when I booked our Homeland Tour to South Korea. More self aware than many teens their age, they were adolescents nonetheless. Which is to say, given to opacity. My daughter, a priestess of Asian pop from manga and animé to gaming and “J-rock” claimed she […]

Travel and Healing—Silver: True Home

Friday, February 27th, 2009

by Marianne Dresser Hazy late-afternoon sunlight filtered through the pines, revealing an undisturbed layer of duff on the path. The taxis from the train station had brought our group up the mountain until the paved road gave way to this gravel path; from there, we walked. Craving a bit of solitude after a few days […]

Travel and Healing—Bronze: Living Twice in Ghana

Friday, February 27th, 2009

by Matthew Link Death never takes a vacation away from us. It’s tied to our feet like an arrogant shadow wherever we go, as a constant reminder of all the things we’ve left behind. And who wants to visit death on vacation? Believe it or not, a visit to Ghana’s coffin makers is on most […]

Travel Memoir—Bronze Winner: A Bottle of Calvados

Sunday, March 2nd, 2008

By Tom Cheche *** Shade kept us from seeing the sign. The narrow country lane, devoid of traffic, meandered through farmland of the Cotinten bathed in glorious autumn sun, highlighting roadside fields of squat, manicured apple trees but intensifying darkness in the occasional stretch through a palisade of looming shade trees. It was a rough […]

Travel and Healing–Bronze Winner: The Distance from Dachau to Darfur

Sunday, March 2nd, 2008

By Peter Delevett It was Christmastime in Germany, oom-pah music and the scent of bratwurst wafting through the air. And my wife wanted to go to Dachau. To me, visiting the Munich suburb where some 40,000 people died in Nazi Germany’s first and longest-running concentration camp didn’t sound like a very cheery Christmas outing. I […]

Travel and Healing—Silver Winner: Resurrection in Poland

Sunday, March 2nd, 2008

By Lenny Karpman Faces, tattoos, and empty mothers’ arms flailing after lost children flashed before my eyes. I sobbed. From deeper within me, the sobs crescendoed into the wail of a wounded animal. A comforting hand massaged my shoulder. A voice told me in Yiddish that it was good to cry here, that this was […]

Travel and Healing–Gold Winner: My Mexican Housewife

Sunday, March 2nd, 2008

By Stacey Tuel “Traveling is one of the hopeful symptoms of life.” – Agnes Repplier What is it about traveling that gives us hope for our own lives? Can traveling reveal to us secrets unknown about ourselves? Is it possible to travel across the world, into an unfamiliar land, surround ourselves with unfamiliar faces and […]

Travel and Healing—Bronze Winner: Roshan

Tuesday, May 22nd, 2007

by Catherine Watson I have learned to believe in the mystical connection of people and places. At its strongest, that connection is what I think of as “home.” It has come to me, at times, on trips — come in inklings, in waves, in glimpses. It always starts with a kind of recognition — not […]

Travel and Healing—Silver Winner: Ask and Receive

Tuesday, May 22nd, 2007

by Terri Hinte Somewhere between the twin poles of obsessive itinerary-planning and utter surrender to serendipity is my preferred travel style: I arrive at a destination with one fervent wish. I ask the local guides (and gods) to grant it, though I never have any idea how this will come to pass. Then I watch […]

Travel and Healing Category—El Otro Lado ~ The Other Side

Sunday, March 11th, 2007

by Pamela Alma Bass The tiny sweaters catch my eye every time I pass them on my way to the biblioteca, or the mercado. They dangle from small plastic hangers on the open wooden doors of the shop, beckoning me with their multicolored shouts, little silk ribbons waving in the wind, teasing me with their […]

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