Archive for the 'Love Story' Category

Love Story Bronze Winner: Under the Cedars of Parc Perdrix

Monday, June 4th, 2018

By Becky Band Jain It was at the end of the year I spent in the South of France, fully in the grips of my Francophilia, when a friend invited me to a barbecue. A week after Bastille Day, the summer heat was at its peak. The rosy tan stucco on the houses matched the […]

Love Story Gold Winner: The Uncertain Certainty of Leaving

Monday, May 29th, 2017

By Kathy Harding They discover what they’re willing to risk for love. Buoyed by the brazen optimism of our new love affair, my Kiwi, Rob, and I cast ourselves adrift in a revelatory landscape, the South Island of New Zealand. I was 41 years old and desperate for a baby, he was a stranger from […]

Gold Award in Love Story: The Remover of Obstacles

Friday, November 15th, 2013

By Amanda Mander “Stay away from my son,” his father said as we stood alone on the balcony. Tears were threatening to burst through my barely-calm exterior when I noticed Kirin, my fiance, listening from inside the Bombay apartment. His warm, brown eyes pleaded with me to hold strong against the force of his father’s […]

Love Story Bronze Winner: On the Macal

Tuesday, March 13th, 2012

By Mary Jo McConahay Floating in a Beat-Up Canoe Yellow-headed swallows dipped in and out of thick mist resting on the river. That fog probably followed the water’s curve for miles, I thought, maybe the whole length of Belize. I won’t see a thing from the boat. Atop a high bank overlooking the Macal, I […]

Love Story Silver Winner: The Kimono

Tuesday, March 13th, 2012

by Jeanne Stark A story of war, lost love and hidden keepsakes. Her name was Michiko Araki and she was my father’s girlfriend.  That’s all I know, but here is their story. My father was 25 years old when the USS Talladega sailed into port in Honshu, Japan in October, 1945.  Hiroshima was a pile […]

Love Story Gold Winner: Learning to Pray

Tuesday, March 13th, 2012

by Angie Chuang Two sisters-in-law in Kabul unveil the domestic world of post-Taliban Afghan women to me — and try to marry me off to one of their own. The yellow door was made of wood that felt too light.  Every time we, the Americans – Laila, Stephanie, and I – swung it open, we […]

Bad Trip Silver Winner: Dreaming of Djurjura Cafe

Saturday, March 10th, 2012

by Rosalie Justus Hiking sola in Peru’s Cordillera Blanca, the author worries about same-species predators and other problems. I know right away, the Dutch aren’t going. Marlie’s teeth are all purple from the herbs she’s been chewing. They’re a sharp contrast against her pale skin. She’s one of those naturalists that think if it’s not […]

Animal Encounters Bronze Winner: Touched by a Gorilla

Saturday, March 10th, 2012

by Kim Brown Seely How Rwanda Reached Out and Grabbed Me. Charles weighed 400 pounds, stood nearly six feet when fully upright, and was one hundred percent alpha-male.  His massive black head was luxuriantly hairy, and our eyes met daringly as he reclined in a bamboo thicket as big as a Barcalounger.   Charles, I’d been […]

Love Story Gold Winner: Shadow Animals

Wednesday, March 3rd, 2010

by Kevin McCaughey Natashas have always seemed long to me.  Long-haired, long-legged, comfy at great heights, like in an expensive revolving restaurant. Which is funny, because I never met a Natasha like that.  But, if I ever saw a Russian girl like that, I’d think she would be a Natasha. My Natasha wasn’t that type […]

Love Story Silver Winner: Bosnian Blues

Wednesday, March 3rd, 2010

by Landon Spencer My friends are concerned. “Why are you going to Yugoslavia ” they want to know. “There is no Yugoslavia.”  I reply.  Like the pop star, Prince, who for a time changed his name to an unutterable symbol, the word Yugoslavia can now only be invoked when preceded by the phrase formerly known […]

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