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Travel Memoir Gold Winner: Life Sentence

Monday, June 19th, 2017

By Steven Law
Faced with a difficult life decision, he seeks solace in the wilderness.
The air was cold and still, a skin-tightening astringent kiss from mother nature welcoming me back. And nothing moved. The precedent stillness before the storm. Like God pausing to wrap a pull cord around a tornado. It gave me a buggy, spooky [...]

Travel Memoir Bronze Winner: Singing Lesson

Monday, November 21st, 2016

By Megan McNamer
Taking Communion in a karaoke bar.
In the late Seventies, when all of Taiwan was under construction, there was a bar in the capital city of Taipei called the Club Kotobuki. It was a place to go for Japanese businessmen missing the home office. It may still be there, I don’t know. I haven’t [...]

Travel Memoir Gold Winner: Time or the Sahara Wind

Monday, June 27th, 2016

By Marcia DeSanctis
Both are relentless, and impossible to stop.
In my favorite photograph from my first visit to Morocco, I appear as if on the floor of a canyon. Behind me is a cinematic backdrop: a towering pomegranate-red clay mountainside speckled with clusters of trees. I’m standing on a wide open restaurant terrace, wearing white Capri [...]

Travel Memoir Bronze Winner: Pane & Pecorino

Tuesday, March 13th, 2012

by Linda Lappin
Leading the Simple Life in Tuscany
The kitchen is the heart of this old farmhouse outside Siena where I have come to live for a while. My local history book tells me that in the Middle Ages “tutta la vita del castello si svolgein cucina,” the whole life of the castle was carried on [...]

Travel Memoir Silver Winner: Summer Heat (Upstate NY)

Tuesday, March 13th, 2012

by Kathleen Spivack
He was a child molester.
“He was a child molester,” she suddenly blurted to me, leaning forward. Even now her tone was hushed and horrified. “Imagine, after all these years.” Although it was only ten o’clock in the morning the heat was unbearable already.
“And you didn’t know it?” I [...]

Travel Memoir Gold Winner: Fear and Bitter Justice

Tuesday, March 13th, 2012

by Carol Beddo
It took fear, anger and the satisfaction of revenge to pull a Peace Corps Volunteer completely into her village.
Everyone in the village is congregated at Bahar Dar’s dirt airstrip, each of us dripping sweat in the hot afternoon sun, with not even one of us thinking to search out a [...]

Travel and Healing Gold Winner: The Ghosts of Alamos

Tuesday, March 13th, 2012

by Lavinia Spalding
A daughter finds peace in a Mexican ghost town
The sun is relentless, stalking me along the narrow, cobbled lanes of Alamos, Mexico, as I return to my hotel. I unlock the heavy double doors and walk into the lush, untamed courtyard, where weather-pocked stone cherubs guard a center fountain and [...]

Bad Trip Bronze Winner: Travels With Emmy

Saturday, March 10th, 2012

by Elizabeth Creely
A hiking trip turns disastrous for two sisters in California’s Desolation Wilderness.
Last July I went to Desolation Wilderness with my sister Emily to celebrate her fortieth birthday. I woke up at 5 a.m., kissed my husband goodbye, and walked to the nearest BART station with my backpack strapped to me. [...]

Travel Memoir Gold Winner: Herat, Oh Herat

Tuesday, March 30th, 2010

by Stephan Morrow
Prologue - some thoughts on traveling. looking back:
They say that Lawrence Tierney (who played the original ‘Dillinger’) had T-Rex in his genes but he was always surprising me with the things that he knew. Like quoting from yes, Emily Dickenson poems. Or like the fact that he knew about ‘The Saragossa Manuscript’ [...]

Travel Memoir Silver Winner: True Stories

Tuesday, March 30th, 2010

by Kathleen Spivack
For many years I was alone and I found that-but I am already putting it in past tense, please note.  So-for many years I’ve been alone and I find-what  Find that it doesn’t get any easier   Find that I’m writing my way right into another cliché  Let’s try again. As follows: For many [...]

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