Archive for the 'First Annual Solas Awards Winners' Category

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 Food Category—Bronze Winner: Hardcore Pig Problem

Tuesday, May 22nd, 2007

by Dave Mondy I don’t idolize pig parts and I don’t own a Kiss the Cook apron. I don’t search for secret spices. Which is to say, I’m no barbeque fanatic; I came to Memphis for the music, not messy meals. But after giving a dollar to a homeless man, I asked, “Where’s a good […]

Travel and Food Category—Silver Winner: Mama Rose’s Coconut Bread

Tuesday, May 22nd, 2007

by Celeste Brash Mama Rose impaled the coconut onto the wooden spike making a tear in the husk. Self-rolled cigarette hanging out the corner of her mouth, she continued with ease, lifting, turning and thrusting the coconut on the spike till the husk fell away. Inside was a newborn, white nut with brown hairs. Picking […]

Travel and Transformation Category—Silver Winner: Recreating Jennifer

Tuesday, May 15th, 2007

by Jennifer Baljko “Hi. I’m Jennifer – eternal student and citizen of the world.” This is how I’ve started to introduce myself. Maybe it’s presumptuous. And, it sounds silly to say. But, since I am at loss to describe what it is that I do these days, I think this sums it up. Before – […]

Most Unforgettable Character Category—Bronze Winner: Stalking Asparagus

Tuesday, May 15th, 2007

by Jann Huizenga “Ne ho travato uno!” crows Signor Battaglia. “I found one!” Six pairs of female eyes turn his way. Signor Battaglia, a Sicilian from Central Casting, stands rooted like the ancient carob behind him, his wooden cane planted firmly on a carpet of capers. His left fist hoists a trophy of wild asparagus. […]

Most Unforgettable Character Category—Silver Winner: Pilgrimages to the Edge

Tuesday, May 15th, 2007

by Eileen M. Cunniffe If I hadn’t been spooked by a newspaper headline, I wouldn’t have found myself in an ambulance on Achill Island, off the coast of Ireland. Of course I wouldn’t have met Pat either, and that would be my great misfortune. The bold headline, glimpsed over the shoulder of a fellow passenger […]

Men’s Travel Category—Bronze Winner: Join the Club

Tuesday, May 15th, 2007

by Dave Mondy I am trying to go into a strip club but I can’t. They line both sides of the street here, jammed up close like a chorus line, and each time I get within 5 ft. of a door, I have an episode. My stomach roils, my hands shake — I’m spilling beer […]

Men’s Travel Category—Silver Winner: Money or Nothing

Tuesday, May 15th, 2007

by Ryan Kearney It’s my first night out in Cuba and already I’m surrounded by women who want to sell themselves to me. I just don’t know it yet.My friend Christian and I have followed a 39-year-old Danish man to an ornate mansion-cum-nightclub on the suburban outskirts of Havana, and with him are two young […]

Love Story Category—Bronze Winner: Feeling Fizzy

Tuesday, May 15th, 2007

by Jann Huizenga “Now I must go move my cows,” says Fabio in Italian. “Do you want to see my farm?” The invitation seems innocent enough, and I readily agree. Certo! In my desultory Sicilian life, there’s nothing I don’t want to see, no frontier to my curiosity. We fold ourselves into his little yellow […]

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