Archive for the 'Twelfth Annual Solas Awards Winners' Category

Most Unforgettable Character Silver Winner: Hung, the Boat Woman of Hue

Monday, July 2nd, 2018

By Maxine Rose Schur I raised the expectation, You shook your head sadly. Like fish in water and fowl in the air It’s not easy to meet… I saw you off on your way And felt hundreds of jumbled feelings. —Nguyen Binh (1918-1966) For years I had loved the words “Perfume River.” I imagined sailing […]

Elder Travel Bronze Winner: Finding the House My Father Built

Monday, June 25th, 2018

By May Gee A few thin, gray hairs skimmed the top of the elderly man’s pointed head, just like my father’s hair used to on his. Faint crinkles touched the skin around the old man’s eyes and deep creases ran from the edge of his nostrils to the outsides of his lips. All that was […]

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 […]

Adventure Travel Gold Winner: The Five Wise Men of the Voodoo Trail

Monday, June 11th, 2018

By Kevin Dimetres The feeling was unfamiliar. Alone, I sat on the splintered wooden bench while the passersby sized me up with skeptical curiosity. Their skin glistened with sweat, accentuating the slash marks lacing both sides of their faces. The slash marks had been deliberately crafted into their visage, haunting me with wonder. Images of […]

Family Travel Gold Winner: Time Travelers

Monday, May 28th, 2018

By T Stores On a rainy fall weekend, leaves brilliant with failing light, I hear Mr. Spock from my living room in rural Vermont: “Live long and prosper.” I smile, glad that James and Izzy have discovered Star Trek, good viewing for twelve-year-olds, especially those who are about to embark on a year-long adventure, “exploring […]

Culture and Ideas Silver Winner: The Last Surviving Sea Silk Seamstress

Monday, May 21st, 2018

By Eliot Stein Byssus, or sea silk, is one of the rarest and most coveted materials in the world. Today, there is only one person left on the planet who knows how to harvest, dye and spin it into elaborate patterns that glisten like gold. Each spring, under the cover of darkness and guarded by […]

Cruise Story Gold Winner: Rogue Wave

Monday, May 14th, 2018

By Tina Dreffin I awakened to someone caressing my foot. It was my husband Peter, announcing my 2 A.M. dogwatch—the time period for me to steer our sailboat at sea, offshore Namibia along the west coast of Africa. When Peter turned around to head back on deck, I luxuriated beneath the covers. A low, eerie […]

Destination Travel Gold Winner: On the Road with the Lady of the Rockies

Monday, May 7th, 2018

By Linda Ballou As I crested the bluff overlooking Estes Park, the summer sun pushed away the gray that had followed me from Denver (an hour’s drive away) to reveal bluebird skies. The sweet mountain town, guarded by 14,000-foot peaks of the Rocky Mountain National Park, rests in a cleft carved by the Big Thompson […]

Adventure Travel Silver Winner: That Old Time Religion

Wednesday, April 25th, 2018

By James Michael Dorsey Stories have always come to me in Africa.  I can’t say if it’s the taste, the smells, or the sheer antiquity of the land; or maybe it’s just the sense of belonging I have while I am there, but the words always come. Because it is a continent lacking in written […]

Grand Prize Bronze Winner: Mitty in Rome

Friday, March 16th, 2018

By Juilene Osborne-McKnight Grand Prize Bronze winner of the Twelfth Annual Solas Awards Trastevere They have cleaned the fountain in the Piazza of Santa Maria in Trastevere. This means that it no longer works.  Water spills over the basin and down the sides. On the lone dry step, the King of the Gypsies has taken […]

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