Archive for the 'Great Stories' Category

Lifer

Monday, April 12th, 2021

By Lisa Boice Animal Encounter Gold Winner in the Fifteenth Annual Solas Awards “The life list of a birdwatcher is of a different order. It’s not what you cross off that counts, but what you add.” —Terry Tempest Williams The black sky was like a drop cloth over the prairie grass and the only thing […]

Why I Love Baboons

Tuesday, April 6th, 2021

By Lynn Brindell Adventure Travel Gold Winner in the Fifteenth Annual Solas Awards I think Beatus did it because he felt guilty. Or because he thought we’d give him a bigger tip. He’d gently rustled our tent flap that morning, the bright slit of light slicing through dark green shadows. “Good morning!” he softly called. […]

Grand Prize Bronze Winner (tie): Laura – Lady of the Mexican Nights

Monday, March 22nd, 2021

By Edward Stanton You wanted to get farther away from home, beyond the border and Baja California, deeper into the country.  The city of Saltillo lay on a slope of the Sierra Madre Oriental, just north of the central plateau, about 5,000 feet high.  There you found a boardinghouse with a courtyard on Calle Xicoténcatl […]

Grand Prize Bronze Winner (tie): Marriage, Dubois Style

Monday, March 15th, 2021

By Colette O’Connor “Just add three letters to Paris and you have paradise.” —Jules Renard The family Dubois of Avenue Foch are French. That is to say, the family Dubois are different. In an age when nearly half of American marriages collapse, often in smoking heaps of anger, bitterness, pain, I often wondered, what does […]

Grand Prize Silver Winner: The House Within

Monday, March 8th, 2021

By Jacob Kemp When I turned twenty-one, I spent the better part of a year in an attic, hiding from Nazis. The calendar read 2011. I had just graduated from college. I was offered a role in The Diary of Anne Frank, to play Peter Van Daan. So I packed a suitcase, a carry-on, my […]

Grand Prize Gold Winner: Headlights

Monday, March 1st, 2021

By Marcia DeSanctis There was danger, even in the presence of angels. February is not the ideal time for a road trip to northern France, but the moodiness of the sea, wind, and sky appeals to a certain breed of loner like me, drawn to the echoing voids of the off-season. Coastal Normandy is famous […]

The Trip That Took Me

Thursday, September 3rd, 2020

By Marcie Kaplan Elder Travel Bronze Winner in the Fourteenth Annual Solas Awards The Himalayas helped her find intimacy, faith, and reassurance. I had my first tingly feeling when we were hiking up through woods from a 10,000-foot Himalayan pass to a monastery, and we passed soldiers in camouflage. I expected surprises in Bhutan, a […]

Grand Prize Bronze Winner (tie): Cubana Be, Cubana Bop

Thursday, April 30th, 2020

By Tom Miller The best guitar maker in Cuba. Three events—baseball, Pope Jon Paul’s visit, and the Elián González case—exposed Cuba to the American public far beyond the embargo. Yet it was the improbable success of a handful of aging musicians that exposed a Cuba few knew and expanded the country’s audiences far beyond its […]

Grand Prize Gold Winner: Our Ravaged Lady

Thursday, April 16th, 2020

By Erin Byrne Little by little, his spirit expanded in harmony with the cathedral.—Victor Hugo, The Hunchback of Notre Dame She’s had many lives and here was the burnt offering of another. Notre Dame’s lace spire sizzled and crumbled as it fell, and the gigantic hole it created became a cauldron. Flames, golden to orange […]

Grand Prize Bronze Winner (tie): Dark Train to Cusco

Tuesday, March 31st, 2020

By Chase Nelson A modern-day rescue mission raises questions of life and death. With her husband looking on, we took turns pumping her heart for her, pushing blood to her organs, to her extremities, hoping for a gasp to bring her back, tearful and afraid, from wherever she was now. Technically, they were called compressions. […]

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