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Doing Good or the Kindness of Strangers Silver Winner: One of Them

Monday, March 12th, 2012

by Mary Anne Mercer A nurse volunteering in Nepal struggles to adapt to an alien culture. Someone was calling to me from just outside the tent.  My wake-up call turned out to be Bhim Raj, the cook, who passed me a chipped white enamel mug of tea and a basin of warm wash water, accompanied […]

Doing Good or the Kindness of Strangers Gold Winner: My Friend, Moses

Monday, March 12th, 2012

by James Dorsey A Maasai education Travel does not always begin with the boarding of an airplane, but rather at the moment one opens the mind to new possibilities, and that is why I was quite surprised when the gentleman I had engaged in dinner conversation at a party in Los Angeles told me he […]

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. I […]

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 […]

Doing Good or the Kindness of Strangers Gold Winner: Latin Carino

Tuesday, March 2nd, 2010

by Mohezin Tejani I am on an eighteen-month overland trip from California to Argentina. The year is 1977. The thoughts that run through my head are considerably different from those that I’ve had before the short jaunts I have taken during summer breaks and holidays. When the open road turns into a long-term lifestyle, the […]

Doing Good or the Kindness of Strangers Silver Winner: Tibetan Bargain with a Twist

Tuesday, March 2nd, 2010

by April Orcutt “Please!  Please!” the Tibetan woman pleaded, her young son trailing behind her.  She approached me in the ancient market of Lhasa, the capital of Tibet, holding an orange beaded necklace that hung around her neck, smiling sweetly as she implored me to buy it. But I didn’t want orange beads.  I was […]

Doing Good or the Kindness of Strangers Bronze Winner: The Collision

Tuesday, March 2nd, 2010

by Tim Leffel Out of the corner of my right eye I saw movement, something rushing toward me. A few milliseconds later there was a brutal thud as something ran headfirst into my car. Instinctively I hit the brakes and turned my head toward the point of impact. There was a smear on the window, […]

Doing Good or the Kindness of Strangers—Gold: Special Delivery

Friday, February 27th, 2009

by Robert Robeson (Nearly four decades have come and gone, yet one moment in time continues to play back through my mind at regular intervals. It’s like the music of a beloved love song from one’s early dating years. Unique. Inspiring. Unforgettable.) May 9, 1970. Another oppressively hot and humid Asian afternoon was drawing to […]

Doing Good or the Kindness of Strangers—Silver: A Cultural Lesson Lying in the Gutter

Friday, February 27th, 2009

by Sandy Sims Helping someone in another country can sometimes mean a slip between cultural cracks. At least that’s what I felt late one afternoon in Paris. I guess my out-of-place feeling began at Les Deux Magots cafe, Hemingway’s old hangout. Instead of the Bohemian coffeehouse I’d expected, the cafe seemed more like a gathering […]

Doing Good or the Kindness of Strangers—Bronze: Unpunished

Friday, February 27th, 2009

by Bill Zarchy Ten of us arrive, unannounced, at the restaurant on the terrace, hoping for an outside table. The staff seats us quickly, then waters, breads, menus, wines, serves, desserts, and espressos us in style. The service is seamless, though during the meal I notice one of our waitresses hurrying by, looking harried. But […]

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