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Kathleen Mangan Writers Contest Winner
Best Travel Story Arizona

Kathleen Mangan
for "A Sweet Sonoran Harmonic Convergence"

"Leonardo da Vinci wrote in his notebook that our souls are composed of harmony, and if this brilliant thinker is correct, he is dancing here at Cosanti in Paradise Valley, Arizona as I ring and chime and set off all the bronze art bells hand-cast by students to support the Paolo Soleri architectural program.

"The strong Sonoran desert sun glints off the bells and their wind-catchers in burnished gold with tinges of red and weathered turquoise, all in different shapes and sizes. Each one-off bell features unique geometric motifs resembling a private hieroglyphic language encoding the specific sound harmonics. But there isn't a murmur of breeze, no Anasazi spirit to enliven the dry grass, never mind move the extravagantly shaped fins designed to make the clappers strike the bells' interiors."


"When I run my arms through the wind-catchers at once, the tones converge, resonate, echo off nearby boulders, and create a chorus that vibrates and moves in harmony with the landscape and the soul. I am filled with the happiness of a child, and the satisfaction I felt when I first learned to whistle. I imagine Leonardo smiling."

About the Author:
Kathleen M. Mangan won the 2007 Travel Classics contest for Best Story on Ireland; two silvers in the 2013 NATJA contest; and Best Magazine Feature in the 2004 Caribbean Tourism Organization contest. Her articles have appeared in 70 publications, including National Geographic Traveler, Private Clubs, Robb Report, Wine Enthusiast and Men's Journal. Mangan is currently copy editor for The Affluent Traveler. She is a former contributing editor for five magazines including Islands, and former editor of British Motoring. Ireland is her second home.

The contest prize includes a six-night, custom itinerary in Arizona and a guaranteed spot in the October 8-11, 2015 Travel Classics West Vancouver Conference at the Hotel Rosewood Georgia.
Past Contests:

TC Arizona 2014
TC Alberta 2013
TC Ireland 2013
TC Arizona 2012
TC Wales 2012
TC Vancouver 2011
TC Dublin 2011
TC Arizona 2010
TC Quebec 2010
TC West 2009
TC Ireland 2009
TC West 2008
TC West 2007
TC Europe 2007
TC West 2005
TC Ireland 2005
TC West 2004
Past Contest Winners:

2013 - Jill K. Robinson
2013 - Kimberley Lovato
2012 - Rachel Dickinson
2012 - Michael Shapiro
2011 - Margie Goldsmith
2011 - Sally Shivnan
2010 - Michael Shapiro
2010 - Rachel Dickinson
2009 - Michael Shapiro
2009 - Laura Read/Gayle Keck
2008 - Michael Shapiro
2008 - Echo Garrett
2007 - Kathleen Mangan
2007 - Paul Ross
2006 - Wayne Curtis
2006 - Margie Goldsmith
2005 - Allan Lynch
2005 - Ed Readicker-Henderson
2004 - Barbara Wysocki
2003 - Ed Readicker-Henderson
2002 - Margie Goldsmith
2001 - Melanie McManus
2000 - Judy Kirkwood
1999 - Melanie McManus
1998 - Yvonne Jeffery
1997 - Laura Byrne Paquet

Previous Contests:

Best Travel Story on Arizona
Deadline: April 1, 2015. Find out more.
Best Travel Story on Alberta
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Best Travel Story Ireland 2013
Luxury 18-day vacation for two in Ireland offered by Adams and Butler Tours.
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Best Travel Story Arizona 2012
3-night vacation for two at the new Four Seasons Resort Rancho Encantado Santa Fe.
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Best Travel Story Wales 2012
4-night trip for two in Wales
sponsored by Visit Wles, American Airlines and Welsh Rarebits.
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Best Travel Story Vancouver 2011
5-day vacation in Kelowna, BC
sponsored by Tourism Kelowna.
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