“Silk from Ashes” tells how one determined woman, her bra, and 11,640 insect eggs made a profound difference for refugees in war-torn Croatia.

The Society of American Travel Writers gave this story a gold Lowell Thomas award — recognized as the most prestigious in travel journalism.

The competition and awards are named for Lowell Thomas, an acclaimed journalist, prolific author and modern-day world explorer. “His indefatigable spirit of adventure and discovery epitomizes that of the inquiring travel journalist.”