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The Power of Mysteries

Alan Lightman - Boston, Massachusetts
As heard on Morning Edition, January 2, 2006

Childhood wonder at the stars fueled Alan Lightman’s interest in science. Now an astrophysicist and novelist, Lightman believes our greatest creativity, in science and art, comes from awe at the unknown.

There Is More To Life Than My Life

Jamaica Ritcher - Turner, Australia
As heard on Day to Day, April 24, 2006

When the family cat dies, Jamaica Ritcher has to explain to her two-year-old daughter what happened. In searching for an explanation of death, Ritcher finds a belief to guide her life.

How Do You Believe in a Mystery

Loudon Wainwright III - Los Angeles, California
As heard on Morning Edition, June 19, 2006

Loudon Wainwright III has been writing songs for more than 40 years. He believes in the mystery that inspires the creation of a new song. But it’s not something Wainwright wants to think about too much.

Natural Links in a Long Chain of Being

Victor Davis Hanson - Selma, California
As heard on Morning Edition, December 19, 2005

Victor Hanson has grounded his life in the study of the Classics and in the land his family has farmed for six generations. By following in the footsteps of his ancestors, he believes he is never alone.

Disrupting My Comfort Zone

Brian Grazer - Beverly Hills, California
As heard on All Things Considered, June 26, 2006

With movies like A Beautiful Mind and Apollo 13 to his credit, Oscar-winning producer Brian Grazer could rest on his laurels. But that’s not for him. Grazer believes in disrupting his comfort zone.

Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness

Andrew Sullivan - Provincetown, Massachusetts
As heard on Morning Edition, July 4, 2005

Although born and raised in England, writer Andrew Sullivan turns to America’s Declaration of Independence to find his beliefs rooted in the principles of “life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.”

The People Who Love You When No One Else Will

Cecile Gilmer - Logan, Utah
As heard on All Things Considered, March 6, 2006

When her biological family fell apart, Cecile Gilmer found a new family. She believes the love and kindness these chosen “relatives” gave her allowed her to become an open and loving person.

A Daily Walk Just to Listen

Susan Cosio - Sacramento, California
As heard on All Things Considered, October 2, 2006

As a hospital chaplain, parent and writer, Susan Cosio often finds her life filled with responsibilities and distractions. But she believes the quiet time of a daily walk helps her stay connected to God.

A Shared Moment of Trust

Warren Christopher - Los Angeles, California
As heard on All Things Considered, January 23, 2006

Former Secretary of State Warren Christopher negotiated international treaties and the release of hostages. He believed diplomacy—and life—work best when people trust and depend on one another.

A Duty To Heal

Pius Kamau - Aurora, Colorado
As heard on Morning Edition, January 16, 2006

Growing up in Kenya, Pius Kamau was inspired by the equality preached by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Now a surgeon in Denver, Kamau believes in caring for his patients, whatever their racial views.