Special Features

Summertime

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Photo by Peter Roome via Flickr

The long, lazy days of summer are a paradise for the young and the young at heart. From hanging out with friends, to summer jobs, to summer camp, it’s a time to explore, have fun, and maybe create a little mischief. Click the links below to read what these teens (and a few adults recalling their youth) think about the magic of summer.

  1. The Endless Possibilities of Summer
  2. An Escape from Normal Life
  3. Going Barefoot
  4. Summer Camp
  5. The Constant Gold of Summer

Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness

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Photo credit: Library of Congress

When the founding fathers signed the Declaration of Independence, they pledged their belief that all human beings are born with the inalienable rights to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. Many essayists for This I Believe share that dedication to the principles on which our country was created. Click the links below to see how these essayists explore their beliefs in freedom, democracy, and liberty.

  1. Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness
  2. Proud of My Country
  3. A Public Man
  4. The America I Believe In
  5. The Pursuit of Happiness

Simply Say Hello

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Photo credit: André Benedix via Flickr

It’s a very simple greeting, a way to break the ice, or a way to acknowledge someone’s humanity. With what other word can we do so much? Click the links below to learn what these essayists have found about the importance of saying “hello.”

  1. The Power of Hello
  2. Saying Hi
  3. Every Person Deserves Respect
  4. Hello Is as Easy as Moving Mountains
  5. The Importance of Greetings
  6. Sawubona

Father’s Day

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Photo credit Wade Brooks via flickr

For this Father’s Day, we offer the following selection of essays about fatherhood—from being a father, to the relationship with our fathers. Click the links below to learn how these essayists have been inspired by the diverse range of experiences related to the father-child relationship. You can find these and other essays celebrating dads in our book, This I Believe: On Fatherhood.

  1. Appreciating the Moment
  2. The Choice to Do It Over Again
  3. When Angels Miss
  4. Finding a Different Way
  5. A Love Beyond Boundaries

Lost and Found

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Photo by Marcin Ejsmont via Flickr

It was J.R.R. Tolkein who wrote “Not all those who wander are lost.” And we might add that not all those who are lost need to be found. For some, getting lost is just an unexpected opportunity for something new to come along. Click on the links below to find what these essayists believe about getting lost.

  1. Getting Lost
  2. Lost
  3. Opening the Door of Mercy
  4. Wonderfully Lost
  5. I Once Was Lost…

Listen to Your Parents

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Photo by Hernån Piñera via Flickr

Most people can remember receiving words of advice from their parents—whether they asked for it or not. And, even if we did not heed the advice we were given, there is often truth in the words our parents wanted to share to guide us in our lives. Click on the links below to learn more about the wisdom learned from listening to one’s parents.

  1. The Power of Hello
  2. Always Go to the Funeral
  3. Work Is a Blessing
  4. Mom’s Everyday Advice
  5. A Father’s Lectures
  6. The Lawn Is Life

On Memorial Day

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Photo by MBK (Marjie) via Flickr

Memorial Day is a federal holiday in the United States for remembering the men and women who have died while in military service. To honor the memory of those who have served and sacrificed, we offer this collection of essays that explore the importance of remembering those who have served their country.

  1. On Memorial Day…
  2. War, Loss, and Remembrance
  3. Thought for Tomorrow
  4. The Ultimate Sacrifice
  5. Reasons to Remember

Asian-Pacific Heritage

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Photo by zaimoku_woodpile via Flickr

May is Asian-Pacific Heritage Month—a celebration of the rich history of Asians and Pacific Islanders in the United States. Click on the links below to read more from those whose Asian heritage has formed a foundation for their core beliefs.

  1. The Long Road to Forgiveness
  2. Big Thinking
  3. A Musician of Many Cultures
  4. Here Comes (the Real) Santa Claus
  5. A Duty to Family, Heritage, and Country
  6. Finding Prosperity by Feeding Monkeys
  7. A Mark in History
  8. Rice for Thanksgiving
  9. Mother Tongue

To Kill a Mockingbird

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Book cover art by J. B. Lippincott & Co.

Most people can probably make a quick list of books that have had a deep impact on their lives. And one of those books on a lot of those lists is To Kill a Mockingbird. Click on the links below to read more about how this classic book has had an impact on these readers.

  1. Unhardened Hearts
  2. Lessons from the Mockingbird
  3. I Believe in Atticus Finch
  4. Other People’s Shoes
  5. The Power of Literature

Nurses

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Photo by Michael Connors via Morguefile.com

They work long hours performing tasks many of us wouldn’t want to do. They are present during moments of tragedy and joy. And, when we need medical care, they are often the first and last people we see. Click the links below to explore the beliefs of nurses in hospitals, in battle, and at school.

  1. I Can Make Things Better
  2. To Care For Those In Battle
  3. Nurses Represent The Best Of Humankind
  4. A Moment Of Admirable Strength
  5. A Punk-Rocking Nurse