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Baking

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Baking from scratch is a process that demands time and precision, and it’s a task that some people bypass by heading straight for the bakery section of the supermarket. But is there more to baking than the final iced or sliced product? These essayists have found that the process of baking yields more than just something delicious to eat.

  1. Baking by Senses and Memories
  2. Doing Things the Slow Way
  3. Made by Hand
  4. Sharing a Piece of My Life
  5. Making Others Happy

Living Through Poetry

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Poetry can be an expression of love, a processing of grief, or a way to freeze a moment in time. Whether a sonnet, a haiku, or free verse, it is a distillation of language that reveals the very essence of an idea or emotion. We invite you to click the links below to read how these essayists have found their beliefs in poetry.

  1. The Making of Poems
  2. Music and Medicine for the Soul
  3. More Than Just Words
  4. Our Ultimate Inspiration
  5. The Untamed Habitat of Language

Veterans Day

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There is perhaps no time that belief is more emphatically tested and acted upon than in times of war or conflict. To commemorate Veterans Day, we feature men and women who have served our country in the military. Click the links below to hear about their experiences and their beliefs. And visit our special collection of essays by those who have served our country.

  1. Untold Stories of Kindness
  2. Patriotic Ponderings
  3. The Virtues of the Quiet Hero
  4. The Connection Between Strangers
  5. We Also Served

Thank You

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Just two little words, “thank” and “you,” when used together, can convey so much. From small expressions of gratitude to someone who served you lunch, to making the time to send a handwritten note, the following people believe in the power of saying “thank you.”

  1. The Act of Giving Thanks
  2. Saying Thank You
  3. Appreciating the Thought and the Effort
  4. Give Back by Saying Thank You
  5. Please and Thank You

Baseball

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This week brings the beginning of Major League Baseball’s World Series. As America’s pastime, baseball inspires devoted fans and bitter rivalries as well as life-guiding beliefs. Click the links below to read how the game influenced three baseball legends and two ardent fans.

  1. God, Family, Country and Baseball, by Ralph “Babe” Pinelli
  2. All People Are My Teammates, by Bobby Doerr
  3. Free Minds and Hearts at Work, by Jackie Robinson
  4. Baseball Is Not Just a Sport
  5. The Freedom of Baseball

Making Music

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Photo by Fabiano Kai via Flickr

Many people say that listening to music is a very important part of their lives. And those who make music feel even stronger about its power to move them. For both famous musicians and the person sitting in the cubicle next to you, music can inspire some powerful beliefs.

  1. The Artistry In Hidden Talents
  2. A Musician of Many Cultures
  3. Music Makes Me Come Alive
  4. Doing Things My Own Way
  5. Amazing Grace

Grief

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At times of loss, feelings of grief can be overwhelming. But from the crucible of that pain, we can learn more about ourselves, and about how we want to continue living in the world. Click the links below to read what these essayists discovered about the grief they experienced.

  1. A Way to Honor Life
  2. Motherhood Is a Sacred Gift
  3. The Hardest Work You Will Ever Do
  4. The Give-and-Take of Grief
  5. Peaceful in My Grief

There’s No Place Like Home

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Home can be the house we grew up in, the town where we live, or where our hearts are. However you define home, it is a powerful force in our lives, one that can be a foundation for lifelong beliefs. Click the links below to read how these essayists have been inspired by their homes.

  1. To Dwell in Possibility
  2. I Am Home
  3. The Place I Call Home
  4. The Old Neighborhood
  5. Home Is Where the Heart Is

Stepfamilies

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Blended marriages can create unique challenges for stepchildren and stepparents. But the rewards can be as powerful and as strong as any familial relationship. Please click the links below to read how these essayists navigated the tricky waters of their blended families.

  1. The Second-Hardest Job
  2. The Measure of a Man
  3. The Blessings of Step
  4. The Addams Family as a Role Model
  5. Imperfections: The Beauty of Life

Autism

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The federal government estimates that about nine in 1,000 children are diagnosed with autism. From parents who notice that first sign that something may be wrong with their child, to adults who are living with one of the autism spectrum disorders, the condition affects the lives of many Americans. Click the links below to read what these essayists have come to believe based on their experiences with autism.

  1. Seeing in Beautiful, Precise Pictures
  2. First Friend
  3. We’re All Different in Our Own Ways
  4. What You Can Learn from Your Brother
  5. Being Free to Choose Happiness
  6. Adapting to the Possibilities of Life