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Blessings After Hurricane Katrina

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Nine years ago, when Hurricane Katrina devastated the coast of Louisiana and Mississippi, the monster storm couldn’t break the spirit of Gulf Coast residents. Click the links below to see how the people, even when faced with disaster, were inspired by the blessings that came in the wake of the storm.

  1. Katrina Couldn’t Knock Me Down
  2. Where God Hangs Out
  3. When’s the Garbage Man Gonna Come?
  4. Rings of Hope
  5. The Strange Blessing That Brought Me Home

Fishing

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For many people, fishing is a sport. For others, it’s an excuse to spend some quiet time in nature. And for some people, fishing is a metaphor for life and the source of belief. Click the links below to read some fishing stories from This I Believe essayists.

  1. How Do You Believe in a Mystery, by Loudon Wainwright III
  2. The Power of Fishing, by Johnnie Barmore
  3. Moby Dick Is Out There Somewhere, by Bob Eidem
  4. No Place I’d Rather Be, by Chris Macaluso
  5. The Creel, by George R. Shepard

Saying Goodbye

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Sometimes a goodbye is a casual comment to a colleague we’ll see tomorrow. Other times we say farewell to a loved one we’ll never see again. The moments of transition that we mark with a see you soon, a goodbye, or a farewell can leave a lasting impression on a person. Click to the links below to read how these essayists have been inspired by saying goodbye.

  1. Life Is Beautiful
  2. Releasing the Old, Embracing the Now
  3. See You Soon
  4. The Future Is Unknown
  5. To Have It All Back

Thunderstorms

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The hot, thick air of summer provides the perfect breeding ground for thunderstorms. And in the driving rain and brilliant lightning, some people find the flash of inspiration. Click the links below to read what these essayists believe about summer storms.

  1. Discovery in a Thunderstorm
  2. Behold the Power of Storms
  3. The Storms That Define Our Lives
  4. Heaven’s Light
  5. A Part of the Magic

Coffee and Community

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There’s something for everyone in a coffee shop. From their caffeinated beverages to their comfy couches, coffee shops are both a delicious experience and a place to build local community.

We hope you enjoy this collection of stories inspired by coffee and the community it creates.

  1. A Place of Conversation and Community
  2. A Chance to Escape the Mundane
  3. A Cup of Coffee
  4. An Elixir of Life
  5. Roasted Coffee Beans

Futbol!

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As we congratulate Germany on their World Cup win, we also marvel at the enthusiasm and dedication of soccer fans who traveled around the world to support their teams. Whether you’ve been on the field yourself, or simply cheer from the stands, click the links below to explore the passion of futbol.

  1. A Personal Goal
  2. The Beautiful Game
  3. A Passion for the World’s Game
  4. The Language of Soccer
  5. Determination Is Key

We All Scream for Ice Cream!

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Did you know that in the U.S., July is National Ice Cream Month? Is there anything more refreshing than ice cream on a summer day? Grab a bowl of your favorite flavor and enjoy our selected essays about core beliefs inspired by this sweet frozen treat.

  1. Neapolitan Ice Cream
  2. The Ice Cream Theory
  3. I Believe In Eating Ice Cream Without a Spoon
  4. Reason to Scream Ice Cream
  5. Frozen Medication

America

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In honor of Independence Day and the birth of our nation, we present this collection of essays about America and all it encompasses.

  1. Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness
  2. The America I Believe In
  3. Americana
  4. My American Dream
  5. The Hidden Vitality of Human Beings

Traveling

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School is out and summer vacation is here! Whether you’re planning on traveling or spending time close to home, we hope you enjoy this collection of essays exploring personal beliefs about travel.

  1. I Believe in Maps
  2. Getting Lost
  3. A Feeling of Wildness
  4. Embracing the Local Community
  5. The Gift of Solo Travel

Fatherhood

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In honor of Father’s Day, we offer this selection of essays about fatherhood—from the fathers who influenced us, to the fathers we hope to become. Click the links below to read how fathers and fatherhood have inspired some of our essayists. You can find these and other essays celebrating dads in our book, This I Believe: On Fatherhood.

  1. Truth and the Santa Claus Moment
  2. A Father’s Lectures
  3. A Father Is Born from Many Strangers
  4. Appreciating the Moment
  5. The Dads We Were Given