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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

On Memorial Day

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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

I Write the Songs

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The singer-songwriters of American popular music are our modern-day troubadours. From folk to rock to country, these musicians capture stories of everyday life and turn them into wonderful songs – and into compelling statements of belief.

  1. All the Joy the World Contains
  2. The Learning Curve of Gratitude
  3. Creating Our Own Happiness
  4. Walking in the Light
  5. How Do You Believe In A Mystery

Simply Say Hello

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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

For You, Mom

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This week, we honor mothers everywhere—new mothers, grandmothers, stepmothers, adoptive mothers, and mothers-in-law. The mother-child relationship is one of the most powerful and complex of relationships, and the following essayists have found that having a mother or being a mother inspires the deepest of beliefs.

  1. There Is No Job More Important Than Parenting
  2. The Power of Love to Transform and to Heal
  3. Miracle from Within
  4. The People Who Love You When No One Else Will
  5. Listen to Your Mother-in-Law
  6. The Second-Hardest Job