Special Features

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

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

Tell the Kids

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Many parents can remember a specific moment when they had the thought, “What do I tell the kids?” Whether it’s talking about death and illness, dating and sex, or “bad guys” in the world, deciding when and how to talk to children is a delicate balancing act every parent must perform at one time or another. Click below to read essays based on a belief in being honest with children.

  1. Tell the Children
  2. Telling Kids the Whole Truth
  3. The Stories We Tell Our Children
  4. Innocence Is Overrated
  5. To Tell the Truth

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

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

The Wisdom of Our Elders

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Whether it’s a grandparent or neighbor, we have all learned to respect our elders. But do we listen to them and learn from their years of experience? To honor those seniors who inspire us and shape us, we present this selection of This I Believe essays. In their words and voices, you’ll hear the thoughtful wisdom that comes from living a long and fruitful life.

  1. Good Can Be as Communicable as Evil
  2. Community in Action
  3. Living Life With ‘Grace And Elegant Treeness’
  4. A Shared Moment of Trust
  5. Life Is a Child of Immortality
  6. Growth That Starts from Thinking

Nobel Prize Winners

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Now that Bob Dylan has finally picked up this year’s Nobel Prize in literature, we revisit essays written by previous Nobel laureates. From winners of the Peace Prize, to honorees in the sciences and literature, these essayists offer thought-provoking views on their lives and the world.

  1. An Ideal of Service to Our Fellow Man
  2. God Is God Because He Remembers
  3. Roll Away the Stone
  4. The Tense Middle
  5. Old Creeds In A New World
  6. When Ordinary People Achieve Extraordinary Things
  7. Life Grows in the Soil of Time

Best Friends

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They keep our secrets, challenge our thinking and sometimes frustrate us terribly. But best friends are the people we know we can count on to be there with us through good times and bad. Click the links below to read how these essayists found their beliefs in a relationship with a special friend.

  1. The Friend That Makes Me Complete
  2. We Will Get Through This Together
  3. The Deepest Sources Of Joy
  4. The Friends Who Opened My Heart
  5. The Faith That Brings Me Peace

Justice

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Most everyone says they’re for justice even if we can’t always agree on what exactly constitutes it. Is justice best defined morally or legally? How much is it rooted in fairness and equity? Who deserves it and who dispenses it? Click the links below to read how these essayists struggled with these questions as they developed their beliefs.

  1. The Real Consequences of Justice
  2. The Greatest of All Virtues
  3. Everyone Deserves Defense
  4. Doing Justice One Person at a Time
  5. One Measure of Justice and Equality

Women In Activism

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The original This I Believe and our revival of the series have featured a number of high-profile women working for progress in justice, equal rights, and other social issues. In honor of International Women’s Day, click the links below to learn of the beliefs that guided these prominent women.

  1. A Balance Between Nature And Nurture
  2. When Children Are Wanted
  3. A New Control Of Destiny
  4. Living My Prayer
  5. A Force For Human Dignity
  6. The Power And Mystery Of Naming Things
  7. A Devotion To The Common Good
  8. Getting Angry Can Be a Good Thing