Special Features

A Walk in the Woods

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As spring makes its way back, bringing longer days and greening of the landscape, it’s a perfect time for a hike among the trees. Whether for pleasure, exercise, or solitude, a walk in the woods can also inspire belief. Click the links below to learn what our essayists discovered out in nature.

  1. Forty Acres Of Freedom
  2. Living Life With ‘Grace And Elegant Treeness’
  3. To Disappear Into The Woods
  4. Walking With Trees
  5. Fully Immersing Ourselves In Nature

Poetry

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Even if the last time you thought about poetry was in high school, you probably have a favorite poem. Perhaps you can even recite it. To celebrate poetry and its vital place in American culture, schools, libraries, booksellers, and poets throughout the U.S. come together every April to celebrate this written art form. In celebration of National Poetry Month, we hope you’ll click the links below to read how these essayists have found their beliefs in poetry.

  1. The Making Of Poems
  2. I Believe in Poetry
  3. I Wish I Could Believe
  4. Poetry or Pie?
  5. The Most Accessible Form of Poetry

A Passion for Sports

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It’s nearly the end of basketball season, and baseball season has just arrived. But you don’t have to play sports in front of a national audience to learn life lessons that come from physical activity and competition. Click the links below to read the beliefs of these essayists who have a passion for sports.

  1. The Perfect Rebound
  2. You May Say I’m a Dreamer
  3. Be a Good Teammate
  4. Finding Out What’s Under Second Base
  5. Old Socks and Bits of String

Dancing

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Photo courtesy of Matt Harding

The human body in motion is one of our oldest forms of creative expression. Whether it’s the grace of a pirouette, or the energy of breaking, popping, and locking, dancing can entertain and inspire. Click the links below to read the beliefs these essayists have about dance.

  1. An Athlete of God
  2. Connecting to a Global Tribe
  3. Dance Is Life
  4. To Thine Own Self Be True
  5. Dancing All the Dances As Long As I Can

Listening

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Some say the secret to being a good friend is to be a good listener. But beyond friendship, being a good listener is essential in other relationships, both personal and professional. In honor of Listening Awareness Month, listen carefully to what these essayists have to say about being a good listener.

  1. Listening Is Powerful Medicine
  2. Listening Shows Me the Way
  3. Learning to Listen
  4. Listening To Silence
  5. Beyond the Noise

At Home In New Orleans

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The music, the neighborhoods, the food, and the people make New Orleans a one-of-a-kind American city. Whether you’ve lived there your whole life or only visited once, you know why people feel at home there. Click the links below to read how these essayists have been inspired by their home in New Orleans.

  1. The Strange Blessing That Brought Me Home
  2. Listen to Your Mother-in-Law
  3. Home Restores You; I Believe in New Orleans
  4. My Home Is New Orleans
  5. Treating Everyone as Family

In Celebration of African American History

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In honor of millions of African Americans who have struggled through the centuries to fight for justice, fairness, and equality, we are featuring the stories of pioneers who blazed the path for civil rights, as well as others who continue to consider the role of race in America today.

  1. Standing Up to Injustice
  2. Free Minds and Hearts at Work
  3. Looking At Life Through Another’s Eyes
  4. Leaving Identity Issues to Other Folks
  5. A Duty To Heal
  6. Being Content with Myself

True Love’s Kiss

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The Kiss by Gustav Klimt

There must be something special about a kiss. Painters paint them, sculptors sculpt them, and poets write about them. Whether it’s a sweet peck on the cheek, the kiss of young love, or the passionate embrace of romantic love, the kiss endures in our memories. Click the links below to learn how these writers feel about a kiss.

  1. Swing-shift Kisses
  2. The Love I Choose
  3. Gray Hairs and Wrinkles
  4. Here’s to You, Merrie
  5. Mwa
  6. I Believe in a Good Kiss

The Ways We Love

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With Valentine’s Day approaching, this week we are featuring a selection of essays from our book, This I Believe: On Love, that illustrate the many facets of this most fundamental human emotion. Click the links below to read stories about core beliefs based on love.

  1. Pennies from Heaven
  2. A Walk in the Woods Together
  3. What We Tried to Do
  4. Swing-shift Kisses
  5. The Beauty of Aging

Grammy Award Winners

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From classical to rap, country to pop, music holds a special place in our hearts and memories. For those who make music, there are GRAMMY awards. Click the links below to hear the beliefs of these GRAMMY-Award-winning musicians.

  1. A Musician of Many Cultures by Yo-Yo Ma
  2. The Mountain Disappears by Leonard Bernstein
  3. Music Makes Me Come Alive by Joan Tower
  4. The Learning Curve of Gratitude by Mary Chapin Carpenter
  5. Creating Our Own Happiness by Wayne Coyne
  6. How Do You Believe In A Mystery by Loudon Wainwright III
  7. Doing Things My Own Way by Bela Fleck