Special Features

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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Photo by Steven Depolo via Flickr

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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Photo credit: Paul Hadsall via Flickr

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

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. A Purity of Love

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

Wilderness

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This week marks the 50th anniversary of the signing of the Wilderness Act, an act of Congress to designate and protect federal wilderness areas “for the permanent good of the whole people.” Many people find that good does, indeed, come from immersing oneself in nature. Click below to explore what these essayists believe about wilderness.

  1. A Feeling Of Wildness
  2. Wilderness Camping
  3. A Wilderness Experience for Teenagers
  4. The Oneness
  5. The Clearest Way into the Universe

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