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Family and Friends

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Not all presents are wrapped in pretty paper with bows and ribbons. Some are gifts of knowledge or wisdom that are passed from one person to another. Click the links below to read what these essayists have learned from family and friends.

  1. A Kind and Generous Heart
  2. The Power of Hello
  3. Everyone Is Included
  4. Peace Can Happen
  5. Make It Do

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

Random Acts of Kindness

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We may never know the long-term effects of doing good deeds or cheering up a stranger with a small act of kindness. Whether spontaneous or planned, acts of kindness can be contagious and set off chain reactions of more people being kind to one another. We hope these essays on kindness might spark small random acts of kindness from you.

  1. The Kindnesses We Give Each Other
  2. The Connection Between Strangers
  3. A Conduit of the Divine
  4. Good Can Be as Communicable as Evil
  5. Umbrella Moments

Blessings After Hurricane Katrina

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This week fourteen 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

Teaching

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Many say that teaching is the most noble profession in the world. And a lot of teachers also say it’s the world’s hardest. Teaching can be fun and invigorating, challenging and exhausting, all at the same time. Click the links below to learn how teaching has inspired lifelong beliefs for these essayists.

  1. A Taste of Success
  2. You Can Get There From Here
  3. I Believe in Change
  4. This Is Why I Teach
  5. The Teacher

Just a Moment

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How long does a moment last? In reality, it’s just one specific point in time. But in our hearts and minds, a moment can last forever. Click the links below to read how just one moment has shaped some deeply held beliefs.

  1. Pieces of Me
  2. Appreciating the Moment
  3. A Shared Moment of Trust
  4. Living in Manageable Moments
  5. Moments Are Momentous
  6. A Moment to Reflect

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

Travel

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Monty Python’s Michael Palin has said, “Once the travel bug bites there is no known antidote, and I know that I shall be happily infected for the rest of my life.” There’s nothing like a good trip to see the sites, meet new people, and generally refresh the spirit. Click the links below to discover what these essayists believe about their travels.

  1. Travelling into the Lives of Others
  2. I Have to See the World
  3. Mapquest
  4. Yankee, Go Home
  5. Inviting the World to Dinner

Addiction and Recovery

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The long road of recovery can include deep and thoughtful introspection by those battling addiction. Through their essays, several contributors share their inspiring beliefs and experiences.  Click the links below to read their statements.

  1. Living in Manageable Moments
  2. The Serenity to Change the Things I Can
  3. I Will Take My Voice Back
  4. Twice I Sought Death
  5. There Is No Blame, There Is Only Love