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A Roadmap for Life

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Whether you think life is a highway, or you prefer the road less taken, maps can help us determine where we are and how to get where we want to go. Click the links below to explore how the beliefs of these essayists have been influenced by maps, both physical and imagined.

  1. There Is Such A Thing As Truth
  2. Right On Red
  3. I Believe In Maps
  4. Lost
  5. God’s Maps

At the Library

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The public library is so much more than a place to borrow books. For many people, it’s a window to the world. From toddler story time and book club groups, to Internet access and neighborhood events, libraries are essential for strong communities. Click the links below to read how these essayists have been inspired by the library.

  1. The Library Reading Room
  2. Confessions of a Bibliophile
  3. I Believe in the Public Library
  4. Libraries Foster Community
  5. The Stillness of the Library

Play Ball

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As America’s favorite pastime, baseball inspires devoted fans and bitter rivalries as well as life-guiding beliefs. Click the links below to read how the game has influenced the beliefs of these essayists.

  1. Appreciating the Moment
  2. Finding Out What’s Under Second Base
  3. Little Acts of Goodness
  4. The Freedom of Baseball
  5. God, Family, Country and Baseball, by Ralph “Babe” Pinelli
  6. All People Are My Teammates, by Bobby Doerr

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

The Importance of Neighbors

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This week, we experienced the power of neighbors helping neighbors as Hurricane Harvey deluged Texas. Whether we know them well or keep them at arm’s length, neighbors are an important part of our community. Click the links below to learn how neighbors have been a source of belief for these essayists.

  1. Howdy Neighbor
  2. The Importance of Neighbors
  3. Our American Neighbors
  4. The Unknown Neighbor
  5. Finding a Way Home

Living Through Poetry

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Poetry can be an expression of love, a processing of grief, or a way to freeze a moment in time. Whether a sonnet, a haiku, or free verse, it is a distillation of language that reveals the very essence of an idea or emotion. We invite you to click the links below to read how these essayists have found their beliefs in poetry.

  1. The Making of Poems
  2. Music and Medicine for the Soul
  3. More Than Just Words
  4. Our Ultimate Inspiration
  5. The Untamed Habitat of Language

The Sounds of Silence

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Most of us are constantly exposed to noise every day: ringing phones, passing traffic, and chattering people. But one thing we rarely hear in our modern world is silence. Click on the links below to read why these essayists believe silence is golden.

  1. A Grace of Silence
  2. Listening to Silence
  3. The Gift of Silence
  4. A Silence Beyond Words
  5. The Humility in Silence
  6. The Beauty of Silent Reflection

Family Members In Military Service

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For many, there is a tremendous pride that comes from having a family member serve in the military. At the same time there can be heartache, loneliness and a constant fear for the safety of that son or daughter, sister or brother, father or mother who is stationed far, far away. Click the links below to explore the beliefs of those who have stayed at home while a loved one is serving their country.

  1. My Husband Will Call Me Tomorrow
  2. Do What You Have To Do
  3. To Question And Defend Our Country
  4. My Son, My Hero
  5. Pieces Of Home

Our Animal Companions

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It’s hard to beat the friendship of a loyal pet. Whether a big, old dog, or a spunky, young kitten, or some exotic species, a relationship with a beloved pet can be as deep and fulfilling as anything we can experience. Click the links below to read how special animals inspired belief in these essayists.

  1. Love on Four Feet
  2. Teaching a Bad Dog New Tricks
  3. Horses Can Heal
  4. The Church of the Holy Chicken
  5. The Language of Animals

Classical Music Stars of the 1950s

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For the original version of This I Believe, host Edward R. Murrow invited a number of classical music artists to share their beliefs. Their essays reach beyond their profession to explore their thoughts about the world of the 1950s. Click the links below to hear what these musicians had to say.

  1. The Mountain Disappears
  2. That Little, Inner Voice
  3. The Reason For Life
  4. The High Price Of Money
  5. Uniting Into A Proud National Family