Special Features

Nurses

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They work long hours performing tasks many of us wouldn’t want to do. They are present during moments of tragedy and joy. And, when we need medical care, they are often the first and last people we see. Click the links below to explore the beliefs of nurses in hospitals, in battle, and at school.

  1. I Can Make Things Better
  2. To Care For Those In Battle
  3. Nurses Represent The Best Of Humankind
  4. A Moment Of Admirable Strength
  5. A Punk-Rocking Nurse

A Calling to Medicine

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For thousands of years, men and women have chosen to become healers. Some of them have chosen to take the Hippocratic Oath and become physicians. Below, you will find essays from several of them, including some from the 1950s This I Believe series.

  1. Connecting with My Patients
  2. Why Pain?
  3. Listening Is Powerful Medicine
  4. A Goal of Service to Humankind
  5. Every Person Is Precious
  6. A Doctor’s Concern

Gardening

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Spring is here and all over the country, gardeners are beginning to start planting their gardens, or at very least start planning what they are going to plant. But more than flowers and vegetables emerge from the soil. Beliefs can grow there, too. Click the links below to read how gardening has inspired these essayists.

  1. Tending Gardens And Cultivating Humanity
  2. The Simple Joys of Life
  3. Comfort Food
  4. The Fruit Is Sweet
  5. The Church of the Garden

A Place Called Heaven

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Is there such a place? What is it like, and who might be there? Questions about heaven have occupied the minds of people for generations. In pondering these questions many of our essayists have found a belief that brings them hope and comfort. Click the links below to explore a sampling of thoughts about heaven.

  1. Everyone Goes To Heaven
  2. Living In My Heaven
  3. A New World
  4. Wherever The Rest Of My Kind Go
  5. My Vision Of Heaven

Super Tuesday

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In the U.S., today is known as Super Tuesday, a day when citizens of 13 states and one territory go to the polls in the presidential primaries. Today we are showcasing the This I Believe essays of seven individuals who have run for president of the United States.

  1. Principles of the Republic
  2. There Is No Job More Important Than Parenting
  3. The People Know
  4. The Willingness to Work for Solutions
  5. Dictators Cannot Kill It
  6. Standing Fast in Liberty
  7. The Virtues of the Quiet Hero

Gray Hair and Wrinkles

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There is much to be said about youthful exuberance and being young at heart. However, many people find that aging brings a certain kind of wisdom, peace of mind, and certainty of self. Click the links below to read how some essayists feel about growing older.

  1. Wrinkles
  2. A Birthday Reminder
  3. Gray Hairs and Wrinkles
  4. The Beauty of Aging
  5. The Beauty Pop Culture Fails to Notice

The Year In Review—2015

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It’s the beginning of a new year, and we at This I Believe are looking back at some of the most inspiring personal stories we featured in 2015. Click on the links below to revisit some of the most memorable essays from last year.

  1. Moving Beyond Stereotypes
  2. Less Is More
  3. The Grilled Cheese Principle
  4. Misspelling the Word “Of”
  5. Greetings
  6. Getting Lost
  7. Love Without Requirement

Religion and the Holidays

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Our world comprises much religious diversity. Yet regardless of our faith and its rituals, we all have the opportunity to care for one another, especially at this time of year. Click the links below to read how these essayists have embraced and been embraced by spiritual differences.

  1. The Space Between Us
  2. The Virtues of the Quiet Hero
  3. Expressing True Faith
  4. In the Spirit of Peace and Joy
  5. The Gift That Keeps on Giving

Pearl Harbor Remembrance

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“December 7, 1941: A day which will live in infamy.” Seventy-four years after President Roosevelt spoke these words, we still remember the attack on Pearl Harbor and how the events of that day changed the world forever. Click the links below to read essays in honor of Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day.

  1. To Live with Uncertainty
  2. Word of Honor
  3. I Never Stopped Believing
  4. The Luckiest Generation
  5. Everyone Deserves Respect

Adoption

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November is National Adoption Month, and many organizations around the U.S. are working to bring awareness to the creation of families through adoption. Whether domestic or international, open or closed, adoption provides an opportunity for children and parents to find their “forever” families. Click the links below to learn how adoption has inspired belief among these essayists.

  1. Grabbing the Baton
  2. The Bond Between Mother and Child
  3. Becoming a Parent Is a Gift
  4. The Power of Love to Transform and to Heal
  5. Considering Adoption