Special Features

The First Ten Essays

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On April 5, 2005, This I Believe launched a new project—sharing the personal beliefs of men and women from all walks of life. To celebrate the ten years since we launched this project, we are taking a look back at the very first essays that started things off. We hope you enjoy reading the very first ten essays.

  1. In Giving I Connect With Others
  2. The America I Believe In
  3. Testing the Limits of What I Know and What I Feel
  4. Good Can Be as Communicable as Evil
  5. There Is Such a Thing as Truth
  6. Be Cool To The Pizza Dude
  7. How Is It Possible to Believe in God?
  8. The Real Consequences of Justice
  9. Science Nourishes the Mind and the Soul
  10. The Importance of Restlessness and Jagged Edges

Food as Metaphor

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Yes, food is necessary for sustaining life. But more than just nutrition, some say food is love. Others still find that food can be a metaphor for how we should live our lives. Click the links below to learn how food has been a source of belief for these essayists.

  1. Be Cool To The Pizza Dude
  2. The Grilled Cheese Principle
  3. There Is No Such Thing As Too Much Barbecue
  4. My Mother’s Eggplant
  5. Finding Acceptance in Macaroni and Cheese

Snow

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The poet James Russell Lowell said snow covers the land with “a silence deep and white.” In that silence comes time for reflection about all manner of things in life, including belief. Click the links below to learn what these essayists learned during the wonder of a snowfall.

  1. The Hardest Work You Will Ever Do
  2. Never Give Up on Macaroni and Snowflakes
  3. An Appreciation of Life
  4. Winter Brings Joy, Hope, and Strength
  5. Snow Days

2014 in Review

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Another year has passed, and we all find ourselves reflecting on the previous year. At This I Believe, we have featured some beautiful personal stories about the beliefs that guide our lives. Click on the links below to revisit some of the most memorable essays from 2014.

  1. The Way of Silence
  2. Fry Bread
  3. Treating Everyone As Family
  4. Touching the Divine
  5. A Life in Literature
  6. The Noise of the Village

World War II Veterans

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It was this week 73 years ago, immediately after the bombing of Pearl Harbor, that the United States entered what would later be known as World War II. How did the War and the experiences of combat shape the beliefs of those men who served? Find out in these essays broadcast in Edward R. Murrow’s This I Believe series from the early 1950s.

  1. Guarding the Gift of Freedom, by Lucius D. Clay
  2. All Men Are My Brothers, by James A. Michener
  3. Mankind Is Only a Youngster, by Lloyd Jordan
  4. To Live with Uncertainty, by W. David Curtiss
  5. Avoiding the Extremes of Life, by David J. Levy

Baking

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Baking from scratch is a process that demands time and precision, and it’s a task that some people bypass by heading straight for the bakery section of the supermarket. But is there more to baking than the final iced or sliced product? These essayists have found that the process of baking yields more than just something delicious to eat.

  1. Baking by Senses and Memories
  2. Doing Things the Slow Way
  3. Made by Hand
  4. Sharing a Piece of My Life
  5. Making Others Happy

Veterans Day

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U. S. Army photo

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

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