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Words of a Poet

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Whether a sonnet, a haiku, or free verse, poetry is a distillation of language that reveals the very essence of an idea or emotion. In celebration of National Poetry Month, we hope you’ll click the links below to read how these essayists have found their beliefs through poetry.

  1. Art Is a Question of Being Alive
  2. True Poetry
  3. The Making of Poems
  4. The Return of Poetry
  5. We Never Go Away

Poetry

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Even if the last time you thought about poetry was in high school, you probably have a favorite poem. Perhaps you can even recite it. To celebrate poetry and its vital place in American culture, schools, libraries, booksellers, and poets throughout the U.S. come together every April to celebrate this written art form. In celebration of National Poetry Month, we hope you’ll click the links below to read how these essayists have found their beliefs in poetry.

  1. The Making Of Poems
  2. I Believe in Poetry
  3. I Wish I Could Believe
  4. Poetry or Pie?
  5. The Most Accessible Form of Poetry

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

Baseball

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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

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

Futbol!

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As we congratulate Germany on their World Cup win, we also marvel at the enthusiasm and dedication of soccer fans who traveled around the world to support their teams. Whether you’ve been on the field yourself, or simply cheer from the stands, click the links below to explore the passion of futbol.

  1. A Personal Goal
  2. The Beautiful Game
  3. A Passion for the World’s Game
  4. The Language of Soccer
  5. Determination Is Key