Special Features

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

Blessings After Hurricane Katrina

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Nine 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

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

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

We All Scream for Ice Cream!

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Did you know that in the U.S., July is National Ice Cream Month? Is there anything more refreshing than ice cream on a summer day? Grab a bowl of your favorite flavor and enjoy our selected essays about core beliefs inspired by this sweet frozen treat.

  1. Neapolitan Ice Cream
  2. The Ice Cream Theory
  3. I Believe In Eating Ice Cream Without a Spoon
  4. Reason to Scream Ice Cream
  5. Frozen Medication

America

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In honor of Independence Day and the birth of our nation, we present this collection of essays about America and all it encompasses.

  1. Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness
  2. The America I Believe In
  3. Americana
  4. My American Dream
  5. The Hidden Vitality of Human Beings

Traveling

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School is out and summer vacation is here! Whether you’re planning on traveling or spending time close to home, we hope you enjoy this collection of essays exploring personal beliefs about travel.

  1. I Believe in Maps
  2. Getting Lost
  3. A Feeling of Wildness
  4. Embracing the Local Community
  5. The Gift of Solo Travel

I Write the Songs

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The singer-songwriters of American popular music are our modern-day troubadours. From folk to rock to country, these musicians capture stories of everyday life and turn them into wonderful songs – and into compelling statements of belief.

  1. All the Joy the World Contains
  2. The Learning Curve of Gratitude
  3. Creating Our Own Happiness
  4. Walking in the Light
  5. How Do You Believe In A Mystery