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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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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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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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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

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