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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



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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



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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

Holocaust Remembrance


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In the U.S., the national Days of Remembrance serve to commemorate the Holocaust. In remembrance, we highlight several essayists who have written about their personal experiences or those of family members during the Holocaust. Click the links below to learn how the events of the Holocaust shaped their lives and their beliefs.

  1. God Is God Because He Remembers
  2. The Belief of a Holocaust Survivor
  3. We Must Never Forget
  4. Peace Can Happen
  5. When Man Denies the Brotherhood of Man
  6. Speak Up

2013 In Review


It’s the beginning of a new year, a good time to look back at the old year. In 2013, we featured some wonderful essays that we believe you’ll enjoy revisiting.

  1. Find a Good Frog
  2. The Eternal Sunshine
  3. Yankee Go Home
  4. Appreciating the Moment
  5. Learning to Listen
  6. The Knowing

Writers of the 1950s


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The original This I Believe series included a number of literary icons of the 20th century. Their mastery of words helped them craft intriguing essays about their personal beliefs. Click the links below to hear what James Michener, Pearl Buck, Aldous Huxley and other writers had to say.

  1. All Men Are My Brothers
  2. Roll Away the Stone
  3. Goodness Doesn’t Just Happen
  4. The Work Of A Muckraker
  5. Learning To Get Out Of The Way

The Oceans


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The world’s oceans can be as calm and flat as glass, or can rage with a fury that sinks even the strongest ships. Some consider the sea to be our primordial roots, while others simply find it a nice place for a vacation. Click the links below to read how these essayists discovered their beliefs in the ocean.

  1. We Are Inextricably Linked
  2. Nature As A Salvation
  3. A Feeling Of Wildness
  4. Everyone Should Visit Once
  5. Nature Calls To Us

The Coffee Shop


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Whether upscale with $5-a-cup specialty brews, or down-home with a mug of Maxwell House, the coffee shop is a place where people take a break from daily life and find a bit of community. So draw a cup of your favorite blend, and enjoy these beliefs inspired by the coffee shop.

  1. A Place Of Conversation And Community
  2. A Chance To Escape The Mundane
  3. I Hear America Sipping
  4. Two Strangers In A Tiny Coffee Shop
  5. The Comfort of Coffee



Photo by Leslie Stout Spanyer

An old proverb says those who wish to sing always find a song. Whether it’s a quiet lullaby whispered to an ill child, or a rousing oratorio performed with a full chorus, there is an uplifting power to the human voice in song. Click the links below to read the beliefs singing has inspired in these essayists.

  1. The Key to a Long Life
  2. When Life Demands Singing
  3. Harmony: Two Voices Required
  4. With a Song in My Heart
  5. A Tender Lullaby
  6. The Power of Music