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

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

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

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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