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Some people may bowl alone but for those who visit the lanes with friends, bowling is a sport of camaraderie. Hitting strikes and spares is the goal, but discovering an inspiring belief can be an interesting by-product of the game. Click the links below to read what these essayists believe about bowling.

  1. The Simplicity of a Bowling Philosophy
  2. Thursday Night Bowling
  3. Friendships Found
  4. A Captain’s Responsibility
  5. The Second Chance

Mother’s Day


We celebrate moms everywhere this week with a selection of essays from our new book, This I Believe: On Motherhood. These writers tell of the lessons learned from being a mother, and of the wisdom gained from the mothers in their lives. As one essayist says, “A mother’s love can overcome hatred, animosity and selfishness. It has the power to heal an abused heart and body.”

  1. Our Children
  2. Am I Doing This Right?
  3. Bessie Mae: Nobody Famous
  4. Miracle from Within
  5. The Second-Hardest Job
  6. Hope Dished Out in Plenty
  7. Do What You Have To Do
  8. It Takes a Mother’s Love

The Human Body


Photo illustration by Prashant Zi via Flickr

The human body is an amazing network of blood, bone, tissue and neurons. The wonders of our bodies — from the finely toned specimen working at peak performance, to those struggling with disease or disability — can inspire powerful beliefs. Click the links below to read the statements of those in tune with their bodies.

  1. The Heartbreaking Splendor of Human Bodies
  2. I Am Not My Body
  3. The Flaw-Free Body
  4. An Athlete of God
  5. A Model Body

National Volunteer Week


Photo illustration by The Snow Thief via Flickr

This week, we honor the people who give of their time, talents and energy to assist those in need. Whether it’s cleaning up after a disaster, building a home, mentoring a child, or rescuing a stray animal, the act of helping another can be wondrously fulfilling for the person doing the work and for those receiving the assistance. Please click the links below to read about the beliefs inspired by volunteering.

  1. If You Don’t Do It, Who Will?
  2. For All the Right Reasons
  3. A Belief Worthy of a Lifetime of Effort
  4. Everyday Heroes
  5. The Kindness Of Strangers



Photo illustration by Skez via Flickr

The American one-cent piece is a common part of our everyday lives, piled on dressers, stored in jars or collected in piggy banks. Although this smallest part of our monetary system dates back to 1793, there are some who argue in favor of eliminating the penny. Whether the coin represents nostalgia or nuisance for you, these essayists have found the cent to be a source of their belief.

  1. Hunting Pennies
  2. Pennies from Heaven
  3. Taking Care of Pennies
  4. The Power of a Penny
  5. Lucky Pennies



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March Madness, the four weeks when the men’s and women’s NCAA basketball tournament dominates American sports, is underway.  Whether played by college athletes, highly paid professionals or kids on the playground, basketball relies both on individual performance and teamwork.  Click the links below to see how the game has inspired these essayists.

  1. Teacher
  2. Pick-Up Ball Is Community
  3. You Don’t Win All The Time
  4. Practice Until Perfection Is Attained
  5. Advice from Michael Jordan

The Peace Corps


Peace Corps photo

More than 200,000 Americans have served in the Peace Corps since its founding in 1961. Volunteering in the Corps often means sacrificing time and effort for the benefit of others. From recognizing a latent love of country, to discovering a belief in “less,” these essayists remind us that time spent in the service of others can offer valuable life lessons in return.

  1. A Tour of Conscience
  2. I Come from Someplace
  3. The Right to an Education
  4. Heed the Call
  5. Less and More

2011 in Review


With the coming of the New Year, we are looking back and taking stock of the old year. 2011 included some wonderful essays about love, resilience, empathy and more. We hope you enjoy revisiting some of the beliefs presented in the past year.

  1. Living in Manageable Moments
  2. What We Tried to Do
  3. Semper Fidelis
  4. Time for Lunch
  5. Forgiving My Dad



Illustration by Norman Rockwell

Thanksgiving marks the start of the holiday season, with gatherings of families and friends, and the sharing of food and drink. During the festivities of the coming weeks, we hope you take time to reflect on the beliefs that guide your life, just like these essayists have done.

  1. Family Blessings
  2. Joy Beyond Measure
  3. Hope Dished Out in Plenty
  4. You Can Go Home Again
  5. Baking by Senses and Memories



Photo illustration by RachelEllen via Flickr

With the economy still limping along, many people are watching their spending. Whether living frugally is a recent choice or a long-term habit, it’s easy to see the benefits of pinching pennies. Click the links below to explore what these essayists believe about their frugality.

  1. Make It Do
  2. A Life of Thrift
  3. A Happy Medium
  4. Hunting Pennies
  5. Countering the Force that Drives People Financially Crazy