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At Home In New Orleans

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The music, the neighborhoods, the food, and the people make New Orleans a one-of-a-kind American city. Whether you’ve lived there your whole life or only visited once, you know why people feel at home there. Click the links below to read how these essayists have been inspired by their home in New Orleans.

  1. The Strange Blessing That Brought Me Home
  2. Listen to Your Mother-in-Law
  3. Home Restores You; I Believe in New Orleans
  4. My Home Is New Orleans
  5. Treating Everyone as Family

And the Oscar goes to…

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For the original version of This I Believe, host Edward R. Murrow invited a number of accomplished actors to share their beliefs, many of whom were Academy Award winners and nominees. With the polished voices of classically trained actors, they stepped before the microphone to tell their stories. Click the links below to hear what these Hollywood legends had to say.

  1. A Morning Prayer in a Little Church, by Helen Hayes
  2. Does Anybody Believe an Actor, by Lionel Barrymore
  3. Faith Is Stronger Than Fear, by Barbara Stanwyck
  4. To Sound the Notes of Human Passion, by Agnes Moorehead

GRAMMY Award Winners

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From classical to rap, country to pop, music holds a special place in our hearts and memories. For those who make music, there are GRAMMY awards. Click the links below to hear the beliefs of these GRAMMY-Award-winning musicians.

  1. A Musician of Many Cultures by Yo-Yo Ma
  2. The Mountain Disappears by Leonard Bernstein
  3. Music Makes Me Come Alive by Joan Tower
  4. The Learning Curve of Gratitude by Mary Chapin Carpenter
  5. Creating Our Own Happiness by Wayne Coyne
  6. How Do You Believe In A Mystery by Loudon Wainwright III
  7. Doing Things My Own Way by Bela Fleck

The Love We Choose

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With Valentine’s Day approaching, pink and red flowers, cards, and candy are being sold in the name of love. As we consider all of the valentines in our lives—sweethearts, family, and even pets—this week, we are featuring a selection of essays from our book, This I Believe: On Love, that illustrate stories of the love we choose.

  1. The Love I Choose
  2. Deciding to Love Her
  3. Love from Head to Toe
  4. Love on Four Feet
  5. A Walk in the Woods Together
  6. The Friend Who Makes Me Complete

The Ways We Love

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With Valentine’s Day approaching, this week we are featuring a selection of essays from our book, This I Believe: On Love, that illustrate the many facets of this most fundamental human emotion. Click the links below to read stories about core beliefs based on love.

  1. Pennies from Heaven
  2. A Walk in the Woods Together
  3. What We Tried to Do
  4. Swing-shift Kisses
  5. The Beauty of Aging

Family

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“Family” is a great concept, but in practice it doesn’t always work in the picture-perfect version we idealize. Many times, we find that families are defined by more than blood, culture, or circumstance. Click the links below to read how these essayists built their beliefs in family.

  1. My Family Tree
  2. A Duty to Family, Heritage, and Country
  3. The People Who Love You When No One Else Will
  4. Love Lives through Them All
  5. Dad’s Legacy

Taking Inspiration from Dr. King

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As the U.S. marks the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., we offer a sampling of statements from essayists who were influenced by King’s work and words—both by people who witnessed his famous “I Have a Dream” speech, to those who were simply inspired by it.

  1. The Power of Words
  2. Finding New Pride In America
  3. Dr. King’s Dream
  4. This Is Our Mountaintop

Playing Games

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Many people play games with friends and family at holiday gatherings. When we play these games, we may not be thinking any deeper than the game in front of us. But for these essayists, a game of friendly competition brings about thoughts of community, family, and even deeper philosophy. Click the links below to read how these essayists feel about playing games.

  1. The Cards Will Hear You
  2. A Game of Cards
  3. Role-Playing Games: Where Belief Comes From
  4. Scrabble Makes my Life Clear
  5. My Legacy of Playing Games

Reflections on Giving

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We can give with our money, we can give of our time, we can give with a smile and an open heart. In this season of giving, our essayists offer their beliefs on the importance of connecting and sharing with each other. Happy holidays from This I Believe.

  1. In Giving I Connect With Others
  2. Here Comes (the Real) Santa Claus
  3. All The Joy The World Contains
  4. Why I Close My Restaurant
  5. The Designated Celebrator

Happy With What I Have

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What makes you happy? Is it the attainment of the latest gadgets or a new, bigger car? How about getting a raise at work or winning the lottery? Does money really make us happy? Click the links below to read how these essayists feel about finding happiness with what they have.

  1. Creating Our Own Happiness
  2. Happy Talk
  3. Make It Do
  4. Just Say No
  5. Happy With What I Have