Special Features

Lost and Found

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It was J.R.R. Tolkein who wrote “Not all those who wander are lost.” And we might add that not all those who are lost need to be found. For some, getting lost is just an unexpected opportunity for something new to come along. Click on the links below to find what these essayists believe about getting lost.

  1. Getting Lost
  2. Lost
  3. Opening the Door of Mercy
  4. Wonderfully Lost
  5. I Once Was Lost…

On Memorial Day

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Memorial Day is a federal holiday in the United States for remembering the men and women who have died while in military service. To honor the memory of those who have served and sacrificed, we offer this collection of essays that explore the importance of remembering those who have served their country.

  1. On Memorial Day…
  2. War, Loss, and Remembrance
  3. Thought for Tomorrow
  4. The Ultimate Sacrifice
  5. Reasons to Remember

Stand by Your Man… or Woman

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The wedding vows encourage the couple to remain faithful through good times and bad, in sickness and in health. The bonds of love between spouses can offer strength and hope regardless of the challenge a marriage may face. Click the links below to read how these couples are inspired by their love for each other.

  1. Semper Fidelis
  2. God Knows About Sacrifice
  3. The Value of Your Life
  4. A Walk in the Woods Together
  5. Staying Close

Asian-Pacific Heritage

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May is Asian-Pacific Heritage Month—a celebration of the rich history of Asians and Pacific Islanders in the United States. Click on the links below to read more from those whose Asian heritage has formed a foundation for their core beliefs.

  1. The Long Road to Forgiveness
  2. Big Thinking
  3. A Musician of Many Cultures
  4. Here Comes (the Real) Santa Claus
  5. A Duty to Family, Heritage, and Country
  6. Finding Prosperity by Feeding Monkeys
  7. A Mark in History
  8. Rice for Thanksgiving
  9. Mother Tongue

Mother’s Day

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Photo courtesty of Geeta Maker-Clark

In honor of mothers everywhere—new mothers, grandmothers, stepmothers, adoptive mothers, and mothers-in-law—we say thank you. As it turns out, a lot of people write This I Believe essays about the mother-child relationship, and we are happy to feature a handful this week. Click the links below to learn how motherhood inspires a wealth of beliefs.

  1. Evolution
  2. Considering Adoption
  3. The Transformative Power of Letting Go
  4. It Takes a Mother’s Love
  5. Listen to Your Mother-in-Law
  6. Miracle from Within

Simplicity

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Leonardo da Vinci said, “Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication.” Some people choose to downsize their lives for spiritual reasons or out of concern for the environment. For others, the decision may be out of economic necessity. Whatever the reason, living simply has inspired belief among these essayists.

  1. Make It Do
  2. Enough Is More Than Plenty
  3. Our Social Duty
  4. The Gifts of Simplicity
  5. What Makes the Happiest People

Simply Say Hello

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It’s a very simple greeting, a way to break the ice, or a way to acknowledge someone’s humanity. With what other word can we do so much? Click the links below to learn what these essayists have found about the importance of saying “hello.”

  1. The Power of Hello
  2. Saying Hi
  3. Every Person Deserves Respect
  4. Hello Is as Easy as Moving Mountains
  5. The Importance of Greetings
  6. Sawubona

Women In Activism

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Photos courtesy Library of Congress and Nubar Alexanian

The original This I Believe and our revival of the series have featured a number of high-profile women working for progress in justice, equal rights, and other social issues. In honor of Women’s History Month, click the links below to learn of the beliefs that guided these prominent women.

  1. A Balance Between Nature And Nurture
  2. When Children Are Wanted
  3. A New Control Of Destiny
  4. Living My Prayer
  5. A Force For Human Dignity
  6. The Power And Mystery Of Naming Things
  7. A Devotion To The Common Good
  8. Getting Angry Can Be a Good Thing

Dancing

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Photo courtesy of Matt Harding

The human body in motion is one of our oldest forms of creative expression. Whether it’s the grace of a pirouette, or the energy of breaking, popping, and locking, dancing can entertain and inspire. Click the links below to read the beliefs these essayists have about dance.

  1. An Athlete of God
  2. Connecting to a Global Tribe
  3. Dance Is Life
  4. To Thine Own Self Be True
  5. Dancing All the Dances As Long As I Can

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