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Coffee and Community

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There’s something for everyone in a coffee shop. From their caffeinated beverages to their comfy couches, coffee shops are both a delicious experience and a place to build local community.

We hope you enjoy this collection of stories inspired by coffee and the community it creates.

  1. A Place of Conversation and Community
  2. A Chance to Escape the Mundane
  3. A Cup of Coffee
  4. An Elixir of Life
  5. Roasted Coffee Beans

Travel

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Monty Python’s Michael Palin has said, “Once the travel bug bites there is no known antidote, and I know that I shall be happily infected for the rest of my life.” There’s nothing like a good trip to see the sites, meet new people, and generally refresh the spirit. Click the links below to discover what these essayists believe about their travels.

  1. Travelling into the Lives of Others
  2. I Have to See the World
  3. Mapquest
  4. Yankee, Go Home
  5. Inviting the World to Dinner

Addiction and Recovery

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The long road of recovery can include deep and thoughtful introspection by those battling addiction. Through their essays, several contributors share their inspiring beliefs and experiences.  Click the links below to read their statements.

  1. Living in Manageable Moments
  2. The Serenity to Change the Things I Can
  3. I Will Take My Voice Back
  4. Twice I Sought Death
  5. There Is No Blame, There Is Only Love

Independence Day

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When the founding fathers signed the Declaration of Independence, they pledged their lives, their fortunes, and their sacred honor. Many essayists for This I Believe share that dedication to the principles on which our country was created. Click the links below to see how a former President, a renowned comic book artist, and others explore their beliefs in freedom, democracy, and government.

  1. I Help Make Government Work
  2. Finding Security In Fundamental Freedoms
  3. A Public Man
  4. That Old Piece Of Cloth
  5. Life, Liberty, And The Pursuit Of Happiness

A Passion for Sports

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We are in the middle of the Women’s World Cup, and baseball season is in full swing. But you don’t have to play sports in front of a national audience to learn life lessons that come from physical activity and competition. Click the links below to read the beliefs of these essayists who have a passion for sports.

  1. The Perfect Rebound
  2. You May Say I’m a Dreamer
  3. Be a Good Teammate
  4. Finding Out What’s Under Second Base
  5. Old Socks and Bits of String

Saying Goodbye

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Sometimes a goodbye is a casual comment to a colleague we’ll see tomorrow. Other times we say farewell to a loved one we’ll never see again. The moments of transition that we mark with a see you soon, a goodbye, or a farewell can leave a lasting impression on a person. Click to the links below to read how these essayists have been inspired by saying goodbye.

  1. Life Is Beautiful
  2. Releasing the Old, Embracing the Now
  3. See You Soon
  4. The Future Is Unknown
  5. To Have It All Back

Fatherhood

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In honor of Father’s Day, we offer this selection of essays about fatherhood—from the fathers who influenced us, to the fathers we hope to become. Click the links below to read how fathers and fatherhood have inspired some of our essayists. You can find these and other essays celebrating dads in our book, This I Believe: On Fatherhood.

  1. Truth and the Santa Claus Moment
  2. A Father’s Lectures
  3. A Father Is Born from Many Strangers
  4. Appreciating the Moment
  5. The Dads We Were Given

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