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Grace

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Grace is a concept that means different things to different people. Yet, whether it’s divine or human, grace can sustain us through difficult times, or help us appreciate the simple gifts in life. Click the links below to read how grace inspired these essayists.

  1. The Healing Power of Grace
  2. Grace Is a Gift
  3. The Grace of Survival
  4. Giving Grace to the Simplest Detail
  5. A Grace of Silence

Home for the Holidays

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Photo by John Gevers

Home can be the house we grew up in, the town where we live, or where our hearts are. However you define home, it is a powerful force in our lives, especially during the holidays. Click the links below to read how these essayists have been inspired by their homes around the holidays.

  1. Home for the Holidays
  2. Yankee Go Home
  3. Remembering the Past at Waffle House
  4. You Can Go Home Again
  5. I’ll Definitely Be Home for the Holidays

Lessons Learned From Cancer

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A diagnosis of cancer can be devastating, yet the days and weeks that follow can bring a newfound clarity to one’s life. This week, we offer these essays that explore what women and families have discovered about their beliefs in the face of cancer.

  1. A Left Turn to the Right Track
  2. To Do Everything In My Power
  3. I Live With My Diagnosis
  4. The Test of My Womanhood
  5. Small Acts of Courage
  6. Laughter Is the Best Medicine

Sewing And Knitting

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It’s work that can be functional, creative or meditative.  It takes patience, care and attention to detail.   Whether it’s darning an old sock, or crafting a piece of fabric art, these essayists believe in their skills with knitting and sewing needles.

  1. We All Need Mending
  2. Hand-Knit Socks
  3. Cutting Our Grandmothers’ Saris
  4. Believing In The Work Of Human Hands
  5. My Personal Therapy

A Roadmap for Life

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Whether you think life is a highway, or you prefer the road less taken, maps can help us determine where we are and how to get where we want to go. Click the links below to explore how the beliefs of these essayists have been influenced by maps, both physical and imagined.

  1. There Is Such A Thing As Truth
  2. Right On Red
  3. I Believe In Maps
  4. Lost
  5. God’s Maps

At the Library

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The public library is so much more than a place to borrow books. For many people, it’s a window to the world. From toddler story time and book club groups, to Internet access and neighborhood events, libraries are essential for strong communities. Click the links below to read how these essayists have been inspired by the library.

  1. The Library Reading Room
  2. Confessions of a Bibliophile
  3. I Believe in the Public Library
  4. Libraries Foster Community
  5. The Stillness of the Library

Play Ball

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As America’s favorite pastime, baseball inspires devoted fans and bitter rivalries as well as life-guiding beliefs. Click the links below to read how the game has influenced the beliefs of these essayists.

  1. Appreciating the Moment
  2. Finding Out What’s Under Second Base
  3. Little Acts of Goodness
  4. The Freedom of Baseball
  5. God, Family, Country and Baseball, by Ralph “Babe” Pinelli
  6. All People Are My Teammates, by Bobby Doerr

Random Acts of Kindness

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We may never know the long-term effects of doing good deeds or cheering up a stranger with a small act of kindness. Whether spontaneous or planned, acts of kindness can be contagious and set off chain reactions of more people being kind to one another. We hope these essays on kindness might spark small random acts of kindness from you.

  1. The Kindnesses We Give Each Other
  2. The Connection Between Strangers
  3. A Conduit of the Divine
  4. Good Can Be as Communicable as Evil
  5. Umbrella Moments

The Importance of Neighbors

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This week, we experienced the power of neighbors helping neighbors as Hurricane Harvey deluged Texas. Whether we know them well or keep them at arm’s length, neighbors are an important part of our community. Click the links below to learn how neighbors have been a source of belief for these essayists.

  1. Howdy Neighbor
  2. The Importance of Neighbors
  3. Our American Neighbors
  4. The Unknown Neighbor
  5. Finding a Way Home

Living Through Poetry

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Poetry can be an expression of love, a processing of grief, or a way to freeze a moment in time. Whether a sonnet, a haiku, or free verse, it is a distillation of language that reveals the very essence of an idea or emotion. We invite you to click the links below to read how these essayists have found their beliefs in poetry.

  1. The Making of Poems
  2. Music and Medicine for the Soul
  3. More Than Just Words
  4. Our Ultimate Inspiration
  5. The Untamed Habitat of Language