Special Features

The Sounds of Silence

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Most of us are constantly exposed to noise every day: ringing phones, passing traffic, and chattering people. But one thing we rarely hear in our modern world is silence. Click on the links below to read why these essayists believe silence is golden.

  1. A Grace of Silence
  2. Listening to Silence
  3. The Gift of Silence
  4. A Silence Beyond Words
  5. The Humility in Silence
  6. The Beauty of Silent Reflection

Family Members In Military Service

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For many, there is a tremendous pride that comes from having a family member serve in the military. At the same time there can be heartache, loneliness and a constant fear for the safety of that son or daughter, sister or brother, father or mother who is stationed far, far away. Click the links below to explore the beliefs of those who have stayed at home while a loved one is serving their country.

  1. My Husband Will Call Me Tomorrow
  2. Do What You Have To Do
  3. To Question And Defend Our Country
  4. My Son, My Hero
  5. Pieces Of Home

Our Animal Companions

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It’s hard to beat the friendship of a loyal pet. Whether a big, old dog, or a spunky, young kitten, or some exotic species, a relationship with a beloved pet can be as deep and fulfilling as anything we can experience. Click the links below to read how special animals inspired belief in these essayists.

  1. Love on Four Feet
  2. Teaching a Bad Dog New Tricks
  3. Horses Can Heal
  4. The Church of the Holy Chicken
  5. The Language of Animals

Classical Music Stars of the 1950s

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For the original version of This I Believe, host Edward R. Murrow invited a number of classical music artists to share their beliefs. Their essays reach beyond their profession to explore their thoughts about the world of the 1950s. Click the links below to hear what these musicians had to say.

  1. The Mountain Disappears
  2. That Little, Inner Voice
  3. The Reason For Life
  4. The High Price Of Money
  5. Uniting Into A Proud National Family

Tell the Kids

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Many parents can remember a specific moment when they had the thought, “What do I tell the kids?” Whether it’s talking about death and illness, dating and sex, or “bad guys” in the world, deciding when and how to talk to children is a delicate balancing act every parent must perform at one time or another. Click below to read essays based on a belief in being honest with children.

  1. Tell the Children
  2. Telling Kids the Whole Truth
  3. The Stories We Tell Our Children
  4. Innocence Is Overrated
  5. To Tell the Truth

For You, Mom

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This week, we honor mothers everywhere—new mothers, grandmothers, stepmothers, adoptive mothers, and mothers-in-law. The mother-child relationship is one of the most powerful and complex of relationships, and the following essayists have found that having a mother or being a mother inspires the deepest of beliefs.

  1. There Is No Job More Important Than Parenting
  2. The Power of Love to Transform and to Heal
  3. Miracle from Within
  4. The People Who Love You When No One Else Will
  5. Listen to Your Mother-in-Law
  6. The Second-Hardest Job

The Wisdom of Our Elders

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Whether it’s a grandparent or neighbor, we have all learned to respect our elders. But do we listen to them and learn from their years of experience? To honor those seniors who inspire us and shape us, we present this selection of This I Believe essays. In their words and voices, you’ll hear the thoughtful wisdom that comes from living a long and fruitful life.

  1. Good Can Be as Communicable as Evil
  2. Community in Action
  3. Living Life With ‘Grace And Elegant Treeness’
  4. A Shared Moment of Trust
  5. Life Is a Child of Immortality
  6. Growth That Starts from Thinking

Nobel Prize Winners

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Now that Bob Dylan has finally picked up this year’s Nobel Prize in literature, we revisit essays written by previous Nobel laureates. From winners of the Peace Prize, to honorees in the sciences and literature, these essayists offer thought-provoking views on their lives and the world.

  1. An Ideal of Service to Our Fellow Man
  2. God Is God Because He Remembers
  3. Roll Away the Stone
  4. The Tense Middle
  5. Old Creeds In A New World
  6. When Ordinary People Achieve Extraordinary Things
  7. Life Grows in the Soil of Time

Best Friends

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They keep our secrets, challenge our thinking and sometimes frustrate us terribly. But best friends are the people we know we can count on to be there with us through good times and bad. Click the links below to read how these essayists found their beliefs in a relationship with a special friend.

  1. The Friend That Makes Me Complete
  2. We Will Get Through This Together
  3. The Deepest Sources Of Joy
  4. The Friends Who Opened My Heart
  5. The Faith That Brings Me Peace

Justice

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Most everyone says they’re for justice even if we can’t always agree on what exactly constitutes it. Is justice best defined morally or legally? How much is it rooted in fairness and equity? Who deserves it and who dispenses it? Click the links below to read how these essayists struggled with these questions as they developed their beliefs.

  1. The Real Consequences of Justice
  2. The Greatest of All Virtues
  3. Everyone Deserves Defense
  4. Doing Justice One Person at a Time
  5. One Measure of Justice and Equality