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Little House on the Prairie

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1933 book cover courtesy Wikipedia

Laura Ingalls Wilder was born this week 151 years ago. And yet, her Little House stories of life on the prairie are timeless in their appeal. Click the links below to read how these essayists have been inspired by the life and stories of Laura Ingalls Wilder.

  1. Tell Me a Story
  2. The Love I Choose
  3. We All Need a Good Story
  4. Saviors

Standing Up to Bullies

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Nearly one-third of all school-aged children are bullied in America each year, and statistics show those who have been bullied suffer lower grades, self-esteem, and self-confidence. For the essayists below, being bullied—or even witnessing bullying—became a springboard for change in their lives.

  1. We Are Each Other’s Business
  2. Make This World a Better Place
  3. Beauty Is More Than Just Skin and Eyes
  4. Sticks and Stones
  5. Political Bullies: You Don’t Scare Me

Listening to Your Inner Voice

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There are numerous times in life that we aren’t quite sure what actions to take and which path is best for us. Jiminy Cricket would say the way to make life decisions is to let your conscience be your guide. Whether making life-changing decisions or frivolous choices, see what these essayists gained from listening to their inner voices.

  1. A Grace of Silence
  2. To Hear Your Inner Voice
  3. Trusting the Small Still Voice
  4. That Little, Inner Voice
  5. Listening to the Hippos

The Power of Change

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Have you made any resolutions? The coming of a new year often inspires people to make changes in their lives. Trying something new can be fun, exciting or daunting, and for these essayists, change even brought them something new in which to believe.

  1. The Choice to Do It Over Again
  2. Embracing the Unknown
  3. Returning to What’s Natural
  4. To Embrace Change
  5. The Light at the End of the Tunnel

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

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

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

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