July 22, 2022

There Is No Such Thing as Too Much Barbecue

Restaurant critic Jason Sheehan has a passion for barbecue with all the homemade fixings on the side. He believes barbecue unites us, comforts us and is the only thing he can’t get enough of.
July 8, 2017

Made by Hand

When Chicago journalist Mary Mrugalski was unmarried and pregnant, she baked bread. When her daughter fought a long illness, they worked the dough together. Mrugalski believes in the comfort and peace she gets from making bread with those she loves.
February 22, 2016

Have I Learned Anything Important Since I Was Sixteen?

As a teenager more than 50 years ago, Elizabeth Deutsch Earle wrote an essay for the original This I Believe series. Now, she reflects on her life as a scientist, wife, and mother to see how her beliefs have evolved.
June 2, 2015

Why My Best Friend Is a Book

Writing about beliefs is hard. It makes you reach deep into your soul and truly look at what is there. It requires time and effort, and then it smacks you in the face and someone in the background says “Oh,...
March 2, 2015

I Believe in the Car Radio

It was when Molly Walter was fourteen years old that one of her fondest memories was created when she heard a song on the radio. Now, she believes that listening to the randomness of songs on the radio provides an opportunity for creating—and reliving—great memories.
January 20, 2015

The Novel Therapy

Books are my saviors, therapists, friends, mentors and break from reality. They are there for me when I’m at my lowest, they drag me out of the dungeons, metaphorically, that I lock myself in. I am who I am today...
September 8, 2014


I believe in reading. I believe in the journey a novel can take you on, the words that take you away, inspire you, and spark your imagination. A novel is not only a masterpiece created through an author’s hard work...
August 26, 2014

My Morning Cup of Coffee

I believe in my morning cup of coffee. You may find that to be a menial belief; but like this essay and my fundamental convictions, coffee does not need to be fancy. Yes, I like the occasional $4 jumpstart to...
August 25, 2014

First Chair-Last Chair

I grew up skiing. My mother and her brothers grew up skiing. Before my Mom married my Dad, she taught him to ski. Needless to say we are a ski family. I believe in the first chair-last chair phenomenon. This...