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People from all walks of life describe their personal philosophies in a brief essay.A public dialogue about belief—one essay at a time

Published: Fri, 11 Aug 2017 18:36:53 +0000

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Priya Chandrasekaran: Cutting Our Grandmothers' Saris

Fri, 11 Aug 2017 18:36:53 +0000

Following her grandmother’s death, Priya Chandrasekaran wondered what to do with the colorful silk saris she inherited. In deciding to make a quilt from them, Chandrasekaran believes she found a way to both honor her grandmother and create something new.(image)

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Rick Moody: The Joy and Enthusiasm of Reading

Thu, 03 Aug 2017 03:29:20 +0000

Rick Moody has built a life in words: in writing them for his books like “The Ice Storm,” and in reading them. He believes there is unlimited joy in opening a new book and delving into its story.(image)

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Azar Nafisi: The Mysterious Connections That Link Us Together

Tue, 18 Jul 2017 16:39:36 +0000

How do we open ourselves to the connections that can unite us even across racial, political or religious differences? Iranian-born writer Azar Nafisi finds the answer in a classic of American literature.(image)

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Mary Mrugalski: Made By Hand

Sat, 08 Jul 2017 19:50:41 +0000

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.(image)

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Michael Mullane: The Rule of Law

Fri, 30 Jun 2017 18:34:09 +0000

Professor and attorney Michael Mullane believes the rule of law must be upheld — even in times of threat and crisis. As fragile as it can be, Mullane says we are all protected by and accountable to the law.(image)

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John Fountain: The God Who Embraced Me When Daddy Disappeared

Sun, 25 Jun 2017 19:39:45 +0000

Journalism professor John W. Fountain was four years old when police took his abusive father away. His lifelong sorrow from living without a "daddy" was comforted by finding a new father – a spiritual father – in God. More stories at

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Phyllis Allen: Leaving Identity Issues to Other Folks

Mon, 19 Jun 2017 14:28:07 +0000

For years, Phyllis Allen found her belief in the social movement of the times: from civil rights to Black Power. Now in her 50s, she is finally able to believe in the woman she is.(image)

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Seth Chalmer: A Father's Lectures

Sat, 10 Jun 2017 20:58:30 +0000

When Seth Chalmer was an adolescent, he regularly endured numerous and lengthy lectures from his father. After relaying one particular story of an incident on the middle school playground, Chalmer got one of the shortest lectures ever, but the lesson within has lasted a lifetime. More at our website

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Jackie Lantry: The Power of Love to Transform and to Heal

Sat, 03 Jun 2017 13:54:19 +0000

Several years ago, Jackie Lantry found herself in a Chinese hotel room with a terrified young boy. Today, her adopted son Luke is a happy member of her Massachusetts family thanks to the power of love. More programs at

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Ruth Kamps: Living Life With 'Grace And Elegant Treeness'

Thu, 25 May 2017 14:06:03 +0000

After being transplanted from a vibrant city life to the isolation of a small town, retired school teacher Ruth Kamps found solace in nature and inspiration in the pine tree growing outside her kitchen window. More programs at

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Cecelia Munoz: Getting Angry Can Be a Good Thing

Sun, 14 May 2017 00:14:09 +0000

For Cecilia Munoz, a childhood memory of anger has inspired a career in activism. She believes that early outrage fuels her work on behalf Hispanic immigrants for the National Council of La Raza. More programs at

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StudsTerkel: Community in Action

Mon, 08 May 2017 14:33:39 +0000

Studs Terkel lived through and chronicled much of modern American history. He believes the positive changes brought by activist movements of the 20th Century came from people working together. More programs at

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Albert Einstein: An Ideal of Service to Our Fellow Man

Sun, 30 Apr 2017 14:15:49 +0000

Nobel Prize-winning physicist Albert Einstein finds beauty in life's mysteries, and says the fate of mankind depends on individuals choosing public service over private gain. More programs at

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Bela Fleck: Doing Things My Own Way

Sun, 16 Apr 2017 16:13:52 +0000

Musician Bela Fleck has gained critical acclaim for moving the banjo from its traditional roots into jazz and classical genres. He believes figuring out how to do things his own may made that possible. More programs at

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Debbie Hall: The Power of Presence

Sun, 09 Apr 2017 22:00:33 +0000

Psychologist Debbie Hall believes in being present with people. She says those intimate moments when we bear witness to a passage or help someone carry an emotional burden are vital in our busy world. More programs at

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Eve Ensler: The Power And Mystery Of Naming Things

Fri, 31 Mar 2017 14:18:17 +0000

The Vagina Monologues playwright Eve Ensler believes in speaking up. She says when we name the things that make us uncomfortable or afraid, then demons are faced, silences are broken, and freedom is won.(image)

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Elise Edie: Living in Manageable Moments

Thu, 16 Mar 2017 15:34:11 +0000

Playwright Elise Forier Edie knows her recovery from addiction will be difficult as she battles feelings of arrogance and control, fear and helplessness. But Edie believes she has found a way to start her journey by focusing on this one moment in time.(image)

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Gloria Steinem: A Balance Between Nature And Nurture

Wed, 08 Mar 2017 01:48:02 +0000

In debating nature versus nurture, Gloria Steinem believes we are asking the wrong question. She says we are an unpredictable mix of both, a mix that creates endless possibilities for a better future. More programs at

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David Adinaro: Connecting with My Patients

Wed, 01 Mar 2017 20:59:31 +0000

Despite working in one of the busiest hospital emergency rooms in New Jersey, Dr. David Adinaro believes he must make time to fulfill more than just the medical needs of his patients. He also wants to comfort them with a simple act of human kindness. More programs at,(image)

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Tony Hawk: Do What You Love

Tue, 21 Feb 2017 21:46:01 +0000

Tony Hawk has turned what many consider a childhood activity into a professional career. Now for Hawk, skateboarding is not only a job, it’s a means of expression and a foundation for personal belief. More programs at

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Christina Habas: The Importance of Jury Duty

Wed, 15 Feb 2017 20:13:30 +0000

As a judge in Denver District Court, Christina Habas has a unique view on the law. As important as judges and lawyers are to the judicial process, Habas believes jurors have the most vital role. And she hopes more of us will take the job more seriously. More programs at

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Josh Rittenberg: Tomorrow Will Be A Better Day

Wed, 01 Feb 2017 22:38:22 +0000

What kind of world are we leaving younger generations? Manhattan teenager Josh Rittenberg says all parents worry about their children’s futures. But he believes he and his peers will see a better world. More programs at

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Marian Wilson Kimber: A Place of Conversation and Community

Mon, 23 Jan 2017 15:35:53 +0000

Musicologist Marian Wilson Kimber felt socially isolated when she lived in southern Mississippi – until she found a spot where she could bond with her neighbors. Now living in Iowa, Kimber yearns for a place that offers that same convivial atmosphere. More programs at

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Roald Hoffmann: The Tense Middle

Thu, 12 Jan 2017 21:14:34 +0000

Nobel Prize–winning chemist Roald Hoffmann believes the middle is a good place to be. It reminds the Cornell professor of the choices we can make in life and helps him see the possibility for change. More programs at

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Nancy Yucius: Live Your Life So That You Will Have No Regrets

Thu, 05 Jan 2017 16:37:04 +0000

Retired teacher Nancy Yucius believes in living life so as to have no regrets. It’s a lesson she learned from her mother and one Yucius is holding on to even more now that she is battling colon cancer. More episodes can be found at at

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Pamala Rothbard: My Legacy of Playing Games

Wed, 28 Dec 2016 19:21:01 +0000

Playing cards or board games has been an important part of Pamela Rothbard's life since she was a child who was allowed to stay up past bedtime and play with the adults. Now, as a parent, playing games with her own children gives her family an opportunity to do something together and share in each other's lives. More essays at

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Kimberly Woodbury: We Are All Stardust

Wed, 21 Dec 2016 21:43:16 +0000

In the deepest reaches of the cosmos, scientists have found sound waves they think came from the Big Bang. Episcopal priest and science teacher Kimberly Woodbury believes those waves are a siren call connecting all of us to the mysteries of the universe. More essays at

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Collette Decker: Feeding a Hunger

Wed, 14 Dec 2016 14:21:13 +0000

Hunger isn’t always about a lack of food. As Colette Decker learned growing up, it can also be a longing for a better life. A small business owner in Montana, Decker believes we can reach our dreams by embracing our hungers with creativity and passion. More essays can be found at

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Djanita Pasic: The Holy Grail of Peaceful Coexistence

Mon, 05 Dec 2016 21:29:04 +0000

Growing up in the former Yugoslavia, lawyer Djenita Pasic enjoyed the peace of her religiously diverse country. But after the fall of communism and the outbreak of the Bosnian War, Pasic was forced to reevaluate her ideas about religion and tolerance.(image)

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Pius Kamau: A Duty to Heal

Mon, 05 Dec 2016 21:14:14 +0000

Growing up in Kenya, Pius Kamau was inspired by the equality preached by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Now a surgeon in Denver, Kamau believes in caring for his patients, whatever their racial views. More essays can be found at

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Andrew Brodsky: The Space Between Us

Mon, 28 Nov 2016 16:26:46 +0000

When Andrew Brodsky was dating the woman he would later marry, he worried that their different religious backgrounds would be a problem. But Brodsky believes they found God in the middle ground between his Jewish faith and her Christian religion. More essays can be found at

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Robin Mize: Finding Our Common Ground

Mon, 21 Nov 2016 21:04:12 +0000

Therapist Robin Mize comes from a mixed family: most are conservative and some are liberal. Despite their political differences, though, they are bound by love for each other. Mize believes it’s important for all of us to be able to peaceably disagree. More essays can be found at

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