This I Believe is an international organization engaging people in writing and sharing essays describing the core values that guide their daily lives. Over 125,000 of these essays, written by people from all walks of life, are archived here on our website, heard on public radio, chronicled through our books, and featured in weekly podcasts. The project is based on the popular 1950s radio series of the same name hosted by Edward R. Murrow.
Sena Jeter Naslund knew at an early age that she loved literature. But when making a career choice, she felt she should do something good for humanity, not simply indulge her passions. One moment in a college classroom changed her perspective, though, and she realized that literature does bring good into the world.
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Coffee and Community
There’s something for everyone in a coffee shop. From their caffeinated beverages to their comfy couches, coffee shops are both a delicious experience and a place to build local community.
We hope you enjoy this collection of stories inspired by coffee and the community it creates.
In a community project entitled Believe*Write*Share, residents of communities in and near Fredericksburg, Virginia, are being asked to consider their core beliefs. The project was inspired by This I Believe, and is sponsored by the Central Rappahannock Regional Library and Water Street Studio. Community essays are being posted to the library’s website, and selected writers will share their essays at a community reading later this summer. Click here to learn more.
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Learn more about This I Believe resources available to your school or community.