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This I Believe Rhode Island: Bluebirds

Jun 23, 2015

Who among us didn’t feel challenged by this past winter’s relentless weather assaults?  The remarkably steady diet of ominous forecasts and their as-advertised aftermath is reminiscent of those chapters in our lives when there’s that steady drip of really bad news, or at least disquieting news.  But haven’t we learned that amidst a steady stream of daunting storms in our lives, often there are remarkably hopeful signs?  That’s what we hear from Lori Ayotte.

Lori Ayotte teaches World Literature and Creative Writing at Sharon High School in Massachusetts. She lives in Cumberland, Rhode Island.

  Some years ago, Sissela Bok, a moral philosopher, wrote a book entitled Lying in which she explores the ways in which people struggle to be truthful in their private and public lives, especially in circumstances that tempt us to lie or, at the very least, shade the truth -- sometimes for self-serving purposes and sometimes for what appear to be more magnanimous goals.  For many, truth telling is a lifelong challenge.  And as we hear from a very wise 13-year-old, Bea Hruska, our lifelong instincts are often sown in childhood.

This I Believe Rhode Island: Neighbors

Jun 9, 2015

Community.  It's such a simple word, and it's bandied about so casually that it seems almost trite.  Yet for many Rhode Islanders, a deep sense of community is what keeps us rooted in the Ocean State, not only in our connections to Westerly and Warren, Cumberland and Cranston, but in our own unique neighborhood, to our friends at church or synagogue, and to the people we expect to bump into at the diner down the street.  In this encore essay, theater director Curt Columbus tells us what community in his corner of Rhode Island means to him.

 

Curt Columbus takes walks near his home in Pawtucket and is artistic director of the Trinity Repertory Company.

This I Believe Rhode Island: Homesick

Jun 2, 2015

Maturation is a wonderful thing – if and when it happens, of course.  If we’re really fortunate, throughout our lives we have the wherewithal to learn from our mistaken assumptions and correct course. H. G. Wells once famously wrote, “There's truths you have to grow into.”  For some of us, it takes decades to grow into these truths.  But sometimes even an adolescent has the ability to face life’s hard truths, as with twelve-year-old Anika Istok.

Anika Istok is completing the seventh grade at the Gordon School in East Providence.  She lives with her family in Cranston.

This I Believe Rhode Island: When It Falls Apart

May 19, 2015

Human foibles and failure.  We’ve all had our share during the course of our lives, to varying degrees.  Some disappointments and blunders are inevitable; what matters most is how we cope with and learn from them.  The Irish novelist James Joyce  famously wrote, “Mistakes are the portals of discovery.” Thirteen-year-old Sophie Grosswendt talks about how she’s learned to cope with failure.
 

   

Sophie Grosswendt is in the seventh grade at the Gordon School in East Providence.  She lives with her family in  Cranston.

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