This I Believe - Rhode Island

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This I Believe RI with Frederic Reamer
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Modeled on the popular 1950s radio series of the same name hosted by Edward R. Murrow, This I Believe - Rhode Island, hosted by Frederic Reamer, is an effort to share the many stories of people of Rhode Island... the personal experiences that have helped form the opinions of your neighbors. This I Believe - Rhode Island is also an opportunity for you to share your own beliefs and experiences.

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Local Features
5:00 pm
Tue March 24, 2015

This I Believe Rhode Island: Inspiring Determination

Imagine what it must be like to live your life as a world renowned cardiologist, a celebrated medical scholar, and an international spokesperson for physicians concerned about the daunting implications of nuclear weapons. Life is chock full of meaning, purpose, and never-ending challenge. Now imagine what it must be like to shift both speed and gears abruptly as you cope with the unexpected news that you must now be a patient - a patient who has been diagnosed with Parkinson's disease and dementia. Indeed, this was the life course for the late Dr. Tom Graboys until his recent death.  In this encore essay, Dr. Graboys reflects on his deeply personal and poignant journey, and his inspiring determination to live his life to the fullest.

 

Dr. Thomas Graboys died on January 5, 2015.  He was Clinical Professor of Medicine, Brigham and Women's Hospital and Harvard Medical School; President Emeritus of the Lown Cardiovascular Research Foundation; and former attending cardiologist at the Brigham and Women's Hospital and Lown Cardiovascular Center. Dr. Graboys, who grew up in Fall River, Massachusetts, became a patient himself after being diagnosed with Parkinson's disease and dementia. He published a book about his personal battle, Life in the Balance: A Physician's Memoir of Life, Love, and Loss with Parkinson's Disease and Dementia.

Local Features
5:00 pm
Tue March 17, 2015

This I Believe Rhode Island: Relationships

Ah, relationships.  Deep down, we know we can’t live without them.  When all is well, they sustain us, protect us, nurture us.  And then, well, there are those times when relationships get so complicated we may be tempted to move to a remote iceberg to avoid them.  But as we hear from Larry Shushansky, some relationships – especially those rooted in deep family connections – are hard to sever.  Sometimes what they require is sincere, thoughtful, and truly principled navigation.

Virginia native Larry Shushansky is a licensed social worker in private practice in Providence. He maintains the website IndependentEnough.com.

Local Features
4:11 pm
Wed March 11, 2015

This I Believe Rhode Island: Laughter

All of us need some well-timed humor and frivolity in our lives.  Laughter – whether a quiet chuckle or full-throated guffaw – helps us cope with life’s inevitable dark moments and can help us avoid taking ourselves and others too seriously.  The poet E. E. Cummings once famously wrote, “The most wasted of all days is one without laughter.”  And that’s what we hear from Mike Fink.

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Local Features
7:18 am
Wed March 4, 2015

This I Believe Rhode Island: Leadership

All of us have discovered how valuable skilled leadership is in our lives, whether from wise parents, gifted bosses, or anyone else who led some task of which we’ve been a part.  Of course, not all leaders have the right stuff, but when they do their guidance can be magical.  The scholar Joseph Badaracco wrote a wonderful book entitled Leading Quietly.  Jennifer Bristol talks about some powerful metaphors that inspire her quiet leadership.

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Local Features
9:47 pm
Tue February 24, 2015

This I Believe Rhode Island: Winter

Here we are, right smack in the heart of another New England winter.  For some, this stretch of months with early sunsets is filled with dread -- frosty temperatures, snow piles to shovel, and ice patches to dodge.  But for others of us, this wintry mix is the stuff of pure delight.  As the poet Robert Frost wrote, "You can't get too much winter in the winter."  And we hear similar sentiments in this encore essay from Gabriel Warren.

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Local Features
6:52 pm
Tue February 17, 2015

This I Believe Rhode Island: Parenting Recipe

Every parent discovers, sooner or later, that the parenting journey is full of surprises, some remarkably pleasant and some, well, not so much.  Haven't many of us yearned for the nonexistent owner's manual to help us navigate those unusually challenging situations that parenting somehow manages to produce?  Laura Rossi Totten shares her unique take on the parenting lessons she has learned, courtesy of some very special moments with her daughter.

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Local Features
6:03 pm
Tue February 10, 2015

This I Believe Rhode Island: Overcoming Racism

Sadly, the news continues to provide all of us with a steady diet of ugly stories about racism in America, a nagging challenge that persists in far too many corners of our world.   Rosa Parks, the courageous civil rights activist who refused to give up her bus seat nearly 60 years ago in Montgomery, Alabama once said:  “Racism is still with us.  But it is up to us to prepare our children for what they have to meet, and, hopefully, we shall overcome.”  And we hear echoes of these sentiments more than a half century later from seventeen-year-old Alannah Bareham.

Alannah Bareham is a lifelong Rhode Islander and a junior at the Providence Country Day School.  Alannah reports that she loves physics as much as art and is passionate about painting and running.

Local Features
6:45 pm
Tue February 3, 2015

This I Believe Rhode Island: Providence

A sense of place.  Community.  Roots.  Some of us spend a lifetime trying to figure out where we’re from, who we are, where we belong.  Oliver Wendell Holmes – the poet and physician whose son became a U.S. Supreme Court Justice – once wrote, “Where we love is home, home that our feet may leave, but not our hearts.”  We hear from Ria Mirchandani about her fruitful search for a sense of home as she forges her path in life.

 

Ria Mirchandani is a senior at Brown University.  She was born in Nashua, New Hampshire, raised in Mumbai, India, and has come of age in Providence.

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Local Features
5:00 pm
Tue January 27, 2015

This I Believe Rhode Island: Diversity

What is it that draws so many of us to the Ocean State and keeps us here, even when opportunities elsewhere beckon?  In a word, community.  Somehow Rhode Island’s intimate and quirky scale, its mix of neighborhood and neighborhood characters – even with their sometimes rough edges – manage to pull us in and get ahold of us, a bit like flypaper.  For so many of us, Rhode Island’s complex richness seeps into our bones and, even with all its challenges, becomes part of who we are.  And that’s just what we hear from Karen Lee Ziner in this encore essay.

Karen Lee Ziner has lived in Providence since 1980.  She is a staff writer for The Providence Journal. A version of this essay previously appeared in the Providence Sunday Journal.

Local Features
5:00 pm
Tue January 20, 2015

This I Believe Rhode Island: Hope Over Depression

All of us have known someone in the midst of deep, relentless despair, someone whose challenges in life seem so intractable, so overwhelming that there doesn't appear to be a way out.  Sadly some people feel so hopeless that their will to live evaporates.  Others somehow manage to move forward toward whatever light glimmers at the end of a long, dark tunnel.  Brian Shanley is living proof of what it means to have hope -- real hope -- in the throes of agonizing anguish.

Brian Shanley grew up in Attleboro, Massachusetts, attended Providence College, and, for graduate school, Salve Regina University, where he now serves as associate dean of admissions.  Shanley lives with his wife and son in Newport, Rhode Island.

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