This I Believe - Rhode Island

Wednesday at 6:45 AM, 8:45 AM and 5:45 PM

Credit Scott Indermaur

Hosted by Frederic Reamer

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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Providence, RI – For many of us, daily connection with family is at the center of our lives, the ballast that helps us navigate through life's complex and often unpredictable challenges. But it's not a clich to say that in modern times, we find it harder and harder to sustain these connections, what with our daunting job and social schedules, after-school calendars, electronic distractions. Mandy Twaddell reflects on her family's challenges . . . and . . . triumphs.

Providence, RI – All of us have moments when we replay in our minds various times and events in our lives, wondering what would have happened had they not occurred, or had unfolded in some other way. Were these events meant to be? What if I handled those moments differently? Ben Castleman reflects on these times in his life, and on their profound meaning.

Providence, RI – Most of us find that our perspectives change as we age. What was once a relatively trivial concern in our lives may begin to take on great meaning, or we may begin to relax about issues that once caused us great consternation and angst. Tom Doyle reflects on this very shift in his own life, and on its implications.

Providence, RI – One of the joys of spending time with children is the opportunity to witness their remarkable and spontaneous creativity - the kind of creativity that, sadly, seems to drift away from so many of us as we age. Jenny Peek lives in the world of children's creativity and shares her beliefs about what this should mean for all of us.

Providence, RI – Some beliefs remind us of how we would like to live, not how we do live. In this encore essay, Cathleen Calbert reminisces about past friendships.

Providence, RI – Life is full of contradictions and inconsistencies, especially in those moments when we yearn for clarity. Issues that appear, at first glance, to be in sharp black and white relief quickly drift into shades of gray. That's what Beth Taylor has learned about distressingly ambiguous matters of war and peace.

Providence, RI – Have you ever wondered what happened to your closest childhood friends? What path did they take in life? How did things work out for them? For many of us these are questions for which we have no answers. Not so for this week's essayists, Ed Iannuccilli and Steve Mallett.

Providence, RI – Curt Columbus takes walks near his home in Pawtucket and is artistic director of the Trinity Repertory Company. In this encore essay, he discusses his belief in community.