This I Believe - Rhode Island

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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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This I Believe Rhode Island: Seasons

Mar 18, 2014

No doubt you have noticed how our lives ebb and flow, much like the seasons.  Both literally and figuratively we get to experience the wonder of stunningly beautiful spring days and the bitter assault delivered by the occasional winter blizzard.  Such is life.  Indeed, seasons seem to be able to teach us so much about coping with life's inevitable ups and downs, including its bittersweet moments.  Consider the quote penned by the French Nobel existentialist Albert Camus: “In the depth of winter, I finally learned that within me there lay an invincible summer."  These are the sentiments echoed by Terry Ward.

For more than two decades, Terry Ward has enjoyed working as a college counseling director, currently at the Providence Country Day School. He is also a religious studies teacher and loves music of all kinds.  Ward has sung with the Boston Symphony Orchestra’s Tanglewood Festival Chorus for more than 20 years.

This I Believe Rhode Island: Jack

Mar 11, 2014

The fog of war. The term was introduced by the nineteenth century Prussian military analyst Carl von Clausewitz in his posthumously published book On War.  We know war can get very ugly, of course, but most of us have not been an eye witness. Tyrone Smith has, as we hear in his up-close-and-personal reflections.


Tyrone Smith, the father of two boys, is a junior at Brown University, concentrating in English.  Before attending Brown, he spent more than six years in the U.S. Army.

This essay was co-produced by Rebecca Steinberg.

Nature’s bounty.  Perhaps the phrase sounds too much like a cliché. But isn’t it true that the natural world that surrounds us, especially here in the bountiful Ocean State, nurtures our souls and connects us to what matters most in life?  In As You Like It, Shakespeare says, “And this our life, exempt from public haunt, Finds tongues in trees, books in the running brooks, Sermons in stones, and good in everything.” And we hear echoes of these sentiments from Mike Fink.

This I Believe Rhode Island: Capacity to Love

Feb 25, 2014

The least among us.  There but for the grace of God go I.  Certainly you have heard these phrases.  Perhaps you have thought about what these words mean, or maybe not.  The harsh reality is that too many of the people who take life’s journey with us struggle, sometimes in very big ways.  And sometimes these individuals cross our paths and become our most powerful teachers. The Lebanese prophet, Khalil Gibran, once wrote, “Out of suffering have emerged the strongest souls; the most massive characters are seared with scars.”  And this is what we hear from Jessica Mowry.

This I Believe Rhode Island: Past Mistakes

Feb 18, 2014

William Cullen Bryant -- the 19th century American poet and long-time editor of the New York Evening Post -- once said, "remorse is virtue's root; its fair increase are roots of innocence and blessedness." Surely, all of us can recall misdeeds from our youth, those painful memories of our missteps and insensitivities toward others. True maturation, it seems, occurs when we are able to acknowledge our blunders and learn from them. And this is the stuff of Brian Shanley's poignant reflections in this encore essay.