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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RIPR – You know those moments in life when everything seems to be humming along just fine and then, boom, out of nowhere your world gets turned upside down? This sort of bad fortune can happen to any of us, of course, and without any warning whatsoever. Sometimes, under the best of circumstances, we're able to recover with a newfound appreciation of life itself and of some very special people in our lives. And that's exactly what happened to Andrew Miner.

RIPR – The famed writer and poet Gertrude Stein once said, ''Growing has no connection with audience. Audience has no connection with identity." Stein's claim, it seems, is that our true identity is embedded deep within each of us and develops over the years in its own inexorable way. It's a complex, even debatable phenomenon, as Alex Myers knows very, very well.

PROVIDENCE, RI – Unmitigated joy. How often do we get to experience that in life? For most of us, our daily activities are filled with a rather unpredictable mix of satisfying moments, annoyances, intriguing challenges, and mundane tasks. But unmitigated joy? Not so often. And, yet, as Sue Abbotson reminds us, unmitigated joy is a real possibility, and sometimes comes to us in unexpected ways.

RIPR – All of our lives include some dark moments, some that are much darker than others. We do the best we can to cope during difficult times, hoping that the shadows will lift. Sadly, some people are so overwhelmed by life's daunting challenges that they can't seem to find a way out. Others, like Wendy Shapiro, manage not only to climb out of the dark hole, but truly flourish along the way.

RIPR – How often have you stood impatiently in what turned out to be the interminably long line at the supermarket, or felt at a complete loss for what to do in those all-too-rare, often unexpected hiatuses in your overly scheduled life? As Henri Flikier observes in this encore essay, boredom is in the eye of the beholder and, often, is not what it seems.

PROVIDENCE, RI – In this week's This I Believe--Rhode Island essay, Rabbi Alan Flam reminds us to be mindful of the challenges faced by our nation's most vulnerable citizens.

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RIPR – Often our instinct is to think of death as dark, macabre, even sinister. After all, death means loss and saying goodbye to the most precious people in our lives. But as Ed Martin notes in this encore essay, being intimately involved as a loved one departs from life as we know it can be a privilege as well, one that enriches our lives in ways we might not have imagined.

RIPR – During our lifetimes, many of us have known true horror, whether the result of personal tragedy, such as the untimely death of a loved one, or worldwide disaster, such as a world war or the attack of 9-11. Betty Adler had her own brush with calamity, and during her 86 years has learned to still believe in the possibilities of hope and redemption, as we hear in this encore essay.

RIPR – One of the joys of living in the Ocean State is that we're surrounded by a critical mass of remarkably creative people. With good reason, Rhode Island is known for its rich collection of painters, jewelry designers, sculptors, potters, and weavers. At their foundation, these forms of art are a profound act of creation. For Naomi Herzfeld, such handwork is deeply personal, even spiritual, as we hear in this encore essay.

RIPR – Living in a world of plenty, many of us struggle to temper our wish for an ever increasing supply of material possessions, our tendency to acquire more, and bigger, and better. In our more thoughtful moments, we try hard to figure out what we really need in this life, what's truly enough. In this encore essay, Jerry Landay reflects on the lessons he has learned about keeping our acquisitive instincts in check.

RIPR – All of us can recall the angst of adolescence, those days when we yearned to be invisible, those moments when our self-consciousness was completely overwhelming and, too often, embarrassing. For some of us, finding our voice and the courage to use it came rather easily as we matured into adulthood. For others, as we hear from Jessica Briggs, the process has been much more incremental. Whichever path we take, there's no doubt that learning to speak up is so wonderfully fulfilling.

RIPR – No one escapes having moments in life when we hear bad news -- sometimes very bad news. A loved one has been in a terrible accident, a relative's house burned down, or a dear friend lets us know she is getting divorced. Whatever the news, we hope we have the wherewithal to make it through the day and endure the challenging long haul. Fifteen-year-old Megan Mowry tells us what helped her weather the tough news that came her way.

WRNI – Even for the most seasoned Rhode Islanders, the Ocean State harbors lots of savory secrets, some tucked away in the folds of South County's farmland and others in Woonsocket's triple deckers. This week we feature a poem by Rhode Island's poet laureate emeritus, Tom Chandler, about a tall treasure in Foster that is part of who we are.