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This I Believe Rhode Island: Everyday Choices

Dec 23, 2014

How many of you feel your senses being assaulted on a daily basis by the distressingly steady and toxic flow of bad news in the world?  international conflict.  Famine.  Natural disasters.  Severe economic downturns.  Heinous crime.  The list goes on and on.  Most of us yearn for peace and safety.  We want tranquility in the small, private corners of our world and in the global community.   Darlene Van Straten shares her very personal insights about this widespread and shared challenge.

Darlene Van Straten is a technical writer who resides in Portsmouth, Rhode Island with her husband, who hails from Puli, Taiwan.

This I Believe Rhode Island: Hope and Faith

Dec 16, 2014

All of us have moments when hope seems fleeting, despite our best efforts to keep the flame aglow.  Try as we might, sometimes life’s dark clouds seem endless, so much so that it’s hard to have faith that our circumstances will brighten.  But hope we must have.  The retired Anglican Bishop Desmond Tutu once said, “Hope is being able to see that there is light despite all of the darkness.”  And our need to hold on to hope and faith is the theme of Ivy Marwil’s essay.

Ivy Elinoff Marwil has been a clinical social worker and psychotherapist for more than 35 years.  She reports that much of what she now believes about faith and hope she has learned from the people she has helped and, most recently, from her new role as grandmother.

 

This I Believe Rhode Island: Time

Dec 9, 2014

The concept of time is remarkably elusive and mysterious.  At once it seems both hauntingly infinite and extraordinarily limited.  It's truly here today and gone tomorrow.  The very wise Dr. Seuss once asked, "How did it get so late so soon?"  Joy Bianco reflects on the evolution of her own deeply personal understanding – and appreciation – of time.

Joy Bianco is a graduate of the University of Rhode Island and Roger Williams University School of Law.  Bianco writes from her home in Warwick where she lives with her husband and four daughters.

This I Believe Rhode Island: Working The Soil

Dec 3, 2014

Madame Marie Curie, the renowned chemist and physicist who was the first female Nobel prize recipient, once said, “Life is not easy for any of us. But what of that? We must have perseverance and above all confidence in ourselves. We must believe that we are gifted for something and that this thing must be attained.”  And isn’t it true that perseverance in the face of daunting odds is what helps us get through life’s challenging moments?  That’s what we hear from Jennifer Bristol in this encore essay.

Jennifer Bristol is the Executive Director of Mount Hope Farm in, of all places, Bristol, Rhode Island. She reports having two amazing daughters, and lives in Pawtuxet Village with her best guy Jim and their best dog Rocket.

This I Believe Rhode Island: Gravestones

Nov 25, 2014

Perhaps most of us have spent some time anticipating our own deaths, our own mortality.  Perhaps these are but fleeting moments, or maybe not.  Have you ever pictured the gravestone meant for you, and what it might mean to those who visit your gravesite?  For many of us this may be a macabre subject, one that’s hard to embrace.  But as we hear from Nicholas Benson, gravestones can host profound messages that convey so much about the stories of our lives – who we were, what we aimed to be, the very essence of our being.

Nicholas Benson owns the John Stevens Shop in Newport, RI, a small stone carving business founded in 1705, that specializes in the design and carving of one-of-a-kind inscriptions in stone.

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