This I Believe

This I Believe: Life Lessons book cover

Believe * Write * Share

A community project based on This I Believe ®, sponsored by the Central Rappahannock Regional Library and Water Street Studio.

Join us for the Believe Write Share Community Gathering on Tuesday, August 26, 7:00 pm, at Headquarters, 1201 Caroline Street, Fredericksburg.  

Selected writers will be invited to share their essays at this community reading. Refreshments will be served.

This summer, we invited you to write a short essay about a core belief or guiding principle in your life, and to submit it to us.  You responded, and we have posted many of those essays, accessible below.

The inspiration for our project originated with the This I Believe program, broadcast in the 1950’s on CBS Radio, continued on NPR from 2005-2009, and now standing on its own at The site encourages a public dialogue, not to get everyone believing in the same way, but to develop an understanding and respect for other ways of thinking.  Visit to read other essays by the famous and the not-at-all-famous, and for tips on how to write about a single instance or moment “when your belief was formed, tested, or changed.”

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A community project based on This I Believe

“The goal is not to persuade Americans to agree on the same beliefs.  Rather, the hope is to encourage people to begin the much more difficult task of developing respect for beliefs different from their own.”  NPR

This I Believe Submissions

I Believe It's Magic (Gabby G.)
What I Believe (Dennis H.)
This I Believe: You Can Overcome Your Past (Teresa M.)
What Inspires Me? (Russ P.)
Touch (Thomas B.)
I Believe (Carol M.)
I Believe in Family Stories (Tramia J.)
I Believe (Barbara E.)
I Believe (Alyssa J.)
I Believe (Trenise W.)
I Believe (Anne S.)
I Wear Two Rings (Britnae P.)
I Believe (Mary C.)
How Do You Scale the Sheer Walls of Grief? (Bobbi H.)
I Believe (Juni H.)
Fire and Water: A Dream Deferred (Rosemarie F.)
Notions (Lauren N.)
What Makes You Strong? (Christina F.)
Lost and Found (Jackie B.)
I Believe (Isabella R.)
Good Food is Love (Kathleen L.)
I Believe (Jan B.)
Intentional Moments (Debbie S.)
Tolls and Lucky Pennies (Michelle S.)
I Believe (Cindy A.)
I Believe (Kathleen M.)
Indention (Michael A.)
I Believe (Lady G.)
This I Believe (Abby H.)
I Believe (Marilyn M.)