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Browse Essays

Below is a listing of "This I Believe" essays submitted to the EVPL. Featured essays, chosen by the One Book Committee and read by the author at the wrap-up event, are listed first; additional essays are ordered by the author's last name. Click on an essay's title to view.

Essays were accepted from June 20, 2008 through November 2, 2008.

Submitted Essays

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Read by the author at the 2008 wrap-up eventI Believe in the Power of Pesto - Margaret McMullan, Evansville, IN
Submitted on Wednesday, August 13 2008, 11:11am.

When my friend Greg was sick, I asked him if he liked pesto. His eyes brightened. He told me how he loved making pesto himself in the summer, how he loved smelling the basil. “You can smell the sun in every taste.” Here was the man in charge of Human Resources at the university where we worked, a numbers man, spouting poetry, provoked by one word: pesto. I might as well have said presto. ...

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Read by the author at the 2008 wrap-up eventI Believe In Middle Earth - Benjamin Ramsey, Evansville, IN
Submitted on Thursday, October 30 2008, 7:26am.

Don't worry I'm completely sane. I know it's a fictional place full of fictional characters but I like to think it's real, is that such a crime? People tell me that a world like that can't exist but, figuratively, I think I'm living in it. Does not the world of Tolkien reflect Earth now? Is it really so fictional? So you got me. We don't have dragons or evil sorcerers (in the literal sense) ...

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Read by the author at the 2008 wrap-up eventThird Shift - Patricia Spaeth, Evansville, IN
Submitted on Wednesday, July 30 2008, 12:54pm.

I have learned why I love being a musician, and I learned it by getting the worst job of my life. Assembly line work is about as low as you can go, and Third Shift is the butt end of that. From eleven p.m. to seven a.m. we stand at our work stations in a windowless warehouse and attach Widgets to Wodgets, for just a shade over minimum wage. No brains are needed. It is mind-numbing, body-batt...

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Read by the author at the 2008 wrap-up eventStay in the light - Brent Stevens, Evansville, IN
Submitted on Wednesday, October 29 2008, 9:27pm.

This I believe... Stay in the light. As a 15 year old I spent the summer working at a camp 11 hours from home. My youth group leader, Mac, asked me to work at his camp. I would be away from home for the first time. Mac and his wife, Debi, were there to oversee my friend and me who made up the entire work crew. Mac had offered me this great opportunity, and Debi treated me like a son. She ...

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Read by the author at the 2008 wrap-up eventGiving Respect by Giving a Ride - Mayor Jonathan Weinzapfel, Evansville, IN
Submitted on Monday, September 8 2008, 6:13pm.

I was raised in St. Philip, Indiana, a great German Catholic farming community on the far West side of Evansville. When I was growing up, there was a man who was considered the "town drunk". The man, whom I'll call "Otis" after the affable town drunk in Mayberry, lived at the end of the road past the school playground where my friends and I would play. Though we were just ki...

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I Believe Silence Shouldn't Be Feared - Andrew Arnold, Evansville, IN
Submitted on Saturday, September 13 2008, 10:46am.

Stephanie Lines first heard my voice during AP Literature. I was fifteen, a sophomore in high school, sitting in class when Stephanie turned around to pass a stack of papers. I thanked her, but she continued to stare at me. Her face was confused and bore a ruffled brow. I thought perhaps I'd taken her paper by mistake, but that was not the case. I felt my face for any remnants of my recent lunc...

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I Believe in Community - Patty Avery, Evansville, IN
Submitted on Thursday, August 7 2008, 3:52pm.

Hoosier folksinger Carrie Newcomer sings of the miracles that happen when women share their heartaches and hopes around the kitchen table - and during the years I've lived in Evansville, I've seen the miracles that happen when people come together and put their minds, hearts, talents and resources to work to heal our community's heartaches and give wing to our hopes. I've seen a small group of wo...

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Hang on Tight and Relax - Helen Azarian, Newburgh, IN
Submitted on Wednesday, August 13 2008, 10:44am.

Since life involves following uncharted paths, I have come to believe in hanging on tight and relaxing for the ride. So many times, I have found myself wondering how I got to where I was in life, and where should I go from that point? Like the "You are here" dot on an amusement park map, it was reassuring to have a reference point to see where I was in relation to everything and ever...

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Fashionably late - Hope Bauer, Evansville, IN
Submitted on Monday, October 27 2008, 3:34pm.

It used to drive me crazy to be late. I did not like the thought of others having to wait on me, so I always showed up five to ten minutes early to everything. Everyone else took their sweet time. They did not care how late they were, which drove me completely insane. I didn't understand what they were doing. I would nag and nag. I would even go as far as to tell my friends and family to show up...

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The Power of a Smile - Alyssa Benton, Evansville, IN
Submitted on Thursday, October 30 2008, 9:04am.

I believe that a smile can brighten anyone's day. Smiles radiate happiness from a person's face and pass it along to another. They are contagious from person to person. I know that everyone has bad days, even tragic days where people feel like their world is crumbling down around them. I have had bad days just like the next person, but a smile from a friendly face can help make that bad feeling di...

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