WPSU’s This I Believe / Personal Philosophies and Core Values

WPSU’s This I Believe

Tell us the personal philosophy and core values that guide your daily life and hear stories from others.

This I Believe is based on the 1950s radio program of the same name and the media project (launched in 2005) from This I Believe, Inc. and Atlantic Public Media. WPSU invites you, as a central Pennsylvania resident, whatever your background, to speak out.
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I Believe in Knowing My Limits
Andrew Bode-Lang
State College, PA

My dad is a Lutheran minister, and I’d never heard him use the “f”-word till he tried to fix our bathroom plumbing. He had never trained, apprenticed, or even been acquainted with a plumber that I knew of. Yet he took on the leak under our sink armed with thriftiness, a Reader’s Digest book on home…

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I Believe in Playing Horseshoes at the Beach
Chris Freas
Chester Springs, PA

I believe in playing horseshoes on a sunny summer day on the 110th street beach in Stone Harbor, New Jersey. Playing horseshoes on the beach is a family tradition that dates back long before I was born. It began when my Great Grandfather built a house in Stone Harbor back in 1960. Over the years he…

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I Believe in Art for Everyone
Katherine Allen
State College, PA

I am not an artist. Whatever gene my children inherited that allows them to draw, sing, write poetry or play music came from somewhere else on the family tree. Yet I learned early on everyone can enjoy art, even those of us with limited natural talent.

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I Believe in Telling Peoples’ Stories
Matt Bufano
Exeter, PA

I believe in telling stories. Stories establish legacies and immortalize memories. Stories explain beyond what we see on the surface.

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I Believe Hard Works Pays Off
Tom Lafferty
State College, PA

“You got time to lean, you got time to clean.” That was my boss’s favorite motivational quote. I started working at Leo’s Steak Shop when I was 14. The small kitchen was unbearably hot at times, and the walk to the freezer 40 feet out back was unbearably cold at times. But just as fast as…

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I Believe I’ll Have a Beer
John Sengle
Julian, PA

With all due respect to the more serious nature of most “This I Believe” essays… I believe I’ll have a beer! If you enjoy sharing a crisp, hoppy pils with your friends and neighbors, then I raise a glass to you!

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I Believe in Running
Brittany Svoboda
State College, PA

I just made it over the last hill. The hardest part is over and it’s exhilarating. My cheeks are red, but my breathing is leveling off. I can feel my bangs flying out of my headband. I try to focus on my feet hitting the ground at a consistent “step step, step step” pace.

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I Believe in My Mom
Clifton Graves
State College, PA

When I was a couple of months old, I had pneumonia and I stopped breathing. My mom called for an ambulance and immediately began to pray. The ambulance arrived minutes later, and the EMT performed CPR on me. That day, I was the first baby the EMT had ever “brought back to life.”

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