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 the Seven Fishes
Emily Cirillo
State College, PA

I believe in fish – seven fish, to be exact. My family is Italian so we celebrate Christmas Eve with an Italian tradition called “The Feast of Seven Fishes.” There are several theories about the origins and symbolism of the seven fish, but to me, the fish mean family because they bring mine together every year.

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I Believe in Tea
Joseph Cosgrove
State College, PA

When I first get to know someone, I ask them what type of tea they like. It sounds like a strange icebreaker, I know. But there’s more to the subject than meets the eye.

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I Believe in Being a Role Model
Jessica Tully
State College, PA

According to my parents, I was obsessed with her from the start. My little sister was born just two years and eight months after I was. To me, her arrival didn't mean having to share my parents with someone else; it meant having a friend whenever I wanted.

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I Believe in Walking
Christopher Lee
Boalsburg, PA

I believe walking is a natural act, far beyond exercise. While visiting French relatives in March, I twisted my leg skiing and spent the next three weeks limping around Paris. The limping isn’t important to this story. The walking is.

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I Believe in Mind Over Matter
Laura Kennedy
State College, PA

Simple physical tasks have always been difficult for me. Running the bases in softball, climbing the basement stairs, even reaching for something on the top shelf. I couldn’t do these everyday activities, because for as long as I can remember I’ve always had some sort of pain.

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I Believe in All-Star Baseball
Danny Adams
Boalsburg, PA

“If you’re gonna play all-stars you have to be dedicated.” That’s what my dad said to me after I found out I made the State College National All-Stars Baseball team. I didn’t really know what he meant, but I replied, “Yes, Dad,” to appease him.

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I Believe in Answering a Stranger’s Call
Matt Rizzotti
State College, PA

Around three forty-five on a rainy Saturday morning, I was startled awake by the sound of my pager beeping. As a volunteer firefighter and emergency medical technician, I can never count on a full night of sleep. I groggily pulled myself out of bed and staggered toward the desk to grab my radio. Our crew was…

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I Believe in the Movies
Sadie Smiles
State College, PA

I believe in the movies. I believe in silent films, in talkies, in grainy foreign documentaries. I believe in the Marx brothers, Doris Day, John Wayne, even Tom Cruise.

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