You may have seen some signs on city buses or at the library about the One Book One Community Program. Now in its tenth year, One Book One Community strives to get everyone in Allegheny County to read and discuss the same book. The selection for 2012 is This I Believe: The Personal Philosophies of Remarkable Men and Women edited by Jay Allison and Dan Gediman. The program concludes this week with two keynote events featuring editor Dan Gediman. It is not too late to be part of the One Book One Community experience. Pick up a copy of the book at the library. Listen to the essays read by each author on the audio book. Find out more about This I Believe, Inc.
This I believe offers a simple, if difficult invitation: Write a few hundred words expressing the core principles that guide your life–your personal credo.
~Jay Allison, Editor.
I believe in being a woman–the best that I can be, like my mama said.
I believe that it’s good to spend time engaged in the present. I recently heard and admired the phrase ‘wherever you are, be there’.
~Elizabeth Deutsch Earle
I believe I have a personal responsibility to make a positive impact on society.
I believe that computers are the most incredible tool we can use to feed our curiosity and inventiveness–to help us solve problems that even the smartest people couldn’t solve on their own.
I believe that families are not only blood relatives but sometimes just people that show up and love you when no one else will.
I believe in imagining a life, and then trying to live it.
I believe that friendship, which grows out of love and true humility, is the most important thing in life.
I believe in empathy. I believe in the kind of empathy that is created through imagination, and through intimate, personal relationships.
I believe we have no idea what might be possible on this ‘Space Ship Earth’.
Please share your thoughts on what you believe.
~Marian, CLP–Mt. Washington