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This I Believe New England: Border Crossings

Aug 14, 2018
Scott Indermaur

Many of us have had the opportunity and privilege to travel internationally.  Crossing borders – where we come face to face with unfamiliar languages, foods, and time-honored customs – can be both wonderfully exciting and intensely unnerving.  The joy of discovery can be tempered by some fear of the unknown.  What are the right words to use to communicate basic messages?  What if I say the wrong thing?  How will I handle it if I become lost?  What does it mean in this country when I shake my head sideways?  Under the best of circumstances, border crossings can be a real challenge.

Scott Indermaur

Former Rhode Islander and noted author Jhumpa Lahiri wrote this wonderful line in a column she penned for the New York Times: "The first sentence of a book is a handshake, perhaps an embrace."  What Lahiri seems to be saying is that introductions matter, especially when we embark on an intense relationship, whether it be with a book or a person.  All of us march through life filled with opportunities to make first impressions.

This I Believe New England: Revision

Jul 31, 2018
Scott Indermaur

In Plato's Apology, Socrates asserts that the unexamined life is not worth living. While that may be a bit of an overstatement, many of us have learned during the course of our lives that self-examination that has real depth is a virtue that pays impressive dividends. 

This I Believe New England: Power of the Pearl

Jul 24, 2018
Scott Indermaur

Have you ever owned a talisman, a lucky object that seems to have magical powers?  Perhaps talismans are mere figments of our imagination, or maybe, just maybe, there's really something to them.  For some of us, a talisman ties us to the most important people in our lives, especially in difficult moments.  The famed suffragist Elizabeth Cady Stanton wrote, "Love is the talisman of human weal and woe—the open sesame to every soul."  And sometimes a talisman can help us appreciate the deepest connections in our lives, which is what we hear from thirteen-year-old Courtney Boghosian. 

This I Believe New England: Persistence

Jul 17, 2018
Scott Indermaur

Life is both fragile and unpredictable.  That we know.  No doubt all of us have dear friends and relatives whose lives changed in a flash as a result of a serious accident or health trauma.  Or maybe it's our own lives that pivoted without even a moment's notice.

This I Believe New England: Diversity

Jul 10, 2018
Scott Indermaur

What is it that draws so many of us to the Ocean State and keeps us here, even when opportunities elsewhere beckon?  In a word, community.  Somehow Rhode Island’s intimate and quirky scale, its mix of neighborhood and neighborhood characters – even with their sometimes rough edges – manage to pull us in and get ahold of us, a bit like flypaper.  For so many of us, Rhode Island’s complex richness seeps into our bones and, even with all its challenges, becomes part of who we are.  And that’s just what we hear from Karen Lee Ziner. 


Scott Indermaur

How often do we stop and notice – really notice – the symbols and structures that surround us and shape our understanding of the world?  

This I Believe New England: Spreading Hope

Jun 26, 2018
Scott Indermaur

Hope, true hope, can be so elusive.  The most fortunate among us are able to find it and hold tight, especially during life's inevitable moments of despair.  For some of us, hope is fleeting, slipping through our fingers much too fast.  For others, hope lingers and sustains us as we muddle through life's challenges.  In her book Animal Dreams, Barbara Kingsolver wrote “The very least you can do in your life is figure out what you hope for. And the most you can do is live inside that hope.

This I Believe New England: Facing Demons

Jun 19, 2018
Scott Indermaur

How many of us have been tempted to rush to judgment when we come upon displays of ugly behavior, whether on the smartphone or television screen, during radio broadcasts, or up close and personal in our daily encounters?  We may wince when a spokesperson for the opposing political party opines in ways that seem completely irrational and designed to obfuscate.  Maybe we shriek when we're cut off by an aggressive driver, or curse when a neighbor blasts heavy metal music late into the night.

This I Believe New England: Living After Loss

Jun 13, 2018
Scott Indermaur

Those of us who have been blessed with long-term marriages or partners often wonder what life will be like if we outlive our mate.  Will I ever know happiness again? Can I survive on my own, without those all-too-familiar glances, comforting words, and embraces?  Might life lose its meaning?  Somehow, some way, most people manage to cope.  The gifted writer Anne Lamott put it so beautifully: "You will lose someone you can’t live without, and your heart will be badly broken, and the bad news is that you never completely get over the loss of your beloved. But this is also the good news.

Scott Indermaur

Perhaps it sounds trite to say that health crises produce much needed wake-up calls for those of us who need to make significant lifestyle adjustments.  But for many, this is a truism; there's nothing like awakening in an intensive care unit – surrounded by loved ones and scurrying professionals – to send that compelling and poignant message.  Dodging the proverbial health care bullet means that some of us get a second chance, often with a renewed sense of purpose.

This I Believe New England: Good News

May 29, 2018
Scott Indermaur

It's hard to know which metaphor to use to describe the daily onslaught of news.  Our radios, smartphones, smart speakers, televisions, laptops, and, yes, newspapers bring us an avalanche of gripping headlines and sordid details. Or is it a vortex, a deluge, or a whipsaw?  Perhaps it's all beginning to sound like a cliché.  The reality, of course, is that so many of us are drawn in, perhaps with some reluctance, because we feel compelled to know, to be informed, and, perhaps, to be entertained by what may seem at times to be political and journalistic theatrics.

This I Believe New England: Searching for Roots

May 22, 2018
Scott Indermaur

No doubt you've noticed the proliferation of companies that offer us the opportunity to trace our genealogical roots. This burgeoning phenomenon seems to tap into a fundamental wish that so many of us have to understand our ethnic, racial, religious, and geographical origins. 

This I Believe New England: Hospice Care

May 15, 2018
Scott Indermaur

It may seem all too hackneyed to say that death is a mysterious, often anxiety-producing, subject. The truth, of course, is that so many of us struggle to wrap our hearts and minds around the meaning of dying and death. When will I die?  How will I die?  Will I have the opportunity to choose to die on my terms? Some of us are able to confront these questions. Others of us shy away from them, whether for psychological, cultural, or spiritual reasons. Dr.

This I Believe Rhode Island: Mentoring

May 9, 2018

Today we feature two Rhode Islanders whose paths crossed by happenstance years ago and who have forged a remarkable relationship.  Rommy Morel spent his early years in the Dominican Republic, grew up in Providence, and now attends Rhode Island College.  Thomas Verdi is a 30-year veteran of the Providence Police Department, which he currently serves as Deputy Chief and Commander.