2013-2014 CSUSM Common Read Opportunity Drawing

This I Believe: The Personal Philosophies of Remarkable Men and Women

“Based on the NPR series of the same name, This I Believe features eighty Americans– from the famous to the unknown– completing the thought that the book’s title begins. Each piece compels readers to rethink not only how they have arrived at their own personal beliefs but also the extent to which they share them with others. Featuring many renowned contributors–including Isabel Allende, Colin Powell, Gloria Steinem, William F. Buckley Jr., Penn Jillette, Bill Gates, and John Updike–the collection also contains essays by a Brooklyn lawyer; a part-time hospital clerk in Rehoboth, Massachusetts; a woman who sells yellow pages advertising in Fort Worth, Texas; and a man who serves on Rhode Island’s parole board. The result is a stirring and provocative trip inside the minds and hearts of a diverse group of people whose beliefs – and the incredibly varied ways in which they choose to express them– reveal the American spirit at its best.” – excerpt from the book cover

Haiku Writing - If you would like to share your own personal philosophy, please do so! Submissions should be written in Haiku, which is a 3-line, non-rhyming poem that has 5 syllables in the first line, 7 syllables in the 2nd, and 5 in the 3rd. Here are some examples. This is a no-pressure, fun opportunity to dust off your creative skills and share something about yourself with colleagues.

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