Get Up on the Right Side

Think a minute…If you are not having a good day, people sometimes humorously say that you “got up on the wrong side of the bed.” Amazingly, brain surgeons discovered that the brain actually has two sides and that each side thinks differently.

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Goose or Gull?

Think a minute…One of my favorite birds to watch is the beautiful white seagull. It looks so graceful and gentle floating on the soft sea breezes. But looks can be deceiving. I was saddened and surprised to learn that these innocent-looking creatures are not at all peaceful and kind when it comes to getting along with each other.

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No pain, no gain

Think a minute…You have heard the saying: “No pain, no gain.” Recently a little boy wrote to God and said: “Dear God, my brother just told me how much it hurt my mom when I was born, but he’s just kidding, right?” Unfortunately not! So why do millions of women choose to go through the terrible pain of childbirth?

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Cool as a Corpse

Think a minute…I recently read about a teenage boy who was found hanging from a tree. Next to the tree was a suicide note he had written to his parents. He said: “I’ve never felt like a real person with real worth. What hurts most is that I don’t have any real relationships with my family or friends. Please don’t spend money on a casket to bury me in.”

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Seen and not heard

Think a minute…A grown woman told this story from her childhood. “I was the oldest of ten children, so I was taught to be very responsible from a young age. When I was six-years-old my mother was driving my sisters and me on a long trip to visit my aunt. I was sitting in the back of the car with my three sisters.

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Poor rich man

Think a minute…He was one of the richest men in the world—but for more than 15 years people did not know what he looked like, or even if he was still alive. Howard Hughes owned and controlled a financial empire that was so powerful it affected the United States government. Yet he lived an extremely lonely, unhappy, half-insane life.

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Go for the Gold

Think a minute…The Olympics is my favorite sports event, because it brings the world’s greatest athletes and nations together. It is inspiring to see what people can accomplish when they are disciplined and determined to reach their full potential.

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Identity Theft

Think a minute…The worldwide web, personal computer, tablet and smart phone have brought the world of information into our hands.

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Successful Mistakes

Think a minute…Neil Vanderbilt was spoiled—but he could afford to be. Starting at age 16, he had worked his way to the top and built one of the largest transportation empires in history. As one of the richest men in the world, Vanderbilt frequently ate at an expensive restaurant called the Moon Lake Lodge where many wealthy, powerful people went for fine dining.

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Say No for Your Soul

Think a minute…A stressed-out secretary told her boss: “When this rush is over, I’m going to have a nervous breakdown. I’ve earned it, I deserve it, and nobody’s going to take it from me!” In today’s modern world, a woman often has many jobs and responsibilities.

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For Adults Only

Think a minute…Someone said, “The problem with fairytale marriages is the young lady who waits for her prince on a white horse does not yet know that she’s the one who cleans up after the horse!” As children, we begin learning about love in fairytales.

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Lonely Little Girl

Think a minute…This is a true story about a famous woman whose mother’s name was Gladys. Gladys was a beautiful woman who was instantly attracted to a handsome man named Edward who rode a motorcycle.

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Ready or Not

Think a minute…School tests may not be fun, but they are important! Final exams can decide your whole future: whether you go to university or not, and what kind of lifelong career you have. So if you are not ready for a final test, you will pay the price and suffer the consequences, sometimes for the rest of your life.

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A Real Leader

Think a minute…A quiet, gentle man was reading a book on how to be a strong, self-assertive leader of his family.

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Boys to men

Think a minute…A greeting card company did something special for Mother’s Day. In a men’s prison, they provided free greeting cards for any prisoner who wanted to send one to his mother. Amazingly, so many prisoners came that the company had to order more cards. Since it was such a success, they decided to do the same thing on Father’s Day.

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Home from the Sea

Think a minute…Every Friday at sunset the old man came to the beach carrying a bucket filled with shrimp. Soon you could hear the distant calls of birds. In no time the sky was filled with sea gulls rushing to their weekly dinner meeting with the elderly gentleman.

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Stress solutions

Think a minute…A man went to the doctor feeling stressed and suffering from constant headaches. He followed the doctor’s orders to stop smoking and drinking, yet he continued having headaches. So the doctor told him to quit his stressful job.

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“From Russia with Love”

Think a minute...This is quite an amazing, true Russian love story. Nadya von Meck was the richest woman in Moscow; yet all of her money and fortune could not comfort her after her husband died. So she escaped inside her luxurious home and tried to heal her broken heart by playing the music she loved on her piano.

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“Win over worry” (Part 2)

Think a minute…A woman worried for 40 years that she would die of cancer. She never got cancer and eventually at the age of 70 died of pneumonia. So she wasted more than half her life worrying about the wrong thing. Today we’ll continue our strategy for winning over worry.

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“Win over worry” (Part 1)

Think a minute…It’s been said: “A day of worry is more exhausting than a week of work.” In fact, the root word for worry is “choke” or “strangle.” And our worrying indeed chokes the life and strength out of us! Our constant worrying is like continually choking ourselves emotionally, taking away our hope and happiness.

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Editorial

“We have to apply common sense. This was my decision although it is not in line with the law” – Minister Tialavea

On the front page of the Sunday Samoan of 14 October 2018, the headline read: “Govt. can assist cash-strapped firms.” The story referred to a Government policy that allows certain companies to pay their import duty after 30 days – but only if they pay 50 per cent of the tax upfront.

Letters to the Editor

Time to introduce a fine

Re: Apia’s growing litter problem an eyesore It’s great to see this initiative in Samoa and good on Shaanarlei for doing this. It is apparent for anyone travelling to Samoa that there is an issue with the rubbish and is something the government needs to sort out (it’s right outside the government’s doorstep to see).

Street Talk

Epi Fania 35

Calls for Samoa A players to be included in the Manu Samoa

“The Samoa A has been crowned winners of the World Rugby Americas Pacific Challenge in Uruguay. But none of the players are in the Manu Samoa team for the Northern Hemisphere tour end of this year. Talaia Mika* asked members of the public if Samoa A players should be included in the Manu Samoa squad. This is what they said:

Columns

TACKLING ROOT CAUSE: Climate change is a reality for Pacific countries like Samoa whose residents are having to deal with many forms of natural disasters.

Climate engineering is the potential game changer we need to confront

In his article “Geoengineering worsen climate and hurts Paris Agreement” (October 11, 2018, posted online October 15, 2018), Fiu Mataése Elisara, Executive Director – O.L.S.S.I contends geoengineering (climate engineering) “…is a deliberate attempt by the rich to distract from the real priorities of fossil fuel emission reductions.

Between the Lines

BETWEEN THE LINES

Is this Samoa’s Manu Samoa? Two issues stand out like a sore thumb in the selection of the Manu Samoa. Firstly, there is not a single player picked from the competitions in Samoa.

Sunday Reading

Myths and Legends of the Ancient World

The spears flew towards the youth on the hill, whistling as they cut through the air. Grinning, Queen Medb’s general drew his sword, eager to take back to his Queen the head of this warrior whom they called the Hound of Ulster. He had no doubt his spears would find their mark.

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