Sam the changed man

Think a minute...This is the true story of a man named Sam who joined the American army in 1812. He was such a great military leader that he became a major general.

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Successful Business Plan (Part 1)

Think a minute...Do you know the secret to a successful business? Even if you do not own your own business, these principles work in both your professional and personal life. Following these priorities will guide you to success in this business called life.

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What women want

Think a minute…One of man’s greatest challenges is to understand women. The problem: “By the time a man can read a woman like a book, he needs eyeglasses.” Or as one husband said, “There are two ways to handle a woman—and nobody knows either of them.” So what do women want?

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Rise to the Challenge (Part 2)

Think a minute...”Not everything that is faced can be changed, but nothing can be changed until it is faced.” We are facing the most challenging time in human history. Our world population has exploded to 7.7 billion people! With far more people on the planet, we are running out of clean air and clean water.

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Grace to Change

Think a minute… The statesman and financer Cecil Rhodes who started his world-famous Rhodes Scholarships was also known for being a fine dresser. He once invited a young man to his home for dinner.

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Learn the Easy Way

Think a minute…Some time ago a small town in California needed a new water pipe system. Someone suggested that they ask the city of Los Angeles for advice since the large city of L.A. was more experienced.

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Fathers of Orphans

Think a minute...Tragically, fathers are becoming a vanishing breed. Statistics show that millions of children are growing up like orphans because their fathers simply reproduce themselves and leave, rather than staying home to love and raise their son or daughter.

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War of words

Think a minute….In the year 1899, four American newspaper reporters were searching for a story. They each worked for a different newspaper in the city of Denver, Colorado. By chance they ended up together one Saturday evening when all four of them were desperately needing a story to publish the next morning in the Sunday edition.

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Breaking Free

Think a minute… Years ago I visited someone in prison. I was deeply saddened as I watched all those people locked up, living their life inside a little room. tragically, although many of us have never been convicted of a crime, we still live our entire lives locked inside a prison.

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School in Session

Think a minute… These are the names of some of the most famous lawyers in U.S. history. Only one of them dropped out of law school. See if you can guess which one? John Jay became a successful lawyer and later the first Chief Justice of the Supreme Court, the highest judge in the land.

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Rise to the Challenge (Part 1)

Think a minute...One man said, “I have problems flown in fresh daily wherever I am!” Ever feel like you cannot get away from problems no matter where you go? We all know that problems and challenges are a part of life.

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Saved in the Storm

Think a minute… In England during the 1700’s, it was fairly common for boys to spend several months in boarding school before heading out to sea. And so it was for John. He was 11-years-old when his father, a master of a trade ship in the Mediterranean, took John on the journey with him.

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What’s Your Name Worth?

Think a minute… The story is told about a band of musicians who traveled from town to town singing and playing their music to make a living. But times were hard and most people did not have the money to spend on shows and concerts.

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Field of Gold

Think a minute… This is the true story of an Australian man named Jack Smythe. During the mid-1800’s Jack worked as a carpenter until he heard about the Gold Rush in the state of Victoria, southeastern Australia.

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Learning to love

Think a minute…”Love at first sight is often cured by a second look.” A popular song said: “I’d give everything I own for just one minute of real love.” Deep down we know we have not really lived if we have not really loved.

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Marriage medicine (Part 2)

Think a minute…Someone said: “Love is a fantasy that is cured by marriage.” But marriage is not the problem. It is people’s wrong understanding and expectation of marriage that is the problem. Yesterday we talked about the epidemic disease that is destroying many marriages.

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Sleepwalking through life

Think a minute…This is a true story about an American president you probably have never heard of. In March, 1849, President James Polk was finishing his term as the U.S. president. The newly elected president, Zachary Taylor, was scheduled to start his term on 4 March. But 4 March, 1849 was a Sunday, and Zachary Taylor was a religious man, so he refused to take his oath of office on a Sunday.

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Marriage medicine (Part 1)

Think a minute…A divorced husband and wife said: “We broke up because of illness in the family: we got sick of each other.” Sadly, the oldest living institution of humanity is experiencing an epidemic of sickness that is infecting and destroying the lives of millions of couples and their children.

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Formula for Failure

Think a minute…None of us wants to fail. So we must make sure we are not following the formula for failure, which is our wrong thinking, attitudes, and ways of living. Don’t forget, “The cost of failure is higher than the price of success.”

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Growing up too fast

Think a minute… This is the true story of a teenage girl named Vicky who felt she was old enough to have her own room. It did not seem fair that she still had to sleep in the same room with her mother, especially now that she was 18-years-old.

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Editorial

The inspirational, menial and downright bizarre

This is the undeniable truth. The Prime Minister’s public address to Government representatives in the villages at the To’oa Salamasina Hall last week sounded more like a parent scolding his children.

Letters to the Editor

You can still make things right

Dear Editor, Re: Don’t be easily fooled You know very well these changes to land ownership does not happen overnight. The negative impact of L.T.R.A. will only be fully understood many years from now, but you probably won’t be around to see it hence why you don’t care. It’s a slow trickling effect and more customary land issues will surface.

Street Talk

Fa’apaia Motu, 61

Why minimum wage should increase

The issue of the minimum wage is back on the agenda. While most people agree that $2.30 an hour is not enough, the Government says the decision to increase is totally dependent on the private sector and whether they can afford it. What do you think? And if there were an increase, why? Soli Wilson asked in today’s Street Talk and this is what people said:

Columns

Changing lives: Now that the Festive season is finished

Talofa Samoa! In the first week of last year, I was looking for one of METI ‘champions’: someone, who had been following the whole foods, plant based (WFPB) diet that METI promotes and who had been successful in reversing his diabetes condition, which had been crippling him for years.

Between the Lines

Unprofessional, unexpected

Imagine this. It’s been six months since your family’s case had been given a date by the Land and Titles Court.

Sunday Reading

Back on his feet: For Lopau Mapuinuumanaia (right), the 59-year-old farmer who was nearly swept away, life has improved.

Rebounding together from dual crises

Lopau Mapuinuumanaia remembers the day his village in southeastern Samoa was torn apart. On 29 September 2009, the 59-year- old farmer was up early planting banana and taro seedlings when he felt the earth shake violently.

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