Missing the point

Think a minute…Remember the first people to ever fly an airplane? There were the Wright brothers, just a week before Christmas, 1903. They were so excited they sent an urgent telegram message to their sister which said: “First flight in history today! Hope to be home for Christmas.”

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Lifelong pleasure

Think a minute…A father was outside with his son when he saw two geese. Wanting to teach his son about true love and faithfulness, he said: “You know, son, geese mate for life.”

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The wealthy poor

Think a minute…Imagine this rich, successful young man. He’s well educated and owns a big, beautiful house. He lives and travels first class! Yet even with all his success he still goes to church and is a humble, good person. Of course, he’s not perfect. But he’s definitely no murderer. Adultery?

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Good directions

Think a minute…A man from the city was taking a drive out in the country and got lost, so he stopped to ask a farmer for directions: “Where is the main highway to the city?” The farmer answered: “I don’t know.”

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Divide and Conquer

Think a minute…Millions of children today come from broken families. Do they bounce back to live emotionally healthy and happy lives? Or is there any long-term damage to kids from divorced parents? Recent statistics show that 90 percent of children from divorced families experienced serious shock, grief and fears, with 50 percent of them feeling rejected and abandoned.

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Cease-Fire

Think a minute…In June of 1969 the countries of Honduras and El Salvador declared war against each other. Until then these two neighboring nations in Central America had been like close cousins.

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Two Little Words

Think a minute…A husband and wife were so angry at each other that they had not spoken for days. On the 5th day the husband realized he had a problem.

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Parrots and eagles

Think a minute…As a kid I used to watch birds and imagine what it felt like to fly. Now I ask myself, “Would I be more like an eagle or a parrot?” These are two very different kinds of birds.

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Your mind is a terrible thing to waste

Think a minute…Have you heard this expression, “It’s raining cats and dogs?” It was started in Europe in the 1500’s when many European houses had thatched roofs made from straw. At night time the animals would climb up on the roof to stay warm, including cats, dogs, and other small animals.

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“Just a spoonful”

Think a minute…In 1919, just after World War I, the cholera disease broke out all over Europe killing many thousands of people. The British government sent doctors all over the world to find a cure for cholera.

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“Tongue tamers”

Think a minute…Some big powerful horses can weigh up to 2,000 pounds. Yet if you put a bridle and bit in its mouth, a little 90-pound girl, who knows what she’s doing, can make that big horse do whatever she wants!

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Good Directions

Think a minute…A man from the city was taking a drive out in the country and got lost. He stopped to ask a farmer for directions: “Where’s the main highway to the city?” The farmer answered: “I don’t know.”

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The Truth Hurts

Think a minute…Henri Latour was the greatest detective in France during the 19th century. He was a mastermind at finding evidence and clues, then fitting it all together to find the criminal and bring him to justice. But mysteriously, this living legend’s career ended suddenly.

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Ignorance is not bliss

Think a minute…During World War II, an uneducated man who lived out in the hills hand-delivered this letter to the U. S. Army office in the city. Since he could not read or write, his wife had written it for him.

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Complain or change

Think a minute…A young woman named Cherie was telling about her childhood. Both her parents worked outside their home from the time she was a little girl. Her mother was an ambitious actress and only interested in her own career, so she spent very little time with her kids.

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The Invisible Father

Think a minute…A 58-year-old man was sharing his memories of his father. His father had been a workaholic who was always busy with his job and his own personal interests. He never came to his son’s sports games or activities.

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A better way

Think a minute…Virtually all of the world’s progress has come from people who were not satisfied to “leave well enough alone.” Sir Francis Bacon said: “Acorns and nuts were good until someone invented bread.”

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The End of the World

Think a minute…Not long ago the biggest-selling book in America was about the end of the world. Watching the world’s news is sometimes like watching a horror film. The 20th century had far more people killed in wars than any century in history.

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Live and Learn

Think a minute…You’ve heard the expression, “Live and learn.” Sadly, some of us just live. But we don’t learn much. “We all make mistakes, but it’s the wise person who learns not to repeat them.”

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Mr. Nice Guy

Think a minute…Bram Stoker was a successful theatre manager in England during Queen Victoria’s reign. Everybody who knew him said he was one of the most easy-going, kindest men they knew.

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Editorial

Banning plastic to save our island communities

It will only be a matter of time before fishermen in Samoa catch fish with plastic in the stomach or see marine animals get trapped in abandoned plastic fishing nets. Last month 300 sea turtles were reportedly found dead off the coast of Mexico, with experts suspecting toxic algae attached to abandoned fishing nets or asphyxiation (the act of depriving something or someone of air).

Letters to the Editor

Why I think you’re talking rubbish. Again

Dear Editor Re: Living needs Rubbish again. Nobody is making judgment is whether you eat elegi or T-bone steak at home every other day. The same counter to those moronic arguments that if one wants to change policies then maybe they ought to go to Parliament instead of pulpit.

Street Talk

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Savaii residents want 2019 Miss Samoa Pageant and Teuila Festival

Should the 2019 Miss Samoa Pageant and Teuila Festival be held in Savaii? Reporter Adel Fruean travelled to Savai’i to cover the pageant and also had the chance to speak to locals on what they thought of Samoa’s two premier events.

Columns

Fiu writes to Asian Development Bank

The crusade by a group of matai (chiefs) to highlight their concerns about the risk of customary lands being alienated as a result of Asian Development Bank (A.D.B.) project continues.

Between the Lines

BETWEEN THE LINES

Prime Minister’s health The Government’s media officials were unable to confirm or deny reports that Prime Minister Tuilaepa Dr. Sa’ilele Malielegaoi required urgent medical treatment when he arrived in China on Sunday.

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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