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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“A valid passport”

Think a minute…Some time ago I took a trip to another country. When I arrived at the airport there was a long line of people waiting to check in. But I wasn’t worried since I already had my ticket with a confirmed seat on the plane.

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Raging bull

Think a minute...The worst shooting massacre in America’s history took place on the campus of Virginia Tech University. A student named Cho Seung-Hui went on a shooting spree killing 32 people before committing suicide.

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Recognising royalty

Think a minute…Successful country singer Lonzo Green was visiting his relatives. His teenage nephew Jim and all his friends gathered in Jim’s house to meet his famous uncle.

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Power play

Think a minute…They say, “The difference between men and boys is the price of their toys!” Little boys are happy with a small, simple toy truck, but later when we’ve become macho men, we want bigger, more sophisticated trucks.

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No greater love

Think a minute…A four-year-old girl was terribly hurt in a car accident and going to die—unless the doctors quickly found a person with her same rare blood type who was willing to give her their blood. Then they discovered the girl’s seven-year-old brother had the same blood type as her.

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Best friends forever

Think a minute…This is a true story about two teenage boys named Kyle and David. Kyle had no friends at school. One Friday afternoon David saw Kyle walking home carrying all his books when some bullies pushed Kyle down in the dirt and his books fell all over the ground.

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Editorial

Agritourism Park: A genius idea or another waste of money?

Listen up good folks. In the Sunday Samoan of 18th November 2018, a series of stories about agritourism were published. A central theme of the stories is the Government’s plan to open an Agritourism Park, taking up 10 acres at Nu’u, and the reaction from members of the community.

Letters to the Editor

Why you’re wrong

Re: Enlightening Samoa You’re wrong again about Christianity Wendy! Christian Faith has Great Good News for Life on Earth and Life Beyond Death. And it’s a Promise and Invitation for Everyone.

Street Talk

Aotoa Peter, 33

Public condemn attempted attack on P.M. Tuilaepa

Attempts by two unidentified men, who tried to attack Prime Minister Tuilaepa Dr. Sa’ilele Malielegaoi in Brisbane, Australia on Wednesday night has shocked the nation and triggered condemnation from various fronts. Our reporter Yolanda Lavata’i speaks to the public to get their views on the issue.

Columns

It’s about kinship, love, remorse and forgiveness

I want to share a reflection on suicide by quoting from a speech I made in 2002 because it is relevant and topical. Rituals also express meaning, nuance and metaphor. During (former) Prime Minister’s Helen Clark’s wreathe presentation at Tamasese’s grave, 4 June 2002, Lufi Falefa and Salani could have chanted the funeral chants, the birth chants, the war chants, the victory chants.

Between the Lines

BETWEEN THE LINES

P.M. on Church leaders It seems Prime Minister Tuilaepa can’t leave members of clergy alone. During a radio programme last week, he had plenty to say about Church Ministers. For instance, he reminded them that Church Ministers were only taught on spiritual matters, not on Economics.

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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