Family fallout

Think a minute…Today’s world, from its large companies to entire countries, runs on the speed and power of computers. But when the computer breaks down, it causes serious loss, damage, even destruction.

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Lucky You (Part II)

Think a minute…An army general was asked what kind of good-luck charms he carries when he goes to war. The general answered: “I don’t carry a lucky charm on my body. I carry it in my heart.” In other words, he was saying it is not luck but his character, choices and true beliefs in his heart that guide and protect him.

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Lucky You (Part I)

Think a minute…One night in June, 1997 a 55-year-old mother named Karen Minahan was hit by a car driven by a drunk driver. The driver then backed up and ran over her two more times! Karen’s lungs were punctured and all of her ribs broken. She also had to have her right leg cut off!

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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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Marriage in debt

Think a minute…Remember the wonderful promises you made on your wedding day? “I promise to always love you, care for you, respect and cherish you, through everything we face in life, whether we are rich or poor, sick or healthy.” But since your wedding day, you found out those promises are much easier said than done!

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Yes means stress

Think a minute…Are you a “yes man” or woman? Do you always say yes to everybody who asks you for a favor or help? Some of us just cannot say no to others. The problem is our “yes” sometimes means stress—to us and our family.

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Silence is golden

Think a minute…The famous scientist Albert Einstein did not always follow social customs. One evening the president of a university hosted a dinner to honor Einstein and give him an award. Einstein was not scheduled to speak at the dinner, but after he received the award the audience began cheering and calling for him to give a speech.

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Fugitives found

Think a minute…This fugitive was sure he had found the perfect place to run and hide from the law: a tiny island in the vast Pacific Ocean. The police would never look for him there. So he started a whole new life on this little island where nobody knew him and what he had done in the past.

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Open-Door Policy

Think a minute…This is a true story about a 19-year-old girl who rebelled against her parents and ran away from home. Soon she found out that life was not easy on her own. She could not find a job, and her friends grew tired of her living off them so they kicked her out. She finally became so desperate she started making money by working on the street as a prostitute.

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Stick out your tongue

Think a minute…Has your doctor asked you to stick out your tongue? Often that is one of the first things doctors examine in a patient, because sometimes they can know what is wrong with you simply by looking at your tongue.

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Raging Bull

Think a minute...One of the worst shooting massacres 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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Chance or choice?

Think a minute…There was a man who owned the only hair salon in his little town. He cut and styled the hair of almost everybody, so his small business was very successful. Then one day a big modern hair salon moved to town right across the street from his little shop

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No parking

Think a minute…On this journey of life, do you sometimes feel like pulling over and parking? You feel like you have done enough, worked enough, and learned enough. It’s time to sit back, relax and enjoy the ride to the end.

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Big boys do cry

Think a minute…A four-year-old boy had an elderly neighbor who had recently lost his wife of many years. One day the little boy saw his neighbor crying, so he walked into the old man’s backyard, sat down next to him and just quietly stayed with him for awhile. When the boy’s mother later asked him what he had said to his neighbor, the little boy answered: “Nothing. I just helped him cry.”

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Career climbing (Part 2)

Think a minute…It is a fact of life that most of us start at the bottom and work our way up in our career. ”If at first you succeed, it was probably your father’s business.” It’s been said: “You need three things for success: a backbone, a wishbone, and a funny bone.”

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Career Climbing (Part 1)

Think a minute…A man struggling to succeed in his career wrote to a friend: “I want to climb higher, but I’m afraid I’ll fall.” His friend replied: “If your courage fails you, then don’t climb at all.” To climb higher in your career does not always require a higher education.

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Muzzle Your Muscle

Think a minute…What is the strongest muscle in our body? Would you believe it is one of our smallest muscles? It weighs only 2 ounces, yet has the power of life and death. What is this tiny, mighty muscle? Our tongue.

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Fugitives Found

Think a minute…This fugitive was sure he had found the perfect place to run and hide from the law: a tiny island in the vast Pacific Ocean. The police would never look for him there. So he started a whole new life on this little island where nobody knew him and what he had done in the past.

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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 for our flight. But I was not worried since I already had my ticket with a confirmed seat on the plane.

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A Happy Wife and Life (Part 2)

Think a minute…Remember men: “If your wife is happy, you are happy.” A happy wife can make a happy life. Yesterday we talked about two important ways to succeed in making our wife happy. Today we will finish with a few more.

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Editorial

Opportunities, APEC PNG and Samoa

Google “apec papua new guinea” and you will get over 3 million entries in seconds, confirming how the 2018 APEC Leaders Summit now underway in Port Moresby has put the Pacific Islands’ largest nation in the global spotlight. The leaders of the grouping’s 21 member economies are making their way to Port Moresby for the November 17-18 international conference.

Letters to the Editor

Two new cases of H.I.V. detected

Samoa needs to hold free sex education programmes on safe sex and make condoms available for free so people can protect themselves. We can’t stop people from doing what they are doing but we can educate people on making the right choices so they can protect themselves.

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

The beautiful memories will remain

Talofa! It is with great pleasure that I come with my colleagues to attend the Closing Ceremony of Training Course on Creative Handicrafts and Sewing skills for Samoa sponsored by the Chinese government.

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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