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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“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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Editorial

Well done, Samoa A! Now why has not one of them made the Manu Samoa?

At long last there is some positive news on the rugby front. We are talking about Samoa A’s well deserved victory at the Americas Pacific Rugby Challenge at the Estadio Charrua in Montevideo. The win is great for rugby in Samoa, especially for the controversy-prone Samoa Rugby Union (S.R.U.) which desperately needed some positive news to break their way after what’s been unfolding publically lately.

Letters to the Editor

The issue of land at Tiavea and the taxing of church Ministers

Dear Editor Re: Give Tiavea Village a fair go This letter is wrong. At the moment, the land is just bush. There is little value there at the moment. The land is yet to be built on and used. Only then will the value of the land increase. Not before.

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

The implications of IPCC SR15 on our islands

I’ve been ruminating on the release of the I.P.C.C. Special Report on Global Warming of 1.5°C (SR15) in the past few days.

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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