“How to Debate with Your Mate”

Think a minute…A wise marriage counselor asks every couple wanting to get married if they have had a real argument yet. Often they answer: “Oh, no! We love each other. We never fight!”

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You are an answer

Think a minute…There is a story about a man who walked along the beach every day. Along the way he picked up starfish and threw them back into the sea one-by-one.

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Mistakes make money

Think a minute…A young man bought a plane ticket to Auckland, New Zealand. Later when he got home and looked closely at his ticket, he saw the travel agent had sold him a ticket to Oakland, California.

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“Give to live”

Think a minute…You may have heard the saying, “Joy shared is joy doubled.” Giving isn’t a sacrifice, it’s an investment. We actually get back much more than we give. So don’t give until it hurts, give until it feels good.

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“A bad teacher”

Think a Minute … Do you sometimes feel that the only way your kids will listen and obey you is if you get angry with them?

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“The End of the World”

Think a minute…Recently the biggest-selling book in America was about the end of the world. Sometimes watching the world’s news is like watching a horror movie, isn’t it? You know that the 20th century had more people killed in wars than all the other centuries of history combined!

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“The Unlocked Door”

Think a minute…This is a true story about a young lady who got so tired of living with her strict parents that she ran away from home. But she soon found out that life was not easy on her own.

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Creatures of habit

Think a minute…As the saying goes: “A leopard can’t change its spots.” This, of course, is true of leopards. But is it true of people? Can people change? Are we humans just creatures of habit? Or can we control our thinking, behavior and habits?

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“More than rules”

Think a minute…A hotel sign in Tokyo, Japan had this rule on it: “Is forbidden to steal towels please. If you are not person to do such is please not to read sign.” Someone said that rules are like a fence around us.

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Relocation

Think a minute…A bank in New York City sent flowers to another bank that had relocated to a new building. But there was a mix-up at the flower shop and the card that was sent had this note: “With our deepest sympathy.”

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Honest Love

Think a minute…This story is about a man and woman who had been married for over 60 years. Although they had openly shared and talked about almost everything, the wife had kept a special box in her closet.

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Healing Hearts

Think a minute…A famous American football coach was interviewed on television. The coach’s son was a star player on his team. In the interview this father and coach was asked how he felt about his son’s success as a football player.

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Live Right…Now

Think a minute…Some time ago in Egypt, we learned of terrible attacks on foreign news reporters, including the horrific sexual assault of Lara Logan, a well-known female journalist from South Africa.

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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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Editorial

Two lives lost at To Sua too many

There is no doubt about it. Thrill seekers love the popular To Sua Trench. And why not? There is something magical and mystical about the place. Which is easy to understand why it is on many people’s bucket lists.

Letters to the Editor

In agreement with P.M. Tuilaepa

Dear Editor, Prime Minister Tuilaepa is absolutely right about the issue of the Chinese debt. While Tonga may be struggling to repay loans, Samoa certainly is not. Asking for a debt write-off is tantamount to admitting that Tonga is going to default.

Street Talk

Faasisili Isaako, 58

Public against Government’s banana distribution decision

The decision made by Government to prioritise commercial farmers regarding the distribution of banana has received a backlash from members of the public. Our reporter, Adel Fruean asked the public about their opinion on the decision made by the Government and they responded:

Columns

“Se’i mai le mui’a’a; tau mai na o le pua e ulā”

There is a common Samoan saying: “Tau mai na o le pua e ulā; se’i mai le mui’a’a” – “Pick only the most fragrant of frangipani; harvest the royal roots”. It is both a directive and a gentle plea.

Between the Lines

BETWEEN THE LINES

Those parking meters A lot has been said about the Government’s move to install parking meters - good and bad.

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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