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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Make feelings follow

Think a minute…Do we sing because we’re happy? Or are we happy because we sing? A wise teacher said that it is singing which makes you feel like singing, and it is dancing which makes you feel like dancing.

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Feeling, Faith, and Fact

Think a minute…A young man was discouraged and depressed about the problems he was going through. His wise father asked him: “Son, have you ever gone through a tunnel?” “Yes,” his son answered. His father continued, “When you were in the tunnel, did you think the sun no longer existed?” “No, of course not,” said the young man.

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Wind Beneath His Wings

Think a minute…General George Patton is one of the greatest soldiers and battle leaders in history. He was also an athlete, poet, and historian. This multi-talented man was a mixture of both great character strengths and flaws.

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The big decision

Think a minute…”Whom should I marry?” This decision is so big that it largely determines the life you live and person you become for the rest of your life. Here are seven vital areas that singles need to understand and evaluate before they choose whom to marry.

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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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Life with people (Part 1)

Think a minute…Have you ever thought how easy life would be if you did not have to deal with people? But it would also be very empty! In spite of our problems with people, they are what make our life worth living. Think about it.

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Under your nose

Think a minute…Years ago in South Africa a man sold his farm so he could spend the rest of his life looking for diamonds. Each year he became more desperate to find these precious, sparkling stones and become rich.

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Have some passion

Think a minute…A woman who had been married 20 years was missing the passion in her marriage, so she asked her husband why he did not tell her that he loved her more often. He replied: “I told you on our wedding day that I love you. If I change my mind, I’ll let you know!”

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Laugh a little

Think a minute…In 1998 an award winning movie called Life is Beautiful dramatically showed the power of humor. In it a father gives his son a beautiful life of joy and laughter, even while they are suffering and starving in a Nazi death camp in World War II.

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Home schooling

Think a minute…Even if your child goes to an excellent school, the most important school your child will ever attend is in your own home. By far, you are the most important teacher your child will ever have.

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Getting in focus

Think a minute…Ever feel like you are running in all directions but ‘getting nowhere fast’? After working long, hard days you still feel like you’ve got little to show for it. It is easy to ‘major on minors’ and spend our time on so many unimportant things that our life becomes a game of ‘trivial pursuit’.

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What drives you? (Part 2)

Think a minute…What drives you? Yesterday we talked about three of the most common motivations that drive and control our lives. Today we will finish with two more. Many of us are driven by our love of money and the material things we can buy with it. We think it will make us happier, more important, and more secure.

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Return to your roots

Think a minute…In recent decades millions of people have wanted to know their racial roots and ethnic heritage.

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Take your medicine

Think a minute…A successful writer named Norman Cousins became terminally ill. He was told he had only six months to live and that his chance of surviving was only 1 in 500.

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“Who said life’s fair?”

Think a Minute…Who said life’s fair? I heard my grandmother say that a thousand times if I heard it once. And there was a reason she said it often.

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What Drives You? (Part 1)

Think a minute…Everybody is driven by something. It could be ambition, greed, pride, shame, fear, insecurity, love, lust, debts, and other desires or needs. Today and tomorrow we will talk about some of the most common motivations and needs that drive us.

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Born on purpose

Think a minute…Ever hear parents say that one of their children was an “accident”? In other words, they had not planned to have a baby at that time. The genius scientist Albert Einstein, after his lifetime of studying the universe, said: “God does not play dice.”

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Editorial

Let’s give changes at the Rugby Union a chance

And so the Manu Samoa has new Coach. Last week, the Samoa Rugby Union (S.R.U.) announced the appointment of Steve Jackson as the man to take the national team to the Rugby World Cup in Japan next year, barring a disaster of epic proportion of course.

Letters to the Editor

Progressive people

Re: New Airport at Tiavea Give the Americans a chance to drop off their shopping and show off some Benjamin’s as they travel through or stop in Upolu by giving them easier access. Aleipata is facing American Samoa so it makes sense to have a route directly to and fro.

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

E.P.C. must be more transparent on the proposed Alaoa Multi Purpose Dam Project

Together with six other non-government organizations (NGOs), Ole Siosiomaga Society (OLSSI) was invited on 25 July 2018 by the Manager of the proposed EPC Alaoa Multi Purpose Dam Project to a related meeting with representatives of a few government Ministries and institutions, project consultants, ADB officials, and EPC staff.

Between the Lines

BETWEEN THE LINES

An S.O.S. visit to Facebook? The public surely appreciates the transparency shown by the Minister of Communications and Information Technology, Afamasaga Rico Tupai and the Attorney General, Lemalu Hermann Retzlaff, when they posted pictures of themselves recently outside the headquarters of Facebook in Silicon Valley in America.

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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