“Don’t Be Crabby”

Think a minute…Crabs are very interesting creatures. If you put several of them in a bucket, the moment one of them starts crawling out of the bucket, the other crabs will pull him back down. So not one of the crabs ever succeeds in getting out.

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“Friendship on Fire”

Think a minute…A wise teacher said: “Marriage is a friendship on fire.” A couple who had been married over 30 years was telling a younger couple how happy they were. The older couple said how much fun they were having together, and that their physical passion was hotter than ever!

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Your family tree

Think a minute...We’ve all heard the expressions: “Like father, like son” and “The fruit doesn’t fall far from the tree.” This is because they are so often true. Two families in America were studied for many generations.

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Win with words

Think a minute…A famous man said: “Words are the most powerful drug used by mankind. They are like nitroglycerine: they can blow up bridges or heal hearts.” It all depends on how we use them: as a weapon to hurt or an instrument to heal.

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No Parking

Think a minute…On this journey called life, do you sometimes feel like just pulling over and parking? You feel like you’ve done enough, worked enough, and learned enough. Now it’s time to relax, let the others do the work, and enjoy the ride.

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Going Through Hot Water

Think a minute…“A tea bag isn’t worth much until it’s been through some hot water.” There’s a similar saying in boxing: “Everyone’s got a plan till they’ve been hit!” Sooner or later life is going to hit you and knock you down. Whether you get back up or not is your choice.

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Plan in hand

Think a minute…Did the engineers who built the London Eye or New York City’s One World Trade Center do it without a plan? Of course, not! “If you fail to plan, you plan to fail.” Success is not an accident. It does not magically happen.

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Prepare for Landing

Think a minute…There is a book entitled The 365 Stupidest Things Ever Said. This is one of those stupid things that was actually said by someone: “If you bought our course, How To Fly An Airplane in Six Easy Lessons, we apologize for any inconvenience we may have caused you by our failure to include the last chapter, How To Land Your Plane Safely.

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How to Marry the Wrong Person (Part II)

Think a minute…”Love is blind, but marriage opens the eyes.” Yet there are some simple, important things we can know before we get married that will save us the great pain and problems from marrying the wrong person.

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How to marry the wrong person (Part I)

Think a minute…“People often marry a person to get what they need at an age when they do not know what they need.” In fact, “Some women spend more time choosing their wedding dress than they do choosing their husband.”

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Persistence pays profits

Think a minute…Did you know that overnight success usually takes at least 10 years! One man said: “My overnight success was the longest night of my life. I spent years getting there.” Rome was not built in a day.

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Be an original

Think a minute…It is said that we human beings are the only creatures who refuse to be what we are. One writer put it: “When people are free to do as they want, they usually copy each other.” Yet every successful person becomes successful because he or she discovered and developed their own special abilities.

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Do tou have connections?

Think a minute…A newspaper cartoon showed a thief wearing a mask and pointing his gun at a frightened woman. He yelled at her: “Give me your valuables!” The woman in the cartoon grabbed her friends, and started putting them into the bag.

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Nail down your temper

Think a minute…This is about a boy who had a bad temper and anger problem. His father gave him a bag of nails and told him that every time he lost his temper he had to hammer a nail into the fence.

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The waste of worry

Think a minute…Do you remember as a child being afraid of monsters at night? But now that you’re an adult, you know better than to be afraid of things that don’t exist, right? It’s amazing how we adults still have fears and worries about things that are not real.

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Focus on the Family

Think a minute…”Some parents can trace their family back 300 years, but they don’t know where their children were last night.” A wise man said: “If fathers took their sons fishing when they were young, they would not have to go hunting for them when they are older.”

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What you see is what you get

Think a minute…You have heard the expression, ”What you see is what you get.” Psychologists tell us that one of the most powerful influences on our life is our self-image. We live like the person we see in the mirror. We are what we think we are. If you do not think you will be successful, you most likely won’t be.

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Route 66

Think a minute…The most famous highway in America is Route 66. A song was even written about it. It says: “If you ever plan to motor west, travel my way, take the highway that is best. Get your kicks on route sixty-six.”

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Anger: good and bad (Part 2)

Think a minute…Yesterday we learned that most of our anger comes from our selfishness and pride being offended when things don’t go our way.

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Anger: good and bad (Part 1)

Think a minute…A man thought he was going crazy, so he went to a psychiatrist to get his expert opinion. After a complete examination, the doctor agreed and said, “Yes, you’re crazy.” But the man became angry and shouted, “I want a second opinion!” The doctor said, “OK, you’re ugly too.”

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A hero? Villain? And is it late?

The former Head of State, His Highness Tui Atua Tupua Tamasese Efi’s decision to break his silence on fears about the alienation of customary lands and Samoa’s land laws will gain him some friends and probably more enemies. That much is undeniable.

Letters to the Editor

Did the former Head of State really cry?

Dear Editor With regards to your article “The Letter that made the former Head of State cry,” I am flummoxed. Perhaps then, the taking over of the Head of State role by the current Head of State Tuia’ana Tuimaleali’ifano Va’aleto’a Sualaivi ii is the will of God Almighty knowing Tupua Tamasese Efi no longer has the leadership quality?

Street Talk

Eseta Faasao, 42

Public oppose new chicken tax

The recent passing of the Customs and Tariff Bill in Parliament means new tariff rates will be imposed on all imported chicken. This is a grave concern given that chicken is one of the most affordable meat for families living below the poverty line and middle income earners. Taxing such goods is no doubt a burden on these families because a decent meal every day is now being robbed from them with price increase. Our reporter, Ulimasao Fata asked the public on their opinion on Government’s move to tax imported frozen chicken. This is what they said:


A look at some features of South Pacific Constitutions

I have elsewhere contrasted two metaphors for the work of constitution-making.

Between the Lines


THE BEST A big fa’amalo to the skilled and courageous E.P.C. staff who braved the winds and rain to restore power from broken and dangerous power lines on Cross Island Road on Wednesday night in pitch darkness.

Sunday Reading

HONOURING THE VOLUNTEER VETS: The members of the A.P.S. board alongside the 3 volunteers at Taumesina Island Resort.

The Howler: A.P.S. says thank you

Members of the Animal Protection Society (A.P.S.) board gathered at the beautiful Taumeasina Resort for a dinner to honor the volunteer vets that came over from Australia to help conduct the clinics.

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