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. A little boy was watching him and said to the man: “Sir, why do you throw the starfish into the ocean?”

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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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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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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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Recognizing royalty

Think a minute… The successful country singer Lonzo Green was visiting his relatives, so his teenage nephew, Jim, invited all his friends to his house to meet his famous uncle. But there was one quiet 15-year-old boy whom Jim’s parents would not allow to come inside their house.

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Daily Christmas gifts

Think a minute…Imagine what it would be like if after Christmas we continued to give gifts every day of the year. I’m talking about gifts that mean much more than something we wrap and put under a tree.

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Peace on earth

Think a minute…England’s former Prime Minister, Winston Churchill, had a famous feud with Lady Astor that produced some rather witty, cutting exchanges between them.

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One life

Think a minute…He had no servants, yet they called Him Master. He had no formal education, yet they called Him Teacher. He had no medicines, yet they called Him Healer.

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Healing hearts, restoring worth

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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Chance or choice

Think a minute…There was a man who was the owner of the only hair salon in his little town. He cut and styled the hair of almost everybody in town and his business was quite successful.

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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’s the main highway to the city?” The farmer answered: “I don’t know.”

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Being thankful

Think a minute… During World War II, churches stayed open 24 hours a day so people could come to pray for their country and family members out on the battlefield. A caretaker in one of these churches noticed a boy who came to pray about 10 minutes every day.

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Be first

Think a minute… A mother had not spoken to her son for 3 years because of an argument they had. Even after 3 years the mother was still offended and felt her son should apologize first, not her.

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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’s 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 done to kids from divorced parents?

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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. He needed his wife to wake him up early the next morning to catch a plane for an important business trip.

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Parrots and Eagles

Think a minute…As a kid I used to watch birds and imagine what it felt like to fly. Now I ask myself, “Would I be more like an eagle or a parrot?” They are two very different kinds of birds.

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Be an original

Think a minute…It’s 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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Editorial

An open letter to the Minister for Revenue and the H.R.P.P. government

To Tialavea Hunt, thank you for setting up public consultations to look for new revenue sources to fund “development projects that will raise the welfare of our people”

Letters to the Editor

Success equals positive, poor equals negative

Dear Editor Re: Wasted millions on bad roads F for Failure If you think of successful leadership as an equation because you obtain a positive result, then poor leadership is like an equation with a negative result.

Street Talk

What should become of the Vaitele market?

The $5.7million market at Vaitele once described as a “gold mine” by the former Minister of Finance, Faumuina Tiatia Liuga, has instead become a flop. Now the government is looking for someone to develop it. It is a last desperate attempt to recover the money spent on the multimillion-tala project.

Columns

Do Samoans really need new cars?

I refer to your story titled “Minister stands by law change” published two weeks ago. Of course the Minister has to because the “boss’ says so. Mr. Niko Lee Hang states that in allowing newer cars -2009 made-or newer, into the country “will be for the benefit of our people.”

Between the Lines

WHAT DOES THIS MEAN?

So the entry point for English for aspiring teachers at N.U.S.has gone UP to 50% for 2017? What?

Sunday Reading

Myths, legends of ancient world - The Dream

The trees towered over her, their leaves rustling in hushed tones far above. She looked down at the bow in her hand, and realized that there was a quiver of arrows strapped to her back and a dagger in a golden sheath at her waist.

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