Complain or change

Think a minute…A young woman named Cherie was telling about her childhood. Both her parents worked outside their home from the time she was a little girl. Her mother was an ambitious actress and only interested in her own career, so she spent very little time with her kids.

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The Invisible Father

Think a minute…A 58-year-old man was sharing his memories of his father. His father had been a workaholic who was always busy with his job and his own personal interests. He never came to his son’s sports games or activities.

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A better way

Think a minute…Virtually all of the world’s progress has come from people who were not satisfied to “leave well enough alone.” Sir Francis Bacon said: “Acorns and nuts were good until someone invented bread.”

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The End of the World

Think a minute…Not long ago the biggest-selling book in America was about the end of the world. Watching the world’s news is sometimes like watching a horror film. The 20th century had far more people killed in wars than any century in history.

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Live and Learn

Think a minute…You’ve heard the expression, “Live and learn.” Sadly, some of us just live. But we don’t learn much. “We all make mistakes, but it’s the wise person who learns not to repeat them.”

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Mr. Nice Guy

Think a minute…Bram Stoker was a successful theatre manager in England during Queen Victoria’s reign. Everybody who knew him said he was one of the most easy-going, kindest men they knew.

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No place like home

Think a minute…It is true: “There’s no place like home.” In fact, who we are, what we think about ourselves, others, and life, mostly comes from our family with whom we grew up as children and teenagers. That is why they say, “The apple does not fall far from the tree.”

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Survival skill

Think a minute…It is amazing how the Jewish people have survived thousands of years as slaves, outcasts, and the despised targets of Hitler’s attempted genocide of their entire race and culture.

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“Decide Your Destiny”

Think a minute…A man was cleaning his car with a special brush when a little girl who had been watching him said, “My daddy has a brush like that to clean his car too.” “Really!” said the man. “What kind of car does your daddy have?”

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“The truth hurts”

Think a minute…Henri Latour was the greatest detective in France during the 19th century. He was a mastermind at finding evidence and clues, then fitting it all together to find the criminal and bring him to justice.

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“Life’s surprises”

Think a minute…Remember Christopher Columbus, the great explorer from Europe? He planned to sail across the Atlantic ocean to find Asia, but failed. However, instead of Asia he found the New World, now called America.

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Bread and Butter

Think a minute…There was a baker who bought his butter from a local farmer. One day the baker decided to weigh the butter. He was surprised that the farmer had been giving him less butter but still charging him the same price.

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“Creatures of Habit”

Think a minute…You’ve probably heard the expression “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? Do we not have any control over our actions and habits?

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“A tricky problem”

Think a minute.Have you ever stood by a fire when the smoke was so thick you almost thought you could grab it with your hands. But if you try, the smoke just disappears right through your fingers. It’s like that when we try to be humble.

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Wishing life away

Think a minute…Do you wish you were somewhere else right now? At the beach? Away on a nice holiday? At Disneyland? Many of us spend a lot of our time wishing we were somewhere else. When we’re at work we wish we were home relaxing.

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Ride the wild horses

Think a minute…In the American West, wild horses were called mustangs, after which the Ford sports car was named. Wild horses are some of the most beautiful creatures on earth. It is inspiring to watch them run fast and free with no fences to hold them in. But their speed and power could never have been used to help mankind unless we trained these wild creatures for riding.

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“Mercy: What a gift”

Think a Minute…There’s a story about a very poor family who inherited $100,000. The mother knew this was their only chance to buy a nice little house and a better life.

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Upgrade your computer

Think a minute…A brand new computer today will be old and outdated very quickly. I recently replaced my several-year old computer when my friends told me my computer was like a horse racing against rockets. To compete and succeed in today’s world, we must keep up with technology. This means continually upgrading our computer.

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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: “Son, did you know that geese mate for life?” His son looked concerned and asked: “Don’t they do anything else, Dad?”

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Perseverance Prevails

Think a minute…A university student named Julie Beasely was shot two times with a high powered rifle. The doctors gave her only a 5% chance of surviving. They told her family that if by some miracle Julie lived, she would never walk again. But just a couple of years later Julie Beasely graduated with honors from university.

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Editorial

Let justice take its course

On Thursday last week, a major development in the deaths of two babies who died after they were administered the M.M.R. vaccine at Safotu, Savai’i, emerged. After a few weeks of several investigations by different officials – including health experts from outside of Samoa - the Police and the Attorney General’s Office took the first step in what we anticipate will be one of many to be taken in the pursuit for justice over the deaths.

Letters to the Editor

An open letter to Mr. Savesamoafrommadmen

Dear Sir, I don’t/won’t join in the forum and I apologise that I won’t be checking for follow up comments or letters due to the unrealistic, silly, side issues and unrelated biblical quotes that some sprout off with, they are just ridiculous.

Street Talk

Michael Neemia, 42

Mixed reaction to parking meters

“Parking meters is the way of the future. That’s clearly the message from the Government after several parking meters were installed in different parts of the Apia Towship this week. What do you think about paying to park in Samoa? Our reporter, Adel Fruean, asked members of the public in today’s Street Talk and this is what they said:

Columns

Maota Fono an important symbol of independence

In 2012 Samoa, celebrated its 50th anniversary of Independence. The Government of Australia announced that it would co-fund with Samoa a significant infrastructure project to reconstruct the Maota Fono on its original site here at Mulinu’u.

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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