Play your part

Think a minute…A famous painting shows a king making a chain from his crown, and a slave making a crown from his chain. Underneath the painting are these words: “Life is what one makes it, no matter of what it is made.”

67 Hits

Rush hour (Part 1)

Think a minute…My grandparents had a neighbor who liked talking about how busy she was and how quickly she got things done. One day she said, “This morning I killed the chicken for dinner and made all the beds before my family even woke up!” Now that’s fast! And, of course, not possible!

59 Hits

“Tear Down These Walls”

Think a minute…A famous man and woman who were neighbors were always arguing. They just could not get along with each other. One day the woman said to the man: “Sir, if you were my husband, I’d give you poison!” The man quickly answered: “Madam, if you were my wife, I’d take it!”

101 Hits

“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. She couldn’t find a job, and it didn’t take long for her friends to get sick of her living off of their kindness so they kicked her out.

352 Hits

“Temper Your Temper”

Think a minute…There’s a story about a little boy who had a bad temper. His father gave him a bag of nails and told him that every time he got angry and lost his temper, he must hammer a nail into the fence.

179 Hits

“My way”

Think a minute…A little boy was not obeying his mother. So she told him to sit down and stay there until she said he could stand up again. The little boy angrily sat down and said: “I’m sittin’ down, Mom…but inside I’m standing up!”

99 Hits

Make the most of your assets

Think a minute…Steve Morris was different than the other children. But he did not want to be different. He wanted to be just like everyone else so they would accept and like him. Yet while Steve just wanted to be ordinary, he had a teacher who gave him the courage to be extraordinary.

73 Hits

I hope you dance (part 1)

Think a minute…Not long ago a couple was taking a holiday in the mountains of California. Day after day they saw the same young man sitting by a bridge near their hotel. At first they thought he was fishing, but after a closer look they realized he was doing nothing but sitting and staring at the sky.

137 Hits

“Make excuses or make Money”

Think a minute…A very successful business has this as their motto: “You can make excuses, or you can make money, but you can’t do both!” It’s true. Many times we make excuses because we’re afraid. We’re afraid to fail, and of what people might think

77 Hits

“Plan in Hand”

Think a minute…Can you imagine an engineer building a tall skyscraper without a plan? Someone said: “If you fail to plan, you plan to fail.” Success is no accident! It doesn’t just magically happen. You have to plan for it to happen.

71 Hits

Big-time hero in small town

Think a minute…This is a true story about a big-time hero in a small town. He was a local legend and the most influential man in his community. But the star of this story was not a politician or a successful businessman.

126 Hits

Resolve or Dissolve (Part 2)

Think a minute…“There are two sides to every argument and they are usually married to each other.” That’s not just in marriage, but also in our other relationships. Yesterday we started discussing how to resolve our conflicts rather than dissolve our relationships.

76 Hits

Resolve or dissolve (Part 1)

Think a minute…”If you win all your arguments, you’ll probably lose all your friends.” Just imagine if we cut off our relationship with every person who disagreed with us, we would have almost no friends or family left! If we are around someone long enough, we will eventually disagree with them about something.

69 Hits

More is caught than taught

Think a minute…A man told about an experience his family had visiting a museum. The tour guide led them through all the rooms and then returned to her desk. As the family was leaving, she said: “I must tell you that I’ve never seen such well-mannered children.”

157 Hits

Workplace checkup (Part 2)

Think a minute…Since we spend so much of our life at our workplace, it is important to see what unhealthy conditions we can start changing to improve our daily lives on the job. Let’s complete our checkup we started yesterday.

62 Hits

A Great woman

Think a minute…There was a young married couple who really struggled to make enough money just to live on. One day the husband took all their money and bought a small service station. His wife Jane did not think this was a smart, good investment.

161 Hits

How Do I Talk to God?

Think a minute…Who do you enjoy being with most? We usually enjoy friends who make us feel accepted the way we are. When we’re at our worst we still know that they accept us, even if they don’t approve and agree with what we’re doing.

59 Hits

Get hold of happiness

Think a minute…Have you heard of the new emotional sickness called Sudden Wealth Syndrome? It happens to people who suddenly become rich by winning a big lottery jackpot, inheriting a lot of money, or other quick ways.

105 Hits

The good-for-nothing

Think a minute…Guiseppe’s Papa came from a family of fishermen. In fact, for 300 years the men in his family had been fishermen in the country of Sicily. His Papa eventually moved to San Francisco where he continued their fishing business. Eventually they had 9 children.

106 Hits

Workplace Checkup (Part 2)

Think a minute…Since we spend so much of our life at our workplace, it is important to see what unhealthy conditions we can start changing to improve our daily lives on the job. Let’s complete our checkup we started yesterday.

61 Hits

Editorial

Something is wrong when a criminal stands up to His Honour the Chief Justice

Let’s see. Something is terribly amiss in the make up of society when a notorious criminal and someone who has brought unimaginable shame to a country is allowed to openly question the highest authority in as far as the Judiciary is concerned.

Letters to the Editor

Of old attitudes

Re: Colonialism attitudes Oh dear, so now we need to cross the t’s and dot the i’s? Which part of “insidious colonialism” needs clarification? Was Christianity part of Samoan culture before colonial powers invaded and settled Samoa?

Street Talk

Lui Tamoto, 49

An act of God or nature?

In the wake of Cyclone Gita, one Pastor has claimed that the cyclone was a mild warning from God to the government over their decision to tax pastors. What do you think? Samoa Observer reporter, Nefertiti Matatia, asked members of the public in today’s Street Talk: Do you think Tropical Cyclone Gita was a sign from God? This is what they said:

Columns

HEALTHY LIVING: Christina Robert switches to a plant based diet for a healthier lifestyle.

Changing lives: Reversing heart diseases in Samoa

Talofa Samoa! Someone asked me the other day whether the whole food, plant based (W.F.P.B.) diet that M.E.T.I. is promoting can help reverse heart disease. The answer is a loud YES.

Between the Lines

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

PRESIDENT OF THE S.A.M.E.:Tagaloa Eddie Wilson with Happy Ava Farmers Tupai & Asoono- from Savaii.

Samoa’s Ava Exports expected to rise to prominence again

Samoa’s Ava Exports is looking promising, with exports expected to increase in the next couple of years. Ava exports was Samoa’s second largest export commidity from 1998 to 2001 until some European countries led by Germany imposed restrictions on the Pacific Kava Trade. Samoa’s exports of Ava in 1998 was just under $20m.

© Samoa Observer 2016

Developed by Samoa Observer in Apia