Extremely Poor and Successful

Think a minute…In 2012 an unknown hero was discovered and honored in China’s news media. She was a woman who had spent her life saving helpless, abandoned babies. Together with her husband who died in 1995, 88-year-old Lou Xiaoying rescued more than 30 babies who were left to die on the streets of Jinhua, China.

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“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.

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“Better late than never”

Think a minute…Harlan was only 5 years old when his father died. When Harlan was just 14 he quit school and started working on farms. At 16, he lied about his age and joined the American army.

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It takes one to make one (Part 2)

Think a minute…A boy does not become a man automatically or alone. It takes a man to make a man. Boys always have heroes they look up to as the kind of man they want to be—and boys whose fathers live with them usually say their hero is their dad.

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It Takes One to Make One (Part 1)

Think a minute…John is smart and well educated, but he does not keep a job and support his family. Ian is married with children, but he continues to go out nights partying and being unfaithful to his wife. Sadly, fewer boys than ever are becoming true men who live up to their adult responsibilities.

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Twenty-two million candles

Think a minute…Ann Scheiber lived alone in her small apartment in New York City having never married. She did not own a car, so she walked everywhere wearing the same old black coat.

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Your life is minute-made (Part 2)

Think a minute…While a father was enjoying a steak with his little boy he said, “I’ve probably eaten a whole cow in my lifetime!” “A whole cow?” his son said. “How did you do that, Dad?” His father answered, “Simple: one steak at a time.”

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“Create Your Own Luck”

Think a minute.Do you know some people who just have all the luck? They seem to get all the breaks. And you ask yourself: “Why don’t I get lucky? Why don’t I get a great education? A great job or business?

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Your life is minute-made (Part 1)

Think a minute…Life is short. Sadly, many of us don’t realize it until it is too late. “We wait too long to take our life seriously.” So we don’t take control of our time to make every minute of our life count.

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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.

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Obstacles or Opportunities

Think a minute…In the 1930’s, Jesse Owens was a world-class athlete in track and field. Yet he was told that because he was black, an African-American, there was no way he could beat the white, Nazi German athletes.

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Don’t cheat yourself

Think a minute…Imagine you’re in school and your teacher gives your class a really hard test. You’re scared and nervous because you didn’t study. But then you see the smartest girl in the class is sitting right beside you and you can clearly see her paper and all her answers.

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One life, two men

Think a minute…Not long ago Chuck Colson died at the age of 80. He led an amazing life lived by two different men. In his first 42 years, Colson was an ambitious, successful lawyer who had tremendous power as the Special Counsel to the U.S. President, Richard Nixon.

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Is your heart smart?

Think a minute…Do you know someone who when you are with them they always make you feel better about yourself? Even if they just say Hi and ask you how you are doing, they do it in a way that makes you feel important.

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Good adult children (Part 1)

Think a minute…If you have a good relationship with your parents, you know that they have always wanted you to be happy. Chances are they have been working for your happiness since the day you were born, and some parents even before you were born.

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Top trash man

Think a minute…In 1968 Terry Toussaint was inspired by Martin Luther King Jr. when he spoke to a crowd of street sweepers in Memphis, Tennessee. King told them: “If you’re a street sweeper, sweep streets like Michelangelo painted pictures and Beethoven composed music; sweep streets so well that everyone…will have to pause and say, ‘Here lived a great street sweeper who did his job well.’”

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From tears to truth (Part 2)

Think a minute…We all cry at different times for different reasons. But our tears can lead us to truth about life and ourselves. Just as “laughter is medicine”, our tears can heal inner wounds we don’t even know we have.

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“The Sweat of Success”

Think a minute…Former Prime Minister of England, Winston Churchill, became so famous for his speeches that he’s been called the greatest speaker of the century. He was also famous for his quick wit. Yet amazingly, he was not a naturally talented speaker.

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From tears to truth (Part 1)

Think a minute…When was the last time you cried? Crying can surprise us. But in those moments of sadness, joy, relief, or fear, our tears can help us see the truth of what is important in life. Tears are the language of the heart. They express our deepest needs, hurts, loves, and joys that words cannot say.

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The Mother of Mother’s Day

Think a minute… A woman named Anna Jarvis protested and fought against how Mother’s Day had become so commercialized. She said: “Mother’s Day has nothing to do with candy…Instead of a store-bought card, why not write your own words to the woman who has done more for you than anyone?

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Change the focus of health messages so that it’s not about taxes but love

Judging from the deliberations in Parliament during the past two days, especially yesterday, there is no shortage of ideas on healthy living. Whether it was addressing the scourge of obesity, smoking or alcohol use, every Member of Parliament who had an opinion about the laws being debated, which were all health related, knew what needed to be done

Letters to the Editor

Government, taxes, L.T.R.A 2008 and customary lands. Part II

Dear Editor, Since 2011 through the Cabinet Handbook 2011, the double standard policies became a standard practice in our government. Its target is just about the finishing products. Only the finishing products and that is it.

Street Talk

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N.Z. govt. urged to change law

New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern is standing by her country’s immigration laws requiring Samoans to go through a stringent screening process to obtain a visa to visit New Zealand. This is despite the two countries sharing a Treaty of Friendship. Do you think this is fair? Reporter, Nefertiti Matatia, asked the public in today’s Street Talk and this is what they said:


Nikolao Patu attests to the value of the plant based diet.

Changing lives: Tackling diabetes

Talofa Samoa! Over the past few months this column has printed testimonies of people that followed the whole food, plant based (W.F.P.B.) diet and in a matter of weeks turned around (or as we say ‘reversed’) their Type 2 diabetes.

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.

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