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.

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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.”

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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.

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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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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.

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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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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.

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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.

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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. We wish we had a different job and career or a different boss. We wish we were rich.

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What’s your name worth?

Think a minute…The story is told about a band of musicians who traveled from town to town singing and playing their music to make a living. But times were hard and most people did not have the money to spend on shows and concerts.

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Workplace checkup (Part 1)

Think a minute…Do you like your workplace? Is it a peaceful and productive place to work every day? Just as we need to get a checkup on our body to see if we are healthy, today and tomorrow let’s get a checkup on our workplace, since we spend so much of our lives there.

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Calendar change

Think a minute...We’ve now crossed the line on the calendar. 2017 is history. So Happy New Year! We can say goodbye to all our past year’s mistakes and regrets, and hello to a new beginning. There’s actually an amazing reason this year is 2018.

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Mr. Nice Guy

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

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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!”

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Live before you leave

Think a minute…They say, “The greatest risk is not taking one.” Why is it when we grow up and become adults, we stop sticking our necks out and taking chances? Yet, at the end of our life, we’ll probably regret the things we did not do more than the things we did.

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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. 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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Live your list

Think a minute…If you made a list of your most important priorities, all the people and things that mean the most to you, what would be on your list? You would probably have things like your family, job, schooling, friends and fun. Now look at your life.

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Money matters in marriage

Think a Minute…Does money matter much in marriage? You bet it does! Did you know that money problems cause some of the biggest problems between husbands and wives! Sadly, in some marriages it doesn’t take long for wedding bells to turn into wedding bills and debts.

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Make someone happy

Think a minute…There were two very sick men who shared a room in a hospital. The man whose bed was by the window was allowed to sit up for an hour each day to help drain the fluid from his lungs. But the other man, who was not able to sit up, spent all his time laying flat on his back.

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A two-way conversation

Think a minute…Do you sometimes wonder why you didn’t get what you prayed for? Does God really listen and answer our prayers? Is talking with God just something we do to make us feel good about ourselves? How should we pray?

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Editorial

Health merger: A brave move or an epic fail?

There are two ways one can interpret the latest developments at the public Health sector detailed in a story titled “Govt. Health vision” on the front page of the Samoa Observer on Monday. The first pair of lens can see that the government is learning as they go along and that the merger between the National Health Services (N.H.S.) and Ministry of Health (M.O.H.) reflects a government that is not afraid to make tough decisions when it has to. That’s the good news.

Letters to the Editor

Send them to China

Dear Editor, Re: First the E.U. blacklist and now the U.S. ban? What’s going on? U.S. noticed that Samoan P.M. and his government does a lot of meddling with China more than U.S. The move is an indirect way for Trump to say “send your people to China, not to the U.S.”

Street Talk

Ioane Isa’ako, 72

Your thoughts on China’s aid

According to the Lowy Institute, China has provided A$1.8 billion in aid and loans for the South Pacific nations between 2006 and 2016.The main recipients were Papua New Guinea, which received A$632 million, Fiji (A$360 million), Vanuatu (A$244 million) and Samoa (A$230 million). Last week, Ms. Fierravanti-Wells launched an unprovoked scathing attack on China’s aid to the Pacific countries – including Samoa. She accused the Chinese of building “roads to nowhere” and constructing “useless buildings” which will only leave Pacific countries with debts they cannot pay. What do you think of China’s aid to Samoa? We asked members of the public in today’s Street Talk and this is what they said:

Columns

The woman and her bones

Do you feel the earth would be kinder if Adam was Eve instead? When I look at the children of the streets, I feel sorrow only. There is not a bone in a loving mother which does not ache for the grief upon any child. I miss my own mother like I miss the rain.

Between the Lines

BETWEEN THE LINES

LEARNING THE AIRLINES LINGO Heard the term “close in bookings”? Chances are, you are one of the many Samoans who fall into that category used by airlines to describe your booking when you travel.

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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