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.

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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.

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Who’s your hero?

Think a minute…One of the most famous Italians in the 20th century was Benito Mussolini, known to his people as Il Duce, which simply means The Leader. His charisma was almost like amovie star rather than a government leader, even though his charm was bathed in blood and violence.

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The gifts that count

Think a minute…I know a woman who gets sad when her husband sends her roses! She says: “The only reason my husband gives me flowers is because it’s Valentine’s Day and he thinks he’s expected to.

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The gifts that count

Think a minute…I know a woman who gets sad when her husband sends her roses! She says: “The only reason my husband gives me flowers is because it’s Valentine’s Day and he thinks he’s expected to.

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Don’t burn yourself

Think a minute…It’s been said: “Hating people is like burning down your whole house to kill a rat.” You’ve also heard the expression, “Cutting your nose off to spite your face.”

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Life with people (Part 2)

Think a minute…A pop song said: “People who need people are the luckiest people in the world.” But to learn how to live happily and successfully with others, we must first unlearn our unhealthy, bad habits and ways with people.

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Life with people (Part 1)

Think a minute…Have you ever thought how easy life would be if you did not have to deal with people? But it would also be very empty! In spite of our problems with people, they are what make our life worth living.

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School in Session

Think a minute…These are the names of some of the most famous lawyers in U.S. history. Only one of them dropped out of law school. See if you can guess which one?

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The long and winding road

Think a minute...After my teenage son learned to drive, he still did not learn the quickest, shortest route to where he wanted to go. He often ended up turning a 10-minute drive into a 20-minute journey.

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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.

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Mayor of Mercy

Think a minute…Mr. Fiorello LeGuardia was the mayor of New York City during the difficult years of the Depression and World War II. The people of New York loved and respected him. Mayor LaGuardia was a big-hearted, colorful character.

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Men are from Mars

Think a minute…Many marriages are not happy simply because the husband and wife don’t understand each other’s needs. Men and women are very different creatures! Remember the best-selling book, Men Are From Mars, Women Are From Venus?

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The hippie and the old man

Think a minute…There was a young, intelligent university student named Bill. Bill was what some people call a “free spirit” or “hippie.” He had wild long hair, always wore the same old and torn T-shirt, jeans and no shoes.

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Getting Fit

Think a minute…Mr. Louis Joline was awarded one of America’s “Fittest Over 50.” At the age of 65, He had completed 61 marathon races. Remember, a marathon is running 26 miles! You would not think this man needs help or encouragement to run.

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Going through hot water

Think a minute…“A tea bag isn’t worth much until it’s been through some hot water.” There’s a saying in boxing: “Everybody’s got a plan—until they’ve been hit!” Sooner or later, life is going to hit and knock you down.

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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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Raise your standard of living

Think a minute…You’ve heard of people who try to raise their standard of living at almost any cost. They’ll go without many things to get a higher education, hoping it will later get them a higher-paying job and career.

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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.”

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Get over it

Think a minute…A young mother said that she never really appreciated her parents until she had children of her own. Only then did she realize all her parents had gone through in raising her.

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Editorial

Rejection of pregnant women heartless and condescending

It’s a hard one to accept – let alone comprehend. It’s difficult really to figure out what drives the decision making by some leaders of American Samoa. One day they are screaming from the top of the hill that we are one, the next they’re downright unkind.

Letters to the Editor

The Mau protest march and future

Dear Editor, If someone has the same thought that I have that Samoa is heading to the wrong direction then this discussion could be a helpful message for that person. Samoa really needs help right now and therefore right now is the good chance and the right time to start figuring out what our beliefs are and why we believe our beliefs in order to change the direction of Samoa to a better one.

Street Talk

Aitasi Ugapō Aumua

Head of State or Governor General?

Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sa’ilele Malielegaoi’s government has moved to amend the Constitution once more in relation to the position of the Head of State.

Columns

Where is our dignity?

When I read poetry, in my solitude, I often think of my love for my country and yours too. I think of the beauty of it, and how the essence of it all is a sweet caress on a troubled mankind’s forehead.

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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