Daily Christmas gifts

Think a minute…Imagine what it would be like if after Christmas we continued to give gifts every day of the year. I’m talking about gifts that mean much more than something we wrap and put under a tree.

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Peace on earth

Think a minute…England’s former Prime Minister, Winston Churchill, had a famous feud with Lady Astor that produced some rather witty, cutting exchanges between them.

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One life

Think a minute…He had no servants, yet they called Him Master. He had no formal education, yet they called Him Teacher. He had no medicines, yet they called Him Healer.

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Healing hearts, restoring worth

Think a minute…A famous American football coach was interviewed on television. The coach’s son was a star player on his team. In the interview this father and coach was asked how he felt about his son’s success as a football player.

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Live right…now

Think a minute…Some time ago in Egypt, we learned of terrible attacks on foreign news reporters, including the horrific sexual assault of Lara Logan, a well-known female journalist from South Africa.

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Chance or choice

Think a minute…There was a man who was the owner of the only hair salon in his little town. He cut and styled the hair of almost everybody in town and his business was quite successful.

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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, so 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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Being thankful

Think a minute… During World War II, churches stayed open 24 hours a day so people could come to pray for their country and family members out on the battlefield. A caretaker in one of these churches noticed a boy who came to pray about 10 minutes every day.

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Be first

Think a minute… A mother had not spoken to her son for 3 years because of an argument they had. Even after 3 years the mother was still offended and felt her son should apologize first, not her.

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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, so 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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Divide and conquer

Think a minute…Millions of children today come from broken families. Do they bounce back to live emotionally healthy and happy lives? Or is there any long-term damage done to kids from divorced parents?

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Cease-fire

Think a minute…In June of 1969 the countries of Honduras and El Salvador declared war against each other. Until then these two neighboring nations in Central America had been like close cousins.

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Two little words

Think a minute…A husband and wife were so angry at each other that they had not spoken for days. On the 5th day the husband realized he had a problem. He needed his wife to wake him up early the next morning to catch a plane for an important business trip.

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Parrots and Eagles

Think a minute…As a kid I used to watch birds and imagine what it felt like to fly. Now I ask myself, “Would I be more like an eagle or a parrot?” They are two very different kinds of birds.

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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.” Yet every successful person becomes successful because he or she discovered and developed their own special abilities.

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Doing the damage

Think a Minute…This is a true story about a young Jewish boy named Karl who grew up in Germany. Karl’s father was very religious and made sure his family went to the Jewish synagogue and studied the Torah or Jewish bible every day.

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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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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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What are you worth?

Think a minute…A famous American football coach was interviewed on television. The coach’s son was a star player on his team. In the interview this father-coach was asked how he felt about his son’s success as a football player.

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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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Editorial

Wasted millions on bad roads

Here’s the truth. Driving on the roads in some of the villages on the outskirts of Apia today is not just unpleasant, it’s a nightmare. With some road workers doing a joke of job in filling in the potholes only to be washed away by the next heavy downpour, it’s disheartening to follow the headaches and heartaches caused by those pothole-ridden roads to poor members of the public.

Letters to the Editor

What’s best for Samoa

Re: Diagnosis of what’s happening in Samoa Yes look only at the election results but don’t look at how the election results came to be that way.

Street Talk

Paila Tavita

With Sir Gordon Tietjens at the helm, expectations heightened

At the beginning of the year, Sir Gordon Tietjens took over the Manu Samoa Sevens.

Columns

NEW LIFE

Alone, misplaced A stranger in unforgiving waters

Between the Lines

WHAT DOES THIS MEAN?

So the entry point for English for aspiring teachers at N.U.S.has gone UP to 50% for 2017? What?

Sunday Reading

Myths, legends of ancient world - Sigurd and Brynhild

The young man sat upon the bed of stone, his gaze drinking in the beauty of the maiden who slept at his side. From the auburn curls that fell over her pillow to the slender hands that lay uncurled upon her chest, Brynhild was exquisite.

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