Problems mean progress

Think a minute… What’s your problem? You know that not all problems are bad? In fact, having problems sometimes means you’re making progress. A big hardware business moved into the same building with another, small hardware store.

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A great son and father

Think a minute…This is a true story about a boy who dreamed of sailing around the world living a life of adventure on the sea.

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Training for parents (Part 2)

Think a minute…Yesterday we learned from the boiling frog that it is easy to become so accustomed and comfortable with our unhealthy parenting habits that we do not see the dangerous direction we are leading our kids.

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Training for parents (Part 1)

Think a minute…Scientific studies have shown that if you put a frog into boiling water, it will jump out immediately to save its life. But if you put that same frog into water that is normal room temperature, then raise the heat of the water very slowly, the frog will just sit there until it boils to death!

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Family and friends beat fortune

Think a minute…A movie star was recently interviewed on television. A few months earlier his brother had asked him to take a vacation with him driving across America, but he was extremely busy working on a new television series.

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Know Your Limits

Think a minute…A family-owned pastry company in America had been successful for over 40 years. So in the 1990’s the owners decided to expand their bakery business into other kinds of products.

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Creatures of Habit

Think a minute…You’ve probably heard the expression “A leopard can’t change its spots.” This, of course, is true of leopards. But is it true of people? Can people change? Are we humans just creatures of habit? Do we not have any control over our actions and habits?

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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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No place like home

Think a minute…It’s true, “There’s no place like home.” In fact, our whole identity, who we are and how we see ourselves, and others, mainly comes from our family. They say, “The apple doesn’t fall far from the tree.” The kind of life we live is largely influenced by our family.

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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. It’s like that when we try to be humble.

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A great career

Think a minute…Not long ago I watched an amazing true story on television. A family was at the zoo when their little boy suddenly slipped and fell down 15 feet into the gorilla exhibit. He hit his head and landed in the middle of a group of large gorillas.

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Who said life’s fair?

Think a Minute…”Who said life’s fair!” I heard my grandmother say that a thousand times if I heard it once; and there was a reason she said it often.

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Power Shortage

Think a minute …Have you ever thought to yourself: “I know what I should have done, but I didn’t do it!” How many times have you felt that way? It’s a struggle we all fight—every day!

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Daddy’s little girl

Think a minute…Someone said: “A great man never loses his daughter’s heart.” Every daughter has the need and right to receive her father’s love and affection.

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The wonders of work (Part 2)

Think a minute…The famous African-American Booker T. Washington was extremely poor. He was only 16-years-old when he traveled 500 miles to attend university.

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Regrets with results

Think a minute...This is a true story about a boy named Walter who lived with his family on a farm. One day when Walter was seven-years-old he went exploring. He was surprised to see an owl sleeping on a low branch of a tree.

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A bad teacher

Think a Minute … Do you sometimes feel that the only way your kids will listen and obey you is if you get angry with them? We can understand the school teacher who said she hates her job because the only way she can control her class of naughty children is to always be angry with them!

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The wonders of work (Part 1)

Think a minute….The famous writer George Bernard Shaw said: “When I was a young man, I observed that 9 out of 10 things I did were failures. I didn’t want to be a failure, so I did 10 times more work!”

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Power shortage

Think a minute…Have you ever made a New Year’s resolution to break a bad habit? You determined to finally make that needed change, but after just a few weeks you were back to your same old habits.

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Money mentalities (part 2)

Think a minute…Just the sound of the word money rings in our ears like the bell on a cash register. But in a marriage, it can be like the bell in a boxing match starting the next round of fighting.

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Editorial

Politicians are not above the law

Democracy, elections and all that is good about a freer and fairer election are on the agenda in Apia this week. Down at Tanoa Tusitala Hotel, relevant stakeholders have been taking part in the “Democracy and Development in Samoa: the Role of Elections” National Conference.

Letters to the Editor

Unlicensed drivers

Re: Road safety begins with you and me Certainly, research will show a significant reduction in fatalities and injury with reduced speed, however this research is done where speed limits at 100kph and above.

Street Talk

Ali Fa’afetai, 37

How do we address number of alcohol-related deaths?

The growing number of alcohol-related deaths is alarming. Hardly a month goes by without several incidents where precious lives are wasted due to alcohol abuse and drinking sessions gone wrong. What can we as a country do to stop these unnecessary deaths? What is your solution? Ilia L. Likou asked in today’s Street Talk and this is what people said:

Columns

Mothers Day

A Mother loves right from the start. She holds her baby close to her heart.

Between the Lines

BETWEEN THE LINES

GREGOR PAUL FAN CLUB Don’t you just love the New Zealand Herald rugby writer, Gregor Paul?

Sunday Reading

Myths and Legends of the Ancient World

Guttorm stooped down and took the wild flower gently between his thumb and forefinger taking care not to bruise it.

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