Career Climbing (Part 1)

Think a minute…A man struggling to succeed in his career wrote to a friend: “I want to climb higher, but I’m afraid I’ll fall.” His friend replied: “If your courage fails you, then don’t climb at all.” To climb higher in your career does not always require a higher education.

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Muzzle Your Muscle

Think a minute…What is the strongest muscle in our body? Would you believe it is one of our smallest muscles? It weighs only 2 ounces, yet has the power of life and death. What is this tiny, mighty muscle? Our tongue.

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Fugitives Found

Think a minute…This fugitive was sure he had found the perfect place to run and hide from the law: a tiny island in the vast Pacific Ocean. The police would never look for him there. So he started a whole new life on this little island where nobody knew him and what he had done in the past.

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Valid passport

Think a minute…Some time ago I took a trip to another country. When I arrived at the airport there was a long line of people waiting to check in for our flight. But I was not worried since I already had my ticket with a confirmed seat on the plane.

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A Happy Wife and Life (Part 2)

Think a minute…Remember men: “If your wife is happy, you are happy.” A happy wife can make a happy life. Yesterday we talked about two important ways to succeed in making our wife happy. Today we will finish with a few more.

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A Happy Wife and Life (Part 1)

Think a minute…There’s an old saying: “If mama ain’t happy, ain’t nobody happy.” If you want to be happy in your marriage, simply learn what makes your wife happy. Today and tomorrow we will talk about some ways to succeed in this vital responsibility and part of your life.

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Fear of success

Think a minute…A successful man said: “Half of life’s mistakes come from hitting the brakes too soon after you start moving.” Sadly, many of us make that same mistake that damages or even destroys our success.

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Fooled by fear

Think a minute…This is an amazing true story about a criminal known as Black Bart. He brought fear to people for more than seven years in America’s Wild West. Black Bart’s name was printed in the newspapers more often than almost any other.

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Trophies or Trash

Think a minute…Recently a successful, famous man told about a surprising gift he received in the mail. It was from his old high school. When he was a teenager his love and passion was tennis.

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Eternal security

Think a minute…Queen Victoria was one of England’s most popular rulers, with the Victorian era being named for her. She was one of the richest, most powerful women in the world.

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The real winners

Think a minute…In a U.S. national spelling contest, an 11-year-old girl was asked to spell a certain word. With her soft voice the judges were not sure if she spelled the word with the letter A or E.

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The devil is in the details

Think a minute…We’ve heard the expression, “The devil is in the details.” In World War II, General Dwight Eisenhower was the Supreme Commander of the Allied forces who defeated Adolf Hitler and his massive Nazi army.

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Silence is golden

Think a minute…The famous scientist Albert Einstein did not always follow social customs. One evening the president of a university hosted a dinner to honor Einstein and give him an award. Einstein was not scheduled to speak at the dinner, but after he received the award the audience began cheering and calling for him to give a speech

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True colors

Think a minute…This is a true story about a talented girl named Mary. She was 14-years-old when she started taking singing lessons. Later she traveled from city to city as a performer. She married a newspaperman, but their marriage did not last.

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Family Fallout

Think a minute…Today’s world, from its large companies to entire countries, runs on the speed and power of computers. But when the computer breaks down, it causes serious loss, damage, even destruction.

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Get Up on the Right Side

Think a minute…If you are not having a good day, people sometimes humorously say that you “got up on the wrong side of the bed.” Amazingly, brain surgeons discovered that the brain actually has two sides and that each side thinks differently.

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Goose or Gull?

Think a minute…One of my favorite birds to watch is the beautiful white seagull. It looks so graceful and gentle floating on the soft sea breezes. But looks can be deceiving. I was saddened and surprised to learn that these innocent-looking creatures are not at all peaceful and kind when it comes to getting along with each other.

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No pain, no gain

Think a minute…You have heard the saying: “No pain, no gain.” Recently a little boy wrote to God and said: “Dear God, my brother just told me how much it hurt my mom when I was born, but he’s just kidding, right?” Unfortunately not! So why do millions of women choose to go through the terrible pain of childbirth?

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Cool as a Corpse

Think a minute…I recently read about a teenage boy who was found hanging from a tree. Next to the tree was a suicide note he had written to his parents. He said: “I’ve never felt like a real person with real worth. What hurts most is that I don’t have any real relationships with my family or friends. Please don’t spend money on a casket to bury me in.”

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Seen and not heard

Think a minute…A grown woman told this story from her childhood. “I was the oldest of ten children, so I was taught to be very responsible from a young age. When I was six-years-old my mother was driving my sisters and me on a long trip to visit my aunt. I was sitting in the back of the car with my three sisters.

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Editorial

Church has critical role to play in ending gender-based violence

The writer was invited by Samoa’s National Human Rights Institution and U.N. Women as the Moderator for a session on the topic “Engaging with Religion and Faith-Based Actors to Address Family Violence” at the Ending Violence in Samoa (EViS) roundtable. The Panelists included Dr. Mercy Ah Siu-Maliko, Maiava Iulai Toma, Judge Talasa Lumepa Saaga, Afamasaga Faauiga Mulitalo-Afamasaga and Deacon Dr. Kasiano Leaupepe. This is what Mata’afa said:

Letters to the Editor

Give priority to local businesses

Dear Editor, I read the recent articles about the Samoa Business Network mission to Samoa supported by the Government of Samoa. I managed to get along to the business day and hear from the speaker and companies from NZ, Australia and American Samoa.

Street Talk

Faauli Faoa, 58

Public push for team changes

“ Manu Samoa recently suffered another loss in their Northern Hemisphere Tour, this time at the hands of Georgia. A week earlier Samoa’s national rugby team lost to America. The two losses have triggered public debate. Our reporter Soli Wilson recently went out and got the views of the public, on what the Manu Samoa Coach should do, to get the team back to winning their games.

Columns

It’s about kinship, love, remorse and forgiveness

I want to share a reflection on suicide by quoting from a speech I made in 2002 because it is relevant and topical. Rituals also express meaning, nuance and metaphor. During (former) Prime Minister’s Helen Clark’s wreathe presentation at Tamasese’s grave, 4 June 2002, Lufi Falefa and Salani could have chanted the funeral chants, the birth chants, the war chants, the victory chants.

Between the Lines

BETWEEN THE LINES

P.M. on Church leaders It seems Prime Minister Tuilaepa can’t leave members of clergy alone. During a radio programme last week, he had plenty to say about Church Ministers. For instance, he reminded them that Church Ministers were only taught on spiritual matters, not on Economics.

Sunday Reading

Myths and Legends of the Ancient World

The spears flew towards the youth on the hill, whistling as they cut through the air. Grinning, Queen Medb’s general drew his sword, eager to take back to his Queen the head of this warrior whom they called the Hound of Ulster. He had no doubt his spears would find their mark.

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