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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To die for

Think a minute… This is a true story about an American teenager named Leo Carter. Leo was from the most dangerous part of the big city of Chicago.

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No parking

Think a minute…On this journey of life, do you sometimes feel like pulling over and parking? You feel like you have done enough, worked enough, and learned enough.

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Raging bull

Think a minute...One of the worst shooting massacres in America’s history took place on the campus of Virginia Tech University. A student named Cho Seung-Hui went on a shooting spree killing 32 people before committing suicide.

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Stick out your tongue

Think a minute…Has your doctor asked you to stick out your tongue? Often that is one of the first things doctors examine in a patient, because sometimes they can know what is wrong with you simply by looking at your tongue.

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Chance or choice?

Think a minute…There was a man who owned the only hair salon in his little town. He cut and styled the hair of almost everybody, so his small business was very successful.

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Know your enemy

Think a minute…In a war rule number one is you must know who you’re fighting. Otherwise, you’ll waste a lot of time and energy fighting the wrong enemy. Our life’s daily struggles are like a battle.

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Women are from Venus

Think a minute…What do husbands and wives need from each other? A best-selling book, titled “Men Are From Mars, Women Are From Venus”, explains how men and women are different creatures.

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A brother like that

Think a minute…This is a true story about a man named Paul whose brother gave him an early Christmas present. It was a brand new car! A few days later, Paul was leaving work to go home on Christmas Eve.

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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?

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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.

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Discipline dominates

Think a minute…During a football game of Augsburg University in the U.S., Augsburg was losing. Then late in the game, defensive tackle David Stevens was put in to play and sparked a comeback in his Augsburg teammates.

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No greater love

Think a minute… A four-year-old girl was terribly hurt in a car accident and going to die unless the doctors quickly found a person with her same rare blood type who was willing to give her their blood.

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Life’s surprises

Think a minute…Remember Christopher Columbus? The bold explorer from Europe who intended to sail across the Atlantic Ocean to find Asia but failed. Well, he didn’t fail completely.

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Success starts today

Think a minute… In 1951, a nuclear disaster almost took place at a nuclear power plant in Canada. The core reactor had melted down, so it had to be taken apart before more deadly radiation escaped into the nearby community.

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Passion brings prosperity

Think a minute…There’s a best-selling book entitled, Do What You Love And The Money Will Follow. It explains that if you’re passionate and good at your job, then you will be happy and successful at your job.

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Managing marriage

Think a minute…Someone said: “Marriage is like getting a phone call at midnight: first you get a ring, then you wake up!” One man said that his wife “went from hard-to-get, to hard-to-handle, to hard-to-take.” Yet a woman observed: “A husband expects his wife to be perfect, but to understand why he is not.”

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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.

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A sinking ship

Think a minute… Imagine we are on a large ship out on the ocean. The captain knows that there is a hole in the boat and we’re sinking, but he does not tell the passengers. Instead, he invites us all to go up to first class. All the beer and liquor is free. We’re allowed to party and do basically anything we want on the ship

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An empty egg

Think a minute…This is a true story about a boy named Philip. Philip was 9 years old in a class of 8-year-olds. The kids in his class were mean and unkind to Philip.

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Editorial

Dealing with unemployment should be a matter of urgency

We know this much is undeniable. A lot of our social and criminal problems of today could easily have been resolved if there were sufficient employment opportunities made available to the population of this island nation.

Letters to the Editor

The 100th annivesary of the visitation by the Immaculate Conception

Talofa once again Samoa and to you dear Editor, Thirteenth September -13/09/2017, marks the 100th Anniversary of the fifth (5) visitation by the ‘Immaculate Conception’ [Forever Blessed Virgin Mother of God the Human Arch of the Covenant] the 3 children in Fatima with the last of the promised sixth (6) visitations, to commemorate its 100th Anniversary 13th October.

Street Talk

Mele Maulolo Iasoni, 47

Line blurred between tips and bribery

The difference between tipping and bribery has been spelt out by a Cabinet Minister who said public servants should not feel bad about accepting tips for doing their work. The Minister of Revenue, Tialavea Tioniso Hunt, said it is only wrong when public servants accept bribes. What do you think? Should members of the public be encouraged to tip public servants, especially people like Customs officials? Ulimasao Fata asked in today’s Street Talk and this is what people said:

Columns

New Zealand voters energised

Only a few more days to go before New Zealand voters find out whether the National Party will have a fourth term in government.

Between the Lines

BETWEEN THE LINES

NUMBERS PLEASE Is it our imagination or has there been a genuine upsurge in the number of tourists in Samoa? We say genuine, because we are not counting those who are our own ‘sons and daughters (and other aiga) for the return home’!

Sunday Reading

EMPOWERED NOFOTANE WOMEN: During the Teuila Festival 2017, the unemployed Nofotane women sold products at their own market stall set up at the Teuila Festival site in front of the government building.

Samoan women reap socio economic returns

While the celebration of Samoa’s culture and traditions as per the Teuila Festival for 2017 has come to an end, the empowered nofotane women used the festival to enjoy the socio-economic returns from being empowered.

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