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Think a minute…This is a true story about a boy named Philip. Philip was nine- years-old in a class of eight-year-olds. The kids in his class were not kind to Philip. They would not talk to him or let him play with them.

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“Let go of the controls”

Think a minute…A pilot was flying his small airplane, a Cessna 150, when suddenly he lost control. His plane began spinning and falling to the ground! He panicked and began doing everything he could think of with the controls.

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“Get hold of happiness”

Think a minute…Have you heard of the new emotional sickness called Sudden Wealth Syndrome? It happens to people who suddenly become rich by winning a big lottery jackpot, inheriting a lot of money, or other quick ways.

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The best shortcut (Part 3)

Think a minute…Honesty is the best shortcut to living life at its best. It goes straight to the truth of every matter, so it saves all of our most valuable possessions in life. Honesty saves your conscience and character. “Honesty is telling others the truth.

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The Best Shortcut (Part 2)

Think a minute…Yesterday we learned that honesty is the best shortcut to living life at its best. It not only saves time, but it saves all of our other most valuable possessions in life. Honesty saves our trust in people. When we are not honest, we usually assume other people are not honest too.

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Good actor, bad man

Think a minute…Bob grew up in Edinburgh, Scotland. He was a young boy when he first heard of Bill Brodie. In fact, Bob’s parents had a piece of furniture in their home that was made by Brodie. Bill Brodie was not only a successful carpenter and businessman, he was also a respected member of the town council, and a deacon in his church.

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The best shortcut (Part 1)

Think a minute…We all like to save time—especially since life is so short. So the sooner we learn good shortcuts to living well, the sooner we will enjoy life at its best.

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Extremely Poor and Successful

Think a minute…In 2012 an unknown hero was discovered and honored in China’s news media. She was a woman who had spent her life saving helpless, abandoned babies. Together with her husband who died in 1995, 88-year-old Lou Xiaoying rescued more than 30 babies who were left to die on the streets of Jinhua, China.

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“A great Woman”

Think a minute…There was a young married couple who really struggled to make enough money just to live on. One day the husband took all their money and bought a small service station. His wife Jane did not think this was a smart, good investment.

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“Better late than never”

Think a minute…Harlan was only 5 years old when his father died. When Harlan was just 14 he quit school and started working on farms. At 16, he lied about his age and joined the American army.

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It takes one to make one (Part 2)

Think a minute…A boy does not become a man automatically or alone. It takes a man to make a man. Boys always have heroes they look up to as the kind of man they want to be—and boys whose fathers live with them usually say their hero is their dad.

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It Takes One to Make One (Part 1)

Think a minute…John is smart and well educated, but he does not keep a job and support his family. Ian is married with children, but he continues to go out nights partying and being unfaithful to his wife. Sadly, fewer boys than ever are becoming true men who live up to their adult responsibilities.

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Twenty-two million candles

Think a minute…Ann Scheiber lived alone in her small apartment in New York City having never married. She did not own a car, so she walked everywhere wearing the same old black coat.

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Your life is minute-made (Part 2)

Think a minute…While a father was enjoying a steak with his little boy he said, “I’ve probably eaten a whole cow in my lifetime!” “A whole cow?” his son said. “How did you do that, Dad?” His father answered, “Simple: one steak at a time.”

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“Create Your Own Luck”

Think a minute.Do you know some people who just have all the luck? They seem to get all the breaks. And you ask yourself: “Why don’t I get lucky? Why don’t I get a great education? A great job or business?

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Your life is minute-made (Part 1)

Think a minute…Life is short. Sadly, many of us don’t realize it until it is too late. “We wait too long to take our life seriously.” So we don’t take control of our time to make every minute of our life count.

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Get Hold of Happiness

Think a minute…Have you heard of the new emotional sickness called Sudden Wealth Syndrome? It happens to people who suddenly become rich by winning a big lottery jackpot, inheriting a lot of money, or other quick ways.

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Obstacles or Opportunities

Think a minute…In the 1930’s, Jesse Owens was a world-class athlete in track and field. Yet he was told that because he was black, an African-American, there was no way he could beat the white, Nazi German athletes.

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Don’t cheat yourself

Think a minute…Imagine you’re in school and your teacher gives your class a really hard test. You’re scared and nervous because you didn’t study. But then you see the smartest girl in the class is sitting right beside you and you can clearly see her paper and all her answers.

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One life, two men

Think a minute…Not long ago Chuck Colson died at the age of 80. He led an amazing life lived by two different men. In his first 42 years, Colson was an ambitious, successful lawyer who had tremendous power as the Special Counsel to the U.S. President, Richard Nixon.

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Editorial

Think dialogue, humility and mutual respect

We live in a very interesting time. The truth is that everywhere we look today we see conflicts, hardship, strife and war. Around the world we’ve become so used to seeing bloodshed, death and the hopelessness which follows. But there is no sign of slowing down either. The developments between the superpowers of the world are intriguing to say the least.

Letters to the Editor

Locals and aspirations

Dear Editor, Re: Will Samoa ever be a self reliant country? I am totally bamboozled by this article for I can’t get the mixed messages it contains. The article talks about Samoans lacking initiative and specifically mentions CEO’s, ACEO’s and farmers.

Street Talk

Eseta Faasao, 42

Public oppose new chicken tax

The recent passing of the Customs and Tariff Bill in Parliament means new tariff rates will be imposed on all imported chicken. This is a grave concern given that chicken is one of the most affordable meat for families living below the poverty line and middle income earners. Taxing such goods is no doubt a burden on these families because a decent meal every day is now being robbed from them with price increase. Our reporter, Ulimasao Fata asked the public on their opinion on Government’s move to tax imported frozen chicken. This is what they said:

Columns

A look at some features of South Pacific Constitutions

I have elsewhere contrasted two metaphors for the work of constitution-making.

Between the Lines

BETWEEN THE LINES

THE BEST A big fa’amalo to the skilled and courageous E.P.C. staff who braved the winds and rain to restore power from broken and dangerous power lines on Cross Island Road on Wednesday night in pitch darkness.

Sunday Reading

HONOURING THE VOLUNTEER VETS: The members of the A.P.S. board alongside the 3 volunteers at Taumesina Island Resort.

The Howler: A.P.S. says thank you

Members of the Animal Protection Society (A.P.S.) board gathered at the beautiful Taumeasina Resort for a dinner to honor the volunteer vets that came over from Australia to help conduct the clinics.

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