What Makes a Beach?

By “Awake!” correspondent in Guatemala TO MULTITUDES the thought of spending a day of pleasant recreation down at the edge of the ocean is most inviting. It can mean much fun—swimming, sunning, playing games and associating with friends and loved ones in the fresh open air, with the soothing sound of surf in the background. …

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So you’re thinking of Buying a House?

By “Awake!” correspondent in Canada “YOU can’t go wrong,” enthusiastically said the exuberant real estate salesman to his wavering client. “The demand for property is increasing every day, and an offer like this just isn’t being made anymore.” But those experienced in buying and selling property know that it is not all that simple. There …

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Four Aids for Good Health

“A STITCH in time saves nine.” “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.” Sayings such as these may well be applied to the matter of our keeping in good health. Why wait until you are sick before giving thought to your health? Absence of distressing symptoms does not necessarily mean good health. …

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A Tale of Two Teachers—Why They Stopped Teaching

“I reached the point that I met the class each day with dread, and I knew it was time to leave.” FOR decades educators have attempted to find a solution to the problem, “Why Johnny can’t read.” Meanwhile Johnny, armed with “See Spot run. Run, Spot, run,” embarks on the arduous task of conquering the …

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Why Courtesy Pays!

IN A world where courtesy and good manners are on the wane, it is refreshing to come across someone who still believes in making others happy. One such man is a bus driver in São Gonçalo, Rio de Janeiro State, Brazil. He relates what he does: “As a bus driver I meet all kinds of …

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Are Your Children Generous?

“GIVE me that! That’s mine!” Are those words familiar? Do they voice the sentiments of your children when asked to share things with others? This might well be the case, if the young child shows signs of being selfish and possessive with his belongings. Parental concern is natural when children develop and display these undesirable …

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When Children Give Birth

A LITTLE girl less than six years old is usually still playing with dolls and living a carefree life under the protection of her parents. But one five-and-a-half-year-old girl in Peru gave birth to a child back in 1933. Said the obstetrician who delivered the baby by cesarean section: “By a fantastic trick of nature, …

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Your Hearing—A Gift to Be Treasured

A QUIET evening in the country, away from the noises of civilization, offers a chance to soak in the gentle sounds of the night. A light breeze faintly rustles the leaves. Insects, birds, and animals add their distant calls. What a wonderful sensation to hear such soft sounds! Can you hear them? The potential of …

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Songbirds—Virtuosos That Defy Understanding

“IN THE early morning hours, I was awakened by sounds strange to my citified ears. Strange but lovely. It was of birds singing. Not just one or two but many. Many birds. Some nearby, others more distant, and all of them singing. As I lay in bed and listened, a growing wonder came over me. …

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Appreciating Jehovah’s Creations

I HAD never really been impressed, as David was, with the stars—I hadn’t seen all that many because the lights of the city didn’t allow it. But now to stand in total darkness and, as far as the eye could see, be engulfed by black velvet expanse jam-packed with sparkling, diamond like stars was overwhelming. …

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