Hug Someone You Love Today...
and how to leave your personal signature
by Michael A. Pickles Trafford Publishing

"Nature or what the Chinese call the Tao, has given each of us the gift of life and a distinctive accumulation of talents. You may not be thankful for everything in your life, but you can be thankful for something."

Michael A. Pickles has written a book from the heart. He is a man who would like to share some of his genial experiences and to encourage others to look for opportunities to do the same things. Pickles was inspired by a former co-worker who was wise enough to help him deal with a difficult student. That inspiration served him well throughout his teaching career that took him from Canada to South America and as far as Africa. There was no philosophizing or preaching in Miss Bezanson's advice. It was simply a small card that said: Hug Someone You Love Today.

The book he has written is based on stories that were shared with him by people to whom he has passed the same sentiment. He has been blessed by the feedback he received and has completed his goal to share that blessing with others. Pickles has also been inspired by some well-known humanitarians including Mahatma Gandhi, Mother Teresa, and Helen Keller. He appreciated the odds that they were able to overcome in order leave their "signature" on the world. Some of the chapters are written as poems, and while they often share a poignant message, they are generally light-hearted and fun to read. Others are short anecdotes that bring a smile or a nod of the head. Particularly delightful is the chapter on a "Child's Meaning of Love." Billy, age four, said: When someone loves you, the way they say your name is different. You know that your name is safe in their mouth. This is an enjoyable little book that accomplishes the author's goal which is to inspire others to look for opportunities to love and encourage others.

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