Pick Me Ups

A friendly picker upper for the perfect stranger.

Healing – Caroline Myss March 5, 2012

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The soul always knows what to do to heal itself. The challenge is to silence the mind.
– Caroline Myss


6 word stories February 3, 2012

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Dear Perfect Stranger,

I’ve always held some interest in the power of words and how powerful just a few words can be. Hemingway once wrote a story in just six words “For sale: baby shoes, never worn.” and he apparently called it his best work. The six words immediately launch a series of questions. Why are the shoes for sale? What happened to the baby? Was there ever a baby? Who is that mysterious person selling the shoes?

When asked to write similar, 6 word stories, writers had a plethora of ideas. Some of my favorites include:

Longed for him. Got him. Shit.
Margaret Atwood

From torched skyscrapers, men grew wings.
Gregory Maguire

Nevertheless, he tried a third time.
James P. Blaylock

Thought I was right. I wasn’t.
Graeme Gibson

Writing a 6 word story is harder than you’d think. I’m still working on mine.

Do you have any ideas that can be put into 6 words?


Your friendly picker upper 🙂


Good Books – Mortimer J. Adler November 13, 2011

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In the case of good books, the point is not how many of them you can get through, but rather how many can get through to you.

-Mortimer J. Adler, philosopher, educator and author (1902-2001)


Life – A Book Review August 22, 2011

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When I was born I was given a book called Life. I have been reading it almost every day since. Admittedly, sometimes it goes on the shelf and gets neglected for a bit, but so far I have always come back to it. The funny thing is though, that even after all these years I have only just started to really appreciate it and get into it. In fact, I can’t honestly remember the first section of the book at all.

Life isn’t a short book and it’s not an especially easy book. Ideally it would take two or three run-throughs to start to fully understand it however, due to the sheer length you will only get through it once. The author is unknown although there are a number of claims that name the author as God, Allah or Shiva and many other names. I will not try to assign an author myself, but as you progress through this masterpiece, I’m sure you will draw your own conclusions. You may not make up your mind until you reach the end of Life.

There are more characters in Life than in any other book known to man, and each character no matter how incidental has their own motivations, story and their own purpose. This is no drugstore paperback. You are delving into the richest world ever conceived here. The character development can be good at times, yet sometimes the characters can seem flat and two-dimensional, predictable and uninteresting. But the conflicts, oh the conflicts, it’s enough to make an English teacher scream! There are conflicts on every conceivable level, between the characters, between the characters and the environment and even within the characters themselves. It’s a wonder that anyone manages to function at all!

Storywise, Life can be hard to follow at times. There are so many stories happening at once, all inseparably intertwined, that you may find yourself struggling to keep up and know which bits to concentrate on. This is made even more daunting because at the start you jump into an already established and incredibly detailed world, and the story of Life continues long after your final paragraph. In truth, although you could concentrate on the core story, you would be missing out on most of the beauty of Life. Trying to follow everything that is happening is difficult, but well worth the effort as you will share in the dreams, tragedies, and loves of many unique characters.

There are people who dedicate their entire lives to the mammoth task of analysing Life and all the themes, references and concepts you can find in it, and I respect them deeply for that. Believe me when I say that this book covers every theme you could possibly imagine, showing it from every angle you can think of and many you may not have. There is a risk though that you could get so caught up analysing Life that you forget to take the time to enjoy it. If so, you are the kind of person who likes to meditate on the deeper meanings and what lies between the lines. I’d suggest you make sure you learn to enjoy Life before you try to pull apart the meanings. Remember, you only have time to read it once.

Don’t be put off by the complexity and length. Life can be incredibly enjoyable. Admittedly, it also has its tough parts but, as with all the best literature, you get out as much as you put in. In Life, you will laugh, you will cry, you will love some characters, and hate others. It will inspire you, and beat you down, fill you with bliss and annoy you intensely. But one thing is for sure, by the time you’re done, you will never be the same again.


Return April 3, 2011

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I haven’t been much of a friendly picker upper lately. I’m sorry. I feel the need to explain.

I have been having a really hard time dealing with expectations that others have for me and the expectations I have for myself. I feel that these stresses have hindered my ability to see things in as positive a light as before. Not being as positive, it’s been difficult to write notes that are supposed to bring happiness to others.

But I’ve realized that this blog is more than just me writing about pleasant thoughts. This blog is a way for me to share the amazing things that I encounter in life. Like I’ve said before, this blog and the notes are almost like my field notes about life. It’s a way for me to document where I am in life and what I think people need to see. So maybe, not all of the notes I leave have to be happy. Maybe some of them can be melancholy or just observations. Whatever it is that I decide to do, I cannot stop writing these notes.

So readers, thank you for sticking with me the past few months. I’m going to bring back those notes and start sharing again. For you and for me.


Happiness – Aristotle January 6, 2011

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One swallow does not make a summer, neither does one fine day; similarly one day or brief time of happiness does not make a person entirely happy.
– Aristotle


Inner Peace – Dalai Lama December 21, 2010

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We can never obtain peace in the outer world until we make peace with ourselves.
– Dalai Lama


Seven Blunders of the World December 4, 2010

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Location: Thode Library balcony cubicle (McMaster University)


Dear Perfect Stranger,

There are many things that we as people have found to be wrong with our society. Non-violence activist and freedom fighter, Mahatma Gandhi, came up with a comprehensive list of these things called “Seven Blunders of the World”. What he came up with follows.

1. Wealth without work

2. Pleasure without conscience

3. Knowledge without character

4. Commerce without morality

5. Science without humanity

6. Worship with sacrifice

7. Politics without principle

I think those seven mistakes cover just about ever situation which we as a society find unfair. What do you think? Would you add anything to that list? Have you seen yourself affected by any of these blunders?

Have a wonderful day!


Your friendly picker upper 🙂


The World As I See It – Albert Einstein November 16, 2010

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An excerpt from the essay “The World As I See It” by Albert Einstein.

“How strange is the lot of us mortals! Each of us is here for a brief sojourn; for what purpose he knows not, though he sometimes thinks he senses it. But without deeper reflection one knows from daily life that one exists for other people — first of all for those upon whose smiles and well-being our own happiness is wholly dependent, and then for the many, unknown to us, to whose destinies we are bound by the ties of sympathy. A hundred times every day I remind myself that my inner and outer life are based on the labors of other men, living and dead, and that I must exert myself in order to give in the same measure as I have received and still receiving…”

A condensed version of the rest of this essay can be found here: An Essay By Einstein


A Wolf Fight November 10, 2010

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Location: 1280 booth


Dear Perfect Stranger,

How are you doing? While surfing the web, I came across this great story.

An elderly Cherokee Native American was teaching his grandchildren about life…

He said to them “A fight is going on inside me, it is a terrible fight and it is between two wolves. One wolf is evil – he is fear, anger, envy, sorrow, regret, greed, arrogance, self-pity, resentment, inferiority, lies, false pride, competition, superiority and ego.

The other is good – he is joy, peace, love, hope, sharing, serenity, humility, kindness, benevolence, friendship, empathy, generosity, truth, compassion and faith.

This same fight is going on inside you, and insider every other person too.”

They thought about it for a minute, and then one child asked his grandfather, “Which wolf will win, Grandfather?”

The elder simply replied, “The one you feed.”

Which wolf do you feed?


Your friendly picker upper 🙂