SIC beaches

I walked onto the beach the other day

After setting up my chair

I went over to one of the guys

I have met on the beach

Over the past couple of years


It was the 1st time I have seen him

On the beach this year


I said…

It’s good to see you again

Are you ready for

Another great summer…


At that point

I felt a little embarrassed

I stopped and said…


I’m sorry…

But I forget your first name

I’m George Hutch


He just chuckled and said…


Just call me JC

That’s always easy to remember


We got into some small talk

And then he started talking about the beach…


The beach is already getting a little crowded…

I can’t believe it…

People are just plopping down

Sitting on top of each other…


Look at all the beach over there


And those people going into the water…

The life guards are 2 blocks away…


What are they thinking…

They are putting other people at risk…


I casually said…

I think you will like the book I just wrote…


You wrote a book…

What’s the title…


Beach Etiquette…


He turns to his wife…


Hey KC…

Come over here


Remember that book you just bought me…


Beach Etiquette


Here’s the guy who wrote it


I love that book

I was always thinking I should write a book about

Beach Etiquette


You did a good job


I was sitting drinking my coffee the other day

And I read a couple of chapters…


I found myself laughing

It’s pretty funny…


I love the art work



How about that…


It is a small world after all…


In case you are interested

Check out our website…


Several people have told me

They bought a copy

And after reading it…


They went back and bought more copies

To give to their friends


I’ll take that as a compliment


I am glad people are enjoying the book


If you would like a few laughs

I invite you to read the book

Leave a review on Amazon…


The buzz is out there…

This is a grassroots campaign


We need your help to keep it going


We can all brush up on our Beach Etiquette

Heading to the Beach…

June 28, 2018

SIC beach

Hey…have you read my new book …Beach Etiquette?

If not, you should pick up a copy.

It’s great summer reading.

Designed to be the next bestselling coffee table book.

Below are some snippets of the reviews coming in:

• Wait to you read it and allow yourself to chuckle. This book has a
special place on my coffee table
• Such a fun, easy read filled with beautiful illustrations reminding each
one of us on how exciting it is to spend time at the beach,
• It is an amazing collection of what really goes on. It will make you
laugh, it will help you remember those days when you went through many
of the experiences in the book yourself. George did a great job.
• A must-have for any friend of the environment, beach bum, or sun-soaked
• Most enjoyable book for Beach Lovers
• I loved the illustrations! And the observations…
• Good book Great memories

This is a grassroots campaign and we need your help to spread the word…

If you have a friend who loves the beach…share this email…

We sold over 100 copies in the 1st 30 days. We are hoping we can count on you to hit our next goal of breaking 200 copies.

It makes a great birthday gift for friends / relatives or…

Just a kind gesture…..

I was thinking of you and knew you would enjoy this book…

Visit our website to see a sample of our illustrations and layout…

The book is now available on both Amazon and Barnes and Noble

Thank you all and hope you enjoy our new book and have a great summer…

Every Day is a Gift

Thank you for your referrals

Have you noticed the difference…
There’s a little more spring in your step

People are smiling again

They have shed their heavy coats
No more scarves and sweaters

The sun is shining
Temperatures have shot up to the 70s and 8os

Even hit 90 last week

The trees are blooming
Flowers are popping up out of the ground
Spring is finally here

After a long cold winter
Of running from house to car
People are out walking around

You are finally getting a chance
To meet the new neighbor
Who moved in down the street
During the winter

Wow…They seem like nice people

Enjoy these next few weeks of…

Open windows…

Sunshine and…

Fresh Air

Only 14 days till Memorial Day Weekend

But who’s counting

a little spring


January 15, 2018

Baby it’s cold outside…(BICO)


It all started last week

Weather forecasters were calling for a…

Bomb Cyclone


That’s a new name….


Who do they pay to come up with this stuff…


El Nino, La Nina, Polar Vortex and…

Last summer they came out with Dew Points

Now it’s a Bomb Cyclone


An artic blast dipped into the south and came up the coast


It was snowing in Jacksonville and Tallahassee

It snowed in Savannah and Charleston

The storm was 800 miles out at sea

Yet it dumped from 12 – 18 inches along the NJ coast line

While the Phila area got 4-6 inches


I was out shoveling in 2-inch intervals


Easier on the back…


Winds were howling at 30- 40 miles an hour almost all day




The Bomb Cyclone was officially listed as a blizzard…


The National Weather Bureau defines a blizzard as a storm

which contains large amounts of snow OR blowing snow,

with winds in excess of 35 mph and visibilities of less than 1/4 mile

for an extended period of time (at least 3 hours)


I will say it again….




I went on retreat last weekend

While there…

I decided to venture outside for a walk


On Saturday the temperature was 8 degrees

With feels like temperature of -4 below


On Sunday…

I woke up and it was 0 degrees


Yea…You got that right…


Zero (0)

The feels like temperature was again -4 below


The rooms were having problems

Keeping up with the frigid temperatures

So…. I just threw on an extra blanket



I drove home from work on Monday

The roads, sidewalks and my driveway were…

One big sheet of ice


It may look nice and shiny from a distance

But it was a real mess



After all this

My wife has just about had it with this cold snap


She walked into our office and said…


“It’s freezing out there

I can’t take this cold anymore

When can we go to Florida”…


She didn’t have to ask me twice…

I booked a flight that afternoon


We’ll just have to tough out the cold

Till mid-February



Every Day is a Gift


Thanks for the referrals


Written by Michael Klare as reported in Huffington Post Green

Given the magnitude and scope of the current economic crisis, the world will no doubt experience a significant economic downturn — of what degree and duration, no one can say — profoundly affecting all aspects of U.S. and international society. Of the many areas that will be impacted by the downturn, the environment stands out in particular. It’s closely tied to the tempo of resource consumption, and significant efforts to ameliorate environmental decline will prove very expensive and out of reach for already-stretched budgets. The question thus arises: Will the crisis be good or bad for the environment, especially with respect to global warming?

To put this question in perspective, it is necessary to first look at the environmental situation prior to the crisis.

Gathering Crisis


By all accounts, the steady growth in the world economy — much of it driven by phenomenal economic expansion in China, India, and other nations — was producing a corresponding increase in demand for energy of all forms, especially greenhouse-gas emitting fossil fuels. According to the latest pre-crisis projections by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), combined energy consumption by all nations of the world was expected to grow by 22% between 2005 and 2015, from 462 to 563 quadrillion British thermal units (BTUs). Most of this increase, almost 90%, was expected to come from fossil fuels — oil, coal, and natural gas.

The result, not very surprisingly, was a dramatic projected increase in the emission of carbon dioxide (CO2), the leading source of climate-changing greenhouse gases. Again using DOE projections, total world emissions of CO2 were expected to increase by a frightening 22% between 2005 and 2015, from 28.1 to 34.3 billion metric tons. This increased rate of greenhouse-gas emissions would precipitate global climate change, resulting in persistent droughts, increased storm activity, and a significant rise in the sea level.

At the same time, however, the rising price of oil — itself caused by the sharp increase in demand — combined with growing awareness of the risks of global warming to create an unprecedented spurt in investment in alternative energy ventures. Many governments, energy firms, and venture capitalists have announced plans to spend vast sums on the development of climate-friendly alternative fuels and improved methods for obtaining energy from wind and solar power. In November 2007, for example, Google announced that it would invest hundreds of millions of dollars in the development of advanced renewable energy sources. These efforts, and others like them, wouldn’t reverse the trend toward higher CO2 emissions between 2005 and 2015 but could set the stage for a dramatic turnaround in the years that follow.

How will the current economic crisis affect this picture? As in so many things, there’s both good news and bad news.

The Upside


The good news is that economic hard times will cause people to drive less, fly less, and otherwise consume less energy, thus lowering expectations for greenhouse-gas emissions. According to the most recent projections from the International Energy Agency (IEA) in Paris, global oil demand in 2008 will be 240,000 barrels per day less than in its earlier predictions, and 440,000 barrels per day less than in its predictions for 2009. Many experts believe, moreover, that demand will drop even further in the weeks and months ahead as the economic crisis deepens and consumers around the world cut back on their travel and energy use — and the less oil consumed, the less CO2 emitted.

As petroleum consumption declines, the price of oil is also likely to drop — thereby discouraging investment in many costly and environmental hazardous energy projects.

Already, the price of oil has plunged by nearly half over the past three months, from $140 to $70 a barrel, and some experts see prices going even lower. Fifty dollars a barrel “is now within the realm of possibilities,” according to oil analyst Stephen Schork. At these prices, it may no longer be profitable to advance some of the more technologically challenging energy projects with a significant environmental risk, such as the development of Canadian tar sands or Rocky Mountain shale oil. These projects might make economic sense when oil is $80 per barrel or more — despite strong objections from environmentalists — but won’t attract support from investors when the price of oil slips much below this level.

The current economic crisis is closely linked with housing, and this too has a silver lining. Many dwellings built in the heyday of subprime lending were oversized homes in distant suburbs far removed from public transit, or second homes in Sunbelt vacation sites far from owners’ primary residences. These houses consumed a lot of energy and necessitated long commutes. Now, many of these exurban/vacation homes are up for sale and it is doubtful that many of them will be occupied for a long time to come. People are staying where they are, moving closer to public transit, and flying less to second homes. This will also produce a substantial decrease in energy use and CO2 emissions.

The Downside


But there is a downside to all this as well. Most serious is the risk that venture capitalists will refrain from pouring big bucks into innovative energy projects. At an energy forum organized by professional services firm Ernst & Young on October 9, experts warned of a sharp drop-off in alternative energy funding. “The concept of alternative energy has a lot of momentum,” says Dan Pickering, head of research for Tudor, Pickering, Holt & Co. Securities in Houston. “But lower oil prices make it harder to justify investment. At $50 a barrel, a lot of that investment will die.”

Governments could also have a hard time coming up with the funds to finance alternative energy projects. Moderators at the presidential debates repeatedly asked both John McCain and Barack Obama what programs they would cut in order to finance the massive financial-rescue packages the Bush administration has engineered in order to avert further economic distress. Both insisted that their respective energy initiatives would be spared any such belt-tightening. It is highly likely, however, that costly endeavors of this sort will be scaled back or postponed once the magnitude of the financial rescue effort becomes apparent. The same is true for Europe and Japan, who have also pledged to undertake ambitious energy initiatives in their drive to reduce greenhouse-gas emissions.

Indeed, leaders of some European Union countries are calling for a slowdown in efforts to curb emissions of greenhouse gases due to the burgeoning economic crisis. Under a plan adopted by the EU in 2007, member countries pledged to reduce such emissions by 20% below 1990 levels by 2020, which is far more ambitious than the Kyoto Protocol. European leaders are scheduled to implement a detailed plan to achieve this goal by December of this year. But at a rancorous summit meeting of the EU heads of state in mid-October, Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi of Italy and the leaders of some Eastern European countries indicated that due to the current crisis, they were no longer able to finance the high costs of attaining the 2020 goal and so weren’t prepared to adopt a detailed plan. “We don’t think this is the moment to push forward on our own like Don Quixote,” Berlusconi declared at the summit. “We have time.”

At some point, the price of gasoline will fall so low that many drivers will once again engage in the wasteful driving habits they may have given up when the price of gas soared over $3 per gallon. This may not occur right away. But with crude oil at $70 per barrel, half of what it was in August, a corresponding drop in the price of refined products will eventually follow. And that could lead people to see cheap gasoline as the one bright spot on an otherwise dismal horizon.

It’s unclear at this point whether the crisis will do more good or more harm for the environment. In the short term, it will certainly slow the increase in carbon dioxide emissions. It will also cause a delay in developing environmentally hazardous projects like Canadian tar sands. But if the crisis also sets back the development of energy alternatives for any significant length of time, it will cancel out any of these positive developments. Many people are waiting and watching what happens in the global financial markets. Likewise, the verdict is still out on the ultimate impact of the crisis on the environment.

Given the magnitude and scope of the current economic crisis, the world will no doubt experience a significant economic downturn — of what degree and duration, no one can say — profoundl…
Given the magnitude and scope of the current economic crisis, the world will no doubt experience a significant economic downturn — of what degree and duration, no one can say — profoundl…