My First Read

June 18, 2018

This week I was asked by my grandson G V
To read Beach Etiquette to his first-grade class

Being my first reading…
I wasn’t shore how I would approach it
But I felt safe since I was around children

Their expectations would not be too high

I started out by asking
How many schools days were left…

They all shouted…
8 more days….

I then asked what is everyone’s’ plans for the summer…
Is anyone going to the shore…
Their hands started going up
I went thru every student
Where are you going
What will you be doing

For those heading to the shore
I asked them what they liked about the shore

I love going crabbing
I like running into the water
I like jumping the waves
Boogieboarding

They went on and on for a few minutes
Then the teacher finally says…
Ok…
Why don’t we let Mr Hutchinson read his book…

They were all excited…
I read 3 chapters…

Chapter 5…The Passing Lane
About running on the beach

Chapter 6…Having a catch
Reliving the days of playing ball on the beach

Chapter 8…Shake…Shake…Shake
About the hazards of being down wind
Of someone shaking their blanket

The kids loved it…
I received a standing ovation
G V came running up and hugged me
A little girl came running up and said
I want to hug you too…

It was so cute and…
An experience I will treasure

This book is written for anyone
Who likes or enjoys a day on the beach

To feel the sun
Listen to the waves
A feeling of serenity comes over you

I have many memories of
Growing up at the beach

I often stand there
I look around
I take a deep breath and
I am transported to a different time

I can still see people I was growing up with
We were hanging on the beach
Laughing… joking… doing silly stuff
Grabbing our surf boards and darting into the ocean
Playing run the bases or tackle football on the beach

Where did the time go…
I don’t know…
But the memories live on within me

No matter what beach you go to
With a little Beach Etiquette
We will preserve its beauty and pay it forward

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It’s a Miracle

March 23, 2018

Sometime last August

I noticed a small lump on my face

It was on my left chin

Right below my left lower lip

 

I thought

It is probably an ingrown hair

I’ll keep an eye on it

 

By the end of September

I noticed it was getting bigger

I went to the doctor for my annual physical

I asked…

What is this little lump on my face

 

Oh…It looks like a cyst

No one knows why you get them

It could get bigger

It could get smaller

Or just go away

 

I wouldn’t worry about it

Most doctors don’t like to cut in that area

For there are a lot of nerves in that area of the face

 

So…I went home thinking

Maybe this will just go away

 

Another month passed

I noticed it was getting bigger

 

Hmmmm…

I should probably get a 2nd opinion

 

Hey hon…

Do you know a Dermatologist I can call…

 

Just google Dermatologists in the area

See if you recognize any names

 

I see a name I know

I call their office

 

I’m sorry….

The Doctor is not taking any new patients

 

Can you at least give me a referral…

Do you have any names I can call…

I’m running blind here…

 

I can give you a couple of numbers

Try these…

 

Kathy….my associate says…

We went to a dermatologist in Voorhees

We liked him

You might want to give him a call

 

Sounds good…

Give me the number

I called and got an appointment

 

It’s just a cyst

It could get bigger

It could get smaller

It may just go away

 

If I were you…

I would probably cut it out

You don’t want it getting infected

That will hurt

 

I would need to make a small incision

It will take about 15 minutes

You will need about 3-4 stitches

See the receptionist out front

I can do it on Tuesday

 

Do I really want this cut out…

Stitches…

Let me get one more opinion

 

I call another doctor…

It’s just a cyst

It could get bigger

It could get smaller

It may just go away

 

Is it bothering you…

If not…

I would not do anything

 

If it starts bothering you

Call me and we can cut it out

 

I would have to cut from here to here

And you would need about 6 stitches

You’ll have a small scar on your face

You’ll look tougher

Like you got cut in a fight

 

Do I really want this cut out…

Stitches…

 

I think I like when he said…

 

I would not do anything

 

Another 2 months pass

It looks like it is getting bigger

But sometimes it looks like it is getting smaller

 

All of a sudden…

My lower left lip is getting numb

I am having trouble opening my mouth

My left chin is getting warm

The bump is getting red…

 

The cyst is infected…

 

I start making phone calls…

The doctor can see you in 2 weeks

 

You don’t understand

It’s infected

I need to see someone now

Not 2 weeks

 

I’m thinking…

My friend is a plastic surgeon

If anybody is going to cut my face

I might as well go to the best

 

I call John’s office…

 

I’m sorry

He’s in a consultation

Can he call you when he is done…

 

He gets right back to me

 

I am going to call in an antibiotic

Stop and see me Friday

 

I walk into his office on Friday

 

Ohhhh…That looks pretty bad…

You still taking the antibiotic…

 

I don’t think I want to do anything today

I’ll just clean it up

And get all the infection out

 

He gives me a local

And starts working on the infected area

Everything is oozing out

 

He explains…

You have body oils under your skin

Sometimes they come together and crystalize

Then they grow a small skin around it

Like a lima bean

To protect it

That’s what a cyst is

 

I can see the top of the cyst

I think I can get this…

 

You feeling alright…

 

Just like pulling a tooth

He goes in and…

 

POP….

 

Wow… look at this thing

That’s been in there for awhile

 

I think we got everything

Just keep Neosporin and a band aid on it

 

What….No Stitches…

 

No… I think it is going to heal fine

Come see me next Friday

 

It’s a Miracle

 

No stitches

No cyst

And…

1 week later

There is little evidence

That anything was ever done

 

Thanks John…

Your hands have been blessed by God

 

 

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Ode To March

March 16, 2018

Okayyy….

I’ve had enough of this winter weather…

I'm done with winter

After teasing us with some above average temperatures

During the end of February

 

March came in roaring like a lion

 

Below average temperatures

2 Nor’easters last week

1 Nor’easter just missed us this week

And slammed the New England states

Flooding rains

Whipping winds

7 inches of wet snow

 

(The trees didn’t stand a chance)

Branches and trees were falling all over the place

 

We even had thunder snow…

 

I just heard they are tracking another Nor’easter

Heading towards us next week

 

Tell me when we can start having fun again…

 

The snow was so wet and heavy last week

I walked out my back door and…

You could hear the trees cracking

 

I said a quick prayer….

 

Please God…

No surprises

 

I called my wife and told her

You better start heading home

And please

Do not pull your car all the way up

To the top of the driveway

Park down by the end of the driveway

Next to my car

 

Good thing she listened…

I walked out later

And a big branch had fallen

Right in the driveway

Where she normally parks

 

The guy down the street was not so lucky

As I drove to work the next day

I saw a large limb had fallen

Right on the front hood of his car

 

Ouch….

 

Living in New Jersey

We are used to the cold winters

 

When I say cold winters…

I’m thinking December, January…February

 

By March…

We’re tired of all this stuff

 

After all…

 

We sprang forward last Saturday night

 

The 1st day of spring is next week…March 20th

 

Even Easter is early this year…April 1

 

 

So how about some warm weather

 

P…L…E…A…S…E…

 

Let’s see March go out like a lamb

 

 

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Welcome 2018

January 5, 2018

 Who knows where the time goes…..

 

When we were younger and in school

We had units of measure we used to live by

There was always a holiday in waiting

It helped to pass the time

Knowing that the long Thanksgiving weekend was coming….

In less than a month….

We would be on Christmas break

 

Now…..

Every year seems to go a little faster

We have become…… beyond teens….

 

Time just seems to mesh

Just like that….

2017 is in the books

 

Will 2018 be different

That is up to us

 

I will be heading to Malvern this weekend

For our annual retreat

This will be 34 years

What a great way to start each year
Taking time to reflect on what happened in my life during the last year

Praying for the wisdom to guide me thru the next year

 

I will also be Praying……

That time slows down

Helping me to live more in the moment….

 

It is easy to get caught up in the day to day hustle…

Easily distracted….

Projecting thoughts…

Always looking forward…

Not paying attention to the now…

 

It is in the now……That peace is found

I pray to ground myself in the now

 

Welcome 2018

Happy Dance

December 6, 2017

How was your Thanksgiving…

 

Long weekends are great

Though… they seem to be few and far between

 

Over the past 39 years

My wife and I have hosted

Thanksgiving Dinner

Christmas Brunch

Christmas Dinner

 

Just about every year

Except for maybe 4 or 5 times

 

Not that I am complaining

We love hosting

It is always about getting the family together

Which is increasingly difficult to do…

 

Everyone has their own schedules

And sometimes it can take several months

To get everyone synced up

Just to sit down and have a meal together

 

That is what makes the Holiday meals so special

Everyone tries to be there

 

This year my wife’s brother… Collin

Moved into a new townhouse

 

A couple of months ago he said

I think Lindsey and I would like

To host Thanksgiving dinner this year

 

I’m talking…

Music to my ears

 

Maybe it is time to pass the torch…

 

That would be great Col

Can’t wait to see the new townhouse

 

We walk into their townhouse

And the first thing I see

Is a new roasting pan…

With a turkey in it

 

Janet…

I think Collin and Lindsey are in this for the long haul…

They made an investment

Look at that roasting pan

 

Janet starts with the compliments…

 

Love this townhouse…

What a great kitchen…

This meal looks great…

I can’t wait to eat…

 

This food is delicious…

 

You guys are doing a great job

 

Are you guys interested in doing this again….

 

Lindsey smiles…

 

I’m glad you like it…

We should make this an annual tradition

 

Janet starts a happy dance across the floor

 

Collin says wait a minute…

 

Do I have any say in this…

 

No…

 

I don’t think so….

It looks like you bought a new roasting pan

I would hate to see it go to waste

 

Love this townhouse…

 

There’s a big hill in the back

The kids can have a great time

Running up and down that hill

 

Did I tell you we had a Great Thanksgiving…

 

Thanks Collin and Lindsey

 

I heard Elizabeth and Evan are planning to do Christmas

 

What time should we be there…

Get Your DNA Here

September 12, 2017

If you have been watching tv at night lately

 

You have probably seen the commercials…….

 

 

“I found out I was 20% Native American….

 

 

I thought I was Italian but I’m actually German”….

 

 

(I find myself saying……

 

Ya vol herr Kommandant….

 

For no apparent reason)…

 

 

That is for you Hogan Hero fans…

 

 

Contact Ancestry.com and get your DNA results today

 

 

I was thinking…

 

This might be a great gift for my wife’s birthday

 

So I contacted the company and ordered 2 DNA kits

 

 

Wellllllllllll……..

 

The results are in

 

 

When people ask

 

So what nationality are you….

 

 

I would normally say Irish and English

 

My mother was 100% Irish

 

My Pop….75% Irish and 25% English

 

 

My wife is 50% Italian from her father’s side

 

A mix of Irish and Scotch from her mother’s side

 

 

When the results came in

 

My wife was shown as…..

 

38% Italian

26% Irish

20% Great Britain

6% Western Europe

 

What happen to the Scotch…..

 

Is that filed under Great Britain….

 

 

My results came in a couple days later

 

I am……

 

Drum roll please…..

 

92% Irish

4% Italian / Greek

2% Western Europe

 

 

Not even a trace of English blood

 

Or as they say Great Britain….

 

 

Hey hun….I’m 4% Italian

 

 

You’re not Italian

 

 

It says here I am 4% Italian

 

That means I am only 34% less Italian than you

 

 

That got her blood pumpin….

 

 

You’re not Italian

 

You’re gonna deny me my 4%

 

 

Well….I have had a lot of fun knowing the results

 

 

I still can’t believe….No English

 

But 4% Italian….

 

 

Those Romans really gotta around

 

 

 

 

What does your DNA say….

 

 

It may makes for good conversation…

 

 

 

Treasure

September 12, 2017

Seems like only a few weeks ago

 

We were saying

 

Here comes summer

 

 

Where did it go…

 

 

I know I have been busy

 

But…..

 

Did I blink and miss it

 

 

 

There were a lot of great memories

 

Packed into a short period of time

 

Heck…

 

It seemed like we were just getting started and…

 

 

Poofffff….

 

It’s Labor Day

 

It’s…..Back to school

 

 

Fall football….soccer…field hockey

 

 

Don’t forget to do your Homework…

 

 

All eyes turn toward the Eagles

 

 

While the Phillies fade into the abyss

 

 

My Pop used to say

 

 

4th of July….Summer’s over

 

 

The older I get

 

The more I see

 

The wisdom in those words

 

 

Who knows where the time goes…

 

 

Just be sure to treasure the time…

 

We all have been given

Paid it Forward

July 28, 2016

When I was younger

Beginning my business career

My Uncle Robert Hutchinson

Who was my father’s godfather…

 

Took a special interest in me

 

Each day he would call….

 

“Here is the word of the day….

Here is the thought of the day….

Write it down”

 

I had a day timer back then….

Each day I would write down

His words of encouragement and inspiration

 

It is touching

That he took time out of his day

To stop and think of me

 

He was a true gentlemen…

My first mentor

 

Uncle Robert loved to draw

Write poetry

Play piano

Belt out a great song

 

I can still picture him

Sitting at the piano…….singing

“You always hurt the one you love…..

The one you shouldn’t hurt at all….”

 

He even took the time

To show me how to play the piano

 

He would stop by

After work each week

 

“Have you been practicing what I showed you….

Here try this….”

 

Always inspiring

He was lifting me up

Nurturing me

Helping me grow

 

Showing me that life is a blessing

 

What makes me think of my Uncle Robert today…..

 

I saw a post this morning

 

Your life is your message to the world.

Make sure it’s inspiring.

 

That just about says it all…..

 

How do we all want to be remembered….

 

Erma Bombeck once said….

 

“When I stand before God at the end of my life,

I would hope that I would not have a single bit of talent left

And could say,

I used everything you gave me.”

 

Uncle Robert paid it forward

 

Thank you Uncle Robert

 

Every Day is a Gift

 

 

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Do It

August 17, 2012

I was getting on the speed line

 

 

The other day and…..

 

 

I saw a sign for

 

 

Pierce College

 

 

 

Don’t dream. Do…..

 

 

 

That message hits…

 

 

 

Right to the point.

 

 

 

 

A real source of inspiration

 

 

 

For years Nike has been saying

 

 

Just do it!

 

 

 

I remember growing up

 

Looking around

 

Seeing my friends and classmates

 

And thinking

 

 

They are really lucky

 

 

They seem to be

 

 

Really on the ball

 

 

 

 

What do they have

 

 

That I don’t?

 

 

 

How do I get what they have?

 

 

 

 

What was the….

 

 

That?

 

 

 

Confidence….

 

 

A belief in oneself

 

 

 

 

At age 11 to 15

 

That was pretty lacking

 

 

Those are tough years…

 

 

Not just for me

 

 

 

But for most yon teens

 

 

 

I found my inner strength

 

Thru sports

 

 

 

Had some great coaches

 

Over the years

 

 

They believed in me

 

More than I believed in myself

 

 

They challenged me

 

 

Held me accountable

 

 

Inspired discipline

 

 

In my efforts

 

 

It was thru their efforts

 

That I was able….

 

 

To dream

 

 

To reach

 

 

Grow

 

 

And

 

 

Believe

 

 

 

My family also played

 

A big part…

 

 

For they always made me feel

 

 

Special

 

 

 

I am a firm believer

 

That if you are

 

 

Looking to achieve a goal in your life

 

 

You must first

 

 

 

Believe in your capabilities….

 

 

 

Focus on

 

What you are looking to achieve…

 

 

 

Thru discipline

 

 

 

 

Dedicate your efforts

 

 

Toward achieving that…..

 

 

 

Goal

 

 

 

 

Career

 

 

 

 

Outcome

 

 

 

 

View it thru your……

 

 

 

 

Mind’s eye

 

 

 

And

 

 

 

 

Go after it

 

 

 

 

 

Your efforts will be rewarded

 

 

 

 

 

You will succeed

 

 

 

 

 

 

You may….

 

 

Hit some bumps

 

 

Along the road?

 

 

 

Do not let that be a deterrence

 

 

 

 

A wise friend has told me that

 

 

 

Failure creates success

 

 

 

 

When you lose….

 

 

 

Don’t lose the lesson

 

 

 

 

 

You may follow your dreams

 

 

 

But…..

 

 

 

 

Don’t Just Dream……

 

 

 

 

Do…..

 

 

 

The world awaits you

 

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