Yardstick

November 13, 2019

1st communion jpg

I went to a Catholic grade school. One of the most important things you do when you are in 2nd grade is study for your 1st communion.

Back in the day we had the Baltimore Catechism. To this day, I know many people whose faith has not grown beyond what they learned in the Baltimore Catechism….

You might remember some of the questions:

1….Who made us……God made us.

2…Who is God… God is the Creator of heaven and earth, and of all things.

3…..Why did God make us…. God made me to know Him, to love Him, and to serve Him in this world, and to be happy with Him forever in heaven.

To make your 1st Communion you had to not only study the Baltimore Catechism, but you were constantly quizzed on the questions and you had better know the answers.

One thing about Catholic Schools in the 1950s…. we had nuns. They were real sticklers when it came to learning your Catechism.

“I would like you to go home tonight and review all these questions and tomorrow we will have a quiz.”

I went home that night….I studied and highlighted, took notes and went over the questions and answers multiple times. I was going to be ready and know all the answers.

The next day, in class the nun decided to have an oral quiz. I was in the 1st row and she started asking the 1st question to the 1st person in my row. The 2nd question went to the person in the 2nd seat.

I sensed, there is a pattern going on here… Now let me see. I am in seat number 7, that means I am going to get question number 7. What is that question? I know I know the answer. What was that question? Let me take a sneak peek in my book.

Ahhhh. Question 7

“Mister Hutchinson. Will you please come up here.”
Why did you open the book….”

I did not open the book.

I was caught red handed. There was no lying my way out of this one…

“Come here Mister Hutchinson…
Stick your hand out.”

Wow….What is going on…. What have I got myself into…

At this point, she reaches back and on the ledge of the chalk board is a yardstick…

Uh Oh…

“I said stick out your hand…”

I’m thinking….What are you going to do with that yardstick…

Crack….

Not only did she hit my hand with the yardstick…

The yardstick breaks.

The nun is very upset now…

“Now look what you done…
you are going to have to buy me a new yardstick.”

What…

Not only am I experiencing pain…now you are going to make me pay you for your infliction…

Is this some sort of Purgatory….

“You have to bring in $2.00 tomorrow so I can buy a new yardstick.”

I am thinking…

Well the yardstick wouldn’t have broken if you didn’t hit me with it.

Lying…Is that a venial sin…

Can I still make my 1st Holy Communion…

For those of you worrying…

Yes I did receive my 1st Communion and I went on to be an altar boy in later years…

Dominus Vobiscum…..Et cum spiritu tuo…

Timetables

October 30, 2019

timetables

People always compliment my math skills. What they don’t know is the story behind my wizardry.

In 5th grade I had Mr Costigan. If you ever acted up in Mr Costigan’s class, he would give you an assignment. Do the timetables 1-10…25 times and bring them in tomorrow. That was how my year started out.

Back then I always a little bit antsy…I had trouble sitting still in my seat. I was also nosey and I liked to talk…

“Mr Hutchinson….let’s pay attention back there.”

Well as the year progressed…so did the number of timetables I had to write…

“Mr Hutchinson…do the timetables 1-10…100 times and bring them to me tomorrow before class.”

It got to a point…. if I had any spare moments…even when I was not in trouble… I was writing timetables. I knew it was only a matter of time.

In fact, I had so many timetables in storage that I sold them to other less unfortunate students who met Mr Costigan’s wrath. You need 25 or 50 of them? Here I got plenty stashed. Just give me $.25 cents a page. I’m just gonna keep on writing anyway.

Well, I made it thru 5th grade and my math skills increased dramatically. Ask me a multiplication question and I knew the answer right off the top of my head.

Guess who I had the pleasure of teaching me in 7th grade….

Good Ole Mr Costigan…

“Mr Hutchinson…I see we can pick up right where we left off. You might as well just start writing…I know you are long overdue and probably missed me…”

What a sense of humor on that guy… You gotta love Mr Costigan.

So I began 7th grade…preoccupied with trying to get ahead of the curve. Mr Hutchinson please write the 1-10 timetables 100 times and bring them into me tomorrow. (He didn’t even start at 25, for I was a veteran. He went right to the 100 category). One time I reached into my school bag and said….”Here ya go….100 timetables”…He just laughed and said…. “better keep writing.”

Well, I did make it thru 7th grade and again my math skill increased dramatically.

Did I tell you I won the math award at 8th grade graduation?

And the math award for all around excellence in math goes to George Hutchinson.

I almost fell out of my seat.

Really…A math award….Thank you Mr Costigan…

In The Moment

January 4, 2019

in the moment

I hope you had a nice holiday….

It seems like a lot of planning goes into
The Christmas celebrations and then…
In a blink of an eye
The holidays slip by…

Our family was able to get together a few times
During the holiday season

I found myself eating…
Way too much and thinking…

All the time I put toward healthy eating
Trying to maintain my weight all year
Just… went out the window

I hid my scale…

I think I will start dieting tomorrow…

Now it is back to reality…

2019 kicks off and I am excited about…
The possibilities

For the last 35+ years
I start each year
By going on a retreat

I approach each retreat with
No expectations…

However….I find Malvern has always been
A humbling experience

Our lives are so fast paced
We find ourselves running in 10 different directions
Constantly putting out fires

Our minds are racing…
We are thinking about….

What just happened and….
What are we going to do next…

What happens to the time in the middle of…
What just happened….and what to do next…

It is called…The Present

I think John Lennon said it best…

Life is what happens
While we are busy making other plans

While at Malvern
I pray to slow down…

Help me to appreciate
The moment

I force myself
To take time and
Look at the gifts
I have been blessed with

Then I ask myself…

Am I using these gifts
To the best of my ability…

That is always the toughest question to answer
We may beat ourselves up at times
But we make it easy to give ourselves a pass

However…
This is a very important question…

My life question…

What am I doing with the gifts I have been given…

Malvern gives me the time to reflect on…
What is my life’s purpose…

I pray for the grace…
To help me to be present
In every moment

And…

To use these gifts
To the best of my ability

We Have a Choice

December 6, 2018

Courtesy

An article caught my eye recently

A high school football coach

Suspended his entire team

After the school’s guidance counselor alerted him

Of an online bullying incident

Involving some of the players

The coach couldn’t be sure

Which players were responsible

Since the site allows users to

Remain anonymous

So…. he suspended all the players

At that point…

The coach outlined

A community outreach program

That would allow the student-athletes

To earn their jerseys back

The coach went on to say….

“Good character is more to be praised
Than outstanding talent…

Most talents are, to some extent, a gift…
Good character, by contrast, is not given to us.
We have to build it…piece-by-piece…

By thought…By choice…Courage… and Determination.”

This coach showed

Great leadership and character…

Handling this incident

I am thankful for the years I participated in sports

We had great coaches over the years

Who taught me great discipline and humility…

I have seen many individuals

Blessed with great talents

Come and go…

They were expecting…

Not accepting

Humility…is accepting these talents

As a gift…

Using them to make the people around you better

A good friend shared the below saying

After they read one of my newsletters

I think it ties in perfectly…

Thoughts become words

Words become actions

Actions become habits

Habits become character

Character is everything

Every Day is a Gift…..

Christmas is upon us…

We may have the perfect present to decorate the coffee table

Help your friends or love ones brush up on their Beach Etiquette…

Check out the link to my new book…

Beach Etiquette

Available on Amazon and selected stores in the area.

https://beachetiquettebook.com/

We find ways to save you money…

Thank you for your referrals

The Magic Bank Account

July 27, 2018

Magic bank account

Recently, a friend reached out to me and sent the below message. Thank you, John, for thinking of me. I would like to share it with you…

George, This is you!

John

THE AUTHOR IS NOT KNOWN.   IT WAS FOUND IN THE BILLFOLD OF
COACH PAUL BEAR BRYANT, ALABAMA, AFTER HE DIED IN 1982.

The Magic Bank Account

Imagine that you had won the Following *PRIZE* in a contest:

Each morning your bank would deposit $86,400 In your private account
for your use…..
However, this prize has Rules:
The set of Rules:

1. Everything that you didn’t spend during each day would be taken away from
you.

2. You may not simply transfer money into some other account.

3. You may only spend It.

4. Each morning upon awakening, the bank opens your account with another
$86,400 for that Day.

5. The bank can end the game without warning; at any time, it can say,

Game Over!” It can close the account and you will not receive a new one.

What would you personally do?

You would buy anything and everything you wanted right?  Not only
for yourself, but for all the people you love and care for.  Even for
people you don’t know because you couldn’t possibly spend it all on
yourself, right?

You would try to spend every penny, and use it all, because you knew
it would be replenished in the morning, right?

ACTUALLY, This GAME is REAL…   Shocked ???
YES!

Each of us is already a winner of this *PRIZE*. We just can’t seem to see
it.

The PRIZE is *TIME*

1. Each morning we awaken to Receive 86,400 seconds as a gift of Life.

2. And when we go to sleep at night, any remaining time is not credited to us.

3. What we haven’t used up that day is forever lost.

4. Yesterday is forever gone.

5. Each morning the account is refilled, but the bank can dissolve your
account at any time WITHOUT WARNING…

SO, what will YOU do with your 86,400 seconds?

Those seconds are worth so much more than the same amount in dollars.
Think about it and remember to enjoy every second of your life, because
time races by so much quicker than you think.

So take care of yourself, be Happy, love deeply and enjoy life!

Here’s wishing you a wonderful and beautiful day…
Start spending….

“DON’T COMPLAIN ABOUT GROWING OLD!”

SOME PEOPLE DON’T GET THE PRIVILEGE!

 

Every Day is a Gift

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
surfer
• 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…

https://beachetiquettebook.com/

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

https://www.amazon.com/Beach-Etiquette-George-Henry-Hutchinson/dp/1979773386

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

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

Check out our new website…
We have been getting a lot of great reviews
On our new coffee table book

If you are looking for a fun read
Or a great gift for a friend

Click on the links below to order your copy or read our reviews
We would like to add your name to our growing list of reviews

https://beachetiquettebook.com/

Thank you for the kind words

Every Day is a Gift

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

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

 

 

Every Day is a Gift

 

We find ways to save you money…

Thanks for the referrals

 

 

 

Thank

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