I looked at this Pen & Ink drawing done by my husband Raymond Horner Jr. and began to reflect on what was happening in our lives when he created this drawing. He was very ill. Yet despite the almost dismal situation in the 80’s while in the hospital he created this beautiful piece.
You need to know that this place called Peniel was where we got a spiritual rebirth the year after our marriage in in 1979. A place of peace and hope. And the bottom line is when things get fuzzy and complicated like the trees in this picture we can choose to focus on the light that shines from the SON. That we can still dream. We can still hope.
They say the two most important days in a persons life were the day you were born and the day you discover why you were born. Viola Davis
Can you could actually tell a story about a dream you “used to have” that you may have forgotten? A dream you KNOW was given to you not by man made concoctions? A dream placed DEEP into your soul by the DREAM GIVER that you have either forgotten or are “over thinking” with your own logic and practicality?
I am reflecting on a scene in the book The Dream Giver that involves the main character called Ordinary and his Father:
One evening after work, Ordinary went to his Parents to watch the box. But their box was broken, so the house was very quiet. It was even more quiet because his Mother was out shopping at Familiar Foods.
In the quietness, Ordinary started to think about his Dream again. He looked over at his Father sitting in his recliner, staring at the single page of Nobody’s News. Maybe he could help.
“Father,” said Ordinary””I’m growing sadder by the day. I don’t like my Usual job anymore. In fact, I think I hate it.” Father looked up, “That’s terrible” he said. ” What happened.?”
Before he could stop himself, Ordinary started tslking about the Dream Giver, and about his Big Dream. ” I was made to be a Somebody and achieve Great Things!” he said. And then he told his Father the Name of his Dream. As he spoke, his voice trembled. He was sure that his Father would laugh or call him a fool.
But his Father didn’t. ” I’m not surprised to hear you say these things, “he said.
“You’re not?” said Ordinary.
No,” his Father said. “You’ve had that Dream ever since you were little. Don’t you remember? You used to build that same dream with sticks and mud in front of this very house.”
Then Ordinary did remember He’d always had his Dream! It was what he’d always wanted to do and what he’d always thought he’d be good at doing.
His eyes filled with tears, “Father,” he said, “I think I was born to do this”.
Ordinary and his Father sat together quietly. His Father seemed to be remembering something, too. After a while he asked.”When you woke up to your Big Dream Son, did you happen to find…a feather?”
Ordinary was shocked. “How did you know?” he asked.
” A long time ago, I woke up to a Dream , too.” his Father said. “And it came with a long white feather. It was a wonderful Dream. I kept the feather on my windowsill while I waited for a chance to pursue it. I waited and waited. But it never seemed possible…One day I noticed the feather had turned to dust.”
Of all the sad words, Ordinary had ever heard these were the saddest.
Before he left that night, his Father hugged him. “Don’t make the same mistake I did, Son” he said. “You don’t have to stay a Nobody. You can be a Dreamer.” from the book The Dream Giver by Bruce Wilkinson
Are you waiting rather than praying and acting on your dream? Don’t make your dream just a story that starts out with “Once upon a time I had a dream… Change it today with “I have a dream…
Sometimes we get comfortable in the routine of making a living, stressing out about making a living then graduate to the routine of waiting for the pension and social security check to stressing out about getting more than the pension and social security check.
If you compound that with the sometimes preoccupation with illness, recovery and family dramas dreams can get lost on our life road. We tend to travel away rather than to any hope of having or exploring a dream.
One evening while staying overnight with my mom I read the book The Dream Giver by Bruce Wilkinson. I had to stay awake most of the night to keep a watchful eye on her because after her surgery she may have need for me during the night.
This book not only keep me awake but also awakened a desire to look for and explore the idea of having a dream in my baby boomer years. I realized that some I had earlier in life were either lost or unexplored. That I allowed, too often, life challenges or other peoples discouragement to just get in the way.
I think about the time that I wanted to go to a high school outside of my district. The only way to get in was to take a language our school did not offer. In this case it was Hebrew.My mom and I visited the principal and was told that even he had a hard time learning Hebrew. He discouraged us from trying and we settled.
Yet, the high school I did attend had a librarian who one day asked me, while doing my duties in the Library Club, if I ever thought about going to college. I said no, it was not on my radar. My aspirations, at that time were to be a secretary because I was good at touch typing.
Thank God for Mrs. Little who lit a fire inside of me with possibilities that have lasted even in my baby boomer years.
The character in this awesome little book is named Ordinary who lives in the land of Familiar. Now it does not say how old Ordinary was but our character went to work at the Usual job. I suspect that those of us who may not work at the Usual job have the Usual activity and work schedule.
But like Ordinary you will find that you have a dream inside of you. Perhaps it is unexplored, lost in the shuffle of life’s dramas or maybe you have already begun to pursue it.
Do you have a dream? Do you have something nagging at your insides but have been just too busy to explore it?
My friend Blogging Betty Boomer has discovered some really simple yet interesting things you can do if you shop online this season. If you add shopping online to your holiday choices you can:
1. Watch Scandal, The Good Wife favorite sports game and National Geographic instead missing them while standing in line.
2. You can fight over an item you want with “bidding” instead of pushing and pulling.
3. You can see all your item choices with the click of the mouse or touch on your screen without waiting for a sales person to show them to you.
4. You can save money in gas and use it for shopping and a cup of latte, herb tea or marshmallows for the hot chocolate.
5. You can still ask questions about your item without watching body language that says “How many times do I have to tell you…”
6. You can buy stuff as old as you and older without non- vintage folks looking at you strange.
7. You can get an idea what kind of gift your favorite mail carrier will like by disclosing what is in your package and watching their face.
8. You can return the item, if needed, without standing in the customer service line.
9. You can add to your feedback number and look more experienced in case you decide you want to become an Ebay Seller.
10. You always have access to your own comfortable bathroom if you buy from your home.
Some Trusted Ebay Stores Running Amazing Sales
The Ebay Stores below are running some unbelievable sales from 10-60% off. And while you are at it you might find some cool stuff for yourself. New stores will be added in the next couple of days so keep checking back. And if you buy anything drop a note and tell them Rosie sent you!
You will find your shopping experience to be a real class act with solid professionals who have exceptional customer service.
If you buy from any of the stores above, let me know, and I will give you a %10 discount on anything, I mean anything, in my Ebay Store Baby Boomer Collectibles until January 10, 2013. You will get the discount on top of what ever sale is running.
Have a blessed holiday season and thanks for stopping by.
It is the day after thanksgiving. We had a great time with family in Connecticut and don’t have to cook the chicken in the freezer or make black beans because WE BROUGHT HOME LEFTOVERS. Now, many of you actually cooked yesterday. That means if folks did not take all the meat off your turkey you still have some plus those bones.
So, since I have not created a blog post on this site in a while and want to prevent the spammers from takeing over I decided to post some leftover recipes. So, if you can break yourself away from the TV marathons, and Black Friday Sales here are a few for you to consider.
When I was young, only yesterday, I never thought about using a bread warmer. You know , something to keep my bread always ready to melt the butter regardless of how long we sat at the table. I always put it back in the oven or nano seconds in the microwave and hoped it would not get hard.
Today I opened a package that had my new cooking toy. It is a Bread Warmer on a Terracotta warming tile. Terracotta, Terra cotta or Terra-cotta (Italian: “baked earth”, is from the Latin terra cocta) is a clay-based unglazed ceramic. Without getting super technical I found out that Terracotta holds heat a long time so my buns on top of a terracotta stone will keep them toasty and tasty for a long time.
Now I plan to do more gluten free cooking for myself and wonderful traditional rolls for hubby and guests. So I am looking forward to using this beautiful basket on my dinner table from the folks at Crabby Nook.
This is a great gift for yourself or anyone who loves to put pretty things on their table plus smiles on the faces of everyone at the table. You put this stone in the oven then place it in the round basket under that decorative towel that will hold your buns. So click this link if you want to order a beautiful Bread Warmer for your buns. Enjoy!
Someone asked me about supplemental insurance and the Affordable Health Care Act. Well, I did a little research. It appears that there is something called Medigap which you can get to supplement your Medicare. Yes, there will be some impact on that program. So listed below are several articles that address the issue.
So How do you get more information about the Affordable Health Care Plan for your State?
You can access the marketplace where health insurance will be sold, are going to be accessible through Health Care .gov and if you have issues with the technology you can do the instant chat feature which I found to be very helpful. There is also a toll-free number which is 1-800-318-2596 or TTY: 1-855-889-4325 . People without other forms of health insurance can sign up for subsidies through the marketplace [if they qualify] to help pay for coverage. You can go directly to this page to access , via your State, information about your marketplace.