Once Upon a Time I Had a Dream?…

This entry is part 2 of 2 in the series The Dream

Mini-Print Ray Horner Jr. Success Starts with a Dream
Success Starts With a Dream, Photo by Ray Horner Jr.

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…

 

 

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Do You Have A Dream Inside of You?-Part 1

This entry is part 1 of 2 in the series The Dream
The dream road
are there dreams on your Life Road?

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?

Part 2-Are you too old to dream?

Welcome to Full Up on Leftovers Friday-Day After Thanksgiving

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.

Do you have some you want to share?

Ever Think About Warming Your Buns With a Terracotta Warming Tile Bread Warmer?

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!

Attention All Baby Boomers Who Love Old School Music Living Near Newark NJ

If you are a baby boomer who loves “Old School” music you don’t want to miss this event. Read the note below I just got in the mail.

The UMDNJ – African American Heritage Committee has tickets for its annual “Evening of Creative Expressions” to be held on Friday, December 7th at The Priory, Newark, NJ at 6 p.m.   Please feel free to share with others and let us know via e-mail if you are interested in attending.  Donations from the event will support scholarships to UMDNJ students and to the Clinton Dozier Scholarship Fund.

I hope you can support this event! We have tickets and can answer your questions.  For information you may email:  Avril Lecky leckyal@umdnj.edu; Winston Watson watsonwi@umdnj.edu or Carl Chase chasecg@umdnj.edu .

Thank you for your support and hoping to see you there.

Also, there will be two artists exhibiting, Derek Dent and Ray Horner.

So, if you want to have a great time and support some worthy scholarship funds please consider attending. Also, if you come please tell them that Baby Boomer Rosie sent ya.

Are You Ready to Get Senior Discounts Yet?

There was a time, in my mid-fifties, that I would ask for senior discounts and get sad if they gave them to me without batting an eye. “That meant that I looked old”, I thought to myself. But now since this baby boomer is older, I ASK EVERYWHERE FOR SENIOR DISCOUNTS. Then I am proud to prove it even if it means taking out my dentures. Ha!

Well, a good friend sent this list of senior discounts to me. If you know of any others please list them as a comment.

Discounts for Seniors

Senior discounts FOR YOU OR SOMEONE YOU KNOW CAN USE! Finally something GOOD about being OLD!!! Enjoy and pass it on!! FOR YOU OR SOMEONE YOU KNOW WHO CAN USE IT.

Restaurants
Applebee’s: 15% off with Golden Apple Card (60+)
Arby’s: 10% off (55+)
Ben & Jerry’s: 10% off (60+)
Bennigan’s: discount varies by location
Bob’s Big Boy: discount varies by location (60+)
Boston Market: 10% off (65+)
Burger King: 10% off (60+)
Captain D’s Seafood: discount varies on location (62+)
Chick-Fil-A: 10% off or free small drink or coffee (55+)
Chili’s: 10% off (55+)
CiCi’s Pizza: 10% off (60+)
Culver’s: 10% off (60+)
Denny’s: 10% off, 20% off for AARP members (55+)
Dunkin’; Donuts: 10% off or free coffee (55+)
Einstein’s Bagels: 10% off baker’s dozen of bagels (60+)
Fuddrucker’s: 10% off any senior platter (55+)
Gatti’s Pizza: 10% off (60+)
Golden Corral: 10% off (60+)
Hardee’s: $0.33 beverages everyday (65+)
IHOP: 10% off (55+)
Jack in the Box: up to 20% off (55+)
KFC: free small drink with any meal (55+)
Krispy Kreme: 10% off (50+)
Long John Silver’s: various discounts at participating locations (55+)
McDonald’s: discounts on coffee everyday (55+)
Mrs. Fields: 10% off at participating locations (60+)
Shoney’s: 10% off
Sonic: 10% off or free beverage (60+)
Steak ‘n Shake: 10% off every Monday & Tuesday (50+)
Subway: 10% off (60+)
Sweet Tomatoes: 10% off (62+)
Taco Bell: 5% off; free beverages for seniors (65+)
TCBY: 10% off (55+)
Tea Room Cafe: 10% off (50+)
Village Inn: 10% off (60+)
Waffle House: 10% off every Monday (60+)
Wendy’s: 10% off (55+)
White Castle: 10% off (62+)

Retail And Apparel
Banana Republic: 10% off (50+)
Bealls: 20% off first Tuesday of each month (50+)
Belk’s: 15% off first Tuesday of every month (55+) Big Lots: 10% off Bon-Ton Department Stores: 15% off on senior discount days (55+)
C.J. Banks: 10% off every Wednesday (60+)
Clarks: 10% off (62+)
Dress Barn: 10% off (55+)
Goodwill: 10% off one day a week (date varies by location)
Hallmark: 10% off one day a week (date varies by location)
Kmart: 20% off (50+)
Kohl’s: 15% off (60+)
Modell’s Sporting Goods: 10% off
Rite Aid: 10% off on Tuesdays & 10% off prescriptions
Ross Stores: 10% off every Tuesday (55+)
The Salvation Army Thrift Stores: up to 50% off (55+)
Stein Mart: 20% off red dot/clearance items first Monday of every
month (55+)

Grocery
Albertson’s: 10% off first Wednesday of each month (55+)
American Discount Stores: 10% off every Monday (50+) Compare Foods Supermarket: 10% off every Wednesday (60+)
DeCicco Family Markets: 5% off every Wednesday (60+)
Food Lion: 6% off every Monday (60+)
Fry’s Supermarket: free Fry’s VIP Club Membership & 10% off every
Monday (55+)
Great Valu Food Store: 5% off every Tuesday (60+) Gristedes Supermarket: 10% off every Tuesday (60+)
Harris Teeter: 5% off every Tuesday (60+)
Hy-Vee: 5% off one day a week (date varies by location)
Kroger: 10% off (date varies by location)
Morton Williams Supermarket: 5% off every Tuesday (60+)
The Plant Shed: 10% off every Tuesday (50+)
Publix: 5% off every Wednesday (55+)
Rogers Marketplace: 5% off every Thursday (60+)
Uncle Guiseppe’s Marketplace: 5% off (62+)

Travel
Alaska Airlines: 10% off (65+)
Alamo: up to 25% off for AARP members
American Airlines: various discounts for 65 and up (call before
booking for discount)
Amtrak: 15% off (62+)
Avis: up to 25% off for AARP members
Best Western: 10% off (55+)
Budget Rental Cars: 10% off; up to 20% off for AARP members (50+)
Cambria Suites: 20%-30% off (60+)
Clarion: 20%-30% off (60+)
Comfort Inn: 20%-30% off (60+)
Comfort Suites: 20%-30% off (60+)
Continental Airlines: no initiation fee for Continental Presidents
Club & special fares for select destinations
Dollar Rent-A-Car: 10% off (50+)
Econo Lodge: 20%-30% off (60+)
Enterprise Rent-A-Car: 5% off for AARP members
Greyhound: 5% off (62+)
Hampton Inns & Suites: 10% off when booked 72 hours in advance
Hertz: up to 25% off for AARP members
Holiday Inn: 10%-30% off depending on location (62+)
Hyatt Hotels: 25%-50% off (62+)
InterContinental Hotels Group: various discounts at all hotels (65+)
Mainstay Suites: 10% off with Mature Traveler’s Discount (50+); 20%-30%
off (60+)
Marriott Hotels: 15% off (62+)
Motel 6: 10% off (60+)
Myrtle Beach Resort: 10% off (55+)
National Rent-A-Car: up to 30% off for AARP members
Quality Inn: 20%-30% off (60+)
Rodeway Inn: 20%-30% off (60+)
Sleep Inn: 20%-30% off (60+)
Southwest Airlines: various discounts for ages 65 and up (call before
booking for discount)
Trailways Transportation System: various discounts for ages 50 and up
United Airlines: various discounts for ages 65 and up (call before
booking for discount)
U.S. Airways: various discounts for ages 65 and up (call before
booking for discount)

Activities And Entertainment
AMC Theaters: up to 30% off (55+)
Bally Total Fitness: up to $100 off memberships (62+) Busch Gardens Tampa: $3 off one-day tickets (50+)
Carmike Cinemas: 35% off (65+)
Cinemark/Century Theaters: up to 35% off
U.S. National Parks: $10 lifetime pass; 50% off additional services
including camping (62+)
Regal Cinemas: 30% off
Ripley’s Believe it or Not: @ off one-day ticket (55+)
SeaWorld Orlando: $3 off one-day tickets (50+)

Cell Phone Discounts
AT&T: Special Senior Nation 200 Plan $29.99/month (65+)
Jitterbug: $10/month cell phone service (50+)
Verizon Wireless: Verizon Nationwide 65 Plus Plan $29.99/month (65+).

Miscellaneous
Great Clips: $3 off hair cuts (60+)
Super Cuts: $2 off haircuts (60+)

Are You Lying?

Hello, my name is Rosie Horner and I am a baby boomer. Whew, that wasn’t hard at all. But there are probably some other things I need to confess. What am I lying about? What truths do I need to face and fess up?

Ok, this is not a true confession post but an introduction to a powerful new baby boomer book by Beverly Mahone, founder of Boomer Diva Nation. Her book Don’t Ask and I Won’t Have to Lie will help you better understand the motivations behind the lies you tell and what you can do to live a more honest and meaningful life.

Yet, Beverly is clear in the very beginning, that it is not to replace the need for professional consultation if needed. But it sure helps you to think about some stuff you may be lying about.

I was especially stabbed in the gut when I read the section on lies we tell about tell about our health. That chapter
Lying Can Be Hazardous to your Health, confronts the lies we tell ourselves and health care provider.

Beverly addresses some common responses many of us may have to questions aimed at prevention of  diseases.  Think about it, have you given these answers when they were not true?

“I don’t drink” or “I don’t drink often.”

“I don’t smoke” or “I smoke less than a pack a
day.”

“I don’t do drugs.”

This chapter affected me personally because I am not dealing with my computer and stress weight like I should. Hence, I often hate going to the doctor to hear what I already know. One of my last visits I paid a doctor to conduct a role play session. I was the doctor and he played me. I gave him an interpretation of my blood work.

Yes, my fellow baby boomers, we know the questions and the answers for many facets of our lives. Yet, how often are we telling lies? I just love the way Beverly shares with  such authentic and transparent honesty.

Beverly deals with issues related to our appearance, relationships plus more. You will be challenged and chastened. But you will not be disappointed to know that you are not alone in this big baby boomer world dealing with issues we can all relate to.

You can grab a copy of Don’t Ask and I Won’t Have to Lie Today! No Lie, it is worth your investment of time and money.

A Must See Family Movie on FOX This Weekend January 8,2011

There is a super FAMILY MOVIE on Fox this Saturday, January 8, 2011t (8 PM, 7 Central), as part of Walmart and P&G’s Family Movie Night series.

Change of Plans tells the story of a young couple, Sally and Jason, whose lives are turned upside down when Sally’s best friend from college is killed in a tragic accident. Sally and Jason are forced to make some life-altering decisions when they discover that she has been named legal guardian to her friend’s four children, three of whom were adopted from third world countries. Change of Plans stars Brooke White (American Idol) and Phylicia Rashad (The Cosby Show) and according to the official website, portrays how “fulfilling life can be when you look beyond your own plans and invest in the lives of others.” What a great discussion starter for you to engage your grandchildren around issues that are truly important.

To view a trailer for Change of Plans and to read more about the movie, visit the movie’s official website by clicking here.

Bed Bugs and Your Upcoming Hotel Visit

Many folks are getting ready to launch their vacation plans. Unless you are traveling in a RV, staying at someones house or hiking in the wilderness you just might visit a hotel. So I found this article insightful for doing an inspection of your hotel and things you can do to  protect your luggage.

Now, I am not saying that you cannot run into these critters riding on the bus or train to work. Yes you can! But let’s take a look at the hotels. Please don’t get paranoid but do be aware.

Read this article on bedbugs in hotels.