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July 14th, 2020 at 1:36 am

Kings Grocery in Maplewood NJ, Made Us Feel Like Royalty During Covid-19

Early in the pandemic many grocery stores started early arrival times for folks over 60. Kings was one of those grocery chains. But I never made it to the” early bird no hassle less crowds time.” Yet Kings maintained the same focus on social distancing and superb customer care during it’s normal hours.

When you walk into the Maplewood, NJ store you are immediately launched into the crisp fresh vibrant colors of the produce section. As you begin your travels in the store the floor is clearly marked with directional arrows. But I am most impressed with how each and every staff member from the manager to stock person treats customers with such outstanding respect, patience and above and beyond customer service.

The entire time you are in the store the public health messages are shared as reminders to keep a safe distance. So far most customers adhere  to the request. And the store is careful to reinforce the need to keep only one person checking out at a time.

I really enjoy going into the store and I am not a big fan of shopping. LOL I now bring my neighbors and we enjoy getting the specialized items especially the fresh sushi. I guess I just wanted to share how the store has made the experience of shopping during the pandemic less stressful. I feel like royalty. Thank You

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July 2nd, 2019 at 2:59 pm

Baby Boomer Rosie Horner Wrote and Shared “The Bacon Story” at Church

So often with aches and pains we wonder if  we can still do it! But with God’s help we can. Enjoy this story performed despite issues of pain and double chins. LOL


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June 28th, 2019 at 2:33 am

Brenda Mitchell-Keep Your Eye on This Amazing Baby Boomer Because Her Eyes Are Wide Open With Excitement

I regret that I was not in the audience with my husband to see this riveting recital by Brenda Mitchell. It seems like only yesterday when I saw her in the hospital after a challenging surgery and she wondered if she would ever sing again. Now the two songs in this recital are reflective of much of her life.

A woman with an extensive work history in customer service, fashion PLUS singing and acting. Her first song, “God Uses Ordinary People ” is song with the aura of her church work, care-giving and matrix of compassion with friends and family. Whereas, the second song, “Whatever Lola Wants” shows her lighter side of fun and emotional expressions.

I hope I get to the next recital by this awesome woman who is still taking voice and music lessons. She has decided that this is what she wants and with God’s help she is getting it!

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June 21st, 2019 at 3:21 am

A Baby Boomer Artist Opens a Box and Reviews a Camera Bag-The Simple Function May Surprise You

This is Ray Horner Jr. reviewing a cool camera bag. He actually shares the open-box drama. LOL

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June 1st, 2019 at 5:16 pm

Siteground Hosting Came to My Rescue Just When I Thought About Giving Up on Blogging

I can’t remember if it was a sunny or cloudy day when I decided to create a blog post and my site was down. I felt like just sitting on my keyboard and crying. I called my host and they told me that one of my sites were hacked and as a result ALL of them were taken down.

They suggested that I purchase a new service they had that would protect my sites from future hacks. So, I talked with the representative and they gave me a price per site for maintenance per month. I t old them I had a lot of sites that was growing on that tree. So, they offered a cheaper price but it was still almost the price of my mortgage payment.

Do I give up blogging? Do I stick with just one site?

I then decided to chat with a friend and fellow blogger. She told me about her hosting and offered to help me transfer all my sites to that host. I did it! I was careful not to sever my hosting relationship with the old site until everything was transferred. My  url’s were also hosted on the old host’ server.

What happened after that has been a blessing. I stopped my site hosting with the old host and maintained just the urls which I had pointing to the new host. My new host Siteground even helped me in the process of pointing my old url’s to them.

Love the Technical Support They Don’t Talk Dirty

Siteground has one of the best tech support experiences. Not only do they take the time to explain everything but they reflect in their VOICE TONE that they really want to help me. I know that sounds strange but it makes me feel like I’m not stupid or a bother. And as a baby boomer no longer on coffee I appreciate that they do not talk at  3o miles per hour. LOL So my conclusion is that they do not talk dirty because they explain everything in language I can understand with tonal quality that makes you feel ok about asking questions.

So, give Siteground a call if you want great support for your blogging and reliable service. Unless someone buys them and changes their business philosophy I am sticking with them. Now I can stop sitting on the keys.

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December 18th, 2018 at 10:23 pm

Sadness and Winter Holidays by Charlene Mason-Reese MSW, LCSW

Photo by Raymond Horner

You think about those who used to walk the road with you.

I read the article below by Charlene Mason-Reese with personal interest. Yes, I am among the ranks of so many  baby boomers that struggle with seemingly increased grief during the holidays. After too often writing obituaries and getting ready for funerals between my mom, uncle, mother and father in law during past Christmas and New Year holidays, only  the Lord gets us through.

I found Charlene’s article refreshing and insightful. Her tips actually are helping me to be there in “real time” for others who get sad like me. And the truth of the matter is that sometimes we are helped when are are sensitive to the pain of others.



by Charlene Mason-Reese MSW, LCSW

Gaiety, joy, good wishes appear to dominate the weeks from Thanksgiving until New Year. People want to be happy, families want Thanksgiving meal to be full of good memories, because family members have not seen each other in sometime. Their mouths are already tasting the comforting foods they know will be served; stuffing themselves, telling stories of remember when…..

The watching of the Thanksgiving Macy Day Parade, marking the end of fall and seeing Santa bring in the winter season, along with the holiday cheer. In the United States, Santa brings in remembrances of many holidays, even for those that don’t celebrate Christmas. To name a few Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, Felice Navidad, and there are others that author does not wish to discount, but these days bring feelings of joy and grief. For some because the realization of their loss that may occurred yesterday or ten years ago. It brings the challenge of what does one do with those feelings? “I cried it out, right?” There are no more tears to cry. No one wants to hear about my sadness, they are talking about what bargains they are going to pick up Black Friday.

The stress of Black Friday, a holiday all its own and the special meaning it is given, because each night the newscasters tell us how many shopping days there are until Christmas, now that tightens the noose, because that is a reminder of all that has not been done. This does not take the people into the season over the edge, because the joy that is anticipated of watching the children open the hard fought for gifts, the long lines stood on. The looking and waiting for parking spaces, on to have someone else pull in it-remember it is time for good will to all men

There are segments of the population that all of this happiness, the season especially !….makes their world seem even dimmer – that is the people who GRIEVE for what they have lost.

The loss may have been recent or may be one that other people feel they should have gotten a handle on, the death occurred so long ago. It is difficult to be in around people who are openly expressing their happiness and then there is the person who feels as though their heart has broken and the pieces are free floating. As the person who is experiencing these feelings, you also have feelings of guilt. You don’t want to take away the joy others are feeling, but you really can’t understand how the world is continuing as normal, while your universe has shattered. Who can you go to, people may be tired of hearing about your loss, but don’t they know, don’t they see that earth has stopped, it is no longer revolving around the sun.

Family, friends are you aware of the grieving person in your midst? Are you aware that they are sitting at the table – you see them, but they see an empty seat where the deceased used to be, even if it is occupied? Yes, others at the table may also feel the absence of the departed, but grief is unique to each person, it depends on many things. For one, it depends on the relationship of who died: spouse mother, father, child, aunt, uncle, grandparent, or someone who was a confidant.

The person at the table who is suffering the acute grief has burden of not showing the feeling, but putting on a mask and responding, “I’m okay, everything is fine”.

How do all of you get through this “happy season”?

One important way is to remember the person, where appropriate. Talk about the deceased, they are a part of the “remember when stories”. It is important not to act like they never existed or it is a “no no” to bring the name of the individual up in conversation.

Think of the good times, how the individual enriched the lives of those around them, how having him or

her in your world for whatever amount of time they were in your life outweighs the sadness that is legitimately felt at this time. The loss and sadness may be so overwhelming right now, but it can get better. If we permit it the deep painful sadness will become more of a shadow, a fog. The memory of the love one keeps the best part of them alive. As long as they are remembered there is a terminal death, because they will always be with us, we will feel the love.

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August 20th, 2018 at 1:57 am

Baby Boomers and Hobbies-What is Your Hobby?

Are hobbies becoming a lost art. Will electronic gaming take the place of model cars, knitting, and wood carving, etc? I hope not. My husband recently took me to Maplewood Hobby Shop in Maplewood NJ. I was surprised to see folks engaged in a focused strategic board game on a Thursday afternoon.

The atmosphere was electrically charged with brain cells firing all over the store. Customers gathered to search the shelves for new games, look at hobby figures, plus so much more. I did not see anyone, I mean anyone starring at their phones or Ipads.

I wanted to share this short interview I had with Rick on the importance of having a hobby. When you finish viewing please share your hobby. And if you enjoy playing historical war gaming, Magic Booster Draft plus more then be sure to visit the Maplewood Hobby Shop at 1970 Springfield Ave in Maplewood,NJ.

And if you do not have a hobby I hope this video inspires you to get one! Put the phone down for a wee bit and work on your hobby.

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February 23rd, 2018 at 2:10 am

Baby Boomers Can HARP Help YOU Save Money on Your Mortgage?

HARP- The Home Affordable Refinance Plan is supposed to help all those born before 1985 to save money on their mortgage. It is a mortgage reduction program that is supposed to expire this year, 2018.

Regardless, if it is  $100 or  $1,000 any savings is better than no savings at all. So let’s get started. Begin by clicking on the HARP Lender Network and answer 10 short questions. This will let you know if you qualify.

After you answer the questions you are given, depending on your answers, a few lenders that have really nice mortgage rates. That is where the savings show.

So check out the HARP site and see what happens. I went through it and did not continue with the credit check because they wanted me to pay 1.00 and then get a membership for 39.00 that I could call and cancel. Of course you know the hope is that you forget the cancel and someone enjoys that 39.00 monthly debit on your card. LOL

Now since I personally explored this I am here to report that I must have received over 20 calls from various lenders persistently starting at 8:35 am. In addition, I noticed that some of the rates were      not that low.

I am sure that one of those lenders will finally pin me down and I will answer the phone when I am not in a meeting, blogging or looking at “Let’s Make a Deal.” But in all honesty I just do not feel like speaking to a high pitch sales talk. But tomorrow is another day.



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December 1st, 2017 at 7:39 pm

What Keeps You Dreaming in the Midst of the Mess?

Raymond Horner Jr.

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.

What keeps you dreaming in the midst of the mess?

What are your dreams?

January 16th, 2017 at 7:45 pm

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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