Family & Children & Thoughts On Things

Sale Ends April 30, 2014 for Organ Donation Downloads!

Have a Heart, The Legacy, and So Hope Will Live are on sale for one more week only! But you can register to be an organ donor at any time. And that never goes on or off sale! Click here to donate life. Click Here to Purchase Now

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The Boston Marathon. Monday, April 21. Strong! Really Strong!

Monday is Patriot’s Day in Boston. It Is Boston Marathon Day also.   We know what happened last year. It will not happen again. Boston is strong. As we watch, we will remember those who were killed or injured in last year’s race. And those who lost family members will remember how lives were lost […]

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Mother’s Day Is On The Way!

Here are the most beautiful, affordable and memorable Mother’s Day Gifts!   Without your mom, where would you be?  And they are downloadable! All you have to do is choose, pay and download! And only $0.99!  That’s right!  99 cents!  Download and email to your mom, your mother in law, your wife, and the mother […]

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That You Remember Me: A Downloadable Version

That You Remember Me   This is a poem for and about those who suffer from Alzheimer’s Disease and other dementia conditions. This is a a major health concern for our world, our country, and for more and more individuals and families every day. This was written with my mother-in-law in mind.  Marie recently died […]

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Nurses:  National Nurses Week is May 6-12

Nurses:  Where would be without them?    Speaking for myself, I would likely be single, since I’m happily and proudly married to one! But aside from that, nurses are a necessary—in fact  imperative, and often unappreciated —part of our health care system.  Nurses, I think, are kind of like teachers: we remember the good ones […]

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Love & Wedding Poems

Does It Take A Miracle?

A Love Story.  Does It Take A Miracle? A love story. This was written several years ago for my nephew and his bride as they were about to be married.  They met in college, found each other, fell in love, and have now been happily married for a number of years.  They grew up in […]

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A Love Poem.  A Thousand Dreams

  A love poem.  Happy Valentine’s Day!  I hope your dreams all come true! Click Here to Purchase Now Poem and photo Copyright Daniel Mark Extrom 2009-2014. All rights reserved.     Follow Me on Pinterest

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Valentine’s Day Is Almost Here!

Only Seven Days to Valentine’s Day! Today I am posting something new.  This is called “So Beginnings Never End.”  Life is a journey. Love is a journey. Learn it. Live it. Enjoy it. Wonder. Enjoy the wonder in each moment. Here is something to celebrate the taking of that journey together! Every moment is new. […]

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A Thousand Dreams: For Valentine’s Day

Say Happy Valentine’s Day in a Different Way! “I have smelled the scents of a million lovely flowers, making beauty just be being, dancing in a gentle breeze, heeding not the passing hours. I have heard the whispers of the wind across the sand, and I have felt a mountain move when you held my […]

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How Could We Have Ever Known?

  A real life love poem. For Valentine’s Day. For love. For a wedding. For my wedding. For my beautiful wife. From almost 24 years ago.  She’s still the best.  Happy Valentine’s Day, sweetie! The best thing I ever did.  How could we have ever known?   How Could We Have Ever Known?   How […]

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Sports Poems

Runners: It’s Time to Run!

Spring is Here. Are You Ready, Runners?   It looks like spring, but only on the calendar!  In Chicago, we still have snow on the ground, though some has melted. But they say more is on the way.  And it’s going to get cold again. Someday, spring will be here, or maybe we’ll skip spring […]

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Golf Season? It Seems a Long Way Off . . .

When Will It Be Golf Season? This has been one long winter, hasn’t it?  December was cold. I don’t even remember if it was snowy.  January was both cold and snowy.  And February has been more of the same, and the end is not yet in site, except maybe on the calendar. The same snow […]

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The Chicago Marathon Is Here

The Chicago Marathon Is Here

Written by on September 24, 2012 in Sports with 0 Comments

To the first time marathoners . . .   For those who are running their first marathon, there is nothing else like it . . . well, almost nothing. You’ve trained for it: hours of running, miles on roads and trails, aerobic training, cross-training, eating correctly. You’ve done 3 miles and 6 miles and 12 miles and […]

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Ron Santo: Hall of Famer, Finally!

Ron Santo finally will be enshrined in the Baseball Hall of Fame this weekend.  It is long overdue. The following poem was written in 2010 in honor of Mr. Santo, who gave so much for so many kids, and especially those with juvenile diabetes.                 For Every Kid: A […]

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It’s Time for Golf!

It’s Time for Golf!

Written by on July 9, 2012 in Sports with 0 Comments

Bubba Watson won the Masters.  Webb Simpson won the US Open. The British Open awaits at Royal Lytham & St. Anne’s in Lancashire, England, starting July 19.  Here’s a golf poem, entitled “A Blessing for the Golfer.”   May morning’s scent be green and sweet when you answer ancient call. May your grip be gently […]

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Love and Family

Have A Heart: Not a Valentine Heart, But a Real Heart

“Be a gift. Have a heart . . . your life will live again.” Over 20 years ago, a child was born with a defective heart.  Within a few days of his birth, he underwent a heart transplant, and his parents suffered and prayed and cried and hoped and hoped some more.  And thanks to […]

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Valentine’s Day Is Coming Soon!

  Don’t Wait Too Long! Did you know that an estimated one billion Valentine’s Day cards are sent each year? That women purchase 85% of the Valentine’s Day cards? That men purchase 100% of the cards sold between noon and 7 PM each Valentine’s Day? (Okay. I made that up!) Did you know that the […]

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A Heart That Sings

A Heart That Sings

Written by on February 14, 2013 in Health, Love & Family, Organ Donation with 0 Comments

On this Valentine’s Day, remember why you fell in love, and think about what you can do to stay there. But, it’s important to keep your heart happy too, both you and your loved one, and your family. And sometimes that takes professional help. Here is a poem for those who are having or facing […]

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May This Love: Valentine’s Day

                      Here is another poem to celebrate love, in honor of Valentine’s Day.  Called “May This Love,” the poem was originally commissioned as a gift for a newly married couple.  Happy Valentine’s Day, especially to those who get married or engaged on February 14!  Insert […]

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Valentine’s Day!

Valentine’s Day!

Written by on January 22, 2013 in Love & Family, Special Occasions with 0 Comments

    A Thousand Dreams: A Love Poem   I have seen the spectrum of rainbows cross the sky, showing every color to discerning eye. I have touched the endless waves of seas upon the shore– a hypnotizing rhythm always changing yet the same as it ever was before.     I have smelled the […]

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Health Poems

Poetry Is An Addictive Disease: Let The Healing Begin

Poetry is Not Toxic, Does Not Pollute, Does Not Cause Cancer or Weight Gain, But May Be Addictive, May Cause Stress and May Tax the Brain in More Sensitive Users* *Don’t Consult Your Physician. You Don’t Need To! Writing and reading poetry is an affliction that may become an addiction for some. One of the […]

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An Angel Flew To Heaven Today

  A Poem for an Angel, for Marie The other day I posted a poem written in honor of my mother-in-law, Marie.  After struggling with Alzheimer’s Disease for over ten years, she finally passed one week ago at age 93.  And she really was an angel -  kind, patient, considerate, caring – everything one could […]

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An Angel Flew To Heaven Today

A Poem for an Angel For Marie Our family lost someone very special this week.  Marie was 93 years old.  She is identified in the obituary (that’s kind of an icky sounding word, don’t you think?) as the wife of Louis, mother of Ernest, Louis and Jean, and Nana of seven grandchildren.  But, of course, […]

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That You Remember Me:  Alzheimer’s & Dementia

Donate to Alzheimer’s and Dementia Research. Our brains are so incredible, so complex, so important. And we don’t use them enough. We allow them to become numb to what we really care about.  And what we really care about should not simply be football games, or movies or TV shows, or what clothes we wear […]

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The Juvenile Diabetes Walk for a Cure is this Weekend

This coming Sunday, October 14, is the JDRF Walk in Chicago.  Walk.  And donate what you can. In a very strange political climate,  it is more important than ever that those who most need our help receive it. This includes, especially, those children who have special needs for medical care, educational needs, physical therapy, and mental health care. This […]

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Graduation Poems

All That Is Beautiful

One more graduation poem for a daughter:  All That Is Beautiful. Congratulations, Class of 2012! All that is beautiful, you take it all in: stars in the heavens; sweet morning dew. Life is to live—not lose or win— and no one loves life as much as you. See the world with your own eyes; there […]

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Your Guiding Star: A Graduation Poem

         Today I am running “Your Guiding Star,” another graduation poem to honor       2012 high school and college grads.  Congratulations, Graduates! You are burdened with the likelihood of overwhelming student loan debt, and you are inheriting a world far more complicated, selfish, angry and economically and politically divided than ever.  Fix it, please!  […]

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Each Day You Write Your History: For Any Graduate

  Graduation season is, amazingly, almost over!  Most high schools and most colleges now hold graduation ceremonies in May.  Today I am re-running “Each Day You Write Your History,” which was put up at the end of April.  This was originally written for a young lady’s high school graduation, but I think it works also […]

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Soon to Bloom

  Soon to Bloom: Another Graduation Poem for Daughters Thank you to all who viewed “Of Distant Mist and Muffled Drum”, a poem to honor our servicemen and women, past and present. Today, I am running “Soon to Bloom,” another graduation poem especially for girls. If you like it, you can order one for your […]

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It Wasn’t Very Long Ago – Graduation Poem for a Daughter

High school and college graduations are milestones in a young person’s life. They should be celebrated, and the work of your student should be appreciated.  These young people have worked very hard, under much stress, and they face a future that offers no guarantees.  Let’s hope they take better care of our world.  We need […]

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Holiday Poems

Still There Is Love.  For Valentine’s Day.

Happy Valentine’s Day!    Still There Is Love. This was written for my lovely wife several years ago. It’s nice that this day became a special day. A day of love. Enjoy it! Celebrate love! Maybe we should do this every day.  But then, maybe it wouldn’t be so special . . . May your […]

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Another Valentine’s Day Poem for the Moms in Your Life

Mom Deserves a Valentine’s Day present too! Give her something different, something special.   I am showing “You Are Love” today in 8×10 inch size with a background of multiple roses. This contains only about half of the text of the poem. I don’t presently sell it in this version (though I could be persuaded […]

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Don’t Forget Mom on Valentine’s Day!

Wish your Perfect Mom a Happy Valentine’s Day in a New and Different Way! Warning: Bad poem below! You can get her flowers, which will make her smile. You can get a card that she’ll look at for awhile. But this year give her something new, so she’ll always . . . think of you: […]

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Another Valentine’s Day Post

More Valentine’s Day Information 6 million people plan on making or getting a marriage proposal on Valentine’s Day, according to the Huffington Post last year.  The Boston.CBSlocal.com site says that 2.6 million people get married each year, and 10% or 260,000 get engaged on Valentine’s Day.   Ask.com says that 220,000 couples get engaged each year […]

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A Little Valentine’s Day History

Things I Never Knew There are three different saints recognized by the Catholic Church that are named Valentine or Valentinus. One legend is that Emperor Claudius II came to believe that unmarried men made better soldiers, and so he made it against the law for young men to marry. Valentine considered this to be wrong, […]

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Other Recent Posts

April is Organ Donation Month:  Have A Heart (Download Version)

  Have A Heart: A poem to encourage organ donation.    Now also available as a download. And on sale too!   “Your gift can save a mom or dad or help a child survive. You can mend a broken heart and keep someone alive.”   This was originally written for a 20 year old […]

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April is Organ Donation Month: The Legacy

“I hope that you find comfort in my memory: The work I do helps someone live – my greatest legacy.” The Legacy: A message of love from an organ donor to his or her family. In my last post, we discussed some numbers about organ donation, and how many people it has helped, and how […]

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April is Organ Donation Month:  So Hope Will Live

So Hope Will Live   Every April is Organ Donation Month. And every year the medical professionals get better and better at doing organ transplant surgery, and every year the after-care, including managing medications to prevent rejection, gets better as well.  This is too important to ignore, because some day, you or one of your […]

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