Family & Children & Thoughts On Things

An Angel Flew to Heaven Today: For Marie

      Walk to End Alzheimer’s More Walks to End Alzheimer’s are scheduled for the upcoming weekends. Walk. Donate what you can. Click here to Walk or Donate  You already know someone with this disease—a family member; a friend; it might even be you, though you don’t know it. When you forget something, do […]

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Walk to End Alzheimer’s Disease

Alzheimer’s Disease Affects So Many Families Sunday, September 21, 2014, a Walk to End Alzheimer’s will occur at North Central College, Benedetti-Wehrli Stadium. There are other walks in the Chicago area in the near future as well. See the link below for walks in Schaumburg, Libertyville, Glenview,  Chicago, Joliet,Lake in the Hills, and Harrisburg, IL. […]

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The Silence and the Darkness: September 11, 2001

Today I am re-running “The Silence and the Darkness,” a poem about September 11, 2001. The Silence and the Darkness September 11, 2001 Can you hear the silence? There’s a space there in your mind many years old but still brand new— still burning you and touching you though you were far away.   Can […]

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Wimbledon Time!  Tennis Time!

“A Blessing for the Tennis Player”   The early Wimbledon rounds are going on right now.  Unfortunately, I haven’t been able to watch any of them yet on TV, but in past years some of the most exciting matches have occurred in the early rounds. And it seems, always, that one or more of the […]

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June 21 is Alzheimer’s Awareness Day

Alzheimer’s/Dementia: A New Epidemic?   Alzheimer’s Disease and Dementia are affecting more and more families all the time.  Talk to anyone, and they will have a family member with it, or they will know someone with it. It’s terrible to see the toll that this takes on an individual.  It’s terrible to see the toll […]

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Love & Wedding Poems

Weddings!  A Thousand Dreams

A Thousand Dreams   I love writing wedding poems! One of the first pieces I wrote was for my bride when we got married.  We had a friend read it in the ceremony. He did a great job!  One of these days I’ll post that one here. For now, I am showing “A Thousand Dreams.”  […]

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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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Sports Poems

Time for Tennis!

  Time for Tennis! A Blessing for the Tennis Player   A timeless game. No clock. Just shots. Great athletes. Maria Sharapova won the Women’s French Open title yesterday in three sets.  Nadal beat Djokovic today after losing the opening set. An incredible match! We may never see players as competitive as Nadal and Djokovic […]

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It’s Golf Season!

  It’s Been Golf Season For Awhile Now   The Masters is over.  Sorry!  I’ve been busy!  Mothers’ Day. Nurses Week. The Boston Marathon. Anyway, I have added a couple of downloadable golf pieces.  $1.49 for a 10 by 8 inch download. And $0.99 for a 6 by 4 inch download.   See these pieces […]

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The Boston Marathon: Boston Strong

Monday, April 21, 2014: The Boston Marathon   Congratulations, Boston! Except for the fact that Rita Jeptoo was the repeat women’s champion in record time, and except for the fact that Meb Keflezighi was the men’s winner, and that he was an American runner, nothing of significance happened! Well, many others completed the race, and […]

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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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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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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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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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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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Health Poems

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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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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Graduation Poems

May and June = Graduations!

  Chances are there is someone in your family—son, daughter, niece, nephew, grandson, granddaughter, brother, or sister—who is graduating from middle school, high school, college, graduate school, military academy, medical school, nursing school, or law school this month. Think back to your own graduations. You were happy to be done with school for a while! […]

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For Graduates.  Learning to Fly

Learning to Fly: A Message from Parents to Their Graduating Student   Congratulations!  The world needs you!  No pressure!  Dare to fly. Be great.  Your parents are so proud of you.     Click Here to See Graduation Download

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Spring is a Busy Time Of Year! Nurses Week. Mother’s Day. Graduations. Etc.

Ahhhh Spring!  Mothers and Nurses and Students too!   We had snow on the ground for over two months straight, I think.  And with very little melting, each snowfall just added to the piles.  Our mailbox is on  a 3 foot high post near the street, and we could hardly see the back of it […]

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Just a Reminder: Graduation Days Are Coming!

Springtime Showers Bring Graduation Days!    “This is all we ask of you: Be kind. Be strong. Be Free. And know that we will love you wherever you may be.”  ___   More to come on this topic, but I thought I should put up a reminder that millions of students will be graduating from […]

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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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Holiday Poems

Last Post Before Father’s Day!

Sunday is Father’s Day.    Happy Father’s Day to All Dads, and to my Dad! Don’t panic!  Here are two downloadable options for you last minute shoppers!  “My Father Can Fix Anything” and “The Perfect Dad” are available for download for 99 cents!  Download, print, and give. Easy. Maybe put it in a frame. It’ll […]

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Father’s Day is Almost Here!

Father’s Day! Hurry!  Are you ready?   Well, it’s time to get ready.  These sports items are on sale. But you have to order now!   _____ Click Here for Runner’s Blessing Click Here for A Blessing for the Golfer Click Here for A Blessing for the Tennis Player   Insert dad’s photo in any […]

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Mother’s Day. May 11. Better be Ready!

  Mother’s Day will be here very soon!   Here are some unique gift ideas for mom that will last as long as she wants them to. And you won’t find these anywhere else. The flowers in the photos won’t get thrown away or put into a box with a thousand other assorted, and old, […]

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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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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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Memorial Day: Of Distant Mist and Muffled Drum

It’s Memorial Day.  Time to Remember Those Who Served. “Of Distant Mist and Muffled Drum” was written several years ago after a visit to Arlington National Cemetery.  One can’t help but be moved by a visit to this national shrine to deceased servicemen. If you have a chance, go. You will appreciate your country, your […]

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Sale Ends at Midnight on all Downloadable Organ Donation Pieces

All Downloadable Organ Donation Pieces are on sale until midnight tonight! Just download and print. Put in a frame. A gift! Register to be an organ donor.  Donate Life. To see the downloadable items below, click the title. Have A Heart. “Be a gift. Have a heart. Your life will live again.” The Legacy. “I […]

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Nurses Week Is May 6-12. Thank a Nurse! They Care For You.

  Nurses Week is coming up in one week!   We all know at least one nurse.  But many of us don’t know what they do. Mostly, they care for you. But they have a lot of medical knowledge. They need to have well-developed social skills so they can handle very stressed patients and families.  They […]

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