Chapter 2
Teri's Birthday Story

By Debi Pick Marquette

The greatest love that she has in her life is Jesus Christ

  God gave His Son to us knowing that He'd be sacrificed 

 And with her aunt and uncle, she sang praises to the Lord

Was in the Gospel Trio, and to hear was sweet reward

The man who has her heart and loves her is her husband, Tom

At twenty-two years old is when she first became a mom

They both had wanted children, so rejoiced to have a son

And they were thrilled when he was born, and called him Jonathon

  A couple sweet more miracles, for them new life begins 

Cause ten years later, Tim and Jeremy were born as twins

When Diagnosed with MS, it was truly a hard day

And sadly her dear sister, all too soon would pass away

 And when her sons had grown up, two of them each took a bride
         And Teri loved them both and now has females by her side
But suddenly, they blinked, and there would be another boy
And for the last eight years her grandson, Greyson brings her joy
I don't know just how many, but I know she loves her cats
Her loving heart so big, it has its own sweet welcome mats
I know her cats and family will join us when we say
We love you so much Teri; have the loveliest birthday

Author Notes The Teri in this birthday story in a poem is Teri-7.

Chapter 3
Our Very Own Spit Fire

By Debi Pick Marquette

Her real name is Shari, but her pen name is Spitfire
It is so very fitting, she's someone we all admire

They moved a lot when every year he got a new promotion
They settled then in Florida, close to the southern ocean

Finally she would become 
a permanent home buyer
Taught English for twenty five years
and then she would retire

Christopher, her son and wife
 They live twenty five miles
Grandkids ~ Alex and Anna 
 Gives grandma lotsa smiles

She wrote two full length comedies ~ she really does inspire 
And she performs the Theatre ~ reports a hometown crier

Daughter, Nichole and husband 
They moved to Hollywood
They both have wonderful careers
And doing very good

She loves to sing Karaoke with her mic and amplifier 
She often acts ands sing on stage, alone or with a choir

Then about four years ago, her Frank would pass away
Shari really misses him, most every single day
We hope you know how much we care, and for you we will pray

If we could give a gift to you, make you a frequent flyer 
So you could see your daughter more, much to your heart's desire
We wish you so much happiness, we'd love to lift you higher

Happy Birthday Shari
You're our very own Spitfire!

Author Notes All red text is for the purpose of the rhyming with her name, 'Spitfire'. Photo or artwork is animation of a spitfire flyer. (fun red hair included) lol

I learned a BIG lesson when I wrote Shari's poem completely from FS editing and that was never do it again. I had hours of writing wiped out and not sure how, so I had to start again from scratch. I had never tried it before so just wanted to warn that it is not worth it. Do your work elsewhere and save it. Normally I do mine in Notes for iPad or Word.

1~must rhyme
2~must be fun
3~normal line stanzas
with a fun line or 2 between each stanza
(for the up and down carousel effect)
Usually done in just one rhyming word
4~ does not have to follow stress or meter rules
5~ what matters most after rhyming is
Information to get out there in small patches.
Does not have to be grammatically correct.

Chapter 4
Margaret ~ Sweet SOTU

By Debi Pick Marquette

Most will call her Margaret, but her pen name is Late Bloomer

When meeting her you won't forget her lovely sense of humor

It started 'bout a year ago; she read some posts of mine 

I read her back, amazed us so, things started to align

The first Time that I heard this phrase, it came to me from you

"And we've been using it since then, my Sweet SOTU"

We all have a story, but at times they're hard to share

We turned some into glory, when we show how much we care

All these similarities and still the same reply. 

These awesome same hilarities that neither could deny

Every time we talked, it seemed like we found something new

"We took the path God led and called it Sweet SOTU"

One big difference that I see, is where we both came from 

Her, Manhattan, NYC ~ I'm her Minnesota chum

I've three children, so does she, so we keep playing the game

Same age within eight months are we; our husband's are the same

I love our chats with coffee, only so much we can do

"So that's what I look forward to, my Sweet SOTU

So many ways and many things; just two peas in a pod

I have so many blessings, and for her I thank you, God

She may not write like she once did, but has great information 

But reviews us all the time, yet barely gets a nomination

And from the heart, we say it straight; we don't need to rehearse 

"After all we are Sweet Sisters of this (great big) Universe"

Author Notes All lines (except SOTU stanzas) have internal and end rhyme
Another for great women of History month.

Chapter 5
Anne's Birthday

By Debi Pick Marquette

Today is our dear Anne's birthday 

For her a big shout out

I have a little bit to say 

Of what she's all about

You do not have to be here long

To know just who she is

Her presence like a sweet soft song

Which sings of Christian bliss

She's served the Lord since childhood

And says she's made mistakes

Her life now led by what is good

The difference she makes

Three children and six grandchildren

She's blessed as she can be

 She loves and always prays for them

Her loving family

At Black and Decker, worked for years

And twenty three retired

Her sweet devotionals bring tears

So many are inspired 

This woman is special to us

Let's all do what we can

To show her love and make a fuss

So Happy Birthday Anne


Author Notes The Anne that I write about is our beloved Anne Johnston here at FanStory, who is a dear friend to most of us here. This picture is an internet picture, and not Annes home.

Chapter 6
Ulla~a World Wide Birthday Wish

By Debi Pick Marquette

Not only is she lovely, but so much fun to explain

She started life in Denmark, the last twenty years in Spain

As far as what her plans are now, that's where she will remain

Some places where she goes when she walks down memory lane

Her daughter, husband, and three girls from Denmark that she misses

She doesn't see them all enough, but sends them love and kisses

She traveled 'round the world; this woman you cannot contain 

 From South America to the Far East were her domain

She's half American, yet there she never did retain

Sailed yachts in the high seas, for years in calm and stormy rain

A personal dear Ulla fact is she's been married twice

When she reviews, her comments are respectful and precise

A flight attendant, twenty years on a passenger plane

Her writing started as a dream, one she hoped to obtain

She doesn't brag about herself; not even close to vain

Respectful to other's beliefs, if hers doesn't pertain

She published book about the art of writing a Haiku 

And now her second one is very close to being through

Raise a glass for her whether it's water or champagne

We're far apart but close in ways, together we will reign 

A party here at FanStory, for you we'll entertain

Happy Birthday Ulla, you're part of our World wide chain

Author Notes Merry-go~Rhymes Rules:
1~must rhyme
2~must be fun
3~normal 4 line stanzas
with a fun line or 2 between each stanza
(for the up and down carousel effect)
4~ does not have to follow a meter

Chapter 7
Happy Birthday John

By Debi Pick Marquette


John's from New York, he lives upstate

He writes of what he can relate

He has been writing many years 

And loves to read the work of peers


 The best accomplishment he's had

When his two sons made him a dad

As Keegan learned some of his tips

He is a fine writer of scripts


John will always have their backs

His Eric plays an awesome sax

In a band called, "Ten Most Wanted"

John is proud, I hope he's flaunted

A man who's kind to everyone

He loves to laugh and have some fun

Retired now so loves to irk

His friends who still all have to work


Sadly, I have some bad news

John can't do too many reviews

He somehow has injured his neck

Please take some time on him to check


One of a kind, a man with heart 

'You're top ranked on a "Most Loved" chart

You're right up there with Amazon

We wish you Happy Birthday John

Chapter 8
Regina's Celebration

By Debi Pick Marquette


For our dear Regina, here's a birthday cake buffet 

And all she has to do for us~ is have a grand ole day


New York City was the first place, she'd ever call home 

Life for her would change after deciding where to roam 

At 22, she joined the Navy; it would change her life 

 There she met her Mike, and asked if she'd become his wife


Their daughter's name is Adrienne, she's given them such joy

And also she has given them a sweet grand girl and boy


She moved to Carolina and has been there since that day

Then in 2020, her dear Mike would pass away 

We are all so sorry for your heartache and your loss

We're glad you have your faith,

I'm sure you take it to the cross 


Regina is so talented and knows what it will take 

To put her artist masterpiece on canvas or a cake


Swimming and Cross country; two sports that she was in

Add her love for horses, she was so equestrian

She loves her poetry;  acrostic, free verse or haiku

All except the rhyming, she leaves that to me and you


She honors every Veteran, to them she will stay true

She's loyal to her country and she bleeds red white and blue


 Regina, here's some birthday love

from The FanStory Nation

And hope you had some fun at your "Regina's Celebration!" 


Author Notes Regina Elliot is the author that we are wishing a happy birthday to. If you don't know her, please check her out. You won't be disappointed

Chapter 9
Please Go Back Another Day

By Debi Pick Marquette

To the love of your life, you had to say goodbye
We do not understand why Aaron had to die
Becky, my Goddaughter, I don't know what to say
Dear God, can't we please, just go back another day

You were so in love and found happiness at last
You barely had a start, and the past was in the past
He adored your kids like a dad in every way
Dear God, can't we please, just go back another day

Your kids loved him too, soon in marriage, you would blend 
Life as a family, the four of you would spend
Your world as you know it, has left and gone astray
Dear God, can't we please just go back another day

 I do not know the whats, and I sure don't know the why's
I wish I knew the way to stop the tears from your eyes
An answer to your question of why he couldn't stay
Dear God, can't we please, just go back another day

 A horrifying tragedy; it's hard to face tomorrow
I'm thankful for the friends, who pray for all your sorrow
A medical condition; but no one else would pay
Dear God, can't we please, just go back another day

God will care for all of you, and He will guard your heart
One day it will be easier, and then the peace will start
But now it's devastating; Lord, hear me as I pray 
Dear God, can't we please, just go back another day

Author Notes On his way home from work late last night, Aaron must have had a medical condition or blackout because his car accelerated into a tree and was killed instantly.
(We are thankful he didn't hit anyone else)
He has had this happen once before, but thought if was a one time thing.
Everyone is devastated and ask for prayers for our dear Becky and her kids; and his family too.
Aaron is also a friend of our kids, helped with our cropland and lived just down the road from us. For us the hardest is knowing what it is doing to my sweet other daughter, Becky
An autopsy is being done today; we should know the results soon
I am handling it the way I always handle stress and sadness: I write a poem.

Chapter 10
Happy Birthday Linda

By Debi Pick Marquette


Happy Birthday Linda!

You have us all under your spell

And when I think of you, I think about the Letter L

You're Lovely and so Lively, and you Listen; we can tell


Your Large heart has no Limits to the Lengths that you will go

While you pray for others, your faith continues to grow

We hear your Laughter in your words and see your face aglow


You're always Lifting spirits with your Lavishing reviews

So Lighthearted with comments of the post that you peruse

We have a Lasting friendship that we never want to Lose


Happy Birthday Linda!

We think that you're so beautiful

A Lady~Like demeanor and your writing's musical

You're Loyal to The Lord; for you, that's not unusual


You come from Illinois; you Live your Life from not so far

We wish you'd write a book to tell us more of who you are

A Literary Log for us, we'll rate you a six star


Sugar, spice, and all that's nice; that's what you are made of

We hear your kind and caring voice, like a sweet morning dove

We're blessed and thankful you were sent to us from up above


Happy Birthday Linda!

We have your heart; you have our Love!


Author Notes This birthday wish is for our own l.raven. She has been a member since Aug. 2010

Chapter 11
Papa Mike

By Debi Pick Marquette

A busy day for birthdays here 'twas April Twenty Sixth
If only I had asked in time, I maybe would have fixed
I finished for my brother, Greg, so glad that his was made
Australia is a day ahead, so Valda's was delayed
I had another friend at home, a poem for me to do
Reviewer friend from the same day, that I did not get to
And wouldn't you know it had to be a guy that we all like
So send belated wishes to our dear friend, Papa Mike
He's such a kind and gentle soul, so this I'll testify 
He seems like an old friend; you'll never meet a nicer guy

Two sons, two greats, and four grandkids, proof of a cherished life
A forty-six year marriage, Wanda is his loving wife
She is a brave survivor of a scary heart attack
Mike thanks his Dear Lord daily, she was able to come back
I sing to you his praises; he's a humble kind of shy
I'm sure his friends from home say, you won't meet a nicer guy
Retired English teacher; it is part of what he lives
Reviews show just how much he cares, from feedback that he gives
He's from one of my favorite states, the lovely Tennessee
We're also happy he's a part of our big family
A shout out to Shynoa, as she graduates today
Her Papa Mike is mighty proud; his love gives it away

Author Notes Merry~go~Rhyme
1~must rhyme with a bounce
2~must be fun and kind
3~normal 4 line stanzas
4~ a fun line or 2 between stanzas
(for the up and down carousel effect)
does not have to follow a meter

Chapter 12
Happy Birthday Santha (Sanku)

By Debi Pick Marquette

She walks into our life each day
With elegance and poise
A Meryl Streep type you might say
She doesn't make much noise 

Woman of God who loves to pray ~ What she truly enjoys

A quiet presence with a smile
And yet her voice is heard
Her writing goes the extra mile
Puts meaning to each word

An English Teacher’s review style ~ Great feedback is conferred

Her lovely pen name is Sanku
Includes husband Kumar
How awesome that she adds him too
They're like a duo star 

Loves books, music and Sudoku ~ She's her own Avatar

She just got back from Singapore
Two granddaughters she saw 
Their ages are just eight and four
She loves being a grandma

One son lives there, and one son more ~ Calicut, India

 To try to type her name, Santha
You better double check
Or you will be surprised, haha!
And you will not connect

You'll get the North Pole guy, Santa ~ Good ole' autocorrect 

For all the lovely things you do ~ A Merry~go~Rhyme just for you
Since your religion is Hindu~ We get a personal guru
A Happy Birthday Dear Sanku!  
We hope you know that we love you


Author Notes Santha's birthday is on Friday, May 5th, so was going to post this at Midnight on May 5th our time. But when I checked India's time difference, the best of my knowledge, they are 12 hours ahead of us.
So it is actually already her birthday, even tho it's May 4th at 6:00 PM here.

Merry~go~Rhyme Rules:
1~Rhyming to make it go around
2~must be fun
3~normal 4 line stanzas
with a fun line or 2 (or more) between each stanza
(for the up and down carousel effect)
4~ does not have to follow a meter

Chapter 13

By Debi Pick Marquette

Today is yours, Mel's~Birth~May~Day
You're sunshine when the skies are grey 
Your giving kindness leads the way
Imagine me with more to say

Sweet and caring daughter in~love 

Jason's is the sixth of May 
You live next door, not far away
Your values-ethics, never sway 
Our grandsons ~ growing more each day

Son and grandsons ~ full of love 

We hope that you can get away 
 At least buffet or nice cafe
The boys can either go or stay
An extra gift that we will pay

Within our hearts, we send our love

Your card's a poem within essay
Like flowers in a word bouquet
We love you all ~ that's no cliche
Forever gift, I'll always pray

Prayer ~ the greatest gift of love

Author Notes A birthday card in Merry~go~Rhyme and Monorhyme for my son's and his wife's birthdays.

The rules for Merry~go~Rhymes;
1- along with your normal four line stanzas, they have to have something extra in between to make them go up and down like a carousel
2- they must be Merry or Fun
3- they have to rhyme at the end of the normal stanzas

Mono rhymes are the same ending sound, but is optional in Merry go~Rhymes

Chapter 14
A Slightly Belated Birthday Wish

By Debi Pick Marquette


Her birthday, April Twenty Six

From her awesome land, down under

Almost like a bag of tricks

My mind just seemed to wander

So on her day, I couldn't fix


I did not have a photograph

To her, that doesn't matter

And I don't need to make her laugh

Instead my poetry chatter

This pic I found on her behalf 



Her Prose/Poetry beautiful 

She sweetly spoils her muse

With feedback that's so useable

You can't beat her reviews

And all of it so suitable


Was married over fifty years

But a few short years ago

She had to say goodbye, with tears

To the man whom she loved so

She's doing much better, it appears.


She's a gem to all who know her

A lovely diamond in the skies

A ruby if you would prefer

A Pearl within our eyes

Who's Precious like no other


Your day with family was great

Memories will never end

Dear Valda, it's never too late

Our love to you we send 

For that you'll never wait


Author Notes My Merry~go~Rhyme poems don't need to be in meter, must be in a fun format, stanza's out of the ordinary four lines, and they must rhyme. This one for Pearl Edwards (Valda) is ABABA

I accidentally misplaced Valdas birthday info, and didn't realize it until last night. By then I was so tired from being w siblings all day, so decided to wait until I was better rested. Valda was so gracious to allow me an extra day for her birthday greeting.

Chapter 15
Your Sisters Recall

By Debi Pick Marquette

Christmas Eve as children, was memorable each year

A time that love shone brighter, like an annual souvenir

But seven kids with families, it's hard to fit them all

Each Christmas you offered your home, so we could still recall


Diane, her kids, their old pontoon, could not go to the lake

You pulled them ‘round your yard, a better memory you'd make

You bought it and you fixed it up, once Roger heard God's call

A gift to Diane's family, that she'll always recall


 Barb was thinking of a time, you helped her learn to drive

You didn't think about yourself, or if you would survive :  )

You stayed and went to work with her, until almost that Fall

A special Summer for you both, that Barb loves to recall


Joyce remembers catching frogs and putting them in pails

Went to town to bait shops, where you would make some sales

You said she did good for a girl, didn't freak or start to bawl

An awesome memory she has, forever she’ll recall


Debi loves that after you, the next spot she would claim

When older sisters left,  "one of the boys" she soon became

You’ve always been her hero, and you have since she was small

Some of the things she thinks of, when it's her time to recall


We love you, Greg, with all our hearts; to us you're ten feet tall!

Relationships so close that never needs to reinstall

You are great, there's no debate, we're four who know it all

We have been Blessed ~ Given the Best! Your Sisters All Recall!



Author Notes Thanks for reading my poem for my brothers 70th. The recalling stories won't mean much to anyone but us, but I still thought I would share it w my other family, you!
I talk about becoming one of the boys after our three older sisters left home, because there were two more boys. Unfortunately we lost our oldest and our youngest brothers when they were both in their forties.

Chapter 17
Happy Birthday Paul

By Debi Pick Marquette

I knew that he taught math in school, and did it for ten years

I wasn't sure why he had stopped and then had changed careers 

Then working in the fishing trade, seemed like an awesome life

Been married 57 years to his sweet and lovely wife

But here he helps so many, like a teacher still on call

And always does it from his heart, because he’s our friend, Paul

He published his first book of poems, which I just now found out

So I dug more into his life, to see what he's about

His picture shows a handsome man, of course that is the truth

Was time you spent by the water, perhaps Fountain of Youth?

This awesome writing family, won't let each other fall

Your reviews show us this quality, our loyal dear friend, Paul

He might be one of very few who lives in USA

Who has a clue what we go through on the worst Winter’s day

He lives a little farther north than Minnesota state

From Maine, I have a feeling that he really can relate

If you see him in the hall, give the best present of all

Wish him well and make him feel, like he is ten feet tall!

We hope your day is wonderful; go have yourself a ball 

And while you do, we wish for you, a Happy Birthday, Paul


Author Notes My Merry~go~Rhyme poem for Paul McFarlands birthday

Rules of these poems: they must be fun, with more than just four line stanzas, and have a feeling of swing in the rhyming poem

Chapter 18
Happy Birthday Terry B

By Debi Pick Marquette

It has been confirmed and no longer mystified

I did a little search and admitted I had spied 

I couldn't be a true blue friend, if I hadn't tried

   And you know me, all too well

       Your birthday you can't hide  


He'll send a YouTube video for a kindly shout 

I love to hear his stories, no matter what they're 'bout

Adored his spitter nephews, each one like a Boy Scout 

If he would read aloud to us, 

"Tom (T Hall) Eat your heart out!"


A fact that many didn't know; he loves collecting art

For me, he's like a mentor, and has been from the start

His common sense is key, like a horse in front of cart

Zoey's not far from his mind,

And Never from his heart


He takes such pride in Texas; the great Lone Six Star State

He'll be there where he's needed, and first one to donate

I'm happy just to have a chance to toast and celebrate

Happy Birthday Terry

Our review; you are Top Rate!


Author Notes The only rules of my "Merry~go~Rhymes," is that they should be fun, a little different than your normal 4 line stanzas and they must rhyme.

I just realized this is another Milestone! So happy to share it with such a great friend!
Everyone's great friend, Terry Broxson!

Chapter 19
Happy Birthday Patty

By Debi Pick Marquette


We have some friends that we both share, whom God has given us

And we both love them all, but there is one thing that we trust

Our friendship that we hold so tight and never will let go      

Is such a rare occurrence, not just everyone will know


Some forty years ago, we came into each other’s lives

We both loved playing cards, that's when our husbands joined the jives

You worked out; I worked from home, which helped your daycare needs

Then soon the flowers bloomed, where God had planted all the seeds


Your mom would call us sisters; I’m the one you never had 

And we’ve lived up to that, in all the good times and the bad

We raised our kids together; even granddaughters are close

Could we see it one more time, with “greats?” only God knows


You are more than just unique; My best of all of the rest

 I know you, better than you, so I know I’ve been blessed

Another forty years, I hope to sense your loving touch

Besides, I need to keep you near, ’cause you know way too much 


Author Notes '

Chapter 20
Happy Birthday Nomi!!

By Debi Pick Marquette


He's a wonderful man, from his head to his feet

He's kinder than kind, but he's strong as concrete

A great writer, reviewer and friend who's so neat

He's as good of a man as you ever will meet


His name, Nolan Miller, to his family and wife

He's Nomi to us, in this virtual life

  To me, a big brother; one who's always so sweet

He's as good of a man as you ever will meet


 I was honored to interview Nomi last year

There were times in the Service, that many would fear

But he fears only God, and knows not defeat

He's as good of a man as you ever will meet.


It's so obvious that we all think he is great 

Our time here together, is God's gift of fate

Without men like him, our world's, soon obsolete

He's as good of a man as you ever will meet


You missed by a day, you are no April Fool

You joke about things, your sense of humor's so cool

Happy Eightieth Nomi, you make our life complete

You're as good of a man as we ever will meet


Chapter 21
Alexandra the Great

By Debi Pick Marquette

I have to say hooray for one more new girl here, today

I stopped to say hello and welcome her

She started just this year; I think she's made it very clear

This just may be the site that she'll prefer

She's given us a glimpse into her life with many limps

We had in common more than I would guess

Like me; nothing to hide and always looks on the bright side 

My lupus is sister to her MS

Our health may tell us nope, yet we allow ourselves to hope

As I do for others, I will pray for you

It's good to recognize, in everyone there's a surprise

You will love it here; 'cause that's what we all do

You can't put in a nutshell, when there is so much more to tell

We look forward just to know you bit by bit

Alexandra you are Great and like to give you this update

So welcome; I predict you'll be a hit!


Author Notes Another Tribute in Honor of Women's History Month

Chapter 22
Happy Birthday Joan ~ dragonpoet

By Debi Pick Marquette

This day is your birthday and I have a small request

Could I make a couple wishes for you too?

If I am allowed, this is what I want for you

That your day is only meant to be the best

Do the things that you love most and do not compromise

Puzzles, words and crosswords are your fun

Whatever makes you smile, when with your family on the run

Make your birthday joy, an extra supersize

You are such a lovely woman, and a dear and special friend

I've known you since the first day that I came

I think you have reviewed every post that I proclaim

Hope we'll all be here together till the end

And now your second family joins you in your second home

To tell you Happy Birthday one more time

I hope that you enjoyed my combo fun Merry-go-Rhyme

And that you tolerate my sillious poems


A little silly!

I'd like to take a moment to say

Happy Birthday Joan

I found out not that long ago

Where it is you call home

You actually are just close enough

For me to throw a stone

Or even better yet

For me to ask you for a loan

I'm sure you're happy you didn't tell

The numbers of your phone

I hope your day is wonderful

Our dear~one, dragonpoet

After the last stanza

You may tell me where to stow it

One nice thing 'bout living here

Lawn soon won't need to mow it

If there's a candle on your cake

Then I really hope you blow it 

One more thing 'bout having birthdays 

May you never soon out grow it

Author Notes My Merry~go~Rhyme poems are a combination of serious + silly = Sillious
Anything goes as long as they rhyme

Chapter 23
The Great Women of FanStory

By Debi Pick Marquette


All of the women I know here, are wonderful and great

We build each other up while helping others to create

Respectful views and feedback, while you also illustrate

Some sound advice to new ones, as you help initiate


I love hearing the great news, of a dear friend's health update

She may need some TLC,  but you don't hesitate

A person who has done quite well, you always celebrate

To make their day with kindness, as you then congratulate


No place is always perfect, so we must communicate

They don't look down their noses and do not judge or berate

And won't assume a heart, unless their shoes they navigate

Instead see good in everyone; it's such an awesome trait


Some tell about their kids, or maybe, "Grand and also Great"

I do not have the "Great" yet, but I fear I'll have a wait

If not allowed to share our faith, I'd worry 'bout my fate

God wants us to love all; I think we do accommodate 


Our physical and mental health, we can't manipulate

This is a happy healthy place, where we all congregate

I love this second family; my heart will say it straight 

You are the "Greatest Women," here at FanStory Estate


Chapter 24
Jessica; New Girl in Town

By Debi Pick Marquette

She's Sassy! Cute! For sure an absolute 

Delightful spirit in most every way 

She may be new, but I somehow have a clue 

Sweet Jessica, I'm sure is here to stay

If that is not enough

Let me tell you she is tough

Talented! Smart! Her writing's from her heart

Contest wins that we've already seen

Determined! Wise! But will not compromise

Her integrity; so honest and serene

If it's going to make her frown 

Then she knows not to back down

 Yes, she'll fight, for what she knows is right

If needed she'll become a mama bear

She won't say yes, to maybe or a guess

While keeping her dear loved ones from despair

You will want to read her more

Her sweet girls you will adore

Morgan who's nine; she's filling in each line

While writing so that she can be like mom 

Cami, in first grade, knows she has it made

A mini me of who this cutie's from 

Just a couple inside jokes 

As I give us both some pokes 

It gives me pride to see us side by side

Competing should be fun for strong or weak 

And then the truth will show up in the booth

While dancing neck to neck, or cheek to cheek

Author Notes Jessica Wheeler joined FanStory in February of this year, and I thought for those who have not met her yet, or seen any of her beautiful work, I would introduce you. Stop by and give a friendly hello, also check out her growing portfolio.

Last stanza jokes I referred to is, Jessica and I not only met during reviews but also when it seemed we were going back and forth in our placing in the voting booth. After noticing that, I wrote her a congrats in her profile and said that it seemed we were alway going neck to neck on the back and forth results. Then last week when we tied, I told her that it was't neck to neck any longer, but cheek to cheek.

I challenge all to pick a new girl or woman (or any other woman you admire for their strength or courage and write about them, for Women's History Month.

Written as one of my Merry~go~Rhyme Poems, where anything goes as long as it rhymes.
Written in:

Chapter 25
Karenina ~ The Apple of our Eye

By Debi Pick Marquette


Most everybody knows how strong this woman tends to be

She'll crack you up while serious, at times with poetry

She's clever, sweet, hilarious, with just a touch of shy

I hope she knows in friendship, she's the apple of my eye


It's not so strange that she has captured everybody's heart

A caring helpful friend that never fails to do her part

Her faith gives her the strength she needs, as to exemplify

Please God take care of her, she is the Apple of Your Eye


One of the kindest women that I truly ever met

For sure she's not the type that we could ever soon forget

She said it's possible that she may have to say goodbye

We know she loves us too, perhaps the apple of her eye? 


She knows she has some options, she could be a butterfly

Fly in and out as she sees fit, just like this certain guy

Whatever she decides, others will join me when I cry

We love you Karenina, you're the apple of our eye



Author Notes A tribute to Karenina portrays our feelings for her in any month or any situation, but is partly for March's Women's Month, and one of the strong women I plan on honoring this month.

Chapter 26
Best Wishes Pam

By Debi Pick Marquette


We started both a year ago; were friends before we knew

We chatted about many things, that we both like to do

We had a common bond, but we sure never had a clue

One day when I was thanking her for such a nice review

I shared my birthday; then she said that it was her day too


It seems so strange that both of us, on the same day were born

A funny feeling to know one who also signs a form

Who adds your date of birth to theirs; it’s really not the norm

We've known the same amount of days, on this Earth I inform

 She's such a special woman, who's so loving, kind and warm 


Now Pam is leaving for a while to help her knowledge grow

She promises to pop in here, review and say hello 

We are the Bobsy Twins, but there is something you don’t know

Now we’re actually triplets, ‘cause another joined the show

Dr Nad was six days late, just like a guy to be so slow. :  )


There are some stormy rough seas, in your life you must comply

You are an awesome writer, to improve we all must try

We’ll miss you, but wish you the best; of this we can’t deny

Somehow, someday we’ll do 5k, on that you can rely

We love you more than words can say, so we won’t say goodbye


Author Notes This tribute is for Pam Lonsdale, who is going through some health concerns for her husband as well as taking a little leave to improve her already wonderful writing skills. She promises to pop in and out to review and say hi.
I made this a little different as there are five lines in each stanza. I did it this way because she is such a unique and special lady.

Chapter 27
Golden ~ All Through the Years

By Debi Pick Marquette

By Gil Broxson (Terry Broxson's Dad)

So here is to the Golden Years
Time of peace, too late tears
But still, as far as I can see
   It ain't what it's cracked up to be


Think of your life as souvenirs 
  Take time to spend with all your dears
Special moments; many cheers
So gather friends for a few beers
Tell grandkids about rabbit ears
Or 'bout a store they once called Sears
Spread love and happy, joyful tears 
Start writing, learn some new careers
Like me, you'll find some awesome peers
"So here is to the Golden Years"

Keep your positivity
I want to keep living right here
Kids, don't take it personally
I need my bright side~atmosphere
I need my own dear family
Not doctors, nurses, volunteers
I'm tough and have my dignity
But won't take any old age jeers
You cannot live my life for me
"Time of peace, too late for tears

It is my life, yet I'm not free
How do you know that I won't flee?
We promise we'll be there daily
I'll stay, but please come back for me
Other's worse to a degree 
With them I will give empathy
Stay true to Christianity
But hard to keep my memory 
Not sure where is my destiny
   "But still as far as I can see"

They say I'm at death's door that's near
They treat me like a kid who's three
  It's them who's deaf; no longer hears 
Since I'm the kid I'll be naughty
Give them bull and lots of steers
Tell party tales of Boston tea
And settling as pioneers
I'm on my way to next journey
So what'd I think of Golden years?
  "It ain't what it's cracked up to be"

Author Notes 1st part of structure 4 lines from Gil Broxson's poem rhymes- years & tears - be & see
1st - rhymes with all years & tears words
2nd- rhymes alternate between see and years.
3rd- rhymes all see & be words
4th- rhymes alternate between see and year again

Chapter 28
Karenina's Fall

By Debi Pick Marquette

I have another prayer request, for a mutual friend 

She will be so grateful, for any get well notes you send

On steps with a shop vac, Karenina took a fall

In hindsight, it is not what she meant to do at all

As she lost her balance, the heavy vacuum went

Flying down the steps with her, and landed on cement

She's battered, bruised and also, she has a broken foot

She wished she thought this thru, if only she still could

We call us Thelma and Louise; I'll say on her behalf

I know I'd let her down, if I didn't make her laugh

Speaking humerus; might've too broken that bone

Looking on the bright side, she won't have to wear a cone

We know that the last few months, haven't been her best

But isn't this a bit extreme, to finally get some rest 

 Thelma cannot jump, but she'll soon learn how to scoot

Sad that she malfunctioned; needs to lay back and re~boot

Anyone who's had tough luck,, knows it's nice to hear

From a friend or a peer, who's spreading lots of cheer

Please feel better soon, 'cause we love you and we care

We all send you well wishes, and are lifting you in prayer

Chapter 29
Well Wishes for Sandra

By Debi Pick Marquette

Our dear Sandra Mitchell, has been very sick

She's in the hospital, without her spirited kick

I am so very thankful, that she has let me share

For Sandra our dear friend, please lift her up in prayer 

Blood and chest infection, is latest what I hear

Also has a virus; give support and lots of cheer

It's been extremely rough and makes life seem so unfair

For Sandra our dear friend, please say a daily prayer

Our Novelist of the Year, for 2022

We know that we have missed her; it's time she also knew

Your kind words will help her, to show her how we care

For Sandra our dear friend, Dear God please hear our prayer

Author Notes Please leave your messages for Sandra in your review

Chapter 30
That's What Lisa Does

By Debi Pick Marquette


Some years ago I met her, when she married Greg, our friend

As neighbors it did not take long, for our two hearts to blend

And early on, when I was ill, she'd bring some meals to us

Like she does for others, cause, "that's just what Lisa does"

They're not too many nurses who could possibly come close

A sweet Angel of Mercy, all her patients say she glows

While working at two hospitals, she never makes a fuss 

Double shifts are normal, 'cause, "that's just what Lisa does"

Three years ago, her husband Greg, our friend had passed away

So Lisa, kids and grandchildren; for them I always pray

I know we all still wish, that it could be as it once was

Then Covid hit, she worked nonstop, 'cause, "that's what Lisa does"

A snowplow's drift had put her down, while jogging in November

Knocked her out and couldn't get up, the best she can remember

She's staying with her daughter, who's a nurse and such a plus

She'll recover from her surgery, 'cause "that's what Lisa does"

Now Lisa's not only my friend;, a dear sister in Christ

She says that God was giving her, some very good advice

More precious time for family, God's word she always trusts

   Her extra time will bless us all, 'cause "that's what Lisa does"

Author Notes Sometimes God can talk to us softly and subtle to get his message across, but He used the force of a snowplow to slow down this woman who's selfless hard work and duty towards others, needed re~evaluation.

Chapter 31
Mel ~ My Sweet Daughter In~Love

By Debi Pick Marquette

  I remember the time, that beautiful day

Jason brought you home to meet us

His smile said it all, that you were the one

And as time went by, you’d complete us

You and I became very good friends

We had many great talks on the bridge 

You, so excited to marry my son 

And someday give us grand kids


After a while, you two set the date.

As you shared your dreams for your life

The bridge, your home & your Wedding

As you then became husband and wife

Then into our lives came a grandson

You had a beautiful baby boy

Andrew was precious, as a baby can be

And since then, has brought us such Joy

In a few years, another announcement

The next baby was soon on its way

Carter was born, and sweeter than pie

And he grew more special each day

A beautiful family, the four of you make

We’re so happy that you live next door

The bridge still brings the boys over

To grandma’s, for playtime & more

We've been so close for many years

So I doubt this will be a surprise

I love you as if, you were my very own

A daughter, you are in my eyes

Author Notes There's a creek that separates our yards, and before Mel thought of starting to build the house or plan the wedding, she wanted Jason to build that bridge for their children someday to be able to go see grandma and grandpa. At 11 & 15, they still use the bridge to come see us.

Chapter 32
FS Family New Year's

By Debi Pick Marquette

To all of you, from all of me

My awesome second family

My New Year's wish, for us to be

Refreshed together annually 

Some authors write with great suspense

Others with spiritual sense

Poems and stories so intense

For honesty and not pretense

These friends who I care much about

I do not want to be without

I thank you, with a heartfelt shout

Support, encouragement, no doubt

Buffet of seasoned writer's skill  

 More exquisite than a six star meal

I'll never beg, borrow or steal

Or change the way of how I feel

For you, I'd like to spread some cheer

 I'll sing it loud, so you all hear

If celebrate with wine or beer

Dear friends be safe ~Happy New Year

Chapter 33
That's So Terry Kind of You

By Debi Pick Marquette

Do you know a person, who could be any kinder
One who gives to others, without even a reminder
Who cares for people's feelings; it's what we all should do
For those who are that way, that's so Terry kind of you


I doubt that anybody wonders who this poem is for
He's everything I've talked about, but he is so much more
Gives member pumps to people, to help their post get thru
For all who are so selfless, that's so Terry kind of you


His writing can be serious, at times he's just a clown
He won't involve himself, in putting anybody down
He'll tell you about someone, who deserves respect that's due
To that someone I would say, that's so Terry kind of you


You won't brag about yourself, but that's something I can do
So listen closely Terry, or I'll talk until I'm blue
Your life once meant for Zoe, now for others you're the glue
Hooray for who you are, that's so Terry kind of you


Author Notes

I used this picture because Terry Broxson lives in not only the largest state, where everything is supposed to be bigger, but obviously in Texas, some of the kindest people are from there.
I guess it's true; EVERYTHING'S BIG IN TEXAS, including KINDNESS
Alas, a new phrase is born: That's so Terry kind of you!

Chapter 34
Travis; a Christmas Bonus

By Debi Pick Marquette

It was after midnight when the phone started to ring

A year ago flashed in my head, and I could feel the sting

My husband answered it, and on his face I saw such dread

He held me, as he said these words, "our nephew, Trav is dead"

How could that be, he's just eighteen, a senior in high school

We lost his dad a year ago, God couldn't be that cruel

My little brother, Denny also meant the world to me

Now you say that his son died, when his car hit a tree

They took him to the hospital, mom, Shelly by his side

She got to say goodbye to him, before her sweet son died

December 8th and 15th, father, son, one year apart  

I wasn't sure that I'd survive, life with a shattered heart

The Sunday before Christmas, my family gets together

Shelly and both kids showed up, in spite of the bad weather

She told of three terminal kids, they too, wouldn't see diplomas

But with his organs, he gave them, Hope as a Christmas Bonus

Author Notes

Every year at South Brooke Gulf Course in Annandale, MN, a Benefit Fund raiser is put on where you pay $100.00 to golf or just donate to the Travis Pick Scholarship Foundation, where every year a Senior at Apollo HS is picked as the recipient.
Travis continues to give in his death as he did while alive. His organs have helped countless others.
Appropriately so, he was voted as the kindest most giving Senior before his death in 2016.

Today, December 8th is the 7 year anniversary of Travis's death. On the 15th will be Denny's and he too was killed in a tragic crash; a snowstorm that he was driving in, on the freeway when the visibility was gone, and he drove head on into a tow truck that was pulling a vehicle out of the ditch. Nobody else was hurt, thank God. However it snapped and broke his neck. But the state trooper said that he said not to worry, that he heard our mother's voice calling him and he was going home to be with her. Those words were somewhat hard to hear, but still comforting.

Chapter 35
Happy Birthday Karenina

By Debi Pick Marquette

Her name is really Karen, but that isn't how we know her 

Karenina's what her dad called her; and that I think is so her

She's a retired nurse and it shows in her compassion 

She volunteers, she gives so much, it's Karenina fashion

A computer hack last month, who it was, she wasn't sure

We barely saw her all that time, and worried about her

Many of us gave some help, which started to restore 

Her faith in human nature; that love was worth much more

It just may be, I know her age, but swear I'll never tell

Unless you give a great review and then, oh what the.......

She's always very Sweet, but I know a little rumor

She loves to tease a little too, I love her sense of humor

She told me it would be ok, to tease about her age

She's 14 months older than me, but I cannot engage

I'd be in line of some young punk, that's even younger yet

Like Helen, who'd tease both of us, then she's the one to get

So lets all raise our virtual glass to make a virtual toast

To our Special Birthday gal, for her I think I'll boast

Her faith in God is very strong, she's such an inspiration

I'm proud to be her friend;  she has my deepest admiration

Chapter 36
On This Date, Jan was Born

By Debi Pick Marquette

I have not known her many years, like many of you have

But I've been her friend long enough, to speak on her behalf 

She always has such great ideas, must make her brain feel worn

On this day, ~??~ years ago, our dear friend, Jan was born

A you-nique sense of humor, and she's sweet as she can be

Devoted to our veterans and also our country

So loyal to our FanStory; her pride will not be torn

On this day, ~???~ years ago, our dear friend, Jan was born

Besides a friend to all of us, she has her Abby cat

And Abby is her family, that's where her heart is at

One thing that I admire, is she won't toot her own horn

On this day, ~????~ years ago, our dear friend, Jan was born

Her heart and soul so lovely, like a sweet Angel above

I've never seen a picture, but she must resemble love

Before my growing question marks, she notices with scorn

On this day ~?????~ years ago, our dear friend, Jan was born

 Her age is but a mystery, as in this poem I've sworn

On this day, ~??????~ years ago ~ How many many years ago???????

We wish you Happy Birthday Jan, on this date you were born

Author Notes The growing amount of question marks are only meant for humor,
not meant to assume that there is one for every decade

Chapter 37
Jannypan Jan

By Debi Pick Marquette

There's not too many on FanStory 
That's not been praised or given glory
By a special woman, who's name is Jan
Most know her best as Jannypan

She's spirited, kind and she's so driven
Pays forward talent that God has given
She loves reviewing to praise and help
She needs a six star rate on Yelp

Abby's her cat, who's very smart 
Like Jan, she has a great big heart
Jan gives suggestions with much respect 
Goes out of her way, as you might expect

She's the kind of lady to get things done
To make things better, for everyone
A talent for planning, she's always thinking
I believe she'd save a ship from sinking

(November 4th, 2020)
This was a devastating day
Her brother Tim, sadly passed away
She's loved by her peers, so let's make a fuss
Pray and thank Jan, for all she does

Author Notes I know Jan likes this song.

Chapter 38
My Kenzie Jo

By Debi Pick Marquette

~To my dear granddaughter, Kenzie Jo~

I fell in love the day you were born

I called you Angel girl right from the start

 I adored rocking you in my arms

As you kept growing, so did my heart

You played singer, actress, a weather girl

You entertained, with a smile all day long

You drew pictures galore of us holding hands

Any wonder our love is so strong

 I bought every style of duct tape

We made projects and stacked them too

At times gramma monster would join the fun

On my bed, spooked your cousins and you

Your birthdays were always delightful 

A themed party, we had for each one

As we lay in my bed eating popcorn 

We'd cuddle 'fore the movie was done

Where did the time and that little girl go

My memories say it was just yesterday

All the drawings of us, you draw no more

Cause your childhood's all tucked away

 Now my sweet Angel, you're on your own

Yet so often, on my doorstep you'll show

A gorgeous young woman, inside and out

 Love you eternally, my Kenzie Jo


Author Notes While I am resting, trying to heal from Covid, I decided to post a few of my poems that I have been writing for years for my family.

Chapter 39
Happy Birthday Helen (lyenochka)

By Debi Pick Marquette


She's known as the birthday poet

Although she's not sure of the date

Her birthday's within 30 days

So it's a month long celebrate


Her mom studied to be a doctor

 Helen was born premature

In those times of  post war Korea

Times were rough; of that they're sure


She has a hubby who loves her dearly

Her two daughters are ten years apart

She has two granddaughters and a grandson

 She has such a loving, caring heart


An amazingly, wonderful woman

Who's respected by all she knows

In this world of so many thorns

She's such a beautiful rose

Her strong faith in God shines so bright

I feel blessed to be her friend

A kinder woman, you'll never find

 Loving wishes to her we send

Author Notes I got such a kick out of her silly standing cat, that I almost wrote a Dr Seuss type one for it, but I think he covered that one already. Lol.

Chapter 40
Lunch With the FS Girls

By Debi Pick Marquette

(Please read authors notes first! Thanks!)

I got together with best friends, at Margaret's for some lunch

She invited us FS girls and ended up with quite a bunch

Margaret was writing notes, so Sue and Jen took a little peak

Lily and Janet are upset and Lorraine's about to freak


Eve and Mary told us, and we're not sure what to think

As Maria and Evie plot revenge, Margaret better watch her drink

Dolly and Lisa don't understand; why's she hiding what she wrote

So that's what happened so far, and here's what's in her note


 Valda and Anne have hearing loss, so we must speak very loud

Joan and Judith hardly get out, so I hope they don't get plowed

Kitty tripped on Sandra's foot and had a nasty fall

Joanne and Leather are wearing clothes, a little bit too small


Gypsy, Robyn and Cindy usually end up in the lake

Karenina looks good on top, but denies that they are fake

Verna, Carol and Sharon have many grandkids pics to share

Gloria, Kate and Donna must have just touched up their hair


Janet and Pam are tiny, looks like they could fly away

Judy and Carolyn must have guys, both look happier today

Monica, Rachelle, Jessi and Liz could pass any inspection 

I heard that Nancy and Aussie go in for a beauty injection 


Sally, Helen and Debi are doing the cha cha cha

Ulla, Bridge and June are singing La La La

Wendy and Jay are so organized, and Barb's best being her own boss

Teri and Adonna, seems they are wearing the same Cross

 End of Note

Gretchen and Margaret by the pool, their tempers start to clash

 Jan and Regina helped Margaret take a little splash

As Margaret explained to us, we apologized for being so hard

These notes were for a joke, on a between friends Christmas card


Author Notes Meter and Rhythm will be off due to all the names
This was supposed to be entered in the 'use these words' contest
but I decided it wasn't right for any contest
Although I did use the words. I will just write another.
Margaret's note' was all meant to be in fun humor,
completely fictional. Silly and perhaps stupid poem. But that's me; I need laughter!

I apologize if I missed any ladies that I have come close with.

If anyone is offended in any way, I am sorry and please let me know

Chapter 41
Our Gal Sal

By Debi Pick Marquette

Inside and out, she is so Beautiful

Although she is blind, she's also dutiful

I doubt we could find another gal

Who comes even close to our gal Sal


She has such a lovely personality 

Her writing shows originality 

So thankful to have her for a pal

   To know her is to love her, she's our gal Sal


This wonderful woman, has some history

  Her series of three books, are quite a mystery 

I love her strong faith and spirited morale 

 She's a sister in Christ, she is our gal Sal


Many friends know her as Sally Law

My favorite book, 'What the Blind Girl Saw'

She prays for others, without fail

An asset to FanStory, she's our gal Sal


Chapter 42
Tom, our FanStory Leader

By Debi Pick Marquette

When I think of Tom, devoted leader on FanStory

I think of Charlie's Angels and how they always got the glory

Charlie just like Tom, content to stay in the background

When 'Angel Writers' need some help: Tom's always around


No one here has ever seen him, yet we know for sure he's there

His quick reply to messages, proves this man must care

So for anyone who wonders if this guy really exists 

He's not Siri or Alexa, scanning from some Google's list 


From the very start, I always asked a lot of questions 

I wrote ten times a day and maybe added to his tension

Member cent confusion and what is a promotion

I hope that he'll forgive me for causing a commotion 


It took a while to get it and so glad that its more clear 

I wish I knew where he hangs out, I'd buy the guy a beer

So maybe Tom should prove to us that he is really human

Use some member cents and plan a great writer's reunion





Author Notes So thankful I had some poems prepared ahead of time so I can still stay connected with all my friends on FS while recovering

Chapter 43
Celebrating Carol C

By Debi Pick Marquette

C C may stand for Carol Clark, for her the C means more

She's Caring and Considerate, this woman we adore

And she is so Creative, for her post she'll do research

As Christian, started at nine years, played piano in Church

Committed, loving 55 years, she;s been Mitch's wife 

In Toledo, Ohio,  lived a Comfortable life

So their three Charming daughters gave them five Clever grandsons 

 And soon there'll be twin step grandkids; joining the Cherished ones 

And she writes study guides on novels for Progeny Press

When asked to travel with a College Choir, she said yes

She played Piano Classic duet when in Hungary

Her shining musical achievement; a Class act to see

She taught Junior High English Class, Toledo Christian School  

She's written for three magazines, she's a Consistent jewel

For a few years she Coached students in Power of the Pen 

After retirement, for nine years she taught at pre~school then

It has been a rough year as Mitch had bypass surgery 

So Critical a Valentine's Day meal turned out to be

Although Cautious, he would Collapse right in the parking lot

She was Calm and Courageous, yet she was very distraught

She recently had a pace-maker put in for her heart

So let's show our Compassion; loving prayers would be a start

With you, Carol, we'll Celebrate and say Happy Birthday

But for your gift, we'll give you both a "Be Careful" Bouquet  

Author Notes I used C words wherever they would fit for the theme for Carol Clark.
All C words purposely Capitalized
The Art I did myself

If you would like a tribute/birthday poem written, (makes no difference if you had one already or not) please PM me and let me know the date. I would be happy to do one for you

How Great Thou Art ~ by Carrie Underwood

Old Rugged Cross ~ by Alan Jackson

Amazing Grace ~ by Jimmy Fortune
mmy Fortune

Chapter 44
Happy Beloved Birthday Patricia

By Debi Pick Marquette

In Arizona where she lives

She writes and does her lovely art

From all the places that she gives

The biggest place would be her heart

She's been widowed twenty nine years

 For thirty seven was a wife

A strong woman conquering fears

For family devotes her life

She is a loving mom of four

Her seven grandkids are the best

Nine great grandkids means love galore

This Christian woman's life's been blessed

She wrote her story in a book

On radio was acted out

Her book of poems, please take a look

Devotional, what they're about

At Christian women's clubs, she'd speak

Helped saving souls was her reward

Forty two times her voice would seek

Fifty women came to the Lord

Patricia's walked 6000 miles

Six years, lost more than hundred pounds

Accomplishments worth many smiles

That's how her success story sounds

45,000 caps were in

Kids knit and crochet cap contest

She was one of the six who'd win

Her knitted cap, one of the best

About Patricia you must know

She'd like stand-up comic routine 

She did one in New Mexico

That had to be an awesome scene

With all you do, we are in awe

Let's give your comic act a whirl

So Happy Birthday, Patricia

We love you, our own Funny Girl

Author Notes
mmy Fortune

Chapter 45
Our Wishes for Tom

By Debi Pick Marquette

Been married to his lovely wife, Jan, for 52 years

The moves alone that they have made took blood, and sweat and tears

From Ohio, they were married,  after Navy boot camp

They'd end up in Alaska with religious group revamp

There was no entertainment, TV, movies with popcorn 

So one by one, each of their lovely five daughters were born

And then their twin boys would come next; each different birthdays

A fact, these twins born diff’rent months, now doesn't that amaze

In 2020, moved again, he'd need some warmer coats

He loves fishing the big salmon in commercialized boats

He did have other jobs, but Tom knew fishing was the best

Beside's with his dear family, another place he's blessed

Now in Northern Alaska, where he really hates the cold

But living close to family, will never become old

So now that Tom is retired, he will sit under his lamps

As he enjoys his hobby while he's collecting his stamps

Today is TB Bott's Birthday; fam'ly reunion too

Up there in North Alaska, may your party skies be blue

So Tom can wish upon a northern star for one that's due

The biggest salmon catch; may all  your fish wishes come true

And one more day to gather wishes at your bar-be-que

We wish a Happy Birthday Tom, that's our Big Wish for You!

Author Notes Tom's Twin boys were born one before and one after midnight, July 31 & August 1st

Chapter 46
Bill's Fascinating Life

By Debi Pick Marquette

USMC Artillery as Gunnery Sergeant

Meteorologist, part of the twenty years he spent

In Lebanon, and Desert Storm, places that seemed like hell

Please read my notes for interesting info for detail

When he retired from the Marines, his college would be next

An English/History teacher, his title and subjects 

He taught for fifteen years and retired Two Thousand Eighteen 

Surprised he stayed that long, for all the things he's lived and seen

And Bill was married once before, has a son, Christopher 

He married and they gave Bill a grandson and granddaughter

And he is Braden, who is a computer engineer 

While Megan will be graduating from high school this year

Bill married Kathy, who's a Music/English teaching wife 

Son, Adam, taught Biology/English ~ Bachelor life

And daughter, Katie, also teaches, both Spanish and Math  

Bet grandkids, Liam, Emily and Kim follow same path

Now Kathy is a fierce Detroit Tigers and Lions Fan

Besides her love for Bill, also her dad was quite the man

His name, LaVern Alward was drafted twice in "44" 

Once for the Detroit, Tigers and the army for the war

And Kathy's brother, Tom's life was exciting as it gets

In "70s" he played Pro-ball for Buccaneers and Jets

Both Bill and Kathy retired early; look at their life, wow!

And she's had some big health issues, we hope you're better now

We'd like to throw a party, Bill; your birthday's a good cause

But you, your teaching family, your service and in-laws

And how you crack us up in your writing or a review

The greatest sense of humor,  fun for a good laugh or two

It's hard to find one theme to use, it's causing me some strife

So we'll wish an Amazing Birthday, Bill, to match your life.


Author Notes Here is a few paragraphs of Bill's own words about his service career:
I spent twenty-some years in the USMC artillery between 1974 and 1998; I retired as a Gunnery Sergeant. I began as a meteorologist, became a position surveyor, artillery direction control man, and Operations Chief. My work was mostly with the 2d Marine Division, Camp Lejeune, North Carolina. Deployed to Beirut, Lebanon in 1983, as a ballistic meteorologist. We lost 300 men who were blown up in a truck-bombed hotel. Taught ballistic meteorology on an Army base, Ft. Sill, Oklahoma, from 1987-1990 before being transferred to 3rd Marine Division in Okinawa, Japan.

Served in Desert Storm in 1991as the Operations Chief for an artillery firing battery. Joined the Marine Expeditionary Forces in Somalia to chase Warlords through both Mogadishu and Kismayo in 1993. Spent a year in Haiti in 1995 with UN Forces as the acting sergeant major. Finished my Marine career as the Operations Chief of a Reserve Station in Waterloo, Iowa. Retired 1998 and began college courses at the University of Michigan.

The art I did myself in my cloud photo editing. I did some research to find Bill's brother in-law playing for the TB Buccaneers on the field. Number 67. Also the other emblems were from Pinterest

Anyone who would like a birthday poem, (whether you have had one before or not)
please contact me and I would be delighted to do one for your birthday or any occasion.

Chapter 47
Happy Birthday Raul1

By Debi Pick Marquette

 I met him on my first day here. 
He greeted me, was so sincere 
And then our Christian faith, we'd share 
About people, he seemed to care


Raul's from Miami, Florida
He drinks ice-coffee with a straw
He helps his mom with gardening
Some mom and son time in the Spring


He's been at FanStory six years
Accomplishments have earned him cheers
Always a thank you and a please
Two online diploma degrees

Raul writes some very nice reviews
Soft music helps him find his muse
Does most his writing from his home
 And here and there he'll write a poem


 His hobby is astronomy
A horror writer wannabe
He'll enter contests that are blind
He writes and tells how to be kind


For his birthday, we say to Raul
We hope you know you're loved by all
We also hope you'll always stay
Raul, have the Happiest Birthday

Author Notes All the music videos were Raul's choices.

Chapter 48
Jessica's Song and Dance Party

By Debi Pick Marquette

Our Jessica's been writing since she learned to hold a pen

She knew already then, she'd write again and then again

Her first poem she had published in school paper at age nine 

And it would not surprise me if she soon had books to sign

Jess went to a performing school, Ed Center for the Arts  

And she'd perform and sing in town; she would play many parts 

In college, radiation therapy, her career plan

That's where she met love of her life, her husband to be, Dan

Then they would start a family, first sweet Morgan was born

And Jessica could barely stand to leave her every morn

So she put her career on hold to be a full time mom

And their life in Connecticut, at that time was still calm

Then sadness came upon them when her sister, Kelly died. 

And Jessica had never felt that kind of pain inside

Then thankfully their little newborn Camryn came along

And Jessica knows that her girls both help her to stay strong

Once Jess and Kelly wrote music when Kelly was alive

But Jess would Stop ~ she wasn't even sure how she'd survive

Then early Twenty Twenty Three, she came to FanStory

And now she writes about her loss and how it came to be 

Three poems and a short story published, what a winning streak

Congratulations, keep using your wonderful technique

So dance through life with your loved ones and do it cheek to cheek

And Happy Birthday, Jess, we love you and think you're unique

Author Notes

Chapter 49
Barry's Birthday

By Debi Pick Marquette


From Sydney in Australia is the place Barry was born 

Successful he has been, but he will not toot his own horn

He's living in Nowra, along with lovely partner, Gail

Three children and four grandchildren and all are doing well

He was a lawyer, but four years ago, retirement 

He'll talk to anyone, but does not care for arrogant

And he will not talk politics, or with those who are loud

He'll talk about his book of wines, for that he should be proud

 And "Secret Wines of New South Wales" 24 years ago

That is the title of his book, for those who want to know

Most of his life he's been writing, and he is still not done

He joined FanStory in August of 2021

Loves traveling and gardening, walking and loves to fish

A glass of wine with Gail, on patio is so delish

So, Barry, if we had a party, and told you you're  fine

And wished you Happy Birthday, will you please supply the wine


Author Notes
Now that it has been over a year since I have been writing tribute poems on a regular basis, for those of you who I have written a birthday poem for already, please let me know if you would like another one for your birthday this year. I would be happy to.

Also, anyone who I have not written for previously, if you would like a birthday poem, or any tribute poem, please tell me your birth date and I will put you on my calendar. Then I would be happy to do so for your special occasion. You can pm me or my email address is,

Thank you. Debi PM

Chapter 50
Happy Texan Birthday, Terry

By Debi Pick Marquette

A little about Terry's heritage ~

Great Grandma, 1836

From Tennessee, back in the sticks

Was Texas bound on wagon trains

With Davy Crockett through the plains

He led them till he had to go

To fight battle of Alamo

Fourth generation Texas raised

For kindness Terry's often praised

No matter how hard you might try

You'll never find a nicer guy

You'll wonder if it's possible

That his non-fiction's Texas bull

But he won't need a polygraph

He just knows how to make us laugh

He joined here 2021

His posts are mostly filled with fun

He writes about all of his  friends

With us, his friend list never ends

And Zoe, the love of his life

His one and only, cherished wife

She truly lived until she died

And Terry's taken it in stride

We're happy that we have him here

He brings a vibrant atmosphere 

A humble heart, a giving hand

Someone who's proud of his great land

And he has never been a dad

But as cat-daddy, he's not bad

His Santa book has done quite well

And soon there may be more to tell 

As old man, you always relate

You're not that old, I checked the date

But if you want to play that part

Then Happy Birthday, you old Fart

Author Notes Now that it has been over a year since I have been writing these on a regular basis, for those of you who I have written a birthday poem for already, please let me know if you would like another one for your birthday this year.

Also, anyone who I have not written for previously, if you would like a birthday poem, please tell me your birth date and I will put you on my calendar. Then I would be happy to do so for your special occasion. You can pm me or my email address is,

Thank you. Debi PM

Terry's Request ~Not exactly an old man video. LOL

Chapter 51
A Patriotic Christian Birthday

By Debi Pick Marquette


 He lives in California and Nolan is his real name
And since he met Yvonne, his life has never been the same
They've been married for 50 years and happy as can be
And they were blessed with three children into their family 

Their eldest daughter passed away; they'd raise her girl and boy
And now they have three great grandkids that they truly enjoy
He's a Jehovah Witness Baptized Christian minister 
And always been the kind of guy with whom you could confer

And Nolan was just seventeen when he joined the Air Force
His sergeant was abusive and no charges would enforce 
Though 66 times charged, and no one dared to tell their side
But Nolan would put him away when he had testified

And you can read about his journey, from his joy to strife
 His to be published book will tell about his awesome life
And when his book is finished, we hope he will let us know 
An interview tells much about him, I did long ago

And we know that you're not the kind of guy to celebrate
But as your friends we hope you know we love you, but would hate
To let this day go by and not at least communicate
Our Happy Birthday Wishes, Nomi; we think you are great


Author Notes Nomi's kids-Yvette, Kevin and Jennifer
His eldest daughter Yvette passed away in 2006, and they raised her son Jabaree who is now 25 years old, her foster daughter Josie who is 27 years old and has three children, Willie Junior, a step child, Elijahh her first born, and Aaliyah her baby, who is the darling of the family.

Chapter 52
Happy 78 years Young

By Debi Pick Marquette

When young, so frail, but curious

Carol adored her time with dad

On cars, engines, the two would fuss

Both loved whatever time they had

In college met a hometown guy

Then she would later marry him 

In Colorado's rocky high

They taught, and on adventure whim

They moved back home to Illinois 

Where they would teach and also farm

Their three adopted kids brought joy 

I guess three really is a charm

Of six grandkids, four they would raise

Plus they have four great grandchildren

And for her church she would write plays

"You are the Christ," she'd written ten

The short stories and plays she'd write 

Were mostly when kids were at school

And when we all felt Covid's bite

She joined FanStory's writing pool

Her first novel was Stars and Seeds

She wrote 51 years ago 

And we will have more awesome reads

At FanStory when here she'll show

Carol, you are Seventy Eight

And for your party we will stay

To sing and help you celebrate 

And wish with love, Happy Birthday

Author Notes

Chapter 53
The Happiest Birthday Yet

By Debi Pick Marquette

There may be times she is not seen

Yet, she joined Two Thousand Fourteen

But when she's here, it's great to see

Her passion and her honesty

In Massachusetts she now lives

But for her past, hope time forgives

When young, her home life wasn't right

So took a brave, life saving flight

Sue has three children, six grandkids

Her love for them, nothing forbids

And when she found a sister too

It was a gift, long overdue

She writes emotions, deep or mild 

And started when she was a child

She does photography and art

Sue has a sweet and loving heart

We hope she keeps writing her book

And when she's done, we'll take a look

She loves it here with all her friends

And we all hope that never ends

Our big FanStory's Heart Surprise 

Wrapped with Roses and Butterflies

With love, we send this gift your way

Sue, wish you Happiest Birthday!!

Chapter 54
She's 77~ Party on Sunset Strip

By Debi Pick Marquette

This fascinating lady lived her life through three careers

A teacher for most every grade, and taught for 20 years

Domestic violence and sex assault for 30 more

Substance abuse and mental health~I hear this woman roar

She goes into portfolios and she will find a piece 

And they are not promoted, ‘cause it's not a new release

And Liz is so amazing, she will read it and review

Her loving acts of kindness as she sometimes does a few

Third generation family from the state of Vermont

Where you will find a unique shop or a quaint restaurant

The characters in her stories are friends who are for real

A secret to her writing that she hopes will help things heal

And with Simon and Schuster, plans were to sign on this date

But now her editor said, it may be a little wait

So for the signing of 6 books, it will be imminent 

The 7th she's writing, from when a nun in the convent

Liz, you have been a busy girl, so you deserve a trip

You are 77, let's all go to Sunset Strip

And we will party with you like it's 1969

We'll do a little racing and we'll sip a little wine

And when we're finished, there is one important thing to say

Your family at FanStory wish you Happy Birthday 

Author Notes

Chapter 55
An 11:17 Birthday Bash

By Debi Pick Marquette


Deanna has a cool pen-name, 11:17

She is a talented writer, from what I've read and seen

A sweet chihuahua, named BB is her very best friend 

A comfort when she lost her mom and her marriage would end

But in year 2023, her life seemed better when 

She met the man of her sweet dreams, and fell in love again 

She is a belly dancer; through music she will express

To parties, festivals and restaurants, she will say yes 

She is a middle school teacher, who's taught 26 years

She'll teach with positivity, encouragement and cheers

She writes feelings in journals, and she records all her dreams

She's on her 15th one; with every great thought she redeems

Deanna, you've only been writing here a month or so

So you maybe don't know about the birthday bash we'll throw

We'll sing you Happy Birthday, then we'll clap and make a fuss

And maybe you'll put on a show and belly dance for us

Author Notes

Chapter 56
Mermaid Extraordinaire

By Debi Pick Marquette

We all know her as Mermaids, but her real name is Elaine

She's lovely as a Spring time day, just freshened by the rain

Her home is in Cape Cod; its such a perfect mermaid scene

With her two cats and guinnea pigs, I bet life is serene 

It has been many years since that sweet day they met online

They fell in love and married and their life was more than fine

Together almost 16 years and then one day he passed

She misses him so very much; it all went way too fast

Her poetry is fantasy; for her it's therapy 

She writes about the unicorns, and things we cannot see

But she has creativity; runs in her ancestry

Her niece's and her nephew's art, add to the fam'ly tree 

She works in an Alzheimer's unit in a nursing home 

She deals with stress by relaxing while she writes her next poem

Degree in Anthropology, this woman is so smart

And just a little more about Elaine, before we part

She's sixty five, and rare, we'll have a sweet birthday affair

And we'll all stare into the air and fireworks will flare 

A Happy Birthday Care to Mermaid Extraordinaire

And we will all declare, you seem too young for Medicare

Author Notes

Chapter 57
Happy Birthday to Ric MyWorld

By Debi Pick Marquette

He is a teenager at heart

And just the right amount of shy

His popularity's in part

While thinking young, he's a cool guy

He lives with so much thankfulness 

His words or actions never scathe

I love the way that he will bless

Another, proclaiming his faith

You will not get on his bad side 

If you try to further engage

But guesses all will be denied 

He never will tell you his age

He has a wish for every friend

And it is one that's pretty tall

That health and happiness won't end

This wish is kindness he shows all

So something we must tell you, Ric

For you, we all feel the same way 

We'll light the birthday candle wick

While wishing you, Happy Birthday

And one more thing before we're through 

So really, Ric, how old are you   :  )

Author Notes This poem is for Ric MyWorld, who has been a member here since 2013.

I thank Ric for allowing me to post his a day early, because I had others on Saturday, 2-17, which is his real birthday.

I'd also like to thank Ric for being such a good sport with my having a little fun with the age thing.

Chapter 58
A Birthday Bouquet

By Debi Pick Marquette


I've known her almost fifty years, but give or take a few

She's married to my brother, but she's like my sister too

With four amazing kids, she is a loving mom and wife

She has four awesome grandsons, who add so much to her life


She only speaks the positive and never is absurd 

So I will go to her if I just need a caring word

She's always gone out of her way to do nice things for me

Her picture books and videos, her creativity


I doubt that I could ask her for a favor she won't do

Unless it could hurt someone else; to herself she is true

I don't tell her often enough how I admire her 

And when it comes to honesty, she has what I prefer


And if I had the choice that I could change her or replace

I know I could look everywhere, in all the world and space

So it would be impossible; no matter how or when

To find another sister in-love, like my dear, Karen


You're like a lovely flower in a beautiful bouquet

And I must say I've always loved you in a special way 

I do have one big wish for you, so this I will convey

That you deserve the best, so have a glorious birthday


Author Notes Reminds her of her mom

Kids used to sing this when they were little ~ Precious Memories

She just loves this song

Chapter 59
A Great Birthday for Jumbo J

By Debi Pick Marquette

He's one of the most fascinating people I have met

He's humble, kind and honest, and would be hard to forget

Some things have happened in his life where he has had regret

The best of this amazing man; I doubt we've seen it yet 

It has been forty years that he's been with his sweet wife, Jade

But married thirty four and what a happy life they made

They don't have any children, but tried all with doctor's aid

They've had their disappointments, but their love would never fade

They live in lluka village, which is part of New South Wales

Surrounding seven beaches where the watercraft there sails 

He's mostly worked protection, at high level venue scales

Some music concerts, private clubs, security details 

He was semi-professional in pro league for rugby

And he would travel with his team until age thirty three

Played basketball, did martial arts, and loved to run while he

Still surfed, kayaked, and swam, but it would end with injury

This man who we are honoring wears his heart on his sleeve 

And what you see is what you get, and what you can believe

His writing shows his talent and what all he can achieve 

From all your friends at FanStory, we hope you never leave

So Happy Birthday, James, let's celebrate your Special Eve

Author Notes The reason I say it is a special eve is because I was off with the time difference, and posted late. Oops!

Chapter 60
Miss Merri's Harmonious Birthday

By Debi Pick Marquette

Today will be her day to shine

 With beauty and much grace

Her poetry's like a fine wine

In sweet poetic taste

Miss Merri's how we all know her

Adonna's her real name

Since she's been a retired teacher 

More passions she would claim 

From a musical family

They'd sing and harmonize

No matter what chord, note or key

Euphonious surprise

Her poems may rhyme or be free verse

Her art is dazzling

More time for music to rehearse

Piano and to sing

She loves to mix all of her arts

Music and poetry

Add painting to the other parts

All God meant her to be 

What is it that for her inspires

Nature and God above

And in her heart's greatest desires

It's family and love

We'll share with her how we all feel

For her our special fuss

In our harmonious conceal

We'll sing, "you're one of us"

Much love from our writing buffet

And this we all agree

We do wish a lovely birthday

To our own Miss Merri

Author Notes

Chapter 61
Happy Birthday Dawn

By Debi Pick Marquette

Her birth or real name's Deborah

A woman whose courage is raw

And Dawn would be her middle name

Her kindness is for you to claim 

She comes from Canada, from the city of Toronto 

Where she lives positivity, and that is Dawn Munro

A wonderful church family

In fellowship she's blessed to be

She loves to sing in the church choir

And sings her praise, like she's on fire

She tells it how it is and always lets her feelings show

And that is just a little bit about dear, Dawn Munro

A great writer ranked number one

Come check her out, see all she's done

Her best friend is Cleo the cat

At home's where they're happiest at

And all the jobs that she had done, she loved most of them so

She put her heart into each one, hard working, Dawn Munro

Police and hospital dispatch

A cook who would make things from scratch

Tobacco primer was rough work

And also on the road sales clerk 

She is a female Jack of many trades that's helped her grow

And she is conscientious and so thrifty, Dawn Munro

For television she would write

A taxi driver, day or night

As singer she loved to perform 

All jobs kept her both fed and warm

And all of us at FanStory would like for her to know

We're sending Happy Birthday wishes to friend, Dawn Munro 


Author Notes My Merry~go~Rhyme Rules
1. must rhyme
2. must be fun
3. normal 4 line stanzas
4. a fun line or 2 between each stanza (for the up and down carousel effect)
5. mostly carefree and joyful (for the round and round effect)
6. may have sadness in poem, but must have joyful ending, to keep the theme going

Chapter 62
Belated Kiwi Birthday

By Debi Pick Marquette

He is a baby boomer born in 1952

New Zealand is where he comes from; a Kiwi, proud and true

He was a teacher most his life, and still he subs to date

For twelve years lived in Australia and Singapore for eight

And Steve is married, with two very fascinating sons

And one lovely granddaughter and they love her mega tons

His wife and him will celebrate their Golden Wedding Year

It is the anniversary that true love's most sincere

He joined FanStory in October, year 2010

2014 Author of the Year, remembers when

He is a published author: magazines, poetry books

His fun Cheezel the Weasel and also Gobbledegooks

Today is not the day, but your birthday was just last week

And you did not mind waiting, and that makes you quite unique

And we'll all raise a glass to you and hope that you believe

We think you're great, sorry it's late, and Happy Birthday, Steve


 And he just keeps amazing me, 'cause this guy is on fire 

You'll see him go by ‘Kiwi Steve’, or the ‘Poet for Hire’

So I went there to check him out, he's cool as an ice cube 

Just copy links in notes and then follow him on YouTube

Author Notes The name of Steve's YouTube Channel is called Poet for Hire. Here are a few links to check out:


Something There Is?

The Coat-Tail Ghost

Chapter 63
Birthday Honors for Barb

By Debi Pick Marquette


Barb’s forty-six-year marriage is to Brian, her sweetheart

Her faith and family, been most important from the start

She raised four boys, has three grandsons, and are terrific guys

But now she has four granddaughters, for Barb, a female prize


In Fort Hood, Texas, twenty-three years and proud army wife

She would not trade it for the world or have a different life

A teacher twenty six years, where she mostly taught first-grade

Now that she's retired, she has more time in the home she made


Her faith in God is very strong, and where her values stem

When I write other birthday poems, she’ll send message to them

Sounds like their dachshund entertains, along with their two cats

They keep on shaking their heads at their antic acrobats 


Her writing gives her peace as she’s a published novelist

If you have not been reading her, come see what you have missed

Our Barb has written five novels, you'll find at Amazon

FanStory 2023, she is ranked number one 


So, Barb, we’ll have your party near the Fort Hood Texas Flag

I’ll give a speech and I know that for you, I’m sure to brag

We’ll tell you what you mean to us, and give hugs in advance

We wish you, Happy Birthday, Barb; now sing, Lord of the Dance


Author Notes

Chapter 64
A Musical Christmas Birthday

By Debi Pick Marquette


Paul was an only child, and all his relatives are gone

He never married, but it doesn’t mean he has no one

‘Cause all his friends and students are so close to this man’s heart

He has lived such a full life, so I wonder where to start


His music and his ministry, combined had struck a chord

Because he loves to sing his praises to his Mighty Lord


He’s a retired teacher and he taught fifty four years

His God, music and teaching: in a nutshell, his careers

Paul had a certain touch when he was planting learning seeds

They called him the Magician; helping kids with special needs


He has composed so many songs; from musical research

And he still sings them now, but it is mostly in his church


It has been seven months since he has come to FanStory

And as he wins in contests; he has much for us to see 

A story that he brought with him is his, “Charlie the cat”

He was a children’s author, and how great he was at that


It must be quite an honor to be born on Christmas Day 

We’ll celebrate you both but do it in a different way


Prom Praise events that he performed at Royal Albert Hall

He sang there twenty times or more, and still it honors Paul,

So he lives in North London, and he knows there he belongs

His plans for the near future: worship, poetry and songs


We wish you Happy Birthday Paul, and Merry Christmas too

We’re happy that you’re here with us, Please know that we love you


Author Notes At 4:30 AM, Central time, I was about to post this birthday poem for Paul Manton, when I went to pm him first to tell him that I was going to release. Instead there was a message for me saying EMERGENCY, he was going back to the hospital, that there had been side effects from his procedure. Please pray for Paul, as this is his second hospitalization for this situation.

My Merry~go~Rhyme Rules:
1. must rhyme
2. must be fun
3. normal 4 line stanzas
4. a fun line or 2 between each stanza (for the up and down carousel effect)
5. and mostly carefree and joyful (for the round and round effect)
6. may have sadness in poem, but must have joyful ending, to keep the theme going

Chapter 65
Her Birthday~Christmas Journey

By Debi Pick Marquette

Dear Ginda lives in Maryland, but it's not a secret 

She also lived in Germany, Italy and Egypt

She’s been married fifty one years and all to the same guy

Three daughters and five grandchildren, help to keep Ginda spry

She is a painter, writer and she’s a dreamer of dreams

I know that Ginda’s every bit as lovely as she seems

She is supportive, kind, and she's respectful in reviews

She’s new to writing poetry, but does so in her news

Her husband has been diagnosed, and lives with PSP 

She brings awareness to our world; service for you and me

She hopes to help people who have a loved one of their own

Or lives with it themselves, to show them they are not alone

This woman’s on a journey to help others as she gives

Her poetry collection, shows how our sweet Ginda lives

She may talk about challenges and also the heartache

But gives them hope to see the difference that they can make

Today is Ginda’s birthday and I see the beauty of

The great example that she is, the sweet nurturing love

Her birthday’s close to Christmas so this won't be a surprise

She’s doing the Lord’s work, I see the Son is in her eyes

May your light shine as bright as the lights on your Christmas tree

And you and hubby find peace with his fight of PSP

A Happy Birthday, Ginda, and we hope that you can see

 How very much you’re loved by all, right here at FanStory

Author Notes

Chapter 66
A Hollywood Birthday Fiesta

By Debi Pick Marquette

Her father was from Russia; England's where her mom was from

They met and then a great love story it would soon become

Famous movie director, then from Italy and France

And she had been a model, and theirs was a great romance

After the two had married, soon Lisa was on the way

They wanted her to be a citizen of USA

So California is the place that baby Lisa's born

Then two more months in Europe; I bet mom was surely worn

They moved to California, under big Hollywood sign

So much of life was show business, parties and fancy dine

She went to Hollywood High School, then she majored in art

She's a pro water colorist, next Bob would steal her heart

Our Lisa was a private model for Sonny and Cher

A jazz and country singer was another goal and prayer

For Angela Landsbury, Lisa was photo double

When Bob and Lisa married, their new life was very full

Then they were blessed with a daughter and Heather is her name

And now they have two granddaughters; they love them both the same

Dear Lisa's always loved to write, she has since age of ten

And plays her classical music piano now and then

Their first move was to Texas and later they moved to Spain

They've been there for three years and say they will not move again

She owned a women's clothing store over twenty five years

They exercise and work in garden as two loving peers

From Hollywood and glamour to where she is in her life

Best part is called a mom, grandma and fifty five year wife 

Hollywood Spanish party, from FanStory amigos 

And Happy Birthday Lisa, and feliz cumpleaños

Author Notes

Chapter 67

By Debi Pick Marquette

When to my house, you'd often come 
You sucked your fingers, not your thumb
You couldn't read the "Marquette" sign
So I told you it said, Don't whine

"Grandma, how much do you love me" 
I thought, how sweet can one child be
"My love could never be more strong" 
Then I'd say, " Ten forevers long" 

We walked the bridge over the creek
Our racing game, each threw a stick 
Then to my house, which wasn't far
To make pan of rice krispy bar

By six, science experiments
And after that we made our tents 
You wanted to sleep there instead 
By morning, you were in my bed 

'Twas non-stop fun, did everything
We had our song, that we would sing 
The candy hunts, with treasure chest 
Please always remember the best

You're always sweet and so kind too
I've loved to watch each inch you grew 
With every birthday changed the fun 
 Now fishing, deer hunting grandson 

As long as I'm around, it's clear 
Please know for you, I'm always here 
The love we shared right from the start 
Will always be in Grandma's heart 

From boy to young man, I've been blessed
So cool, you passed your driver's test 
I know a child, you could not stay
 Andrew, Happy Sixteenth Birthday

Chapter 68
True Blue American Birthday

By Debi Pick Marquette


He married his high school sweetheart

They were together sixty years

Then one day God said they must part

A loving couple's dreaded fears

With four Children and nine grandkids

And twenty three great-grandchildren

His love for them never forbids

Sweet memories remember when

For six years in US Navy

Two years was in Coast Guard Reserves

At Navapai, so much he'd see

 He lived with such courageous nerves

He was a police officer

From San Diego, the PD

For thirty years, his duty tour

Now writes it in his poetry

Today Willie turns eighty six

Our hats off to an awesome guy

This man has seen many conflicts

A life lived to exemplify

Now Willie lives in Idaho

Has written many children's books

For those of you who want to know

At Amazon, worth a few looks

Willie, you are a special man

For all you've done, your service ranks

To honor you the best we can

A Happy Birthday, with much Thanks


Author Notes

Chapter 69
A Baseball Birthday

By Debi Pick Marquette


John's married forty four years to his lovely wife, Debbie

Their kids are Robbie, Cindy, Mark; Yes, proud parents of three

They love their five grandchildren and wish more often they'd see

New Jersey's home, with their three dogs, all happy as can be 


He coached for all three of the kids, for baseball and softball

Thanksgiving yearly football game, with neighbors one and all

He loves to do some cooking, and he has since kids were small

Now both his sons are chefs, perhaps that’s where they got their call


John mostly loves his baseball, but he is an all sports man

He is not from New York, but he's a Jets and Yankees fan

Still goes to work, on Sundays too, so watches when he can

To keep writing about his kids and ball, is his game plan


In high school, played banjo in Mummers string band, New Year's Day

He writes about Mango and Bert, with hearts so big, they pray

His stories are such fun to read, and he's got more to say

One of the best reviewers, who so often comes my way


A baseball celebration, and our invite we extend

To everyone at FanStory, let's hope all will attend 

 We'll hit some right out of the park, a grand slam we will send

To wish you Happy Birthday, John, our teammate and our friend 


Author Notes

Chapter 70
Karenina, May your Day Sparkle

By Debi Pick Marquette

 You’re kinda meek and so You'nique
Your sense of humor, silly geek
We do love your writing technique
Humility's your winning streak

You’re always kind with your critique
Just so you know, you’re no antique

So many here already knew
Your friendships are so very true
So day by day, more grew and grew
And we are so thankful for you

You say you'll do, then follow through
You're someone that we look up to

      With your career, your life was clear      
    You didn't fear, but spread the cheer 
And as our peer, you are so dear 
We'd shed a tear if you weren't here

I'm serious and quite sincere
  Your birthday's so special this year

We are inclined to keep in mind 
Of everyone we know combined
It would be very hard to find 
A woman more lovely and kind

And Karenina, we'll remind
Each one of us, you've stood behind

You are someone who's very rare
We're better for your wear and tear 
When needed you are always there
You welcome others, show you care 

And may your day sparkle with flair
We hope it's extraordinaire 

For all the goodness you portray 
The things you say, make newbies stay 
You send congrats when winners play
Helped ATBs to find their way

We're thankful that for us you'll pray
We all love you, we do convey 

Our Special K, Happy Birthday

Author Notes My Merry~go~Rhyme Rules:
1. must rhyme
2. must be fun
3. normal 4 line stanzas
4. a fun line or 2 between each stanza (for the up and down carousel effect)
5. and mostly carefree and joyful (for the round and round effect)
6. may have sadness in poem, but must have joyful ending, to keep the theme going

Chapter 71
Happy Heavenly Birthday, Jan

By Debi Pick Marquette

Today it would be your birthday

The galaxy seems out of place

I hope you can hear what I say

You are so missed here in our space

You weren't happy to just be done

With everything you had to do

You were so kind to greet someone

And be right there to help them too

 Astronomy you loved to write

You showed respect for every vet

I hope the moon and stars delight

For something they have not seen yet

Tonight for your first birthday there

We'll watch towards Heaven, where you are

 May God let you do something rare

Abby and you, swing on a star

Author Notes For those of you who did not know Jan, she would always go the extra mile to help someone learn something new. I learned so much from her generous spirit and miss her dearly, as most people here do. Jan had a cat named Abby, that she loved like it was her child.
Jan loved this song and would totally get the humor

Chapter 72
Happy Birthday Sarah

By Debi Pick Marquette

To: Sarah Robin

She's like a little Spring-time bird, that needs to navigate 

Born in North Carolina; last flew south for Texas state

Lived in Australia, New Zealand; she even lived in France

She's traveled all over the world and seen more than a glance

She is an expert bridge player, she is magnifico 

She once  played with Omar Sharif, from Dr Zhivago

She loves to golf, and her writing we're privileged to see

She now puts her heart into learning the ukulele 

 Our Sarah has two sons; one lives twenty minutes away

Charlie and Kevin are their names, and both brighten her day

But Alec, Jessica and Chris are her precious grandkids

They're closest to her heart, they always get her highest bids

She roots for her old college team, Tennessee, Volunteers

And there will be excitement, if they win, you'll hear her cheers

But that will not be all you hear; she doesn't plan to stop

A Happy Birthday, Sarah! Now sing us your "Rocky Top"


Author Notes

Chapter 73
Mom's Surprising Confession

By Debi Pick Marquette

Back on that day when mom would call

She was so eager to tell all

I had to work, so tried to stall

But that's when she began to bawl

Went right away, I do recall
Her tears looked like a waterfall

Took kids to school, and hurried there

I calmed her down into her chair

I held her, listened, showed I care

I understood now her despair 

She begged to keep him, so unfair
And every night, for him, a prayer

To help her then,I grabbed the phone

I wondered if he lived alone

And would he be just like a clone

Of brothers three, I'd always known

He lives in a dif'rent time zone
A happy heart or heart of stone?

So thankful it worked out that day

Not long after, mom passed away

Two brothers joined her, our dismay

Close to my new brother, I'll stay

And for each other we both pray
We're made in part of the same clay

Until that day I had no clue 

Mom didn't tell, we never knew

Not one iota, it is true

Until the year of "92"

Some time together's overdue
Thankful you found us;I love you!

Author Notes My Merry~go~Rhyme Rules:
1. must rhyme
2. must be fun
3. normal 4 line stanzas
4. a fun line or 2 between each stanza (for the up and down carousel effect)
5. and mostly carefree and joyful (for the round and round effect)
6. may have sadness in poem, but must have joyful ending, to keep the theme going

My mom was engaged to be married when she was in college. She had to give up her baby for adoption after he broke up with her when she told him. She suffered for years for making that decision. She told my father when they met, but never told us kids until that day when she was forced to tell, when she found out that he was looking for her. So she called me before I went to work. The rest is in this poem.

She didn't live long after that and only met Roger a couple times, but we have a close sibling relationship now. I am thankful that she got to meet him before God took her at such a young age. I do, actually we do still have one other awesome brother, Greg.

It just so happened that my husband and I were going to Vegas that weekend. So we rented a car and had it planned to meet him in a restaurant in Phoenix. It was amazing as all the people there watched to see the meeting. It was an Oprah moment for sure, and he spotted me right away since I look like my mom.

He was an only child and his parents had been so generous to tell all about her and even had a picture of her. Since then we have met many times until I started having trouble get around easy enough. We stay in touch by text and phone calls.
So hopefully someday again soon.

My mother loved butterflies and I always think of her when I see one. That is why I chose the art I did.

Chapter 74
Happy Birthday Janet (911 Hero)

By Debi Pick Marquette

To say we're thankful for her is a grave under-statement

On 9-1-1 sent rescue team, as planes made their descent!

 As PEMA supervisor, helped world trade center that day

While she was calmly doing her job, we all were in dismay


She married after high school, then she had her two children

She stayed at home to raise them; their names are Julie and Ben

She has eleven grandkids and a great grandbaby too

And also has step-children, Janet, you have quite a crew


She's active in her church, yoga, and Irish Heritage

She gardens, cooks and entertains and has a great marriage

She didn't start to write until after retirement

She loves the Japanese short form, all from the Orient


North Carolina, moved when they retired in 05

When husband sings, she plays piano, church will come alive

She loves to quote some authors, like the talented, Mark Twain

 Her favorite, it's never too late to begin again


We knew you'd be excited, Janet, because as a rule

We don't take off for other's birthdays, or kids out of school : )

But you're our hero and we're thankful that you are so cool

You helped the 911 victims, it could have been more cruel 


And we will all be celebrating, each in our own way

We're thankful for you, Janet;  and Happy Turkey Birthday


Author Notes When Janet Foor's children were almost grown, she went to work at the county Emergency Management Agency which lead to a job in Harrisburg with the Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency (PEMA).She was the Operations Supervisor during the 911 attack on America. She deployed the Pennsylvania Urban Search and Rescue Team to the World Trade Center and coordinated an emergency response to Somerset County in Pennsylvania where the 3rd plane in the attack crashed.-

Chapter 75
Famous Helens

By Debi Pick Marquette

Each of these famous Helens here

A life important and so full 

But Helen that we all hold dear

 Must surely have the kindest soul 

She’ll post a poem, including prayer

And tells us why they are in need 

Encouraging others to care

That’s how our Helen plants a seed

She grew up in Hawaii state

Her major in college, Russian 

Computing job when graduate

Taught English second language, then

Two daughters and her special Hon

They're from the US western coast

Two granddaughters and one grandson

A grandma with just the right boast

 We know her heart, and not her face

And see where her compassion lives

But most here in our worldwide space

We feel the love she always gives

Her interviews with such rapport

And for her monthly birthday prose

For Helen who we're thankful for

Respect and friendship grows and grows

Your sweet demeanor lights the way

You're best of the Helen bouquet

Patch even joined us here to say

Hope yours was a Happy Birthday

Author Notes This poem is for Lyenochka

Famous Helens - from top left
Helen Keller~American author from Alabama, lost her sight and hearing at 19 months
Helen Mirren~British Actress
Helena Rubinstein~Polish, American business woman
Saint Helena~Discovered fragments of Cross & tomb of Jesus, buried at Golgatha
Helen Jacobs~American tennis player
Helena Bonham Carter~English actress
Helen of Troy~Beautiful figure from Greek mythology
Helen Christensen~Danish model and photographer
Helena Blavatsky~Russian American author
Helen Zille~Former executive mayor of Capetown
Helen Reddy~Australian American singer & actress
Helen Thomas~American reporter & author
Helen Baxendale~English actress
Helen Hunt~American actress & director

These tribute poems are written in appreciation to friends who have been kind enough to frequently review me, even though I cannot always review back as much as I would like. For eyes and health reasons my screen time is limited, and this is my way of saying thank you.

mmy Fortune

Chapter 76
Happy 80th Birthday Ann

By Debi Pick Marquette

Louisiana born and raised until age of nineteen

She's been in Dallas sixty years, they've not all been serene

Ronnie and Ann had forty years, kids, Mary, Denise, Ray

Then came heartache for them, when sadly Ronnie passed away

But thankfully she is a Gran; Five grandkids brightened days for Ann

Years later married Randall, his love she could rely on

But it was during Covid, he turned ill, he too was gone

So once again such pain and sorrow, seems like God forbids

Her family would help her, and now three sweet great grandkids

She has another caring man, her brother, John, is there for Ann

Now Ann has owned insurance agency thirty four years

And Mary helps with mom's business and are entrepreneurs 

She loves her watch dog, Bandit, who helps keep her safe and sound

He barks like crazy to tell Ann if strangers are around 

Off to casino when she can; An outing that is fun for Ann

Work will be done end of the year, she sold the agency 

So now at just eighty years young, retirement she’ll see

There’ll be more time for birdwatching, debating politics

National Parks with family, and fun on their picnics

At FanStory, I am her fan, I treasure my friendship with Ann

When started poem, I first began, to tell you this, but then I ran

A hundred years is in her plan, to make it part of her life span

I think if anybody can, our now 80 year young Ann can

So all in our FanStory clan, please wish Happy Birthday to Ann

Author Notes My Merry~go~Rhyme Rules:
1. must rhyme
2. must be fun
3. normal 4 line stanzas
4. a fun line or 2 between each stanza (for the up and down carousel effect)
5. and mostly carefree and joyful (for the round and round effect)
6. may have sadness in poem, but must have joyful ending, to keep the theme going

These tribute poems are written in appreciation to friends who have been kind enough to frequently review me, even though I cannot always review back as much as I would like. For eyes and health reasons my screen time is limited, and this is my way of saying thank you.

For those times in the kitchen, where Ann's meals could use a little twist

Ricky Nelson Mix

Ann's favorite gospel hymn
mmy Fortune
In honor of the two men she loved and lost

Chapter 77
Charming Quirky Sense of Humor

By Debi Pick Marquette

Of six kids in his family, he was the only son

Played many sports in college, most are thankful to play one

And when he joined the service, he’d salute with Navy gun 

He says sometimes his foot’s in mouth, but always done in fun

He fell in love completely, when stood in for her prom date

And though she's ten years younger, he knew it was always fate

Where they’d adopt two baby girls, North Carolina state

Now forty five years later, Myra’s still Tom’s loving mate

He has a charming, quirky sense of humor ‘bout him, yet 

A little bit unorthodox, that some don't always get  

He prays for me when needed and I never will forget

He's been a friend to me and many, and so glad we met

He's proud of his accomplishments and all that he achieves

He tears up for our flag, wears his emotions on his sleeves

His faith so strong in God, and proud to tell how he believes

And thankful for his blessings and for all that he receives

He thinks a day without humor is good for just a frown

So his Party requires laughter; no one can be down
And all will be invited from our fun filled writing town

A Happy Birthday with love, Tom, our friend, FanStory Clown

Author Notes This birthday poem is for Tom Horonzy
Quirky and unorthodox are both meant as positive compliments (different in a fun way)

These tribute poems are written in appreciation to friends who have been kind enough to frequently review me, even though I cannot always review back. For health reasons my writing time is limited, and this is my way of saying thank you.

Chapter 78
Back to Basics Birthday Bash

By Debi Pick Marquette

RN~Naturopathic Doctor with great attributes 
A back to basics medicine, like using ginger roots

Or healing of the body sometimes with the herbs or seed
 Because of doctors like her, I am off meds I don't need

Now she’s retired from natural medical career
And she is busy traveling the Northern Hemisphere 

Her birthplace was in Canada, where she started to write 
And she's been on FanStory, many years with sweet insight

She’s seventy percent of the Native American 
And she is part of the religion that they call Wiccan

So as she travels the US, with both her dog and cat
She loves the beauty of the earth, with so much to look at

She dabbles in some psychic readings using playing cards
And tossing stones and Mother Nature, far from boulevards

 A-R-Y-R  is her pen name, and we’re thankful that she
Is back to basics kinda girl, so outside we’ll party

We'll listen to your life stories, by campfire, you will see
Our loving birthday wishes come from our hearts naturally 

Author Notes If I am pronouncing naturopathic properly, then line one should be right on w meter.

Chapter 79
Birthday Joy Along Her Way

By Debi Pick Marquette

She's filled with grace, a sacred place

It's where her humble, dear heart lives

Her faith in God shows on her face

With love that she so freely gives 

Her dad a preacher, she held dear

Her three siblings, five years apart

Mom's church piano, played by ear

Just memories now in her heart

Her Leon~Sixty five year mate

Kids~Dennis, Debra, joy of life

Her four grandchildren, seven greats

Most loved~(Great) Grandma, mom and wife

North Carolina is her home

An English teacher when she taught 

When not writing, she's thinking poem 

The teacher in her, still in thought

She loves her family and Lord

Chocolate, hymns, walks with Leon

Her music, writing, never bored

Old movies, list goes on and on


So let's go to Verna's Partay

Such birthday joy along the way

We'll read her book without delay

Where wisdom, joy and love portray

She's loved by all ~ was a survey

But one more thing we need to say

Dear Verna, have a Great Birthday


At Amazon is Verna's book

If in a contest, she'd get votes

Also on Kindle, take a look

More info in my author's notes

Author Notes Verna Cole Mitchell: Her new poetry book, a compilation of her favorites from her previously published books, plus about a half dozen new poems, is up now on Amazon - JOY ALONG MY WAY. (Read for free on Kindle Unlimited)

Party was purposely misspelled to add a little humor

Nobody better than Jimmy Fortune, to sing a lovely hymn and song for Verna's birthday
mmy Fortune

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