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03/03/2015 Who I Am - An Echo Poem 18 Rhyme
02/27/2015 Moot Point - An Echo Poem 19 Rhyme
02/27/2015 Threat Assessment 20 Rhyme
02/26/2015 How It Feels To Feel Loved - Redux 59 Rhyme
02/23/2015 A Poem For Helen 31 Rhyme
02/20/2015 Pain's Necessity - An Echo Poem 62 Rhyme
02/17/2015 On The Road To Recovery - An Echo Poem 70 Rhyme
02/16/2015 Unconditional Love 70 Rhyme
02/14/2015 Whale Speak II - Revised 34 Rhyme
02/11/2015 Shout 74 Rhyme
02/10/2015 Cardboard Castles And Other Retreats 73 Rhyme
02/08/2015 If I Could I Would Be 115 Blank verse
02/06/2015 Adventures of a Summer Day 167 Blank verse
02/05/2015 Pig In A Poke 133 Rhyme
02/03/2015 Daniel's Song 98 Rhyme
02/02/2015 Where A Man Finds Beauty 127 Rhyme
01/31/2015 True Love - An Echo Poem 120 Rhyme
01/29/2015 Being At Choice - An Echo Poem 121 Rhyme
01/27/2015 Embracing the Future - An Echo Poem 99 Rhyme
01/27/2015 He Said - She Said 129 Rhyme
01/26/2015 Black On White 134 Rhyme
01/19/2015 Bedside Manners 156 Rhyme
01/16/2015 What Tomorrow Brings 181 Rhyme
01/15/2015 Haiku: Video Gamester's Heaven 129 Haiku
01/14/2015 Simple 114 Rhyme
01/08/2015 My Dream Letter From You 140 Rhyme
01/08/2015 Friends Speak - An Echo Poem 194 Rhyme
01/06/2015 Simply Bob 166 Rhyme
01/05/2015 As I Get Older 199 Rhyme
01/02/2015 Autumn in Kyoto 195 Blank verse
01/02/2015 If I Could Make You Happy 188 Rhyme
12/27/2014 Oh, Let My Love Like April Rain 209 Blank verse
12/21/2014 Bifurcated Brian - An Echo Poem 161 Rhyme
12/18/2014 In Poetry 149 Rhyme
12/12/2014 The Power of Positive Napping 176 Rhyme
12/10/2014 Let Me 204 Rhyme
12/04/2014 The History of the Future 210 Rhyme
12/02/2014 For Love Of ----- 293 Blank verse
11/25/2014 Can You - Question Mark 167 Rhyme
11/24/2014 Another Geometry Like Love 565 Rhyme
11/20/2014 Hey Bwana - Exclamation Point 207 Rhyme
11/16/2014 Small Gifts: Contributing To Other's Happiness 296 Rhyme
11/05/2014 The God Machine 181 Rhyme
11/01/2014 Bride You, Groom Me - Question Mark 238 Blank verse
10/31/2014 Canoeing The Mississippi - Part 12 169 Blank verse
10/31/2014 Canoeing The Mississippi - Part 13 163 Blank verse
10/30/2014 Canoeing The Mississippi - Part 11 146 Blank verse
10/28/2014 Canoeing The Mississippi - Part 10 154 Blank verse
10/28/2014 Canoeing The Mississippi - Part 9 143 Blank verse
10/27/2014 Darkness Too 226 Blank verse
10/25/2014 Canoeing The Mississippi - Part 8 144 Blank verse
10/24/2014 Canoeing The Mississippi - Part 7 171 Blank verse
10/23/2014 Canoeing The Mississippi - Part 6 195 Blank verse
10/23/2014 Canoeing The Mississippi - Part 5 148 Blank verse
10/22/2014 Canoeing The Mississippi - Part 4 153 Blank verse
10/21/2014 Canoeing The Mississippi - Part 3 149 Blank verse
10/21/2014 Women6Verses9Men - Who's On Top 268 Blank verse
10/19/2014 Canoeing The Mississippi - Part 2 151 Blank verse
10/19/2014 Canoeing The Mississippi - Part 1 155 Blank verse
10/18/2014 Words - The Heart of Imagination - PoemHunter Early Entries 203 Blank verse
10/12/2014 Different Perspectives 197 Rhyme
10/07/2014 Let me show you 238 Rhyme
10/02/2014 A Pooible Idea 168 Rhyme
09/29/2014 My Ring Trilogy - The Poems 177 Blank verse
09/28/2014 A Late Note Of Appreciation 163 Rhyme
09/26/2014 My Ring Trilogy - Poet's Notes 163 Blank verse
09/26/2014 The Troll 168 Blank verse
09/23/2014 The Wages Of Sin 195 Blank verse
09/22/2014 Forgive My Having Loved You 166 Rhyme
09/22/2014 Strong Opinions 142 Rhyme
09/22/2014 Some Thoughts On Leaving 174 Rhyme
09/22/2014 Digital Creationism 145 Rhyme
09/22/2014 All Human Love 157 Rhyme
09/22/2014 The Abyss of Love 127 Rhyme
09/22/2014 Ignoring Apollo 200 Limerick
09/22/2014 The Longing For Joy 142 Rhyme
09/22/2014 Everyone Leaves, Everyone Grieves - Your Choice 158 Rhyme
09/22/2014 God's Kind Of Poetry 172 Blank verse
09/17/2014 Imagine 201 Rhyme
09/17/2014 Dear Tapan 123 Rhyme
09/17/2014 If Not For You 253 Rhyme
09/17/2014 Haiku: Traditional 3 309 Haiku
09/17/2014 That's Not Me 145 Rhyme
09/17/2014 You Know Who You are 147 Rhyme
09/17/2014 Like A Farmer 293 Rhyme
09/17/2014 You Know 131 Rhyme
09/17/2014 Love Does Not Require 151 Rhyme
09/17/2014 Images 169 Rhyme
09/15/2014 Thinking you are in love 151 Rhyme
09/14/2014 With You Here In My Life - Poem 352 Rhyme
09/11/2014 With you here in my life - Song 264 Rhyme
09/10/2014 Controlling The Urge to Control 139 Rhyme
09/10/2014 Love's Lost And Found 156 Rhyme
09/06/2014 Damn Girl - Exclamation Point 182 Rhyme
09/06/2014 Would That Our Love 169 Blank verse
09/05/2014 The Day After 180 Rhyme
09/03/2014 Everyone's Life 158 Rhyme
09/03/2014 Essay: A Better Kind of Poetry Contest on PoemHunter 190 Rhyme
08/29/2014 When I Give You My Heart 238 Rhyme
08/29/2014 What Day Brings - Poem en Duo 173 Rhyme

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I started writing poetry my Senior year in High School and the Muse still strikes on occasion. I also wrote some short stories in college but poetry is my ongoing interest. I enjoy tennis, swimming and backpacking and have become a YMCA member in recent years. My short term memory has taken a hit but I'm physically stronger than I have ever been! It's nice to be able to see improvement in at least one area of my life.
    I was in the US Peace Corps twice. The first time was from 1964 to 1966 in Tanzania, East Africa where I supervised the installation of small bridges and culverts on feeder roads in an attempt to encourage local farmers to produce more. I also did some survey work and was lucky enough to spend nearly a month surveying future roads for tourists on the floor of Ngorongoro Crater, an extinct volcano whose rim exceeds 10,000 ft in places and is over ten miles in diameter. The crater floor is a natural game park nearly 2,000 ft. below the rim. The poem 'Venice' was written on my trip home from East Africa.
    A 2nd Peace Corps stint was in Malaysia where I taught a two year Physics syllabus to very gifted students in Kuantan, on the east coast of Malaysia from 1970 to 1972. I don't think I ever worked so hard in my life as I did teaching those kids. It was a very rewarding experience.
    I wrote a number of poems while I was at the University of Oklahoma and wound up getting a Master's in Physics before I left for Malaysia in 1970. The poems 'Venice' and 'California Montage' both won 'Honorable Mentions' in state poetry contests while I was at OU.
    My Masters in Physics specialized in Superconductivity. I was again very fortunate in working on devices used by USGS to do a study of how the earth's magnetic field has changed through time. This study revealed that the earth's magnetic field has reversed itself many times through history and now the magnetic field found in the rock enclosing fossils can actually be used to help determine a fossils age. I also the wrote the computer program that USGS used to analyze their core sample data.
    When money dried up for for scientific research under Nixon, my next job was working as one of the first video game designers using microprocessor logic. My first game, a copy of a game done completely in hardware called 'Bi-Plane' was perhaps the first commercially sold video game using  a microcomputer chip, the Intel 8080, as it's heart and an Altair Home Computer Kit that a friend and I built as a development station. I wound up spending nearly 12 years designing games for companies like Extensys, Ramtek, Atari and Warner Brothers.
    My last programming job was designing a micro-computer driven KSU for TIE Communications which was my most successful programming job. The final phone system sold over a million units and its program contained over 40,000 computer instructions. This assembly language program took me almost 4 years to write before the final version was completed.
    The remainder of my career has been in both farming and in real estate management. My father worked largely in farming related businesses and when he became ill I got heavily involved with our farms in South Dakota and Oklahoma, which gave birth to the poems 'A Walk Near Blunt, ' 'Driving Alone Through the Sand Hills of Nebraska, ' and 'Like a Farmer.'
    I am retired now and live in SF Bay Area which I have called home since moving here in 1973.