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Date PostedPoem Title# ViewsForm
08/29/2014When I Give You My Heart - Rev 236Rhyme
08/29/2014What Day Brings - Poem en Duo - 2 Rev 214Rhyme
08/26/2014Mildly Amusing Limerick 532Limerick
08/26/2014Haiku: Physics: Golden Crown44Haiku
08/24/2014More Beautiful With Age - Question Mark - Rev 530Rhyme
08/22/2014Growing Up, La - Part 3 - Rev 213Rhyme
08/22/2014Limericks of Physics - 142Rhyme
08/20/2014Growing Up, La - Part 2 - Rev 319Rhyme
08/20/2014Growing Up, La - Part 1 - Rev 424Rhyme
08/17/2014Being Exceptional28Rhyme
08/17/2014Haiku: Traditional 450Haiku
08/15/2014The Genius of True Love42Rhyme
08/11/2014Old People, Like Treasure27Rhyme
08/09/2014The Man Who Loved Lizards - Revised68Rhyme
08/06/2014Yuliya's Father's Cottage Part 229Blank verse
08/06/2014Yuliya's Father's Cottage Part 117Blank verse
08/06/2014Yuliya's Dream and more14Blank verse
08/06/2014Traveling to Yuliya19Rhyme
08/06/2014The Letter That Wasn't There49Blank verse
08/06/2014Rendezvous With Yuliya15Blank verse
08/06/2014The Cynic at 2172Sonnet
08/05/2014She Played the Harp30Rhyme
08/04/2014Performance Anxiety47Rhyme
08/04/2014Haiku: Traditional 248Haiku
08/03/2014I Call Him Friend81Blank verse
08/03/2014Fishing with Older Men78Blank verse
08/02/2014Posing for Pictures28Blank verse
08/02/2014I would be a fool60Blank verse
08/02/2014Divergence From Yuliya19Blank verse
08/02/2014Sonnet - The Cynic25Rhyme
08/02/2014Your Passion37Rhyme
08/02/2014You Might Be A Christian If51Blank verse
08/02/2014Yes I Am29Rhyme
08/02/2014Living In Fear of The Lord25Rhyme
08/02/2014Dawn In Nebraska36Rhyme
08/02/2014Dreams of Mind Reading32Rhyme
08/01/2014Poet's Mouth23Rhyme
08/01/2014Ode To An Unfinished Poem17Rhyme
08/01/2014Is This Even A Poem15Rhyme
08/01/2014Impossibly High Standards14Rhyme
08/01/2014How I write a poem31Rhyme
08/01/2014The Way It Is: Echo Poem 330Blank verse
08/01/2014And Then There Were None: Echo Poem 11-TH22Rhyme
08/01/2014Control: Echo Poem 10-TH20Rhyme
08/01/2014Where Did It Go To30Rhyme
08/01/2014Haiku: Traditional 159Haiku
07/31/2014A Walk Near Blunt26Blank verse
07/31/2014For Now, The Chimney Stands22Blank verse
07/31/2014Why Fireflies Dance47Blank verse
07/31/2014Limerick: Great Tombstones 222Rhyme
07/31/2014Limerick: Great Tombstones 117Rhyme
07/31/2014People Jumping45Blank verse
07/30/2014Love's Last Long Last Letter35Blank verse
07/30/2014Driving Alone Through the Sand Hills of Nebraska32Blank verse
07/30/2014Haiku: Lessons Women Taught Me104Haiku
07/30/2014Haiku: Physics: Surprise81Haiku
07/29/2014Haiku: haiku cuts haiku - This is not a title34Haiku
07/29/2014It's All Good: Echo Poem 9-TH22Rhyme
07/29/2014Feather Power: Echo Poem 8-TH30Blank verse
07/29/2014Life Without Love: Echo Poem 7-TH33Rhyme
07/29/2014Fear Abounds: Echo Poem 6-TH22Rhyme
07/29/2014Waiting: Echo Poem 5-TH26Rhyme
07/29/2014Inbetween: Echo Poem 4-TH17Rhyme
07/29/2014Being Alone: Echo Poem 3-TH15Rhyme
07/29/2014Different Strokes: Echo Poem 225Rhyme
07/29/2014Who's Right: Echo Poem 120Blank verse
07/28/2014Haiku: Physics: 'Schrodinger's Cat' pontificates on his chances42Haiku
07/28/2014Haiku: Physics: Colored Perceptions39Haiku
07/28/2014Haiku: Physics: Gravity Too53Haiku
07/28/2014The Perversion of Christian Values26Rhyme
07/28/2014Why Do Turtles Cross The Road43Rhyme
07/28/2014Programmer's Love Defined22Blank verse
07/26/2014An Appeal To, As Yet, Undiscovered Poets27Rhyme
07/26/2014Advice To Young Poets22Rhyme
07/26/2014When You Are Old30Rhyme
07/26/2014What Kind Of Ego22Rhyme
07/26/2014What If The Winner Was Family21Rhyme
07/26/2014Whale Speak29Rhyme
07/26/2014Mildly Amusing Limerick 474Rhyme
07/26/2014Mildly Amusing Limerick 359Rhyme
07/26/2014Mildly Amusing Limerick 253Rhyme
07/26/2014Mildly Amusing Limerick 172Rhyme
07/24/2014We Are So Drawn14Rhyme
07/24/2014Views of a Dark Canyon: Poems en Duo 1 16Rhyme
07/24/2014Under Your Blue Sea31Rhyme
07/24/2014To Love We Belong29Rhyme
07/24/2014The Way It Is31Blank verse
07/24/2014The Unknown Heart46Rhyme
07/24/2014The Gift Of Love31Rhyme
07/24/2014The Doctor Is Out98Rhyme
07/22/2014The Cure27Rhyme
07/22/2014The Closest Bond36Rhyme
07/22/2014The Choice32Rhyme
07/22/2014The Ball's Always In God's Court26Rhyme
07/22/2014So Many Questions36Rhyme
07/22/2014So How Has Your Day Been33Blank verse
07/22/2014She Never Chose Me47Rhyme
07/21/2014Rescuing Others74Rhyme
07/21/2014Really Is It That Simple13Rhyme
07/21/2014Promises Of Consequence18Rhyme

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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 Silicon Valley which I have called home since moving here in 1973.