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09/22/2014Forgive My Having Loved You16Rhyme
09/22/2014Strong Opinions5Rhyme
09/22/2014Some Thoughts On Leaving8Rhyme
09/22/2014Digital Creationism6Rhyme
09/22/2014All Human Love10Rhyme
09/22/2014The Abyss of Love11Rhyme
09/22/2014Ignoring Apollo7Limerick
09/22/2014The Longing For Joy9Rhyme
09/22/2014Everyone Leaves, Everyone Grieves - Your Choice9Rhyme
09/22/2014God's Kind Of Poetry10Blank verse
09/17/2014Imagine39Rhyme
09/17/2014Dear Tapan15Rhyme
09/17/2014If Not For You21Rhyme
09/17/2014Haiku: Traditional 326Haiku
09/17/2014That's Not Me14Rhyme
09/17/2014You Know Who You are21Rhyme
09/17/2014Like A Farmer20Rhyme
09/17/2014You Know24Rhyme
09/17/2014Love Does Not Require32Rhyme
09/17/2014Images27Rhyme
09/15/2014Thinking you are in love33Rhyme
09/14/2014With You Here In My Life - Poem33Rhyme
09/11/2014With you here in my life - Song52Rhyme
09/10/2014Controlling The Urge to Control19Rhyme
09/10/2014Love's Lost And Found50Rhyme
09/06/2014Damn Girl - Exclamation Point - Rev 228Rhyme
09/06/2014Would That Our Love33Blank verse
09/05/2014The Day After47Rhyme
09/03/2014Everyone's Life39Rhyme
09/03/2014A Better Kind of Poetry Contest on Poemhunter26Rhyme
08/29/2014When I Give You My Heart - Rev 345Rhyme
08/29/2014What Day Brings - Poem en Duo - 2 Rev 226Rhyme
08/26/2014Mildly Amusing Limerick 581Limerick
08/26/2014Haiku: Physics: Golden Crown96Haiku
08/24/2014More Beautiful With Age - Question Mark - Rev 545Rhyme
08/22/2014Growing Up, La - Part 3 - Rev 220Rhyme
08/22/2014Limericks of Physics - 193Rhyme
08/20/2014Growing Up, La - Part 2 - Rev 342Rhyme
08/20/2014Growing Up, La - Part 1 - Rev 441Rhyme
08/17/2014Being Exceptional38Rhyme
08/17/2014Haiku: Traditional 487Haiku
08/15/2014The Genius of True Love58Rhyme
08/11/2014Old People, Like Treasure32Rhyme
08/09/2014The Man Who Loved Lizards - Revised78Rhyme
08/06/2014Yuliya's Father's Cottage Part 232Blank verse
08/06/2014Yuliya's Father's Cottage Part 122Blank verse
08/06/2014Yuliya's Dream and more18Blank verse
08/06/2014Traveling to Yuliya20Rhyme
08/06/2014The Letter That Wasn't There63Blank verse
08/06/2014Rendezvous With Yuliya18Blank verse
08/06/2014The Cynic at 2196Sonnet
08/05/2014She Played the Harp34Rhyme
08/04/2014Performance Anxiety61Rhyme
08/04/2014Haiku: Traditional 268Haiku
08/03/2014I Call Him Friend104Blank verse
08/03/2014Fishing with Older Men123Blank verse
08/02/2014Posing for Pictures33Blank verse
08/02/2014I would be a fool83Blank verse
08/02/2014Divergence From Yuliya25Blank verse
08/02/2014Sonnet - The Cynic30Rhyme
08/02/2014Your Passion45Rhyme
08/02/2014You Might Be A Christian If66Blank verse
08/02/2014Yes I Am34Rhyme
08/02/2014Living In Fear of The Lord31Rhyme
08/02/2014Dawn In Nebraska47Rhyme
08/02/2014Dreams of Mind Reading40Rhyme
08/01/2014Poet's Mouth27Rhyme
08/01/2014Ode To An Unfinished Poem24Rhyme
08/01/2014Is This Even A Poem17Rhyme
08/01/2014Impossibly High Standards18Rhyme
08/01/2014How I write a poem37Rhyme
08/01/2014The Way It Is: Echo Poem 354Blank verse
08/01/2014And Then There Were None: Echo Poem 11-TH47Rhyme
08/01/2014Control: Echo Poem 10-TH26Rhyme
08/01/2014Where Did It Go To38Rhyme
08/01/2014Haiku: Traditional 181Haiku
07/31/2014A Walk Near Blunt32Blank verse
07/31/2014For Now, The Chimney Stands25Blank verse
07/31/2014Why Fireflies Dance56Blank verse
07/31/2014Limerick: Great Tombstones 227Rhyme
07/31/2014Limerick: Great Tombstones 122Rhyme
07/31/2014People Jumping49Blank verse
07/30/2014Love's Last Long Last Letter41Blank verse
07/30/2014Driving Alone Through the Sand Hills of Nebraska49Blank verse
07/30/2014Haiku: Lessons Women Taught Me116Haiku
07/30/2014Haiku: Physics: Chaos Theory122Haiku
07/29/2014Haiku: haiku cuts haiku - This is not a title41Haiku
07/29/2014It's All Good: Echo Poem 9-TH30Rhyme
07/29/2014Feather Power: Echo Poem 8-TH46Blank verse
07/29/2014Life Without Love: Echo Poem 7-TH53Rhyme
07/29/2014Fear Abounds: Echo Poem 6-TH31Rhyme
07/29/2014Waiting: Echo Poem 5-TH38Rhyme
07/29/2014Inbetween: Echo Poem 4-TH26Rhyme
07/29/2014Being Alone: Echo Poem 3-TH19Rhyme
07/29/2014Different Strokes: Echo Poem 236Rhyme
07/29/2014Who's Right: Echo Poem 124Blank verse
07/28/2014Haiku: Physics: 'Schrodinger's Cat' pontificates on his chances61Haiku
07/28/2014Haiku: Physics: Colored Perceptions54Haiku
07/28/2014Haiku: Physics: Gravity Too81Haiku
07/28/2014The Perversion of Christian Values30Rhyme
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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.