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05/05/2016 Shooting Blanks 17 Rhyme
05/04/2016 Skin In The Game 34 Rhyme
05/01/2016 Haiku: Traditional 52 61 Haiku
05/01/2016 Haiku: Traditional 51 25 Haiku
04/30/2016 Haiku: Love's Essence 51 Haiku
04/29/2016 Haiku: Traditional 50 48 Haiku
04/27/2016 Haiku: Traditional 49 62 Haiku
04/22/2016 Haiku: Traditional 48 88 Haiku
04/22/2016 Haiku: Traditional 47 50 Haiku
04/22/2016 Haiku: Traditional 46 62 Haiku
04/22/2016 Haiku: Traditional 45 62 Haiku
04/20/2016 Haiku: Traditional 44 81 Haiku
04/18/2016 Atheists VS Christians 83 Rhyme
04/13/2016 Haiku: Traditional 43 83 Haiku
04/13/2016 Haiku: Traditional 42 51 Haiku
04/13/2016 Haiku: Listening to Mahler's 9th Symphony 123 Haiku
04/13/2016 Haiku: Traditional 41 85 Haiku
04/12/2016 Haiku: Traditional 40 58 Haiku
04/12/2016 Haiku: Traditional 39 64 Haiku
04/12/2016 Total Immersion 100 Free verse
04/10/2016 Haiku: Traditional 38 94 Haiku
04/10/2016 Haiku: Traditional 37 62 Haiku
04/10/2016 Haiku: Traditional 36 68 Haiku
04/10/2016 Haiku: Traditional 35 70 Haiku
04/10/2016 Haiku: Traditional 34 82 Haiku
04/08/2016 Haiku: Traditional 33 65 Haiku
04/05/2016 Haiku: Traditional 32 105 Haiku
04/05/2016 Haiku: Traditional 30 72 Haiku
04/05/2016 Haiku: Traditional 29 61 Haiku
04/03/2016 Haiku: Parody 1 - Echo Poem 147 Haiku
04/03/2016 Haiku: Traditional 31 96 Haiku
03/29/2016 Flavor Enhancers 54 Rhyme
03/27/2016 Haiku: Traditional 28 132 Haiku
03/27/2016 Haiku: Traditional 27 90 Haiku
03/27/2016 Haiku: Traditional 26 70 Haiku
03/27/2016 Haiku: Quasi-Traditional 8 76 Haiku
03/27/2016 Haiku: Quasi-Traditional 7 56 Haiku
03/22/2016 Haiku: Quasi-Traditional 6 92 Haiku
03/20/2016 Nothing To Wear 128 Rhyme
03/20/2016 Haiku: Quasi-Traditional 5 82 Haiku
03/19/2016 Haiku: Quasi-Traditional 4 78 Senryu
03/19/2016 What Do You Do 144 Rhyme
03/16/2016 Haiku: Mistrial 103 Senryu
03/15/2016 Haiku: Quasi-Traditional 3 133 Haiku
03/14/2016 Mourning Is Broken 82 Rhyme
03/10/2016 IM4U 90 Rhyme
03/08/2016 Understanding Nature 317 Rhyme
03/05/2016 Love Begins, Trail Vanishes 167 Free verse
02/29/2016 Much More Than 'Georgia On My Mind' 256 Free verse
02/27/2016 Love's Obligation 130 Rhyme
02/25/2016 Taking Stock 127 Rhyme
02/23/2016 Every Time I Lose Your Love 169 Free verse
02/20/2016 End of Days 324 Rhyme
02/18/2016 When Love Disappoints 169 Rhyme
02/14/2016 Whatever You're Feeling 228 Rhyme
02/13/2016 Penitent 154 Free verse
02/12/2016 Senryu: Traditional 2 219 Haiku
02/11/2016 New Friends 186 Free verse
02/10/2016 Death's Post-Mortem 184 Rhyme
02/10/2016 My Sadness 243 Free verse
02/08/2016 Death's Last Gasp 172 Rhyme
02/06/2016 When Parallel Lines Meet 219 Rhyme
02/05/2016 A Rainbow In Your Tears 286 Rhyme
02/02/2016 What You Want 253 Free verse
01/30/2016 Future Shock 233 Free verse
01/30/2016 Glimmerings of Truth 340 Rhyme
01/27/2016 Lover's Holiday 233 Rhyme
01/27/2016 Cloudy Thoughts 231 Rhyme
01/26/2016 Haiku: Quasi-Traditional 2 264 Senryu
01/23/2016 Getting Priorities Straight 199 Rhyme
01/22/2016 Every Day is a First Kiss 219 Rhyme
01/22/2016 Traveling Through Old Age 224 Rhyme
01/22/2016 The First Kiss 428 Free verse
01/18/2016 Haiku: Traditional 25 280 Haiku
01/17/2016 My Love For You Has Its Limits 190 Rhyme
01/16/2016 One Day Closer to Eternity 193 Rhyme
01/14/2016 Engineer's Brain 204 Rhyme
01/13/2016 Haiku: Traditional 24 231 Haiku
01/13/2016 Ambitious Love 230 Rhyme
01/12/2016 Delicate Balance - Accident or Gift 202 Senryu
01/10/2016 Haiku: Traditional 23 291 Haiku
01/09/2016 Aftershock 242 Free verse
01/07/2016 Senryu: Simplicity Itself - One, Two, Three 152 Senryu
01/06/2016 OFF and ON I Remember 274 Free verse
01/05/2016 Haiku: Traditional 22 369 Haiku
01/05/2016 Fragmentary Knowledge 293 Rhyme
01/02/2016 Clouds Sing, Earth Feeds 226 Rhyme
01/01/2016 Haiku: Traditional 21 306 Haiku
12/26/2015 Haiku: Traditional 20 309 Haiku
12/25/2015 'Acting Out' 200 Rhyme
12/25/2015 Going Postal 222 Rhyme
12/22/2015 Haiku: Traditional 19 289 Haiku
12/20/2015 Haiku: Traditional 18 273 Haiku
12/19/2015 Haiku: Traditional 17 239 Haiku
12/19/2015 Haiku: Winter Of Our Discontent 269 Haiku
12/17/2015 Haiku: By Design 275 Haiku
12/16/2015 Haiku: Traditional 15 286 Haiku
12/15/2015 Haiku: Traditional Variations 16 318 Haiku
12/14/2015 Feeling Lonely - Question Mark 273 Rhyme
12/11/2015 Haikus: Global Warming 279 Haiku
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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.