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09/17/2014Imagine29Rhyme
09/17/2014Dear Tapan13Rhyme
09/17/2014If Not For You11Rhyme
09/17/2014Haiku: Traditional 316Haiku
09/17/2014That's Not Me12Rhyme
09/17/2014You Know Who You are18Rhyme
09/17/2014Like A Farmer18Rhyme
09/17/2014You Know19Rhyme
09/17/2014Love Does Not Require28Rhyme
09/17/2014Images25Rhyme
09/15/2014Thinking you are in love32Rhyme
09/14/2014With You Here In My Life - Poem32Rhyme
09/11/2014With you here in my life - Song47Rhyme
09/10/2014Controlling The Urge to Control17Rhyme
09/10/2014Love's Lost And Found48Rhyme
09/06/2014Damn Girl - Exclamation Point - Rev 228Rhyme
09/06/2014Would That Our Love32Blank verse
09/05/2014The Day After42Rhyme
09/03/2014Everyone's Life38Rhyme
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 573Limerick
08/26/2014Haiku: Physics: Golden Crown90Haiku
08/24/2014More Beautiful With Age - Question Mark - Rev 543Rhyme
08/22/2014Growing Up, La - Part 3 - Rev 219Rhyme
08/22/2014Limericks of Physics - 185Rhyme
08/20/2014Growing Up, La - Part 2 - Rev 340Rhyme
08/20/2014Growing Up, La - Part 1 - Rev 439Rhyme
08/17/2014Being Exceptional37Rhyme
08/17/2014Haiku: Traditional 483Haiku
08/15/2014The Genius of True Love57Rhyme
08/11/2014Old People, Like Treasure32Rhyme
08/09/2014The Man Who Loved Lizards - Revised76Rhyme
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 2194Sonnet
08/05/2014She Played the Harp34Rhyme
08/04/2014Performance Anxiety60Rhyme
08/04/2014Haiku: Traditional 266Haiku
08/03/2014I Call Him Friend104Blank verse
08/03/2014Fishing with Older Men115Blank verse
08/02/2014Posing for Pictures32Blank verse
08/02/2014I would be a fool83Blank verse
08/02/2014Divergence From Yuliya25Blank verse
08/02/2014Sonnet - The Cynic29Rhyme
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 Standards17Rhyme
08/01/2014How I write a poem37Rhyme
08/01/2014The Way It Is: Echo Poem 350Blank verse
08/01/2014And Then There Were None: Echo Poem 11-TH45Rhyme
08/01/2014Control: Echo Poem 10-TH26Rhyme
08/01/2014Where Did It Go To36Rhyme
08/01/2014Haiku: Traditional 179Haiku
07/31/2014A Walk Near Blunt32Blank verse
07/31/2014For Now, The Chimney Stands25Blank verse
07/31/2014Why Fireflies Dance55Blank verse
07/31/2014Limerick: Great Tombstones 226Rhyme
07/31/2014Limerick: Great Tombstones 121Rhyme
07/31/2014People Jumping49Blank verse
07/30/2014Love's Last Long Last Letter41Blank verse
07/30/2014Driving Alone Through the Sand Hills of Nebraska47Blank verse
07/30/2014Haiku: Lessons Women Taught Me116Haiku
07/30/2014Haiku: Physics: Chaos Theory113Haiku
07/29/2014Haiku: haiku cuts haiku - This is not a title41Haiku
07/29/2014It's All Good: Echo Poem 9-TH27Rhyme
07/29/2014Feather Power: Echo Poem 8-TH43Blank verse
07/29/2014Life Without Love: Echo Poem 7-TH49Rhyme
07/29/2014Fear Abounds: Echo Poem 6-TH30Rhyme
07/29/2014Waiting: Echo Poem 5-TH37Rhyme
07/29/2014Inbetween: Echo Poem 4-TH24Rhyme
07/29/2014Being Alone: Echo Poem 3-TH18Rhyme
07/29/2014Different Strokes: Echo Poem 236Rhyme
07/29/2014Who's Right: Echo Poem 123Blank verse
07/28/2014Haiku: Physics: 'Schrodinger's Cat' pontificates on his chances59Haiku
07/28/2014Haiku: Physics: Colored Perceptions53Haiku
07/28/2014Haiku: Physics: Gravity Too79Haiku
07/28/2014The Perversion of Christian Values30Rhyme
07/28/2014Why Do Turtles Cross The Road62Rhyme
07/28/2014Programmer's Love Defined25Blank verse
07/26/2014An Appeal To, As Yet, Undiscovered Poets34Rhyme
07/26/2014Advice To Young Poets30Rhyme
07/26/2014When You Are Old38Rhyme
07/26/2014What Kind Of Ego25Rhyme
07/26/2014What If The Winner Was Family27Rhyme
07/26/2014Whale Speak32Rhyme
07/26/2014Mildly Amusing Limerick 489Rhyme
07/26/2014Mildly Amusing Limerick 372Rhyme
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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.