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11/25/2014 Can You - Question Mark 25 Rhyme
11/24/2014 Another Geometry Like Love 54 Rhyme
11/20/2014 Hey Bwana - Exclamation Point 58 Rhyme
11/16/2014 Small Gifts: Contributing To Other's Happiness - Rev 2 96 Rhyme
11/05/2014 The God Machine 41 Rhyme
11/01/2014 Bride You, Groom Me - Question Mark 64 Blank verse
10/31/2014 Canoeing The Mississippi - Part 12 41 Blank verse
10/31/2014 Canoeing The Mississippi - Part 13 37 Blank verse
10/30/2014 Canoeing The Mississippi - Part 11 28 Blank verse
10/28/2014 Canoeing The Mississippi - Part 10 34 Blank verse
10/28/2014 Canoeing The Mississippi - Part 9 30 Blank verse
10/27/2014 Darkness Too 51 Blank verse
10/25/2014 Canoeing The Mississippi - Part 8 45 Blank verse
10/24/2014 Canoeing The Mississippi - Part 7 38 Blank verse
10/23/2014 Canoeing The Mississippi - Part 6 42 Blank verse
10/23/2014 Canoeing The Mississippi - Part 5 43 Blank verse
10/22/2014 Canoeing The Mississippi - Part 4 40 Blank verse
10/21/2014 Canoeing The Mississippi - Part 3 39 Blank verse
10/21/2014 Women6Verses9Men - Who's On Top 111 Blank verse
10/19/2014 Canoeing The Mississippi - Part 2 37 Blank verse
10/19/2014 Canoeing The Mississippi - Part 1 41 Blank verse
10/18/2014 Words - The Heart of Imagination - PoemHunter Early Entries 90 Blank verse
10/12/2014 Different Perspectives 70 Rhyme
10/07/2014 Let me show you 112 Rhyme
10/02/2014 A Pooible Idea 45 Rhyme
09/29/2014 My Ring Trilogy - The Poems 51 Blank verse
09/28/2014 A Late Note Of Appreciation 62 Rhyme
09/26/2014 My Ring Trilogy - Poet's Notes 44 Blank verse
09/26/2014 The Troll 58 Blank verse
09/23/2014 The Wages Of Sin 86 Blank verse
09/22/2014 Forgive My Having Loved You 73 Rhyme
09/22/2014 Strong Opinions 33 Rhyme
09/22/2014 Some Thoughts On Leaving 52 Rhyme
09/22/2014 Digital Creationism 40 Rhyme
09/22/2014 All Human Love 53 Rhyme
09/22/2014 The Abyss of Love 42 Rhyme
09/22/2014 Ignoring Apollo 77 Limerick
09/22/2014 The Longing For Joy 46 Rhyme
09/22/2014 Everyone Leaves, Everyone Grieves - Your Choice 55 Rhyme
09/22/2014 God's Kind Of Poetry 46 Blank verse
09/17/2014 Imagine 60 Rhyme
09/17/2014 Dear Tapan 34 Rhyme
09/17/2014 If Not For You 84 Rhyme
09/17/2014 Haiku: Traditional 3 135 Haiku
09/17/2014 That's Not Me 37 Rhyme
09/17/2014 You Know Who You are 46 Rhyme
09/17/2014 Like A Farmer 45 Rhyme
09/17/2014 You Know 41 Rhyme
09/17/2014 Love Does Not Require 49 Rhyme
09/17/2014 Images 45 Rhyme
09/15/2014 Thinking you are in love 54 Rhyme
09/14/2014 With You Here In My Life - Poem 64 Rhyme
09/11/2014 With you here in my life - Song 83 Rhyme
09/10/2014 Controlling The Urge to Control 46 Rhyme
09/10/2014 Love's Lost And Found 69 Rhyme
09/06/2014 Damn Girl - Exclamation Point 68 Rhyme
09/06/2014 Would That Our Love 59 Blank verse
09/05/2014 The Day After 77 Rhyme
09/03/2014 Everyone's Life 60 Rhyme
09/03/2014 A Better Kind of Poetry Contest on Poemhunter 46 Rhyme
08/29/2014 When I Give You My Heart - Rev 3 60 Rhyme
08/29/2014 What Day Brings - Poem en Duo - 2 Rev 2 43 Rhyme
08/26/2014 Mildly Amusing Limerick 5 111 Limerick
08/26/2014 Haiku: Physics: Golden Crown 197 Haiku
08/24/2014 More Beautiful With Age - Question Mark - Rev 5 83 Rhyme
08/22/2014 Growing Up, La - Part 3 - Rev 2 38 Rhyme
08/22/2014 Limericks of Physics - 1 220 Rhyme
08/20/2014 Growing Up, La - Part 2 - Rev 3 80 Rhyme
08/20/2014 Growing Up, La - Part 1 - Rev 4 66 Rhyme
08/17/2014 Being Exceptional 58 Rhyme
08/17/2014 Haiku: Traditional 4 119 Haiku
08/15/2014 The Genius of True Love 75 Rhyme
08/11/2014 Old People, Like Treasure 53 Rhyme
08/09/2014 The Man Who Loved Lizards - Revised 114 Rhyme
08/06/2014 Yuliya's Father's Cottage Part 2 49 Blank verse
08/06/2014 Yuliya's Father's Cottage Part 1 41 Blank verse
08/06/2014 Yuliya's Dream and more 33 Blank verse
08/06/2014 Traveling to Yuliya 36 Rhyme
08/06/2014 The Letter That Wasn't There 89 Blank verse
08/06/2014 Rendezvous With Yuliya 27 Blank verse
08/06/2014 The Cynic at 21 107 Sonnet
08/05/2014 She Played the Harp 48 Rhyme
08/04/2014 Performance Anxiety 90 Rhyme
08/04/2014 Haiku: Traditional 2 107 Haiku
08/03/2014 I Call Him Friend 127 Blank verse
08/03/2014 Fishing with Older Men 224 Blank verse
08/02/2014 Posing for Pictures 47 Blank verse
08/02/2014 I would be a fool 141 Blank verse
08/02/2014 Divergence From Yuliya 41 Blank verse
08/02/2014 Sonnet - The Cynic 47 Rhyme
08/02/2014 Your Passion 61 Rhyme
08/02/2014 You Might Be A Christian If 83 Blank verse
08/02/2014 Yes I Am 57 Rhyme
08/02/2014 Living In Fear of The Lord 49 Rhyme
08/02/2014 Dawn In Nebraska 65 Rhyme
08/02/2014 Dreams of Mind Reading 58 Rhyme
08/01/2014 Poet's Mouth 46 Rhyme
08/01/2014 Ode To An Unfinished Poem 36 Rhyme
08/01/2014 Is This Even A Poem 30 Rhyme
08/01/2014 Impossibly High Standards 27 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.