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07/22/2014The Cure2Rhyme
07/22/2014The Closest Bond4Rhyme
07/22/2014The Choice4Rhyme
07/22/2014The Ball's Always In God's Court2Rhyme
07/22/2014The Abyss of Love2Rhyme
07/22/2014Strong Opinions2Rhyme
07/22/2014Some Thoughts On Leaving2Rhyme
07/22/2014So Many Questions2Rhyme
07/22/2014So How Has Your Day Been4Blank verse
07/22/2014She Never Chose Me2Rhyme
07/21/2014Rescuing Others25Rhyme
07/21/2014Really Is It That Simple9Rhyme
07/21/2014Promises Of Consequence10Rhyme
07/21/2014Please Don't make Me Think13Rhyme
07/21/2014Please Call Me Back11Rhyme
07/21/2014Paradox 1017Rhyme
07/21/2014Owning God9Rhyme
07/21/2014Whistling In The Dark15Blank verse
07/21/2014One Man's Miracle12Rhyme
07/21/2014Killing Cicada Killers9Rhyme
07/17/2014Oh Where Is Her Heart18Rhyme
07/17/2014Now That You've Gone9Rhyme
07/17/2014No Puppy Equals No God10Rhyme
07/17/2014My Dream27Rhyme
07/17/2014More Tough Choices19Rhyme
07/17/2014Love By The Numbers22Rhyme
07/17/2014Lost Loves22Rhyme
07/17/2014Where She Finds Her Rest16Rhyme
07/17/2014Three Minute Attention Span10Rhyme
07/17/2014Serial Marriage, Permanent Friend16Rhyme
07/09/2014Just The Truth31Rhyme
07/09/2014In Praise Of A Roller Coaster Ride28Rhyme
07/09/2014In My Opinion13Rhyme
07/09/2014I'm Standing Behind You36Rhyme
07/09/2014I'm So Blessed52Rhyme
07/09/2014If Children Count You As A Friend16Rhyme
07/09/2014I Love You Because70Blank verse
07/09/2014I Have Never Lived Yet21Rhyme
07/09/2014I Have A Sweet Dream44Rhyme
07/09/2014I don't need no genius16Rhyme
07/08/2014Turtle Physics: All Is Stardust But29Blank verse
07/06/2014How Do I Know That You're Not The One32Rhyme
07/06/2014Finding A Home19Rhyme
07/06/2014Feelings Are A Mixed Bag9Rhyme
07/06/2014'Fear of Love' Is An Oxymoron27Rhyme
07/06/2014Essay: Darwin's Theory - Science or Fairy Tale50Blank verse
07/06/2014Dreaming of You64Rhyme
07/06/2014Depending On God28Rhyme
07/06/2014Damaged But Still Salvageable10Rhyme
07/05/2014Venice16Blank verse
07/05/2014The Sawdust11Rhyme
07/05/2014The Sandcastle18Blank verse
07/05/2014The Agnostic15Blank verse
07/05/2014Sketches in Pastel15Blank verse
07/05/2014Peter's Pumpkin Eaters26Blank verse
07/05/2014Looking I Desire17Rhyme
07/05/2014Lass15Blank verse
07/04/2014Invitation13Blank verse
07/04/2014Forgive My Having Loved You13Rhyme
07/04/2014For Love Of ----19Blank verse
07/04/2014California Montage19Blank verse
07/04/2014Black Body22Blank verse
07/04/2014Chasing A Dream38Rhyme
07/04/2014Rationality Is Way Over-Rated14Blank verse
07/04/2014Note to a floundering flounder5Rhyme
07/04/2014Being Sincere About Sincerity25Rhyme
07/04/2014Beelzebub Vs God10Rhyme
07/01/2014A Poly-amorous Man24Rhyme
07/01/2014A New Reality37Rhyme
07/01/2014A Mom, Three Girls, Two Cigarettes, And A Sparrow31Rhyme
07/01/2014A Lover's Simple Request82Rhyme
07/01/2014A Girl At A Dance23Rhyme
07/01/2014A Christian Perspective39Rhyme
07/01/2014A Prayer of Thanks39Blank verse
07/01/2014A Rose By Another Name39Rhyme
07/01/2014Acceptance Accepted31Rhyme
07/01/2014Shampoo In My Eyes38Blank verse
02/11/2014My Dream69Rhyme
02/11/2014The Abyss of Love59Rhyme
02/11/2014Everyone Leaves, Everyone Grieves, Your Choice76Rhyme
02/08/2014I'm standing behind you72Rhyme
02/08/2014Forgive my having loved you126Rhyme
02/08/2014The State of Things63Rhyme

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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.