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03/24/2015 But Just Where Is God 33 Blank verse
03/22/2015 Haiku: Traditional 5 36 Haiku
03/17/2015 Before Dawn Breaks My Heart 31 Rhyme
03/16/2015 'Green' - Part 1 43 Blank verse
03/11/2015 Who I Am 115 Rhyme
03/10/2015 Different Faces 68 Rhyme
03/05/2015 Conservative Hubris, Liberal Guilt - You Decide 45 Rhyme
03/03/2015 Asked and Answered - An Echo Poem 82 Rhyme
02/27/2015 Moot Point - An Echo Poem 51 Rhyme
02/27/2015 Threat Assessment 40 Rhyme
02/26/2015 How It Feels To Feel Loved - Redux 87 Rhyme
02/23/2015 A Poem For Helen 49 Rhyme
02/20/2015 Pain's Necessity - An Echo Poem 135 Rhyme
02/17/2015 On The Road To Recovery - An Echo Poem 104 Rhyme
02/16/2015 Unconditional Love 101 Rhyme
02/14/2015 Whale Speak II - Revised 77 Rhyme
02/11/2015 Shout 128 Rhyme
02/10/2015 Cardboard Castles And Other Retreats 131 Rhyme
02/08/2015 If I Could I Would Be 167 Blank verse
02/06/2015 Adventures of a Summer Day 242 Blank verse
02/05/2015 Pig In A Poke 217 Rhyme
02/03/2015 Daniel's Song 123 Rhyme
02/02/2015 Where A Man Finds Beauty 176 Rhyme
01/31/2015 True Love - An Echo Poem 164 Rhyme
01/29/2015 Being At Choice - An Echo Poem 160 Rhyme
01/27/2015 Embracing the Future - An Echo Poem 132 Rhyme
01/27/2015 He Said - She Said 213 Rhyme
01/26/2015 Black On White 177 Rhyme
01/19/2015 Bedside Manners 207 Rhyme
01/16/2015 What Tomorrow Brings 238 Rhyme
01/15/2015 Haiku: Video Gamester's Heaven 169 Haiku
01/14/2015 Simple 144 Rhyme
01/08/2015 My Dream Letter From You 178 Rhyme
01/08/2015 Friends Speak - An Echo Poem 247 Rhyme
01/06/2015 Simply Bob 203 Rhyme
01/05/2015 As I Get Older 267 Rhyme
01/02/2015 Autumn in Kyoto 228 Blank verse
01/02/2015 If I Could Make You Happy 217 Rhyme
12/27/2014 Oh, Let My Love Like April Rain 242 Blank verse
12/21/2014 Bifurcated Brian - An Echo Poem 187 Rhyme
12/18/2014 In Poetry 193 Rhyme
12/12/2014 The Power of Positive Napping 209 Rhyme
12/10/2014 Let Me 257 Rhyme
12/04/2014 The History of the Future 262 Rhyme
12/02/2014 For Love Of ----- 351 Blank verse
11/25/2014 Can You - Question Mark 198 Rhyme
11/24/2014 Another Geometry Like Love 690 Rhyme
11/20/2014 Hey Bwana - Exclamation Point 249 Rhyme
11/16/2014 Small Gifts: Contributing To Other's Happiness 332 Rhyme
11/05/2014 The God Machine 234 Rhyme
11/01/2014 Bride You, Groom Me - Question Mark 315 Blank verse
10/31/2014 Canoeing The Mississippi - Part 12 205 Blank verse
10/31/2014 Canoeing The Mississippi - Part 13 217 Blank verse
10/30/2014 Canoeing The Mississippi - Part 11 182 Blank verse
10/28/2014 Canoeing The Mississippi - Part 10 192 Blank verse
10/28/2014 Canoeing The Mississippi - Part 9 183 Blank verse
10/27/2014 Darkness Too 268 Blank verse
10/25/2014 Canoeing The Mississippi - Part 8 179 Blank verse
10/24/2014 Canoeing The Mississippi - Part 7 216 Blank verse
10/23/2014 Canoeing The Mississippi - Part 6 221 Blank verse
10/23/2014 Canoeing The Mississippi - Part 5 189 Blank verse
10/22/2014 Canoeing The Mississippi - Part 4 180 Blank verse
10/21/2014 Canoeing The Mississippi - Part 3 179 Blank verse
10/21/2014 Women6Verses9Men - Who's On Top 310 Blank verse
10/19/2014 Canoeing The Mississippi - Part 2 179 Blank verse
10/19/2014 Canoeing The Mississippi - Part 1 206 Blank verse
10/18/2014 Words - The Heart of Imagination - PoemHunter Early Entries 232 Blank verse
10/12/2014 Different Perspectives 246 Rhyme
10/07/2014 Let me show you 266 Rhyme
10/02/2014 A Pooible Idea 197 Rhyme
09/29/2014 My Ring Trilogy - The Poems 203 Blank verse
09/28/2014 A Late Note Of Appreciation 205 Rhyme
09/26/2014 My Ring Trilogy - Poet's Notes 198 Blank verse
09/26/2014 The Troll 200 Blank verse
09/23/2014 The Wages Of Sin 225 Blank verse
09/22/2014 Forgive My Having Loved You 199 Rhyme
09/22/2014 Strong Opinions 175 Rhyme
09/22/2014 Some Thoughts On Leaving 204 Rhyme
09/22/2014 Digital Creationism 172 Rhyme
09/22/2014 All Human Love 196 Rhyme
09/22/2014 The Abyss of Love 159 Rhyme
09/22/2014 Ignoring Apollo 234 Limerick
09/22/2014 The Longing For Joy 174 Rhyme
09/22/2014 Everyone Leaves, Everyone Grieves - Your Choice 194 Rhyme
09/22/2014 God's Kind Of Poetry 209 Blank verse
09/17/2014 Imagine 247 Rhyme
09/17/2014 Dear Tapan 154 Rhyme
09/17/2014 If Not For You 295 Rhyme
09/17/2014 Haiku: Traditional 3 347 Haiku
09/17/2014 That's Not Me 184 Rhyme
09/17/2014 You Know Who You are 175 Rhyme
09/17/2014 Like A Farmer 363 Rhyme
09/17/2014 You Know 188 Rhyme
09/17/2014 Love Does Not Require 183 Rhyme
09/17/2014 Images 201 Rhyme
09/15/2014 Thinking you are in love 179 Rhyme
09/14/2014 With You Here In My Life - Poem 481 Rhyme
09/11/2014 With you here in my life - Song 312 Rhyme
09/10/2014 Controlling The Urge to Control 177 Rhyme
09/10/2014 Love's Lost And Found 180 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.