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09/01/2015 Dings In My Paint 40 Rhyme
09/01/2015 God Colored Glasses 34 Rhyme
08/30/2015 Haiku: Happiness-Freedom 48 Haiku
08/30/2015 You Kissed Me But Once 37 Rhyme
08/29/2015 Finding Life In Failure's Cup 24 Rhyme
08/28/2015 Swept Away 33 Free verse
08/26/2015 Haiku: Miss Spoken 45 Haiku
08/23/2015 Haiku: Miss Behaved - Double Trouble 39 Haiku
08/23/2015 Haiku: Miss Behaved 44 Haiku
08/22/2015 Mildly Amusing Limerick 9 43 Limerick
08/21/2015 Miss Spent 39 Haiku
08/19/2015 Just For Fun 88 Rhyme
08/18/2015 Too Much Love 76 Rhyme
08/18/2015 The Laughter of God 115 Rhyme
08/15/2015 Mildly Amusing Limerick 8 47 Rhyme
08/14/2015 My Mother's Art - New Eyes 63 Prose Poetry
08/13/2015 Judging God 61 Rhyme
08/10/2015 Night Vision 70 Prose Poetry
08/09/2015 The Gift 53 Rhyme
07/31/2015 To Be A Man 69 Rhyme
07/30/2015 Haiku: Miss Leading 2 87 Haiku
07/26/2015 Haiku: Miss Guided 76 Haiku
07/25/2015 Haiku: Broken 95 Haiku
07/25/2015 Haiku: Miss Named 65 Haiku
07/24/2015 Haiku: Miss Leading 1 119 Haiku
07/24/2015 Cloud Illusions - Stimulus:Response 143 Rhyme
07/23/2015 Haiku: Trinity 139 Haiku
07/18/2015 Living Time 88 Rhyme
07/17/2015 Haiku: Miss Apprehension 113 Haiku
07/16/2015 Haiku: Miss Taken 118 Haiku
07/15/2015 Haiku: Miss Conceptions 103 Haiku
07/15/2015 Haiku: Miss Placed 125 Haiku
07/14/2015 Haiku: Miss Construed 92 Haiku
07/13/2015 Miss Understanding 128 Free verse
07/12/2015 Haiku: Crocodile Tears 137 Haiku
07/11/2015 Miss Remembering 117 Rhyme
07/08/2015 Haiku: Traditional 8 123 Haiku
07/06/2015 Oh, Warrior of the Heart 261 Free verse
07/04/2015 Your Missing Love Blooms My Heart - Stimulus:Response 158 Rhyme
06/29/2015 Mildly Amusing Limerick 7 125 Limerick
06/28/2015 The Journey 337 Prose Poetry
06/23/2015 Seasons of the Heart 278 Free verse
06/22/2015 Haiku: Traditional 7 186 Haiku
06/20/2015 Haiku: Traditional 6 163 Haiku
06/17/2015 The Blessings Of Friendship 368 Rhyme
06/14/2015 Twenty Acres More Or Less 237 Free verse
06/12/2015 A Letter To My Muse 135 Free verse
06/07/2015 Safe In Las Vegas 212 Free verse
06/06/2015 Whoo Hooooo - A Song 171 Rhyme
05/29/2015 Belle's Chime 122 Free verse
05/26/2015 No Sweat Revisions - Booze Helps 189 Free verse
05/24/2015 Confusion Reigns 187 Free verse
05/16/2015 Free Verse's Curse 205 Rhyme
05/11/2015 Mind Boggling Limerick 1 170 Rhyme
05/10/2015 Mildly Amusing Limerick 6 191 Rhyme
05/09/2015 Softly Off-Colored Poem - 2 200 Free verse
05/06/2015 The Golden Sieve 150 Rhyme
05/05/2015 Sad Gay Poem 395 Rhyme
05/02/2015 My Uncle Ardean's Lost Chords 269 Rhyme
05/02/2015 Construction Zone - Hard Hats Recommended: An Echo Poem 213 Rhyme
05/02/2015 Forever Mine 170 Free verse
04/30/2015 'Yes' 154 Rhyme
04/28/2015 Reverse Psychology I and II 190 Rhyme
04/27/2015 OK, But I'm Leaving The Seat Up 309 Free verse
04/25/2015 Ghazal: May The Sound Be With You 513 Ghazal
04/24/2015 Trees Please 167 Free verse
04/24/2015 Believe Me 153 Free verse
04/23/2015 Exegesis Of A Poem 142 Free verse
04/20/2015 Softly Off-Colored Poem - 1 210 Free verse
04/19/2015 Just Deserts 153 Rhyme
04/11/2015 The Devil's Wife 330 Blank verse
04/07/2015 Hidey Holes 244 Rhyme
04/06/2015 My Name Is Simply Orpheus 148 Rhyme
04/03/2015 The Liberal Pledge of Allegiance 177 Rhyme
03/30/2015 Do Sane People Have A Chance At Romance 330 Blank verse
03/29/2015 Slim Purse 272 Rhyme
03/28/2015 The Absence of Pain 217 Rhyme
03/27/2015 Robotic Ascension - Part 1 158 Blank verse
03/27/2015 The Blessings of the Day 160 Rhyme
03/24/2015 But Just Where Is God 264 Blank verse
03/22/2015 Haiku: Traditional 5 233 Haiku
03/17/2015 Before Dawn Breaks My Heart 134 Rhyme
03/16/2015 A Robot Assassin Named 'Green' - Part 1 223 Blank verse
03/11/2015 Who I Am 375 Rhyme
03/10/2015 Different Faces 230 Rhyme
03/05/2015 Conservative Hubris, Liberal Guilt - You Decide 200 Rhyme
03/03/2015 Asked and Answered - An Echo Poem 264 Rhyme
02/27/2015 Moot Point - An Echo Poem 210 Rhyme
02/27/2015 Threat Assessment 150 Rhyme
02/26/2015 How It Feels To Feel Loved - Redux 226 Rhyme
02/23/2015 A Poem For Helen 155 Rhyme
02/20/2015 Pain's Necessity - An Echo Poem 304 Rhyme
02/17/2015 On The Road To Recovery - An Echo Poem 257 Rhyme
02/16/2015 Unconditional Love 228 Rhyme
02/14/2015 Whale Speak II - Revised 223 Rhyme
02/11/2015 Shout 287 Rhyme
02/10/2015 Cardboard Castles And Other Retreats 246 Rhyme
02/08/2015 If I Could I Would Be 314 Blank verse
02/06/2015 Adventures of a Summer Day 488 Blank verse
02/05/2015 Pig In A Poke 535 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.