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07/31/2014A Walk Near Blunt13Blank verse
07/31/2014For Now, The Chimney Stands8Blank verse
07/31/2014Why Fireflies Dance13Blank verse
07/31/2014Limerick: Great Tombstones 210Rhyme
07/31/2014Limerick: Great Tombstones 18Rhyme
07/31/2014People Jumping10Blank verse
07/30/2014Love's Last Long Last Letter11Blank verse
07/30/2014Driving Alone Through the Sand Hills of Nebraska6Blank verse
07/30/2014Haiku: Lessons Women Taught Me13Haiku
07/30/2014Haiku: Another Physics Haiku7Haiku
07/29/2014Haiku: haiku cuts haiku - This is not a title10Haiku
07/29/2014It's All Good: Echo Poem 9-TH9Rhyme
07/29/2014Feather Power: Echo Poem 8-TH14Blank verse
07/29/2014Life Without Love: Echo Poem 7-TH11Rhyme
07/29/2014Fear Abounds: Echo Poem 6-TH8Rhyme
07/29/2014Waiting: Echo Poem 5-TH12Rhyme
07/29/2014Inbetween: Echo Poem 4-TH9Rhyme
07/29/2014Being Alone: Echo Poem 3-TH9Rhyme
07/29/2014Different Strokes: Echo Poem 23Rhyme
07/29/2014Who's Right: Echo Poem 14Blank verse
07/28/2014Haiku: 'Schrodinger's Cat' pontificates on his chances21Haiku
07/28/2014Haiku: Colored Perceptions20Haiku
07/28/2014Haiku: Gravity Too20Haiku
07/28/2014The Perversion of Christian Values12Rhyme
07/28/2014Why Do Turtles Cross The Road18Rhyme
07/28/2014Programmer's Love Defined12Blank verse
07/26/2014An Appeal To, As Yet, Undiscovered Poets21Rhyme
07/26/2014Advice To Young Poets11Rhyme
07/26/2014When You Are Old18Rhyme
07/26/2014What Kind Of Ego9Rhyme
07/26/2014What If The Winner Was Family10Rhyme
07/26/2014Whale Speak15Rhyme
07/26/2014Mildly Amusing Limerick 425Rhyme
07/26/2014Mildly Amusing Limerick 325Rhyme
07/26/2014Mildly Amusing Limerick 220Rhyme
07/26/2014Mildly Amusing Limerick 127Rhyme
07/24/2014We Are So Drawn9Rhyme
07/24/2014Views of a Dark Canyon5Rhyme
07/24/2014Under Your Blue Sea18Rhyme
07/24/2014To Love We Belong18Rhyme
07/24/2014The Way It Is21Blank verse
07/24/2014The Unknown Heart16Rhyme
07/24/2014The Gift Of Love22Rhyme
07/24/2014The Doctor Is Out21Rhyme
07/22/2014The Cure16Rhyme
07/22/2014The Closest Bond21Rhyme
07/22/2014The Choice26Rhyme
07/22/2014The Ball's Always In God's Court15Rhyme
07/22/2014So Many Questions11Rhyme
07/22/2014So How Has Your Day Been22Blank verse
07/22/2014She Never Chose Me16Rhyme
07/21/2014Rescuing Others39Rhyme
07/21/2014Really Is It That Simple10Rhyme
07/21/2014Promises Of Consequence12Rhyme
07/21/2014Please Don't make Me Think52Rhyme
07/21/2014Please Call Me Back19Rhyme
07/21/2014Paradox 10110Rhyme
07/21/2014Owning God10Rhyme
07/21/2014Whistling In The Dark41Blank verse
07/21/2014One Man's Miracle22Rhyme
07/21/2014Killing Cicada Killers12Rhyme
07/17/2014Oh Where Is Her Heart20Rhyme
07/17/2014Now That You've Gone10Rhyme
07/17/2014No Puppy Equals No God11Rhyme
07/17/2014My Dream40Rhyme
07/17/2014More Tough Choices21Rhyme
07/17/2014Love By The Numbers23Rhyme
07/17/2014Lost Loves26Rhyme
07/17/2014Where She Finds Her Rest17Rhyme
07/17/2014Three Minute Attention Span13Rhyme
07/17/2014Serial Marriage, Permanent Friend19Rhyme
07/09/2014Just The Truth33Rhyme
07/09/2014In Praise Of A Roller Coaster Ride41Rhyme
07/09/2014In My Opinion13Rhyme
07/09/2014I'm Standing Behind You36Rhyme
07/09/2014I'm So Blessed60Rhyme
07/09/2014If Children Count You As A Friend18Rhyme
07/09/2014I Love You Because86Blank verse
07/09/2014I Have Never Lived Yet22Rhyme
07/09/2014I Have A Sweet Dream44Rhyme
07/09/2014I don't need no genius16Rhyme
07/08/2014Turtle Physics: All Is Stardust But34Blank verse
07/06/2014How Do I Know That You're Not The One33Rhyme
07/06/2014Finding A Home28Rhyme
07/06/2014Feelings Are A Mixed Bag10Rhyme
07/06/2014'Fear of Love' Is An Oxymoron27Rhyme
07/06/2014Essay: Darwin's Theory - Science or Fairy Tale62Blank verse
07/06/2014Dreaming of You68Rhyme
07/06/2014Depending On God28Rhyme
07/06/2014Damaged But Still Salvageable13Rhyme
07/05/2014Venice17Blank verse
07/05/2014The Sawdust12Rhyme
07/05/2014The Sandcastle19Blank verse
07/05/2014The Agnostic15Blank verse
07/05/2014Sketches in Pastel17Blank verse
07/05/2014Peter's Pumpkin Eaters30Blank verse
07/05/2014Looking I Desire17Rhyme

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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.