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10/23/2014Canoeing The Mississippi - Part 510Blank verse
10/22/2014Canoeing The Mississippi - Part 416Blank verse
10/21/2014Canoeing The Mississippi - Part 312Blank verse
10/21/2014Women6Verses9Men - Who's On Top19Blank verse
10/19/2014Canoeing The Mississippi - Part 216Blank verse
10/19/2014Canoeing The Mississippi - Part 112Blank verse
10/18/2014Words - The Heart of Imagination - PoemHunter Early Entries42Blank verse
10/12/2014Different Perspectives50Rhyme
10/07/2014Let me show you86Rhyme
10/02/2014A Pooible Idea33Rhyme
09/29/2014My Ring Trilogy - The Poems40Blank verse
09/28/2014A Late Note Of Appreciation43Rhyme
09/26/2014My Ring Trilogy - Poet's Notes 29Blank verse
09/26/2014The Troll44Blank verse
09/23/2014The Wages Of Sin61Blank verse
09/22/2014Forgive My Having Loved You59Rhyme
09/22/2014Strong Opinions22Rhyme
09/22/2014Some Thoughts On Leaving42Rhyme
09/22/2014Digital Creationism26Rhyme
09/22/2014All Human Love41Rhyme
09/22/2014The Abyss of Love33Rhyme
09/22/2014Ignoring Apollo63Limerick
09/22/2014The Longing For Joy35Rhyme
09/22/2014Everyone Leaves, Everyone Grieves - Your Choice36Rhyme
09/22/2014God's Kind Of Poetry35Blank verse
09/17/2014Dear Tapan23Rhyme
09/17/2014If Not For You55Rhyme
09/17/2014Haiku: Traditional 385Haiku
09/17/2014That's Not Me28Rhyme
09/17/2014You Know Who You are37Rhyme
09/17/2014Like A Farmer35Rhyme
09/17/2014You Know31Rhyme
09/17/2014Love Does Not Require42Rhyme
09/15/2014Thinking you are in love41Rhyme
09/14/2014With You Here In My Life - Poem50Rhyme
09/11/2014With you here in my life - Song71Rhyme
09/10/2014Controlling The Urge to Control36Rhyme
09/10/2014Love's Lost And Found58Rhyme
09/06/2014Damn Girl - Exclamation Point46Rhyme
09/06/2014Would That Our Love49Blank verse
09/05/2014The Day After62Rhyme
09/03/2014Everyone's Life45Rhyme
09/03/2014A Better Kind of Poetry Contest on Poemhunter33Rhyme
08/29/2014When I Give You My Heart - Rev 350Rhyme
08/29/2014What Day Brings - Poem en Duo - 2 Rev 234Rhyme
08/26/2014Mildly Amusing Limerick 595Limerick
08/26/2014Haiku: Physics: Golden Crown153Haiku
08/24/2014More Beautiful With Age - Question Mark - Rev 558Rhyme
08/22/2014Growing Up, La - Part 3 - Rev 226Rhyme
08/22/2014Limericks of Physics - 1172Rhyme
08/20/2014Growing Up, La - Part 2 - Rev 354Rhyme
08/20/2014Growing Up, La - Part 1 - Rev 450Rhyme
08/17/2014Being Exceptional49Rhyme
08/17/2014Haiku: Traditional 4105Haiku
08/15/2014The Genius of True Love65Rhyme
08/11/2014Old People, Like Treasure40Rhyme
08/09/2014The Man Who Loved Lizards - Revised90Rhyme
08/06/2014Yuliya's Father's Cottage Part 240Blank verse
08/06/2014Yuliya's Father's Cottage Part 132Blank verse
08/06/2014Yuliya's Dream and more22Blank verse
08/06/2014Traveling to Yuliya24Rhyme
08/06/2014The Letter That Wasn't There70Blank verse
08/06/2014Rendezvous With Yuliya20Blank verse
08/06/2014The Cynic at 2199Sonnet
08/05/2014She Played the Harp39Rhyme
08/04/2014Performance Anxiety78Rhyme
08/04/2014Haiku: Traditional 288Haiku
08/03/2014I Call Him Friend116Blank verse
08/03/2014Fishing with Older Men163Blank verse
08/02/2014Posing for Pictures34Blank verse
08/02/2014I would be a fool104Blank verse
08/02/2014Divergence From Yuliya26Blank verse
08/02/2014Sonnet - The Cynic33Rhyme
08/02/2014Your Passion47Rhyme
08/02/2014You Might Be A Christian If71Blank verse
08/02/2014Yes I Am39Rhyme
08/02/2014Living In Fear of The Lord34Rhyme
08/02/2014Dawn In Nebraska49Rhyme
08/02/2014Dreams of Mind Reading45Rhyme
08/01/2014Poet's Mouth27Rhyme
08/01/2014Ode To An Unfinished Poem27Rhyme
08/01/2014Is This Even A Poem18Rhyme
08/01/2014Impossibly High Standards18Rhyme
08/01/2014How I write a poem40Rhyme
08/01/2014The Way It Is: Echo Poem 384Blank verse
08/01/2014And Then There Were None: Echo Poem 11-TH62Rhyme
08/01/2014Control: Echo Poem 10-TH34Rhyme
08/01/2014Where Did It Go To39Rhyme
08/01/2014Haiku: Traditional 1111Haiku
07/31/2014A Walk Near Blunt40Blank verse
07/31/2014For Now, The Chimney Stands29Blank verse
07/31/2014Why Fireflies Dance65Blank verse
07/31/2014Limerick: Great Tombstones 229Rhyme
07/31/2014Limerick: Great Tombstones 125Rhyme
07/31/2014People Jumping55Blank verse
07/30/2014Love's Last Long Last Letter43Blank verse
07/30/2014Driving Alone Through the Sand Hills of Nebraska77Blank verse
07/30/2014Haiku: Lessons Women Taught Me123Haiku

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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.