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05/31/2016 A Shakespearian Sonnet For Gos 8 Sonnet
05/28/2016 Faiku of the Heart 28 Free verse
05/23/2016 Haiku: Traditional 54 36 Haiku
05/17/2016 Haiku: Traditional 53 55 Haiku
05/10/2016 Rosemary's Bliss 74 Rhyme
05/05/2016 Shooting Blanks 76 Rhyme
05/04/2016 Skin In The Game 75 Rhyme
05/01/2016 Haiku: Traditional 52 127 Haiku
05/01/2016 Haiku: Traditional 51 76 Haiku
04/30/2016 Haiku: Love's Essence 100 Haiku
04/29/2016 Haiku: Traditional 50 92 Haiku
04/27/2016 Haiku: Traditional 49 141 Haiku
04/22/2016 Haiku: Traditional 48 145 Haiku
04/22/2016 Haiku: Traditional 47 83 Haiku
04/22/2016 Haiku: Traditional 46 102 Haiku
04/22/2016 Haiku: Traditional 45 112 Haiku
04/20/2016 Haiku: Traditional 44 136 Haiku
04/18/2016 Atheists VS Christians 125 Rhyme
04/13/2016 Haiku: Traditional 43 126 Haiku
04/13/2016 Haiku: Traditional 42 100 Haiku
04/13/2016 Haiku: Listening to Mahler's 9th Symphony 200 Haiku
04/13/2016 Haiku: Traditional 41 133 Haiku
04/12/2016 Haiku: Traditional 40 95 Haiku
04/12/2016 Haiku: Traditional 39 119 Haiku
04/12/2016 Total Immersion 150 Free verse
04/10/2016 Haiku: Traditional 38 144 Haiku
04/10/2016 Haiku: Traditional 37 112 Haiku
04/10/2016 Haiku: Traditional 36 119 Haiku
04/10/2016 Haiku: Traditional 35 111 Haiku
04/10/2016 Haiku: Traditional 34 122 Haiku
04/08/2016 Haiku: Traditional 33 111 Haiku
04/05/2016 Haiku: Traditional 32 152 Haiku
04/05/2016 Haiku: Traditional 30 124 Haiku
04/05/2016 Haiku: Traditional 29 106 Haiku
04/03/2016 Haiku: Parody 1 - Echo Poem 215 Haiku
04/03/2016 Haiku: Traditional 31 152 Haiku
03/29/2016 Flavor Enhancers 88 Rhyme
03/27/2016 Haiku: Traditional 28 184 Haiku
03/27/2016 Haiku: Traditional 27 143 Haiku
03/27/2016 Haiku: Traditional 26 111 Haiku
03/27/2016 Haiku: Quasi-Traditional 8 120 Haiku
03/27/2016 Haiku: Quasi-Traditional 7 86 Haiku
03/22/2016 Haiku: Quasi-Traditional 6 137 Haiku
03/20/2016 Nothing To Wear 172 Rhyme
03/20/2016 Haiku: Quasi-Traditional 5 114 Haiku
03/19/2016 Haiku: Quasi-Traditional 4 118 Senryu
03/19/2016 What Do You Do 185 Rhyme
03/16/2016 Haiku: Mistrial 150 Senryu
03/15/2016 Haiku: Quasi-Traditional 3 192 Haiku
03/14/2016 Mourning Is Broken 125 Rhyme
03/10/2016 IM4U 125 Rhyme
03/08/2016 Understanding Nature 384 Rhyme
03/05/2016 Love Begins, Trail Vanishes 198 Free verse
02/29/2016 Much More Than 'Georgia On My Mind' 290 Free verse
02/27/2016 Love's Obligation 159 Rhyme
02/25/2016 Taking Stock 166 Rhyme
02/23/2016 Every Time I Lose Your Love 208 Free verse
02/20/2016 End of Days 396 Rhyme
02/18/2016 When Love Disappoints 207 Rhyme
02/14/2016 Whatever You're Feeling 265 Rhyme
02/13/2016 Penitent 190 Free verse
02/12/2016 Senryu: Traditional 2 257 Haiku
02/11/2016 New Friends 217 Free verse
02/10/2016 Death's Post-Mortem 223 Rhyme
02/10/2016 My Sadness 285 Free verse
02/08/2016 Death's Last Gasp 205 Rhyme
02/06/2016 When Parallel Lines Meet 266 Rhyme
02/05/2016 A Rainbow In Your Tears 320 Rhyme
02/02/2016 What You Want 283 Free verse
01/30/2016 Future Shock 273 Free verse
01/30/2016 Glimmerings of Truth 378 Rhyme
01/27/2016 Lover's Holiday 276 Rhyme
01/27/2016 Cloudy Thoughts 257 Rhyme
01/26/2016 Haiku: Quasi-Traditional 2 290 Senryu
01/23/2016 Getting Priorities Straight 226 Rhyme
01/22/2016 Every Day is a First Kiss 245 Rhyme
01/22/2016 Traveling Through Old Age 253 Rhyme
01/22/2016 The First Kiss 472 Free verse
01/18/2016 Haiku: Traditional 25 320 Haiku
01/17/2016 My Love For You Has Its Limits 219 Rhyme
01/16/2016 One Day Closer to Eternity 218 Rhyme
01/14/2016 Engineer's Brain 225 Rhyme
01/13/2016 Haiku: Traditional 24 261 Haiku
01/13/2016 Ambitious Love 264 Rhyme
01/12/2016 Delicate Balance - Accident or Gift 234 Senryu
01/10/2016 Haiku: Traditional 23 336 Haiku
01/09/2016 Aftershock 263 Free verse
01/07/2016 Senryu: Simplicity Itself - One, Two, Three 182 Senryu
01/06/2016 OFF and ON I Remember 301 Free verse
01/05/2016 Haiku: Traditional 22 416 Haiku
01/05/2016 Fragmentary Knowledge 319 Rhyme
01/02/2016 Clouds Sing, Earth Feeds 246 Rhyme
01/01/2016 Haiku: Traditional 21 347 Haiku
12/26/2015 Haiku: Traditional 20 350 Haiku
12/25/2015 'Acting Out' 227 Rhyme
12/25/2015 Going Postal 250 Rhyme
12/22/2015 Haiku: Traditional 19 320 Haiku
12/20/2015 Haiku: Traditional 18 298 Haiku
12/19/2015 Haiku: Traditional 17 263 Haiku
12/19/2015 Haiku: Winter Of Our Discontent 300 Haiku

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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.