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06/26/2016 Just Mosquitos and Squirrels 15 Rhyme
06/25/2016 Haiku: Global Warming Montage 31 Haiku
06/21/2016 Disappointing Friends 67 Rhyme
06/20/2016 Haiku by Escher 44 Haiku
06/18/2016 Please Stretch My Heart 56 Rhyme
06/16/2016 Gestapokuku: Hitler Youth Haikus 76 Free verse
06/14/2016 Haiku: Traditional 57 65 Haiku
06/14/2016 Haiku: Traditional 58 35 Haiku
06/13/2016 Why Can't I 73 Rhyme
06/07/2016 Haikus Parody Haiku 90 Haiku
06/07/2016 Haiku: Traditional 56 65 Haiku
06/03/2016 Haiku: Traditional 55 88 Haiku
05/31/2016 Echo Poem: When Pain Seduces Good People 103 Rhyme
05/31/2016 A Shakespearian Sonnet For Gos 81 Sonnet
05/28/2016 Faithku: Haiku of the Heart 76 Free verse
05/23/2016 Haiku: Traditional 54 63 Haiku
05/17/2016 Haiku: Traditional 53 76 Haiku
05/10/2016 Rosemary's Bliss 137 Rhyme
05/05/2016 Shooting Blanks 111 Rhyme
05/04/2016 Skin In The Game 106 Rhyme
05/01/2016 Haiku: Traditional 52 171 Haiku
05/01/2016 Haiku: Traditional 51 118 Haiku
04/30/2016 Haiku: Love's Essence 141 Haiku
04/29/2016 Haiku: Traditional 50 133 Haiku
04/27/2016 Haiku: Traditional 49 191 Haiku
04/22/2016 Haiku: Traditional 48 182 Haiku
04/22/2016 Haiku: Traditional 47 131 Haiku
04/22/2016 Haiku: Traditional 46 150 Haiku
04/22/2016 Haiku: Traditional 45 154 Haiku
04/20/2016 Haiku: Traditional 44 171 Haiku
04/18/2016 Atheists VS Christians 165 Rhyme
04/13/2016 Haiku: Traditional 43 166 Haiku
04/13/2016 Haiku: Traditional 42 138 Haiku
04/13/2016 Haiku: Listening to Mahler's 9th Symphony 290 Haiku
04/13/2016 Haiku: Traditional 41 177 Haiku
04/12/2016 Haiku: Traditional 40 134 Haiku
04/12/2016 Haiku: Traditional 39 163 Haiku
04/12/2016 Total Immersion 191 Free verse
04/10/2016 Haiku: Traditional 38 183 Haiku
04/10/2016 Haiku: Traditional 37 168 Haiku
04/10/2016 Haiku: Traditional 36 160 Haiku
04/10/2016 Haiku: Traditional 35 142 Haiku
04/10/2016 Haiku: Traditional 34 159 Haiku
04/08/2016 Haiku: Traditional 33 159 Haiku
04/05/2016 Haiku: Traditional 32 187 Haiku
04/05/2016 Haiku: Traditional 30 164 Haiku
04/05/2016 Haiku: Traditional 29 145 Haiku
04/03/2016 Haiku: Parody 1 - Echo Poem 274 Haiku
04/03/2016 Haiku: Traditional 31 191 Haiku
03/29/2016 Flavor Enhancers 120 Rhyme
03/27/2016 Haiku: Traditional 28 236 Haiku
03/27/2016 Haiku: Traditional 27 176 Haiku
03/27/2016 Haiku: Traditional 26 152 Haiku
03/27/2016 Haiku: Quasi-Traditional 8 168 Haiku
03/27/2016 Haiku: Quasi-Traditional 7 129 Haiku
03/22/2016 Haiku: Quasi-Traditional 6 184 Haiku
03/20/2016 Nothing To Wear 210 Rhyme
03/20/2016 Haiku: Quasi-Traditional 5 153 Haiku
03/19/2016 Haiku: Quasi-Traditional 4 143 Senryu
03/19/2016 What Do You Do 220 Rhyme
03/16/2016 Haiku: Mistrial 201 Senryu
03/15/2016 Haiku: Quasi-Traditional 3 241 Haiku
03/14/2016 Mourning Is Broken 161 Rhyme
03/10/2016 IM4U 162 Rhyme
03/08/2016 Understanding Nature 443 Rhyme
03/05/2016 Love Begins, Trail Vanishes 243 Free verse
02/29/2016 Much More Than 'Georgia On My Mind' 329 Free verse
02/27/2016 Love's Obligation 193 Rhyme
02/25/2016 Taking Stock 203 Rhyme
02/23/2016 Every Time I Lose Your Love 238 Free verse
02/20/2016 End of Days 470 Rhyme
02/18/2016 When Love Disappoints 235 Rhyme
02/14/2016 Whatever You're Feeling 299 Rhyme
02/13/2016 Penitent 218 Free verse
02/12/2016 Senryu: Traditional 2 294 Haiku
02/11/2016 New Friends 249 Free verse
02/10/2016 Death's Post-Mortem 248 Rhyme
02/10/2016 My Sadness 319 Free verse
02/08/2016 Death's Last Gasp 233 Rhyme
02/06/2016 When Parallel Lines Meet 303 Rhyme
02/05/2016 A Rainbow In Your Tears 359 Rhyme
02/02/2016 What You Want 314 Free verse
01/30/2016 Future Shock 305 Free verse
01/30/2016 Glimmerings of Truth 410 Rhyme
01/27/2016 Lover's Holiday 312 Rhyme
01/27/2016 Cloudy Thoughts 295 Rhyme
01/26/2016 Haiku: Quasi-Traditional 2 335 Senryu
01/23/2016 Getting Priorities Straight 272 Rhyme
01/22/2016 Every Day is a First Kiss 278 Rhyme
01/22/2016 Traveling Through Old Age 286 Rhyme
01/22/2016 The First Kiss 518 Free verse
01/18/2016 Haiku: Traditional 25 358 Haiku
01/17/2016 My Love For You Has Its Limits 246 Rhyme
01/16/2016 One Day Closer to Eternity 244 Rhyme
01/14/2016 Engineer's Brain 257 Rhyme
01/13/2016 Haiku: Traditional 24 302 Haiku
01/13/2016 Ambitious Love 291 Rhyme
01/12/2016 Delicate Balance - Accident or Gift 268 Senryu
01/10/2016 Haiku: Traditional 23 365 Haiku
01/09/2016 Aftershock 294 Free verse

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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.