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07/31/2015 Becoming A Man 11 Rhyme
07/30/2015 Haiku: Miss Leading 2 31 Haiku
07/26/2015 Haiku: Miss Guided 37 Haiku
07/25/2015 Haiku: Broken 43 Haiku
07/25/2015 Haiku: Miss Named 27 Haiku
07/24/2015 Haiku: Miss Leading 1 55 Haiku
07/24/2015 Cloud Illusions - Stimulus:Response 59 Rhyme
07/23/2015 Haiku: Trinity 55 Haiku
07/18/2015 Living Time 31 Rhyme
07/17/2015 Haiku: Miss Apprehension 54 Haiku
07/16/2015 Haiku: Miss Taken 60 Haiku
07/15/2015 Haiku: Miss Conceptions 42 Haiku
07/15/2015 Haiku: Miss Placed 56 Haiku
07/14/2015 Haiku: Miss Construed 44 Haiku
07/13/2015 Miss Understanding 53 Free verse
07/12/2015 Haiku: Crocodile Tears 61 Haiku
07/11/2015 Miss Remembering 53 Rhyme
07/08/2015 Haiku: Traditional 8 62 Haiku
07/06/2015 Oh, Warrior of the Heart 132 Free verse
07/04/2015 Your Missing Love Blooms My Heart - Stimulus:Response 91 Rhyme
06/29/2015 Mildly Amusing Limerick 7 65 Limerick
06/28/2015 The Journey 234 Prose Poetry
06/23/2015 Seasons of the Heart 172 Free verse
06/22/2015 Haiku: Traditional 7 128 Haiku
06/20/2015 Haiku: Traditional 6 107 Haiku
06/17/2015 The Blessings Of Friendship 210 Rhyme
06/14/2015 Twenty Acres More Or Less 147 Free verse
06/12/2015 A Letter To My Muse 83 Free verse
06/07/2015 Safe In Las Vegas 140 Free verse
06/06/2015 Whoo Hooooo - A Song 92 Rhyme
05/29/2015 Belle's Chime 70 Free verse
05/26/2015 No Sweat Revisions - Booze Helps 114 Free verse
05/24/2015 Confusion Reigns 131 Free verse
05/16/2015 Free Verse's Curse 132 Rhyme
05/11/2015 Mind Boggling Limerick 1 98 Rhyme
05/10/2015 Mildly Amusing Limerick 6 118 Rhyme
05/09/2015 Softly Off-Colored Poem - 2 139 Free verse
05/06/2015 The Golden Sieve 96 Rhyme
05/05/2015 Sad Gay Poem 246 Rhyme
05/02/2015 My Uncle Ardean's Lost Chords 177 Rhyme
05/02/2015 Construction Zone - Hard Hats Recommended: An Echo Poem 149 Rhyme
05/02/2015 Forever Mine 130 Free verse
04/30/2015 'Yes' 103 Rhyme
04/28/2015 Reverse Psychology I and II 127 Rhyme
04/27/2015 OK, But I'm Leaving The Seat Up 229 Free verse
04/25/2015 Ghazal: May The Sound Be With You 432 Ghazal
04/24/2015 Trees Please 109 Free verse
04/24/2015 Believe Me 90 Free verse
04/23/2015 Exegesis Of A Poem 90 Free verse
04/20/2015 Softly Off-Colored Poem - 1 130 Free verse
04/19/2015 Just Deserts 89 Rhyme
04/11/2015 The Devil's Wife 268 Blank verse
04/07/2015 Hidey Holes 196 Rhyme
04/06/2015 My Name Is Simply Orpheus 96 Rhyme
04/03/2015 The Liberal Pledge of Allegiance 125 Rhyme
03/30/2015 Do Sane People Have A Chance At Romance 287 Blank verse
03/29/2015 Slim Purse 197 Rhyme
03/28/2015 The Absence of Pain 146 Rhyme
03/27/2015 Robotic Ascension - Part 1 99 Blank verse
03/27/2015 The Blessings of the Day 113 Rhyme
03/24/2015 But Just Where Is God 217 Blank verse
03/22/2015 Haiku: Traditional 5 177 Haiku
03/17/2015 Before Dawn Breaks My Heart 89 Rhyme
03/16/2015 A Robot Assassin Named 'Green' - Part 1 180 Blank verse
03/11/2015 Who I Am 297 Rhyme
03/10/2015 Different Faces 174 Rhyme
03/05/2015 Conservative Hubris, Liberal Guilt - You Decide 141 Rhyme
03/03/2015 Asked and Answered - An Echo Poem 201 Rhyme
02/27/2015 Moot Point - An Echo Poem 145 Rhyme
02/27/2015 Threat Assessment 95 Rhyme
02/26/2015 How It Feels To Feel Loved - Redux 169 Rhyme
02/23/2015 A Poem For Helen 106 Rhyme
02/20/2015 Pain's Necessity - An Echo Poem 222 Rhyme
02/17/2015 On The Road To Recovery - An Echo Poem 193 Rhyme
02/16/2015 Unconditional Love 170 Rhyme
02/14/2015 Whale Speak II - Revised 163 Rhyme
02/11/2015 Shout 229 Rhyme
02/10/2015 Cardboard Castles And Other Retreats 209 Rhyme
02/08/2015 If I Could I Would Be 254 Blank verse
02/06/2015 Adventures of a Summer Day 415 Blank verse
02/05/2015 Pig In A Poke 411 Rhyme
02/03/2015 Daniel's Song 221 Rhyme
02/02/2015 Where A Man Finds Beauty 258 Rhyme
01/31/2015 True Love - An Echo Poem 259 Rhyme
01/29/2015 Being At Choice - An Echo Poem 238 Rhyme
01/27/2015 Embracing the Future - An Echo Poem 228 Rhyme
01/27/2015 He Said - She Said 374 Rhyme
01/26/2015 Black On White 288 Rhyme
01/19/2015 Bedside Manners 327 Rhyme
01/16/2015 What Tomorrow Brings 337 Rhyme
01/15/2015 Haiku: Video Gamester's Heaven 303 Haiku
01/14/2015 Simple 210 Rhyme
01/08/2015 My Dream Letter From You 246 Rhyme
01/08/2015 Friends Speak - An Echo Poem 318 Rhyme
01/06/2015 Simply Bob 300 Rhyme
01/05/2015 As I Get Older 366 Rhyme
01/02/2015 Autumn in Kyoto 322 Blank verse
01/02/2015 If I Could Make You Happy 298 Rhyme
12/27/2014 Oh, Let My Love Like April Rain 358 Blank verse
12/21/2014 Bifurcated Brian - An Echo Poem 257 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.