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07/22/2020 Spouses 16 Free verse
07/11/2020 Life's Pathways 22 Free verse
07/06/2020 Believe in self or god 56 Free verse
01/28/2020 Power Rules 161 Free verse
01/21/2020 I Marched On 173 Free verse
01/02/2020 Marriage 103 Free verse
12/02/2019 Being Hungry in America 188 Free verse
12/01/2019 Death and Spirit 229 Free verse
11/09/2019 Knowing and Believing 110 Free verse
11/07/2019 Pray 126 Free verse
10/09/2019 Where do I sit 130 Free verse
10/09/2019 My poems 195 Free verse
10/09/2019 How America has changed 199 Free verse
09/21/2019 Goodbye 258 Free verse
09/13/2019 Gun on my Temple 188 Free verse
09/11/2019 Yin and Yang 148 Free verse
09/10/2019 Meaning of Love 127 Free verse
09/09/2019 Goodby, My Best Friend 167 Free verse
09/07/2019 Sacrifice 221 Free verse
09/05/2019 Old Age 107 Free verse
09/01/2019 Ocean 170 Free verse
08/27/2019 Loneliness 109 Free verse
08/26/2019 God and Christianity 155 Free verse
08/24/2019 Source of Hate 290 Free verse
08/24/2019 Living 106 Free verse
08/21/2019 Twinkling of an Eye 261 Free verse
08/16/2019 Kindness 151 Free verse
08/15/2019 Gratitude 144 Free verse
08/11/2019 My way is the right way 254 Free verse
08/10/2019 Spoonful of Rice 601 Free verse
08/07/2019 Human Seasons 277 Free verse
08/05/2019 Peace 117 Free verse
08/04/2019 Joy 114 Free verse
08/03/2019 Scars of War 128 Free verse
08/01/2019 Orphans 130 Free verse
07/29/2019 Alone 136 Free verse
07/28/2019 Children and Wars 113 Free verse
06/10/2019 I hate war 204 Free verse


Quote Left How to be the BEST that you can be. FOCUS on your goal and be PERSISTENT. Quote Right
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Quote Left Life is 10% what happens to you, and 90% how you react to it. You are in charge of your ATTITUDE. Quote Right
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Quote Left Even monkeys fall from trees. If you want to succeed, don't be afraid to fail. Quote Right
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A native of Seoul, South Korea, Hi-Dong Chai was educated in the United States with a Ph.D. in electrical engineering.  After working nineteen years for IBM, he accepted a professor of electrical engineering position at San Jose State University and taught there for fifteen years. He was recognized as a leading authority of magnetic actuator design. He is the author/coauthor of 40 technical papers. He is the inventor/co-inventor 52 inventions that were either published in the IBM Invention Disclosure bulletin or filed for U.S. patents.  He is also the author of a book, Electromechanical Motion Devices, Prentice Hall, 1998. 

With all his professional accomplishments, he did not forget his life’s journey through Korea as the last son of a Christian minister. He did not forget his father in prison under Japan’s rule. He did not forget his fifteen-year-old brother, volunteering to join the Japanese military during WWII in the hope of having his father released from prison, coming home and dying from his injury. He did not forget his father taken away the communists during the Korean War, never to return. He did not forget his mother, whose life had been shattered by the wars but led her last son with love and wisdom.

After retiring in 2002, he decided to spend his remaining years sharing his life stories with the world. My Truest Hope was published in the 2012 August issue of the Guideposts magazine; it won the award for Writerstalk Challenge for Memoir by South Bay Branch of California Writers Club in February 2013. Also Blossoms and Bayonets coauthored with Jana McBurney-Lin was published in 2013; Jana has turned the life of his family under Japan during World War II into a historical novel. Shattered by the Wars, the story of his family during WWII under Japan and during the Korean War, was published in 2013, and its second edition with a new title, Sustained by Love thru Wars, in 2016.