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06/16/2022 Is Youth Wasted on the Young 326 Rhyme
05/14/2022 Warning: Barely Closeted Monsters Lurk Here 368 Rhyme
05/07/2022 I've Been So Lucky In Life 1,2 424 Rhyme
04/21/2022 The Best Gifts of This Life - 1,2 443 Rhyme
04/07/2022 Are my Last Legs in Sight - Question Mark 392 Rhyme
04/03/2022 Life in a Tent - Out of a Suitcase 168 Rhyme
03/27/2022 One Eye or Both 230 Rhyme
03/24/2022 Where We Feel Loved 121 Rhyme
02/21/2022 Seasons of Time 204 Rhyme
02/16/2022 The KISS Principle 207 Rhyme
01/26/2022 God's Poetry VS Christ's Grace 117 Rhyme
01/21/2022 The Physics of Poetry, Geology of Truth 208 Rhyme
12/30/2021 There's SO MUCH Left to Learn 263 Rhyme
11/21/2021 Not Yet Who I Would Be 112 Rhyme
09/26/2021 Might God Exist if Truth's a Friend 94 Rhyme
09/19/2021 You Don't Know Jack 106 Rhyme
09/16/2021 Christ's Message Distilled for Dummies 199 Rhyme
09/12/2021 Motor Home News and Blues 68 Rhyme
07/20/2021 Hidden Links 118 Rhyme
07/14/2021 Let's All Revere the Right to Vote 146 Rhyme
07/04/2021 The Gift of 'Not' Knowing - now with comments 190 Rhyme
06/26/2021 As Eyes Greet Each Fresh Dawn 324 Rhyme
05/11/2021 Being A Better Man - Revised 164 Rhyme
04/27/2021 Hitechku 153 Haiku
04/26/2021 If the Day Dawns, at Last - Yuliya 158 Rhyme
04/26/2021 If the Day Dawns, at Last - Men's Group 217 Rhyme
04/06/2021 'Continental Drift' - The Metaphor 586 Rhyme
03/18/2021 Agreements are Shams 225 Rhyme
03/13/2021 SURRENDER Your Fear 322 Rhyme
03/11/2021 Time Swirled Messages 207 Rhyme
03/08/2021 In December - On Life's Calendar 242 Rhyme
03/07/2021 Does This Make Sense 396 Rhyme
02/23/2021 Reversals of Fortune - 6 Sharings 421 Rhyme
02/20/2021 My Soul is a Hole I Can't Fill, Much Less Dig 194 Rhyme
02/16/2021 Is Joss Whedon 'I AM' - Christ Reincarnate 263 Rhyme
02/13/2021 The Pursuit of Tomorrow 213 Rhyme
02/02/2021 Win 'The Trip' Murray 299 Rhyme
01/31/2021 My New Normal 245 Rhyme
01/28/2021 'No One's Betrayed Me Like You' 290 Rhyme
01/26/2021 Is Friendship Just a Delusional Fiction 334 Rhyme
01/17/2021 The Last, Best Sips From Life's Glass 224 Rhyme
01/09/2021 The Secret of Wealth 396 Rhyme
01/07/2021 Renaissance Man 310 Rhyme
01/03/2021 Rhyme of an Ancient Mariner 241 Rhyme
12/29/2020 Friendships - The Real and the Possible 217 Rhyme
12/28/2020 Transitional Poetry 198 Rhyme
12/23/2020 Heaven for Dummies, Yes, You - Hell Debunked 353 Rhyme
12/19/2020 I'm Patient with Kimmy 311 Rhyme
12/18/2020 Sea Change 193 Haiku
12/18/2020 Artifact 202 Haiku
12/12/2020 All That Befriends is a Gift 194 Rhyme
12/11/2020 Alien Kingdom 257 Rhyme
12/08/2020 Even if God's Absent 213 Rhyme
12/08/2020 Crown Your Faith With Doubt 235 Rhyme
12/05/2020 The Lever of Faith 193 Rhyme
11/20/2020 Enough Already 317 Rhyme
11/01/2020 The Mystery of Empty Space 312 Rhyme
10/30/2020 Galactic Strings or Void of Space 303 Rhyme
10/26/2020 Halcyon Days 159 Rhyme
10/15/2020 She - For Whom the Snake Coils Revised 240 Rhyme
10/12/2020 Foot in Hand 199 Rhyme
09/30/2020 One Poem, That's It 410 Rhyme
09/30/2020 Am I Vexed, No 212 Rhyme
09/25/2020 Be My Family - Abigail's Dream 215 Rhyme
09/21/2020 Warning: Tree Rings to Jump Through 166 Rhyme
09/20/2020 Merov's Ghost and Other Shots Across my Bow 305 Rhyme
09/16/2020 I'm So Lucky 153 Rhyme
09/14/2020 Finding Shelter During End Times 177 Rhyme
09/04/2020 The Red Turtle's Gift - Redrawn 293 Rhyme
08/30/2020 Competing for Satan's Love 153 Rhyme
08/15/2020 A Callused View of Human Calluses 433 Rhyme
08/12/2020 What Love Might Say 188 Rhyme
08/10/2020 On the Loss of a Friend Who Still Lives 191 Rhyme
08/06/2020 Each Day of Our Lives 281 Rhyme
07/26/2020 The Flood, Christ's Death 201 Rhyme
07/21/2020 A 'Chicken' One Can Milk 185 Rhyme
07/18/2020 My Last Breath 215 Rhyme
07/16/2020 Verda Lee Allen 176 Rhyme
07/13/2020 Tasting Africa, One L----ick at a Time - Part 1 236 Rhyme
07/13/2020 Tasting Africa, One L----ick at a Time - Part 2 221 Rhyme
07/09/2020 Canary Collusion 201 Rhyme
07/07/2020 Intimate Scammers 228 Rhyme
07/02/2020 She Never Chose Me - Revised 192 Rhyme
06/29/2020 Mental Constipation 225 Rhyme
06/29/2020 Life in Deep Space - Air Added 215 Rhyme
06/25/2020 In Praise of the Naked Truth 223 Rhyme
06/14/2020 Living Dangerously 194 Rhyme
05/26/2020 Forever, Love 167 Rhyme
05/18/2020 Hail 'Ha,' Well Met 223 Rhyme
05/17/2020 Discovered Seashells - More or Less Intact 255 Rhyme
05/12/2020 Still Counting Past Blessings 216 Rhyme
05/08/2020 Exigent Kisses 201 Rhyme
05/07/2020 Culling the Herd 252 Rhyme
05/02/2020 Phil - A Memorial Poem 185 Rhyme
04/29/2020 Systemic 'Pandemics' 238 Rhyme
04/23/2020 Vaporku 189 Haiku
04/17/2020 Be Secure in Your Faith 196 Rhyme
04/08/2020 Running Out the Clock 216 Rhyme
03/23/2020 silence - give me breath Revised 202 Rhyme
02/17/2020 Life in Deep Space 215 Rhyme


Quote Left Physics and Math are as real as it gets, Philosophy is just entertainment! Quote Right
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Quote Left Like a tangible ether, your heart is what floats art! Quote Right
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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.