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12/14/2018 What's Your Race 10 Rhyme
12/11/2018 Lord, Terraform My Art 26 Rhyme
12/09/2018 My Pleasure 28 Rhyme
12/07/2018 Taste the Air 25 Rhyme
11/26/2018 Staying in Touch 33 Rhyme
11/25/2018 One Day Older 34 Rhyme
11/24/2018 Can Evil Acts Serve God 37 Rhyme
11/18/2018 In God's Image 57 Rhyme
11/02/2018 'Father, Forgive Our Doubt' 61 Rhyme
11/01/2018 Waiting in Airports 51 Rhyme
10/25/2018 Christian Roulette - Wild West Style 60 Rhyme
10/18/2018 The Blessing of Adversity 56 Rhyme
10/15/2018 800 Hits Just Last Friday 58 Rhyme
10/07/2018 I Dream of Being Wrong 34 Rhyme
10/06/2018 Sing Your Heart 66 Rhyme
10/05/2018 Water and Air 170 Rhyme
10/05/2018 Birds of a Feather 52 Rhyme
10/03/2018 Haiku Defined 24 Haiku
09/23/2018 Attachments to Lost Causes 65 Rhyme
09/22/2018 Tandooriku 38 Haiku
09/20/2018 Putting On Paul Bunyan's Shoes 42 Rhyme
09/18/2018 A Trembling Rose 60 Rhyme
09/16/2018 What Works 37 Rhyme
09/15/2018 Buffy's Dilemma 37 Rhyme
09/10/2018 Lost in Consciousness 88 Rhyme
09/07/2018 Have a Heart 72 Rhyme
09/06/2018 fragment 1 38 Haiku
09/04/2018 Raising Your New Parents 87 Rhyme
09/02/2018 First Though, Let Me Close Eyes 90 Rhyme
08/29/2018 Word Play 105 Haiku
08/29/2018 What Do I Owe You 68 Rhyme
08/29/2018 An Infinite Series 50 Rhyme
08/26/2018 'Present' 113 Rhyme
08/21/2018 Just a Normal Day 87 Rhyme
08/19/2018 How Life Does Curve - In Rhyme 78 Rhyme
08/18/2018 In Your Absence 74 Rhyme
08/17/2018 Prosperity for Dummies 66 Rhyme
08/15/2018 Oyster Bar Confessions 67 Rhyme
08/14/2018 Oh, Come 119 Rhyme
08/11/2018 Voting With One's Feet 152 Rhyme
08/10/2018 Fool's Gold 81 Rhyme
08/09/2018 Twenty Years Younger 54 Rhyme
08/04/2018 The Futility of Fear 63 Rhyme
08/03/2018 Love Others, Love God 73 Rhyme
08/02/2018 Forsooth, What's Truth 63 Rhyme
07/30/2018 Kiddie Porn 194 Rhyme
07/27/2018 We're Human That's the Rub - Rev 1 207 Rhyme
07/24/2018 Gravity 99 Free verse
07/22/2018 Hail Storm 137 Sonnet
07/13/2018 A New Friend Each Time 106 Rhyme
07/08/2018 One Simple Stone 129 Rhyme
07/07/2018 A Humming Bird's Garden 66 Rhyme
06/25/2018 The Dawn of Self 109 Rhyme
06/25/2018 What Seems True 100 Rhyme
06/23/2018 Wo P3 Ny3 Hc 336 Rhyme
06/23/2018 Diet Daze 130 Rhyme
06/19/2018 A Morning Walk 182 Rhyme
06/17/2018 My Poetry's Not Just the Servant of Pleasure 94 Rhyme
06/17/2018 The Vanity of Being Read 68 Rhyme
06/16/2018 Dump Artificial Goals, Live a Purposeful Life 109 Rhyme
06/15/2018 Too Focused on Health 165 Rhyme
06/14/2018 Scheherazade - A Sonnet 142 Sonnet
06/13/2018 Imagine Now That You Are Loved 98 Rhyme
06/12/2018 'FOX' Invictus 81 Rhyme
06/11/2018 Building Poetic Muscle 54 Rhyme
06/11/2018 Life - 'by Kimmy' 90 Rhyme
06/10/2018 A Witching Woods 102 Rhyme
06/09/2018 Damn Philosophy 154 Rhyme
06/08/2018 In Praise of a New Poem's Title 68 Rhyme
06/07/2018 My Quest - To Be Humble 101 Rhyme
06/04/2018 Giving Love a Chance - An Introduction 177 Rhyme
06/03/2018 Why Poetry 79 Rhyme
06/03/2018 A Passing Beauty 108 Rhyme
06/03/2018 At This Point in my Life 104 Rhyme
06/02/2018 Imagine Me Naked 74 Rhyme
06/02/2018 Return to Eden 121 Rhyme
05/31/2018 They Feed Our Children to the Lions 140 Rhyme
05/31/2018 A Passing Coyote's Love Song 67 Rhyme
05/29/2018 Thank You, Lord, For Failures 109 Rhyme
05/27/2018 Truth Hurts, Love Also 125 Rhyme
05/24/2018 God Forgives Abortionists For He Is One As Well 87 Rhyme
05/24/2018 The Colors of Perfection 140 Rhyme
05/22/2018 The Path to Self 159 Rhyme
05/20/2018 My Desire 129 Rhyme
05/17/2018 Loving God After the Flood 147 Rhyme
05/16/2018 A Buggy World, a 'Buggy' Life 181 Rhyme
05/16/2018 Human Locusts 96 Rhyme
05/13/2018 True Jihad 80 Rhyme
05/08/2018 The Freedom to be Me 159 Rhyme
05/06/2018 Though Time Outlives This Mortal Frame 82 Rhyme
05/05/2018 Reflections on my Reflections 66 Rhyme
05/05/2018 Your Title Here 145 Rhyme
05/04/2018 I Am - You're Art - God IS 127 Rhyme
05/01/2018 I Miss Me More Than You 107 Free verse
04/28/2018 Planet Killers '1' VS Candy Stripers '2' 86 Rhyme
04/26/2018 Presidential Papers - Must Be Red 163 Rhyme
04/22/2018 A Taste of Honey 139 Free verse
04/21/2018 Poetry's Burden 61 Rhyme
04/20/2018 Crawling Toward My Grave 192 Rhyme
04/19/2018 A Melancholy Morning 93 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.