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09/05/2019 Humility IS the Brightest Love 37 Rhyme
08/31/2019 Poetry Defined 18 Rhyme
08/28/2019 Although 30 Rhyme
08/19/2019 An Idiot's Guide to Being a Hero 29 Rhyme
08/17/2019 Should Tomorrow Start Without Me 30 Rhyme
08/16/2019 Mixed Metaphors 31 Rhyme
08/14/2019 Humility 57 Rhyme
08/12/2019 Hidden Treasures 27 Rhyme
08/07/2019 'X' Rated - Infinite Stars 19 Rhyme
08/01/2019 The Ins and Outs of Love 32 Rhyme
07/28/2019 Should I Ever Leave You 25 Rhyme
07/26/2019 How I See It - Libs Vs Cons 33 Rhyme
07/25/2019 Schroedinger's Cat 43 Haiku
07/23/2019 'Tasting' the Lips of Heaven 70 Rhyme
07/22/2019 Minimizing Pain 44 Rhyme
07/13/2019 Potty Mouth 52 Rhyme
07/10/2019 There's Too Much Death 47 Rhyme
07/06/2019 Brian's Song - So Easy to Please 29 Rhyme
07/01/2019 So Spaced 57 Rhyme
06/25/2019 Renaissance Man 41 Rhyme
06/24/2019 Octopuses From Outer Space 60 Rhyme
06/23/2019 I Live to Write 34 Rhyme
06/21/2019 I Come Before You 81 Rhyme
06/20/2019 Blue Sky Departures 40 Rhyme
06/14/2019 Worthy of Praise 59 Rhyme
06/10/2019 The Death of God - And Other Matters 60 Rhyme
06/04/2019 Doggerel Romance 74 Rhyme
06/04/2019 The Precipice of Greatness 39 Rhyme
06/02/2019 Poetry or Masturbation 49 Rhyme
06/02/2019 A Healthy Death 37 Rhyme
05/23/2019 Clue 'Kluxless' Christians 97 Limerick
05/20/2019 silence - give me breath 64 Rhyme
05/16/2019 What Moves Me 69 Rhyme
05/10/2019 No One 76 Rhyme
05/07/2019 Oh, Sir 108 Rhyme
05/06/2019 Life With Kimmy 62 Rhyme
05/01/2019 Oh, Don't Blame Me 136 Rhyme
04/28/2019 An Injured Dog 134 Rhyme
04/25/2019 Can't Make Me Stop 54 Rhyme
04/21/2019 The Chosen One 114 Rhyme
04/21/2019 What Then Endures 69 Rhyme
04/19/2019 The Gift of Tears 93 Rhyme
04/07/2019 Slandering a Poet's Poem 78 Rhyme
04/04/2019 To What Friends May Hear My Poems 112 Rhyme
04/04/2019 S--t Happens 133 Rhyme
04/03/2019 No Human Waste Used to Compost the Verses of This Poem 74 Free verse
04/01/2019 The Sins of Men 95 Rhyme
03/31/2019 Poetry for Jack and Jill 104 Rhyme
03/30/2019 Circles Within Circles 125 Rhyme
03/23/2019 Kim's Birthday Poem 92 Rhyme
03/21/2019 An Alternative to Peace 137 Rhyme
03/10/2019 Good Morning, Dear Friend 249 Rhyme
03/01/2019 Can I Say More 128 Free verse
02/16/2019 A 'Lost Men's' Group 105 Rhyme
02/03/2019 Winter Promises 128 Rhyme
01/22/2019 A Prayer 66 Rhyme
01/20/2019 Deborah 182 Rhyme
01/19/2019 Let's Be Clear 154 Rhyme
01/17/2019 Growing Old - The Loneliest Art 285 Rhyme
01/12/2019 How to Find Your Bliss 123 Rhyme
12/23/2018 Christmas Magic - Almost a Sonnet 178 Rhyme
12/22/2018 I'm Better Than You Are - At Being Me 104 Rhyme
12/21/2018 Truth Versus Faith 131 Rhyme
12/14/2018 What's Your Race 92 Rhyme
12/11/2018 Lord, Terraform My Art 121 Rhyme
12/09/2018 My Pleasure 87 Rhyme
12/07/2018 Taste the Air 111 Rhyme
11/26/2018 Staying in Touch 85 Rhyme
11/25/2018 One Day Older 183 Rhyme
11/24/2018 Can Evil Acts Serve God 129 Rhyme
11/18/2018 In God's Image 210 Rhyme
11/02/2018 'Father, Forgive Our Doubt' 182 Rhyme
11/01/2018 Waiting in Airports 176 Rhyme
10/25/2018 Christian Roulette - Wild West Style 174 Rhyme
10/18/2018 The Blessing of Adversity 108 Rhyme
10/15/2018 800 Hits Just Last Friday 139 Rhyme
10/07/2018 I Dream of Being Wrong 121 Rhyme
10/06/2018 Sing Your Heart 143 Rhyme
10/05/2018 Water and Air 240 Rhyme
10/05/2018 Birds of a Feather 122 Rhyme
10/03/2018 Haiku Defined 66 Haiku
09/23/2018 Attachments to Lost Causes 119 Rhyme
09/22/2018 Tandooriku 83 Haiku
09/20/2018 Putting On Paul Bunyan's Shoes 98 Rhyme
09/18/2018 A Trembling Rose 143 Rhyme
09/16/2018 What Works 69 Rhyme
09/15/2018 Buffy's Dilemma 80 Rhyme
09/10/2018 Lost in Consciousness 201 Rhyme
09/07/2018 Have a Heart 128 Rhyme
09/06/2018 fragment 1 87 Haiku
09/04/2018 Raising Your New Parents 138 Rhyme
09/02/2018 First Though, Let Me Close Eyes 185 Rhyme
08/29/2018 Word Play 169 Haiku
08/29/2018 What Do I Owe You 142 Rhyme
08/29/2018 An Infinite Series 93 Rhyme
08/26/2018 'Present' 235 Rhyme
08/21/2018 Just a Normal Day 156 Rhyme
08/19/2018 How Life Does Curve - In Rhyme 156 Rhyme
08/18/2018 In Your Absence 137 Rhyme
08/17/2018 Prosperity for Dummies 103 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.