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05/09/2023 Was Saul a Deeply Flawed Intellectual Snob 395 Rhyme
05/01/2023 A Flirtation With Love - Parts 1, 2, and 3 Finis 433 Rhyme
04/06/2023 Always a Star 408 Rhyme
04/03/2023 Let Me Pen You With Forever Rhyme 425 Rhyme
03/27/2023 A Poetic Exception 434 Rhyme
02/07/2023 My Last Las Vegas Ces 537 Rhyme
01/27/2023 How Pale the Poem - An Echo Poem 486 Rhyme
01/25/2023 'give the Dog a Bone' 270 Rhyme
01/13/2023 God Bless Each Day's Magnetic Field On Earth - With New Footnotes 365 Rhyme
01/02/2023 This Poem's Heart 295 Rhyme
12/24/2022 Leaves of Frost - On Glass 446 Rhyme
12/17/2022 Should We Cower In Life's Castles 312 Rhyme
11/29/2022 Wisdom Seems An Oxymoron 426 Rhyme
11/26/2022 Tiny Flaws 358 Rhyme
11/19/2022 I'M a Christian, You'Re a Christian 356 Rhyme
11/18/2022 Pow - Right On the Kisser 422 Rhyme
11/18/2022 I'M a Fool For You Darling 346 Rhyme
11/09/2022 Do You Love Yourself In God's Will - New Revisions 366 Rhyme
09/24/2022 Bingsley: Carol's Cat 286 Rhyme
09/23/2022 My Last Poem 258 Rhyme
09/18/2022 White Noise 346 Haiku
09/18/2022 'diamond' Health News 330 Haiku
06/16/2022 Is Youth Wasted On the Young 461 Rhyme
05/14/2022 Warning: Barely Closeted Monsters Lurk Here 495 Rhyme
05/07/2022 I'Ve Been So Lucky In Life 1,2 585 Rhyme
04/21/2022 The Best Gifts of This Life - 1,2 586 Rhyme
04/07/2022 Are My Last Legs In Sight - Question Mark 502 Rhyme
04/03/2022 Life In a Tent - Out of a Suitcase 322 Rhyme
03/27/2022 One Eye Or Both 308 Rhyme
03/24/2022 Where We Feel Loved 208 Rhyme
02/21/2022 Seasons of Time 319 Rhyme
02/16/2022 The Kiss Principle 359 Rhyme
01/26/2022 God's Poetry Vs Christ's Grace 202 Rhyme
01/21/2022 The Physics of Poetry, Geology of Truth 333 Rhyme
12/30/2021 There's So Much Left To Learn 421 Rhyme
11/21/2021 Not Yet Who I Would Be 199 Rhyme
09/26/2021 Might God Exist If Truth's a Friend 169 Rhyme
09/19/2021 You Don'T Know Jack 195 Rhyme
09/16/2021 Christ's Message Distilled For Dummies 310 Rhyme
09/12/2021 Motor Home News and Blues 215 Rhyme
07/20/2021 Hidden Links 210 Rhyme
07/14/2021 Let's All Revere the Right To Vote 240 Rhyme
07/04/2021 The Gift of 'Not' Knowing - Now With Comments 296 Rhyme
06/26/2021 As Eyes Greet Each Fresh Dawn 547 Rhyme
05/11/2021 Being a Better Man - Revised 289 Rhyme
04/27/2021 Hitechku 270 Haiku
04/26/2021 If the Day Dawns, At Last - Yuliya 226 Rhyme
04/26/2021 If the Day Dawns, At Last - Men's Group 311 Rhyme
04/06/2021 'continental Drift' - the Metaphor 885 Rhyme
03/18/2021 Agreements Are Shams 316 Rhyme
03/13/2021 Surrender Your Fear 422 Rhyme
03/11/2021 Time Swirled Messages 294 Rhyme
03/08/2021 In December - On Life's Calendar 331 Rhyme
03/07/2021 Does This Make Sense 612 Rhyme
02/23/2021 Reversals of Fortune - 6 Sharings 659 Rhyme
02/20/2021 My Soul Is a Hole I Can'T Fill, Much Less Dig 297 Rhyme
02/16/2021 Is Joss Whedon 'I Am' - Christ Reincarnate 356 Rhyme
02/13/2021 The Pursuit of Tomorrow 294 Rhyme
02/02/2021 Win 'The Trip' Murray 398 Rhyme
01/31/2021 My New Normal 320 Rhyme
01/28/2021 'no One's Betrayed Me Like You' 420 Rhyme
01/26/2021 Is Friendship Just a Delusional Fiction 429 Rhyme
01/17/2021 The Last, Best Sips From Life's Glass 308 Rhyme
01/09/2021 The Secret of Wealth 520 Rhyme
01/07/2021 Renaissance Man 390 Rhyme
01/03/2021 Rhyme of An Ancient Mariner 367 Rhyme
12/29/2020 Friendships - the Real and the Possible 303 Rhyme
12/28/2020 Transitional Poetry 290 Rhyme
12/23/2020 Heaven For Dummies, Yes, You - Hell Debunked 504 Rhyme
12/19/2020 I'M Patient With Kimmy 395 Rhyme
12/18/2020 Sea Change 294 Haiku
12/18/2020 Artifact 326 Haiku
12/12/2020 All That Befriends Is a Gift 300 Rhyme
12/11/2020 Alien Kingdom 340 Rhyme
12/08/2020 Even If God's Absent 305 Rhyme
12/08/2020 Crown Your Faith With Doubt 336 Rhyme
12/05/2020 The Lever of Faith 307 Rhyme
11/20/2020 Enough Already 416 Rhyme
11/01/2020 The Mystery of Empty Space 458 Rhyme
10/30/2020 Galactic Strings Or Void of Space 428 Rhyme
10/26/2020 Halcyon Days 226 Rhyme
10/15/2020 She - For Whom the Snake Coils Revised 348 Rhyme
10/12/2020 Foot In Hand 295 Rhyme
09/30/2020 One Poem, That's It 497 Rhyme
09/30/2020 Am I Vexed, No 335 Rhyme
09/25/2020 Be My Family - Abigail's Dream 327 Rhyme
09/21/2020 Warning: Tree Rings To Jump Through 265 Rhyme
09/20/2020 Merov's Ghost and Other Shots Across My Bow 415 Rhyme
09/16/2020 I'M So Lucky 229 Rhyme
09/14/2020 Finding Shelter During End Times 271 Rhyme
09/04/2020 The Red Turtle's Gift - Redrawn 405 Rhyme
08/30/2020 Competing For Satan's Love 233 Rhyme
08/15/2020 A Callused View of Human Calluses 630 Rhyme
08/12/2020 What Love Might Say 379 Rhyme
08/10/2020 On the Loss of a Friend Who Still Lives 286 Rhyme
08/06/2020 Each Day of Our Lives 378 Rhyme
07/26/2020 The Flood, Christ's Death 318 Rhyme
07/21/2020 A 'Chicken' One Can Milk 282 Rhyme
07/18/2020 My Last Breath 292 Rhyme
07/16/2020 Verda Lee Allen 248 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.