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07/20/2021 Hidden Links 26 Rhyme
07/14/2021 Let's All Revere the Right to Vote - New Revisions 42 Rhyme
07/04/2021 The Gift of 'Not' Knowing - now with comments 66 Rhyme
06/26/2021 As Eyes Greet Each Fresh Dawn 42 Rhyme
05/11/2021 Being A Better Man - Revised 86 Rhyme
04/27/2021 Hitechku 66 Haiku
04/26/2021 If the Day Dawns, at Last - Yuliya 91 Rhyme
04/26/2021 If the Day Dawns, at Last - Men's Group 133 Rhyme
04/06/2021 'Continental Drift' - The Metaphor 187 Rhyme
03/18/2021 Agreements are Shams 155 Rhyme
03/13/2021 SURRENDER Your Fear 210 Rhyme
03/11/2021 Time Swirled Messages 128 Rhyme
03/08/2021 In December - On Life's Calendar 182 Rhyme
03/07/2021 Does This Make Sense 314 Rhyme
02/23/2021 Reversals of Fortune - 6 Sharings 207 Rhyme
02/20/2021 My Soul is a Hole I Can't Fill, Much Less Dig 136 Rhyme
02/16/2021 Is Joss Whedon 'I AM' - Christ Reincarnate 186 Rhyme
02/13/2021 The Pursuit of Tomorrow 151 Rhyme
02/02/2021 Win 'The Trip' Murray 234 Rhyme
01/31/2021 My New Normal 183 Rhyme
01/28/2021 'No One's Betrayed Me Like You' 213 Rhyme
01/26/2021 Is Friendship Just a Delusional Fiction 256 Rhyme
01/17/2021 The Last, Best Sips From Life's Glass 174 Rhyme
01/09/2021 The Secret of Wealth 282 Rhyme
01/07/2021 Renaissance Man 259 Rhyme
01/03/2021 Rhyme of an Ancient Mariner 191 Rhyme
12/29/2020 Friendships - The Real and the Possible 161 Rhyme
12/28/2020 Transitional Poetry 139 Rhyme
12/23/2020 Heaven for Dummies, Yes, You - Hell Debunked 247 Rhyme
12/19/2020 I'm Patient with Kimmy 179 Rhyme
12/18/2020 Sea Change 137 Haiku
12/18/2020 Artifact 131 Haiku
12/12/2020 All That Befriends is a Gift 137 Rhyme
12/11/2020 Alien Kingdom 179 Rhyme
12/08/2020 Even if God's Absent 171 Rhyme
12/08/2020 Crown Your Faith With Doubt 173 Rhyme
12/05/2020 The Lever of Faith 126 Rhyme
11/20/2020 Enough Already 253 Rhyme
11/01/2020 The Mystery of Empty Space 231 Rhyme
10/30/2020 Galactic Strings or Void of Space 225 Rhyme
10/26/2020 Halcyon Days 109 Rhyme
10/15/2020 She - For Whom the Snake Coils Revised 169 Rhyme
10/12/2020 Foot in Hand 128 Rhyme
09/30/2020 One Poem, That's It 269 Rhyme
09/30/2020 Am I Vexed, No 143 Rhyme
09/25/2020 Be My Family - Abigail's Dream 131 Rhyme
09/21/2020 Warning: Tree Rings to Jump Through 112 Rhyme
09/20/2020 Merov's Ghost and Other Shots Across my Bow 202 Rhyme
09/16/2020 I'm So Lucky 101 Rhyme
09/14/2020 Finding Shelter During End Times 119 Rhyme
09/04/2020 The Red Turtle's Gift - Redrawn 204 Rhyme
08/30/2020 Competing for Satan's Love 94 Rhyme
08/15/2020 A Callused View of Human Calluses 259 Rhyme
08/12/2020 What Love Might Say 131 Rhyme
08/10/2020 On the Loss of a Friend Who Still Lives 111 Rhyme
08/06/2020 Each Day of Our Lives 213 Rhyme
07/26/2020 The Flood, Christ's Death 125 Rhyme
07/21/2020 A 'Chicken' One Can Milk 128 Rhyme
07/18/2020 My Last Breath 127 Rhyme
07/16/2020 Verda Lee Allen 133 Rhyme
07/13/2020 Tasting Africa, One L----ick at a Time - Part 1 170 Rhyme
07/13/2020 Tasting Africa, One L----ick at a Time - Part 2 169 Rhyme
07/09/2020 Canary Collusion 151 Rhyme
07/07/2020 Intimate Scammers 171 Rhyme
07/02/2020 She Never Chose Me - Revised 135 Rhyme
06/29/2020 Mental Constipation 137 Rhyme
06/29/2020 Life in Deep Space - Air Added 164 Rhyme
06/25/2020 In Praise of the Naked Truth 163 Rhyme
06/14/2020 Living Dangerously 132 Rhyme
05/26/2020 Forever, Love 110 Rhyme
05/18/2020 Hail 'Ha,' Well Met 148 Rhyme
05/17/2020 Discovered Seashells - More or Less Intact 192 Rhyme
05/12/2020 Still Counting Past Blessings 160 Rhyme
05/08/2020 Exigent Kisses 144 Rhyme
05/07/2020 Culling the Herd 164 Rhyme
05/02/2020 Phil - A Memorial Poem 127 Rhyme
04/29/2020 Systemic 'Pandemics' 156 Rhyme
04/23/2020 Vaporku 112 Haiku
04/17/2020 Be Secure in Your Faith 155 Rhyme
04/08/2020 Running Out the Clock 172 Rhyme
03/23/2020 silence - give me breath Revised 154 Rhyme
02/17/2020 Life in Deep Space 164 Rhyme
02/07/2020 All That 'I AM' - Revisited 206 Rhyme
02/02/2020 Seventy X Seven 141 Rhyme
12/10/2019 Dangerous Liaisons - Now With Notes 225 Rhyme
11/28/2019 Warmth 145 Rhyme
11/27/2019 Diana's Dilemma 151 Sonnet
11/16/2019 Even as I Sleep 149 Rhyme
10/27/2019 Clearing Out Old-Growth - Now with notes 245 Rhyme
10/12/2019 An Idiot's Guide to Prostitution 145 Rhyme
10/10/2019 Human Hypocrisy 214 Rhyme
10/09/2019 Things Happen 180 Haiku
10/04/2019 Drink Deeply of This Cup, Dear Friend 222 Rhyme
09/28/2019 Unintended Consequences 136 Rhyme
09/25/2019 Make a Sad Song Better 150 Rhyme
09/24/2019 So Sadly Now, These Arms 180 Rhyme
09/22/2019 Life on the Edge 167 Rhyme
09/05/2019 Humility IS the Brightest Love 175 Rhyme
08/31/2019 Poetry Defined 148 Rhyme
08/28/2019 Although 171 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.