Raymond Blais was born in 1949 and has lived most of his life in Rhode Island, USA. He never married and has no dependents. At seventeen he went to work for a jewelry company. During the six years he worked there, he attended night school to finish his basic education and then technical school to study Computer Sciences. He excelled and had a very successful twenty-five year career with Rhode Island's leading bank. As the computer programming industry matured, his position as a bank officer became less challenging and more business-oriented then technical. So he left at age fifty-five, bought a trailer and traveled west.
For three years, he lived in Las Vegas Nevada, where he played poker every day. After Las Vegas, he returned to Rhode Island and tried several different jobs before finally settling in as a tax return preparer in December 2005. As a tax return preparer, he worked only five months out of the year, which gave him the time off to do others things. That is when he started writing poetry. He was inspired by a single voice over a blow horn during the Bristol R.I. Fourth of July parade. The voice said, "We Love You All" to a group of WW II veterans as they passed by. A poem popped into his head while riding his bike back from the parade. He then thought of a couple more poems, which he posted on his personal website. Friends thought the poems were pretty good so he decided to spend two-plus years putting together a collection of poems to be published in a book www.trafford.com/08-0943 that would focus on his impressions and thoughts of life during that time.
Eleven of his poems have been published. Was awarded poet of the month by the leading Internet community poetry site www.GotPoetry.com. He has also won seven poetry slam contests. Has since retired and lives a life of leisure in a small house in Cranston RI, USA. His leisure activates include gardening, chess, bicycling, internet poker, nature, writing and the arts.
An idea worth spreading
What if the brain has mass and the mind doesn't. The brain and body is just a machine that the mind is running. Say the mind exists at a frequency within the light spectrum? That the amount of visible and invisible sunlight you receive during a single day directly impacts your mental state. That each photon of light that reaches you is strung together with all the other photons that are part of you into something like a movie that is projected out into space and back to the sun. People close together might end up sharing the some of the same photons and become assimilated. What if the sun is the most intelligent living entity in this solar system that is feeding us and is feeding on us? Just a little food for thought!!
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