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A Collage Of Images

Our life is a collage of images.  Some are beautiful, some disturbing, and some inspiring.  On our journey in life we collect a scrapbook of images and in the Autumn of our life we sit together by the fire and turn the pages.

Some images will bring us great sorrow as they remind us of loved ones or pets that are now gone.  Other images will be happy and remind us of the first time we rode a bike or our first puppy.  We must embrace both as each feeling teaches us to be strong as well as humble.

In this the twilight years, we remember the long ago with clarity. 

With amazing detail, I can still see my first dog, the softness of her coat and the sound of her bark.  I can see her running in the fields and inhale the deep earthy smell of the soil. The recent memories seem to fade and maybe as we get older you have less people to share them with, fewer reasons to share them and like the morning mist we see a faded outline while beautiful, it may be only the mist we remember.

Point Of View

Someone once asked me why I wrote.  It consumes an amazing amount of time and I assure you it is not going to make me rich.  I write so that my children can touch and feel my words telling of the ones that came before us and the stories they told me.  These are the chronicles of our family and even though they come from my childhood memories and are deeply rooted in a child’s remembrance at least they may feel what it was like in the time before them and cherish the things the elders left behind.

Larry Tyler
Awaken the possibilities … then unleash them. After 55 years of successful retail management, I have returned to my passion of writing. I write Poetry, Storytelling, and Short Stories. As a child, I grew up on front porch storytelling. I would sit and listen to my Dad and his brothers tell these great stories that were captivating, and I always wanted to hear more. I wanted to experience the things they talked about. I started writing at a young age and reading everything I could get my hands on. At twelve years old I started a storytelling group and several of my friends became writers or poets. At 16 I hopped box cars and worked the tobacco fields, orange groves, picked cotton, and spent many nights around a campfire listing to life stories. Someone once asked me why I wrote. It consumes an amazing amount of time and I assure you it is not going to make me rich. I write so that my children can touch and feel my words telling of the ones that came before us and the stories they told me. These are the chronicles of our family and even though they come from my childhood memories and are deeply rooted in a child’s remembrance at least they may feel what it was like in the time before them and cherish the things the elders left behind. I am a Columnist & Featured Contributor, BIZCATALYST360 and I have The Writers Café, a group on LinkedIn that features Poets, Writers, Artists, Photographers, and Musicians . On Facebook I have two groups and one page; Dirt Road Storytelling, From Abandoned To Rescue Dogs And Cats, and About Life, Love And Living. As writers, it is true that we honestly do not know what we hold within us until we unleash it. When our words inspire others only then will inspiration return to the writer. I will spend my twilight years in search of the next story, the next poem, and the next image. I will take the time to enjoy my Wife, our Dogs, and Cats, and our amazing new home and I will always find the time to walk down a dirt road I truly hope is that I never have to read another book on Leadership, be on a conference call or see another plan o gram as these were the tool for what I did in life and not about who I am.

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  1. Sadly most people like myself didn’t discover the power and importance of these stories and memories until I too began reflecting in later years about my own life and the stories I wanted to leave my own children. So many years I wasted wisdom rushing around creating my own story. A little more thought about my parents stories would have provided wisdom at an earlier age if I had simply stopped to reflect

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