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A Season Of Letters

The February chill blew through the pastures and hollows around the farm.  It would howl across the open farmland and leave little dust twisters swirling, full of fury and danger.  Snow blanketed the empty fields giving the land an eerie silence.  I stacked some logs from the woodpile into a wind break to shelter me from the blustery snow and cold.  I built a little fire, keeping it small so Daddy wouldn’t come and investigate what I was up to.

My sister, Carol, had moved to the city in the Fall and I missed her so much.  She wrote to me once a week, and I would sit by the road waiting for the postman to bring me her letters.  Sometimes she would send two in the same week.  I would go down by the creek to cane patch circle.  It was a mystical place where the ground was a perfect circle in the middle of the cane patch.  I would sit there on a stump and read her letters over and over.

She would tell me about the city where she worked in a store and got paid every week.  That was beyond belief to me.  She described how she would go to lunch at the diner and have a whole menu to choose from.  The thing that made my heart pound with excitement was the movie theater where she would go every Saturday morning.  Sometimes she would send me a shirt or a new pair of jeans.  I would save them to wear to church or when we went to visit her, and she would tell me how good they looked on me.  It was a season of letters for me, my sister on this grand adventure, and the letters painted them as if they were her own special novel.

The farm became small to me.  I could sense a whole new world out there just waiting for me to see.  I knew someday I too would walk down that long dusty dirt road to see what was around the bend, and one day I would ride away from the farm and find my way in the world.  As I grew older, I wrote to my children of my adventures so they also would know a season of letters.

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Reading and travel were the catalysts that took me to a place where I would write.  Pain and loneliness opened the door to my stories and writing was the gift that healed me.  I write to encourage others to write so that they may find their own healing and share a common bond.  The bond that only writers can share, a mystical thing called Strong Ink.

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Larry Tyler
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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4 CONVERSATIONS

  1. The authors in the history of humanity have always been inspired by emotions, the stronger the emotion, the more they are able to develop a high-level novel.
    Pain represents a privileged access to the understanding of things and loneliness has always been, for artists, a sort of necessary condition to be able to create their works, a refuge in which to hide away from the outside world, which often fails to understand the torments of a creative soul.

  2. You created a magnificent storyline. I can see you as a young boy on the farm while also seeing your sister sitting in that diner in that big city (New York?) where a whole new life opened up for her. I can feel how terribly small your world was in comparison to your sister. You learned your lessons of the “ink” quite well. Along the line, I suspect you also picked up some magic as you are an incredible image-maker.

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