An Old Man And His Dog

These are the twilight years.  A life led to its fullest, working until you could barely get your boots off at the end of the day.  Love and happiness, now found and lived, now gone.

I will take a pause and sit here with my dog for a while on these steps.  It is just him and me now.  Maybe a book now and then and breakfast with my old friends.

It seems that fewer and fewer show up anymore.  There are still a few more dirt roads to walk down and a few more stories to write.  Maybe someday someone will tell a story about us, an old man and his dog sitting on the steps.

Point Of View

It seems that it truly isn’t over until it is over.  There comes a time when coffee with a friend or a walk down a path with your dog in tow is enough.  We no longer chase after life; we sit under an oak tree sipping coffee and enjoy it.  We don’t need more and, in fact, we need much less.



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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  1. Your Point of View is so beautifully said Larry, and oftentimes, I wish I could take a break or retire, but the call for “help” and to share is just too great for me to ignore. ?

    “Best Attitude for living a Life Well Lived is to Feed Your Heart with Love and Harmony AND DO IT NOW! Not tomorrow, NOW!!!!” Nick Catricala

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