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The Old Blue Wingback Chair

I sit often in the old blue wingback chair by the window.  I have had that chair for many years, and it is my favorite place to just sit and relax.  Sometimes I read a good book, savoring each page taking the time to feel the story, the imagery, and the powerful words.  I like to place my bookmarker on the page, close the book and let the story be a part of how I relax, closing my eyes and seeing what I read as if I were a part of the story.

The view from the window holds many tales, a small patch of woods opens to horses in a field: they seem almost within reach.  I have a small garden by the window, and I can always see the butterflies, hummingbirds and many songbirds.  Often, I will see a rabbit or deer walking down the dirt road, a stone’s throw from my window.  It is a peaceful place, a secret place where many stories live.

My dog Buddy and me are the only ones that sit in the chair. I never make him move when he is there.  I give him some time to enjoy the old blue chair.  We both are growing old, and this is our time to rest and reflect on a life that seems to get better as the years’ pass.

I find myself going back to the books of my youth, John Steinbeck, Hemingway, Edgar Allen Poe, and F. Scott Fitzgerald.  Reading them is a visit to a place where my love of writing and reading started.  I often wonder when my time comes where my books will go.  Will they be boxed up, forgotten, and who will sit in my chair?  I wonder if they will see the things that made me love sitting in the old blue chair.

I am sure that I will spend more days in that chair, write many more stories and spend many days on the lost highways with my dog.  When I look down that long stretch of dirt road, I notice that the light is a bit brighter than in years past.

Buddy and I always take the long way home knowing the old blue chair will be there waiting for us.

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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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