Who I Am (Part Two)

–Short Stories, Poetry, Storytelling, And Photography

I don’t pray that much anymore.  I figure by now God knows who I am and what I have done in my life.  He helped me plenty in my younger days and I still hold that help close to my heart and soul.  I don’t drink Bourbon that much anymore but every now and then I like to feel the warmth going through my body.

I still go to church on Sundays, but I sit in a pew way in the back row.  I sit quietly not so much listening to the preacher but feeling the peace and contentment of my old age.  I do prefer to sit by the river with my old dog, feels the same as church to me.

I don’t have as many friends, I lost a few along the way and hopefully, they are waiting to greet me when it is my time.  Most of my friends I have known all my life and I cherish each and every one of them.  Some of us meet from time to time and have coffee and conversation, talking mostly about the old days.  We were the wild ones living large and owning it, but that time has passed.

I don’t mind being in this part of my life.  I watch the new day unfold, painting the sky with colors as if an artist touched the clouds with his favorite brush.  The birds sing like a soundtrack for the new day.  I have my wife and family near, not to mention an old hound dog with beautiful brown eyes and a loving little group of three called the poodle pack.

It has been a long life and now it’s time to sit by the window and read or watch the birds. It is a peaceful time, mostly I try to touch the memories I have made and give them life by writing them down and sharing with others the things I have seen and done.

For now, I will sit here with Buddy my dog, and watch the sky light up again as the sun slowly sets one more day with the colors of life painted in the clouds.

Part One: Who I Am | BIZCATALYST 360°


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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