Who I Am

If you want to know me, look at the lines in my face and the scars on my hands.  They were earned through a lifetime of learning and growing.  I have never been afraid of my tears whether in pain or joyous laughter.  It is comforting to be sitting in a cafe by the sea in the early morning hours sipping coffee and reading a worn book of poetry or the dark stories of desperation and despair from John Steinbeck.  Life gives us our joy and equal parts of sadness.  In truth that makes us who we are.

The roads have been long, and I have worn out many pairs of boots walking the backroads and byways, often putting folded paper in them to cover the blown soles.  A price we pay for the life we live and the roads we choose.  Without the journey we would have no stories to write and how would people know who we are.

In the end, we start the journey home, after all the wayfarer can only dream of home, he cannot feel its comfort.  In truth, home is where we all come back to.  It is a place where the light is left on to guide us and the hearth kept warm to provide comfort.

Point Of View

Who we are is shaped by where we have been, and the tribulations we face in life, the wondrous things we have seen and done, and lastly from all the people we meet and the ones that become a part of our life.

Who I am when I come home is the sum of all I have done, and the stories other wayfarers shared with me on the dirt road.


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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