I became seventy-two
years old in July of 2014, and I'm a 2nd time author now...
published my first book in 2013 and my second Nov. 20 of this
year. . I grew up on the farm and in the family described in The
Old Man and Me, which I plan to have become at least a three
book series. This is the short version of my bio; the books are
the long version. I may have been a farm kid, but I have a
college degree in biology and a graduate degree environmental
science. My late wife used to call me her “Educated Hick.” I
have a son, Matthew, married to the lovely Leanne, and a
daughter, Elizabeth, married to Nick and mother to my two
grandsons. It’s time to leave a legacy.
Someone wrote a
song about me. It goes, “I’ve been a soldier, a poet, a pawn and
a king...” well, not really a king, and the song isn’t about me,
but the tagline isn’t a bad summary of my life, “I’ve been
everything.” Everything meaning a lot of things I never planned
to be. I spent three years as a soldier, six years as a
college/grad student and a year as a management trainee with
Seiberling Tire/Firestone. I moved on to urban environmental
planning, from there to private environmental consulting, and
then into environmental compliance for a major Midwest Electric
and Gas company... and now Author.
Many of my
readers may have heard of The Hattie Larlham Foundation. Hattie
Larlham was my mother. She was a nurse and a woman of great
compassion. From that and the Old Man’s credo grew the
Foundation, which was started in our old farmhouse. They always
told people it was my fault, because:
Mother was a nurse
at a local hospital, and one night she was ranting about a
neighbor who had to take home a child she couldn't care for.
Finally she said, "Somebody ought to DO something!"
I was trying to study and her rant wasn’t helping. I
looked up and said, "Well, aren't WE somebody?"
out... we were.
Larlham Family Credo
by Dick Larlham - The Old Man
Big people help little people, they do not
Any of us may find ourselves a big person or a little person
depending on time and circumstance.