Memories of Cheese: Time in a Bottle of Sweet Pickle Relish
What would it be like to experience total memory loss, including not being able to recognize your children, your surroundings, or the man you’ve spent six decades loving? Even more, what would happen if you didn’t even recognize yourself in the mirror? According to the WHO (World Health Organization) 82 million people and their families worldwide will be facing this dilemma by 2030. If that person, someone you love, perhaps even your mother, could clearly tell you how to recover their best memories as a way to honor them, how would you make that happen?
Social Entrepreneur Larry J Snyder is the principal of Focus Income Group, a diversified, private holding company based in Redmond, WA.
A lifetime resident of the PNW, Larry gained his compassion calling from his mother and his business acumen from both his father, grandfather as well as plenty of willing mentors. With family values seeded in building community through generosity, a limitless mindset and non-negotiable kindness, Larry’s path would probably not be described as typical. Today, Larry's most valuable time is spent directly serving others including the unsheltered, the addicted, those who lack access to food around the world, and populations that have very limited education funding. Larry has rallied communities to support several major natural disasters and isn’t afraid to hold public officials to their campaign promises. A regular member of Seattle’s Union Gospel Mission Rescue Van, Larry understands why true human connection is the strongest medicine for those who need it most.
As a business college student, Larry found the love of competition and human potential representing Washington State in national marketing competitions for Delta Epsilon Chi while still engaged full time in the family home furnishings business. Larry found his love of history, art appreciation, and international business while studying at the Fujimora Studio in Florence, Italy. Other creative endeavors include a multiyear run with a large ballet company, film crew for major motion pictures, and founding Fotoitaliana, a stock photography collection.
Larry is the author of two books. Ten Years in Tuscany (Iron Twine Press 2016) is a memoir from living in the tiny village of Montanare (Tuscany) with partner Jill. Which One am I, 12 Extraordinary People like You! (Iron Twine Press 2018) profiles a dozen local community leaders, including Larry’s mother Jean. These are citizens who have fundamentally changed communities through sharing nearly unlimited time, talent and treasure. Larry’s greatest joy is 14 year old Daniela, aka The Greatest kid in the World.