And then there were four. Four good football teams that are trying to get to The Super Bowl. The pinnacle of professional sports. If you win The Super Bowl you are the best professional football team of that year. However, there is more than just football to the cities that are represented this year. Kansas City, Green Bay, Tampa, and Buffalo are all in it. Each city has a tremendous fan base for their teams, and in sports that is a big deal. All year round fans root and follow their teams and if you’ve ever lived in a city where your team is hot, it’s a fun existence. To follow “your” team is a great common ground for local citizens to have one thing to talk about and pull for.

Another thing the four cities mentioned here have in common is food that is associated with them. Tampa has fresh gulf sea food prepared expertly, and Kansas City is well know for it’s Barbecue, Green Bay for cheese and brats, and Buffalo for hot wings. Even if their teams are doing great at the moment, the food there is great all of the time!!

During the bleak winter months, and this year the pandemic, things like food and winning football can make living exciting instead of dull and boring. I’m sure some of you reading this think all this talk of football is boring, but it’s positive talk as opposed to a lot of the negative talk being jabbered by some these days. I for one am excited to see which teams make it to The Super Bowl and equally excited to try some of the food all the cities in the race to the big game are famous for! So here is to Football and Food, two universal favorites. Cheers….

Rick Schultze

A few years ago at a writers conference held in the central Oregon coast town of Yachats, where I live, I listened to the late Ken Kesey, a frequent visitor to the area, tell a writer that this could be a hard place to write. “If you think you can sit there staring at the ocean for inspiration you’re wrong, it’s not out there, it’s in your head!”He was right; it is beautiful here in Lincoln County, the kind of beauty that makes concentrating on anything else tough and since hearing that insight, I’ve written at a desk facing a wall, no windows opening onto a ocean view, although I have one, but it’s worked.I’ve done, and do, different kinds of writing. As a freelance writer I’ve been a observational columnist, a humor columnist, a book and music reviewer for newspapers, magazines, and online.However, as a creative writer, my heart belongs to fiction. In that genre I do short stories, road adventure stories, musical adventure tales, and in current production, are three small novels.So really the purpose of this web site is to give you a glance of some of the things I’ve done, a preview of what’s coming, and hopefully, a view of what it’s like to be a writer living in a small town on the Oregon coast!