Sure it’s summer and Baseball season is going full blast.  But the other day I saw a neighbor and somehow the conversation turned to Football. Now this isn’t really to odd since I am a big Football fan and my neighbor is a huge fan of The Green Bay Packers.  So we started talking had a great conversation

I admit to being a Sports fan. And I think that Sports is a good way for folks to communicate with one and another.

It’s that part of a person that has a “Favorite” team, athlete, school, or just the excitement that comes with Sporting events. It’s something one can be passionate about and express that passion without being judged.

Everyone knows a passionate Sports fan and just puts up with them unless they are rooting for the same team as you are then they are just friends!

I’ve found Oregon a great place to be a Sports fan. The colleges have top notch athletic teams in a variety of sports. Many high-schools have big time programs and attendances. Given that this is the Northwest, there are several teams in several sports that get a lot of attention.

So it’s not to hard to find an Oregonian who doesn’t have some interest in Sports and some great opinions on what would make their favorite Sports entity better.

What’s great about that is that a discussion will soon follow but it will a constructive discussion where both sides can win.

Both sides of the discussion will take suggestions from the other side. That is what Sport does, it’s a game. It’s not life or death like real world problems can be, but more of escape to another part of life that is fun and exciting.

Sure it hurts when your team gets beaten. But in Sports there is always a “Next Time”.  So if you find yourself with strangers try mentioning Sports and I bet you’ll end up communicating in a good way. So enjoy your favorite Sports and may your team win!!

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!