Now that Daylight Saving is gone for this year, just what do I do with the extra hour I gained? I know for sure I can’t save it like in a savings account otherwise I’d save a weeks worth then take a week off!

However, Daylight Savings time may be going through some changes soon. Some folks want it year round, others want it scraped.

Daylight Saving Time began a long time ago with the reasons being able to save energy because people would be outside not using energy. Another reason was for agriculture production from farmers taking advantage of the longer days, But many feel Daylight Savings Time has outlived its benefits, in fact several states don’t use it at all.

Personally I like Daylight Saving because of the long days and if you live on The Central Oregon Coast there is a lot to see so we spend a lot of time outside checking things out. The animals that live near me don’t know the difference between Daylight Savings and regular time since they don’t have to change their clocks but I know they like the longer daylight times.

So perhaps Daylight Savings will go the way of the old pay phone booth and it will soon become an answer in a trivia game. Time marches on and as we move into Winter and regular time keep your ears open, Daylight Savings might mean something different next years! Oh I hope you set your clocks back and saved your hour!

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!