This time of year the gardens around Waldport are different degrees of beautiful. I think we ought to thank the gardeners who’ve provided us with the beautiful sights.

There are several kinds of gardens but the ones I’m talking about are those that are individual home ones for beauty possibly growing some small produce like lettuce., carrots and other goodies. And of course the community gardens.

I have no green thumb but I did work one summer at a plant nursery so I’m familiar with those folks who buy pants and then grow gardens. The community gardens are managed by several individuals Where as the home garden is usually managed by one person. These gardeners are passionate about their gardens and work tirelessly at keeping them in top shape. Some know very inch of the ground they grow on and meticulously plant according to a set plan, while others plant willy nilly and let nature set it’s course.

The next part of gardening is the key to beauty. Tending to the garden to keep it looking good. Here’s where watering, fertilizing, trimming and of course weeding comes in This what separates the great gardeners from the good gardeners, there are no bad gardeners, some are just better than average.

All in all, I really appreciate the bight colorful plots of manicured

foliage that gardeners provide for us! And thanks to the community gardens for what they give to folks that need it. And thanks all of those with green thumbs that are using them!

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!