Sitting outside in the Sun in early December on the Oregon Coast is great! It’s not always like that, rain is more likely. But not today and the many birds that live where I do are digging it too. While I’m kicking back enjoying the day the birds are probably getting ready for Winter. But today we are both happy with the weather.

However I do have one complaint besides 2020 in general, and that is having to come up with new password every time I have to get an account on line. I understand the need for security, but dang I have a bunch of passwords for a bunch of accounts written down, but every time I need a new one I struggle to come up with a new one! But I’ll take the blame and still complain about it.

On to things I don’t complain about. People when I see them, since I don’t go out much, are much friendlier and polite than I remember. Perhaps “absence makes the heart grow fonder”,is true? I’m sure that it’s that folks have spent more time with themselves than ever before, and can appreciate that we are humans and a lot alike. Everybody has had a rough time this year and I think the common bond between all of us is clear. It doesn’t matter if you are black, white, brown, yellow or red, we all feel pain and frustration. So lets all take a look at each other and be kind, understanding, safe and healthy, and make 2021 a great and positive year!!!

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!