Presidents day always makes me smile! Seems like we can’t decide which President to honor so we’ve just lumped them all together and you get to decide which one to honor! These days that could be scary, choose the wrong President and someone is going to be mad at you!

However it’s a national holiday so there is no mail and banks are closed so it’s truly a day when little gets done! I’ll be a wise guy here and say that does sound like something a President would do.

While I’m at it I wonder what ever happens to the time we loose when we set our clocks back for daylight savings time? Do we ever get it back? Just wondering.!

I do love holidays though, like the 4th of July. Now that is a holiday where you can blast off fireworks, BBQ, and generally have a fun time. That to me signifies a good holiday. However I’ll take Presidents day and enjoy it. After all a lot of us get the day off and that’s worth something.

Another thing I’m grateful for is living here on the Central Oregon Coast in Waldport and avoiding the ice and snow that made Portland and the Willamette valley a mess. Ice, snow and power outages make life miserable. Not only can you not get around very easily, it’s damn cold when the power is out and there is no heat. And to compound matters is that the power companies can’t get to the downed lines to restore power. Plus the multitude of accidents caused from people driving to fast in the hazard conditions. So to finish off this column I’ll just say that while I may complain about the wind and rain here on the coast, I’m glad I’m here and that I can enjoy life without the frigid and rough conditions found in other parts of this great state!

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!