The beauty of our environment surrounds us always.It’s easy to take things for granted and not to appreciate them. But sometimes that isn’t the way it works. The things you take for granted change with the situation, time, or even physical movement. Imagine if the electricity and water weren’t working. You’d be upset to say the least. We take those important parts of our lives seriously and we also take for granted that they will work. But these are two main things in our daily lives and they appreciated.

However, there are many things we take for granted that we hardly even think about. For example when I lived in Yachats we had a gas station then we didn’t. It was gone! Whoops couldn’t take that for granted any more. We still take for granted the the grocery stores, library, law officers and other staples of life for us that live on The Central Oregon Coast. But one thing I find many us forget because we take it for granted, is the beauty of the area.

The other day I was talking to my new neighbors who moved here from Texas. The kids were amazed at how green and lush it is here as opposed to where they had been living They were also amazed by the river, bay and ocean. Well I live here and take all of that for granted. I had forgotten how stunning the beauty of the area is to someone who has never seen it before. I really gained appreciation for the area all over again after that conversation I will certainly never just take it for granted. It’s time to “Stop and Smell the Roses”, and I took a good sniff.

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!