Oregon Ducks BasketballFor the first time in school history The Oregon Women Duck’s basketball team have made it to the the Final Four. The final four is the four best college teams seeking the National Championship! However, the Ducks fell to Baylor in a fantastic and thrilling game, still the overall feeling in Oregon is a very proud and positive one.

I’m saying this for a reason. Because at in one point in my life I lived in a city which won a World Championship in basketball. To describe the feeling and mood of that city during the chase to the championship was one of total positivism!  Every body and every business from bars and restaurants to hardware stores was into it. It was a good way to strike a common ground with most everyone. It was unifying and exciting to be able to focus on one thing despite the varied interests people have.

In today’s world there is a lot of tension over politics. And there’s other hot buttons topics. But something as simple as a successful basketball team like the Oregon Ducks can make that all dissolve with a mere mention of the team and it’s latest game. It’s the first thing you hear about on the morning and evening news, a much happier news story that most that flood the airwaves.

Of course prior to the big game there is a good amount of talk about the “what ifs”

What if Oregon comes out shooting great and hitting everything? Or will they go cold? What if their opponent has more big game experience? Now not everyone is into sports. But the local connection being The Oregon Ducks will entice some non-sport folks to be into it if only for the moment. However it is an exciting time and like I’ve mentioned before a great way to start a conversation. It touches on something that is far better than the negative conversations that sadly have become the norm!

It’s too bad the Ducks didn’t make it to the championship. But they should, and will hold their heads high and re-load for next season!!

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!