Touch, taste, sight, sound and smell are the senses humans have. I’m pretty sure animals have them too, but I’m dealing with we humans today! These senses are powerful and can change the directions you were going once they kick in. For example if you’re walking down the street and you suddenly smell a delicious smell you are probably going to try to find out where it’s coming from. If it’s from a bakery you might go in and check it out.

However, the most powerful sense to me is sound. Specifically songs. Imagine driving along listening to the car radio and hearing a song that takes you back to your first romance. It can stop you in your tracks as memories come roaring back!

The other day I walked by the TV and on U-tube was an old clip of American Bandstand in black and white. The song everyone was dancing to was Pork Salad Annie! Talk about a flashback to when I was a kid, it put me right back there. I remember coming home after school to catch the latest Bandstand edition.

Of course as soon as I thought about that, a song from today came on outside and hearing that put me right into today. Yes the sense of sound is alive and well here, I hope yours works also! Happy listening!

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!