The Winter Blahs

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What are your Winter activities that help you get through the Winter blahs? Well there are some folks that come over here to The Central Oregon Coast to “Storm Watch”. They are kind of like those who case Tornadoes. But you have to admit we do have some spectacular storms and if you like them that’s the ticket!

Other ways to keep from getting the blahs can be productive like learning how become a better cook, painter, reader, indoor mechanic, or a variety of other indoor activities you can do in the comfort of home rather that being outside in the; yep you guessed it, Rain!

Music is another great way to keep you entertained when it’s too gloomy and wet to go outside and take a walk. There are so many kinds of music to listen to, or make, that sometimes deciding what music to enjoy at the moment can be a problem. However, it’s a good problem. If you like music, every choice is a good one. If you love your selection that’s great, if it’s not a favorite, I’m sure you have a memory of when you first heard it and that can be fun remembering that first time and why you didn’t like it.

Still another way to beat the Blahs is to find a facility that you can visit to do some physical working out. There are several locations in Lincoln Country that are really good places to work out. Once you’ve had a good workout the winter weather is easy to handle, you’re full of energy and ready for the next chapter of “How To Beat The Winter Blahs”. So have some fun this Winter and look forward to Spring!

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!