Your first day of school can be a preview of life to come . You are now out in the world of other people and other ideas and you’ll see many changes. It’s bound to be a big adventure and hopefully it turns out to be a great adventure.

When you first start school you’re real young and everything is new. Being away from home, meeting others and other firsts dominate your world. However, about the time you reach Junior high or high school you pretty much know your way around school. You’ve learned socialization and if you do or don’t really like school. This is where life intersects with school life and what you’ve learned kicks into your daily activities.

By now you know to recognize who is in charge. Be it your teacher, coach, or bosses at your part time summer jobs. You also know what works and what doesn’t. Unless you like trouble you’ve learned how to avoid it. Then you move on to after high school life and the next big step. Do I continue going to school or do I move into life after school?

At this point it takes a bit of luck and a solid idea of what’s next. Be it college, work, the military, or a multitude of other options there is one clear hint: you need to apply what you’ve been taught in school. Be on time, be clean, be courteous and be nice to others. Good luck with this adventure and happy sailing!!

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!