Rick’s Blog

Well it was all that I could do to keep from falling, sometimes its so useless to pedal in the rain,” It’s from “You Never Even Helped Me Fix My Chain,”  my new country song (thanks to Weird Al… Continue reading

Drama lurks. Continue reading

So, I’m flying down the bike trail on my one hour old racing bike, this combination of space age aluminum and carbon that cost more than my first two cars combined, blissing out on life and oxygen, riding faster than… Continue reading

I’ve found that it can be really difficult to write about something that is important to me without sounding preachy, judgmental, political, or just plain old nagging. That’s because as soon as I step out of my own primary area… Continue reading

“What do you call a writer who doesn’t write anymore?” I asked some friends not long ago. More than a question, it was plea, a cry for aid.  Nothing is coming out! Professional writers sit down and write anyway, opening… Continue reading

“Here, have a seat on it!” the Harley Davidson salesman said, “watch this.” And he flipped a switch, leaned over me and squeezed the clutch and push another button: the motorcycle came alive. The rumble that came from the mass… Continue reading

The secret to life, as far as I am concerned, is in doing stuff. I see it this way: you can lean back on the couch and grab the remote or you can lean forward, over your skis, and let… Continue reading

The popular Prayer of St. Francis, which was written a century after his death, does not mention the word self:

Lord, make me an instrument of Thy peace; Where there is hatred, let me sow love; Where there is injury,… Continue reading

Sometimes, I forget what this creative stuff is all about. I get distracted or even a little lost. Does it happen to you?

I’ve been in an unusual place, at least for me, I haven’t wanted to create. I don’t… Continue reading

Have you noticed how we are supposed to be “positive” all the time? We are supposed to “buy in,” be a “team player,” and “look at the upside.” If we don’t we are labeled as malcontents and even Un-American. No… Continue reading

There is an intersection between doing your work by the letter of the job description and the creative genius who understands the true spirit of the task at hand. I’m going to call this intersection “magic” and it’s a combination… Continue reading

Our culture puts value on “Win-Win” solutions.  You scratch my back and I’ll scratch yours is an essential building block towards a successful community, an logical extension of the concept of what economists call the invisible hand of self interest.… Continue reading