Test your Oregon, Lane County history

En route to Yachats Friday, I was reminded that Florence-to-Yachats on Highway 101 is my favorite 20-mile stretch of highway in the state of Oregon. But did you know that back in the 1970s, it was almost ruined by the building of a nuclear plant? Huh? You didn’t? Well, then, you need to take my Lane County historical trivia test to challenge yourself and learn. (Answers at the end and, no, they’re not upside down.) 1. Name the Eugene...

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Accidentally finding Walden Pond

In my book, “Pebble in the Water,” I quote the Jewish philosopher Martin Buber, whose words have never spoken more clearly to me than they did this week as I spent a week in Massachusetts while speaking to three medical groups: “Every journey has a secret destination of which the traveler is unaware.” As with most trips, wife Sally and I experienced some low moments: having to pay $32 a day to park our rental car at our downtown hotel;...

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