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Will The Coronavirus Kill “Shakespeare?”

Will The Coronavirus Kill “Shakespeare?”

(This story was originally published on April, 10, 2020. It was updated on May 11, 2020.)

Will the coronavirus kill “Shakespeare?”

Are you daft, man?

William Shakespeare, aka “The Bard,” playwright of Stratford-On-Avon in Merry Olde England, died on April 23, 1616, over 400 years ago.

So the coronavirus can’t kill him. He’s long dead.

But could it “kill” his work which has survived from the reign of Queen Elizabeth I into the long reign of her namesake, Queen Elizabeth II?

Or more importantly, even if his plays survive in writing, will the theater companies—one in particular—which have been performing them into the second decade of the 21st century escape this modern day plague alive?

And why should I care?

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How “Sweet” It Is: Hiking in Oregon’s Coast Range

How “Sweet” It Is: Hiking in Oregon’s Coast Range

One of the great things about living (as I now do) in Eugene, Oregon are the nearby natural wonders: Mountains, lakes, rivers, streams, and the beaches and sand dunes at the shore of the Pacific Ocean.

During the past year I’ve had an opportunity to explore some of the scenic places with an hour or so by car from my home.

And the sweetest of these visually “sweet” destinations is in the Coast Range west of the Willamette Valley.

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Winding Your Way Across Oregon’s Mid-Willamette Valley Wine Country

Winding Your Way Across Oregon’s Mid-Willamette Valley Wine Country

Both resident and visiting wine drinkers in Oregon’s Willamette Valley are confronted with a Gordian knot-like problem: With over 500 wineries, how can you possibly figure out which to visit and which to skip?

(Jason Lander Flickr Photo)

But there’s a simple solution: Rather than spending hours visiting Websites or consulting guidebooks to decide where to go, just pick a few and go taste wine!

Here are five wineries, plus a couple of places to taste beer and eat good food, that I discovered during a three-day, two-night long weekend in mid-valley back in April of this year.

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