What a remarkable experience it was last week to visit the Steinbeck Center in Salinas. One is reminded of the enormous impact the writer John Steinbeck had on our civilization during one of the most difficult periods in America's history.
Steinbeck won the Nobel Prize for his last major novel, East of Eden in 1962. Since then students from all over California, most of whom will not likely read his work, nonetheless visit the Center on a daily basis, become enthralled with Steinbeck's activism on behalf of " ... the common man, the poor, the down trodden, the desperate and destitute."
Through study of Steinbeck's commitment to equality, fairness and justice, young people continue to gain a healthy perspective on life as it can still be.
Check out this place if you haven't been there lately.