One of the happiest days of my life was a chance meeting with the widow of the literary author, John Steinbeck. He wrote The Grapes of Wrath (which translated in Japan as The Angry Raisins) and all about the Monterey California Peninsula, including Cannery Row, Tortilla Flat and finally, Travels with Charley, his king sized poodle, that he took with him on his travels to Baja, CA. Every year, the city of Salinas, CA., where he was born and raised, holds a festival in honor of his life as a man and author, and in honor of his birthday.

I attended the festival in 2004 and was blessed to meet his widow, Elaine, who had published a book titled John Steinbeck – A Life in Letters. In the book, there was a letter Mr. Steinbeck wrote to Jackie Kennedy after her husband, John, was killed in November, 1963. It was one of the most kind, tender and sincere letters I had ever read; so much so that I made a copy and put it over my desk.

Elaine was very friendly and outgoing and gladly autographed her book for me.

     I recommend going to the Steinbeck Festival every February. Many famous author make the trek there to rub elbows with other literary figures. That day was one of my happiest chance meetings and who knows, you might have one, too.

Rob Feller

Robert Feller is an author of poetry, short stories and memoirs. To get a better glimpse of his work, go to Amazon and check him out. His most recent work, Sounds of Safety and Love – A River, are just a click away.