Tom Osborne’s insightful and informative Green Light (Dec. 23) on Steinbeck, Tide Pool and Stars reveals a little- known John Steinbeck as an amateur marine biologist and his less- known friend, Dr. Ed Ricketts. In this short, beautifully articulated article, Osborne drops us into a sea of hidden delights where one can imagine Steinbeck and Dr. Ricketts as a Holmes and Watson delving the depths to reveal one of life’s great connections, a mystery between life, non-life, and the “elastic string of time.”
How perfectly apt for entering a new year, learning more of the string theory and its application towards unification; how seemingly disparate elements about which we think we know of life, others, even the most famous is only a fraction of their true depth and being. It is always what we don’t know that matters the most. I will think on this while voyaging to places unknown.
Thank you, Tom.
Leah Vasquez, Laguna Beach