Tuesday, February 26, was John Steinbeck's 110th birthday. I have a few bits of news to keep you updated on one of America's greatest authors. "Cannery Row in Monterey in California is a poem, a stink, a grating noise, a quality of light, a tone, a habit, a nostalgia, a dream." (Cannery Row by John Steinbeck, 1945). But over the years the one-time center of the sardine industry has been gentrified into a waterfront promenade and shopping district.