I just read today’s Commentary [Michael Romain, News, April 14] and want to let you know how much I enjoyed it. You brought in a range of other writers’ perspectives and described how they hit you in a specific landscape (toney/snooty Wilmette).
In your unplanned visit to the Chicago Botanic Gardens, you mixed the messages you were reading with your reactions to the plantings, ponds and statues. You implicitly invited me, the reader, to do the same.
When you stopped by the prominent statue of Linneaus, I recalled that my learning about him in biology class years ago was all about classification of plants without mentioning his race-based classification of humans.