I wrote "Near the Flint Hills of Kansas" from stories my mother told me of what it was like growing up as a child in the early 1900's. I never lived that life, only experienced it through my mothers words. Ever heard of Rosemond Calif.? I lived there for several years as a child. Ever heard of the Mojavi Desert (sp)? No, I didn't live on the Sahara, or the middle east, but I have a pretty good understanding of deserts, and I love them. Their beauty is unmatched. Just haven't come up with the words to express it yet.