On April 7, 2014, Morning Edition invited listeners to write about their favorite block, so here's my little piece:

My favorite block is a Kansas mile.
Here my great grandfather claimed the family farm.
Past summers live in memory, the shade of oaks and elms,
   pioneer-planted hedges of Osage orange lining alfalfa fields and pastures never plowed.
Lightning bugs lit the darkening twilight shadows as the cicadas droned their buzzing song in the trees.
From a front porch swing a lucky boy might watch a Kansas electrical storm,
  the greatest show on earth