F. Harlan Flint
Time & Location
About the Event
The book has two overlapping story lines. It describes the end-of life journeys of two dissimilar but treasured people. One was the author’s wife, Chris, with whom he followed a path bringing them close to the community of people whose ancestors were among the first European settlers of New Mexico. The other, his friend, Baudelio Garcia, was the last of a long line of Hispano pioneers who found a home in the north country. Other characters are people met along the way and the places where they came together. The first was Santa Rita, the ephemeral Hispano community where Flint and Garcia built the family a straw bale cabin. Another place pivotal to the tale, was the roadside café in a small town where they often spent time on the way to and from the remote cabin.
F. Harlan Flint was born in Rhode Island. He attended Swarthmore College and then the University of New Mexico, where he earned his law degree after three years in the Army. He met his wife Chris as he was beginning law school and after graduation they moved to Santa Fe where he served first as an Assistant Attorney General and then as General Counsel for the State Engineer and Interstate Stream Commission. During their eleven-year stay in Santa Fe, their three children began school and Flint became an advocate for the underserved Hispanic students in the public schools, leading to his election to the School Board. He left New Mexico for a career as a corporate executive, retuning home to Santa Fe on retirement. He is also the author of “Hispano Homesteaders” and “Journey to a Straw Bale House”.