Dan's memoir of growing up on a family farm with roots going back to homesteaders. This book makes you feel part of farm chores that become adventures laced with humor. Dan grew up in a remarkable family you will get to know and love when you read this book.
This memoir makes you feel as if you are part of the action. Treat your self to a delightful read.
I found your description of your life and times growing up on the plains of northeastern Montana brought me back over and over again to my experiences with plains living, farming and Farmers Union in west central North Dakota. I, as you, am so proud of the work our forebears did in building cooperatives and bringing modern services to rural America.
Roger Johnson, President, National Farmers Union
Dan, That was one hell of a memoir. I read it just about non-stop and it held my interest throughout. The well done summary of the book's contents on the back cover hits the main themes and I hope you have the readership that you deserve….your witticisms abounded ! Norm Sepenuk
I really enjoyed your book. Thank you! Your words and stories spoke to me about kindness, tolerance and humanity. Judge Judith Matarazzo
My father died when I was 3 and my brother and I went to live with our grandparents on their homesteaded farm in North Dakota. German immigrants. I could relate so well to many of your stories. "Farm Boy" is truly a love letter to your parents and your family. Well done!!! Rev. Tony Auer
Below is the link to a really enjoyable memoir I am reading by Dan Skerritt [at Tonkon Torp] about how growing up in rural Montana farm made him a progressive. Very easy read, lot of subtle humor N. Robert Stoll
Oh my goodness, what a wonderful narrative of a life simultaneous to, yet so different from mine....I learned much and am delighted. Joanne Sandhu
The Farmers Union
In FARM BOY, I write about the Farmers Union. It was a huge part of our lives. The National Farmers Union (NFU) and state and local chapters such as ours in Madoc, Montana, were the driving force in the battle to electrify rural America and to bring telephone service to the farm. I was delighted that Roger Johnson, President of the National Farmers Union, took time to write his wonderful testimonial about FARM BOY. The NFU remains a vital voice for America's farmers.
Grrrr or Purr
Were I a dog, I'd say grrrr
Or a cat, then I'd purr
As a bird, you'd hear chirp
From a sot, a hic or a burp
My thoughts go this and that way
But I'll always have something to say
Poem for the day
Hearing songs before they're sung
Watching birds already flown
Learning thoughts yet unkown
Tasting air upon my tongue
Just silly me, I suppose,
Seeking glasses on my nose
I sometimes think farm children put themselves in the mind of animals more than typical kids. Once you anthropomorphize , it's a tough habit to break. So my mind wandered as I found myself in a room at the hospital waiting for a family member (all is okay). Here's the upshot of my musings:
A couple, black wings catch my eye.
Crows, I think at first.
No. Too large. Must be Ravens.
I've heard they are the smartest bird.
Do they see me and think, Swede?
No. Too short. Must be Irish.