I grew up on a farm with remarkable parents, two brothers and two sisters, one of them a twin. I was inspired to write this memoir as an homage to my family and the homesteaders who came to America as immigrants, seeking a new life. I lived through the struggle of farm families to bring electricity and telephones to rural America at a time when utilities refused to serve the farmers. Montana, where I was raised, is now a conservative state, but I grew up a progressive-liberal with the values instilled by my parents.
I am a trial lawyer in Portland, Oregon. I learned early in my career that juries relate well to the adages and values I learned on the farm--such as using the rooster's crow to greet the dawn to show the difference between causation and coincidence.