The photo on the cover of the book was taken when the author was 17 months old.

A Review

My Brave Little Man is a captivatingly detailed account of T.A. Degner’s early life, beginning with his sometimes bitter, sometimes sweet rural childhood, and ending in a Dickensian description of the years he and his siblings spent in a Duluth orphanage. The story profiles an era in a setting that has not been well documented in either fiction or memoir until now. The author spins tales of his transformation from a sweet little blond cherub to a strong-willed school-age rebel. Often funny, sometimes hair-raising, it is the inspirational story of a vigorous spirit meeting multiple challenges and emerging, though somewhat bruised, as essentially whole and strong.”
—Lynn Cross, editor; storyteller; poet, and copywriter

Lynn's website is

This website is dedicated exclusively to the readers of a series of books I wrote, subtitled, The My Brave Little Man Memoir Series. I started writing the first book in the fall of 2004 and I completed the last of the three-book series on July 6, 2018.

I wrote the series to better understand the Truth, Beauty, and Goodness of my past—how I dealt with the many challenges I faced and what life taught me, both internally and externally. I did this to better understand the present and to see more clearly into the future. As the quote in Growing Skin reads: “The unexamined life is not worth living.” - Socrates

This website is a work in progress. Currently, the only way I can communicate with you is through emails. That said, I encourage you to go to the contact page to share your thoughts on what you’ve read, and I will keep in touch.

My goal is to convert this static site to a secure, dynamic site, which will allow you, the reader, to comment on articles I will be writing as a follow-up to the series—article that relate directly to Truth, Beauty, and Goodness.

What is Truth, Beauty, and Goodness?

Truth: science, education, philosophy (outer, material reality)

Beauty: play, social leisure, and the arts

Goodness: social service, altruism, and religion (inner, spiritual reality)

I close for now with this thought: Truth, Beauty, and Goodness must be in balance for survival to take place. Today, truth has reached a fanatical stage, and it’s destroying our planet. It is only through the envisioning of a better future that we can overcome the problems we have created for ourselves. We need hope; for in looking at truth without hope, life is disturbing, pessimistic, and destructive. The articles I will be writing in the future, will look at the Truth as I experienced it over the course of my life and with this, I will attempt to provide hope for a brighter tomorrow. I need your help to make this happen.

Thank you,

Terry A. Degner

Author of My Brave Little Man, The Weight of the World, and Growing Skin