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The Chair and the Bear

There was a time I sat in that chair. And my father before me. And then my daughters. Now that teddy bear’s the only one of us who fits. He first entered my little writing room above the garage in the arms of my elder daughter, and when she outgrew the chair and the bear,…View post

Michael Perry’s Voice Mail Episode 009 “Tio Miguel”

Welcome to the ninth full episode of Michael Perry’s Voice Mail. Subscribers listen here. Wish to subscribe? Info here. Included in today’s installment: From his window Mike reveals there is a Great Punkin’, but there may not be a great firewood situation. In this episode’s “Roughneck Rewind,” Mike revisits and reflects on “Tio Miguel,” an essay from his…View post

Michael Perry: Running, throwing and making memories

Every week the Wisconsin State Journal runs “Roughneck Grace,” a weekly column written by Mike (many of the columns will be adapted from Mike’s Tent Show Radio monologues). This week’s column ‘Michael Perry: Running, throwing and making memories‘ can be seen online here.

Off The Road Again

Not a complaint, just a report (please see end of post for folks who truly can use your help): Balancing the checkbook and was struck by this visual representation of what happens when you make half your living on the road running your mouth to rooms full of people and then you have, oh, say,…View post

Michael Perry’s Voice Mail Episode 008 “Mike’s Secret Writing Life”

Welcome to the eighth full episode of Michael Perry’s Voice Mail. Subscribers listen here. Wish to subscribe? Info here. Included in today’s installment: From his window Mike can see green leaves…for the moment. Also we gotta lotta tomatoes. Mike briefly addresses some serious news, and then, in this episode’s “Roughneck Rewind,” he revisits and reflects on a recently…View post