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Michael Perry on the Wisdom We Can Gain from Our Elders

Musician, author and pig farmer, Michael Perry discusses his novel, Visiting Tom.

From birth, our lives are shaped by people who share their wisdom, either as spoken advice or just by example in the way they live. We readily absorb that wisdom when we’re young, but often it seems that we’re less apt to look for that wisdom as we, ourselves get older.

But that’s not always the case. Wisconsin writer Michael Perry found himself learning some things about machinery and some things about life as he got to know his friend and neighbor, 82-year-old Tom Hartwig.

The time he and his family have spent with Tom forms the backbone of Perry’s latest book, appropriately called Visiting Tom: A Man, A Highway, and the Road to Roughneck Grace.

Perry explains why the character in the book is named is Tom.

The book is just out now in paperback, so we though it a perfect time to revisit the interview Mitch Teich did with Mike Perry last August when the book first came out.