Author: Jim Mitchem

    Sure I accumulate things. Just probably not the same things.   We’re raised to believe that accumulating things will make us happy.   Toys Jewelry Cars Homes   When we accumulate these things we are living a full life and everyone around us can see it and then they aspire to accumulate the same things in the same way with the same hopeful outlook   that somehow happiness is attainable even though it’s mostly out there just beyond reach…

I’m officially an unaffiliated American voter. I was raised in a conservative Republican household, but married a staunch Democrat, and definitely identify more with liberal thinkers than conservative. It’s not because of dogma, I assure you. As a result of being more liberal-minded, my friends tend to be more liberal. That’s just how the world works–birds of a feather and all that. Anyway, most of my friends are proud Democrats who are up-in-arms since the election last November. I love my friends…

I was brought to tears in the Bojangles drive through this morning where a green, letter-sized poster next to the ordering speaker featured two girls inside of a shamrock. Bojangles is raising money to combat Muscular Dystrophy, and the “ask” for a dollar donation is currently part of their pitch when you order. One of the girls featured in the photograph, named Natalie, was listed at 10-years-old. She had sparkling blue eyes full of life. The other girl was her sister…

Met a dude named Max out here in Ballantyne this morning.  He was running the track in all orange U of Miami gear. As he went by I said something like, “So you like Miami?” He said yes, and we ended up talking for 15 min. He’s 26. Ethnic New Jersey. Interesting guy. Fast brain. He brought up how crazy people are out here with the idea of “status.” Ended up telling him about my epiphany, and there was an…

The following is from my 13-year-old daughter, Cozette: *** Wake up. Stop the alarm and get up. The life of a swimmer is early morning practice, afternoon late practice, and constantly thinking about how to loose time. But can you? You’re racing yourself, not the person beside you. But you want to win. Maybe swimmers are never on TV because people fear the deep? Maybe because it’s not important to some, but to us … it is. A passionate swimmer…

America is not a machine. It’s not a cold assembly line filled with widgets and driven by gears and grease. It is not intended to provide ROI for a board of directors. America is a bubbling ocean of human emotion and experience containing billions of conflicting ideas. The only concepts that ALL Americans align with are liberty and justice. That’s it. That’s all. And that’s everything. Back in the 90s, I was coming out of a dogmatic stupor as a southern republican and ended up voting for a…