Author: Jim Mitchem

I caught wind of a story today about a book being banned that set me off. Then I found out that the story is from two years ago, but decided to be mad anyway. Because this isn’t about a book. It’s about our desire to take the easy road when faced with problems in life.  I speak from experience when I tell you that in some places of the country, the truth is hidden away. Locked in a cellar. Never…

Every idea starts somewhere. An epiphany. A light. Cosmic tumblers clicking into place. Something.  And when we have these ideas we think through them pretty fast—usually leading to how amazing our idea will be when it’s finally realized!  But there’s a big difference between having a good idea and bringing it to life. I know from experience that most good ideas never get past the idea stage.  Because turning ideas into reality is hard.  Really hard.  A few years ago…

As we approach the day she leaves us, I wanted to share some things about our daughter Agatha Rose that most people don’t know. From afar, most people know her as a pretty girl with good hair. You might also know her as a good soccer player. Her friends know her as fiercely loyal. But there’s more. She’s also extremely competitive and will give up her body on the field of play. This isn’t always evident unless you get really…

I had just been fired from the agency that brought me and my wife to Charlotte 18 months before. I was told that I was “too fiery.” And maybe I was. I was a new copywriter, after all, and had a way of beating the hell out of ideas in order to test whether they could hold water. In some ad agencies this would be fine, but in a conservative one like mine, it was a little too intense. This…

Last winter, our 15-year-old daughter, a landlocked surfer, discovered a town an hour north of Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, that was described as a “bohemian surf village with good, steady waves.” We hadn’t yet set our summer trip, and because we’re a family on a tight budget, we tasked her with finding a place that we could afford. Then, maybe, if the airfare wasn’t crazy, we’d consider it.  Since the kids were old enough to conveniently travel, every other summer we’ve…

Marianne_Williamson

So, Marianne Williamson. The world got a look at her last week during the Democratic debates. And mostly what you heard was that she’s a freak and has no business running for President of the United States. May I remind you that we currently have someone as POTUS who no one thought would ever be President, and he used the exact opposite tactics of Williamson to get there. She’s all about love. He’s all about fear.  He’ll never be President. …