Author: Jim Mitchem

When I was in the Air Force a million years ago, we routinely trained for a range of wartime scenarios. Chemical warfare. Nuclear. Biological. We’d go round-the-clock for a few days every month, never knowing what they’d throw at us. We’d even train for civilian casualties—setting up field hospitals, the whole nine yards. 12-hour shifts in full chem or hazmat gear–all four years I served active duty and three others in the National Guard. It was the mid-80s when war…

Thanks to COVID-19, you’ve been thrust into accepting that you don’t control everything. Here’s how to take it back.

I love music. And live music has been a thing for me since I was a boy. The intimacy with the artists. The energy of the crowd. It sucks not having that option as the COVID-19 virus makes its way across the planet. But who knows if we’ll ever go back to the way it was before? Packed concert halls and arenas with people bouncing and dancing and banging into each other in a joyous expression just seems like a…

There’s only one way we get through CAV19, together.

I am not afraid.  I am in awe.  I’m in awe of nature. I’m in awe of science.  And I’m in awe of the power of love.  I’m walking around right now too amazed to be afraid. No, I don’t want to die. And I don’t want others to die. But for me, I’m not afraid to die. I’ve had a good run.  I realize this is a once in a century event and will likely have impacts that span…

Last week I took my old dog on a 500 mile trip to see my daughter at college. I spent a lot of time thinking about why we care about dogs so much.