Author: Jim Mitchem

Freedom is like Love. It’s a good idea, but one so vast that human beings are incapable of comprehending it.  Like the universe.  Like God.  We are not designed to understand these things in their entirety. This is why we gravitate to soundbites that simplify our ideas of these things.  It’s why “fake news” works.  It’s why we go to meetings every week where we are told to “love each other.”  It’s why politicians can spin lies—and somehow get away…

I was sitting in my first big client meeting where we were rebranding a Fortune 200. There were four of us from the agency at the table, while the other six seats were filled by C-level folks from the company. About ten minutes into the meeting, after the executives from the company had finished their introductory arguments on why they needed a rebrand, I wrote a tagline on a notecard. As the clients continued to talk, and reinforce what I…

I’ve known some pretty important men in my lifetime. Doctors. Businessmen. Philanthropists. Men of high regard who built lives that most anyone would look at and say, “There’s a successful man.”  My uncle Finley Fox, who I only ever called Junior, died on Friday. I flew in from Charlotte and was blessed to be there when he crossed over. This was his 83rd year alive. And for my own 55, he was always a part of it. Until Friday.  During…

I am white. I am a male. I was born in the United States in the 1960s. I had nothing to do with any of these things. And yet, these things define me.

I never want any more than I need. And I swear to God this makes me feel like an outcast in America.

I love the movies. They’re an escape from a world that at times feels like it only wants to beat you down. Here are my Oscar takes for 2019.