Author: Jim Mitchem

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. …

During my morning shower, I sometimes put on Apple Radio’s Classic Rock station instead of what I normally listen to. Granted, I can barely hear the music when I’m in there, but it’s good company and it keeps me from thinking about bad men walking in and shooting me during this vulnerable state. Plus, I know all the songs. So this morning More Than a Feeling was playing as I got into the shower. When it finished it switched to…

Sadly, I was never a company man. Company men are safe. Mild-mannered. Conservative. They have good hair.  But not everyone can be a company man. That said, our value is no less than those guys. (Nor any greater.)  I’m a writer. A copywriter by trade. Alongside artists, designers, directors, illustrators, photographers, videographers, and others, writers are considered part of the “creative class.” Most of us aren’t company men. We’re sharpshooters company men hire.  A writer’s role is to solve problems…

It’s better to have loved and lost than never to have loved at all.  All my life I called bullshit on this line. If you’ve ever had a broken heart, you probably did too.  But recently, after the final whistle blew on my daughter’s soccer career when her high school team lost at home during the NC Championship Tournament, this line floated up. From the time she first stepped foot on a soccer field as a little girl until this…