Falling Off the Corporate Ladder

Today I was passed over for a management position at work. Names that were below mine on the org chart yesterday appeared above mine today. Just as a doctor calls the time of death—today at exactly...

Four Words That Changed My Mindset

On a recent motorcycle trip back from Vermont, my buddy and I stopped for lunch at a Wendy’s in Boone, North Carolina. At first glance, the restaurant looked the same as the Wendy’s we have back home...

Giants in Tiny Cars

Why is it that the tiniest cars are driven by fat people? I’m not talking about slightly overweight. I’m talking about gut-pressing-against-the-steering-wheel large. When I spot a thimble-sized car:...

This Might Make Me Weird

Sitting in a room by myself, the thought just struck me: I’m comfortable and at peace when I’m by myself. I love working on projects in silence. I enjoy the void of background noises and voices I’m...

21 Ways to Kill Romance

If you want to turn-off your wife, here’s how. I’d rather not say if I have first-hand experience, here. But I will confess my wife despises all of them. Do any of these, and you’ll likely be...

Penalized for My Southern Past

Guest Post by my son, Drew Mixson On a college application, my son was instructed: Write a 300-400 word essay describing your thoughts on one of the following topics: (1) The importance of having a...

Reflecting on 45 Years

I originally wrote this when I turned 45. Now I’m 50 something. Updates are in italics. I turned 45 today. Before you send condolences, let me describe my incredible day. From the moment I woke...

Two Days in Solitude

It’s turned into somewhat of a ritual… A day or two after I make an appearance at the in-laws on Christmas, I sneak home “solo” for a couple of days by myself. I usually make up some lame...