It was supposed to be one of those dreaded birthdays. You know the ones when you roll over another number in the “10s” column. I can remember what a downer it was moving from 39 to 40, 49 to 50 and then 59 to 60. I would spend much of the year preceding my birthday […]
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My two biggest chores of the Christmas season are over. The first one I completed on Monday and the other wound up today. I say “chores,” but they’re not really what most people would call chores. To my father when I was young, a chore was slopping the hogs, milking the cows or feeding the […]
It was 60 years ago when my parents gave up trying to farm in north Missouri and moved to the suburbs of Kansas City. I don’t remember too much about the move, except that it was done because my mother thought my father was working too hard and ruining his health. She was probably right, […]
It was a traditional Thanksgiving for the Mitchell family. For me, that means not a speck of turkey on my plate. And no dishes to do or leftovers, either. Oh, I can eat turkey, especially if it has been brined overnight so the meat stays moist during the baking. But given the choice, I always […]
Jenny and I had a really good time on a whirlwind trip to Pittsburgh two weekends ago. We hadn’t planned to – have a good time, that is. We weren’t supposed to and we feel a little guilty that we did. We had even dreaded going. Getting up at 3 a.m. on a Friday to […]
This is the week that I feel a little sorry for the folks who deliver the Gazette. That includes our carriers, who take the paper in bundles to stores and racks so it can be sold by single copy, and the postal carriers, who deliver to the mailboxes of all our subscribers. Why this week? […]
Sunday morning I was struggling with Molly, our beagle, on her morning walk. Our usually well-behaved dog was pulling first one way, and then another, with her nose to the ground. The problem? Halloween. Or to be more accurate, the leavings of Halloween. Molly was fascinated with the candy wrappers (some with the candy still […]
It was Friday afternoon and I was busy typing material into my office computer for the upcoming issue of New Albany magazine. The phone rang. “I’m trying to reach T. Wayne Mitchell,” said a woman, whose voice I didn’t recognize. “Uh-oh, what can this be about?” I thought, as I replied, “This is he.” “I […]
This column originally appeared in the Gazette on Oct. 26, 2011. It was a nice-looking envelope. Neatly printed on the envelope was “The Mitchell Family” followed by our address. In the corner was RSVP, Please reply by Oct. 18. I thought we were being invited to something. Inside, though, was the harsh reality. The hearing-aid […]
Why not just buy a new car? That was the question my wife’s mother asked last week, when Jenny and I were discussing getting a new set of tires for her 2008 Nissan Altima. The tread had worn down to the replacement point over several years of her commute to Oxford, where she teaches. “I’ve […]
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