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Observations: Behind the mask

Observations: Behind the mask

By MITCH TRAPHAGEN Michelle and I were in our backyard enjoying a beautiful August morning when I noticed she was staring off at … something. “What are you thinking about?”…

Observations: The captain and the bad penny

Observations: The captain and the bad penny

By MITCH TRAPHAGEN In the dream I awoke from last night, I was preparing to leave Florida. I had checked the bilge on the boat as I always do and…

Observations: The Glory of Commerce

Observations: The Glory of Commerce

By MITCH TRAPHAGEN Welcome to the United States of Corporateocracy! Tune in to certain media, websites and talk-show outlets, listen to certain neighbors, and you will become convinced that the…

Observations: The devil I know? Hardly

Observations: The devil I know? Hardly

By MITCH TRAPHAGEN It’s always an odd feeling arriving some place in the dark of night, and that included coming home to the boat in Florida. But on a recent…

Observations: Through the doorways

Observations: Through the doorways

By MITCH TRAPHAGEN The open doorway, leading to other open doorways, leading to a tearoom in the La Candalaria District of Bogota, Colombia, beckoned and called out to me. A…

Observations: Good people and gratitude

Observations: Good people and gratitude

By MITCH TRAPHAGEN The moment I met Chuck and Sandy at their Kings Point home, I knew that I would like them very much. I arrived a few minutes early…

Observations: Leaving and not saying goodbye

Observations: Leaving and not saying goodbye

By MITCH TRAPHAGEN Easter morning dawned brightly and beautifully, as seen from the cockpit of my boat at Little Harbor in Ruskin. As a Christian, I find the day holds…

Observations: Life on thin ice

Observations: Life on thin ice

By Mitch Traphagen In New York City, beautiful people fluidly, elegantly step from surprisingly litter-free curbs to hail cabs. In Jersey, beautiful or not, but mostly, like me, not, people…

Observations: Leaving home (Part 2)

Observations: Leaving home (Part 2)

By MITCH TRAPHAGEN We were welcomed to the city by rain, two young guys I only hoped were the people we hired to help us move, along with a nice…

Observations: Leaving home (Part 1)

Observations: Leaving home (Part 1)

By MITCH TRAPHAGEN I  placed my hand on Brenda’s hand, and we just talked. I had known her for 13 years; she was my boss and my friend. I learned…

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