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Observations: Answering calls

Observations: Answering calls

By MITCH TRAPHAGEN The woman who opens the bodega down the street each morning is too little to open the steel anti-theft shutters by herself. So she arrives at work…

Observations: Anti-social media

Observations: Anti-social media

By MITCH TRAPHAGEN I’m becoming increasingly aware of the notion that permanence is nothing more than an illusion. When I was a younger man, a week, a day or even…

Observations: Love more, flip off less

Observations:  Love more, flip off less

By MITCH TRAPHAGEN It is Thanksgiving. It is a holiday of some myth but largely of faith and gratitude. Over the centuries, it remains appropriately named to a true meaning:…

Observations: Capturing the beautiful you

Observations: Capturing the beautiful you

By MITCH TRAPHAGEN I love photography. If anyone thinks of me at all, it is probably as a writer; but in my heart, I am a photographer and have been…

Observations: Come on home, Cecilia

Observations: Come on home, Cecilia

By MITCH TRAPHAGEN Cecilia, you’re breaking my heart. You’re shaking my confidence daily. Oh, Cecilia! I’m down on my knees. I’m begging you please to come home. Come on home.…

Observations: The only thing we have to fear …

Observations: The only thing we have to fear …

By MITCH TRAPHAGEN In the waning moments of December 31, 1999, Michelle and I tiptoed out of the New Year’s Eve church service on Stanley Cay in the Bahamas; it…

Observations: Looking inward for humor

Observations: Looking inward for humor

By MITCH TRAPHAGEN Despite the best efforts by staff, marina restrooms and showers aren’t the best places to hang around naked. My marina is no exception in that regard. In…

Observations: Where are you?

Observations: Where are you?

By MITCH TRAPHAGEN I received a postcard in the mail not long ago. Yes, a real postcard from a real post office, not the electronic or virtual kind. Not the…

Observations: Paint in the sky

Observations: Paint in the sky

By MITCH TRAPHAGEN I gazed down 34th Street in Manhattan toward the Empire State Building reaching for the heavens, and could see the heat shimmering from the pavement into the…

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?”…

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