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The barbers

The barbers

PUBLISHED AUG. 4, 2016 The Barbers By MITCH TRAPHAGEN *Click here to email* The building is from a different era. Open the door and walk from the heat into the cool of the…

The thin blue line

The thin blue line

PUBLISHED JULY 14, 2016 By MITCH TRAPHAGEN *Click here to email* Perhaps there simply are no answers. Or, perhaps more likely, the answers are multi-generational in that we could only begin today, but…

Living in three-quarter time

Living in three-quarter time

PUBLISHED JUNE 16, 2016 Observations:  Living in three-quarter time By MITCH TRAPHAGEN *Click here to email* In late 2001, I was a brand-new reporter for The Observer News. My first article, a photo…

Observations: Paths in a great nation

Observations: Paths in a great nation

By MITCH TRAPHAGEN June 9, 2016 — In a wealthy nation, it seems that many people are equally blessed and cursed to have a choice in life between a path…

Observations: America in the laundromat

Observations: America in the laundromat

By MITCH TRAPHAGEN You give up any expectation of privacy in the laundromat. You are left to fold your underwear in plain view of everyone else washing their clothes. It…

Observations: Things changed and so did I

Observations: Things changed and so did I

By MITCH TRAPHAGEN The view from the haul-out well at the St. Petersburg marina offered a near-perfect dichotomy. Looking down the water were Palm trees and restaurants with tiki bars.…

Observations: Life made better

Observations: Life made better

By MITCH TRAPHAGEN Life has become so serious. And the reality is, despite the seriousness that has lasted far too long for a world as supposedly advanced as ours, there…

Observations: Sun City Center without golf carts?

Observations: Sun City Center without golf carts?

By MITCH TRAPHAGEN Can you imagine Sun City Center without golf carts? The two seem to naturally go hand in hand, with many businesses offering golf cart parking, with a…

Observations: Learn to be still

Observations: Learn to be still

By MITCH TRAPHAGEN I’m not good at being sick. I’ve read various articles that women believe that men are the biggest whiners when it comes to being sick, and perhaps…

Observations: Loss, love and abundance

Observations: Loss, love and abundance

By MITCH TRAPHAGEN He came into our home from C.A.R.E. and marveled at the bowl of puppy chow. I don’t think he ever imagined so much dog chow and, amazingly,…

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