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Observations: Take the long way home

Observations: Take the long way home

By MITCH TRAPHAGEN In Minneapolis, I canceled my return flight to Tampa and kept my rental car. I’ve made a number of trips up North since my friend died in…

Observations: Jeb says to work longer. He may be right

Observations: Jeb says to work longer. He may be right

By MITCH TRAPHAGEN We live in a bizarre world. It is a world in which a group of billionaires has formed a pact to give away the bulk of their…

Observations: Saved by a leap?

Observations: Saved by a leap?

By MITCH TRAPHAGEN On Netflix I’ve started watching a television show called Quantum Leap that dates to 1989. It was such a different world then. But 1989 wasn’t the best…

Observations: Soothing the saddened beast

Observations: Soothing the saddened beast

By MITCH TRAPHAGEN I’ve been down this road before and I know it does not end at a good place. It’s such a bad place, in fact, that for the…

Observations: Who used to do that? Anne did.

Observations: Who used to do that? Anne did.

By MITCH TRAPHAGEN In the coming months and years when a problem or a need comes up, people will ask, “Well, who used to handle that?” The answer will be…

Observations: Good people, big company

Observations: Good people, big company

By MITCH TRAPHAGEN The time to leave Jon’s Mom’s house for the airport was 6:30 a.m. No later. Minneapolis has a busy airport, and the lines for security tend to…

Learning and losing the hard way

Learning and losing the hard way

By MITCH TRAPHAGEN The jet plane’s wheels had just touched the pavement of the runway at the Atlanta airport when I learned that I had lost my friend of 45…

Observations: Love with no words

Observations: Love with no words

By MITCH TRAPHAGEN I am a father on a technicality. Over the years, we’ve been the parents of three foster children, the youngest, at the time, was 10. Thus, I’ve…

A (former) snowbird’s lament

A (former) snowbird’s lament

By MITCH TRAPHAGEN I  am on a JetBlue flight from Tampa to New York City’s LaGuardia airport  — at 37,000 feet, traveling at 550 miles per hour, currently somewhere over…

Observations: Traveling to find the best in things

By MITCH TRAPHAGEN I have been traveling since before I could drive. I’ve seen almost every state, visited some of the great cities of Europe and have sailed to Cuba,…

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