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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,…

Observations: Living and learning in the present

Observations: Living and learning in the present

By MITCH TRAPHAGEN For the second night in a row, Sammy cried before falling asleep. We could see the pain in his brown eyes and in his soft, furry face.…

Observations: Crossing roads, waving goodbye

Observations: Crossing roads, waving goodbye

By MITCH TRAPHAGEN Perhaps it is such that the dead are milestones for the living. Rock star, actor, human transformer, and perhaps a man who really did fall to Earth,…

Observations: Serendipity

Observations: Serendipity

By MITCH TRAPHAGEN Sixty years ago, a newspaper in Colorado Springs made a typo on a Sears Roebuck advertisement. Sears was offering children the opportunity to call and talk to…

Observations: Merry Christmas. And thank you.

Observations: Merry Christmas. And thank you.

By MITCH TRAPHAGEN For nearly as long as I’ve been sharing the stories of South Hillsborough and beyond in the pages of this wonderful newspaper, I’ve known Barbara Jones, the…

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