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Observations: Adventures in moving

Observations: Adventures in moving

By MITCH TRAPHAGEN I’ve discovered one of the best things about growing older is that I can check things off an imaginary list — a list of things that I’ll…

Observations: One night in January

By MITCH TRAPHAGEN Alec Baldwin looked like hell. Well, at least compared with his television character persona, he did. But compared with everyone else, he looked perfectly normal. His hair…

Observations: Thank you

Observations: Thank you

By MITCH TRAPHAGEN I once thought the best Christmas present I had ever received came at the age of about nine. That present was an H.O. gauge train set. I…

Observations: Changing perspective in the New Year

Observations: Changing perspective in the New Year

By MITCH TRAPHAGEN A bare curly fluorescent bulb protruding from the ceiling lights the apartment across the street. I walk out of our apartment and look up and it seemed so…

Talking about home for the holidays

Talking about home for the holidays

By MITCH TRAPHAGEN For the first time in my life, I don’t have a “home” to go to for Christmas. Of course, my wife Michelle and I aren’t homeless —…

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.…

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