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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?”…

Observations: The captain and the bad penny

Observations: The captain and the bad penny

By MITCH TRAPHAGEN In the dream I awoke from last night, I was preparing to leave Florida. I had checked the bilge on the boat as I always do and…

Observations: The Glory of Commerce

Observations: The Glory of Commerce

By MITCH TRAPHAGEN Welcome to the United States of Corporateocracy! Tune in to certain media, websites and talk-show outlets, listen to certain neighbors, and you will become convinced that the…

Observations: The devil I know? Hardly

Observations: The devil I know? Hardly

By MITCH TRAPHAGEN It’s always an odd feeling arriving some place in the dark of night, and that included coming home to the boat in Florida. But on a recent…

Observations: Through the doorways

Observations: Through the doorways

By MITCH TRAPHAGEN The open doorway, leading to other open doorways, leading to a tearoom in the La Candalaria District of Bogota, Colombia, beckoned and called out to me. A…

Observations: Good people and gratitude

Observations: Good people and gratitude

By MITCH TRAPHAGEN The moment I met Chuck and Sandy at their Kings Point home, I knew that I would like them very much. I arrived a few minutes early…

Observations: Leaving and not saying goodbye

Observations: Leaving and not saying goodbye

By MITCH TRAPHAGEN Easter morning dawned brightly and beautifully, as seen from the cockpit of my boat at Little Harbor in Ruskin. As a Christian, I find the day holds…

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