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Altered course By MITCH TRAPHAGEN I sat down on my front step. This is an entirely new neighborhood for me. I don’t know what is good and what isn’t — it’s…

Observations: The good mission

Observations: The good mission

By MITCH TRAPHAGEN As a reporter, I was given the freedom to cover what I wanted — thus I could form this corner of the world to my own liking.…

Observations: Making a place at home

Observations: Making a place at home

By MITCH TRAPHAGEN I dearly hope that she has heard this enough to be tired of it but…Georgia Vahue and a small army of dedicated volunteers have transformed the identity and…

Observations: Soon it will be Christmas Day

Observations: Soon it will be Christmas Day

City sidewalks, busy sidewalks Dressed in holiday style In the air there’s a feeling of Christmas Children laughing, people passing Meeting smile after smile And on every street corner you…

Observations: Time to believe

Observations: Time to believe

By MITCH TRAPHAGEN I looked down 33rd Street and in huge lighted letters on the side of the building was the word, “Believe.” A cynic might ask, “Believe in what?” Well,…

Observations: Lessons in mortality

Observations: Lessons in mortality

By MITCH TRAPHAGEN Young people, at least those with the good fortune of good health, as most have, are immortal. It usually takes something traumatic or, usually age, to learn…

Observations: Zen and the art of ‘You’re welcome’

Observations: Zen and the art of ‘You’re welcome’

By MITCH TRAPHAGEN I truly enjoy saying “Thank you” to people in the New York City area. There is something powerfully steeped into the culture of the area, both New York…

Observations: Understanding paradise

Observations: Understanding paradise

By MITCH TRAPHAGEN Somewhere in a South Hillsborough community is a very dishonest young man. He backed into my wife’s car at a pretty good rate of speed, hitting right…

Observations: Words from the past

Observations: Words from the past

By MITCH TRAPHAGEN It was a bitterly cold day at the end of December when my wife and I waited in a long line to see a hole in the…

Observations: You CAN go home again

Observations: You CAN go home again

By MITCH TRAPHAGEN It is a city so cool, so dynamic, so powerful — more powerful than any individual resident, regardless of wealth or status — that they actually named…

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