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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…

Farewell to a good man and a friend

Farewell to a good man and a friend

Farewell to a good man and a friend By MITCH TRAPHAGEN mitch@observernews.net Brutus was the best dog. Nothing seemed to ruffle his feathers….or, rather, his fur. Like straight out of…

Life’s roll of the dice

Life’s roll of the dice

Observations: Life’s roll of the dice By MITCH TRAPHAGEN mitch@observernews.net Before I start my column, a note to someone I wish I knew.  Dear “Paying It Forward:” The past few…

In transit

In transit

Observations: In transit By MITCH TRAPHAGEN mitch@observernews.net Technology has brought on a new milestone for mortality, along with a reminder that I am getting old. I haven’t bothered to actually…

For Chamber’s Rimes: It’s about business. It’s also personal

For Chamber’s Rimes: It’s about business. It’s also personal

Observations: For Chamber’s Rimes: It’s about business. It’s also personal By MITCH TRAPHAGEN mitch@observernews.net By definition, a chamber of commerce is all about commerce; it’s all about business. For Melanie…

Somewhere over the Rainbow Bridge

Somewhere over the Rainbow Bridge

Somewhere over the Rainbow Bridge By MITCH TRAPHAGEN mitch@observernews.net I don’t know if there is a Rainbow Bridge, but I choose to believe there is. And with that, I can envision…

Adventures on the Snowbird trail

Adventures on the Snowbird trail

Observations: Adventures on the Snowbird trail By MITCH TRAPHAGEN mitch@observernews.net It seemed every snowbird who held out up north for the holidays had the same idea: Give it a few…

The magic in Gibtown

The magic in Gibtown

Observations: The magic in Gibtown By MITCH TRAPHAGEN mitch@observernews.net I feel fortunate to have lived in this part of the Tampa Bay area before it was discovered. When I moved…

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