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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…

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…

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