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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…

Hope and humanity

Hope and humanity

Observations: Hope and humanity By MITCH TRAPHAGEN mitch@observernews.net Okay, everyone! Raise your hands if you are happy to see 2016 finally draw to a close. Whoa! Well, it may be…

A home for Christmas

A home for Christmas

Observations: A home for Christmas By MITCH TRAPHAGEN I doubt I’m alone in describing the formative years of my life as made up of blessings along with a curse or two.…

An older man’s young-man’s dreams

An older man’s young-man’s dreams

An older man’s young-man’s dreams By MITCH TRAPHAGEN mitch@observernews.net I tried to sleep, but my mind, churning aimlessly, prevented it. My thoughts were swirling like a tornado in a junkyard, the…

Happy Thanksgiving from the future!

Happy Thanksgiving from the future!

Happy Thanksgiving from the future! By MITCH TRAPHAGEN mitch@observernews.net Happy Thanksgiving to the people of 2001! My name is Mitch and I’m writing to you from the future — 15 years…

The public in public transit

The public in public transit

The public in public transit By MITCH TRAPHAGEN mitch@observernews.net It has probably been a decade or two since anyone called her cute. But she was wearing a pink baseball hat…

Unassuming heroes

Unassuming heroes

PUBLISHED OCT. 27, 2016 Unassuming heroes By MITCH TRAPHAGEN mitch@observernews.net Jack Garman died on Tuesday, Sept. 20, at the age of 72. In the annals of history, he will remain…

Who are we?

Who are we?

Who are we? By MITCH TRAPHAGEN mitch@observernews.net He approached me as I was leaving the laundromat in Ruskin. He apparently assumed that he had only seconds to speak before I’d…