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Observations: Time waits for no man

By MITCH TRAPHAGEN Over the past week or so, I’ve had reason to look back at my life. I thought it telling that little things stuck out as much, if…

Observations: The summer of youth

BY MITCH TRAPHAGEN I’ve been thinking a lot about memories lately, and it occurred to me that I lived through the 1960s. I mean that literally. Until recently, I would…

Observations: Now comes good sailing

By MITCH TRAPHAGEN In all historical accounts, my ancestor, Willem Traphagen, lived life on his own terms. Born into wealth in the 1600s in Germany, he fled his home during…

Observations: My Own Silent World

By MITCH TRAPHAGEN I live in a world of relative silence. I can’t hear whispers, whistles, beeps or bells. Despite having a hearing impairment since I was a child, I…

Observations: Death and Taxes

By MITCH TRAPHAGEN I need to start sleeping with one eye open. It turns out I’m worth more dead than alive. According to the IRS website, the vast majority of…

Observations: Old and crabby

By Mitch Traphagen I woke up early this morning and realized that lately, more often than not, I have mundane dreams. When I don’t wake up screaming, that is. Years…

Observations: Swallowing the hook

By MITCH TRAPHAGEN I have a case of mental indigestion. I think that it comes from the anchor that I swallowed. It’s an old story. People go cruising; they come…

Observations: Baby manatees don’t care about the price of gas

Baby manatee snouts. I’m not sure I can imagine anything more cool than seeing baby manatee snouts popping up in the water around my boat. The recent warm weather has…

Observations: Let’s not race to mediocrity

By Mitch Traphagen On a beautiful spring day in 1975, Reuben Svingen stood in his classroom at Worthington Junior High School, held up a silver coin and said, “There is…

Exporting dreams

  By MITCH TRAPHAGEN Years ago a friend invited me to spend a weekend at his cabin in the north woods of Minnesota. Northern Minnesota is stunningly beautiful — peace…