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Back to the future

  By MITCH TRAPHAGEN mitch@observernews.net Last night I dreamed about the future. My dream was set 30 years from now; yet, through the magic of dreams, I was 20 years…

Wanted in Tampa: Romance

Mitch Traphagen Photo Tampa needs an Empire State Building. However, my track record in meeting at the top follows that of Cary Grant’s. My wife was delayed at the airport,…

The shining city upon a hill

Mitch Traphagen photo The sun sets over America and the coast of New Jersey. Despite the challenges the nation faces, we are still the shining city upon a hill. By…

A male view on ‘chick lit’

  Mitch Traphagen Photo A view of Mid-town Manhattan from Central Park. Even in a metropolitan area of 22 million people, it is possible to find peace and tranquility. By…

Having faith in a roll of the dice

  By MITCH TRAPHAGEN mitch@observernews.net On November 23, 1999, I knew what my responsibilities were. I was just 24 hours into my 37th year and was beginning the journey of…

Jeb Bush says ‘no’ to 2012 White House run

By MITCH TRAPHAGENmitch@observernews.net One year ago it would have been almost unthinkable, but a lot can change in a year. Florida’s former governor, the brother and son of former presidents,…

The happy trails between life and death

  This is one of a photograph or two of my happy trails. The destination didn’t really matter, the journey was important.      Mitch Traphagen photo By Mitch Traphagenmitch@observernews.net Michelle and…

Forgotten and taken for granted

By MITCH TRAPHAGEN mitch@observernews.net Thousands of cars pass Follow That Dream Parkway on U.S. Highway 19 in Yankeetown every day. Few of the people in those cars probably notice it.…

Observations: Not past the point of rescue

By Mitch Traphagen mitch@observernews.net I turned around and caught a glimpse of myself standing on the little strip of island beach at low tide.  I was six years younger than…

A day in the life of my wife

  Mitch Traphagen Photo Michelle taking the four dogs for their morning walk. She has since gone to shifts, walking the craziest dog separately. By MITCH TRAPHAGEN mitch@observernews.net    She…