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Observations: The good son?

By MITCH TRAPHAGEN This was hard. As we drove away from The Meadows, I told my wife Michelle to take the route that would pass by her apartment. Sure enough,…

Observations: The right place

By MITCH TRAPHAGEN “You sure travel a lot.”  I hear those words at least a few times a week. The truth is that I used to travel a lot, but…

Observations: Buzz cutting the future

By MITCH TRAPHAGEN I’ve recently decided that it’s time to make some changes in my life. I’m a big believer in taking baby steps with such things so I started…

Observations: Compromising Principles

By Mitch Traphagen It is amazing how transient principles can be. Years ago, I went backpacking in Rocky Mountain National Park with a friend. The park is a national treasure,…

Observations: Someone to lean on

By MITCH TRAPHAGEN We all need someone we can lean on. No man is an island. From philosophers to poets to the Rolling Stones, that message has been true for…

Observations: Trouble on the horizon?

By MITCH TRAPHAGEN I took the long, curving entrance ramp to the Crosstown Expressway at nearly double the recommended speed. The road rose, then leveled out as it merged onto…

Observations: The last place

By MITCH TRAPHAGEN “I’m OK,” she said. Those two words echoed in my head as I drove down a freeway in the upper Midwest. My Mom had just moved into…

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…