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Liberty gets a pat-down

  By MITCH TRAPHAGEN In 1975, Dad took me on a trip from our small, rural hometown to the big city of Minneapolis. We went to a Twins baseball game…

Low tide in Florida

  MITCH TRAPHAGEN PHOTO It may well be low tide in Florida but, as it always does, the tide is rushing back in. Florida remains a dream for millions and…

Living by example

By MITCH TRAPHAGEN   Esther was born a child of the Great Depression in the most rural of rural South Dakota.  She went to school in a horse-drawn wagon, learning…

Cheering on a triumph

  By MITCH TRAPHAGEN The entire world cheered last week when the 33 Chilean miners emerged one-by-one to the surface. Religion or political preference or financial condition did not matter;…

Living a life that matters

  MITCH TRAPHAGEN In Sun City Center, an elderly man checks into what will be his last home — a room in a hospice house. Our lives may differ but…

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…