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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…

At the mercy of the sea and public opinion

By MITCH TRAPHAGEN mitch@observernews.net    Most parents are reluctant to hand over the car keys to their 16-year-old children. A few parents, however, are somehow able to hand over a…

The president’s lament

  By MITCH TRAPHAGEN mitch@observernews.net    In August, 2009, the headlines weren’t particularly comforting to those of us working as congressional staff members. Every single day, it seemed, there was…

Salted smiles and tears

    A magical sunset over the Gulf of Mexico. Will it ever be the same?Mitch Traphagen Photo By MITCH TRAPHAGEN mitch@observernews.net I ambled through the powdery white sand to…

The poetry of ghosts

  By MITCH TRAPHAGEN mitch@observernews.net I enjoy watching television shows like Ghost Hunters — on the rare occasions I find time to watch them. I don’t necessarily believe them, however.…

Instant Karma

By MITCH TRAPHAGEN mitch@observernews.net Thirty-two thousand feet above Middle America, I saw my wife smile. What made that amazing was that I was in seat 2D on AirTran flight 409…

Learning how to die

  By MITCH TRAPHAGEN mitch@observernews.net Paul Singer is dying. If you have read this newspaper for any length of time, say the last decade or so, then you know him.…