Mitch Traphagen

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Observations: Life on thin ice

A trip to a nursing home runs down a one-way street.
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Chill on the beach, bang on the drum

A free beach sunset drum circle to begin on Sunday at Little Harbor ...
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Observations: Leaving home (Part 2)

It turns out that there are good people everywhere. Either that or we have just gotten lucky in life....
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Observations: Leaving home (Part 1)

As much as I love South Hillsborough, as much as it has become my home, I’m still just young enough to wonder what is over the horizon....
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Even in quiet times, South County nonprofit works to save lives

Duran knows that educating those inclined to shoot a bullet into the air is the key to stopping it....
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Observations: Cora is spelled F-U-N

Cora has shown me that things turn out okay when you go with the flow....
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‘It is insidious’

Evidence piles up that hearing loss is far more than simply being hard of hearing. ...
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The Lord's Lighthouse gives thanks

"Without the help of others, we could not do our mission," said Pastor William Cruz....
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It was a picture-perfect weekend for the Manatee Festival of the Arts

The SouthShore Chamber of Commerce apparently has some cosmic connections — it would seem impossible to have a more perfect weekend to hold the Manatee ...
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image Mitch Traphagen Mitch Traphagen is a photojournalist, columnist and online editor for the Observer News Publications. He is the recipient of 55 awards of excellence from the Community Papers of Florida for his photography and writing. He has worked for some of the nation’s largest corporations, as Press Secretary for a U.S. Congressman, owned and published a weekly newspaper, and produced a commercial documentary video on sailing. He is a Commodore in the Seven Seas Cruising Association (ssca.org). Mitch is a writer, photographer, sailor and traveler with a bit of a geek thing going on. You can visit his personal website at mitchtraphagen.com
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