Mitch Traphagen

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Observations: Moving to Serendipity

Michelle will regret it when I keel over carrying a box of unidentifiable junk out of or into a house, but at that point it really wouldn’t do much good for me, given that I’d be…well, dead.
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ABWIG goes door to door for waterways

The goal is large and a deadline is looming, but organizers are confident that their efforts will pay off for the entire community....
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Dining out on Shell Point Road

Outdoor eateries old and new along Shell Point Road are an opportunity for good times and great food....
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NASA can help your phone ring with history

Letting your phone ring with the sound of a space shuttle blasting off means that you’ll probably never miss another call. ...
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Need something new to worry about? Your air conditioner

Here’s an item to add to your list of things to worry about: your air conditioner. ...
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Observations: Autumn is coming and the kitties are fine

While we all have to have something in our wallets to survive, we all must also have something in our hearts to truly live....
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Riding 200 miles for a penny

After 11 days on the road and 200 miles, they arrived at Publix headquarters in Lakeland....
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Wanted: Just one hour per month

“Let’s show these students that there are people in the world that are givers, not takers.”...
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Ten Years Later...

Ten years after September 11, 2001 so much has changed. And life goes on......
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Observations: Not homeless, feeling better

Given the times we are in, feeling good is…well, pretty good....
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Some find big rewards in dumpster diving

Ron and Margie Anderson's grocery bill has declined significantly....
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Observations: Life on a different planet

So my question is: Who is paying all these people that much?...
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Author info
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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