Mitch Traphagen

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The Sojourners

Once known for murders and muggings as much as for Times Square, New York City is arguably one of the world’s greatest success stories.
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Gigantic puppets come to life at the Firehouse Cultural Center

A plan was hatched to form an impromptu flash mob of gigantic puppets on the beach at the Little Harbor Resort......
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Born too early for what?

It is so easy to wax nostalgic about the past, the “good old days”....
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To Circles patrons, singing waiter is already an idol

“I learned in psychology that it’s all mental. I told myself I would never say no. If anyone asked me to sing, I would never turn it down or wimp out at the last minute.”...
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Apollo Beach Air Force pilot represents U.S. at prestigious air show

“I know there is a strong appreciation for the military in that community and it means a lot to us, especially when we’re overseas."...
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Through dementia’s eyes

The number of people suffering from dementia is forecast to explode in the coming decades....
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In pursuit of happierness

Maybe we’re not so sad in the Tampa Bay area....
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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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