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Observations: The summer of youth

These days it often feels as though the world is teetering into chaos, but there is nothing new about that.
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Observations: Now comes good sailing

To be truly challenging, a voyage, like a life, must rest on a firm foundation of financial unrest....
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Observations: My Own Silent World

I live in a world of relative silence....
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Observations: Death and Taxes

It turns out I’m worth more dead than alive....
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Observations: Old and crabby

A midlife crisis isn’t so much a desperate attempt to reclaim lost youth as it is a last-ditch effort to find some purpose....
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Observations: Swallowing the hook

Life is an adventure — sometimes it’s joyous, sometimes it’s tragic...
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Observations: Baby manatees don't care about the price of gas

There has been a definite change in vibe over the past days and weeks. ...
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Observations: Let's not race to mediocrity

By Mitch Traphagen On a beautiful spring day in 1975, Reuben Svingen stood in his classroom at Worthington Junior High School, held up a silver coin ...
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A change in perspective

It is amazing how the passage of time can change perspective. I once read a generalization that said if you aren’t a liberal while young, ...
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Exporting dreams

  By MITCH TRAPHAGEN Years ago a friend invited me to spend a weekend at his cabin in the north woods of Minnesota. Northern Minnesota is stunningly ...
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