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A change in perspective

I expected a small town renaissance to take place during the recession but instead I found a lot of snow and ice. Although it
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Proven wrong

Shadow Marie at home in the Little Harbor Village Marina in Ruskin. By MITCH TRAPHAGEN A few years ago during the peak of the housing bubble, I ...
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Not enough rose coloring in my glasses

  By MITCH TRAPHAGEN As time has passed, I’ve become a firm believer in the adage that discretion is the better part of valor. Upon hearing of ...
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Do you want the bad news or the good news?

Mitch Traphagen Photo Sammy the dog has been pretty happy since puppyhood. He doesn’t spend a lot of time reading news websites but is ...
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Observations: Better than ever

By Mitch Traphagen   These guys didn’t risk their lives and wealth on a nation of whiners. Americans are still a strong and proud people and ...
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Observations: Cheers to our new souls!

By Mitch Traphagenmitch@observernews.net December 31, 2001, was a turning point for making the New Year’s holiday one of my favorites. It was all due to ...
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Observations: The Christmas Butterfly Effect

By Mitch Traphagen mitch@observernews.net The concept of the butterfly effect is that small changes - even the flapping of a butterfly’s wings - may produce big differences ...
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Humor in remembrance? Surely you can’t be serious

  By MITCH TRAPHAGEN Funerals are often described as “celebrations of life” but they rarely live up to that billing. Death is sad and there is just ...
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Reality as not seen on TV

  By MITCH TRAPHAGEN I am seriously behind schedule on a slow journey home to Florida. My goal was to be well into the Intracoastal Waterway in ...
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Liberty gets a pat-down

  By MITCH TRAPHAGEN In 1975, Dad took me on a trip from our small, rural hometown to the big city of Minneapolis. We went to a ...
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