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Low tide in Florida

  MITCH TRAPHAGEN PHOTO It may well be low tide in Florida but, as it always does, the tide is rushing back in. Florida remains a
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Living by example

By MITCH TRAPHAGEN   Esther was born a child of the Great Depression in the most rural of rural South Dakota.  She went to school in a ...
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Cheering on a triumph

  By MITCH TRAPHAGEN The entire world cheered last week when the 33 Chilean miners emerged one-by-one to the surface. Religion or political preference or financial condition ...
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Living a life that matters

  MITCH TRAPHAGEN In Sun City Center, an elderly man checks into what will be his last home -- a room in a hospice house. Our ...
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Back to the future

  By MITCH TRAPHAGEN mitch@observernews.net Last night I dreamed about the future. My dream was set 30 years from now; yet, through the magic of dreams, ...
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Wanted in Tampa: Romance

Mitch Traphagen Photo Tampa needs an Empire State Building. However, my track record in meeting at the top follows that of Cary Grant’s. My wife ...
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The shining city upon a hill

Mitch Traphagen photo The sun sets over America and the coast of New Jersey. Despite the challenges the nation faces, we are still the shining ...
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A male view on ‘chick lit’

  Mitch Traphagen Photo A view of Mid-town Manhattan from Central Park. Even in a metropolitan area of 22 million people, it is possible to find ...
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Having faith in a roll of the dice

  By MITCH TRAPHAGEN mitch@observernews.net On November 23, 1999, I knew what my responsibilities were. I was just 24 hours into my 37th year and was beginning the ...
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Jeb Bush says 'no' to 2012 White House run

By MITCH TRAPHAGENmitch@observernews.net One year ago it would have been almost unthinkable, but a lot can change in a year. Florida’s former governor, the brother and ...
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