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A day in the life of my wife

  Mitch Traphagen Photo Michelle taking the four dogs for their morning walk. She has since gone to shifts, walking the craziest dog separately. By MITCH TRAPHAGEN mitch@observernews.net    She…

At the mercy of the sea and public opinion

By MITCH TRAPHAGEN mitch@observernews.net    Most parents are reluctant to hand over the car keys to their 16-year-old children. A few parents, however, are somehow able to hand over a…

The president’s lament

  By MITCH TRAPHAGEN mitch@observernews.net    In August, 2009, the headlines weren’t particularly comforting to those of us working as congressional staff members. Every single day, it seemed, there was…

Salted smiles and tears

    A magical sunset over the Gulf of Mexico. Will it ever be the same?Mitch Traphagen Photo By MITCH TRAPHAGEN mitch@observernews.net I ambled through the powdery white sand to…

The poetry of ghosts

  By MITCH TRAPHAGEN mitch@observernews.net I enjoy watching television shows like Ghost Hunters — on the rare occasions I find time to watch them. I don’t necessarily believe them, however.…

Instant Karma

By MITCH TRAPHAGEN mitch@observernews.net Thirty-two thousand feet above Middle America, I saw my wife smile. What made that amazing was that I was in seat 2D on AirTran flight 409…

Learning how to die

  By MITCH TRAPHAGEN mitch@observernews.net Paul Singer is dying. If you have read this newspaper for any length of time, say the last decade or so, then you know him.…

Winning in a losing game

  By MITCH TRAPHAGEN mitch@observernews.net Within a span of months, Americans went from being awash in cash to being misers searching out stray pennies. The villains were cast with the…

The perfect day

  By MITCH TRAPHAGEN mitch@observernews.net I am a hopeless optimist.  Every single day I hold out hope for the perfect day; but for reasons I can’t quite explain, the reality…

The cell phone cell

By MITCH TRAPHAGEN mitch@observernews.net Let’s see a show of hands. Who here has a cell phone? Yeah, that’s right, raise your hand if you have a cell phone. Hmmm…everyone? No,…