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We need something to laugh about

By MITCH TRAPHAGEN One of the best things about being too busy to enjoy the little things in life is that I don’t have time to watch much television. The…

The backbone of America in a place you’ve never heard of

By MITCH TRAPHAGEN I once stood on the geographical center of the United States and looked out upon nothing but fields and gravel roads. At the time I took solace…

The sullied and un-hip Web?

By MITCH TRAPHAGEN Sometimes I think the Web is the bane of society’s existence. The (assumed) anonymity of it seems to bring forth crass and downright rude behavior from otherwise…

Born too early for what?

By MITCH TRAPHAGEN Were you born at the right time? Do you sometimes feel as though you are here too early or too late? Do you long for a golden…

What about the kittens?

By MITCH TRAPHAGEN There was no way the kitten was going to get out alive. The parking lot at Riverview High School for the Sharks and East Bay Indians football…

At least 111 has three number ones

By MITCH TRAPHAGEN Forbes Magazine recently rated Tampa as the 111th best place for business. It’s kind of hard to cheer, “Yay!  We’re 111th!” but at least this area did…

In pursuit of happierness

By MITCH TRAPHAGEN The woman sat in front of an empty storefront on 7th Street in Ybor City working hard on turning palm fronds she had gathered — fronds that…

Why so sad?

By MITCH TRAPHAGEN According to Men’s Health Magazine, St. Petersburg  is America’s saddest city, edging out even Detroit for the dubious honor. That had to take some effort — have…

My Shadow

By MITCH TRAPHAGEN Looking back on almost a half century of life, I realized that the most content I have ever been was standing on a corner of College Avenue…

Finding beauty in the ugliness

By MITCH TRAPHAGEN I took a vacation last week. It was needed. I’ve mentioned before in this column how some people have told me my entire life is a vacation…