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Observations: A life in the past

By MITCH TRAPHAGEN A guy who has been my friend near forever recently said to me, “The only problem with living in the past is that everything else changes.” Indeed.…

Observations: Happy to be from Ruskin

By MITCH TRAPHAGEN In 1994, I was an executive with a major corporation in Minneapolis, but I had a dream to sail the ocean one day. Later that year I…

Observations: The true path to wealth

By MITCH TRAPHAGEN Since I frequently write travel and adventure stories, I receive numerous press releases about travel opportunities every day. Most of them go into the trash because I…

Observations: Failing, flailing words

By MITCH TRAPHAGEN “Where words fail, music speaks.”  Those are the words of Hans Christian Andersen, a man for whom words rarely failed. As I dive headlong, and not always…

Observations: Nothing more to lose

By MITCH TRAPHAGEN A friend I have known since second grade sent an email telling me his dog had been diagnosed with lymphatic cancer. In the email, he included a…

Observations: Making it happen

By MITCH TRAPHAGEN This city is ridiculously huge. By “city”, I mean the Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater Metropolitan Statistical Area. Living in the relative peace and tranquility of South Hillsborough, it’s easy…

Observations: Moving to Serendipity

By MITCH TRAPHAGEN Ah! Another season, another debt ceiling crisis. Working for the House of Representatives a while back, I felt certain that our representatives, despite some evidence to the…

Observations: Autumn is coming and the kitties are fine

By MITCH TRAPHAGEN With all the bad news today, it’s a wonder that we’re all not clinically depressed. Just the headlines of the local newspapers this past weekend would be…

Observations: My grail has a first name

I woke up at 3 a.m. and was bound for Kennedy Space Center by 3:30. I arrived just as the press credentials office opened and, in their usual efficient and…

Observations: Not homeless, feeling better

By Mitch Traphagen Do you want to feel better right now? I can help with that if you have a computer connected to the Internet. Go to YouTube and search…