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Observations: Life on a different planet

By Mitch Traphagen I enjoy weekend mornings spent reading the New York Times. Yes, I know some people are anti-New York and, more specifically, anti-New York Times, but I am…

Observations: Fiddling while Rome burns

By MITCH TRAPHAGEN In my teens, I was a rock and roller, with an electric guitar and ripped-up Levi’s as my constant companions. Eventually reality took hold and I followed…

Observations: Wants and needs

By MITCH TRAPHAGEN I was 12 years old when I had my first-ever serious conversation with my older sister. No doubt until that time, to her I was a mindless…

Observations: I can still believe

By MITCH TRAPHAGEN I am going through a personal crisis that millions of people go through, or have already gone through. Despite the shared experience, despite the phone calls, emails…

Observations: A surplus of nattering nabobs

By MITCH TRAPHAGEN On September 11, 1970, Vice President Spiro Agnew uttered a famous phrase written for him by William Safire:  “Nattering nabobs of negativism.”  At the time, he was…

Observations: Values in the lost and found

By MITCH TRAPHAGEN How much value is in a life?  I began asking myself that question just over a week ago when a tiny kitten entered my own life. My…

Observations: The good son?

By MITCH TRAPHAGEN This was hard. As we drove away from The Meadows, I told my wife Michelle to take the route that would pass by her apartment. Sure enough,…

Observations: The right place

By MITCH TRAPHAGEN “You sure travel a lot.”  I hear those words at least a few times a week. The truth is that I used to travel a lot, but…

Observations: Buzz cutting the future

By MITCH TRAPHAGEN I’ve recently decided that it’s time to make some changes in my life. I’m a big believer in taking baby steps with such things so I started…

Observations: Compromising Principles

By Mitch Traphagen It is amazing how transient principles can be. Years ago, I went backpacking in Rocky Mountain National Park with a friend. The park is a national treasure,…