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Observations: Such a good girl

By MITCH TRAPHAGEN Dr. Dani McVety from Lap of Love is a remarkable woman. She came to our house to help us through one of the hardest things we’ve ever…

Observations: Losing a friend

By Mitch Traphagen Maybe it’s just futility. I’ve spent the past few weeks searching for and possibly finding a calling, but I never really understood the parameters of what I…

Observations: Called to a good life

By Mitch Traphagen Al had a rough start. I met him in high school and he joined our teenage rock band as a guitarist. He was a smart kid with…

Observations: What are we doing here?

By MITCH TRAPHAGEN I pulled off the quiet country road and dropped the motorcycle’s kickstand just as the sun touched the distant edge of the earth on the flat Kansas…

Observations: Looking ahead from behind

By MITCH TRAPHAGEN It was a big deal when the Holiday Inn came to Worthington, Minnesota in the 1970s. The small town on a big road between Chicago and nowhere…

Observations: Just say ‘Moo!’

By MITCH TRAPHAGEN When I was a kid during a time when air travel was still exotic and romantic, and air travelers were known as the “jet set”, I loved…

Observations: Coming around again

By MITCH TRAPHAGEN Michelle and I were heavily laden with grocery bags and covered in sweat as we walked from the store back to the dinghy dock in Marathon, Florida.…

Observations: Is it more perfect yet?

By MITCH TRAPHAGEN We the People of the United States of America have appeared to be a lot less united over the past many years. More and more it seems…

Observations: Knowing and slowing

By MITCH TRAPHAGEN Old people don’t screw around when they are traveling. Taking a trip north on I-95, we stopped at a freeway-side motel and we planned to hit the…

Observations: Living in the danger zone

By MITCH TRAPHAGEN It is amazing to me that I could walk this earth for nearly a half century without knowing that simple, fuzzy little caterpillars can sting the living…