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Observations: Merry Christmas! There, I said it.

By MITCH TRAPHAGEN Merry Christmas! Yes, that’s right — I said it: Merry Christmas! Should I now sit back and wait for the Politically Correct Police to come and handcuff…

Observations: The fluffy reporter?

By MITCH TRAPHAGEN Nicholas Kristof is an op-ed columnist for the New York Times and a two-time Pulitzer Prize winner. If there were any rock stars remaining in journalism, Kristof…

Observations: Bob gets his life back

By MITCH TRAPHAGEN Bob Bitchin is getting his life back. Over the past 15 years, he has built one of the nation’s largest magazines devoted to sailing and blue water…

Observations: My guitar rocks on. Should I gently weep?

By MITCH TRAPHAGEN When I was in high school, I took a class entitled Death and Dying. As part of the final exam, students had to plan their own funerals…

Observations: Like it used to be

By MITCH TRAPHAGEN I think the pace of change accelerates with each passing day — and much of that change isn’t for the better. The cost of food is going…

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…