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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…

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…