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Eric Johnson

The Wide Angle: Four decades of stuff, or 40 years of playing with pencils

We are officially in 2020, which means that I have now officially been part of six decades. This is somewhat distressing as I’m only coming ... Read more

9 months ago by Eric Johnson.

A year of not learning ballet

I was about halfway through this column Saturday afternoon, intricately involved in a subject that was highly profound when I suddenly realized you wouldn’t believe ... Read more

9 months ago by Eric Johnson.

The Wide Angle: ‘A Christmas Pain,’ by Eric Johnson

Buster was naughty to begin with. There is no doubt whatever about that. The Mower County Historical Society’s documents were signed by the volunteers themselves. ... Read more

9 months ago by Eric Johnson.

The Wide Angle: What was that? Where are the cats?

Anybody who has cats will recognize the sleep-jolting feeling that a retching cat can bring to the night. It starts subtly enough. Somewhere in the ... Read more

10 months ago by Eric Johnson.

The Wide Angle: The annual Christmas wrestling match

The Christmas tree, the annual tradition of being manhandled by an already cut-down tree as you try to wrestle it through a door. The Christmas ... Read more

10 months ago by Eric Johnson.

The Wide Angle: That’s okay, I can drink my own water

A lot of my time these days is spent trying to understand the world around me, and just when I think I have something figured ... Read more

10 months ago by Eric Johnson.

The Wide Angle: What could go wrong? Everything, give me time

I’ve been staring at our carpet again, fixating on it with a significant level of loathing. It’s hard not to stare at our carpet, because ... Read more

10 months ago by Eric Johnson.

The Wide Angle: Why is Johnny Depp in the desert?

We’ve officially entered the holiday season and you want to know how I know? Halloween is over. I’m not going to lie to you Reader ... Read more

10 months ago by Eric Johnson.

The Wide Angle: Dabbling with the spatula

I took this past Tuesday off to sneak myself a three-day weekend — partly to relax and partly to get a few things adults need ... Read more

11 months ago by Eric Johnson.

The Wide Angle: Break out the feed wagon! It’s the holidays

At no other time in the year is food more important than these last three months of the year. Oh sure, at the very hint ... Read more

11 months ago by Eric Johnson.

The Wide Angle: The rise of a preview’s preview

I, like so many others earlier this week, watched the new “Star Wars” movie trailer for “The Rise of Skywalker,” but I’m a minimalist. I ... Read more

11 months ago by Eric Johnson.

The Wide Angle: My adventures in hunting

I was feeling a lot of deja vu last weekend while covering the Minnesota Governor’s Pheasant Hunt Opener. While completely different animals, the GPHO was ... Read more

11 months ago by Eric Johnson.

The Wide Angle: It’s okay, you can still sit next to people

Every day when I scan the news sites, there seems like something else in the news that makes us as a country step back and ... Read more

12 months ago by Eric Johnson.

The Wide Angle: 80s had a lot to remember — hair and music

I had an epiphany Tuesday night while in the office. It’s okay, I’ve used “epiphany” before in a sentence. I actually touched on this some ... Read more

12 months ago by Eric Johnson.

The Wide Angle: Hurry up and wait … and wait

If you know me … I’m sorry. However, you also probably know that I’m not a patient man. This is not an attribute anybody would ... Read more

12 months ago by Eric Johnson.

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