The Johnson Journal

The Johnson Journal: End of an age

  One day, I woke up and I was 22. It’s as if I went to sleep at 15 years old, or it might’ve been at 12, and I’ve just now awoken from my long, disorienting slumber.   Life moves at a rapid, yet repetitive pace. There are only flashes and few instances where I…

The Johnson Journal: Going viral

  Each day, the human brain processes more information and executes more orders than any modern computer during the same amount of time. For all of the technological advances societies have made in recent years, the human body contains the most complex iteration of a “computer” in the world. And while this fact might sound…

The Johnson Journal: Heroes in Disguise

When I was younger, Saturday mornings included monochromatic episodes of my favorite crime fighters. Batman, Superman and others took turns fending off evil in 30-minute segments.   In each episode, you could count on the world to be threatened by some new “death-ray” or device to serve an evil plot. And not to be outdone,…

The Johnson Journal: Old dog, new tricks

Many of you have probably heard the expression, “you can’t teach an old dog new tricks.” Aside from marginalizing man’s best friend, there are other concerns with repeating this cliché. Namely, old dogs can be taught new tricks, even if it takes that old dog much longer than it would take his younger counterpart. Dogs…

The Johnson Journal: Small Potatoes

  Think of one of the first times you found yourself in hot water as a kid. If you are like most kids, you probably found yourself feeling embarrassed and panicked. Regardless of the offense, young children are prone to freeze up when they find themselves in such situations.   In all likelihood, the offense…

The Johnson Journal: Do you know what’s inside?

With each passing technological advance or discovery, the dissemination of information takes place at even faster paces. New improvements to our phones allow us to access videos, photos and news with several taps on our screen. Social media sites not only promote general banter, but also serve the important function of promoting important dialogue and…

The Johnson Journal: Made in America

  For attentive fans of rap and hip-hop, this past week offered some unexpected and cryptic excitement.   One of rap’s most prolific artists took to social media to air out his dirty laundry. Rapper Lil Wayne of Cash Money Records fired off a string of tweets aimed at his record label. Lil Wayne’s tweets…

The Johnson Journal: Truth or fiction

    I’ll incriminate myself right now and say that, to at least some extent, I believe in such a thing as objective truth. To some, this view’s validity might sound laughably self-evident.   However, if there’s anything my philosophy courses have taught me, it’s not to assume.   The question of truth is a tricky…

The Johnson Journal: Kintsukuroi

Mass production has taken a hard stance against individuality. In fact, it might be hard for most in our generation to recollect or identify with the importance of uniqueness. If something breaks, you replace it with something new. It’s that simple. Whether liberal or conservative, everybody can shed a collective tear on the lost tradition…

The Johnson Journal: ‘Hear my train a comin”

Most songs convey a message of some sort. Whether the song is a “top 40” jam or a deep cut of one of your favorite artists, each  conveys a message to be heard and internalized by listeners.   I’m here to make the claim that some songs hide messages that transcend generational gaps, trends, fads…

The Johnson Journal: What I learned in boating school is…

  How did you fare on the last test you took?   If I’m dredging up bad memories by asking, consider the reasons why that might be a negative memory for you, instead of a positive one. Consider the time you put in to studying. If pangs of guilt are creeping into your mind, don’t…

The Johnson Journal: Wanderlust

  If you’re taking the time to read this column, pat yourself on the back. Now before you roll your eyes, that’s not supposed to be some bad joke about how great this column is. If you’re carving time out of your day to read The Carroll News, you’ve probably had to override a typical…

The Johnson Journal: Exploration, not confrontation

    Imagine someone has just asked you about one of the latest stories in the news.   For our sake, let’s use the United States’ bombing of Syria as an example. Your friend wants to know if you’ve heard the details or know the background. You respond that you have heard the story. Now…

The Johnson Journal: Nothing ventured, nothing gained

  This just in: the boundaries you view as separations from other people don’t actually exist. The concept is simple enough. But, I’ll admit as a disclaimer, some people find this to be earth-shattering.   Give it a moment’s thought: are the things you view as roadblocks actually impediments or do you just construct them…

The Johnson Journal: Follow in their footsteps

  Summer’s over. School’s in session. And, as per usual, people have arrived back to God’s Eighth Wonder of the World, JCU, riding high off of their summers of relaxation and restoration.   While tanning, taking a dip in a pools, traveling and the like are typical for a summer vacation, mine didn’t fit that…

Columns: The common cold

I was diagnosed with senioritis as a freshman. I’m not quite sure how I contracted the bug, but I wasn’t able to recognize the symptoms inside me until my junior year. Now, premature as it still is, I’m battling a full-blown infection. The amount of “sick days” I’ve called in to the Office of Productivity…