Eyes Wide Open

A guy rides up on a loaded bicycle, and Johnny Mango gets the story. It’s a perfect example of why I love his blog. Life is more the sum of small moments than it is the grand themes, and Johnny – Jon Knudsen, a retired teacher who lives in Albuquerque’s Nob Hill neighborhood – has this fresh exuberance for the small moments that is incredibly endearing. My favorite journalism (to read, and to make) happens when a writer has an excitement for something fascinating seen or learned. “I just saw the coolest thing….” Johnny Mango has that. (You can see his stuff on Duke City Fix, too.)