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About A View From The Middle (Class)

Hi, my name's John. I've thought about this blogging stuff for a number of years now. I got into it for real on November 10, 2011, after suddenly losing my job in late October. I've been blogging ever since, and I kept it up over a period of a year and four months of being unemployed or under-employed, to try and paint a picture of what being jobless with a family to support can be like. Finally, on February 28, 2013, I got a better job that puts us back into the "middle class." I won't stop blogging, though. Who knows, maybe I can actually turn this blogging stuff into a way to earn a living someday! If you go to my blog at http://viewfrommiddleclass.wordpress.com/ and click on my About page, it'll tell you a lot about me -- maybe more than you ever wanted to know. I'm just your average, laid-back guy who's GOING TO MAKE IT IN THIS WORLD, despite all the roadblocks thrown in the way. I also launched a "niche" blog on music at http://thecrossovermusicchannel.blogspot.com/ that I'm very excited about because of the popularity of music playlist articles here. Also, check out and "Like" this blog's Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/daddysangbassdude2 for instant updates. Look forward to seeing y'all around!

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I clicked a button recently which published some family history  that’s been a long time in the making.  It was that simple. After pecking away at this “narrative journal” for the better part of 30 years, I decided to take … Continue reading

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An Empty Father’s Day

Originally posted on Michelle Hanson:
I have passed the rows of Father’s Day cards when shopping for weeks now. It’s like a knife to my heart every time. I even stopped and read a few last week, seeing what it…

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With Mary Grace, it’s about amazing ability — not disability

While some might see her “handicap” as a challenge, Mary Grace Gallekanao has come to look upon it as God’s purpose.  When you listen to her playing the piano, you are left with no doubt that she’s been given a … Continue reading

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Jamie Glaser teaches us to ‘Hear the Silence’

If you listen for a guitar playing during the music accompanying the classic comedy series “Seinfeld” or “Married… With Children,” you can hear him. If you’ve spent a fair amount of time listening to the music of jazz fusion artists … Continue reading

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Yeah, that Cliven Bundy — quite the ‘hero,’ ain’t he?

Welcome to my world.  Won’t you come on in? It’s gotten to the point where Nevada cattle rancher Cliven Bundy has become a household name because of his refusal to pay his fair share to the federal government for grazing … Continue reading

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Good Friday

Originally posted on I Shutter at the Thought!:
For those observing the Easter holiday, please remember to look beyond the Crucifixion to what it reveals about God. Happy holiday; God is love. “The Cross exposes the diametrically opposed ruling principles…

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About this new American ‘hero,’ Cliven Bundy

Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy became an American “hero” on Saturday. It appears we are extremely desperate for “heroes” these days. Bundy has been running cattle on government-owned land — as in, owned by the government since the Mexican Cession in … Continue reading

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Spending more than a day in our lives with the homeless

Maybe I’m amazed. This is the first time in nearly two months that I’ve written an article for this blog.  Not that I’ve stopped caring about it, far from it.  It’s just that … paying work gets in the way.  … Continue reading

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Super Bowl XLVIII: Offense and defense and ads, OH MY!!! (A live blog post)

I’m not anti-social.  Maybe a bit on the quiet side at times in a crowd, but not anti-social.  We were invited to a Super Bowl party today with lots of people and small children running around, but that’s not how … Continue reading

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Super Bowl XLVIII prediction: Who’ll fly higher?

Let’s just get it out of the way, shall we?  Super Bowl XLVIII features two teams from the only two states in America to legalize the recreational use of marijuana.  It’s already had its share of … errr, messed up … Continue reading

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