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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 https://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!

‘Don’t aspire to make a living, aspire to make a difference’

I’m growing tired. I’m feeling sick too — well, not so much in a literal sense in that case. I’m growing sick and tired.  Here’s why: a seemingly growing need that some Christians — largely on the conservative side — … Continue reading

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Our son, “The Graduate”

My father was far from a highly educated man.  I’m not sure exactly how much schooling he did have, but considering that he came from an area (the mountains of Kentucky and Tennessee) during a time (the first half of … Continue reading

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Twenty-five years later, the dream goes on

I haven’t written an article for the blog in months now.  A crazy work schedule and everyday life itself has a way of getting in the way.  But today is a special day, much too special to overlook, and a … Continue reading

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Our growing need to “police the police,” what it says about us

My old career in the newspaper business put me in close contact on a daily basis with a fair amount of police officers through a lot of years, mostly in a small-town setting.  My memories of those times are filled … Continue reading

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If you like what you see in my blog, check out my eBook

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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