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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 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 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 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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