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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!

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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A new, fresh look at modern-day “applesauce”

In humorist Will Rogers’ day, the slang term “applesauce” was similar to saying something was “horsefeathers,” or — in more modern and less clean terms — bullshit. Will Rogers knew what he was talking about. Mark Twain also knew what … Continue reading

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AMY’S ANGLE: Another plea for “Legend,” aka “Milo”

By Amy Kathleen Miller It has been awhile since I have written a blog article here.  However, I feel the need to write about a horse that has had a special place in my heart for a while now. This … Continue reading

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The end of innocence, 50 years after the fact

“We cannot expect that everyone, to use the phrase of a decade ago, will ‘talk sense to the American people.’  But we can hope that fewer people will listen to nonsense. And the notion that this Nation is headed for … Continue reading

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44 vs. 42: The similarities are striking

It was a bit of a prescient moment. It came after Barack Obama was elected as President of the United States in 2008.  I took a break from my work to walk outside and talk on the phone with a … Continue reading

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How do you solve a shutdown? Burn down the House?

A random computer-generated phone call came to our land line tonight.  It was from Utah’s Democratic Rep. Jim Matheson, inviting me and a bunch more people from around the state — all registered voters, I’m sure — to a live … Continue reading

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Amy’s horse training makes news! MAKE IT GO VIRAL!

Did you ever want something that involved your passion in life to start getting some serious attention and just TAKE OFF!!!???  As in getting attention on the Internet, so much attention that it goes viral? We’re hoping that happens with … Continue reading

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