I never imagined becoming a full-time freelance writer. Let alone doing this for five years. But thanks to the support of other writers and organizations like ASJA, I’ve been able to transform what should have been a stop-gap after another layoff into a viable, long-term career. Community is so important for writers, particularly when you’re self-employed. ASJA has developed a 1,000-plus strong community of professional journalists, authors, and writers, but we know there are thousands more who could join our ranks and benefit from the knowledge, career advancement opportunities, and camaraderie ASJA provides. READ MORE
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In the late 1940s, after service in the Navy during World War II, my father signed on as a mail carrier at the local post office. He never left that job, working his way up from walking a route to postmaster. Bored after retirement, he worked part-time as a greeter at the local funeral home. It was perfect for him. He got to dress up and meet his friends, and on good days he got to drive the hearse. It never occurred to my father to change jobs while he was at the post office. People who did that sort of thing, drifting from job to job, were viewed at the time with some suspicion, as layabouts. More »
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