Happy New Year? In the middle of summer?
Fair question, explained because the American Society of Journalists and Authors operates on two different 12-month cycles, one for membership management (the Jan. 1-Dec. 31 calendar we all know well) and a second one for accounting and most other business activities (our fiscal year runs from July 1 through June 30).
New years — fiscal or otherwise — inevitably bring change. 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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