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In only a few years as a freelancer, ASJA member Sarah Stankorb has already compiled an envious list of credits: Washington Post and The New York Times, among many others. Yet it hasn't always been easy: Along with juggling two young children, full-time employment, which she eventually left to freelance, and serving on her local city council, the Ohio-based writer still manages to find time to work with her top New York City agent on her book. In 2014, she helped co-create the term "Xennials," designating the microgeneration of Millennials born between 1977–1983 into the cultural lexicon. Today, her beat spans social enterprise, feminism, the environment, health, motherhood, religion and cultural commentary. READ MORE

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Navigating the Gig Economy

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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