Work and that passion thing

Just when I gave up on finding a part-time job after a year of looking, I got a job! I’m a Computer Aide at my local public library, working 25 hours a week. I help people do diverse things on our computers as well as use our scanner and printer. Patrons are highly diverse on... Read more »

Ugh to pumping breast milk. Fortunately, Tammy Duckworth doesn’t have to

U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth has returned to work after the birth of her second child, the beneficiary of an official rule change allowing her to breastfeed on the Senate floor. I could call it “nursing,” but it’s too confusing as a keyword since it may look like I am talking about the nursing profession. No,... Read more »

Is Ohio State good enough?

I am fascinated by how colleges select applicants. I graduated many, many years ago and my children graduated years ago. The grandchildren aren’t even in kindergarten. So my interest isn’t practical. I think it’s because the college admission process anoints some with success for life based on their getting their shit together by the time... Read more »
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How old is old?

The April / May 2018 issue of AARP: The Magazine just showed up and here is a quotation from actress Melissa McCarthy on her high school job as a waitress in a nursing home. “I straight-up loved being with people over 65 because I’d instantly get perspective on the not-so-well formed experience I was currently... Read more »

Will feminists be forced into “happy homemaker” role in a changing economy?

More competition among millennials for fewer good jobs may ultimately create a backlash against employed women. I recently read a remarkable book. It’s Kids These Days: Human Capital and the Making of Millennials. On the cover the author identifies himself as “Malcolm Harris (b. 1988).” This is certainly not the only book about the challenges... Read more »

Crappy freelance advice: Live networking is the best way to market

More than a decade ago, my work life was in a sad state. I was a single mother, newly unemployed and desperate for income. It didn’t matter if it was freelance writing or a full-time job. Plus I was distraught over jobs from which I had been terminated, no reason provided. A friend told me... Read more »

Phooey to new online networking sites

I’m looking at you, Alignable. Days ago I unsubscribed. My “relationship” with Alignable began several months ago when I started to receive its invitations to connect with people I know. Since these were Chicago-area people I consider friends, I agreed to connect rather than hurt their feelings. When I’d see these people, mostly at events... Read more »

Crappy freelance advice: Get paid what you are worth

My fundamental belief is that all of us human beings have the same value. This means I have the same value as Mother Teresa and Kim Kardashian. Since neither posts her freelance writing rates, I am at sea in trying to determine my fees. Making it even more complicated, affixing a dollar amount to human... Read more »

A brand-new reason why it may be hard to get a job at age 65-plus

I recently wrote about my unsuccessful mission over the past year to get a part-time job. I never figured out conclusively what went wrong, but I—and many peers I talked with—suspected the same issue: age discrimination. Age discrimination? How can we know? The problem with the job market is that it is so darn noncommunicative.... Read more »

I’m at the one-year anniversary and I’m bailing

No, I am not divorcing my husband. Relax, Wayne. I’m quitting the job hunt. One year ago in March 2017 I had an unexpected inspiration: I would look for a part-time job. I have loved freelancing for more than 25 years, but I suddenly decided I would mix things up with some steady employment. I... Read more »