Thanks for your very personal and confirming response, Susan! The working world is so different now  people juggle 2 or 3 jobs to put food on the table, job benefits are a rarity, and people are expected to continue working at home usually for free! As I said in my piece, in 1973 I worked at a factory, made slightly more than minimum wage, and was able to rent a nice mobile home, buy a new car, afford 3 pets, and still have some money left for fun. That sort of life is impossible today if someone makes a little more than minimum wage.

I have several clients who can afford to provide health insurance for employees but don’t and unless their employees are covered under a spouse’s premium, they go without.

I was always a writer but lived in a bookkeeper’s body before I found Medium and broke free — well, almost. Working to work less and write more.

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