Let’s ford this generational river together.

Back in 2014, Sarah Stankorb joined Jed Oelbaum to weigh the perks and downsides of generational identity for GOOD, inspired by a delightful little portmanteau Stankorb stumbled upon while trying to pinpoint the forgotten middle children between Generation X and Millennials: Xennials. (According to Stankorb, that’s pronounced ZEN-ee-uh-ls, by the way.)

Since that article was published, the internet has only intensified its obsession with shared cultural touchpoints among age groups — this week more than ever. Last Thursday, an Australian site called MamaMia featured a conversation with a kindly Xennial sociology professor named Dan Woodman, who in addition to offering his expertise, expressed a rather charming fondness for landlines.

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Get Paid, Not Burned

Self-employed or just side hustling, most traditional contracts are outdated—here’s how to ensure your worth

Congratulations! You’ve decided to take self-employment seriously. Following the sage advice of fellow freelancers, you’re starting off with the essentials: an anchor client for some reliable income, a strong social media presence for your burgeoning personal brand, and the self-discipline to work several hours a day sans nagging manager. What’s more, you’ve already clocked the time difference between your client’s home base in the U.S. and your new “office” on a beach in Thailand. The one thing you can’t control? Your unmoored status may be 21st century, but traditional contracts and modes of getting paid are woefully outdated. The Freelancers Union reports that one in two freelancers had trouble collecting payment in 2014. Here, a few ways to be a better bill collector—faster than you can say Phuket.

Don’t even think of starting without a contract.

We know how it goes: You hit it off with a potential client and rush forward in good faith because you’re passionate about the project. But do yourself a favor—hit the pause button and get it in writing. Define timelines for deliverables and payment that you feel are reasonable. Ensure there’s a fair kill fee if the project is canceled. Consider adding a 1.5 to 3 percent monthly fee for late payment (more than 30 days past due) to your contract, as well as a clause that entitles you to legal fees and costs if you have to hire a collection agency or attorney to recoup payment. (Keep in mind that this may ruffle some clients’ feathers, so weigh whether you still want to work with them if this addition is refused.) Request a 30 to 50 percent deposit for large or longer projects. Include language that ownership rights over work produced do not transfer to the client until full payment is received. Ask a lawyer buddy to look it over before you sign or, better yet, create a standard contract of your own for clients as a guideline. Shake, a free legal agreement app, is popular with the freelance set.

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My Kid Is Freaking Out About The Future—And So Am I

When “everything is going to be okay” doesn’t cut it for either of us

A few months ago, while scrubbing my kitchen with Method soap and a natural sponge, I mentioned to my 7-year-old that I’d read an article predicting that the North Pole’s summer ice cover would melt through in the next year or so. It was an offhand comment, granted the same weight as any other tidbit of daily news: The North Pole is about to be unrecognizable. Your future is precarious. Oh, and we’re having tacos tonight. My son’s defining quality is that he cares a hell of a lot about pretty much everything. He put up his hands, drew a deep breath, and said: “Mom, when I’m president”—long exhale—“what are we going to do? There’s just too much to fix.”

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A Continuum of Legislation and Intimidation in Ohio’s Planned Parenthood Fight

Even “moderates” like John Kasich leverage threats and the specter of violence in their war on women’s healthcare.

Protesters at the Ohio Statehouse in 2009. Photo by ProgressOhio via Flickr.

On Tuesday, Ohio Governor John Kasich finished New Hampshire’s primary in second place, making him the establishment Republican darling of the moment. The next day, a bill reached final passage in Ohio’s legislature to “defund” Planned Parenthood of $1.3 million in state and federal money set aside for infant mortality prevention, HIV testing, and breast and cervical cancer testing under the Violence Against Women Act. The bill now awaits Kasich’s signature, a wave of the pen that could further endear Kasich to conservative voters leading into the February 20 South Carolina primary and friendlier Midwestern primaries in early March. With his focus on faith, optimism, and tax cuts, and possessing a sunnier demeanor than Ted Cruz or Donald Trump, nationally, Ohio’s governor has come to be described as a moderate. But within Ohio, Kasich has led an administration that has quietly restricted access to abortion through a variety of means: budget tinkering, legal maneuvers, and policies that don’t directly encourage intimidation or violence, but which have exploited the current atmosphere of vitriol to the same end.

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