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Halloween is better than Valentine's Day.
It’s almost Valentine’s Day. Although I don’t hate Valentine’s Day as much as some people do, I’ve never found it to be that much fun. There are a lot of other holidays that I enjoy a lot more, most notably Halloween. Here are a 11 reasons why Halloween is better than Valentine’s Day: You don’t... <a href="http://www.chicagonow.com/listing-toward-forty/2016/02/11-reasons-halloween-is-better-than-valentines-day/" class="more-link">Read more »</a>
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Oriental Trading Company sells party and holiday supplies for cheap, but some of the stuff they sell is odd.
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I used to be told I was too quiet. Now I'm told that I talk too much. I hope to find the right balance.
A few months ago my boss told me that I need to be careful about not giving other people a chance to talk in meetings. She noted that as one of the more experienced people on our team I have a lot to contribute and should, but she suggested I wait a bit to give... <a href="http://www.chicagonow.com/listing-toward-forty/2015/12/2016-goals-less-talking-better-listening/" class="more-link">Read more »</a>
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In a society where we insist people be careful not to talk loudly about spoilers to TV shows and movies unless they know no one minds, can't we give the story from Santa the same courtesy especially when kids are around?
I like to take my kids to ride CTA Holiday Train. It’s an inexpensive bit of holiday entertainment. It’s the sort of thing that makes me love living in Chicago. It is not the sort of outing that I thought would expose my kids to discussions about Santa not being real. Unfortunately, some people have... <a href="http://www.chicagonow.com/listing-toward-forty/2015/12/please-no-santa-spoilers-in-front-of-my-children/" class="more-link">Read more »</...
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"Draw your chair up close to the edge of the precipice and I'll tell you a story." Or I'll share bad turkey recipes. Whatever. 
One of my favorite quotes was written by F. Scott Fitzgerald: “Draw your chair up close to the edge of the precipice, and I’ll tell you a story.” It is from The Crack-Up, which also includes a section called “Turkey Remains and How to Inter Them with Numerous Scarce Recipes” containing absurd, seasonally-appropriate recipe suggestions... <a href="http://www.chicagonow.com/listing-toward-forty/2015/11/draw-your-chair-up-close-to-the-edge-of-the-pr...
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People have said that the minimalist Starbucks Red Cups constitute a war on Christmas. I just want my coffee and any polite greeting. No specific holiday affiliation is required.
Some people are upset because Starbucks Red Cups are not adorned with specific Christmas images this year. A simple design choice on a particular piece of seasonal landfill fodder has been declared part of the alleged “War on Christmas” and has been met with comments that don’t embody the spirit of the holiday people claim... <a href="http://www.chicagonow.com/listing-toward-forty/2015/11/starbucks-red-cups-war-on-christmas/" class="more-link">Re...
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Tips for how to become an amateur stock photo model as told through amateur stock photos.
Click through the gallery below for tips on how to be an amateur stock photo model. Disclosure: I do not have any personal knowledge about modeling for stock photos; however, I was able to make some guesses based on these free stock photos attributed to typexnick on Morguefile. Get notified of new posts by email.... <a href="http://www.chicagonow.com/listing-toward-forty/2016/01/how-to-be-an-amateur-stock-photo-model/" class="more-link">Read more...
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Why do all the writers I meet love Bird by Bird so much? What am I missing?
Writers love the book Bird by Bird by Anne Lamott. Every few months a writer I know will mention THE BOOK only to have other people pile on about how inspiring it is. I read it. I didn’t find it inspiring. I found it choked with metaphor and platitudes. I didn’t hate it, but it... <a href="http://www.chicagonow.com/listing-toward-forty/2016/01/bird-by-bird-on-writing/" class="more-link">Read more »</a>
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Here are 3 of my favorite cookie recipes and a recipe for a great appetizer. What are your favorite holiday recipes?
For today’s Works for Me Wednesday I am sharing some of the holiday recipes that work for me. I have many favorite recipes that I make every year. The three favorite holiday cookie recipes that I’m sharing below were chosen primarily because they are the ones that are available online, but there are truly among... <a href="http://www.chicagonow.com/listing-toward-forty/2015/12/easy-cookie-recipes-make-ahead-appetizer-recipe/" class="more-link">Re...
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How long do you keep celebrating a friend's birthday after they are gone? So far, for Bev, it's been over a decade. 
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I use sticky notes and a file folder to keep my to do list organized. What are your to do list tips?
This is the first post in a new series I’m calling “Works for Me Wednesdays.” On most Wednesdays, I’ll share tips, products, and services that work to make my life easier, entertaining, or somehow better. I’ll start with my to do list strategy. As I’ve gotten older I have more things to do and less... <a href="http://www.chicagonow.com/listing-toward-forty/2015/11/sticky-note-to-do-list/" class="more-link">Read more »</a>
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I have news! I'm performing in a show for Chicago Artists Month. Also, one of my blog posts has been anthologized in a textbook. Students are going to learn from me!
While I was busy publishing pieces of The October Diary, I was also accumulating some news that I finally have a chance to share. I’m telling a story in a live show next week, and one of my blog posts was published in a book! Let me tell you about them! Let me use exclamation points!... <a href="http://www.chicagonow.com/listing-toward-forty/2015/11/plagiarists-salon-technology-and-society-book/" class="more-link">Read more »</a>
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Blogger. Playwright. Security & Data Privacy Specialist. Project Manager.
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Kim Z. Dale is an information security and privacy policy specialist., playwright, blogger, mom, Pittsburgh expat, and fan of Chicago's Edgewater neighborhood.
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Kim Z. Dale is an information security and privacy policy specialist. She is a blogger and an award-winning playwright. She is the electronic content management systems project manager for Northwestern University's Office for Research and a mother of two. She is a proud resident of Chicago's Edgewater neighborhood and a Pittsburgh expat.
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Kim Zelonis
I've been a fan of Co-Op Hot Sauce for a while. Then I discovered the amazing food that the Co-Op sauce and Crumb bread teams make together for The Stew Supper Club. What a shame, I thought, that people only have one chance a month to experience thatdelicious food. I was elated to learn that they'd be opening a cafe. Their sandwiches and salads use superb ingredients in inventive flavor combinations. Yesterday we shared a pork noodle salad and sandwich with turkey, bacon, herbed butter and cheese. Just as at the Stew Supper Club their food is inspired my many cuisines yet I dare not cheapen it with the f word (fusion). My only sadness is that they are only open Thursday through Sunday, but maybe if we all go there a lot they will open more? I hope? Be sure to grab some hot sauce to go while you are there.
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Food: ExcellentDecor: Very GoodService: Excellent
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These wings are amazing. Huge, crispy, with unique and delicious sauces. I prefer the spicy ones, but I wouldn't kick the soy sauce ones out of bed either. Not that I eat Dak wings in bed. Or at least I haven't at the time of this posting. But now the idea is in my head. Hmm. I have been known to eat the extra sauce out of the bottom of the to go container with a spoon. Wait. I've said too much. Forget all that. Get the wings. Get a lot of wings. The other stuff is okay, but you can get better basic Korean food elsewhere. Go to this place for the wings. Did I mention the wings?
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Food: ExcellentDecor: GoodService: Very Good
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