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America, try not to defile the flag while showing your patriotism on the Fourth of July.

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A very short bit of fairy tale inspired fiction dedicated to all my analyst friends. 
As she spent her days in a windowless room analyzing classified data she sometimes thought about the girl in the old fairy tale. The one who was locked in a room and told she must spin straw into gold even though she possessed no such magical powers. Unlike the girl in the story she was allowed... <a href="http://www.chicagonow.com/listing-toward-forty/2015/06/rumpelstiltskin-nsa/" class="more-link">Read more »</a>
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Children can be terrifying.
Ah, the pitter-patter of little feet. Sure, it could be the sound of adorable children coming to give you hugs, but it could be the sound of a group of hell creatures coming to eat your soul. Some nights it can be hard to tell the difference. Is there a difference? Being a parent is... <a href="http://www.chicagonow.com/listing-toward-forty/2015/06/10-reasons-why-living-with-children-is-like-being-in-a-haunted-house/" class="more-link">Read more ...
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More widespread use of encryption via HTTPS is good news for data security and privacy, but it doesn't necessarily mean your data is safe.
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It's the time of year when this working mom comes out of the shadows and starts showing up my kids' school events.
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Post from the past:
Some very silly and very short bedtime stories
When my son started asking me to make up bedtime stories I was thrilled. I’m a creative person. This would be fun. I told him bedtime stories with original characters, complete plots, and practical morals. Then my son started asking for five or more bedtime stories each night. That was a little more improvisational storytelling... <a href="http://www.chicagonow.com/listing-toward-forty/2014/05/20-incredibly-short-bedtime-stories/" class="more-lin...
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I've never been into stuff like meditation, but I've found that stopping and doing some deep breathing helps me focus and get energy. 
Recently I’ve been breathing. Yes, technically I’ve been breathing my whole life, but recently I’ve been breathing strategically. It’s been helping me relax and focus. The only downside is that is that I don’t always remember to do it when I need it most. (The strategic breathing, that is. Luckily, the normal, life-supporting respiratory process... <a href="http://www.chicagonow.com/listing-toward-forty/2015/07/i-dont-meditate-but-i-do-breathe/" ...
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Have you ever read a book without knowing anything about it ahead of time? Here are my spoiler-free reflections on reading The Goldfinch without any prior knowledge of what it was about.
I recently read The Goldfinch: A Novel by Donna Tartt. All I knew about The Goldfinch before I read it was it won a Pulitzer Prize and a bunch of my friends had read it. I had no idea what the book was about. For the first couple dozen pages or more I didn’t even... <a href="http://www.chicagonow.com/listing-toward-forty/2015/06/the-goldfinch-review/" class="more-link">Read more »</a>
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Have you made friends on social media?
Last weekend I got to spend time with a friend from college. To be specific, she is a friend I know from college, but we were not friends when we were in college. There was no dramatic reason why we were not friends. She was a few years ahead of me. We were in the... <a href="http://www.chicagonow.com/listing-toward-forty/2015/06/social-media-and-a-friend-from-college/" class="more-link">Read more »</a>
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Should books have an age-based rating system defining when they are appropriate to read?
“Growing up, we were allowed to read any book in the house,” writes Maria Casale in her essay for the New York Times titled “This Book is Too Old for You.” The piece has prompted some online discussion about whether or not parents should censor what their kids read. Reading those comments prompted me to... <a href="http://www.chicagonow.com/listing-toward-forty/2015/06/3-books-i-dont-want-my-children-to-read/" class="more-link">Read more »</a>
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My mother tried to keep me from reading Stephen King in 7th grade.  I borrowed copies from friends and snuck in my closet to read them at night like I was sneaking out to a party.  Eventually she gave up.

So I suppose you could have some sort of age rating system on books, but as long as there are kids in the world like me and my friends, they'll read whatever they damn well please.
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I wrote this yesterday about today.
I’m not sure what to wear tomorrow. I am going straight from work to a poetry-writing-workshop/wine-tasting/Ethiopian-dinner. I wasn’t supposed to have any meetings outside the department, which would have meant I could be pretty casual, but a meeting I was supposed to have today got moved to tomorrow. I need to find something both appropriate... <a href="http://www.chicagonow.com/listing-toward-forty/2015/05/scattered-thoughts-about-my-tomorrow/...
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We often describe data breaches as "cyber attacks," but do war and battle metaphors prevent users from taking basic steps to improve computer security?

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According to research by David Hauser, describing cancer as an enemy that needs to be fought reduces the extent to which people focus on preventive behaviors such as changing their diets. Hauser’s work seems to indicate that describing cancer in terms of war and battle metaphors focused people on direct attack actions and made them... <a href="http://www.chicagonow.com/listing-toward-forty/2015/05/attack-metaphors-computer-security/" class="more-...
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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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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
Public - 2 years ago
reviewed 2 years ago
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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