A patient Peterson

"A patient Peterson" Continued...

Issue: "Food fight," May 3, 2008

At about six Peterson builds a fire in the woodstove, and he and his wife begin preparations for supper. Then they read aloud for an hour and a half. They are currently rereading for the seventh time The Chronicles of Narnia. (The first three readings came as they read the novels to their children.) They read other novels and memoirs: George Elliot, Wallace Stegner, and Barbara Kingsolver. (They give every book 50 pages before deciding whether to continue.) When they're done reading, they finish dinner preparations, eat, and go to bed.

Their daily schedule changes for the Sabbath, which they have "always taken really seriously. . . . We're stepping back, keeping the day as empty as we can."

Peterson says that living intentionally isn't just for retired folks. Although everyone won't live in a mountain aerie, everyone makes choices about how to live. He points to his own children, who now live in the country and bake their own bread: "It's surprising how much they're living the same rituals. . . . That was not imposed on them. Their families are not hectic."

He sees similarities between the processes of building a church and raising children. Both tasks require a patience at odds with the busyness of American life: "Our church was slow, slow, slow going. It's been 47 years since its start. It's now the strongest, most stable church in the county." Parenting is similar: "If you're in a hurry, you make a lot of mistakes." Then he adds, with a gentle smile: "If you're patient, you make a lot of mistakes-but you have the space to correct them."

Something phishy

The Washington Post reported last month that Chinese hackers had targeted the Save Darfur Coalition with a "spear phishing" campaign. Spear phishing is a security attack launched against a particular organization using personal information often found on a company's website to launch the attack. In the case of the Save Darfur Coalition, experts believe the Chinese government wanted to monitor internal plans and emails.

Govexec.com describes how a spear phishing attack works: "Your Human Resources department sends you an e-mail asking for your home address-again. And, oh, by the way, please verify your user name and password, too. 'Gee,' you think, 'can't they keep their records straight?' You hastily type a reply and send it off. What you don't know is that wasn't your trusted HR rep seeking your personal information."

Spear phishing is personal. The letter seems to come from a legitimate source and asks for legitimate information. When someone falls for the bogus email, the hacker can use the information provided to access one account and from there hack into the system at large.

At this point the most effective defense against spear phishing is education. Govexec.com suggests managers send out spear phishing traps to see which employees respond-and give those people more training to spot bogus emails.

Susan Olasky
Susan Olasky

Susan pens book reviews and other articles for WORLD as a senior writer and has authored eight historical novels for children. Susan and her husband Marvin live in Asheville, N.C. Follow Susan on Twitter @susanolasky.


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