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About majaramirez

former assistant instructor in tai chi chu'an; current TreeKeeper (#467); former Master Gardener; member of American Bird Conservancy, Audubon, Fraternal Order of Police, and Mensa; career cop, now assigned as Warrant/Summons Officer at Branches 29 & 42; wife and mom.

Indiana Dunes: America’s Newest National Park

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Originally posted on Openlands:
On February 15, 2019, Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore was upgraded to a National Park, the country’s 61st. The greater Chicago region now has a National Park. Members of the Indiana and Illinois conservation communities have worked…

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Good Garden People: Also Good for Business!

It has happened to anyone who participates in any group that goes out to eat even once.  The bill comes, is passed around for review, money is collected – and a discussion ensues over who owes how much more for … Continue reading

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To Gawk, or to Render Aid?

Once upon a time, the New Yorker magazine asked, What was everyone else on the platform (where a man from Queens was pushed over the edge then struck by a train) doing?  Later in the piece they mentioned Wesley Autrey, who saved a man having … Continue reading

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Life & Virtue: Old & New

Animals die Kinsmen die All things we know must die This alone can never die The good name of a person. (ascribed to Odin) Manafort lied Cohen lied Trump as we know also lied This alone can never lie Robert … Continue reading

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Why are you buying dolls again?

He was born first, with nine more following in fairly steady succession. there were supposed to be three more, but when his mother was pregnant with the twins she got mugged for the one dollar she was taking to the … Continue reading

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When do we reject the media whore?

A Chicago Tribune article recently began the coverage of the aftermath of the massacre at Pittsburgh’s Squirrel Hill temple with a focus on what the current White House occupants did. The gunned-down Jewish victims were mentioned alter on, even though … Continue reading

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Kavanaugh missed a step

In the early 1980’s, like Brett Kavanaugh, I pledged a campus Greek group. Away from classes at UICC (as it used to be called), there were parties and there was drinking. Youthful indiscretions arose, then subsided. Sigma Phi Alpha was … Continue reading

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