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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; recently retired career cop; wife and mom.

No-one wants to hear your noise

The thumping and pounding even bleeds through masonry walls. Occasionally a big dog barks along for long minutes. A car with the volume cranked parks in front. It’s 4:00AM. So much for neighborliness! What is it about “Sleep is more … Continue reading

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Police, mental illness, Trump

(copied to Mr Ron Grossman, Chicago Tribune. 3/28/2017) I for one think you’re spot on in raising the alarm on dRumpf’s behavior. My mother was a psychoanalyst. Once I told her about something that happened over several days when I … Continue reading

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Zika? Toxo? Both?!

Say “Zika virus” and most Americans immediately want mosquito abatement. Yet of a disease that can be equally horrific – and like Zika, in about 4 of 5 those afflicted have no symptoms – there is barely a whisper. This … Continue reading

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The Bane of Bird Feeders

I have been appalled to read recommendations not only to feed birds seed at a repurposed milk carton bird feeder, but to paint the entire container brown with acrylic paint. Why? Shouldn’t we recycle? Don’t we care about birds? If the … Continue reading

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How to have peace in Chicago

There is a call for Chicago to shed its unsavory cloak termed “Chi-raq” and become a city of peace. There is a parallel cry, by Jessica Disu and a few others, to abolish the police. Can these even be accomplished? It’s … Continue reading

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The Pall that’s Palin

Sarah Palin is back in the news, most recently for endorsing Donald Trump for president, and trying to take to task those who question her parenting methods because of her grown son’s domestic disturbances. Why anyone still cares what she … Continue reading

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Oregon bird refuge once again for the birds

I’m a veteran law enforcement officer who saw all kinds of problems with the so-called militia occupying the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge in rural Oregon. Dwight and Steven Hammond are the father and son previously accused of child abuse (including … Continue reading

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Forward/against cat TNR, Antioch backwards

I’ve just learned Antioch caved to the pressure some cat lovers put on politicians, who decided to allow them to trap-neuter-reIMPOSE. I am a long-time member of the American Bird Conservancy in Chicago who values almost all birds (no pigeons, … Continue reading

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Meditation in motion

Once upon a time, those desiring peace could withdraw from the world to meditate alone. That time is past. Partly there are few wild, lonely, unspoiled places to which one may withdraw due to the sprawl of humankind, but also … Continue reading

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When I asked my mom, a psychoanalyst, why a guy who had just been locked up a few weeks beforehand and whose daughter was arrested two days ago would come to the police to ask for money to bury his … Continue reading

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