• Taqiyya and the American Mosque

    by  • January 22, 2016 • 0 Comments

    By Mary Fairchild (updated 1/23/2016) This is the construction of the IMAMI Mosque (Islamic Mission and Mosque, Inc.) in Streamwood, Illinois, with a dumpster with the American flag upfront.  It is one of the three Twelver Shiite mosques in the Chicago area.  Twelver is the largest branch of Shia Islam. The term Twelver refers to its adherents’ belief...

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    International Sea Kayak Guide Snubs Registered Maine Guides: American Canoe Association’s Cover-up

    by  • November 11, 2015 • 2 Comments

    By Mary Fairchild(updated 12/02/2015) This was my favorite play area from my 2011 guided Coastal Maine trip (2011 report). The sea kayaking community needs, perhaps most of all, to guard against any shift from safety to one of recognition and getting paid.  Known as “Ocean Camp Maine,” my second guided trip to Maine, September 2013, was set...

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    Exploring the Great Basin: Camping in the Anza-Borrego Desert, Hiking around the Calico Early Man Site, to Sand Boarding the Ancient Sand of Coral Pink Sand Dunes

    by  • November 10, 2015 • 0 Comments

    By Mary Fairchild (updated 11/2010) Anza-Borrego Desert The Great Basin stretches from southern Idaho to Southern California which includes all, or portions, of Oregon, California, Nevada, Wyoming, Utah, and Colorado.  Its southwestern parts are now known as the Mojave and Colorado Deserts of Southern California.  In this large, generally dry, mountain-studded region of the West the rivers do not flow...

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    Mazon Creek Fossils

    by  • November 9, 2015 • 0 Comments

    By Mary Fairchild (updated 11/2015) In all North America, the Mazon Creek flora has the largest number of species and greatest taxonomic diversity of any Moscovian Pennsylvanian period assemblage.  More than 200 species have been documented, of which the majority are fern and seed fern foliage.  Jack Wittry Jack Wittry has written six scientific articles...

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