45th Parallel

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Welcome to the first 45th Parallel Contest! The 45th Parallel is a blog series which explores spiritual parallels in everyday sights. I invite you to enter the contest this month and compete for one of three prizes: First Place:                $25 Second Place:           $20 […]

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          This weekend’s storm in Portland brought the fresh sight of snow and with it popsicles hanging from eager eaves. A glance out my window says it all: the sight of our barbecue covered with penguin-high chunks of snow. And the outdoor thermometer sensor (which broadcasts the temperature indoors) is covered, […]

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This week’s 45th Parallel inspiration is brought to you by my friend Tony Otten, of Erlanger, Kentucky. Tony says: “I thought you might like this photo I took in my backyard. You can see the ivy wrapping around the pink coneflowers here. I took the picture on a whim, but it struck me afterwards that the […]

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My friend Stuart Funke took this photo of mushrooms in his yard in Lake Oswego, Oregon. Did you know that mushrooms grow on your lawn when conditions dampness and the availability of organic waste are conducive to their growth? Mushrooms are fungi that thrive on dead organic matter so they’re probably growing on dead roots […]

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Driving past this new house in Happy Valley, Oregon a couple of times a week, I’ve enjoyed seeing it constructed plank by plank. First the foundation was laid. Then along came floors and walls. It’s been fun to watch the progress—especially the day the builders banged the roof tiles in place. The ladder they climbed […]

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This week’s 45th Parallel is brought to you by my delightful friend, Joanna Echols, senior associate editor of Focus on the Family Clubhouse Jr. magazine. Joanna says of these gorgeous flowers, likely cyclamen: This photo was taken at a botanical garden in Washington, D.C. . . . in November (a few years ago). Spiritual parallel: […]

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                  Recently Tim and I spotted this bamboo growing near the Willamette River in Portland. Bamboo starts as an underground plant that grows for three to five years before it emerges from the soil. Once it breaks through, it’s the fastest-growing woody plant on the earth!  Bamboo […]

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Spiritual parallels. You see them everywhere. In a rosebud. The foundation of a home being built. A flea on the ceiling. A baseball diamond. A diamond as big as a baseball. I’m adding a new feature to my blog called The 45th Parallel. These weekly posts will feature photos of everyday sights we encounter and […]

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