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Today’s guest blog post was written by one of two first-place winners of The 45th Parallel Contest. Talented photographer and writer Nancey West shares with us a spiritual parallel about a hyacinth she spotted between daylily leaves in her yard. ~>~>~>~>~>~> Following a cold, a snowy winter I stood on my deck and soaked up […]

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Today’s blog post is one of two first-place winners of The 45th Parallel Contest. Talented photographer and writer Joanna Echols is senior associate editor of Focus on the Family Clubhouse Jr. magazine. >~>~>~>~>~>~>~>            What I’m about to tell you is true. Unless a grain of wheat falls to the ground and dies, it […]

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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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I push three-year-old Andy in a red Target shopping cart through the aisles of back-to-school sales bins one August morning. I let him pick out his favorite crayons, markers, and paints, and he drops them in the cart on top of construction paper and glue sticks. “Can we get Skittles, too?” he asks with big […]

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