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In the 1960s bald eagles were endangered and virtually extinct in most parts of the United States. Today they are as common as pigeons on statues, but less messy.

One of the good things – maybe the only good thing – about these miserable February days is using them as an excuse to sit by the fire with a favorite old book, with each musty, tattered, dog-eared, coffee-stained page a nostalgic delight.

Out in Washington we may have paused to open the book on a new Congress, but the families, small business owners, and educators who call Tennessee home haven’t missed a beat. Life has gone on, even in the face of a “new normal” that long ago wore out its welcome. 

The Promise Land Heritage Association is holding its first fundraising campaign to raise approximately $50,000 for the restoration of the 85-year-old building that once housed the St. John Methodist Church congregation.

This is going to be a mild weather week across Middle Tennessee with high temperatures from the upper 40s to low 50s and you sure can’t beat that at this time of year.

“In the year that King Uzziah died, I saw [in a vision] the Lord sitting on a throne, high and exalted, with the train of His royal robe filling the temple.” (Isaiah 6:1)

“And when these things begin to come to pass, then look up, and lift up your heads; for your redemption draweth nigh.” (Luke 21:28)

After the round of winter weather and Arctic air that Middle Tennessee experienced for Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, a likely warming trend will take our high temperatures into the upper 50s by Wednesday afternoon.