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It’s almost Thanksgiving. And although 2020 may have been a difficult year for you, as it has been for many people, you can probably still find things for which you can be thankful — such as your family. How can you show your appreciation for your loved ones?

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There will be scattered showers around Middle Tennessee for the early and middle part of the week but temperatures will continue mild for this time of year.

“For God hath not appointed us to wrath, but to obtain salvation by our Lord Jesus Christ, Who died for us, that, whether we wake or sleep, we should live together with him. Wherefore comfort yourselves together, and edify one another, even as also ye do.” (1 Thessalonians 5:9-11)

Salvia officinalis — many refer to it as “garden sage” — is used in poultry seasonings, sausage making, cheese spreads and pork recipes. It is our cornerstone of the herb garden. 

When fall rolls around each year, it’s easy to spot the native maple trees that produce beautiful foliage. Actually, that’s the perfect time to locate a maple tree to bring home, when the leaves are showing their fall colors.

“All you who are thirsty, come to the water! You without money, come, buy, and eat! Yes, come! Buy wine and milk without money — it’s free! Why spend money for what isn’t food, your wages for what doesn’t satisfy? Listen carefully to me, and you will eat well, you will enjoy the fat of the land. Open your ears, and come to me; listen well, and you will live — I will make an everlasting covenant with you.” (Isaiah 55:1-3)

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Afternoon temperatures have been above 70 degrees since last Friday and a few daily high temperature records have been broken across the Midstate in the past week.

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Dozens of Cheatham County residents enjoyed the balmy weather at Burns Park in Kingston Springs on Sunday. Some kicked a soccer ball or tossed a Frisbee, while others walked or biked the trails. A birthday party took place under a gazebo. The Sunday morning temperature in Ashland City was 73…

“I have lived, Sir, a long time and the longer I live, the more convincing proofs I see of this truth — that God governs in the affairs of men. And if a sparrow cannot fall to the ground without his notice, is it probable that an empire can rise without his aid? We have been assured, Sir, in the sacred writings that ‘except the Lord build, they labor in vain that build it.’ ” — Benjamin Franklin

You want to remain physically and financially independent throughout your life. But if you lose some of this freedom, the last thing you’d want is to become a burden on your family. How can you keep this from happening?

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A week starting out with frost and freeze across Middle Tennessee will see the temperature slowly warm up as we go through the week.

“In the beginning the church was a fellowship of men and women centering on the living Christ. Then the church moved to Greece, where it became a philosophy. Then it moved to Rome, where it became an institution. Next it moved to Europe where it became a culture, and, finally, it moved to America where it became an enterprise.” — Dr. Richard C. Halverson

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It is looking cooler across Middle Tennessee this week, certainly lower temperatures than we had last week with that beautiful summer-like weather.

October is Family History Month in the United States. No one seems to know exactly how or when October was chosen to recognize family history, or if it is known, it hasn’t made Wikipedia yet, but that’s what it is. So how can you celebrate your family’s history?

Organic gardeners know the Allium plant species well, and we plant many varieties of onions and garlic not only for culinary and health benefits but also to deter insects from our other plants.

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After A chilly weekend, warmer air will gradually move back in for the week ahead. Much of this week   will feature sunshine and highs in the 70s; yes, it’s going to be another beautiful week across Middle Tennessee.