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The Day the Music Died

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Does anyone really wake up with the thought ...that today may be the day they die?
Saying goodbye to your loved one seems so trivial until you look back and realize it was the last goodbye. 

Then, it becomes a moment stuck in your memory that had so much importance… but you did not see it coming. You relive all those last days over and over again, savoring the countdown remembrance until the last glimpse.

At 34 years old, with two sons, six and ten years old, I faced the toughest challenge of my life and upheld a family tradition of becoming a young widow. Both my grandmothers and my aunt lost their husbands prematurely, two from car accidents and one from cancer. I never dreamed I too would continue the custom.

Norman was my husband for 16 and a half years, whom I married at a young and naive 18 years old. Almost immediately, we traveled the world in a Contemporary Christian singing group called Sound of Joy. We were full time Christian singers on tour in a greyhound bus, performing in 2…

My Hometown Faith: The Day the Music Died

My Hometown Faith: The Day the Music Died: Norman V. Rester 1956-1998 Does anyone really wake up with the thought that today may be the day they die? Saying goodbye...

Carrie Fisher's Dog quote

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Rick Warren on Worry

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“Give all your worries and cares to God, for he cares about you” (1 Peter 5:7 NLT, second edition).

It takes more than willpower to stop worrying. You already know that, because you’ve already tried it. You’ve thought, “I shouldn’t worry about this,” and yet you just keep on worrying about it. It’s going to take more than your willpower to stop worrying. It takes four things: You have to get to know God.Jesus says in Matthew 6:32, “People who don’t know God and the way he works fuss over these things” (MSG). If you don’t have a relationship with God, you have every reason to worry. You’ve got to get to know God! As a believer, you have a heavenly Father who has promised to take care of you. You are God’s child, and children get special privileges. When you worry, God says, “You’re my child. Why are you acting like an orphan?”You have to put God first in every area of your life. Matthew 6:31-33 says, “Don’t worry at all about having enough food and clothing …. Your heavenly Father alrea…

Beautifully Broken Lyric Video YT

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LOST in Caesar

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(Newspaper article I wrote many years ago about Uncle Keith and his grandson, Josh Holloway. Published in the Picayune Item.)

You might ask, what does the hit ABC drama series, LOST have to do with Caesar, Mississippi?

The connection is simply that of family ties.

One of the standout actors on the series, Josh Holloway who plays bad boy, Sawyer has family roots in the small community outside of Picayune. His Holloway ancestors, including his father are from the area. The star’s grandfather lives in Caesar, Keith Holloway who enjoys watching his offspring’s acting success.
“I knew he could get discovered. He had almost given up after just getting small parts. He is real good in acting in different parts. Many of the great actors starting out playing the bad guy,” said Keith.


As for the history of the Holloway name, it has been around this area since before the turn of the century when Lewis Holloway who had a generous spirit would make handmade, Cyprus coffins for those who died in the c…