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But his music career was cut too short.

On Feb. 3, 1959, Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens, and the Big Bopper died in an airplane crash. That day is often referred to as “the day music died” because of the tragic loss of three incredible artists. In a way, I think this sentiment is correct. While we still have fantastic music, the way music is written, produced, and recorded wouldn’t be what it is today if it weren’t for Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens, and the Big Bopper. Likewise, The Beatles played a massive role in music because they influenced Buddy Holly and many other musicians. Who knows what music would be like today if it weren’t for these artists and their talents? Although some artists are no longer with us, their legacy remains alive because of the incredible music they created. We will always have their records as evidence of their talents and contributions. But if your favorite musician is still alive and touring, I implore you to see them. Seeing the groups that shaped you and impacted your life is surreal, and I wish everyone could experience that moment.

Remembering Musicians Who’ve Passed Away

Music plays a massive role in all our lives. It allows us to connect our emotions and life events to the musicians and their talent. Because of this connection with different musicians, it can feel like losing a friend when they pass away. I can empathize with that feeling because several musicians have influenced my life, and their music continues to affect me even after their passing. As you may know, one of my favorite bands is The Beatles. My oldest sister introduced me to The Beatles when I was 6. She was an early teenager when The Beatles burst on the scene, so I was aware of them because she was so interested in them. My sister would buy all their albums when they were released, so I listened to all their music growing up. The Beatles continue to be part of the soundtrack of my life. I listen to The Beatles on satellite XM radio all the time. Their music fills me with joy each time I

listen to any of their songs — it will never get old! Because of their impact on my life, I always think about John Lennon and George Harrison on the anniversaries of their deaths. Sometimes, it’s still shocking to think that 2 of the 4 individuals who created The Beatles are no longer with us. However, if I get the opportunity, I will still enjoy seeing any of The Beatles live. I’ve had the great fortune of seeing McCartney perform a few times, most recently when he was in Arlington, Texas, in 2019. Another musician that has impacted my life (and was influenced by The Beatles) is Buddy Holly. He played such a pivotal role in the 1950s rock and roll scene. Many musicians still use his way of creating music today. He was one of the first artists to produce his music in the recording studio; use his band, The Crickets, rather than the studio band when making music; and was the first to layer different sounds and beats on a track.

What are some of your favorite musicians? How did you find

them? Have you ever seen them live? I would love to know your thoughts! – Gary L. Medlin, Esq. | Pg. 1

5 Feel-Good Movies To Chase Away the Blues Are you stuck in a TV rut and starting to feel down in the dumps? (Thanks, seasonal depression.) If so, check out one of these heartwarming movies for a pick-me-up. 1. ‘Rescued by Ruby’ — If your family loves dogs, this kid-friendly flick will be a real crowd-pleaser. It stars a pup named Ruby, who starts life as a shelter dog. After a state trooper rescues her, she becomes a search-and-rescue worker who finds and saves people. A true story inspired the uplifting tale, and according to some reviews, you may want to have tissues ready. 2. ‘Yes Day’ — Imagine spending an entire day saying “yes” to everything your kids requested. Congratulations: You’ve stepped into the plot of “Yes Day”! In this film, parents Alison and Carlos go along with their kids’ wildest desires and watch family bonding magic unfold. The Raising Children Network recommends this movie for adults and older kids only. 3. ‘Chickenhare and the Hamster of Darkness’ — The plot of this animated movie is as creative as its title! It follows a cartoon hero named Chickenhare, who is 50% rabbit, 50% bird, and 100% confused about his place in the world. He’s also on a quest with friends to defeat his evil uncle before it’s too late. Think of the film as a funny, adventurous, family-friendly take on the classic tale “The Ugly Duckling.”

4. ‘Dumplin’’ — Mashable called “Dumplin’” “the definition of sweet.” The movie stars Rosie (played by Jennifer Aniston) as a pageant-obsessed former beauty queen whose daughter, Willowdean, doesn’t fit conventional beauty standards. When Willowdean enters her mom’s pageant in a protest complete with dancing and Dolly Parton tunes, she sparks a small-town revolution. This movie is recommended for children ages 13 and up. 5. ‘We Can Be Heroes’ — Since its release in 2020, this superhero movie has quickly become a family favorite. The story opens with an aliens-versus-superheroes showdown, and when the aliens win and take the heroes hostage, their kids come to the rescue. As the title implies, the film will leave you feeling like you can be a hero, too.

Are You Flying With a Firearm Soon? A FEW THINGS YOU NEED TO KNOW

Traveling by plane and going through the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) can be a tedious and stressful process if you’re not prepared or aware of their guidelines. For those who want to fly with a firearm, it’s imperative to understand the proper way to travel so you don’t receive any penalties and other consequences. Here is everything you need to know about storing and flying with your firearm.

Be sure your firearm is stored away properly before arriving at the airport . Once you arrive at the TSA, inform them you’re traveling with a gun — it’s vital to declare this verbally. Be sure you have the required permits, licenses, and other documents during your trip. Likewise, ammunition must be transported in checked baggage . All magazine and ammunition clips must be secured in a locked, hard-sided case with the unloaded firearm. What are the consequences of failing to follow the TSA’s firearm guidelines? Even if you have permits to carry your weapons legally, you must declare your firearm and store it properly. Failure to do so will lead to significant consequences. Punishments can be misdemeanor charges with fines, possible jail time, or felony accusations. Here at Medlin Law Firm, we understand if you want to fly with your firearm. While there is a federal process for airline travel, we know some people need to be made aware of these regulations or have made an honest mistake. If you were caught with a firearm at the airport and unaware of the rules, please contact us today. Our attorneys can defend you and help get your case dismissed.

Declare your weapon at the airport. The TSA has established guidelines mandating how firearm owners may travel. Before you enter the airport and check your bags, you must store your gun correctly. According to the TSA, to declare and transport a firearm, the weapon must be unloaded and stored in a locked, hard-sided container or case. The firearm and case must be inside checked luggage — you cannot carry your gun on board the aircraft. | Pg. 2

3 Benefits of Scouting IT’S NATIONAL BOY SCOUTS DAY! Every fall, the Boy Scouts conduct their Popcorn Fundraiser outside supermarkets, hardware stores, and other areas. Then, during the spring, the Girl Scouts sell their famous cookies for the Girl Scout Cookies Fundraiser. Both Scouting organizations are part of The Boy Scouts of America, which was formed in 1910. The organization has a rich history of providing skills, knowledge, and resources to thousands of children across America. In honor of Feb. 8, National Boy Scouts Day, here are three benefits of enrolling your children to be a part of the Boy or Girl Scouts. You create lifelong memories. If you talk to anyone who was part of the Scouts, they’ll speak highly of their experiences and may even share stories that stand out to them. From receiving their first badge, participating in fundraising activities, and going on camping trips — many activities and experiences can leave lasting impressions. Best of all, you can make lifelong friends during your journey.

You learn skills to help you in the future. The foundation of the programs is all about equipping children with the life skills and resources they need to become well-rounded adults. The Scouts focus on 10 attributes: Respect, Responsibility, Honesty, Trust, Caring, Fairness, Perseverance, Self-Discipline, Courage, and Citizenship. These skills are taught during camping trips, volunteer opportunities, and everyday life. You have opportunities to grow. Some may think that once you age out of Scouts, your time in the Scouting program is over — but that’s not the case. You can be a Cub Scout leader and help provide other Cub Scouts with knowledge, insight, and opportunities. Whether you want to become a den leader immediately after aging out of the Scouts or if it’s been years and you want to be a part of the organization again, you can! All you have to do is take a couple of training courses and have a background check.

Were you a part of the Boy or Girl Scouts? Did you have any experiences you’d like to share? We would love to hear from you!

Valentine’s Day Dog Treats

Celebrate your four-legged valentine this month with these adorable and delicious treats!


• 2 eggs • 1 1/2 cups almond flour • 1 tbsp coconut oil • 1/2 cup dried cranberries • 3–4 tbsp coconut flour


1. Preheat oven to 325 F. 2. In a small bowl, beat eggs and set aside. 3. In a separate bowl, combine almond flour, coconut oil, and dried cranberries. 4. Once combined, pour in eggs and mix with your hands. (The dough will be very wet.) 5. Add coconut flour 1 tbsp at a time; mix well after each

roll, is not super sticky, and easily forms a ball. 6. Roll out dough and cut treats using bite-size cookie cutters. Tip: Sprinkle a little coconut flour on top of your dough to keep it from sticking to the cookie cutters. 7. On a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper, place your treats. Bake for 15–18 minutes or until crisp. Let cool before giving to your pooch!

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Brushing Up on Cruise Etiquette

All Aboard! Know Your Cruise Etiquette Before Setting Sail

Don’t be a chair hog. Everyone wants a prime spot on the sundeck, but you’ve got to rise early in the morning to get one. That’s fine if you can manage it, but “saving” a seat by putting a towel on it and then wandering away for breakfast or a mani-pedi is the best way to get on your fellow travelers’ bad side. Your cruise may also have a policy against it. Going to the bathroom is one thing; you’re only human. Otherwise, if you want the seat, stay in it. Be on time. Treat your cruise ship like an airplane — if you’re not on time, it’s probably leaving without you. And if you are lucky enough to have the ocean liner wait, your fellow passengers won’t look at you kindly. Set your watch to ship time (not local time) and prepare to be back an hour before the deadline. That way, if you happen to be late, you’ll still be on time. You may miss out on an extra drink or souvenir shop, but nothing will ruin your cruise faster than being left behind at the dock.

After a slump in 2020 and 2021, cruises are back in a big way. If you’re planning your first onboard adventure — or it’s been a while since you last set sail — now is the time to brush up on your cruise ship etiquette. Every passenger should read their cruise line’s policies to ensure they know all the specifics before climbing aboard. In the meantime, we’ve listed some of the most essential do’s and don’ts for the savvy traveler. Know what to wear. Some cruise lines aim for a fancy atmosphere, while others prefer a casual approach. Ideally, review the dress policy before you book your trip. Bring at least one formal outfit in your luggage for dinner, which tends to have an upscale vibe. The rest of your cruise wear should be casual but tasteful, leaving you looking put together. Most importantly, don’t overpack — the stateroom is smaller than you think. | Pg. 4

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