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Failure of our Law Enforcement
“Trust us.” That was the constant phrase
used by law enforcement agencies regarding
the guardianship scandal.
It took The Vegas Voice over 18 months of
assisting, helping, and then patiently waiting
to finally understand that “trust us” was simply
“government speak” for “not our problem.”
As regular readers are well aware, The Vegas
Voice has extensively investigated and wrote
about the Nevada Guardianship system. From
outright stealing, bold-face lies to complete
judicial indifference (and protecting their
own) we have exposed those individuals that
should face the consequences for their wrongful
We begin with our District Attorney, Steve
Wolfson. Despite overwhelming evidence
provided by many families – and especially
by our guest guardianship columnists, Steve
Miller and Richard Black, the DA has done
nothing to prosecute this criminal wrongdoing.
In fairness to Mr. Wolfson, nobody had any
confidence in him in the first place. “Mr. Incompetence”
never showed any interest in
prosecuting the bad guardianship guys and
directed the victims to merely seek help from
the Family Court.
Apparently Mr. Incompetence was, and remains,
too busy promoting his TV program,
Las Vegas Law (What you haven’t seen it?
Don’t feel bad, nobody else has either) to concern
himself with anything regarding guardianship
wrongdoing. Since we regrettably accepted
his incompetence years ago, we really
can’t blame him for not doing anything.
No, our biggest disappointment goes to the
Nevada Attorney General, Adam Laxalt. Our
mistake: we really believed him when he told
guardianship victims and reformers to “trust
Our first meeting occurred on March 11,
2015. Political editor Rana Goodman, Rick
Black (and wife Terri)
and yours truly met
with the AG
City. At that
time and place,
they advised and urged
that we should get
as many victims
as possible and
obtain as much
necessary to support
and forward it directly
to the AG.
There are no words to describe how diligently
and zealously Rick worked to roundup
the victims. He provided at least 30 separate
Additionally, my Rana put together packages
and provided guidance and transportation
for guardianship victims to meet with the Attorney
General’s office. Not only that, she also
did the running around to various medical
facilities (at the behest of AG investigators) to
obtain missing medical records.
And then five months later, in late September,
2015, the “Joint Task Force”, armed
with subpoenas raided private guardian April
Parks’ office and home. They seized boxes
and boxes of documentation.
Victims and advocates applauded such law
enforcement actions and waited for justice.
And waited…and waited.
Over one year has elapsed since the raid,
18 months since the Attorney General started
to receive paperwork from Rana, Rick (and
countless others) and the results were…
well, April Parks left the
state and now resides in
a lot of talk that
Mr. Laxalt does
not have “primary
though Nevada law
(NRS 228.120) grants
the Attorney General
the right to do
so. They point to
If we accept
that logic, why did the
Nevada Attorney General offer to take the information
in the first place? It appears that all
our work, and most importantly, our faith and
hopes were misplaced.
Mr. Laxalt certainly talked a good game,
and we admit we fell for the “trust us” language.
Apparently the chief law enforcement
agency in the state is helpless to assist the
citizens-victims and Attorney General Laxalt
should, therefore, be excused from any blame.
By his own admission, he is, “Mr. Irrelevant.”
As for (former) private guardian Ms. Parks?
She’s still laughing at Nevada law enforcement.
Parks has become a new “poster child”
– Mad magazine’s Alfred E. (“What? Me Worry?”)
As for those seeking justice? Not one of the
bad guys has faced any consequences and
business remains as usual. Money stolen,
families destroyed means nothing to our law
Rest assured Rana, Rick and The Vegas
Voice will continue reporting about “Mr.
Incompetent” and “Mr. Irrelevant.” And
if one day, they really meant what they said
(and promised) this publisher will be the first
one to admit that I was wrong and give them
credit for doing their jobs.
Until then, when you hear them say “trust
us,” try not to laugh out loud.
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The Disappointment Continues
On My Soap Box
In the 18 plus months that we have been
knee deep in the guardianship investigation,
it has puzzled and frustrated me how most
authorities either turn a blind eye to problems
involving the elderly, or state publicly
how much they care - yet do nothing.
In our early stages, we thought we had a
huge win after some of our group appeared
before the Clark County Commission. They
testified about the exploitation and theft
going on at the hands of private guardians,
seemingly with the rubber stamping of the
hearing master and judge. Soon thereafter,
the Nevada Guardianship Commission was
formed to suggest reforms.
Testimony was given to the commission
from many families about the treatment they
received in Hearing Master Jon Norheim’s
courtroom and decisions made under Judge
Charles Hoskin’s hammer. Their only penalty
was to move them from adult guardianship
cases to those involving children.
Police departments across the state made a
vow to the Nevada Attorney General to assist
in all elder abuse cases, yet we have been told
Rana Goodman answers guardianship question at last
month’s seminar in Sun City Summerlin
that seniors attempting to file complaints are
just being told to contact legal counsel.
One particular senior, a woman 93 years
old has been attempting to get a power of attorney
revoked. We suggested she go to legal
aid. The lady called for transportation, had
the forethought to put all
her documents in her bag
and went there to get help.
However, with each
visit, the legal aid attorney
asked her to bring a newly
dated letter of competency.
She was always one step
ahead since her doctor
signs one each time she
goes out in public because
she is afraid that she is
“going to be taken” and
placed in a home “just
because she is old.”
Over a year ago, an investigator
from the AG’s
office asked that I get
documents regarding our
Vegas Voice guardianship
investigation. I did as requested, and even
drove one of the victims back and forth to her
office so that she could be interviewed, shown
Many of those same victims have called
District Attorney Steve Wolfson’s office asking
when they would see someone arrested,
or how he could allow private guardian April
Parks to leave our state. In spite of those efforts,
and the testimony of many, many
victims and family members, nothing has
happened and April Parks is, I’m sure, still
laughing at Nevada’s ineptness.
I also recall placing a call for a senior (86
years old) to the Senior Law Project about two
years ago. He was being harassed by his HOA
and needed help with a restraining order.
Because he was so intimidated, he asked
me to place the call. When I got through, I
was asked “had he been physically abused?” I
said, “No, just constantly harassed and at his
age he cannot tolerate it and he needs some
legal help and advice.”
The response was, “we cannot help him,
but if he is ever physically abused, have him
call us.” I shot back with, “a frail elderly man,
physically abused would most likely die, so in
that case I would have to call a coroner, but
The only other resource for seniors to get
help is by calling Elder Protective Services,
which can be a double edged sword. Looking
on line for the number will yield many
that offer elder services, but they ARE NOT the
If they are a private business, remember,
they are in business to make money, so as always,
“buyer beware.” If you know of a senior
in need of help, this is the correct agency to
call: Elder Protective Services 702/486-6930.
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No Satisfaction for Guardianship Abuse Victims
Last month marked the beginning of my
four year investigating and reporting on the
rampant nature of fraudulent guardianships in
Nevada and its sponsorship by several Family
Court judges; particularly Hearing Master Jon
Norheim and Judge Charles Hoskin.
Over the past three years, media coverage has
played a major role in motivating a few public
officials to take action and we gained several
long overdue reforms. Certainly our efforts to
educate made it clear you must do everything
to never be drawn into Family Court. If you are
drawn into their grasp, you will likely be financially
exploited - even if you have legitimate
When I started my research, I quickly identified
five professional guardians with suspect
activities; Jared Shafer, Kathleen Buchanan,
April Parks, Patience Bristol, and Denise
Patience Bristol was arrested in 2013 after
Wells Fargo filed a criminal complaint against
her for withdrawing her ward’s funds. She was
prosecuted while Norheim and Hoskin continued
to defend her.
Hearing master Jon Norheim
Once our advocacy became known, dozens
of families came forward complaining about
their experiences in Norheim and Hoskin’s
courtroom and the bias the court reserved for
these four guardians. All had trained under
Jared Shafer, the first Public Guardian in Clark
Over the last 18 months, evidence packages
were given to the Nevada Attorney General’s office
on suspect elder exploitation. All but one
involved Shafer, Buchanan, Parks, or Comastro.
Additionally, 20 evidence packages were given
to the Nevada State Medical Board on nine
Judge Charles Hoskin
medical professionals who routinely provided
confidentially protected information to professional
guardians to support fraudulent guardianship
In 2016, all resigned from professional
guardianship. Ms. Buchanan retired and the
other 3 “blamed” the newly established Nevada
guardianship licensing requirements for their
Sadly, Hoskin and Norheim continue to serve
in Family Court. Hoskin made $241,142 in total
compensation in 2015. Norheim continues as
a hearing master and made $190,037 last year.
Both continue to be protected by the court,
regardless of their biased rulings.
The state of Nevada has benefitted by over $3
million in funds to reform guardianship adjudication
and improve elder abuse prevention.
The Attorney General was recently granted $1.3
million of National Mortgage Settlement Funds
from the state legislature and an additional
$925,000 from the U.S. Department of Justice.
The Nevada Supreme Court was granted
$800,000 from the National Center for State
Courts to install guardian expense reporting
and auditing software in Clark County. The AG’s
office and the Supreme Court have successfully
leveraged a very sad story for their financial
and political gain.
Unfortunately, things have not gone so well
for the victims. No guardians, doctors, attorneys,
or judges have been arrested and not a
dollar has been returned.
As for private guardian April Parks? Immediately
after her offices were raided by the joint
task force last year, she began withdrawing
from her cases. As she withdrew from her cases
she refused to submit accurate accountings.
She and her attorneys took over $275,000 in
final payments from her ward’s estates as they
exited. Judges approved all the payments over
the objections of the victims or their families.
Judge Dianne Steel recently issued two bench
warrants for April Parks arrest but the bench
warrants did not include extradition. The Judge
didn’t take action until after Parks went AWOL
and gave the court false contact information.
Judge Steel knew Parks’ refused to account
for her ward’s estates, her offices were raided,
she fled the state, and filed bankruptcy before
she finally issued a bench warrant. Insulting
a judge appears to be a greater crime than exploiting
Sadly, the victims continue to be victimized.
We still await law enforcement’s first arrest.
Sun City Musicmakers
Sun City Musicmakers presents “GLORIA,”
a concert for the Holidays featuring Vavaldi’s
(1678-1741) “Gloria in D.” Along with this
beautiful piece, there will be songs celebrating
winter, Hanukkah and Christmas. Something
for everyone, even a little sing-a-long.
Conductor Dennis Gazso and accompanied
by Eddie Fluellen, the Musicmakers
work very hard to present a beautiful sound.
Tickets are $10 and available online at www.
scscai or cash or check at the monitor stations.
Saturday,7 pm, December 10 th , and
Sunday, 2 pm, December 11 th at the Starbright
Lawry’s “Murders” Solved
People & Places
Anthony Payton was murdered last month at
Lawry’s Prime Rib on Paradise in front of witnesses...done
in between Lawry’s famous spinning
salad bowl and the entrée. Mastermind
of this latest homicide was, once again, Jay
Joseph who has orchestrated numerous other
undoings throughout Nevada since 1985.
Joseph, the salt and pepper haired dapper
who modestly boasts Gene Kelly chic and good
looks, began his company, A Touch of Mystery
in 1985, taking it full time in 2001. The company,
abbreviated ATOM, has performed before
dinner audiences, at private corporate events
and aboard cruise ships.
As a Los Angeles performer over 30 years
ago, he was challenged to “try something different.”
The solution, he said, was “I’ll write a
His actors staged an argument at a private
party; things, as scripted, got out of hand and
the party-goers witnessed what appeared to be
a murder. With his core of accomplished singers,
dancers and actors, Joseph customizes his
shows as light hearted murder mysteries, musicals
and team building events. Audiences, be
they dinner theater, party or corporate, can be
divided into teams to help solve the crimes, a
Murder mystery cast (L to R) Brian Gressley, Andee Gibbs,
Ayler Evan, Gret Menzies, Kellie Wright, Jay Joseph
quality appreciated by corporate clients.
Joseph’s career began where David Janssen’s
The Fugitive ended, Pacific Ocean Park at Santa
Monica Pier, where the illusive “one-armed
man” met his fate. While Joseph’s mother was
shopping, the 3-year-old Jay wandered away,
flamenco dancing on the pier and collecting
$13.00 in tips, “my very first paid gig.” I would
expand. There’s always an opportunity.”
As the lead in the Broadway road show
Chicago, Joseph finished the LA engagement
heading for Vegas and the
Palazzo - September 10,
2001. The world changed.
The show was cancelled.
But Joseph was undeterred.
Joseph typifies the American
hard work success story.
“Nobody has my spark,” he
says of his creativity and focus
on the business part of
He prides himself on his
and “fluid prioritization.”
“How long does it
take to respond to a phone
call or email?” he asks rhetorically.
Joseph writes, directs, casts his shows and
structures contracts; he cold calls for venues
and opportunities to perform. He’s taught
himself social media skills, Google’s search
engine optimization and team building basics;
all in an effort to provide a wider audience
and better product.
Joseph respects the professional preparation
of his cast/friends. His pet peeve he says,
are performers “unprepared for auditions.”
“Casting directors (from Hollywood) don’t
like coming here,” he says of performers who
audition in jeans and t-shirts.
Joseph’s cast members speak glowingly of
him. The brassy Kellie Wright, a multiple murderess
in Joseph’s productions for eight years,
says, “He’s a great boss and entertainer. He’s
wonderful to work with and harmonize with.”
Today ATOM also provides scavenger hunt
parties, flash mobs, trade show ambassadors,
emcees and production shows, including the
popular Shades of Sinatra. “Every time it got
slow, I would expand. There’s always an opportunity.”
For more information, www.
ATouchOfMystery.com or (702) 497-7936.
Sam Wagmeister, a local Realtor specializing in Las Vegas senior communities, covers
the hidden gems of Las Vegas Entertainment for The Vegas Voice. He would love to
hear what you think. Contact Sam at: GreatLasVegasMusic@Gmail.com or (702) 245-6556
Food Choices Now Going My Way
I have always moaned & groaned about restaurant
choices, but recently, I’ve read about
so-called healthy selections and the nutrition
expert’s opinions were vastly different in 2016.
They’ve been pushing kale on me for a few
years now. I hate kale! Now, suddenly, as if an
answer to my plea, I read that a spinach salad
with cherry tomatoes is better for my mood
than kale. I could have told you that.
Thank goodness dark chocolate has stayed
on the list of good mood foods. Oh happy day!
I’m still wrestling with the Bloomin’ Onion
now classified as a mood killer. It never killed
my mood, although I do have a lot of food
guilt when I eat it. But it passes quickly.
And it really is true that as you get older,
your food consumption goes down almost in
auto mode. So how come the weight doesn’t
go down with it?
You would think that after all these years
there would be some kind of reward for eating
less. There’s something almost sinister in that.
Restaurants still have to decorate and
change everything, so the new normal is explaining
what you don’t want as opposed to
what you do. To accomplish that, they have to
manually take your order and figure out how
to translate it into a computer entry for
the cooks. Anyone ever think to walk
into the kitchen and just tell them?
I was pretty happy to learn about
beef & cheddar being better than turkey,
ranch and bacon sandwiches. And
now avocado is the magic food of the
year - so guacamole dip is guilt free
(along with a crab & avocado stack)
from Marie Callenders. I haven’t solved
the chips dilemma.
And did you know that a cup of hot
& sour soup has 7,980 mg. of sodium?
Whoa! That will blow up your blood
pressure! Not good for Chinese restaurants. No
On the good list are cranberries, red grapes,
blueberries, lots of different seafood, and a vast
assortment of creations designed to improve
your brain, sleep habits, sugar intake, blood
60’s to 60
pressure and all around health. It doesn’t tell
you to eat things in any particular order, just
so long as you spread them out over the day.
It’s a little bothersome that I’m finishing up
my 60s soon and I have to re-group. I thought
I had already re-grouped when I learned
about blood pressure, salt and carbs. Guess I
went there but didn’t do it right.
No one ever explains how long it takes to
notice changes so we need to have faith it’s a
quick fix for a lifetime of food blunders.
Remember the comedy routine about dad
giving kids chocolate cake for breakfast and
justifying it? It contained chocolate, eggs, flour
and so on. It was just a question of how you
Now with chocolate remaining on the list I
can have chocolate cake and stay within the
It’s actually a wonder we’ve lasted this long!
Places to Go
I Know a Place
Let’s talk about what’s going on in November.
From Summerlin to The Smith Center to
Henderson and back, there is always something
great going on.
Have you been to Ichabod’s lately? It’s a
smoke free restaurant at Flamingo and Pecos
with 24-hour gaming, reasonably priced
drinks and entertainment 7 nights a week.
The entertainment varies nightly with the
great American song book, top 40s hits, country
classics and even rock and roll. Friday and
Saturday nights delivers a late night group as
well. If you like to eat, drink and dance, then
Ichabod’s is the place to meet.
Looking for some Jazz? Stop by the Dispensary
Lounge at Tropicana and Eastern. The 10
pm start is just right for the late night snackers
- plus you will always hear great jazz singers
and musicians who know what this music is
Stay on the east side of town and drop by
the Italian American Club for a drink in their
lounge. There is fantastic entertainment 5
nights a week. They are open Wednesday
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In November, they have some fantastic
shows in their showroom - which include a
Christmas music show, the Brazilian sensation
Patty Asher, Jonathan Karrant’s “Autumn in
New York” with special guest Chadwick Johnson,
Michael Monge’s Encore Performance for
a trip down memory lane and Tommy Ward
singing The Sunny Side of Life.
Did I mention the food? Consistent, good
and reasonably priced.
The Smith Center has been hosting
many local performers in their Cabaret
Jazz Room. Seating about 250 with a
state-of-the-art sound system and shows
that are reasonably priced, it has become
a hub for locals to see the best performers
and musicians in town.
November’s scheduled shows include
the Composers Showcase, the Great
American Soul Book, Daniel Emmet and
Philip Fortenberry, Frankie Moreno and
Dee Dee Bridgewater.
Head out west and you’ll find entertainment
at Downtown Summerlin. Or
you can find some of the finest singers in
town at Vintners Grill on Thursday nights.
Maybe you’ll stop by Salvatore’s on Tuesday
nights in the Suncoast Hotel or Addison’s
Lounge in the Rampart casino on the weekends.
They also have entertainment in their
Round Bar. You can also spend a late night at
Club 7777 to hear a mix of blues and rock with
a big dance floor available.
And with a great deal of pride, let me mention
“A Twilight Affair” presented by The Vegas
Voice and hosted by yours truly. The third
Tuesday of every month we present a variety
show at the Silverton in the Veil Pavilion.
A half-dozen talented, wonderful artists
singing with a live band. It doesn’t get any
better than that.
As you can see, there are many venues and
many performers playing every night of the
week, so what do we do? We have to pick and
choose, but try to make it out to see them all
eventually. The performers really appreciate
seeing their fans come out to support them.
Evan Davis is the entertainment editor of The Vegas Voice. You can
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To all my loyal readers (and I
thank you) and to those who are
new to my column, you know
that I write about my memories
of growing up in Hollywood, being
a child actress and my experiences
of working on various
movies/TV shows with various
This month I’d like to write
about a different experience.
Please indulge me as I share this
I’m sure you are aware that
I am an animal lover and have
had pets my whole life. Along
with having pets, there sadly
comes the time when they get
old or sick and have to be euthanized.
For those who have pets, I know
you will agree that they are part of
our “family.” Saying goodbye to them is devastating.
Sadly, I had to put my little rescue “Reggie”
down. He was a little mixed Terrier who
had seizures his whole life and was quite the
character. I actually think he had a sense of
He lived to be 17 (for which I’m very grateful)
but in the end, he could no longer walk
and was starting to fail. I knew the time was
drawing near for him to go to the Rainbow
Bridge, but it’s never easy to make that decision.
Knowing that the drive there, and what
you are about to do, and then, the long drive
home with them no longer beside you has always
been a heart wrenching moment.
I go to a wonderful Veterinarian Hospital
called “Legacy” and I love my wonderful
vet, Dr. Terry Muratore. Dr. M. has always
treated my pets with love and kindness and
has kept them healthy for a very long time.
What I didn’t know is that Dr. M. has another
wonderful vet named Dr. Toby Goldman.
Dr. Goldman performs animal hospice
and “in home euthanasia.”
I decided to do that for my Reggie, and I
realize that there are many people who aren’t
Photo Credit: Courtesy of Linda Q. Photography
aware of that service.
I now know that it is the ONLY way to do it.
Yes, it’s still hard, but it was so peaceful.
I had candles burning, soft music playing,
and Reggie was in his own bed, in his own
surroundings with his “brothers” and “sister”
and his “mom” right beside him. There
were no bright lights, other dogs barking or
It was most peaceful and comforting, and
was as if he just drifted off to sleep. Dr. Toby
(as he goes by) was kind and caring. He explained
everything to me and I felt a warmth
that exuded from him.
For those who have pets, I pray it will be a
long time before you have to make that decision.
But when you do, I truly hope you will
contact Dr. Toby. He has a heart full of love
Although, of course, I cried my eyes out,
I can say that it was the most comforting,
kindest, and gentlest way that I’ve had to
say good-bye to one of my little furry ones.
Dr. Toby can be reached at: TheLapofLove.
com or at 702/703-9590.
Rest in peace my little Reggie. You will forever
be in my heart.
Until next time, remember to always cherish
the everyday moments.
Beverly Washburn graced the silver screen as a child actress and is the author of Reel
Tears which can be bought online at Amazon.com or ordered through Barnes &
Noble bookstores. You can contact Beverly at: email@example.com. Check out her
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Marty’s Top Ten
1. If a man works like a horse for his money,
there are a lot of women anxious to take
him down the bridal path.
2. You have to be very smart to get along
these days. I know a guy who wore a mask all
his life so nobody would recognize
him. He only took it off
when he was robbing a
3. Women are like
cell phones. They
like to be held and
- but push the
and you’re disconnected.
“No Drowning Worms.”
5. My wife is magnetic - everything she
wears is charged.
6. Alimony is like paying off the installments
on the car after the wreck.
7. Jim: “They fired my girl from her job at
the bank.” John: “Why did they do that?” Jim
replied: “Well when customers brought in
money, she’d always say: ‘For me?’”
8. She loves his company. He loves his company
– It grosses $6 million a year!
9. The drunk collapsed on the
bar, his head down. “Gimme
a drink” he mumbled.
“Not in here,” said
“Look at you.
You can’t even
raise your head.”
“Okay” said the
drunk. “Gimme a
10. My friend
Lou said he’s been losing weight and losing
weight and he just found out why. His wife
got a new rubber mattress and at night he
tosses and turns and that’s what’s doing it.
He’s erasing himself!
For over the past decade, Marty Allen has performed with his on and off stage
singing partner Karon Kate Blackwell.
You Have to Laugh
in Florida, in
his 80s, calls
his son in New
York one November
The father says
to the son, “I
hate to tell you,
but we’ve got
troubles in the
I can’t stand
we’re getting a
“I’ve had it! I want to live out the rest of
my years in peace. I’m telling you now, so
you and your sister shouldn’t go into shock
later when I move out.”
The son hangs up and immediately calls
his sister in the Hamptons and tells her the
The sister says, “I’ll handle this.”
She calls Florida and says to her father,
“Don’t do anything till we get there! We’ll be
there Wednesday night.” The father agrees,
The old man hangs up the phone and
hollers to his wife, “Okay, they’re coming for
Thanksgiving. Now, what are we going to tell
them for Christmas?”
Rules for Assisted Living: Joe was
looking into moving to an assisted living
facility and met with the activities director.
While touring the rooms he was advised that
“The female sleeping quarters will be out-ofbounds
for all males, and the male dormitory
to the females. Anybody caught breaking
this rule will be fined $20 the first time.”
She continued, “Anybody caught breaking
this rule the second time will be fined $60.
Being caught a third time will cost you a fine
of $180. Do you have any questions?”
Joe thought about it for a while and then
asked: “How much for a season pass?”
True Senior Businessman: A clearly
inebriated woman, stark naked, jumped into
a taxi in New York City and laid down on the
back seat. The cab driver, an elderly gentleman,
opened his eyes wide and stared at the
The woman glared back at him and said,
“What’s wrong with you? Haven’t you ever
seen a naked woman before?”
The elderly driver answered, “Let me tell
you something, lady. I wasn’t staring at you
like you that.”
The drunk woman responded, “Well, if
you’re not staring at me sweetie, what are
you doing then?”
He paused a moment, then told her: “Well,
I’m looking and I am looking, and I am
thinking to myself, where in the world is this
lady keeping the money to pay for the ride?”
With Friends Like These: Jack goes to
his friend Mike and says, “I’m sleeping with
the minister’s wife. Can you keep him in
church for an hour after the service for me?”
Mike doesn’t like it, but being a friend, he
After the service, Mike starts talking to the
minister, asking him all sorts of stupid questions,
just to keep him occupied. Finally, the
minister gets annoyed and asks Mike what
he’s really up to.
Mike, feeling guilty, confesses to the minister,
“My friend is sleeping with your wife right
now, so he asked me to keep you occupied.”
The minister thinks for a minute, smiles
and says, “You’d better hurry home. My wife
died 3 years ago.”
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The Easy Listening Music Master
The future as a concert pianist at the Toronto
Conservatory of Music for this child prodigy
seemed promising until, at age 18, his younger
sister’s clothing caught fire. He put the flames
out with his bare hands - saving her life, but
damaging his hands so badly that he couldn’t
play the piano for almost a year.
This child prodigy was Percy Faith, the
renowned orchestra leader, composer and arranger
of some of the most beautiful mood
Percy Faith, the oldest of eight children, was
born in 1908 in Toronto, Canada. His father
was a tailor, his uncle a noted violinist.
At age seven, Percy started as a violinist, soon
switching to piano. At 11, he gave his first concert
at Massy Hall, Toronto’s most prestigious
concert venue. At 15, he played piano in theatres
for silent film sound tracks.
When he was 20, Percy dropped out of the
conservatory without finishing his degree,
married his only wife, (they had two children)
and worked as a hotel and theatre conductor.
In the 1930s, he was hired as arranger/conductor
for the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation
While at the Toronto Conservatory of Music,
his skill of arranging and composing music
helped in his hiring by CBC Radio Programs.
He was there for ten years, developing his lush,
His popular radio show, “Music by Faith”,
was aired in the United States. He moved to
Chicago, then New York, and became a U.S.
citizen. Percy was soon hired by NBC where
he had the Coca-Cola Radio Show (and other
shows along with Buddy Clark. the 1940s top
crooner, who, sadly, in 1949, was killed in a
Percy joined Columbia Records as musical
director and a recording artist in 1950. He became
the pioneer of easy listening music with
his albums, adapting his works to different
kinds of popular and Broadway music.
He was successful in adjusting to songs of
new eras, such as the Beatles and other later
pop/rock songs. Percy recorded 85 albums and
three hit singles.
His first No. 1 single hit was “Delicado” in
1952. In 1960, he won a Grammy (with Max
Steiner) for “The Theme from A Summer
Place”, a movie starring Sandra Dee and Troy
Donahue, and again in 1953 for, “Theme from
Moulin Rouge.” He wrote the score for 11 movies.
Percy had the ability to match singers and
hit songs with just the right arrangements and
orchestration. Examples include Tony Bennet
(Because of You), Rosemary Clooney (Come
on-a-My House) and Doris Day with music of
the breakthrough film “Love Me or Leave Me.”
His many instrumental compositions with
Carl Sigman, include: “My Heart Cries for
You”, “Noche Caribe”, “Perpetual Notion”, and
“Brazilian Sleighbells.” He was also awarded a
star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
Faith slowly withdrew from his musical career
in the late 1960s. In 1976, he died in Los
Angeles, from cancer, but his beautiful music
will always live on.
Yvonne Cloutier, a former teacher/principal, with a music background, specializes
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My Friend, Jon
As we entertainers go through our journey
of hard knocks, we meet so many interesting
and helpful people along the way. The gentleman
I’m highlighting this month is very deserving
of all the accolades this business can
Simply put, Jon Lindquist is not JUST the
man with the golden radio voice!
Jon is among radio icons with his uniqueness
and sound. That however, only scratches
the surface of his talents.
As a recent guest on our TV/Podcast show,
“Watching The Vegas Voice” Jon told me all
about his passion for radio and attraction to
all aspects of the industry. I love to hear the
great stories of an artist’s journey. How they
started and where the love for their craft comes
Jon hails from Montana. It was there, while
still in school where he was forever bitten by
the radio bug. He read copy over the intercom
system in high school.
While still in his home town he began working
on local radio shows and running the
productions to gain experience. To continue to
grow, Jon made his way to Las Vegas and has
been working nonstop in radio ever since.
I had the pleasure of working with him
at KLAV, a Las Vegas radio station. There were
several things that impressed me about Jon.
One word however stands out - professionalism!
This guy really knows what he’s doing,
right down to the smallest details. He even
dressed like a pro. The sharpest looking guy in
the meeting room.
More importantly, I want to mention what a
kind and helpful person Jon is. When I began
hosting “Listening to The Vegas Voice” I really
didn’t know what I was doing.
Even though I had been a guest on hundreds
of radio shows, I had never hosted one. It
was Jon who offered great tips and advice. He
was so helpful to me. I will never forget that
he did that.
We learn from experts, and when it comes to
broadcasting, Jon is definitely in that category.
He was a 2010 inductee to the Nevada
Broadcasters Hall of Fame. That’s because he’s
able to do it all! He has great technical skills,
can write copy and produce any show. I guess
that’s why he was also honored with being one
of the top 100 Las Vegas Men of the Year.
Jon and his wife Annette recently founded
Black Eagle Sound Design. It’s a top notch
I’m honored to be on their roster of talent
professionals. For more info on this company,
Rich Natole is a comic/impressionist headlining entertainer & host of The Vegas Voice
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Seeing 11:11 or Other Re-
“Mathematical laws underpin
the fabric of our universe
– not just atoms, but
galaxies, stars and people.”
If you’re one of those people
that are seeing 11:11, or other
reoccurring numbers, you’ve
probably wondered if this is
a coincidence, or if there is
something bigger happening
here? You may be surprised to
hear that you are not alone.
This phenomenon is happening
to millions of people
daily, all over the world, sometimes
several times a day, for
weeks, months and even years.
The scientific and logical
(1) Chance is when you just happen to see
a number that you connect with, i.e. favorite
(2) Predisposition is triggered by whatever
you focus on, which brings in more of the
(3) Acceleration is triggered when you become
aware of the repetition.
(4) Synchronicity is the illogical belief in
the connective flow between different people,
places and/or things that somehow happens.
Numbers are all around us; telephones, licenses,
addresses, etc. We interact with numbers
all the time.
However, what are the chances of the exact
numbers appearing on grocery receipts,
boarding passes, your favorite athlete’s shirt,
Einstein said: “Synchronicity is where God
stays anonymous.” That is the magic of life
when we pay attention.
There are a number of spiritual theories
about seeing repetitious digits but, they all
agree that these reoccurring numbers are
trying to relay a specific message to you.
However, figuring out your personal message
is up to you.
Fact - everything in life has a vibration.
Each number has its own unique, vibration
and meaning. That’s why the numbers that
keep reoccurring in your life are specifically
significant for you.
Numbers are the only infinite and universal
language. They are unbiased, factual,
consistent, and predictable.
Numerology is a science based study of all
numbers’ significance and their individual
interpretation. It is important to pay attention
and to listen to your intuition to understand
how it applies to you.
For example: The most common spiritual
theory is that you need to make a wish (no
negativity) when you see 1111. This is because
in Angel numbers, it signifies the opening
of an energetic gateway that can rapidly
manifest your thoughts into reality.
In Numerology, the number 11 is a master
number used for the awakening of “light
workers.” It represents the spiraling twin
strands of human DNA moving into a higher
frequency of consciousness.
Experiencing 11:11 is you tapping into
the universal mind-energy. Its purpose is to
manifest love and light for all of creation.
Once you take the time to listen to your subconscious,
it will go into overdrive attempting
to decipher how this information applies
When you notice your numbers appearing
more frequently, it is a sign that “it is your
time” for personal growth. Seeing your number
says, “notice your surroundings, your
thoughts, decisions you’re making, and your
Until you figure it out, the message will
keep reappearing. Just be assured and know
that it’s a sign that you’re on the right path to
your personal evolution.
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And Eat Lots of Fish - Just for the Halibut!
I read Prevention Magazine regularly. It’s
where I learn about a different health regimen
every month, and each one is supposedly
the IT way to eat, and the PERFECT exercise
program, and the absolute MUST-HAVE vitamins
This gets frustrating if it’s only been thirty
days since I went to the “healthy” grocery
store (aka TAKE OUT A LOAN!) and outfitted
my entire pantry and medicine cabinet with
everything touted in LAST month’s edition as
being vital to living at least to 104 - provided
you don’t get hit by a bus.
So, I return the brazil nuts and the whole
fennel bulbs, or the Glucosamine and the Turmeric
capsules. Instead, I get the green split
peas, the walnuts, the Probiotics and the steelcut
As the checkout guy bags my shiny new
health agenda, he gives me a smirky eye-roll.
“You read Prevention, don’t you?” When did
everyone become a smart aleck?
Combining last month’s mandates with
this month’s decrees is not a winning strategy.
You’re cooking something intricate for every
meal, not to mention taking supplements out
It’s ridiculous. Even if something felt better,
who knew what was working?!
Plus, I usually forget to take something
during the day (I do have a life...sort of) so
this was not a realistic trial. I needed to concentrate
on MY issues. I had to prioritize.
This required a pen and paper because forgetting
to take supplements was only the tip of
the iceberg in the remembering department.
So, I prioritized memory as #1, and immediately
wrote that down...or I would’ve forgotten
Osteoarthritis is priority #2 because there
has to be something out there that will make
it possible for me to move…you know, without
enough pain to put a lesser woman in bed.
A supplement that will allow me to forego the
knee replacement. I will find it, so help me!
Priority #3 is stomach issues because I’m
on a steady diet of Nexium, Pepto-Bismol and
GasX! I may not be a Millennial, but I’m not
ready for “the home” yet. I should be able to
eat any freakin’ thing I want and not spend the
evening clutching my stomach and moaning.
(It’s off-putting to guests, and totally OMG in
the eyes of my children.)
Finally, it’s cholesterol. My mother - barely
5 feet tall and maybe 103 pounds after a huge
Italian meal has sky-high cholesterol.
The doctor says it’s hereditary. In my view,
if it’s hereditary, there’s nothing one can do
about it. Mom could eat halibut and steel-cut
oatmeal for the rest of her life and it won’t
make an iota of difference! She - or, say, I -
might as well order a pizza and get back to
living, am I right?
But, I have to make it priority #4, just to
say I tried.
So, armed with my priorities, I read this
month’s Prevention and chose just a few dietary
changes to address them. The first was
Mung beans, which supposedly improve cholesterol.
I found them at the EVERYTHING-IN-
Last night, a friend came for dinner. I created
a beautiful, healthy and delicious Mung
Bean Root Vegetable Curry in only 4 hours
and 23 minutes. She loved it and was thrilled
with its health-inducing capabilities.
A half-hour later, her cheek and the skin
around her eye began to swell. (I didn’t say
anything; please, I don’t judge.) Then she
noticed that the bottoms of her feet were ballooning
At that point, I gently encouraged her to
stop by the Urgent Care on her way home,
which, I suggested, should be RIGHT NOW.
As I watched her drive away with her one
good eye, a puffy foot flailing at the pedals,
I saw tomorrow’s headline: “Woman Kills
Friend with Mung Bean Dinner.” I was terrified.
The Mung beans went in the trash. Low
cholesterol is so overrated.
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Don’t leave your brain at home when you
go on vacation. I have said and written that
many times in the past.
I guess what I’m saying is
that when we go away; when
we’re “playing,” we tend to let
our guard down. We just might
not be as alert as we should be.
And we can all understand that
We’re taking in the sights,
sitting in a beautiful outdoor
cafe, strolling the boulevards of
Europe or the frenetic streets of
New York City. New and exciting
sights and sounds understandably
divert our attention.
So it is my job, every now and
then, to remind you to stay in
the moment. When you travel,
keep alert, be aware of your surroundings
and keep an eye out.
I’m not telling you to be paranoid or neurotic
while on vacation, just don’t go to that
“deer in the head light zone” where you might
get targeted by some less then friendly local
who wants to prey on the obvious tourist.
In my opinion, one of the ways to possibly
and quite probably
chances of encountering problems on your
vacation is to travel with a group. Strength in
numbers is a good thing.
I really believe that is one of the major benefits
of traveling with a Vegas Voyagers group
is that members of the group might be on the
lookout for one another. I do know that when
we have group escorts, we are always keeping
account of our group members.
Over the years,
we have had Vegas
get a little
while touring, and in every circumstance, we
tracked down our wayward travelers and got
them back. And this is how it should be.
Strength in numbers and making sure we
have your backs. An extra pair of eyes and ears
while traveling is always a good thing.
With all of this in mind, last month was one
of the busiest months in Vegas Voyager Travel
Club history. Just with Princess Cruise Line
alone, we had three different groups totaling
over 180 people cruising.
Add to that another 20 plus on Royal Caribbean
and 200 folks were “group” traveling.
And our “Voyagers” visited the Caribbean, the
Panama Canal, South America, Costa Rica,
the Mexican Riviera, the California coast, the
Pacific Northwest, Hawaii, Fiji, Vanuatu and
Australia. Not too shabby.
I really do think that this concept of group
travel resonates because, with a group, you’re
not on your own. You’re not alone because
there are familiar faces around. You have a Vegas
Voyagers group escort traveling with you,
or with small groups, we’re only a phone call
or email away if questions arise.
Vegas Voyagers group travel have become a
very large part of who we are and we look forward
to offering group travel to many new and
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It’s Time For Something New!
Globus and Tauck!
Recently, I encountered two clients
who were looking for something new
and exciting. They were searching for
a guided tour of the Iberian peninsula
and they wanted it to include a day or
two in Tangiers, Morocco. It seemed
perfectly logical to include this exotic
location. After all, it’s only a short ferry
ride from Algeciras across the straight
of Gibraltar to Africa. But I couldn’t
find an itinerary that
featured this exotic
destination. Of course,
a day in Tangiers could
be added to any Vacation,
but it wasn’t easy.
Then after some serious
research, my client
and I came to the same
conclusion. Globus offered the perfect
itinerary. Their 13 day tour hit all the
Iberian hot spots and included an
overnight in Tangiers. Perfect! It was
exactly what my clients were seeking.
And I was really impressed with
Globus and their staff, too. They were
professional, helpful, and they quickly
won my confidence.
The Globus Family of Brands has
played a major role in guided travel
for 89 years,and they have expanded
into four distinct divisions, so they
really have something for everyone.
Cosmos was my first introduction to
their company. If you remember the
sixties, think “If It’s Tuesday It Must
Be Belgium” but in a good way. These
tours were and still are action packed
with full itineraries, tight schedules and
If you are looking for a bit of
elegance and extra experiences at a
comfortable pace, the company identified
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DAY 1, TUES. MAY 16, 2017
Arrive in Madrid, Spain Time to rest
or to start exploring the Spanish capital.
At 6 pm, meet your Tour Director and
traveling companions for a welcome
dinner at your hotel. (Dinner)
DAY 2, WED. MAY 17, 2017
The capital of Spain since 1561,
Madrid today is a strikingly modern city,
the showcase of a country resolutely
turned towards the future. Your Local
Guide takes you to the Puerta del Sol,
Plaza de España with its monument to
Cervantes, the Parliament, Cibeles Fountain,
elegant Calle Alcala, and Paseo de
Castellana. Then, the highlight: a visit
to the palatial PRADO MUSEUM with its
priceless art treasures. (Breakfast)
DAY 3, THUR. MAY 18, 2017
Madrid, Segovia, Avila,
A day in beautiful Castile. Cross the
rugged Sierra de Guadarrama mountain
range on the way to Segovia, famous for
the 2,000-year-old Roman aqueduct.
Enjoy a walk through the walled town
of Avila, where St. Theresa founded the
Order of Carmelites. Arrive in Salamanca,
and follow your Tour Director
for a pleasant walk to beautiful
PLAZA MAYOR. A highlight is your
overnight stay at Hacienda Zorita,
which once hosted Christopher
Columbus, where a WINE TASTING
and dinner await you. (Breakfast,
DAY 4, FRI. MAY 19, 2017
Salamanca, Fatima, Portuga,
The majestic scenery of the Serra
da Estrela mountain range forms the
backdrop of your morning drive into
Before heading for Lisbon, melt into
the stream of pilgrims from all over the
world as you visit the SANCTUARY OF
OUR LADY OF THE ROSARY in Fatima.
This evening, an optional dinner with
Fado-style entertainment is the perfect
introduction to Portugal’s capital.
DAY 5, SAT. MAY 20, 2017
Lisbon was the center of Europe’s
longest-lived overseas empire. Morning
sightseeing with a Local Guide features
a drive through the Baixa quarter’s
main squares and a walk through the
cobblestone alleys of quaint ALFAMA, the
popular quarter of the seamen and Fado
singers. Drive along the grand Avenida
da Liberdade up to Pombal Square. Stop
for pictures of Belem Tower, guarding
the mouth of the Tagus, and the
Monument to the Discoverers. Next, visit
JERONIMOS MONASTERY with the tomb
of Vasco da Gama. An exciting optional
excursion is available to the royal palace
of Queluz. (Breakfast)
DAY 6, SUN. MAY 21, 2017
Lisbon, Azaruja, Seville, Spain
On the way back to Spain, stop in Azaruja
to visit a CORK FACTORY and learn
about the many ways this material can
be used. Then, continue to the vibrant
capital of Andalusia, Seville. (Breakfast,
DAY 7, MON. MAY 22, 2017
During your sightseeing tour with a
Local Guide, hear about the city’s role in
Roman times, its conquest by the Moors
in 712 AD, and its contribution to the
discovery of the New World. Admire
Maria Luisa Park, the Golden Tower on
the Guadalquivir River, and the university
that used to be the tobacco factory of
Carmen fame. Also visit the magnificent
CASA DE PILATOS, a mixture of Moorish
and Roman architecture with a splendid
collection of Roman sculptures. Then,
stroll through the narrow lanes of the
charming SANTA CRUZ QUARTER. For
those interested, an optional extended
guided visit to the cathedral is available,
and tonight, for a truly Andalusian
night out, reserve a seat at our optional
Flamenco show. (Breakfast)
Designed Especially for Active Seniors!
DAY 8, TUE. MAY 23, 2017
Through the sunny sherry wine region
of Jerez to Algeciras. Board your FERRY
and sail across the Strait of Gibraltar to
Africa. Continue to Tangier, jumping-off
point for the Moorish conquest of Spain
and home town of legendary medieval
traveler Ibn Batuta. Sightseeing with a
Local Guide includes a spectacular
panoramic drive to CAP SPARTEL.
Marvel at the views and quench your
thirst Bedouin-style with a glass of hot
mint tea, accompanied by local biscuits.
This evening, enjoy a lively Moroccan
show after dinner at your hotel. (Breakfast,
Days 9 through 13...
Call 702-419-0550 for the complete
itinerary of this spectacular Globus
Vacation. There is so much more, you
won’t want to miss it!
Not to be outdone, Globus Family of
Brands has gotten into European river
cruising in a big way with the introduction
of Avalon. You’ve probably seen
their TV commercials. They’re the ones
that have beds facing the entire wall
of windows for really relaxed cruising.
You can lie there and watch some of
the world’s most beautiful scenery go
by. I’m a real fan of river cruising and
I‘m looking forward to trying this out
I’ve enjoyed getting to know Globus,
so if you think it’s time for a change,
and would like more info on these
exciting vacations, call me at 702-419-
0550. And by the way, they offer cancel
for any reason travel protection, too!
Here’s the “Tauck” of the Town!
You can be sure any travel company listed by the Vegas Vacationers is one
of the best. Though, if you are looking for a truly unique experience, look no
further than Tauck. Since their first tours began in 1925, Tauck has created
extraordinary travel events for their clients. And, now they have taken their
touring to a new level by working with the exciting filmmakers, Ken Burns
and Dayton Duncan, to create new ways to explore the National Parks. And,
they have joined forces with BBC Earth to delve into the world of polar bears.
They have also scheduled three Tauck 2017 Events, including the Tauck
Jazz Event - New Orleans, Run for the Roses: The Kentucky Derby, and the
Tauck New York City Event. These are once in a lifetime experiences with
each featuring single departure, theme-driven, travel itineraries with multinight
stays at their premier hotels so there’s no packing or unpacking. And
Tauck has partnered with filmmaker Ken Burns to craft two very special
events based around themes of Ken’s films, including an opportunity to
meet Ken. Plus, personalized concierge service will be on hand from your
arrival to your departure with Tauck Directors to handle all your day-to-day
travel needs, including hotel check-in and checkout, sightseeing excursions,
gala evenings and more.
The Tauck Jazz Event, March 29 - April 2,
has five extraordinary days of live musical performances, jazz themed sightseeing
and exclusive experiences including a keynote address by Ken Burns
and a possible meet and greet. Limited to only 200 guests.
$4800 pp dbl. (Air available but not included here)
The Kentucky Derby Event, May 3 - 7,
celebrates the 143rd Running of the Kentucky Derby and your choice of two
itineraries; either “Bluegrass Country” with historic traditions of the region, or
“Thoroughbred World” including admission to the Running of the Kentucky
Oaks - the sister race for 3-year-old thoroughbred fillies at Churchill Downs
the day before the Derby. And there’s much more!
From $7990 pp dbl. (Air available but not included here)
The New York City Event,
October 5 - 9,
discovers New York’s Gilded Age
and the world of the Astors, Carnegies,
Vanderbilts, and Roosevelts.
It features the best of the best
including a private evening at the NY
Public Library for the Performing
Arts at Lincoln Center with Ken Burns
discussing his personal connection
with the City. Your stay will be at the
famous Plaza Hotel, and there will be
other extraordinary private events,
concluding with an exclusive evening
on Ellis Island only for Tauck
guests. Your gala evening includes
dinner, live music by the 11 piece
Jazz band, Vince Giordano & the
Nighthawks, and dancing in the
Great Hall. From $7290 pp dbl.
(Air available but not included here)
For more information on
these or any Tauck events,
please call Crystal at
*All prices subject to change.and are based
on per person, double occupancy. Single room
upgrades available at extra cost. MasterCard,
VISA, Amex accepted or private checks.
Moab, Arches and Canyonlands
Around Our World
Cloudless blue sky and some of the most
brilliant red cliff scenery on earth beckon vacationers
to Moab, Arches and Canyonlands,
Moab is the county seat for Grand County, a
county with a population of 8,000 and is the
world’s uranium capitol. There is very little
private land around Moab. Nearly all of Grand
County belongs to the BLM or is state owned.
Moab is home to the world’s largest concentration
of natural sandstone arches. Beautiful
country as far as the eye can see.
The town of Moab was established in 1879
and many of today’s residents descend from
those early settlers. U.S. highway 160 follows
the Old Mormon Trail.
The Colorado River is narrow and tranquil
here while cutting through Moab Canyon
on its way to Lake Mead. It is when the Colorado
and Green Rivers merge about 40-miles
downstream that the Colorado River becomes
Utah is known for fantastic natural towering
sandstone mesas and canyons standing
out in sharp relief - such as those in Arches
National Park, located just a few miles from
Moab. It wasn’t until 1936 that the first automobile
traveled the rugged sand and rock of
the Arches region that had become a national
monument in 1929 and a national park in
Early Moab settlers named many park formations,
such as Sheep Rock, Tower of Babel,
Sausage Rock and the Three Gossips. Due to
erosion from wind, water and temperatures
over thousands of years, the arcs in Arches
National Park are in a continuous state of
Some disappear while others form. Double
Arch (first called
“The Jug Handles”
by early settlers) has
for decades, but
if you look closely,
you’ll notice the
of former arches
littering the ground
to Arches is Canyonlands
Park where the desert
be beat and color
discharges far and
wide. According to “Backpacker” magazine,
the most dangerous hiking trail in America
is located in Canyonlands. The trail known
as “The Maze” earned this distinction due to
its numerous dead-end canyons, insufficient
water sources and soaring three-digit summer
Canyonlands National Park is located in the
Colorado Plateau region, a place of remarkable
geology. Waterways divide the park into
three districts - the Island in the Sky, Needles
and the Maze. While these zones share a primitive
desert atmosphere, each exhibit a distinctive
character that offers different exploration
The area’s sandstone canyons once served
as hideouts to Butch Cassidy and the Sundance
Kid. The the canyons and arch rocks
were a perfect hideaway. Their legendary hiding
place, Robber’s Roost, was near Moab,
although the gang never robbed in Moab or
neighboring Green River.
Released in 1969, the movie was an instant
hit, ranking among the twenty biggest ticketsellers
up to that time. The cliff scene in the
movie “Thelma and Louise” was also filmed
The small town of Moab is at the hub of an
incredibly scenic wonderland. For that reason,
it has been an admired movie locality for
more than half a century, making this a very
good reason to plan a Utah adventure.
Kathy Manney enjoys visiting interesting places and being an Adventure Diva. Her
“Must See” travel journeys continue - always with enthusiasm.
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Stand Up Women
Vet 2 Vet
My hat is off to our women warriors as we
observe this Veterans Day 2016. Over the years
I have met many women warriors, and each
time I do, I come away with a sense of pride
just by associating with such dedicated service
Back in the mid-80s I met Lieutenant Lynn.
She was one of the nurses in 1967 that cared
for the wounded carried off the slopes of the
Central Highlands in one of Vietnam’s deadliest
In a couple of weeks of fighting, 361 Americans
died and 1,441 were wounded. Needless
to say, Lynn and her unit had their hands full
around the clock.
The untold horrors of what she witnessed
and dealt with will always be like shrapnel in
her heart. She was holding up well when we
met, but did let me know how hard it was to
live with such memories. Lynn remains a personal
hero to me because it was my unit that
took most of the casualties that November.
Another hero of mine is Sgt. Allissa. She
saved the lives of her buddies after their Humvee
was demolished by an IED in northern
Chuck Dean with lady paratroopers in 2004
Iraq in 2004.
Today she goes about her life in a quiet and
humble way, but I know this about her - she’s
one hard-charging trooper.
For over 3,000 years women have
played many roles in the military; from ancient
warrior women, to the women currently
serving in conflicts. Now it is estimated that
over 287,000 American women Veterans have
served in uniform, but with opportunities
opening wider for women to serve in more
equal roles with their male counterparts, those
numbers are growing rapidly.
The 1960s saw some unprecedented
changes in our military. For the first
time, men were accepted into the Navy
Nurse Corps. They became male nurses.
But the groundbreaking news was
that the Marine Corps assigned the
first woman to attaché duty. She then
became the first woman Marine to serve
under hostile fire.
During the Vietnam War (1965-
1975), some 7,000 American military
women served in Southeast Asia; the
majority of them nurses. In today’s American
Armed Forces, however, women are serving
proudly in nearly every MOS (military occupational
specialty) …and doing so with great
If you are a woman veteran, it is important
to take full advantage of the care and benefits
the VA has to offer you. The VA recently announced
that women veterans are underutilizing
their VA care.
Perhaps it’s a lack of knowledge of the different
benefits and eligibilities available, but
whatever the reason, I encourage you to check
it out. Some good news is that the VA has now
expanded its services to specifically address the
needs of women veterans.
There are new call centers for women, and
all the representatives are women…many are
veterans like you. So take the time and take
the step to receive the benefits and services you
deserve. I salute you.
Chuck Dean served as an Army paratrooper in Vietnam and through that experience
was led to address the many transitional issues veterans struggle with. In 2008 he was
the recipient of the prestigious Hirsch Foundation Leadership Award for his writing and
work in support of veterans and their families. He is the author of several important
books for veterans. All can be found on Amazon at: http://www.amazon.com/author/
The Desert Winds present
“Veterans Day Salute!”
The Desert Winds, a contemporary wind
ensemble, will perform their annual Veterans
Day concert, “Bookends II: Veterans Day
Salute,” at Congregation Ner Tamid at 7:30
p.m. on November 10. In partnership with
Congregation Ner Tamid and The Jewish
Federation of Las Vegas, the concert is offered
as an interfaith community event to honor
all service members, veterans and their families.
The Desert Winds is widely recognized as
Las Vegas’ premiere contemporary wind ensemble.
The organization features a roster of
over 40 performers that include many local
music educators, students and freelance musicians.
At the conclusion of the concert, members
of Jewish War Veterans Post 65 will be collecting
donations in support of the Wounded
Warriors Project, the Nevada State Veterans
Home and the U.S. Vets.
The concert is free; however, guests will
have an opportunity to honor a veteran with
a special slide show presentation during the
concert for only $18 per veteran. Honors requests
need to be made online before November
Seating is limited and reservations are suggested.
To reserve a seat or to honor a veteran,
register online by visiting thedesertwinds.org.
Strategies for Weight Control
A Healthier You
Over the last few months, I have discussed
what causes people to gain and retain excess
body weight. To recap, fat cells make a hormone
called leptin. Leptin goes to the brain
and tells the brain how much reserve energy
the body has in the form of body fat.
When this signaling mechanism is working
correctly, your body should store neither
too little not too much body fat. Research is
suggesting that our modern diet has damaged
this signaling mechanism so that the brain
does not perceive how much body fat the body
has actually retained.
It may instead perceive that there are no
reserves of energy and motivate the individual
to eat more leading to increased weight.
While this explanation may help people
understand why they have increased and
maintained a higher weight than is desired,
most individuals are more interested in what
can be done to change this problem. In other
words, how do we correct the leptin signaling
mechanism so the body retains only a healthy
amount of body fat.
The problem is that the research into leptin
and the leptin receptors is still in its infancy
and effective methods of restoring this mechanism
have not been thoroughly tested and
proven in research studies. That being said,
there are some common sense approaches an
individual can take which may help restore
this signaling mechanism.
The first and possibly most crucial step is
changing the diet. Highly processed or fast
foods need to be replaced with healthy foods.
One of the current trends that may
help obesity is following a paleo diet.
For those unfamiliar with the paleo
diet, it is less of a diet than a healthy
approach to food.
The idea is to eat what our ancestors
would have eaten thousands of years
ago; including plenty of vegetables,
lean meat, fruits and nuts. This is the
food that would have been available to
them and our bodies are designed to
properly digest and use these efficiently.
Additives, artificial colors, preservatives,
high levels of sugar and high
fructose corn syrup are foreign materials that
can damage the body or overwhelm its functions.
By changing the diet to a healthier one,
we are removing the factors that may have
originally damaged the leptin receptors in the
Once the damaging influences have been
removed, we need to repair the damage. Scientists
are unsure if the damage to the leptin
receptors can be healed.
However, a recent study suggests this may
be possible. Proanthocyanidins, a chemical
found in grape seed oil, cranberries and cocoa
beans may help reduce the inflammation at
the site of the leptin receptors and help them
It should be noted that this is a single short
term study and that much more research
needs to be done to thoroughly demonstrate
that proathocyanidins or other substance can
help the leptin receptors to heal.
Until a thorough and effective means of
treating obesity is developed, small steps in
the right direction - including a healthy diet
and proper exercise can help to improve your
Dr. Kyo Mitchell served as faculty at Bastyr University in Seattle and Wongu
University in Las Vegas for over a decade. Dr. Mitchell practices in Summerlin and
can be reached at 702-481-6216 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Estate Planning to Improve Your Quality of Life
When you think of
an “estate plan” like
a will or trust, we hope
you do not automatically
think about a
funeral! Many clients
are conditioned to
believe that an estate
plan is useless during their lifetimes, and instead,
only benefit others - like their family,
friends, or favorite charities after they pass on.
Instead, your values and goals for your life
play a big part in determining which plan is
best for you. This is how your estate plan can
(and should!) work for you during your life:
First, your estate planning professional
should help you understand how your important
information will be communicated
to medical professionals and your loved ones
in the event of an emergency. Do these people
know you have a healthcare directive, for example?
Who will tell them about it? And who will
contact your family members in the event of
an emergency? How will they know the telephone
Second, it’s important to understand that
simply putting family members’ names on
accounts and homes is not the best choice. In
fact, it can make your assets available to their
creditors, angry spouses, etc. AND put you at
risk of elder abuse.
Instead, make your plan work for you during
your life by protecting your valuables and
assets from these individuals with a properly
drafted estate plan tailored to seniors. You get
the benefit of convenience and powerful techniques
that protect your hard-earned savings.
Valerie Del Grosso
Third, your powers of attorney should allow
your loved one in charge (your “attorney
in fact”) the power to engage in the newest
asset planning techniques on your behalf so
that you can qualify for government aid if
there is a healthcare emergency. Most do not,
and this can have a serious negative impact
on your quality of life and healthcare in the
Finally, before making “tax free” monetary
gifts at the end of the year, talk to your
elder lawyer about whether these gifts could
end up costing you double in long term care
costs in the future. Remember, there are smart
ways to be generous, and there are very expensive
Our estate plans focus on you first, to ensure
the best quality of life and healthcare possible,
so that you can pass on your values and legacy
to loved ones later. It does no good to have
a terrific estate plan if, at the end of the day,
nothing is left for the surviving spouse.
Your estate plan can do more than divvy up
your belongings; it can also make sure that
everything you have worked hard for stays in
your family, no matter what happens to your
If you have any questions, or if we can assist
you in any way, please do not hesitate to
Your Kindred Team in Las Vegas
Kindred offers a continuum of care
for your loved ones in 46 states: Transitional
Care, Inpatient Rehabilitation
Hospitals, Home Health, Personal Home
Care Assistance (PCA) and Hospice.
Here in Las Vegas we are fortunate to be
able to offer all services to the community.
a r e
versed and trained on how to “Continue
the Care.” Over time, our patients need
change. Our continuum functions to
pass the information on to one of our
teams so a very personalized experience
is supported for each patient.
We seek new ways to manage care.
In Las Vegas, 90% of our patients keep
their primary care physician appointments
within seven days of being discharged.
This is important and supports
decreases in re-hospitalization.
Over the next few months we plan to
address issues that families and caregivers
face regarding their loved ones.
Do you have your medical wishes in
writing (Five Wishes)?
Are patient medications on a list for
easy reference for all involved in the
care? What is t h e
the patient and
what they want?
and Hospice -
what services do
they offer patient and family?
We look forward to providing information
to answer your questions and
offer support to you and your loved
ones. In the last year, nurse advocates
have answered over 5,500 calls and inquiries
from patients and their families/caregivers.
If you have questions concerning
a loved one, we can be reached at
1-866-KINDRED (866/546-3733). A
nurse advocate will answer your questions
and guide you to better help you
or a loved one.
Jennifer Salem & Valerie Del Grosso help seniors who are concerned that they may lose
everything they worked for if they have a health issue. You can reach their law office,
Origins Legal Group, at 702/850-7799 or 702/900-1470. Visit their website:
Our Jan Helps
Smash Out ALS
Our No-Brain columnist, Jan Fair
(pictured) participated in the “Walk to
Defeat ALS (Lou Gehrig’s) Disease” last
Beauty trends are an ever revolving door.
What is old is new again and even the fads we
wish would stay buried in the past, tend to resurface!
Brows and lashes are two things that have
had an interesting history of trends.
Going as far back as Ancient Egypt, men
and women heavily darkened them with kohl.
In the Middle Ages, both were shaved to create
the illusion of a higher forehead and early
versions of mascara and tinting have been
around for centuries.
Lashes and brows are still a huge point of
focus today. Thick brows and long, luscious
lashes dominate social media beauty pages.
They can greatly accentuate the shape and
size of the eyes and make the rest of your
makeup pop. Much the way lipstick highlights
your lips, lashes and brows finish your look.
Over time however, just as your hair thins or
changes, lashes and brows can befall the same
fate and leave us looking for options. While
after 50, it’s perhaps not as much about trendsetting,
we still want to maintain the same finished
and more youthful look.
False eyelashes in particular are all the rage
at the moment and options abound! Full, partial,
angled, straight - you name it and they
There are thick, thin, wispy and everything
in between. They can be applied one lash at a
time or all at once in strips. You can attempt to
do them at home, or have them professionally
Price of course, varies as well, starting at just
a few dollars for drugstore brands or $25 for a
more expensive pair. For those looking to start
somewhere, my friend recently launched her
own gorgeous line called Eyeris Beauty.
They are not only extraordinary, but they
are 100% cruelty free, which for me is a big
thing! And they can be used up to 20 times allowing
for some practice too!
False eyelashes certainly provide the most
dramatic change, but you must be careful.
Sometimes they can accidentally pull out your
own lashes, and the last thing you want to do
is lose anymore!
And for simpler solutions, of course there
is always mascara, all prices and types. And
again, while this is what I mostly use, you have
to be careful as it can be drying. If it sticks to
your natural lashes it can cause further thinning.
Last, there are prescription topicals. If this
is of interest, just be sure to do some research
of any possible downsides. The most important
thing while enhancing any part of your look is
not to cause further damage to anything you
I have tried the false lashes and they were
fun and quite dramatic. Personally they’re
something I would use for special occasions
As I’ve shared before, I tend to be a bit lazy
so anything that requires extra work probably
isn’t going to make my daily routine. So I suppose
my drugstore Covergirl Lash Blast Volume
mascara will have to do for now! Brows
are up next month!
Linda Bateman-Gomez has an international beauty company based in Las
Vegas that specializes in cosmetics and other beauty products. She would love to
hear from you with questions, ideas or tips you’d like to share! Contact Linda at
TimelessBeauty2020@gmail.com or through her website www.fullips.com.
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Oh No - That Lump
Thankful, that’s our thought for November.
How can we not be thankful for our many
blessings? How can we not share them?
And “Thankful and Sharing” is what Ms
is doing again
this month. The
at Assisted Living
brighten the day
of hundreds of
residents as our
“gals” of the Ms
family continue to perform.
Please remember to vote for the candidates
that are pledged to solving (our) Nevada’s
Guardianship system. Your very life could depend
on it. And, don’t forget to thank Rana
and The Vegas Voice for all their attention to
We’ve attached a photo of our Queen, Terri
MacTaggart, as she enjoyed the Fall Harvest
Parade in Pahrump. Terri is a delight and
enjoyed meeting many people of Nye County,
and some of their animals.
Terri is a “rescue mom” and is dedicated
to her pets, as
well as the many,
many people she
helps. It is only
fitting our camera
the float for Special
one of Terri major
tireless lady also organized a team for
the Walk to End Alzheimer’s and raised many
dollars to support research and aid. And what
a crew she put together! It was a great day
and a cause we are proud to be supporting.
Are you sharing what you have this month?
It is more important than ever you support
your favorite charity as they help the less fortunate.
Have a very Happy Thanksgiving.
OK, you’ve had a wonderful summer with
barbeques, visitors and partying! Suddenly a
“lump” appears at your middle!
Where did that bulge or those dreaded
“love handles” come
from? It’s time to work on
getting back into shape
before the holiday’s goodies,
food and drink creep
up on you!
Oh boy - Thanksgiving,
then the holidays season
and New Year’s! All within
a really shortened 6-week
Oblique exercises play
an important role in core
strengthening. It is important
to move the spine in
all 7 directions, forward,
backwards, side bends to
the right and to the left,
twisting to the right and to
the left, and upside down.
Try this move to help
tone and strengthen your obliques. As defined
in the Webster’s dictionary: any of the
thin, flat muscles forming the middle and
outer layers of the lateral walls of the abdomen.
Play some fun music and move to the
OBLIQUE CRUNCH: Lie on your back,
bending your knees. Keep your shoulders flat
on the floor.
Exhale as you lift your shoulder blades off
the floor. Slowly rotate your legs to the left.
Even though your knees are turned to the
side, keep your upper body moving straight
up and slightly to the left side.
Place your right hand behind your head
and your left hand across your abdomen.
Hold at the top for one second and slowly
lower. Repeat 8-15 times
and switch sides.
Look up at the ceiling,
tighten your abs, and
exhale as you crunch
straight up. Try to maintain
tension in your
obliques as you lower
yourself back to the starting
position. Do this exercise
at least 3 times a week.
A variation for the
crunch is to bend knees,
place arms straight out to
side and move bent knees
side to side. Do this at an
CRUNCH: Another “fun”
way of whittling your waist
is to use a hula hoop (yes,
you can get them in the kid’s toy department
or discount supersaver stores) and use the
hula hoop while watching television! I try to
do this at least 3-4 times a week.
I also wrote about using the hula hoop in
a previous article. Move at an even pace, so
as not to injure your spinal column.
Remember, in any exercise – especially
something that you are doing for the first
time, do it in moderation, then gradually increase
the intensity. Always check with your
doctor if there is any doubt for any exercises.
Positive attitude and good health
Mary Richard was crowned Ms. Senior Nevada 2006, was first runner-up for Ms.
Senior America 2006 and is a life-time dancer. She is one of the original columnists
for The Vegas Voice. She is now an aerobics instructor throughout Las Vegas/
Henderson. Mary can be reached at email@example.com.
That’s Our Mary
Our Health Fitness columnist Mary Richard at the recent
2016 Annual Zumba Convention in Orlando, Florida.
Mary has been a licensed Zumba instructor since 2008.
James J. White, D.D.S
Once of the most challenging issues for
a dental patient is to be troubled with “dry
If this is a problem, one first needs to look
at the medications that the patient is taking.
Particularly note the side effects of that medication.
The medications may be the cause. Among
my senior patients, I find that hypertension
(high blood pressure) is commonly listed
among those health issues for which they are
Regrettably, most blood pressure medications
will have the side affect of xerostomia
(dry mouth). Speak to your physician, as it is
often possible to change the medication to one
where this side effect is not as prevalent.
Just as important is to avoid drying products.
To help keep your mouth from drying
out avoid: alcohol-based mouthwashes
(check your labels); any caffeinated beverages;
acidic, sugary foods and (as always) tobacco
In an attempt to relieve dry mouth and
stimulate saliva flow, one should do the following:
Use mouthwashes designed to treat dry
mouth (can be purchased at any pharmacy);
sip water continuously through the day; and
sleep with a humidifier.
Please remember that if the dry
mouth syndrome persists, one should
consult their physician as there are
many systemic disorders that can cause
a dry mouth. Indeed, consult your physician
before making any changes in
There are also oral health problems
related to dry mouth that you may not
be aware of including:.
(1) Dental decay. Believe it or not,
decaying teeth represents yet another
physiological burden as we age. It is
especially a burden for those with stems
that are already weakened by diseases
and aging; including pain and/or potential
loss of teeth.
(2) Periodontal disease. Gum diseases
are infections of the supporting
structures of the teeth.
(3) Bad breath. While this is not a systemic
disease, it is certainly a social concern.
Saliva has important antibacterial properties.
If there is decreased saliva in the mouth, the
bacteria thrive contributing to bad breath.
When speaking of no saliva, I think of dehydration
in general. Living in the desert we
battle this on a continual basis for many reasons;
including: fatigue, bad breath, a crave
for sugar (being dehydrated often masks itself
as hunger and, in particular, sugar cravings.
Especially not good for border-line diabetics)
and it dries out your skin.
As we enter our senior stage of life, having
sound oral health, or the lack thereof, will
directly affect our quality of life. When one
reaches retirement, we look forward to enjoying
life with a sound mind and body for as
long as we can.
Keep in mind that the mouth is the most
used organ of the body. We eat with it, speak
with it, are intimate with it and is the first organ
of the digestive system.
Oral health is about the only aspect of our
body over which we can have control. It is a
personal decision whether one wants good
oral health with its contribution to improved
physical health and quality of life.
And always remember: one is not in good
health without good oral health.
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Have you ever wondered if you could get a better view of
the tide coming in, if you
tied yourself to the rocks
along the coastline?
My Dad, Victor Czerkas, never went to that extreme,
Crystal Czerkas- but he told me some of his fellow artists did. With their
brushes in hand, they painted ocean scenes while being
fastened or even chained to steep rocks where they were sprayed by salt
water. This, of course, was a bit over the top and even dangerous, but it
demonstrates the importance of plein air, a genre which features paintings
created on site. Plein air, not to be confused with plain art, has been and
continues to be very popular in the art world…And my Dad really liked that
technique, too. He lived most of his life in California and he spent countless
early mornings and long afternoons outdoors painting its valleys, mountains,
cities and harbors.
He liked to personally visit locations because it was
important to him to see all the visual elements of a
scene, like the sparkle of the sun through a tree or
reflections on the harbor. He had to work very quickly
when he used this technique because elements like
light and wind were constantly changing. But my Dad
found painting on site to be not only challenging, but
also inspiring and especially appropriate for working
in watercolors. With his sketching skills, he could lay a
painting out in minutes and finish it within a couple of
hours. In fact, many of his watercolors were created during
outings with other artists, many of whom, like him,
were from the motion picture industry. They constantly
sought new outdoor settings, and these comrades in
arms eventually became known as part of the California
Watercolorists. For more information, there’s a full color
book called California Watercolors 1850-1970 by Gordon
T. McClelland, which includes my Dad and many other
talented artists from that era.
One of my Dad’s favorite painting locations was an
early Los Angeles neighborhood called Bunker Hill.
Today it’s the site of Dodger’s Stadium, freeways and
condominiums in the city center. But originally this was
the site of ornate Victorian homes served by the Angel’s
Flight, a funicular which ferried residents up and down
the steep hill. When I was a little girl it was fun to
take guests from out of town for a ride on the Angel’s
Flight because it was so unique. But today there’s little
remaining of this historic neighborhood. Only the paintings
created by my Dad and a few other local artists
have preserved it and other California locations for
posterity. Although he was fascinated by the American
South West landscapes and pueblos, California was my
Dad’s home and he devoted much of his life to capturing
its history and sights on canvas and paper.
On the Pier
Bunker Hill Restoration
Home Sweet Home
The paintings shown here are only a small
sample of the original oils and watercolors in
the Czerkas Collection.
Limited edition giclees on canvas are also
available, and each comes with a signed/numbered
Certificate of Authenticity.
Visit our website at: www.CzerkasCollection.com
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