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The Mystique of
by Crystal Czerkas Sarbacker
Taos, Tulsa, or Vegas?
It’s your choice!
f you would like to see the Mystical Pueblos collection
by my dad, Victor Czerkas, the only known private student
of the noted Russian impressionist, Nicolai Fechin, you might stop by the
Taos Museum in New Mexico or the Mustard Seed, a Tulsa Oklahoma antique
and fine furniture retailer currently featuring Czerkas paintings and limited edition
Or you could call Ray and I for a private showing right here in Vegas, or a special
online tour! What could be easier?
Czerkas (1914 -2004) was born in the US to Russian immigrants, and his heritage
and fluency in slavic languages facilitated his relationship with Fechin. The
influence of his mentor can be seen in Czerkas’ bold use of color, fearless brush
strokes, and choice of subject matter as seen in the Mystical Pueblos series now
on display in Taos or at The Mustard Seed. Fechin was fascinated by the American
Southwest, and at his insistence Czerkas made regular visits to the area
At The Ovens
Oil where he became very intrigued by the
pueblo communities and their surroundings.
Like Fechin, Czerkas was inspired
by the Southwest and he sought to
preserve its beauty throughout his life.
In addition to the Mystical Pueblos
series, Czerkas created many watercolor
and oil paintings based on his world
wide travels. He is listed as a noted
California Watercolorist, the winner of
Gathering at the Wall Oil over a hundred awards for his paintings,
and his artwork can be found in
the collections of the Senator Robert
Kennefamily, and many motion picture
celebrities including Rock Hudson.
For more information contact
The Mustard Seed, The Taos
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Volume 13, Issue 10
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Another Year, Another Health Crisis
“And the tradition continues.”
That was my immediate reaction
concerning Rana’s latest medical
Loyal readers are very familiar
with my periodic columns on my
Ladylove’s physical issues. Like the
“swallows returning to Capistrano”,
you can now be guaranteed that
come December, the political editor
of The Vegas Voice will have a new
Last month marked my 4 th anniversary
with Rana. During this time,
we have smiled, laughed, played
crusading journalists in exposing
the Nevada guardianship scandal
(mostly her, I proudly admit) and
enjoying life to the fullest.
But I have also played her nurse and caregiver.
It started two years ago when Rana fractured
her shoulder on our European cruise.
Then last December, an angiogram revealed
that her artery was blocked and a stent was
urgently inserted to relieve her heart threatening
As 2016 comes to an end, The Vegas Voice before previous Nevada legislative sessions
wanted to write something to let the
“bad and “Reform Commissions” advocating
guys” know that even during the holiday Ewingher same belief – beginning in 2002.
season, we’re still watching them. (and friends) Ramm was never part of the solution, but
Let’s begin with our elected law enforcement
officials (next page). We’re still wait-
“Our Yet, despite all the reform success, no one
IN (just one) of the guardianship problems.
ing for them to do their jobs. Holidays” has been arrested, no public employee fired
On a positive note, another obstacle and not one victim from this guardianship
in guardianship reform is leaving. Sally gulag has received a dime of compensation.
Ramm, elder rights
the Nevada Speaking of money, in 2016 the: (a) Attorney
General and Nevada Court system
Aging & Disability Services, who served as
the government’s “go-to expert” on guardianship
announced that she was retiring in funds for guardianship issues; and (b)
were awarded $3,000,000.00 in non-state
since October 2015 (one month after private
Ms. Ramm was the individual who scolded
Publisher Dan for his “harsh” testimony raided pursuant to subpoenas) she and her
guardian April Parks’ office and home were
before the Nevada Legislature in 2015. She attorneys were awarded over $300,000.00 in
advised that “these things take time” and fees from her former wards.
pointedly told him that such tone was not All that money, but nothing for the victims
or to implement reforms. And the “bad
conducive for guardianship reform.
The Vegas Voice thereafter uncovered guys” continue to hope that The Vegas
numerous statements made by Ms. Ramm Voice will simply go away.
This year – diabetes.
“I got it wrong” I confessed to her when
we remembered that this was now the third
consecutive negative end-of-the-year health
news. “I was guessing knee surgery.”
Rana shot me that “look” which all “life
& love partners” understood. Apparently, my
Queen was not amused. If I did not know better,
I would think that besides her medical
maladies, she also lacks a sense of humor.
So as I sat with her at the doctor’s office,
I understood that, once again, there will be
changes in our lives.
(As an aside, how long would YOU sit in
the waiting room for your scheduled appointment?
In this instance, it was 97 minutes
– yeah I timed it – before my New York
attitude took over. You know… like jumping
up and throwing a massive screaming fit, or
hunting down the doctor [who does not even
offer a half-hearted apology] and threatening
to lock him in one of those claustrophobic
examination rooms…but I digress).
Anyway, Rana immediately decreed that
effective forthwith, our friends “Ben & Jerry”
were no longer welcomed in our home and
that all deserts will now be sugar-free. “We’re
going to eat healthy even if it kills us” was
her upbeat declaration.
“What do you mean WE?” I quickly asked
as I reached for the bag of Doritos.
“You’re the one with the diagnosis.”
And then, as only Rana can, she
jumped on that proverbial soapbox
pontificating that 2017 will be the
year of getting and staying healthy
- and active. “I’m not kidding” she
remarked over and over (and over)
“Save that thought” I said as I
leaned back on my recliner and
waved my hand to indicate that she
was blocking my view of that big
screen television. But I (eventually)
concluded that Rana was serious.
“Let me ask you something”, I
asked as she handed me the car keys
while shutting off the TV. “Does this
mean that we’re now going to have
“One crisis at a time” she calmly replied
as we headed to her favorite restaurant. And
to add insult to injury, we “agreed” to a salad
for our respective dinners.
As we chowed down on this rabbit food, I
asked what plans she has for next December’s
health crisis. Perhaps we can have a contest
for Vegas Voice readers, I (now regretfully)
Realizing (too late) that my mouth was
moving faster than my brain, I told her to
pick categories for 2017. “I’m choosing hip
replacement.” Once again, my Rana was not
Luckily, I hid that bag of Doritos.
***Rana and I, along with everyone at
The Vegas Voice wish you and yours a very
joyous, happy and HEALTHY holiday season.
May all your hopes and dreams come true in
What a Trip
On My Soap Box
As 2016 comes to an end, I told Dan I needed
something fun to lift my spirits.
I had just returned from my regular semiannual
doctor’s appointment. Instead of
telling me I was good to go for another six
months, he showed me the results of my latest
blood work and, shaking his head, tells me I
now have diabetes.
I know this is not an earth-shattering diagnosis.
Many of my friends are in the same
boat, but you have to understand, I have always
been an incurable “choc-o-oholic” and
ice cream addict.
I have a “sweet tooth” you won’t believe.
My doctor patted me on the head and assured
me that dark chocolate was ok…Humpfff!
My Dan then gave me great news. Along
with travel editor Stu and his wife Sharon, he
had arranged a cruise for us.
It would be a “cruise to nowhere” on the
largest cruise ship in the world - The Harmony
of the Seas. This ship has a huge zip line,
(I love them) and an amazing slide that (get
this) starts on deck 17 and ends on deck 5.
You’ll be as dizzy as hell when you
get off; but what fun if you want to
feel like a kid again. I was ready to
We arrived in Fort Lauderdale
and the weather couldn’t have been
more glorious - 70 degrees. After
spending the day visiting Dan’s family,
we headed to the ship.
And when I say the ship was huge,
I’m not kidding. Royal Caribbean’s
Harmony of the Seas is mammoth.
This was a special maiden voyage
for media and travel agents so
we were given the royal treatment. A
nice sized balcony cabin with the sea
air wafting in.
Other cabins were open for viewing
and all I can say is WOW. One
was a four bedroom, four bath with a
spa on the deck with a wet bar, huge
living area and 24-hour butler service.
And for those regular readers who
are aware of my unfortunate experience two
years ago when I tripped and broke my shoulder
(ending the cruise before it even started)
Dan made sure I only brought flat shoes. I’m
proud to announce that there was no tripping
or broken bones at the buffet.
The dinner? It was an invitation to the captain’s
table - a perfect day!
Walking around the ship we found some
of the fun (at least for me) things to do –
namely shopping! The “Boardwalk” for the
kids (and guys) is where we found the slide.
My lord, the slide was HUGE.
On the next deck, a replica of Central Park.
The beautiful park was surrounded by cabins
with balconies for those that wanted to sit outside
and enjoy the magnificent garden view.
Now I was ready for adventure! To ride the
slide and zip line. My timing, unfortunately
was as bad as being at Costco on Sunday.
Both were closed while the ship was entertaining
the various VIPs. But, as I happily reminded
Dan, there was always that deck with
all that shopping!
It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas!
Well, my friends, it’s almost Christmas time.
Are you ready? Don’t you just adore it when
people slap you on the back and ask jovially,
“Are you ready?”
Because, you know darn well that they
wouldn’t ask that if THEY weren’t ready, and
they’re simply dying for you to tell them no,
you’re nowhere near ready, just so that they
can say, “Gee, I’ve had my Christmas gifts
bought since, oh, I think it was like Labor Day.”
And, you’re supposed to stand there amazed
and envious, as they tick off all the things
they’re planning to do during the season;
things that they have time to do because their
shopping is done...things that you have never
done, and probably never will do, because your
shopping is generally not finished until, oh,
like the 24th.
If this showoff sounds like you, let me say
- on behalf of all the folks who are realizing
today that the only present we’ve bought so
far is a chocolate bar covered with a wrapper
that looks like a $1,000,000 bill, because our
grandson loves money and chocolate (just like
his grandmother) and you already ate half of
that - SHUT UP!
We don’t want to know how well organized
you are, because we have only yesterday put
away the last of the beach towels, stored the
deck furniture, and discarded the little pilgrim-hat
place cards. Yes, our beautiful green
wreath with a big red bow hangs on the front
door, right above the now-mushy Halloween
pumpkin, and this is the best we can do, so
GET OFF OUR BACKS! (ahem)
In the meantime, to help us all feel a little
more Christmas spirit, I have composed a Tabernacle-Choir-quality
piece entitled, “Jingle
This!” It is to be sung to that timeless Christmas
favorite we all enjoy.
Let’s all sing along together now, especially
mothers - you know, those carefree, unstressed,
perfectly-coiffed, baking, shopping,
entertaining, wrapping, decorating, schlepping
mothers - who desperately need a holiday
song of our own. Sing it LOUD, Ladies!
A-one and a-two, and a--
Jingle Bells, Mommy yells “Decorate the
“Hang up now, no texting, and “Don’t
take that tone with me!” Heee!
In the yard, It’s so hard. Putting up the
Daddy’s shouting words that really aren’t
Grandma comes to call, with cookies
large and small,
They’re gone so fast that Mommy missed
her favorite bourbon balls;
She didn’t get a bite, the kids begin to fight,
And, Daddy’s drinking eggnog, asking,
“Who needs outdoor lights?” Oh!
Jing-a-ling, Caroling? Are you kidding
The baby and the dog have both thrown
up beneath the tree! Heee!
In the mall. What a ball, Swimming
through the throngs;
Waiting hours for Santa while they’re
blasting Christmas songs!
At home, unknown to all, the teen’s still
on her call,
So, Mom cannot reach Dad to ask, “So,
base- or basket- ball?”
She’s got a giant list, and she is getting pi-
She buys a dozen fruitcakes for the people
she might miss! Oh!
Home she’ll go, Through the snow, Hungering
She gets there; tree’s still bare, Christmas
spirit ceased. Hey!
Jingle bell, “What the hell? “Someone do
“Where is Baby Jesus? “Do you know
you’re killing me?!”
Teenager is bored, “What extension cord?
“This is lame! Can I go out?” She’s so hard
The stockings must be hung; the tinsel
must be flung,
The presents wrapped, the candles lit, and
carols must be sung! Oh!
Jingle bells, no one yells, Kids are fast
Mom and Dad are on the floor assembling
“G.I. Jeep.” Hey!
Clock strikes one, finally done,
Check 5 little beds; Now, it feels like Christmas,
Kiss 5 little heads...
And, God bless us, one and all. With love,
Vicki Wentz is a writer, teacher and speaker living in North Carolina. Readers may
contact her - and order her new children’s book! - by visiting her website at
Hard to believe it’s December already and
the Holidays are here! Whatever you celebrate,
may it be filled with love, happiness, good
health, prosperity, peace and much laughter.
Thanks to so many of you who responded
and reached out to me about my last column
regarding the loss of my little “fur baby” Reggie.
Your thoughts and kindness were much
I’d like to write this month about a recent
play I did with my good friend Tony Dow
(Wally) from “Leave it to Beaver.”
As you can see by the first photo, Tony and
I go way back, almost 60 years when we were
The year was 1959 and I, along with every
other teenage girl in America had a huge
crush on “Wally.” As fate would have it, I was
filming a TV show which just happened to be
next to the stage where Leave it to Beaver was
I knew Barbara Billinglsey ( June Cleaver),
because I did a sitcom with her at CBS in 1955
in which I played her daughter. Leave it to
Beaver was a closed set, but because I knew
her, they let me on the stage to say hello.
I was thrilled to see Barbara again, but not
only that, it was the perfect excuse for me to
meet the man (ok, make that boy) of my
The casting director happened to be on the
set and asked me to come back the next day to
read for a role in an episode called “The Blind
Date Committee.” I was fortunate enough to
be cast and
o n g
“ Love Letters.”
a delight to
do it with
Tony. He is
not only a
wonderful actor, but a dear friend. You may
recall that he wrote the foreword for my book
A Rock Singer with Horn-Rimmed Glasses
The play is about two people who start out
as friends in grammar school and continue
their friendship for more than forty years until
the time of her death. We performed it in
Moraga, California to a sold out audience, for
which we were very grateful.
We’ll be performing together again this
coming January along with Paul Petersen
( Jeff Stone from “The Donna Reed Show”)
at the Orleans here in Las Vegas. This time
we’ll be doing re-enactments of old time radio
shows. Paul is another dear friend of mine so
I’m really looking forward to it.
Until then, Happy Holidays to all of you. I’d
like to thank all of you for being loyal readers
of my column and I wish each and every one
all of life’s blessings.
Until next time, remember that the best
thing to hold onto in life is each other.
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: firstname.lastname@example.org. Check out her
awesome, new website: www.beverlywashburn.com.
“That’ll be the day… when I die.” And he
He was only 23, in a plane crash during a
snowstorm with a pilot not qualified to fly by
instruments. Also on that fateful trip, Ritchie
Valens and The Big Bopper, J.P. Richardson.
Along with the pilot, they all died.
Waylon Jennings, scheduled to be on that
flight, allowed the “Big Bopper,” to take his
place. The plane, headed for Moorhead, Minnesota,
crashed in Clear Lake, Iowa soon after
Buddy Holly, renowned rock and roller, left
this earth way too soon.
Rolling Stone magazine voted Buddy Holly
(who wore horn-rimmed glasses and sang
with a musical hiccup) the 13 th greatest “rock
n roll” artist of all time. His original name was
Charles Hardin Holley. The E was dropped out
of his last name when it was omitted on a recording.
He was born in Lubbock, Texas in 1936 and
died in 1959. Buddy’s date of death was immortalized
as The Day the Music Died from
Don McLean’s hit song American Pie.
A life-sized statue of Holly is located at the
Lubbock, Texas Convention Center. The statue
depicts him tapping his heel while playing his
Fender Stratocaster. He always tapped his heel
to the music.
Holly’s first million-seller That’ll be the
Day, was from that expression John Wayne
used in 1956 movie, The Searchers. Holly’s
group was called The Crickets because after
recording, I’m Gonna Love You, Too, a real
chirping cricket was heard on the recording at
the end. And so they used that name.
Holly parted with studio owner, producer,
and his longtime manager Norm Petty, because
Petty insisted on co-credit song royalties
that he recorded with The Crickets. Petty withheld
the royalty money owed to Holly. After the
split, Holly moved to New York.
Finances forced Holly to go on his final
tour, the Winter Dance Party. He made his
only appearance on The Dick Clark Show in
1958 when he performed It’s So Easy, with The
He had many hit songs. He also performed
using two different guitars and drums.
Holly was married to Maria Elena Santiago.
She was pregnant at the time of his death and
couldn’t go to his funeral because she suffered
a miscarriage. She still owns rights to his
name, image, trademarks, and Holly’s other
He wrote and co-wrote most of his songs.
Bob Dylan said he was influenced by Buddy’s
music. Paul McCartney eventually purchased
Holly’s publishing rights.
Many books and articles have been written
about Buddy Holly. He has been inducted into
many musicians’ Halls of Fame and was posthumously
awarded a star on the Hollywood
Walk of Fame.
Yvonne Cloutier, a former teacher/principal, with a music background, specializes
in ragtime piano. She is an author and has written an easy-to-read book on Scott
Joplin. She reports about music on SCA-TV.com/Anthem Alive! You can contact her
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Marty’s Top Ten
You Have to Laugh
1. A lot of kids want to join the Diplomatic
Corps. Why? Every day you can pick up a
paper and read about some Embassy getting
2. Husband while having
a terrible fight with his
wife, yells: “You’re
going to drive me to
my grave!” In two
minutes, she had
the car in front
of the house.
3. In Hollywood,
the 25 th husband.
4. My friend Benny said he’s the luckiest
man in the world. He’s got a wife and a cigarette
lighter – and they both work!
5. My other friend Max complains about
how his wife looks. He told me that “if all
the girls are sisters under the skin, he wished
she’d go back under there and send out her
6. My buddy Sherman said he lost a fortune
overnight. He went to bed feeling
like a million bucks and woke
up feeling like two cents.
7. The reason it takes
women longer to
get dressed is because
to slow down at
8. Don’t drive
with one arm
around your girl.
Let her drive and
you can then use both arms.
9. Did you hear about the man who
crossed a chicken with a racing form? It laid
10. New country song: “When Skirts Look
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For over the past decade, Marty Allen has performed with his on and off stage
singing partner Karon Kate Blackwell.
A (Different) Christmas
Tale: It was coming up to
Christmas and Sammy asked
his mom if he could have a
new bike. She told him that
the best idea would be to write
to Santa Claus.
But Sam, having just played
a vital role in the school nativity
play, said he would prefer
to write to the baby Jesus. His
mom told him that would be
Sam went to his room and
wrote: “Dear Jesus, I have been
a very good boy and would like
to have a bike for Christmas.”
But he wasn’t very happy when
he read it over.
So he decided to try again.
This time he wrote: “Dear Jesus,
I’m a good boy most of
the time and would like a bike
for Christmas.” He read it back
and wasn’t happy with that
He tried a third version. “Dear Jesus, I
could be a good boy if I tried hard and especially
if I had a new bike.” He read that one
too, but he still wasn’t satisfied.
So, he decided to go for a walk while he
thought about a better approach. He passed a
house with a small statue of the Virgin Mary
in the front garden. He crept in, stuffed the
statue under his coat, hurried home and hid
it under the bed.
Then he wrote this letter. “Dear Jesus: If
you want to see your mother again, you’d
better send me a new bike.”
Don’t Mess with the Mrs. The police
officer pulls over a speeding car. The officer
says, “I clocked you at 80 miles per hour, sir.”
The driver says: “Goodness, officer, I had it
on cruise control at 60. Perhaps your radar
gun needs calibrating.”
Not looking up from her knitting the wife
says: “Now don’t be silly, dear. You know that
this car doesn’t have cruise control”
As the officer writes out the ticket, the driver
looks over at his wife and growls, “Can’t
you please keep your mouth shut for once?”
The wife smiles demurely and says, “Well
dear you should be thankful your radar
detector went off when it did or your speed
would have been higher.”
As the officer makes out the second ticket
for the illegal radar detector unit, the man
looks at his wife and says through clenched
teeth: “Woman, can’t you keep your mouth
The officer frowns and says: “And I notice
that you’re not wearing your seat belt, sir.
That’s an automatic $75 fine.”
The driver responds: “Yeah well, you see
officer, I had it on but I took it off when you
pulled me over so that I could get my license
out of my back pocket.”
The wife says: “Now, dear, you know very
well that you didn’t have your seat belt on.
You never wear your seat belt when you’re
As the police officer starts writing out the
third ticket, the driver turns to his wife and
barks: “WILL YOU PLEASE SHUT UP?”
The officer finally looks over at the woman
and asks, “Does your husband always talk to
you this way, ma’am? “
Her response: “Only when he’s been drinking.”
Bill Caserta is the Project Director for The Vegas Voice and has a very “unique” sense of
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I Know a Place
It seems like every month there is another
holiday or a “theme event” to occupy our
time. For December, we all know the major
holidays and there is, of course, a majority of
entertainment revolving around these themes.
Let’s forget for a moment about the theme
shows and concentrate on what’s happening
on the local scene. Most of the local entertainment
seems to be in restaurants and a few
On the west side of town, there are a few
Italian restaurants with music. Let’s start with
Salvatore’s in the Suncoast with a piano bar
and a singer on Tuesday and Thursday nights.
Lots of local talent stop by to sit in for a number
Siena Italian Trattoria on Sahara has entertainment
on Thursday nights. Kent Foote
brings his Vegas Goodfellas to perform to a
huge crowd that loves to dance and drink.
They made Siena a weekly hangout for us active
adults on the west side of town.
As you party your way closer to the strip, you
will pass Club 7777. There Reno Bellamy puts
his mojo to work with many musicians and
Legendary singer Sonny Charles of the
Checkmates will be performing at our
Vegas Voice Twilight Affair
singers coming in to hone their skills until
2 am. This place is perfect for late comers to
dance all night.
Keep going east and you’ll find the Tap
House. It also displays an open mic atmosphere,
dance floor and reasonable food and
drink prices on Monday nights.
Downtown and the strip area hosts places
like The Lounge at El Cortez. It features Rita
Lim with Joey Ugarte and the Jazz Vibrations.
Kenny Davidsen performs at the Tuscany
and Pia Zadora at Pia’s Place in Piero’s Italian
Restaurant - all happening on Friday nights.
By the way, Pia sings both Friday and Saturday
Slide along the strip and catch live entertainment
at places like The Barrymore, Ferraro’s
Italian Restaurant, Bootlegger Bistro
and, of course, the Silverton Spa & Casino. And
don’t forget our free Vegas Voice Twilight Affair
show on Tuesday, December 13 th at 6 pm.
Go west young man and you’ll find entertainment
Wednesday through Sunday at the
Italian American Club or Ichabod’s Lounge
7 nights a week. Both have dance floors and
Ichabod’s touts gaming 24/7. Good food and
reasonable prices are indeed a welcomed surprise
in these local restaurants and clubs.
You can also find me at the Peppermill on
Tuesdays at 1 pm taping a podcast with Ninon
De Vera De Rosa. It features the Evan Davis
Jazz Corner where I tell everyone what’s going
on in town at the local scene.
Allow me another quick plug for our Vegas
Voice Twilight Affair on Tuesday, December
13 th . It will be our very, very special Holiday
Show. (See page 13.)
I have the great pleasure of hosting a star
studded lineup. Scheduled to perform include
the lead singer of the Checkmates, Sonny
Charles, a wonderful group JazzMin and a
young star, Chloe, and many more entertainers.
Come on out and enjoy a fantastic show!
Evan Davis is the entertainment editor of The Vegas Voice. You can
read his entertainment blog and sign up to receive his free email weekly
Calendar of Events at www.EvanDavisJazz.com. You can also email
him at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Great Grape Incident
This month’s title refers to a specific evening
and event, but to be more explicit, I am
writing about what NOT to feed your pets during
this holiday season of treats and goodies.
A few weeks ago, I was carrying a plate of
white seedless grapes to the couch to munch
on while watching TV. I piled too many in the
dish and some rolled off to the floor.
Everything happened so fast. I barely had
the chance to pick up what I thought was only
4 or 5 grapes.
I grabbed them immediately, but realized
the 13-pound Shih Tzu had something in his
mouth. He would not give it up. He growled
when I tried to open his jaw.
Then I looked at my other dog, Louie. He
was just waiting for more to drop.
Knowing in the back of my mind that
grapes and raisins are bad for dogs, I looked
it up on the computer. I found out my dogs
could actually die from it.
Our vet had late hours that evening and I
almost ran red lights getting there with two
stunned dogs. They induced vomiting and
She Married a Wanderer
discovered that Louie had eaten 3
big grapes and Tyler had crushed
This is the one time I was glad
that Louie inhales his food because
they were still whole! My poor dogs
had no idea what hit them, but
thank goodness our vet handled the
situation before anything was fully
Below is a list of foods that can be
poisonous to pets and I would like
to share it with you this holiday season.
You may be surprised at a few
We don’t always think about how
their systems are different from
ours, but it is. This list is taken from
the Humane Society website and
for more information, you can also
google many other sources.
In alphabetical order, they are:
Alcoholic Beverages, Apple Seeds,
Apricot Pits, Avocados, Cherry Pits,
60’s to 60
Candy (particularly chocolate and any candy
containing the toxic sweetener Xylitol) Coffee
and Chocolate-covered espresso beans, Garlic,
Grapes, Gum (can cause blockages and contains
artificial sweetener), Hops, Macadamia
Nuts, Moldy Foods, Mushroom Plants, Mustard
Seeds, Onions and Onion Powder, Peach
Pits, Potato Leaves & Stems (green part),
Raisins, Rhubarb Leaves, Salt, Tea (because
it contains caffeine), Tomato Leaves & Stems,
Walnuts, and Yeast Dough.
There are additional sites that provide more
extensive lists, so I urge everyone to watch all
that holiday candy and avoid people food
treats for your pets. Even little kids with candy
canes can innocently poison your pet.
It only takes one mistake and a small dog’s
kidneys could shut down or they become lethargic
and sick. In our house, Superman has
nothing on our Louie when it comes to moving
“faster than a speeding bullet” if there’s
food involved. He must get that from me.
Wishing everyone a holiday season filled
with love and happiness!
People & Places
The joke that’s making the rounds is that
going to work for producers Terry Cashman would knock on restaurant doors and say
the founder of the hottest new show on The
and Tommy West. He worked nights and ‘would you hire us?’” Then an opportunity:
Strip, The Bronx Wanderers, is Carol Adinolfi.
weekends playing guitar and singing in “She pushed me to do a play on Broadway.
As wife of lead singer Vinny Sr. and
“weekend warrior” bands.
The fact that I did opened a lot of doors.
mother of drummer Nicky and versatile
After helping produce and sell millions of Thank God that she pushed. She’s always
musician/singer Vinny Jr., the tongue-incheek
records “when the record business was the believed in me.”
line is, “Without her, it would be a
record business” for the likes of Dion and Since the band’s residency at Bally’s Win-
one man show.”
the Belmonts, The Earls, Partridge Family dows showroom, responsibilities for the
Truth be told, without her there very possibly
and Jim Croce, the industry hit a brick wall wife-mom have expanded. In addition to
would be no Bronx Wanderers, the
and their company was closed. “Things got those original tasks, she sits on the elevat-
band whose show is drawing rave reviews
ed platform at the back of the showroom,
and loyal fans from their east coast, Florida,
Carol, who had become a stay-at-homemom
mouthing the music, commanding the vid-
and Midwest festival tours.
to raise young son Vinny, picked up eo screens and performing on the air guitar,
Before their Vegas residency, they were a
the ball and went to work while Dad Vinny air keyboard, air saxophone while dancing
touring band playing summer events and
became a stay-at-home-dad to raise eventual
drummer Nicky. “She jumped right in. fan attending for the first time.
up a storm treating each performance as a
thing not music,” credits husband Vinny,
celebrations in cold weather cities and
“even laundry.” Then, reflectively, he adds,
heading to Florida for the winter months.
She was just about the family’s sole support. It took Vinny 40 years to land on The Strip
“It was always a family business. I make the
Their dynamic presentation of Baby Boomer
It was a rough time. I had been the bread and each night during the show, he pays
oldies drew first timers who quickly carved
winner,” he recalls.
homage to his bride, adding, “Welcome to
They met on a blind date 35 years ago
notches on their attendance scorecards.
In those lean days, Vinny recounted, “I my dream.”
and married two years later. “Carol Mackenzie,”
Vinny reminisces of the dark haired
With up to 225 travel dates a year, it was
Mom Carol who glued the schedule together,
“travel plans, payroll, schedules, book-
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beauty with Italian roots, “I thought I was
getting a redhead.”
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It’s the end of the year and the war is
over. 2016 has been a yearlong brutal political
battle for the presidency.
I had predicted the winning party from
the get-go based on my astrological formula,
but even I have to admit I had my
doubts. Now I am totally validated knowing
for sure that Astrology doesn’t lie.
Pollsters, pundits, media propagandists
will fabricate and fudge, but the science of
Astrology is spot on.
A new season begins. December is known
for its Winter Solstice, the beginning of the
winter season when the Sun reaches 0°
Capricorn very early on the morning of the
21 st . That’s the shortest day of the year with
the least amount of daylight.
Luckily, the holiday lights and decorations
will add brightness to the darkness.
This year, Hanukkah begins the same
day as Christmas – a double holiday. The
25 th is a very interesting day from an astrological
point of view because Venus, the
planet of money, love, beauty and desire
makes very favorable aspects to Jupiter,
Uranus and Saturn.
The day looks merry, jubilant, surprising
and top notch. Santa is bringing some
luxurious presents with the Venus/Jupiter
Foods also look rich and indulgent with
stately presentations. A very bountiful,
beautiful holiday it promises to be.
However, with all of this celebration and
festivity, there is one little kink: Mercury is
Retrograde! This last Mercury Rx of 2016
Time to Celebrate!
falls during our holidays.
It begins on the 19 th and extends into the
New Year to January 8, 2017. Mercury Rx is
déjà vu all over again.
“Haven’t I already done this?” is the
question we ask ourselves. Apparently not,
or it wouldn’t resurface. Repeat...re-do…
resolve! It will happen again during the
The New Moon on the 28 th at 7° Capricorn
plants the seed for the coming month
of work, responsibility and achievement.
Emotions are more serious and playfulness
comes to an abrupt halt.
As the month ends, the impending new
year nudges us to make sensible resolutions.
2017 is only a few days away and the
party is practically over.
Except, there’s a last burst of energy:
Uranus, the planet of surprises, individuality,
independence and brilliance turns Direct
to forge a pathway for personal genius
and uniqueness in the coming year. There
is always a silver lining!
Happy Holidays and a Very Happy New
Year to All.
P.S. Do you remember (when I wrote the
February column) that 2016 is the Year of
the Monkey? I said, “The Monkey likes to
play tricks on us.”
That certainly was the case this year. A
lot of monkey business going on. The good
news - it ends on Jan 28 th when the Year of
the Rooster takes over.
Until then, I’m ready for a long winter’s
nap. Wake me when the rooster crows.
Tiffany Fairfax is a Professional Astrologer with 30 years experience. She is
certified in both Traditional and Magi Astrology. You can contact Tiffany
The Fractal Phenomenon
“The Universe is built on a
plan, the profound symmetry
of which is somehow present
in the inner structure of
our intellect.” Paul Valery
thought provoking, profound
and infinitely complex its discovery
is a phenomenon that
has significantly impacted our
perception on many different
levels of our existence. Yet,
brow-raising is not a response
you’ll get when mentioning
That’s because, most people
don’t know of its existence, or,
how much of an intricate part
it plays in every realm of our
existence; geometry, art, consciousness, nature
and even the Universe itself.
When, mathematician Benoit Mandlebrot
discovered, and coined the name fractal
in 1975, the mathematical community
snubbed him. However, it didn’t take them
long to figure out how wrong they were.
They found that Fractal geometry is unparalleled
at measuring and modeling the
world of natural phenomena. “It seems to be
true,” said one scientist, “since nature continually
follows this form.”
Simply put, fractals are a mathematic
structure generated by a geometric sequence
that is reproduced over and over again to
create intricate large, small, and eventually
even microcosmic sized replicas of the same,
infinitely. Much like the ripples from a stone
thrown into a pond, the ripples continue beyond
Fractals confirm Einstein’s theory: “If
there is one of anything, then, there are infinite
amounts of the same.”
Fractal means a never ending pattern.
Since numbers are everywhere, everything
is a part of a pattern which is reflections of
reflections, wheels within wheels. Life itself is
Based on this principle it makes sense, because
we can witness it in every aspect of our
reality. In nature we see fractals over and over
again, showing up in many different ways,
clouds, butterflies, snowflakes, broccoli, animal
furs’ colors and markings, trees, etc.
Once we realize that everything is made
up of a series of numbers, we can recognize
how intricately fractal affects everything we
know. Therefore, it is a crucial part of our
evolution when we understand how it affects
consciousness. Otherwise, as the saying goes,
“history repeats itself.”
Everything in this universe comes
equipped with its very own echo of the originating
pattern - a Unit of Consciousness.
Units of Consciousness make decisions on
behalf of the material to which they are attached.
In consciousness, we see the same patterns
repeat themselves. We all have experienced
those annoying reoccurring thoughts and
repeat the same good and not so good actions.
Each and every conscious observation is a
microcosmic butterfly effect that has macro
cosmic consequences. A fractal brain begets
a fractal consciousness begets a fractal cosmology.
Conscious observation is a water drop
interpretation of an infinite wave. Without
conscious observation, there is merely an infinite
wave function with only the potential
to be collapsed into an objective reality.
The good news is that we do have some
control. By changing our thoughts, we can
change our vibration, ourselves, and even
our world. I wish us all good thoughts for a
wonder-filled new year.
To learn more about Ali, spiritual consultations, coaching, classes, workshops, and
readings, call, give her a call: 702/373-9081.
Our Hometown Holidays...
Four performers from four different backgrounds,
sharing their funny stories & memories from Holidays Past...
Favorite songs from the season, as well as some new, original music!
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Singer, as well as
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Friday, Dec. 16th, 2016
Doors open at 6:30pm • Show begins at 7pm
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Alice Vo Edwards
Las Vegas: Home Sweet Home
Ms Senior Nevada is composed of seniors
(most were in a MSN Pageant) working
within the organization to bring joy to other
seniors. We share our message of healthy,
happy, active ageing. Our group continues to
find ways to share
is upon us
and the fact most
of us still have a
few things not
finished from this
year should not
discourage us from going full steam ahead
for Christmas 2016.
In November we were privileged to contribute
to Life Long Dreams. It is really our
honor to participate with this wonderful
group. The annual production (see photo) is
held at Sam’s Town, under the leadership of
Genevieve Dew and Danny Titus.
Their goal is to help “challenged” children
and young adults fulfill their dreams
of performing (this is its ninth year). Their
motto is: Our only “special need” is to perform.
This production is a yearlong effort
with training and practicing; they make
the props, they learn the songs and dances.
Until you’ve witnessed
in a motorized
and singing, or
“beautiful” girl (Queen) being assisted on
her royal walk, you can’t imagine the joy this
brings to them, and to all of us that are fortunate
to witness it.
By the way, MSN keeps growing. Seniors
have so much to contribute. Contact us to see
how you can become involved.
This is your opportunity, there is room for
all to promote health and happiness. Happy
I was talking to an
was just visiting for an
event and they referred
to Las Vegas as the city
of Babylon. They didn’t
know it, but a gauntlet
has been thrown down
and I accepted the
Outsiders often view
Vegas as a party town.
Those of us who live
here and have come to
think of Vegas as home see much more
than the glitz and glamour of the Strip.
Take a moment to stop and appreciate
the life we have here. We breathe clean
air, enjoy gorgeous sunsets, take jaunts
to Red Rock, Mt. Charleston or Valley of
Fire, or perhaps make a day trip of it and
head to Utah, Phoenix, or California.
We enjoy the relatively low cost of living
and more spending power due to no
state income taxes. Life can be very good
Unfortunately, it is far from perfect.
We have problems with healthcare, with
safety, with lack of adequate provisions
for the overall well-being within the
People are lonely, sad, depressed, anxious,
scared and commit suicide so regularly
we are the 8th highest nationwide
for suicide. There are issues that need
to be addressed to help Vegas continue
to evolve in a positive direction for the
good of her citizens.
And that is why Lift Up Vegas was born.
I started the Lift Up Vegas movement
on the premise of wanting to improve
life for Vegas residents; to explore issues
of happiness and well-being, and
provide education and actionable items
that can improve our happiness. We call
ourselves “Happiness Advocates.”
I’d like to think we are not the first
happiness advocates. In fact, I might go
so far as to speculate that Thomas Jefferson
may have been our nation’s first
In the Declaration of Independence,
our founding fathers emphasized the
importance of happiness when they
wrote that individuals are endowed with
these unalienable rights, “life, liberty,
and the pursuit of happiness.”
There are plenty of organizations out
there fighting for your rights as they relate
to life and liberty. But if one is not
happy, where will the joy be in that life
In this column, my goal is to share
with you issues that affect the “pursuit
of happiness” in our community, and
action items you can take to get involved
in positive change - for yourself,
for others and for future generations of
I hope you will join me on the exciting,
every day journey of lifting up Vegas,
being the best version of yourself,
and helping Vegas be the best version of
herself, also. I dream of a day when our
out of town friends no longer view Vegas
in Babylonian terms, but can instead see
the good we are doing here and admire
(1) Pay it forward. Buy the unsuspecting
stranger at the drive through or restaurant
a meal anonymously.
(2) Do something nice for someone
today. You’ll feel good, and so will they.
(3) Hug someone. Physical touch is
amazing in how healthy it can be when
(4) Like and share Lift Up Vegas at
Alice Vo Edwards is the author of “My Best Friend Died” and “Put Away The Razor,”
and founder of the Lift Up Vegas project for inspiring Happiness and Wellbeing in Las
Vegas. Contact Alice at email@example.com
Singer Rita Lim
Each month, I get the privilege of writing
about someone in our entertainment community.
A person who I think is worthy and
deserving of more attention.
My hope is to get entertainers some exposure
to help their careers. Too many talented
artists have to fight for a fair chance.
We’ve all seen and heard many singers in
Las Vegas. Whether it’s in a small club or a
large showroom, there seems to be many of
them who call this town home.
Here’s an exceptional one who’s name you
should write down as a must see! Rita Lim is
an extraordinary talent. A singer with all the
As I have written in previous articles, surviving
in this entertainment business can be
difficult, no matter how good you are. We have
to be smart in order to overcome all the obstacles.
Rita Lim seems to be doing everything right.
The key is to keep working and growing.
The experienced performer learns not to
focus on fame. Although it can certainly lead
to bigger dollars, it doesn’t usually last, as careers
tend to be like roller coasters.
Fame should be looked at as the icing on
the cake. If you concentrate on working as
much as you can, it will lead to increase exposure
and open up other opportunities.
Singer and entertainer Rita Lim is working
all the time. A few months ago, I was a guest
on one of my favorite live radio shows,
The Dennis Bono Show.
Rita performs regularly on Dennis’
program. That’s where I first noticed
I also invited her to be my guest on
our TV/podcast show, “Watching The
Vegas Voice.” I found her to be a very
down-to-earth and sweet person to interview.
She is a great talent who is definitely
on her way to a bright future.
Rita grew up in Los Angeles and spent
some of her youth in many Asia countries.
She also always had a natural gift
Whether its smooth jazz or the classics,
Rita has a style all her own. Her
voice has been described as being “Rich,
Warm and Throaty.”
She can sing anything - from Cole Porter
to the most contemporary standards. In my
opinion, that’s what makes a great singer. You
can never be too versatile in this business.
Rita has performed at such venues as The
Italian American Club, Southpoint Hotel, Tuscany,
and the Suncoast to name just a few. Rita
has also performed and wowed the audience
at our Vegas Voice Twilight Affair hosted by my
fellow columnist (and entertainment editor)
You can catch her currently singing with
Joey Ugarte and the Jazz Vibrations. They perform
regularly at the El Cortez Hotel in the
Parlour Bar and Lounge.
Rita also works with Carolyn Freeman of
the American Jazz Initiative. She is dedicated
to keeping Jazz alive and vibrant in Las Vegas.
Look for the talented Rita Lim in a venue
near you. She is, without any doubt, a real
singer and so much more.
Rich Natole is a comic/impressionist headlining entertainer & host of The Vegas Voice
Television/Podcast Show. For more information visit: www.richnatole.com. You can
also contact Rich at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Stu Cooper - Travel Editor
This and That to End the Year
This time of year, many accept as true,
stories of miracles. And this story advocates a
Santa Fe, New Mexico is rich in culture and
well-kept with plenty of sky overhead. Settled
in 1610, Santa Fe is a historic town with a
bustling Spanish style plaza at the heart of its
compact walk-able downtown.
Near the plaza sits Loretto Chapel. Completed
in 1878, it had no access to the choir
loft twenty-two feet above, other than a ladder.
Churches of this time often used ladders
rather than stairs. The Loretto Sisters however,
were uneasy using a ladder due to the long
habits that they wore.
They requested carpenters to build a
staircase to the loft, but it was determined
that entry to the loft would have to be
by a ladder - as a staircase would interfere
with the chapel’s small interior space.
The Sisters prayed to St. Joseph, the patron
saint of carpenters, for a staircase. On their
final day of prayer, a man appeared at the
chapel with a toolbox asking for work and offered
to build a staircase.
Locking himself in the chapel with a small
Every time I think I have heard it all in the
travel business, there seems to be something
new. Iceland was the new and upcoming destination
twenty years ago. Today, it is an accepted
and most interesting travel destination.
Same can be said for Cuba. And today, it is a
growing destination that Americans are clamoring
So I shouldn’t be surprised when a representative
from a company called Natural
Habitat Adventures stopped by our office recently
and recommended a tour called “Classic
Polar Bear Adventure.” Every October and
November this company sends travelers on a
six or seven-day adventure to Churchill, Manitoba,
Canada to witness the great polar bear
migration from Canada up to the Arctic once
the pack ice forms. Who knew?
This soft adventure, “semi” luxury trip to
the far north seems to provide over 1,500 travelers
during the migration season one of the
great wild life experiences in North America.
It is a “semi” luxury trip because the best accommodations
in Churchill (a city of 900), is
a Holiday Inn.
But polar bear sightings are absolutely
guaranteed and naturalist tour guides accompany
the group for the entire trip. Groups are
limited to 16 and personal attention is paid to
The trip starts in Winnipeg with round
trip private charter flights to Churchill. This
is wildlife, natural habitat eco-tourism at its
If you are interested in a trip like this, give
us a call at 800/698-1101 and we can send
you a brochure. Like I said, when I think I
have heard it all, there is always something
Loretto Chapel’s Miraculous Staircase
*Publisher Dan, Rana, Sharon and I had
a great inspection cruise on the Royal Caribbean
Harmony of the Seas. The Harmony of
the Seas is now the world’s largest cruise ship
and seems to have every conceivable bell and
whistle a ship can have.
Water slides, zip lines, an ice skating rink
and a seven story sliding pond highlight the
features on the ship. If big and WOW is what
you want, then the Royal Caribbean Harmony
of the Seas is the ship for you.
*Our next meeting(s) for the Vegas Voyagers
is tentatively scheduled for the weekend of
January 28 - 29. We hope to have two meetings;
one at Buckman’s at the Revere Golf Course at
Anthem in Henderson and the other one at the
Sun Coast Hotel and Casino in Summerlin.
Hold the date and be sure to look in the
January edition of The Vegas Voice for the exact
** From the Vegas Voyager family, we want
to wish all of you a Happy Hanukah, Merry
Christmas and a Happy and Healthy New Year.
Around Our World
number of primitive tools, the stranger requested
absolute privacy. What he created is
a stunningly elegant circular staircase standing
20 feet tall with no center support.
The staircase rests uniquely on its base
against the choir loft. The risers of the 33
steps are perfect and are from an extinct wood
It is a staircase built without nails, only
wooden pegs. The structure has two 360 degree
turns and no visible
means of support.
Its construction continues
to mystify architects,
master craftsmen. They
marvel at the number of
stair risers relative to the
height of the choir loft,
the types of wood and
other materials used in
The itinerant carpenter
payment or thanks. The
sisters searched for him.
They even ran an ad in
the local newspaper. Still, there was no trace
of the man.
Believers claim that he was St. Joseph who
came in answer to the sisters’ prayers.
Built on a much smaller scale, the Gothic
Revival style Loretto Chapel was patterned after
King Louis IX’s Sainte-Chapelle in Paris.
The convent chapel, complete with spires
and buttresses, was to be named “Our Lady
of Light Chapel” and be under the care of the
Sisters of Loretto.
To build the beautiful Gothic chapel, it is
said that the sisters pooled their own inheritance
money to raise the $30,000 needed. The
ornate stained glass windows were purchased
in 1876 from the DuBois Studio in Paris.
The helix-shaped spiral staircase was built
sometime between 1877 and 1881. Today the
Loretto Chapel is a private museum operated
and maintained, in part, for the preservation
of the Miraculous Staircase. Weddings
may be arranged in the chapel that include a
highlight of the wedding couple being photographed
on the staircase
During our visit, sunlight streamed
through the stained glass windows, casting
reflections of color on the hard wooden pews,
but it was the beautiful staircase that we came
to see and held our attention and marvel.
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The Low Tech Solution to the High Tech TV Problem
TVSoundScoopZ, aka SoundScoopZ,
have been nicknamed “The Low Tech solution
to the High Tech problem, created
by the TV manufacturers.”
They are The Sound Bar Alternative
created by Winner Technologies, Inc.
of Las Vegas, Nevada. With a customer
satisfaction rating of 99.99%, they help
solve the problem of muffled voices and
difficult to understand conversations
while watching TV.
An independent Speech Transmission
Index test (STI) was conducted by Freytag
& Associates, an industry expert in
Acoustical and Noise analysis. The STI
test showed that TVSoundScoopZ scored
an A+ (Excellent) with the TV’s factory
speakers. The same TVs, without TV-
SoundScoopZ, only scored a B (average).
This standard audio industry test determines
the clarity and quality of voices
coming out of speakers.
Rick Broida of CNET, The Cheapskate,
said, “It’s ingenious...It works. It has
the potential to become a zillion-dollar
product. My only complaint is I didn’t
think of it first.”
Pulkit Chandna, Freelance contributor
to TechHive and featured in PCWorld,
states, “Sound, it seems, has literally taken
a back seat as most current TVs have
down- or even rear-facing speakers. In
many cases, this can lead to muddled audio
and an overall underwhelming viewing
experience. TVSoundScoopZ aims to
change this sorry state of affairs...”
Before Winner Technologies, Inc. created
TVSoundScoopZ the consumer’s
only choice was to crank up the volume
of the TV or purchase an expensive
($150-$400) sound bar. Unfortunately,
sound bars don’t solve the problem of
muffled voices because they re-direct the
Bass and Treble frequencies. TVSound-
ScoopZ only re-direct the upper frequencies,
Treble, where our normal conversations
take place and not the Bass.
Since the successful Kickstarter campaign
TVScoundScoopZ have been available
on corporate and reseller websites,
Amazon, Groupon, catalogs and As-
Seen-on-TV programs. Efforts are currently
underway to make them available
at many retailers in various trade
categories. They have been the focus of
several articles on CNET, PC World, several
catalogs and a host of bloggers and
In addition to a product that works as
advertised, assembly and fulfillment is
performed by Opportunity Village (OV).
OV is the largest provider of jobs for
people with handicaps in Nevada. Working
with OV allows the company to help
provide jobs and participate in providing
There are 300 million Flat Panel TV
that have been sold in the US since 2008.
That number is projected to increase by
35 million TVs every year.
TVSoundScoopZ are now available
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United States. They are ready to install
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Holidays & Military Moments
Vet 2 Vet
The house was decorated pretty much like
it had been when I was a kid and the smell of
holiday food cooking filled the air. For some
reason it all made me edgy though, and I remember
sneaking out the back door to get in
my car to drive away.
It was my first holiday season at home after
a year in Vietnam. I couldn’t understand why
I was so out-of-sorts.
My stress level was rising by the minute and
I felt guilty for wanting to be alone at a time
that had always been full of loving closeness.
I was experiencing the effects of my military
moments as they collided with the normalcy
of life without the interruption of a war.
I didn’t understand what was going on, and
those around me knew even less. In spite of
it all, we made it through and I’m glad that
I can now look back and sort of put two and
Returning home after serving in a war zone
has always been tough - both for veterans and
family members. But holiday seasonal stress
has its own complications when you combine
it with past military moments.
Just the loneliness of being away from home
during the holidays is bad enough, but when
a friend dies from a grenade/IED explosion or
the enemy mounts horrendous offensives at
the same time the rest of the world is rejoicing
in “peace on earth, goodwill to men”, our life
views get a little cockeyed.
It can become so confusing that it’s easy to
want to crawl in a hole until it all blows over.
I’ve been there; believe me, it’s a stressful time.
So, what can we do? I found that by getting
a better understanding
was ailing me
was at least half
the battle won.
When I connected
- wartime service
to present time
began to line
up. It was easier
then to recognize
that I was being stressed because of what I had
gone through; at which time I could then decide
what I was going to do with it.
(A little stress is good for you, by the way. It
keeps you on your toes, but how bad is high
level stress? A recent study found that high levels
of stress could raise the risk of heart disease
as much as a five-cigarette-a-day habit, not to
mention a 50-point jump in bad cholesterol.
Who needs it?)
Remember that life is what you end up with
when everything else is done. A huge part of
enjoying that life is to wind down on holidays
and relax with those who mean so much to
you...those for whom you were willing to be in
harm’s way to protect.
Try this for a new year’s mantra: Take command!
You either have life, or life has you.
Nice to have an option.
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/
In Our Backyard
What’s In Our Backyard?
What’s in our backyard? What isn’t in the
backyards of Vegas Valley residents? There’s
plenty to see and do in our Silver State, but
what about our bordering states - Utah,
California and beautiful
This column will
take a look at the great
places to see, and
things to do for the
50+ crowd surrounding
our Southern Nevada
First stop, Newport
Beach. I happened
to visit this quaint beach city in Southern
California last month.
What a great time of year for a visit!
The beach sand is still warm to the toes,
the water looks and sounds inviting - but
no doubt too cold for an afternoon swim,
though I was tempted.
There’s just something about the salt
water, the salty air, the smell – it brings me
home with wonderful memories of Nags
Head, North Carolina and the Atlantic
Ocean. What memories!
Ok, back to Newport Beach. What’s happening?
Christmas Boat Parade
is turning 108 years
young this holiday season!
The parade will be
held December 14-18
in the Newport Bay
harbor. Winding some
14 miles around the
harbor affording viewers,
homes, restaurants, yacht clubs and
the public an incredible sight of lights and
boats that have delighted millions of people
for over a century.
Any place on the shore is FREE to
view. Visit www.visitnewportbeach.
com/christmas-boat-parade for more
Safe Travels until next time!
Why Do I Still Feel Unwell?
Many individuals have
felt unwell or experienced
symptoms that told them
that something was wrong
in their body. After seeing
a medical professional,
they may be told that the
lab tests show nothing
The symptoms or feeling
of being unwell however,
may persist. For
individuals who have experienced
this, it can be
a very frustrating matter.
Not only is your quality of
life declining, but no one
seems to have an explanation as to “why.”
The human body is extraordinarily complicated.
You can study it for a lifetime and
still only scratch its surface in terms of understanding
how the body works.
To be good in medicine, you can never stop
studying and learning. However, sometimes
the paradigms we learn and use to medically
treat people are incomplete. This is why many
chronic medical problems persist.
The current medical paradigm is based
on cell theory, originally put forth by Dr. Rudolph
Virchow who is considered the father of
pathology. Cell theory states that diseases are
due to something that disrupts the normal
functioning of your cells.
If your cells are healthy, you are healthy
and feel good. If your cells begin to malfunction,
you will feel unwell and will eventually
develop a disease.
Following this logic, most western lab tests
measure what is happening in your cells. If
the lab tests are within normal parameters,
you are considered healthy. If the lab tests fall
outside the normal parameters, then your
cells are seen as malfunctioning and you
have a disease.
While cell theory is correct, it is not complete.
Sometimes it is not what is happening
inside of your cells, but what is happening
outside of them that determines your health
or even your ability to recover from a chronic
Think of your cells like yourself. They need
A Healthier You
nourishment to survive. They produce wastes.
They need medicine occasionally to get well
and toxic substances can harm them.
Any nourishment or medicine reaching
the cells must come to them by means of
the blood vessels. The wastes and any toxic
substances in their environment must be removed
by means of the lymphatic vessels or
However, the cells are not directly connected
to either the blood vessels or the lymphatics.
There is a space between these structures
known as the extracellular space.
The extracellular space has a very complex
structure providing specific pathways from
the blood vessels to the cell and from the cell
to the lymphatic vessels.
If the structure of the extracellular space
is damaged, clogged up or disrupted in some
other manner, nourishment and medicine
have a much more difficult time reaching the
cell, and it is more difficult to remove wastes
and toxins from around the cell. The cells
malfunction, nor because of what is happening
inside of them but rather what is happening
Conventional medicine, despite its
strengths, rarely addresses problems in the
extracellular space. This is more effectively
addressed by traditional forms of medicine
such as acupuncture, herbal medicine or homeopathy.
If conventional medicine has not
helped resolve your problem, this may be the
No Gift More Compassionate
The Holidays are supposed to be a time
of joy, but for those facing a terminal
illness, and their family members, this
time of year can be especially challenging.
Feelings of impending loss, nostalgia
for times past and a struggle to
manage pain and symptoms can be even
harder to face when paired with the demands
of the holiday season and social
and family responsibilities that often
can’t be ignored.
How Can Hospice Care Help?
The choice to pursue hospice treatment
can be an emotional one. It’s important
to remember that hospice is not
about death, but rather about the quality
of life as it nears its end – for the patient
and their family, friends and caregivers.
Hospice care is designed to comfort
patients and family members when patients
have reached a point when curative
treatment stops, and acceptance of
living each remaining day fully begins.
Hospice’s mission is to meet the physical,
is to relieve
prevent suffering, while assisting in the
completion of end-of-life tasks that are
important to your loved one - including
putting affairs in order and providing
support to loved ones after the patient
has passed away. This support can come
as even more of a relief during the busy
and stressful holiday season.
Don’t be afraid to ask for hospice help.
It can be the greatest gift you give your
loved one, yourself and other family
members this holiday season.
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.
James J. White, D.D.S
Using Oral Hygiene Devices
It may come as a shock to some, but the
biggest cause of tooth loss in adults has
nothing to do with decay. While cavities will
always play a role, the biggest offender is
Periodontal disease is a gum infection
that eats away the tissue and bone that hold
the teeth in place. It begins as gingivitis,
and as it progresses into full-blown periodontitis,
pockets will form around each
tooth, providing bacteria with secluded hiding
places and dragging your pearly whites
into a self-perpetuating cycle of doom.
The good news is that it doesn’t have to
be that way. Here are things you can do to
prevent periodontal disease.
1. Use a hard-working toothbrush. Although
any brush is better than none, don’t
overlook the benefits of an electric model.
Studies show that those who brush with
them show lower levels of plaque and fewer
examples of gum disease.
2. Floss. Even the most efficient toothbrush
can have trouble reaching the narrow
spaces between the teeth. It’s the best
means yet of doing away with bacteriarich
plaque that loves to build up in those
narrow spaces. Although dental plaque is
bound to promote gum disease and cavities,
it has a few more tricks up its sleeve.
Left to grow unchecked, it can cause bad
breath, instigate heart disease, contribute
to diabetes and even increase your body
mass. Just a few minutes a day with dental
floss can save you from all that.
3. Flush that plaque away. Rinsing
your mouth with water may wash away
plaque that’s already dissolved, but it
won’t do a thing to improve the health of
your gums. That’s where the oral irrigator
can make a difference.
Alternatively known as a dental water
jet, it hits the area around your teeth
pressure at a vigorous 1,200 pulses
each minute to remove 99% of stubborn
4. Lose the fear of fluoride. The regular
use of fluoride mouthwash and toothpaste
can reward you with a 40% reduction
in dental cavities. Communities that
have added it to their water supply have
seen a lower rate of cavities compared to
areas that lacked this protection.
5. Consider the use of a night guard. You
may have the habit of grinding your teeth
either during the day or as you sleep. The
friction that this practice generates can do
irreparable harm to the teeth. A custom
night guard will provide a soft cushion to
prevent tooth destruction.
6. Always carry interdental stimulators.
When you’re grabbing food on the go, it’s
hard to treat your teeth with the after-meal
care they deserve.
Interdental stimulators can help. Most
can be had in plastic or wood, and when
used between the teeth after eating, they
gently remove food particles and plaque
from obscure hiding places with no additional
fuss. These devices take up little
room in your pocket or purse, and your
gums will thank you for using them.
7. Don’t forget regular professional
cleanings. When it comes to the health of
your teeth and gums, no over-the-counter
device can come close to providing the
cleaning you’ll get while relaxing in your
Don’t let bacteria wreak havoc with your
teeth and gums. It’s your mouth. Isn’t it
worth a little preventative care?
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Brows are one of those personal features
that you probably either love or hate. Some
are blessed with amazing ones and others are
destined to a lifetime of pencils and shadows.
I can remember in high school feeling like
all I could see when I looked in the mirror was
my eyebrows. They were the commanding feature
on my face and I didn’t have a clue what
to do with them.
Luckily, thanks to Brooke Shields and her
famous brows, having them thick and ungroomed
seemed to be somewhat acceptable
in the 70s. Similar to lashes, the many looks
and trends that follow brows are very specific
to each decade.
In the forties, very thin brow lines penciled
on were the look of the time - one which became
popular again in the 90s too. As they say,
things always circle back!
Fast forward 25 years and brows have resurfaced
as a major focus of the face and grooming
is all the rage! There are special brushes,
primers, shadows, and scissors. You can wax,
tweeze, shave or dye them!
There are salons that do nothing but brows.
There are celebrity eyebrow artists and thousands
of videos and photos of all the brows.
The current trend is thick, but well-groomed
and colored in. The shaping is very important
and there are numerous tools and even stencils
to help you get the perfect brow shape.
Our brows, with age and having suffering
through decades of varying trends, do thin.
So aside from just brow pencils, there are also
shadows that you can brush on.
My company carries a felt tip
marker to color random gray
eyebrows like this. When the gray
gets too heavy to color with a felt
tip, you can have them professionally
Do not attempt to do them
at home, this is one area where
going to a professional pays off.
Aside from the dangers of getting
chemical in your eyes, you
can also come out looking like
Groucho Marx and you are stuck
with them for weeks!
Some quick tips: If you try a
professional brow groomer, take
a picture with you just like you would for a
hairstyle you might like to try.
For at home: (1) Try brushing them straight
up and trim any that are extremely long or
uneven with the rest.
(2) If you have curly brows or ones that tend
to stray, try a wax primer to help keep them in
(3) Take an eyebrow brush and a matching
color (try one shade darker than your brows)
and start at the area nearest your nose. Brush
up to fill and follow to the end.
(4) Take the brush and smooth the top over
so as to not have them straight up.
(5) If you see any gray hairs, take a marker
and color them in.
(6) Try a brow setting gel if you tend to have
brows with a mind of their own. It works similar
to the way hairspray does!
And there you go - your eyes are framed and
your brows are on fleek!!
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.
The Goodies Are Coming, The Goodies Are Coming!
The holidays are quickly upon us. How
did that happen? All that hard work of losing
weight, toning up during the year may go
“bust” in just a few weeks if we are not careful!
It took me several weeks to lose the 10
pounds that suddenly “appeared” after the
holidays last year! Where the heck did they
come from, I asked?
But I vow NOT to deprive myself of the wonderful
goodies that will be enriching my life
over the next few weeks. I’m often asked how
do I keep my energy up and WHERE do I get
I’ve been like this my whole life – full of energy,
life to the fullest! My mother used to tell
me that I just never stayed put! (One reason
that she put me into dance school at such an
early age was to help use up that bottled-up
If I have a really full day ahead of me, I try
to have a 3 egg omelet with lots of veggies, a
little cottage cheese and some fruit for breakfast.
I eat a light lunch and light dinner.
With my part-time job, two volunteering
jobs, plus teaching my six Zumba classes per
week, there are times that I cannot have a full
dinner, so I make my lunch the larger meal
of the day.
I’m constantly searching the web for lower
caloric recipes for desserts. Believe me, I am a
true chocoholic! GIVE ME CHOCOLATE!
But that can surely add up calories! So, I
try to have a little dessert whenever the time
comes for me to indulge!
Parties are abundant during the next few
weeks. Temptation is there – for sure! I try to
take one (or two) pieces of the temptation and
then walk away! How many times have you
been hounding around the goodies and end
up eating more than you originally intended?
Also, I’ve mentioned in previous columns,
that I will munch on something at home
before going out to a home party. A little bit
of veggies helps to fill the tummy, so I’m not
tempted to gobble up everything in sight when
I get to the party. Also drinking lots of water
tends to fill me up.
There are so many ways to help keep off
those sneaky pounds that creep up before you
know it. And I try to walk more during the
holidays. When parking my car for all my
jobs, I try to park a little further and allow
more walking time.
Let’s try to burn off some calories and still
enjoy the holidays to the fullest!
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.
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