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A New Beginning
“Volunteers do not necessarily
have the time; they just have the
heart.” - Elizabeth Andrew
A new year is a time to get your options
clear and to make a significant
decision to do what it is that makes
you really happy.
Each day is a new beginning; the
chance to do with it what should be
done and not to be seen as simply another
put in time.
we can do
to help or assist
those around us.
and giving your time comes in many
ways. However, Hospice organizations
The value of hospice volunteers cannot
be overstated. Volunteers are commonly
perceived by hospice patients
and families as ordinary members of
their local community. This relationship
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Volume 13, Issue 11
PUBLISHER/EDITOR . Dan Roberts
PRESIDENT . Ray Sarbacker
VP MARKETING . Debbie Landry
POLITICAL EDITOR . Rana Goodman
ENTERTAINMENT EDITOR . Evan Davis
NIGHT LIFE EDITOR . Sam Wagmeister
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Have Fun, Make Friends, Do Good – Continued
“So, how’s the family?” And with
that opening sentence, it was playtime.
It has been my goal to abide by
the above headline. I’ve mentioned
this in my previous columns, but
to start this New Year, I wanted to
highlight the first two points – fun
As for (best) friends, let me introduce
the other self-described “crazy
lunatic” in the photo - Vegas Voice
columnist Bill Caserta. On a “challenge”
we were sitting next to each other for
our respective pedicures.
Yes, let me say that again – our pedicures.
(One quick note. A very big “thank you” to
everyone at Tippy Toes Nail & Spa, located
at 1331 W. Warm Springs Road in Henderson.
How they [and their customers] put up with
Bill and yours truly – and more importantly,
not contacting the police to toss us out of the
building is greatly appreciated).
Here’s the background to this tale: Bill informed
me that along with his Barbara, they
recently went for manicures/pedicures. My
reaction was to howl - long and hard. “Real
men don’t get pedicures” I laughed at him.
What I found particularly ironic was that
Bill grew up a few miles from where I spent
my childhood in New York. We share a common
brotherhood by living there in the 50s
and 60s. Among such undeniable code was
that real men from Tremont Avenue do not
go to nail salons.
While we are both long gone from the
neighborhood, and notwithstanding Barbara’s
and my Rana’s best, continuous (but
hopelessly futile) attempts, they cannot “take
the Bronx out of the boys.” And when the
Bronx boys get together, nobody laughs more.
We also admit that our (somewhat) juvenile
attitudes are sufficient cause for our Ladyloves
to roll their eyes. But even they concede
(as they shake their heads in disbelief
over their life partners) we’re not mean or
vicious – just moronic.
Therefore, as Bill elaborated on his recent
podiatry episode, I couldn’t stop smirking
while questioning, among other things, his
manhood. And then Bill dared me to go with
him. And a (stupid) challenge, is a (stupid)
I have never walked into a nail salon before,
but with Rana making the appointment,
there we were last month. I admit it was quite
For you ladies, it might not be breaking
news, but for us “manly-men” let me report
that it was an eye-opener entering this secret
world. From the so comfortable massage
chair to the, oh so comfortable foot bath,
the charming (and ever patient) ladies did a
Thank You Ladies
Humana Charity Crafters, a group of mostly senior women, show off their knitting skills. The
ladies presented 300 knitted and crocheted items for the holidays to three local organizations
-Child Haven, Helping Hands of Vegas Valley and Kindred Transitional Care and Rehabilitation.
Photo - Ronald Williams
marvelous job on my tootsies.
While they ignored my singing from West
Side Story “I Feel Pretty, Oh, So Pretty…”
they did surprise me when they reached for
that cheese-grater. So help me, I thought it
was going to be wine & cheese time.
I was wrong concerning the “snack” and
Bill was hysterical when I jumped about 5
feet out of my chair when they starting using
this now torture devise on my feet. “Real
men don’t jump” Bill stated.
And then our stupidity reached a whole
I dared him to have his toenails
painted and we ultimately agreed to
do so - provided we could place the
New York Giants’ football logo on
our big toes. As Rana walked away
in stunned silence, as you can see,
such challenge was accepted.
(As a second note, I’m not suggesting
that getting the toes painted
“Big Blue” helped our team, however
the Giants did beat Dallas the
next day, so….)
All-in-all it was quite the adventure showcasing
our feminine sides. We sure did laugh
a lot and that’s not a bad way to spend your
For those who question whether I am now
a candidate for a guardianship takeover, rest
assured, there is no need for alarm. It was
and will remain (to my Rana’s great relief)
a once-in-a-lifetime event.
Although, after we left the salon, Bill and I
did go for lunch - and ordered quiche.
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Marty’s Top Ten
You Have to Laugh
The Show Must Go On
I Know a Place
1. My friend Harvey said the only thing
he has in common with his wife is that they
were both married on the same day.
2. My other friend Larry said:
“I’d like to throw something
over those girls
who wear topless
bathing suits –
3. I once
knew a girl
4. Why do people point to their wrist when
they ask for the time, but when they ask
where the bathroom is, they don’t point to
5. Why do people order double cheeseburgers,
large French Fries with a Diet coke?
6. When the young, beautiful showgirl
found out her handsome millionaire boyfriend
was fond of hunting, she told
him she was “game!”
7. A career girl’s mind
moves her ahead, while
a stripper girl’s
reason for a
man to stay
single – you
can leave the
toilet seat in
9. A wife that is “made to order” can never
compare with a “ready maid.”
10. If you want your wife to pay undivided
attention to every word you say, talk in your
For over the past decade, Marty Allen has performed with his on and off stage
singing partner Karon Kate Blackwell.
Friends Through the Years: Two guys
grew up together, but after college, one moved
to New York, the other to California. Every ten
years, they agree to meet in Chicago and play
golf. They would finish their round and go to
When they turned 30, the conversation
went like this: “Where you wanna go? “Hooters.”
“Why?” “Well, you know, they got the
broads and the tight shorts. And the legs…”
Ten years later at 40: “Where you wanna
go?” “Hooters.” “Why?” “Well, you know,
they got cold beer and the big screen TVs, and
everybody has a little action on the games.”
At 50: “Where you wanna go?” “Hooters.”
“Why?” “The food is good and there is plenty
At 60: “Where you wanna go?” “Hooters.”
“Why?” “Wings are half price.”
At 70: “Where you wanna go?” “Hooters.”
“Why?” “They have 6 handicapped spaces
right by the door.”
At 80: “Where you wanna go?” “Hooters.”
“Why?” “We’ve never been there before.”
The Magic Room: A young Amish boy
and his father were visiting a shopping mall for
the first time. They were amazed by just about
everything they saw, but especially by two shiny
silver walls that could move apart and then
slide back together again.
The boy asked: “What is that father?” The father
(having never seen an elevator) responded:
“Son, I have never seen anything like that
in my life. I don’t know what it is.”
While the father and son watched in amazement,
a fat, old lady in a wheelchair moved up
to the silver walls and pressed a button. The
walls magically opened and the lady rolled into
a small room.
The walls closed and they saw small numbers
above the wall light up. They continued to
stare until it reached the last number and then
“somehow” the numbers began lighting up in
the reverse order.
Finally, the walls opened up again and a gorgeous
blond stepped out.
The dumbstruck father, not taking his eyes
off the beautiful woman quietly said to his son,
“Go get your mother.”
(A big Bill Blurb thank you to Renee
Riendeau for her contribution.)
Theater Seats for Seniors: An old man
lay awkwardly sprawled across three entire
seats in the movie theatre. When the usher
came by and noticed, he whispered to the old
man, “Sorry sir, but you’re only allowed one
The old man didn’t budge. The usher became
impatient. “Sir, if you don’t get up from
there I’m going to have to call the manager.”
Once again, the old man just muttered and
did nothing. The usher marched back up the
aisle, and returned with the manager. Together
the two of them tried repeatedly to move the disheveled
man, but with no success.
Finally, they summoned the police. The officer
surveyed the situation, then asked, “All
right buddy what’s your name?” “Fred,” the old
man moaned. “Where you from, Fred?” asked
the police officer.
With a terrible strain in his voice, and without
moving, Fred replied, “The balcony…”
(A big Bill Blurb thank you to George
Meese for his contribution.)
When I moved to Vegas in 2008, I entrenched
myself in the local entertainment
scene. At first it was just helping to send out a
few flyers promoting some local entertainers.
Soon I was receiving requests from dozens
of performers to help them promote their
gigs. Gradually my email list ballooned from
a hundred to a few thousand, and I was off
to the races.
Club and restaurant owners started asking
me if I could bring some entertainment to
their facility to help stimulate their business.
Gradually, I started booking and promoting
I set up a music blog and included a calendar
of local entertainment. Wanting to
keep things current, I asked the performers
to update me weekly on their shows.
Soon thereafter, The Vegas Voice asked me
to be their Entertainment Editor. I wasn’t really
interested until they said, “we want you
to also produce our shows.” Now that interested
Let me tell you the chronology of producing
a show. You begin by locking in a venue,
Your Vegas Voice host with performers
Rosanna Telford and Denise Rose
date and time. Then you need to put a band
I was very lucky to meet Grammy Award
winner Gary Anderson, who is now our musical
director. Without him, I probably would
have thrown in the towel long ago.
But let’s get back to how a show is put
together. Once Gary and I decide on the band
members, I now go to work choosing which
performers would be best suited for the show.
I try to make sure the entertainment covers
different genres. Of course, this is when
The Vegas Voice is doing a variety show.
Things change a little if it’s a theme show
or a tribute show.
But the basics are the same. Get the
venue, the band and the performers. But
that’s the easy part.
I need photographs of all the performers
to put the show flyer together. Load
in times for the band has to be set up
along with coordinating with the sound
and lighting guys before anyone steps on
Sound checks, rehearsal times and
making sure all the entertainers can
make their run through times.
Juggling is a required skill in producing
a show. Once you’ve set up their rehearsal
schedule, you need to follow a pretty firm
timeline. And by the way, this all happens
only a few hours before show time.
Did I mention that there is always, an “opportunity”
that arises? I learned that with my
very first show.
A problem came up and I thought we’d
never get the show going, but I found out, it
always works out.
I’m also promoting the show on every
social media available. Sending out emails
and stopping by as many places nightly as I
can to get the word out.
Whether it is a free sponsored show or ticketed
show, I’m always concerned about having
a good turnout. What day is best to have
a show? What time is best?
How’s the weather? How’s the traffic? Are
the holidays too close? Are the holidays too
I can go on and on, but you know what
they say: “The Show Must Go On.” And it always
Evan Davis is the entertainment editor of The Vegas Voice. You can read his
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Bill Caserta is the Project Director for The Vegas Voice and has a very “unique” sense of
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As I’ve mentioned in quite a few of my past
columns, Las Vegas is home to many musical
talents - including great singers as well
as variety acts. Some singers seem to blend
into the background, while others, stand out
like a diamond in a barrel of coal.
Once again, I would like to highlight
someone who I think is a star quality performer.
Someone who I believe with the right
exposure, could have an extremely bright future
in show business.
To put it simply, Vanessa Legrand is a
beautiful singer/songwriter with that “wow
factor.” She has a stunning presence that
certainly gets her noticed.
She also has the perfect name for show
business. Growing up in North Carolina, she
always wanted to be a singer, even though
nobody in her family was in show biz. She
was the rare lone singing talent in her family.
Most singers that I’ve interviewed on our
Listening to The Vegas Voice radio show
seemed to grow up around music. Either one
of the parents was musical or a relative was
somehow connected to the performing arts.
More commonly, they sang in
church. That’s not the case here. I believe
this is what makes Vanessa stand out even
Going it alone takes guts and confidence.
You have to really be determined to press on
Shows Come and Go
Las Vegas is a good news-bad news town.
The bad news was that many entertaining
shows closed in 2016. Jersey Boys and Gordie
Brown both enjoyed well deserved multi-year
runs that came to an end this past fall.
Million Dollar Quartet did more than 1,500
performances before Harrah’s bid it farewell in
December. Multi-talented performer Frankie
Moreno closed, opened, and closed again.
Rock of Ages and Raiding The Rock Vault
have come and gone and come and …. who
knows. The iconic Jubilee, the last of the traditional
Vegas extravaganzas, ended a record
breaking run at Bally’s.
Other productions we won’t even name
opened and closed in the blink of an eye. So
where does that leave us? There is lots of good
Clint Holmes – Between The Lines at the
Palazzo is continuing to build the following
that he deserves. For the record, I believe Clint
is one of the very finest performers in this
The Bronx Wanderers at Bally’s has folks
dancing in the aisles as they take us back to
the music we heard on the car radio when we
were dating. Terry Fator at The Mirage continues
to update his act and share the talent
that made him the 2012 winner of America’s
Human Nature at the Venetian evolved
from the jumpin’ jivin’ Motown show into
JukeBox, a musical voyage covering several
decades of music. And Vegas the Show in the
without the family safety net or
What many have told me is
that Vanessa’s show is special. She
manages to keep her crowd engaged
and totally entertained.
Back in the old days of Las Vegas,
we all remember singers, such
as Ann Margaret and Susan Anton.
These were women who not
only could sing, but had an eyecatching
stage presence as well.
With her beautiful statuesque
appearance, Vanessa is definitely
in that category. These days her
performances are grabbing attention in several
Las Vegas venues.
She performs regularly in the Grandview
Lounge at the South Point Hotel. This particular
showroom is newly renovated and has
a cozy old-style Las Vegas lounge feel.
We need more of these kind of rooms in
town. They’re perfect for showcasing new talent.
Vanessa is a classically trained performer.
She went to college on a music scholarship
and studied with the great composer,
Marvin Hamlisch. Very impressive!
She’s able to sing in a variety of styles -
from Pop/Rock to jazz standards. Audiences
love to hear variety and Vanessa loves to give
her audiences what they want.
Vanessa has been a guest on many of the
local TV and radio shows. Without any doubt,
look for Vanessa Legrand’s star to shine
brightly in the months and years to come.
You can also check out her songs on You-
Tube and Facebook.
Rich Natole is a comic/impressionist headlining entertainer & host of The Vegas Voice
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Saxe Theater continues to attract
audiences as it shares the musical
version of Las Vegas’ history.
Menopause The Musical at
Harrah’s includes tunes we know
with lyrics that tickle our funny
bones. One of my new favorites
is The Righteous Brothers at
Like Clint Holmes, it is a show I
can easily return to see again and
totally enjoy each time. It features
the original Righteous Brother
Bill Medley and the wonderfully
talented Bucky Heard sharing
music you know - and I suspect love as I do.
Magicians and comedians flow through the
Las Vegas entertainment turnstile, but one of
my favorites is the very clever Mike Hammer
at the Four Queens. He is superb at combining
magic with comedy. Penn and Teller have
earned the respect of audiences at the Rio and
continue to modify their act.
Then there is The Smith Center. A wonderful
gift to our community that brings us
Broadway caliber entertainment. Check out
their schedule for 2017. And don’t bypass the
Cabaret Jazz Room at the Smith Center - top
notch entertainment at reasonable prices.
This is by no means a complete list, but
touches on many favorites. One reason we
moved here was the promise of wonderful entertainment.
It is here. Go see a show, support
the amazing entertainers who live and work
In addition to The Vegas Voice, Dianne Davis is a reporter for Sun City Anthem TV (SCA-
TV) specializing in entertainment and is a columnist for www.lasvegasroundtheclock.
com. She is the Las Vegas Editor of lasvegassplash.com , She also bowls, hikes, scuba
dives, travels with her husband Burt, and works on her standup comedy routines.
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Let’s Play 18
Did you know that there are over 40 golf
courses in the greater Las Vegas area? Most
of the courses are open to the general public
and range in price from less than $40
to around $70 for locals depending on the
course and the season.
Mesquite which is roughly one hour away
has 7 courses and some are the most beautiful
in the Western United States; Boulder City
30 minutes away has 2 public and 1 semiprivate
course; Pahrump one hour away has
one 18-hole championship and one executive
course and finally, Prim has two 18-hole
Having lived in the area for more than 40
years, I must admit that I have played and
enjoyed most of the courses in and around
Ms Senior Nevada finished 2016 with
more events than ever before. We’ve held 31
Pageants in as many years and continue to
invite women who have reached the “Age of
Elegance” to participate.
judged on poise,
their desire to
seniors. They are
not charged a fee
to enter and they
are not selected on any criteria except their
ability and willingness to promote senior
We are a Nevada certified non-profit and
our efforts were never more evident than this
past Christmas Season. Shows were produced
and presented to groups as varied as service
clubs, assisted living centers and Opportunity
Village, where we participated in their Holiday
celebration and fund raising event.
This month finds us already booked at several
assisted living centers. With a “Family”
of 150 former contestants and past Queens,
we are able to provide entertainment on
whatever time frame best meets the needs of
We invite you
to come and enjoy
a show (or
you’d also like to
share a talent and
bring the kind of
cheer we spread to
our seniors. Many
can no longer come out to shows, but enjoy
us bringing the entertainment to them.
Ms Senior Nevada started 32 years ago as
a venue for senior women to have a place to
continue to give back. We have grown into a
group of active seniors that have become involved
with many causes, like Guardianship,
that affect all of us. Get involved - you can
make a difference at any age.
Please call us: 702/809-5881 or check out
our web site: www.msseniornevada.com.
Golf Fore Ever
Since this is my first article for The Vegas
Voice, I want to take this opportunity to
promote two of the golf organizations that I
belong to. Both organizations are non-profit,
have been around for more than 40 years
and travel to various courses throughout the
Valley each month.
The Nevada State Senior Golf Club (NS-
SGC.org) is dedicated to seniors over 50. I’ve
been a member for 13 years and currently a
The other organization I belong to is the
Winterwood Men’s Golf Association (wwmga.org).
I’ve been a member for over 25
If interested in either or both of these organizations,
please go to the website for additional
Although I don’t like to flaunt it, I am an
incredibly holy person who attends church...
As I may have mentioned, I attended Catholic
schools filled with nuns - the real kind,
where you can’t see anything but their faces
and hands - and those sisters taught me to go
to church (and, of course, no talking. I got
good grades, but the comment section on my
report card invariably found ten ways to say,
“This child talks more than is scientifically
Last month, however, instead of going to
Mass as I always...uh...semi-regularly do, I
went to church with a Presbyterian friend.
This was my first time at a Presbyterian service,
but I figured, how different could it be,
except they probably don’t have nuns hanging
around ready to pounce on anyone who
whispers one teensy word!
First, everyone was supposed to say “hi” to
everyone around them, and I thought that
was really nice. Folks in the rows in front of
me turned around, folks behind me reached
forward, and folks beside me slid closer. A tad
claustrophobic, but I appreciated the sentiment.
My first surprise was that the choir marched
in and sat up behind the altar (it’s still an “altar”
in Presbyterianism, isn’t it?) and faced
us, which I found a little disconcerting. In
the Catholic church, the choir loft is normally
above the front door, and in high school choir,
it was very convenient to have the congregants’
backs to us, on the rare occasion that,
say, you yawn so big the choir nun gives you a
dirty look, or you pull your arms inside your
choir robe to remove your uniform sweater
because you’re so hot you could croak...not
that I ever did that.
My second surprise was the minister (seriously,
what is it, preacher, minister, reverend,
pastor, WHAT?!) who had a very nice smile,
was blond, blue-eyed, dressed in a long black
robe, but was, um, well, a woman! This is
something I’ve never seen on the altar at
Mass, my friend.
As you probably know, we don’t do women
priests. Not that I haven’t heard many a
thunderous freakin’ sermon from those nuns,
who are, presumably, women, but still, it was
Then, we stood for the first hymn, which
I didn’t know, but I faked my way through
it and sat down to listen to the first reading,
and whaddaya know: they use the same Bible!
I mean, not that I didn’t know that there’s
pretty much only one Bible, but still, that was
The sermon - even with that whole delivered-by-a-woman
thing - was great and actually
It was all about Jiminy Cricket, and wishing
on a star, and how God wants everyone to
dream their biggest dreams and make them
happen - which is when I started considering
putting some of my columns into a book
just like Erma Bombeck did, so I could make
And, suddenly, I remembered my daughter’s
call to me the previous week, when she’d
gone to church with Gracie (5), who is brilliant
and beautiful, but because she has Down
Syndrome, must still be watched carefully for
signs of impending potty emergencies - one of
which came mid-sermon!
The moment everyone stood up, she and
Gracie scurried down the side aisle unnoticed
and proceeded to the restroom, where they
took care of business and hurried back to
church. Louise thought it would be all right
to go up the center aisle since everyone was
Father Louis was speaking, and Louise’s
family knows him very well, have had him
to dinner, etc. As they were approaching
their pew, Gracie looked up and called, “Hey,
He had the presence and grace to smile and
give a small wave as Louise, mortified, took
Gracie’s hand and started scooting into their
pew. At that point, Father Louis said “You may
be seated.” And Gracie yelled, “Amen!”
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Do you tear off the tags on furniture and
pillows? How about the magazine inserts that
make it impossible to keep the page turned to
what you are reading?
Do you ever go in the “out” door at a supermarket?
Do you take your empty cart to the
rack in the parking lot, or do you carefully
balance it against the cement strip? Maybe
you put the front wheels in the planter?
What if the dry cleaner notices your bedspread
is “tagless”? Will they report you? I
have actually kept the tags on pillows and
carefully placed them on the furniture tucked
under so nobody can see.
As a child, I believed in the tag police. Why
not? I also thought there was a tooth fairy so
it wasn’t a big leap. If the tag was still on the
pillow, the tooth fairy would know I deserved
Going in the wrong door makes me look
dumb so I may bend down and grab one of
those magazines they leave for you and pretend
I did it on purpose. I remember the old
George Carlin routine when the cat accidentally
slammed into a glass door, shook himself
off and meowed “I meant to do that!”
Who raises their feet off the car floor
when going over railroad tracks? Can’t take
a chance on that bad luck. After all, I don’t
want to be responsible for everyone in the car
if I don’t.
Then there’s the food shopping guilt that
starts at childhood and replays in your head
60’s to 60
The Guilt Stays with You!
with every trip to the market. “You must eat
a balanced diet” and “Don’t buy junk food.
“Eat nutritious food that puts fuel in the furnace.”
And all of a sudden, Hostess offers orange or
chocolate cupcakes with icing swirls for $1.00
per package. What’s a girl to do?
Memories of spending my 25 cents a day after
school on cupcakes and Devil Dogs come
flooding back. The food is junk in its purest
form. Guilt and sugar spikes are forgotten.
My husband has his little quirky things too.
He keeps every shipping carton for everything
he ever bought - or at least he tries. What if we
have to return it?
Empty boxes are like wire hangers. All I
want to do is throw them away. Now I understand
how Joan Crawford felt.
Every few months, I weave my way through
the garage, break them down and create a
box sculpture for the recycler. I have to do it
when he isn’t looking.
Inevitably, the one box we will need will
be gone and I’ll have to take the fall. Nobody
All those little rules that we learned as children
are permanently planted in my head.
The tags, follow directions, and the ultimate
dinner rule for the peas on the plate, “Your
thumb is not a pusher.”
We live with the bells going off in our
heads wandering through our daily routines.
There’s no getting away from it!
The “I Left my Heart in
San Francisco” Man
Tony Bennett, born Anthony
Dominick Benedetto, of Italian
immigrants in 1926, was
a singing waiter at age 16. In
1949, Pearl Bailey recognized
his talent and asked him to
open for her in Greenwich Village.
Bob Hope was at the show,
liked Tony and took him on
the road. It is said that he asked
Tony to simplify his name to
His successes began in the
50’s with a recording of his first
big hit, Because of You, followed
by many others. Mitch Miller
signed him up with Columbia
records but then his popularity
faded as Rock & Roll became popular.
In 1962 Bennett recorded his signature
song, I Left My Heart in San Francisco by
George Cory and Douglas Cross. It was given
to him by his musical director Ralph Sharon.
It reached #19 on the Billboard Hot 100
and was on various other charts. The song
won him a Grammy Award for Record of the
The 70’s brought a decade of struggle. He
tried rock songs. Becoming dismayed having
to do such material, he became physically
ill. He likened these songs to his seamstress
mother being forced to produce a cheap
Bennett soon found he had no recording
contract, no manager, and was not performing
any concerts outside of Vegas. He developed
a drug addiction, had a near-fatal cocaine
overdose, was living beyond his means,
and had the IRS trying to seize his Los Angeles
He had hit bottom and called his sons
from his first marriage, Danny and Dae, for
help. “Look, I’m lost here,” he told them. “It
seems like people don’t want to hear the music
Danny got his father’s expenses under
control, moved him back to New York, began
booking him in colleges and small theaters
to get him away from a “Vegas’ image, rehired
Ralph Sharon, and re-signed with
Columbia Records. Dae was his recording
Danny’s theory was that a younger, hip
audience, although completely unfamiliar
with Tony Bennett, would respond to his music.
So Tony kept his tuxedo appearance, his
singing style, his musical accompaniment
and his song choices. It worked.
The New York Times said that Tony Bennett
not only bridged the generation gap, he
Bennett frequently donates his time to
charitable causes. He is sometimes nicknamed
His career as a painter, under his real
name of Benedetto flourishes. He sketches
or paints every day, even painting views from
hotel windows when he is on tour.
Now in his 80’s, he is a multimillionaire,
and is on his third marriage, He has no intentions
of retiring, and says that if you are
creative, you get busier as you get older.
Tony has sold over 50 million records, 70
albums, and has won countless awards.
He has said to keep three things in mind
while singing: Breathe before each phrase,
sing as you speak, as if telling a story, and
when singing the word love, make sure you
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It’s Sperdvac Time!
The Mystique of Southwestern Art
First of all, I’d like to wish you all a very
Happy New Year. Hard to believe it’s now 2017!
My wish for you is to be happy, healthy, safe,
and prosperous. May you do and enjoy wonderful
things and enjoy every day, since none
of us are promised tomorrow.
So, to all of my loyal readers, (and I thank
you for that), you may recall that a couple
of years ago, I wrote about Sperdvac. What is
Sperdvac you might ask?
Well it’s a wonderful organization that I
have been lucky to have been involved in for
the past nine years. It stands for the Society to
Preserve and Encourage Radio, Drama, Variety
Their sister company is a group called
“Reps” and it stands for “Radio Enthusiasts of
Puget Sound.” Each year there is a group of us
who go to L.A. as well as Seattle and re-create
old time Radio shows.
This year for the first time ever, we will be
performing at the Orleans in Las Vegas. We
will be doing several shows all day long on
Alice Vo Edwards
Sometimes you feel like your voice isn’t being
heard. Like no one cares about your opinions.
That may be true in some places, but
there’s still one place you still have power.
Power to make people laugh. Power to sway
other people’s decisions. Power to motivate.
Power to inform. Me? Yes, you.
Where? On Facebook. You may be skeptical
but I’ve managed social media for companies
with millions of users and I can tell you
there is nothing so powerful on Facebook as
Far more powerful than a “like”, a share
appears to tell the mysterious algorithms
which power Facebook that whatever you’ve
just shared is meaningful at a whole new level
than something you merely liked. I have seen
a single share take a post from 18 views to over
Just like Peter Parker was told by his grandfather,
Ben, “with great power comes great
responsibility.” You have the power, every day,
with every Facebook like and share to increase
either the positive or negative messaging that
With my friend Tony Dow at the last Sperdvac show
January 20th and 21st.
It will be lots of fun and you will have the
opportunity to meet in person some of your
favorites, such as Tony Dow, (Wally from
Leave It to Beaver), Paul Petersen ( Jeff from
The Donna Reed Show), Richard Herd ( Jerry
The Power of the “Share”
the rest of the world around you sees.
In addition to influencing others, your like
and share choices affect your own mindset.
Based on what you choose to like and share,
Facebook shows you more news tailored to
what it interprets as your preferences.
Whether you do this intentionally or not,
you are creating your own filtered version of
the world around you, one that reflects the
types of things you spend your time and energy
What you see on Facebook, be it positive
or negative, has an effect on your mood and
Seinfeld Show) and many
We’d love for you to
come out for either or
both days and watch us
perform some of your favorite
old time radio programs.
If you’d like more information
price, time, etc. please
call Larry Gassman. Larry
is the President of the organization
be more than happy to
answer any of your questions.
Larry will be performing the classic “Who’s
On First “ Abbott and Costello routine along
with his twin brother John. They did it in Seattle
two years ago and brought the house down.
They also will be doing a much requested Jack
We would all love to see you there!
As I look back and reflect on this past year,
I know speaking for myself and of course, for
many of you, there were times that were difficult
or sad - but also many wonderful things
The most important thing for all of us is to
just be grateful for all of our many blessings
and to try not to dwell on the things that made
us sad. And remember, we must have a lot of
rain before we can have a rainbow.
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mindset. If you’re seeing things you don’t like,
stop responding to them, start filtering them
out, and start focusing on things you do like
With a little time, what you see on Facebook
will change also. Now, rather than being a
passive consumer or reactor to what you see
on Facebook, YOU will be controlling what
your mind sees, and what stimuli your mind
has to react (positively or negatively) to.
Will they be more rants about political
disappointments, spaghetti bowl traffic, or
frustrations over Medicare? Or will they be
invitations to share a laugh or do something
There’s one thing I hope you will share for
a cause I care deeply about. I am providing a
link for a survey to assess the happiness and
wellbeing of Clark County citizens.
This survey will allow you to see how you
rank across 13 different domains of Happiness
compared to others nationwide. To learn
more about the survey, please go to www.
I am hoping you will choose to take this
survey, share the link, and help thousands of
people in the Las Vegas Valley to take the survey
by January 30th.
Until next time, remember that your power
to Share, has the power to Lift Up Las Vegas.
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If you would like to
start the New Year
ome see the Mystical Pueblo collection
by my dad, Victor Czerkas, the only
known private student of the noted Russian
impressionist, Nicolai Fechin. You might stop by
the Mustard Seed, a Tulsa Oklahoma antique and
fine furniture retailer in London Square at 5800
S. Lewis Ave. currently showing Czerkas paintings
and limited editions...
Or you could call Ray and I for a
private showing right here in Vegas, or
a special online tour! What could be
Tulsa or Vegas? It’s your choice!
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 where he became
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 over a hundred awards for his paintings, and
his artwork can be found in the collections of the
Senator Robert Kennedy family, and many motion
picture celebrities including Rock Hudson.
Pueblo Gathering Watercolor / 22” x 28”
For more information contact The Mustard Seed at 918-742-9600, or call Ray at 702/463-0966.
At The Ovens
Oil on canvas
20” x 24”
The paintings shown here are
only a small sample of the original
oils and watercolors in the
Limited edition giclees on canvas
are also available, and each comes
with a signed/numbered Certificate
Gathering at the Wall
Oil on canvas, 20” x 24”
Before we get to the Year of the Rooster, let’s
take a look at the start of our New Year. 2017
opens with a Mercury Retrograde!
It began on December 19 th last year and
ends on January 8 th of this year. A year beginning
with a Mercury Retrograde forecasts delays
throughout the year. Patience is the virtue
to practice in 2017.
Happy New Year! It’s time for the Monkey to
start packing up and to take his bag of tricks
away for the next 12 years. A brand new year
begins on January 28 th with the Rooster’s crow.
2017 in Chinese Astrology is The Year of the
The last Rooster year was 2005 but the element
was different. This time the Rooster is the
element of Fire. Once every 60 years does the
same Animal and Element occur. 1957 was
the last Fire Rooster year.
What happened that year? Those themes
and issues are likely to return.
The element of Fire is hot, quick and fast.
A fire rooster is a leader. He is optimistic and
He has no fear of being creative and innovative.
He is a doer who gets things done. Give a
fire rooster a job and he will bring it to successful
The characteristics of the Rooster are akin
to our western astrology sign of Virgo. Roosters
are hardworking (they rise early for sure),
honest, detailed oriented, organized, talented
and even charming.
The Rooster is also self-confident and seeks
attention. He likes to hear what a good job he
did. He does not shy away from the spotlight,
The Year of the Rooster
rather he enjoys his audience. Roosters are sociable.
The lucky direction for the Rooster is South
and Southeast, so perhaps in planning a vacation,
choose the east coast. What’s in the east/
southeast of your home?
Place something lucky there even if it’s
just a photo. Let the good energy permeate
throughout your home.
It is believed that a year with the animal
sign corresponding to that of your birth year
will not be lucky. So anyone born in The Year
of the Rooster may have to rely on the good
old fashioned way of hard work as opposed to
sheer luck. The Rooster years are: 1921, 1933,
1945, 1957, 1969, 1981, 1993, 2005 and 2017
(after Jan 28 th ).
Our new President-elect, Donald Trump,
takes office before the start of the Rooster year.
The President born in the Year of the Rooster
(and a Fire one no less), is Grover Cleveland.
He is the only President to serve 2 non-consecutive
He was our 22 nd and our 24 th President. He
was the first President to be married in the
White House. His wife was only 21 years old, a
27-year age difference.
Like a good Rooster, President Cleveland
was hardworking and had such an amazing
memory that he passed the bar without formal
schooling and gave his speeches, including his
inaugural address, from memory. Indeed, the
Rooster is smart and talented.
Participate in the celebration of The Year of
the Rooster, by checking out the display at Bellagio’s
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certified in both Traditional and Magi Astrology. You can contact Tiffany
freak out, but
your star sign
thanks to NASA”
or “Your whole
existence is a lie
us that there are actually 13 constellations
in the Zodiac, not 12”, are just a few
of the slew of recent articles.
This kind of earth-shattering change did
not go over well with social media. It caused
quite a “horror-scope” for followers worldwide.
Originally published on “The Space
Place,” (NASA’s kid-friendly, educational
website), according to NASA’s discovery, the
constellations are no longer in the same
spots they once were. Their calculations show
the correct “new” astrological charts are as
Capricorn: January 20 – February 16
Aquarius: February 16 – March 11
Pisces: March 11 – April 18
Aries: April 18 – May 13
Taurus: May 13 – June 21,
Gemini: June 21 – July 20
Cancer: July 20 – August 10,
Leo: August 10 – September 16
Virgo: September 16 – October 14,
Libra: October 14 – November 23
Scorpio: November 23 – November 29
Ophiuchus: November 29 – December
Sagittarius: December 17 – January 20
However, if you are one of those people
with a tattoo of your zodiac sign, don’t rush
out to remove it just yet. According to astrologists,
“the “new” constellation, which has
been around forever, but evaded common
knowledge is called Ophiuchus.
Actually, the Babylonians discovered it
ages ago, but they had already settled on a
12-month calendar by the time they found
New Year, New Zodiac Sign?
a 13th constellation, so they just left it out.
Articles about astrology and constellations
explain that zodiac signs were made
up 3,000 years ago by the Babylonians, who
paired them with the constellations they saw.
But, in the thousands of years since then, the
position of the constellations has changed
due to the Earth wobbling on its axis.
Astrologers have always known this and
know how to account for the changes. Therefore,
NASA’s information doesn’t necessarily
Every 72 years, the positioning of the stars
and constellations shift by 1 degree (from a
geocentric perspective) due to the wobble of
Earth’s axis. This is known as “precession.”
Astrologers have always been well aware
of this, but for some reason NASA, astronomers
and the scientific community, seem to
believe otherwise. Up until three centuries
ago, the astrologers were also the astronomers
and they observed the sky obsessively. Of
course they knew about the precession, and
as a matter of fact, it was discovered in 127
BC by Hipparchus.
After realizing what a tizzy it created, NASA
clarified its findings by stating, “NASA is not
actually responsible for any changes in your
horoscope, nor are they endorsing astrology
as a science. Astronomy is the scientific study
of everything in outer space. Astrology is
something else. It’s not science.”
According to astrologers, there is definitely
no need to panic since, the Tropical Zodiac is
not meant to be aligned with the constellations,
therefore the astrologers never had it
What a relief!
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It is always fun to see what the beauty gurus
with their wonderful talent and imagination
comes up with each new season!
2017 seems to be shaping up with shades of
the 60s - featuring pale pastel lip colors combined
with either bare face and eyes, or the extreme
of black eyeliner, or dark lips.
I remember back in the “Beatnik” era where
the entire eyelid could be done in black liquid
liner. The look was dramatic and bold!
The same time period also showcased the
innocent bare face with beachy hair, light
mascara and pale pink lips that bordered on
white. Much like back then, 2017 seems to be
hinting again at extremes of both!
So of course as usual, things we could get
away with at 16 are probably not what we can
get away with now. Then again 16 years olds
are getting away with things they shouldn’t be,
so we should at least give it a try!
I recently read an article from a beauty
blogger who was adamant that older women
should not wear eye shadow at all. Yikes! I
can’t even imagine not using it!
While I respect the choices other women
Dramatic Eyes & Pale Lips
may make, I do not agree that we should wear
our clothes, or make-up, based strictly on our
age. Following current trends can be refreshing,
and of course we can modify them, but
do not let age stop you from trying something!
With this coming year’s 1960s inspired look,
here are some ideas to be modern, and take a
trip down memory lane at the same
At 50 plus, white lips may be difficult
to pull off, but light pinks when
lined with a matching liner in the
same color is easier to get away with
for a light, fun pastel look going into
For the eyes, while heavy liquid
black liner can unintentionally create
a harsher look, a very fine black
liner with a small wing at the end of
the outer eye will create that Bond
Girl look that is both sexy and trendy.
It can also make your lashes appear
longer at the wings!
If you are not comfortable using
liquid liner, you can use a felt tipped
liner, like the one I sell on my site. It can be
easier to control because it’s not too watery
and easier if your hands are not as steady.
As a side bonus, this type of liner can be
good for covering those stray gray eyebrows!
I’m always on the lookout for products that
can be used for multiple purposes-saves money
When using the liner on the bottom of your
eye, be careful to not create a heavy-circled
raccoon look with a thick defined line underneath.
It can make your eyes look smaller
rather than larger! Start at about the center
and move to the outside of the eye for the bolder
line. Then move from the inner corner to
the middle, making it lighter, and then blend
or smudge the entire line so it is not heavily
Dark, dramatic eyes and pale lips. Just like
the 60s… but now much wiser too!
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By: Dan Roberts - Publisher
“What makes you think I still want to do
this?” It was one of the few times I was in full
battle-mode with the political editor of The
Regular readers are well aware that the
political editor is also my “partner in life &
love.” You can, therefore understand why my
Rana had no concerns about being fired…
and responding in full force to my question.
Our “discussion” was very simple: Does
The Vegas Voice continue its “obsession” for
To be candid, I have become increasingly
disgusted by our various government and
public officials over this cesspool. As Rana
and I waded into this mess, we’ve seen firsthand
what horrific things have been done to
Families financially and emotionally destroyed
by the guardianship system - all under
the fiction of “assistance.” The greed and
lack of any conscience by this evil empire of
lawyers, judges, doctors, bureaucrats, and
private guardianship industry goes far beyond
anything that can be expressed in this
Even worse, when The Vegas Voice exposed
this utterly corrupt system, rather than be
embarrassed or shamed by their actions, this
gulag merely went underground and stayed
quiet. They have now worked behind the
scenes to make sure that nothing changes. At
best, only window-dressing to fool the public.
They have found the perfect scapegoat
for those “alleged” abuses – former private
guardian April Parks. Since she is no longer
a problem, there are no longer any guardianship
problems, they maintain.
Help Us Help You (and Your Loved Ones)
Will you sign our guardianship petition?
Rana testifying before the Nevada Senate
So with a few “minor” suggestions, the cabal
now claims it’s “Time to move on. The
witch is dead” the co-conspirators proclaim.
What troubles me is that such “logic” and
position can be so readily accepted by the
Let me be very clear: If this collection
of liars, whores and thieves are not stopped
now and forever, there will be another corrupt
guardian, another Jared Shafer, another
Patience Bristol, another April Parks. The opportunity,
and more importantly, the money
is just too great.
My disagreement with Rana is her Don(na)
Quixote belief that if we keep fighting and
with the senior community’s clear and loud
support, lasting reforms can be implemented.
I have my concerns that this time, the guardianship
industry is now ready, well-funded,
and unconditionally prepared to do battle.
The last thing these guys want is an independent,
non-biased senior volunteer organization
looking over and reviewing their
activities. Instead they offer these “solutions”:
1.The creation of the “Office of the Specialist
for the Rights of Elderly Persons” within
the Nevada Aging & Disability Services; or,
2. New confidentiality regulations to “protect”
the privacy rights of the wards (and a
prohibition by the media to obtain such accounting
3. Increased funding to state agencies (including
the courts) so they can continue “the
fight for reform.”
Our Vegas Voice question to seniors: Do
YOU believe that the government (be it
our Attorney General, District Attorney, state
agencies - beginning with Aging & Disability
Services, the Nevada Bar Association, Nevada
Medical Society or the Judicial system) will
come to your rescue if YOU become a
If you answer “yes” there’s no need to read
this any further.
But if you believe that there was and continues
to be a “rigged system” and these entities
care only about “protecting their own”
or increasing their annual budget, this is our
Once again, we are asking the public to
sign and return the attached petition on the
next page. The Vegas Voice guardianship
reforms are so simple - yet so revolutionary,
that if we can make this mandatory, we can
guarantee that it will finally erase “guardianship”
as an issue.
OUR VEGAS VOICE REFORM SOLUTION:
1. A mandatory independent, certified
volunteer senior court appointed (CASA) advocate
to protect the interests of the “ward.”
2. The CASA have “interested person”
(NRS.157.078) status so they can appear in
3. That all guardians submit quarterly accounting
statements (NRS 159.177) reviewed
by independent, certified volunteer auditors.
4. That all training & certification for private
for-profit guardians (NRS 159.0595) be
provided by a Nevada entity.
WHAT WE NEED FROM YOU - As in the
past, our suggestion is quick, easy and proven
to be very effective. We know it will have an
incredible impact on the Nevada Legislature.
The best part - it will only take you (less
than) one minute. Just fill out the attached
petition and mail/fax/email it to The Vegas
It will cost you no more than a stamp (or
a local fax call) and for those individuals
who are “on line” anyway (our website: www.
thevegasvoice.net) absolutely nothing.
The Vegas Voice will do the rest. Notwithstanding
my hesitancy, Rana has “gently
advised” yours truly that we will indeed be
traveling to Carson City and hand deliver the
petitions - as well as testify before the Nevada
Additionally, as outlined on page 21, Rana
and the entire Vegas Voice/guardianship reform
team will be making the rounds across
the valley to alert seniors to this problem. The
seminars are ALWAYS FREE and the bigger
the crowd, the better our chances.
Is my Rana correct or do we let the bad
guys win? The choice is yours.
I think 2017 may see that proverbial
“light at the end of the
guardianship tunnel” turn into a
You might recall Elizabeth Indig,
whose mother was a victim of
private guardian April Parks. Mrs.
Indig’s home was sold for pennies
on the dollar along with every
item she owned - all without court
permission. Indig lost everything.
Elizabeth has fought valiantly.
This courageous woman spent
countless hours learning how,
why, and what to do in “playing
lawyer” since she could not afford
She was constantly challenged
by Park’s lawyers, losing each
time, but nothing stopped her. She
attended every Nevada Guardianship
Commission meeting hoping
for someone to help her mother.
Eventually, attorney Adam
Woodrum, was asked by Barbara
Buckley, Executive Director of
the Legal Aid Center of Southern
Nevada to help. Adam and his
partner/wife Homa began reviewing
April Parks’ accounting statements.
Homa discovered (as The Vegas Voice mentioned
in our guardianship seminars) that Ms.
Parks was billing her wards as much as 100
hours per day. Since there are only 24 hours in
a day, that is a neat trick, if you can get away
with it – which she did for several years.
Finally, last month Elizabeth was again in
court, this time before Judge Nancy Allf. After
the hearing, the Judge ruled that $100,000 was
lost through Parks’ fraudulent conduct.
Additionally, the Judge determined that
$40,000 in the value of the home was lost because
of the guardian’s actions and that Parks
paid herself (and her attorney) over $15,000
without court approval. She also ruled held
that Parks must return all the money she
billed Mrs. Indig, plus interest and attorney’s
The following day, Rudy and Renee North
were in court with daughter Julie Belshie.
Those who attended our seminars should remember
They were the couple legally kidnapped by
April Parks when she knocked on their front
door. Upon Parks meeting the Norths for the
On My Soap Box
Light at the End of the Tunnel
Elizabeth Indig with her mom
The North/Belshe family
first time, she gave them three choices: (a)
Come with her, (b) Go to jail, (c) Go to a mental
ward. It took Julie two years to get her parents
released from Parks’ guardianship
The “physician certificate” claiming that
Rudy needed a guardian was signed by a pain
management doctor and a physician’s assistant
(PA). The North family instituted a civil
action against these horrible individuals.
Rather than back up their “expert opinions”
the pain management doctor and PA moved to
dismiss the claims against them. Over the past
few years, the Belshie and North families have
had so many “doors slammed in their face”
via the rigged guardianship legal system, they
expected more of the same.
Lawyers Gerald Gillock and Jessica Goudey,
however did a fabulous job representing these
former wards before Hearing Commissioner
James Bixler. Commissioner Bixler quickly
ruled that a pain management doctor and a
physician’s assistant playing psychiatrist was
ludicrous. The motion to dismiss was quickly
Another victory for the good guys! And with
your help, there will be more to come.
A League of their Own
My wife’s father was taken hostage in Summerlin
and isolated the last 2 ½ years of his life.
He was never allowed to visit or speak with his
family during that time without a chaperone.
He was not allowed to leave the home by
any family member. He died in the guardian’s
home on July 3, 2015, his foot black with gangrene
due to a neglected infection.
Judge Charles Hoskin and Commissioner
Jon Norheim sanctioned and passionately defended
everything guardians Denise Comastro
and Helen Natko did to him. Norheim approved
paying over $500,000 from dad’s estate to his
court allies during his guardianship years.
Elder protective services, Metro and the DA
declared Natko had abused and financially exploited
him. Her criminal trial is scheduled to
begin on February 13th.
My research and the evidence by victims
confirm over $40 million was lost by nearly
50 families in their unsuccessful attempts to
protect their loved one. Any and all estate documents,
including Trusts, were ignored after
Hoskin took the bench.
By early 2015, Hoskin and Norheim knew
Jasen & Brandi Cassady
A Misuse of Trust
As you may have heard, Robert C. Graham,
a local attorney who also did business
under the name Lawyers West has been accused
of misappropriating over $13 million
dollars from funds held in his client trust
account. We have been court-appointed to
receive his files.
It is important to understand that, while
these allegations are especially egregious and
have shattered public trust in lawyers, the
public needs to know what kind of trust is at
Attorneys, in nearly every state, are holders
of what is called an IOLTA, or “interest
on lawyers trust account” fund where the attorney
safeguards funds while a legal procedure
is pending. The allegations against Mr.
Graham stem from mishandling of monies
held in his lawyer’s trust account, which is
completely unrelated to the living trust tool,
commonly used for probate avoidance.
The allegations made by the State Bar are
about the mishandling of monies held by Mr.
Rick, Wife Terri and dad
that families had come forward and started
efforts to discredit both of them. Instead of
recognizing the need to adhere to the law, they
doubled down, and went on to attack the families
- including my wife and me.
In our last hearing before Norheim in March
2015, he verbally attacked my wife, accusing
her of planning to abuse her father with “draconian
and inhumane” tactics. He declared he
would have never allowed her to care for her
Attorney Robert Graham
Graham in his client trust money account,
not about the living trusts that Mr. Graham
established for many clients throughout the
years. His suspension does not de facto void
He accused Aegis Memory Care (who my
wife had selected to help transition her father
back to health) of multiple illegal acts - including
that it would have held him in isolation
in a locked and padded cell.
Norheim and Hoskin actions are well
known, yet they continue to be protected by
judicial and elected officials. Nobody has
been criminally indicted, even though millions
went missing while under the complete
control of their court allies. Hoskin remains
the Presiding Judge of Clark County Family
Court and Norheim continues to serve as one
of Hoskin’s Commissioners.
Additionally, last month, we heard of elder
law attorney Robert Graham “losing” over $13
million of funds that he had been holding in
escrow for his clients. He has yet to be criminally
Mr. Graham represented over 476 families
in probate and family court since he set up his
first practice. His first firm was founded in 1995
with fellow attorneys Linda Graham (wife),
Charles Hoskin, and John Brannelly.
Hoskin was appointed as a District Judge
the documents he drafted.
I am also receiving inquiries about whether
this is related to the guardianship issues. It
is not. Guardianship and probate are apples
Guardianship is almost always about who
gets to take care of a vulnerable ward. Probate
is always, always, always, about who gets
the decedent’s money.
At its worst, probate is posthumous infighting
over money. At best, it is a structured process
to ensure that the entitled parties receive
their share of the estate.
The allegations against Mr. Graham sweep
across both areas of the law, but they are
mostly unrelated to the actual case type, and
instead are directly related to mishandling of
his lawyer’s trust account.
Attorneys are a self-governing profession,
and we always have been. The vast majority
of us are decent people who would never
touch money we hold in our lawyer’s trust account.
Collectively, we hold billions.
in 2009 and won his first election in 2010. He
has been the Presiding Judge of the 8 th District
Family Court overseeing all adult guardianships
for several years.
Hoskin continues to protect his allies in
Family Court. Last summer, on the anniversary
of dad’s death, I sent an email to Norheim reminding
him and Hoskin of the damages they
did to hundreds of families.
Within 5 hours of hitting the send button, I
received a call from the Las Vegas Metropolitan
Police Department, counter terrorism detail,
advising they were launching an investigation
of me for threatening to terminate Norheim.
Judges and lawyers get immediate service
and immunities while family’s protections are
ignored. If you demand due process, you can
be emotionally and financially overwhelmed.
You soon learn who controls the playing field
in Family Court.
If you or I were caught stealing more than
$13 million, or held a person hostage, us commoners
would most certainly be in jail. Hoskin,
Norheim and their court allies however, continue
to operate in a league of their own.
However, I think the time has come for additional
safety nets to be added. You cannot
legislate a moral compass, and stealing client
money held in a lawyer’s trust account
is already illegal, but I think bonding for attorneys
who hold trust accounts would be an
The legal community will be brainstorming
to create a viable solution that will protect
the public and keep the process affordable
and realistic for solo attorneys and small
firms, and thus, the clients.
We will be working overtime to restore public
trust, and remember that one bad apple
does not mean a rotten orchard. Don’t panic
about your own living trust.
Remember, this case is not about probate,
guardianship, or a living trust - it is about alleged
abuse of a lawyer’s trust account, which
swept across several areas of the law.
Most living trust attorneys have free consultations.
If you are worried, call one of us
for a free consultation to ease concerns.
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My First Encounter
Seeking Assistance for a Ward
In 1999, I received a visit from Thomas
Gaule, the son of Anna Marie Gaule, a wealthy
downtown property owner whom I had known
during my tenure at Las Vegas City Hall. Accompanying
Thomas was Ted Gunderson, a
former FBI agent.
Thomas asked if I would go with them to a
private rest home to see his mom. He explained
that his mother had been brutally beaten the
On the way, Thomas said his mom had been
made a ward of the court, that her bank accounts
were being drained and properties
transferred to the-then elected Clark County
Public Guardian Jared E. Shafer. Her mom and
Thomas had been making inquiries about her
finances before she sustained her injuries.
He wanted witnesses to testify in court the
following week about her abuse. I grabbed my
camera and we proceeded to the home.
We were greeted by a man who told us “No
visit! No visit!” when Thomas asked to see his
mom. Gunderson already had his foot in the
door and immediately wedged our way past
Victim Anna Marie Gaule
Thomas led us to Anna Marie’s bedroom
where we found her sitting in bed with two
black eyes and a broken nose. Though stricken
with Alzheimer’s and suffering from her injuries,
she warmly greeted her son and his guests.
I began shooting photos while the caretaker
yelled for us to leave. Thomas lifted his
mother’s robe and showed us bruises on
her legs. I asked if she had received medical
Thomas said she hadn’t. I asked how
she sustained the injuries and Thomas
said he was informed she “fell out of
The following week, Thomas acting as
his own attorney, appeared before Clark
County Family Court Judge William Voy
to ask that Shafer be removed as guardian
and let Thomas care for his mom in
one of her homes. He planned to show his
Guardian Certificate obtained from Shafer’s
office certifying Thomas graduated
from a $1,500 course taught by Shafer.
At the hearing were Shafer and his attorney
Gardner Jolly. While Gunderson and I
patiently waited to be called, Thomas pled his
After three hours, Thomas emerged to inform
us that Judge Voy denied his request to allow
Gunderson and I to testify and show photos.
Additionally, Thomas was to be restricted
to only thirty minutes with his mom per visit.
He was also told that could not bring guests
nor take photos of her. Thomas then said Anna
Marie was going to be transferred to Pahrump
- over fifty miles away.
Shafer and Jolly emerged from the court
room. When they saw the three of us, they
broke into laughter and walked away.
Anna Marie was moved the next day and
because Thomas doesn’t drive, he was rarely
able to visit his mom in the final year of her
life. She died alone, drugged and isolated from
Thomas, her only living relative.
Her fortune was never accounted for, a requirement
of Nevada law. According to Thomas,
Anna Marie’s assets included several commercial
properties, two houses, bank accounts,
insurance policies, and annuities.
From the day of that hearing, I’ve vowed
to expose the heinous guardianship fraud in
Las Vegas and will continue doing so until the
enabling judges, ruthless guardians, and their
attorneys are finally brought to justice.
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You may have a friend who has had
a guardianship ordered over him or
her. This person may have complained
about the fact that he or she did not
have the opportunity to ask why the
guardianship was ordered.
In my own practice, I have come
across circumstances where people
over whom a guardianship was awarded
never actually received the opportunity
to object to the guardianship.
This can result from a doctor’s erroneous
opinion that the person could not
speak his or her own opinion in court.
This may result from the doctor’s belief
that the person would not have the
physical ability to attend court, would
be unable to voice his or her opinion,
or for some other reason. However, the
guardianship court is concerned with
ensuring that any person over whom
a guardianship has been ordered have
the ability to speak to the court.
Really, only those who should be excused
from attending court hearings
would be a person who is unable to
safely leave a hospitable bed or is truly
a danger to him or herself or others.
Those who have had a guardianship
ordered over them are known as wards
or protected persons. These folks are
those who have shown to be a danger
to him or herself or to others.
This may include an inability to
manage one’s own financial affairs or
the inability to adequately maintain
his or her own health without the assistance
of others. This often includes
those who have unfortunately been
diagnosed with a disorder that erodes
the memory, such as Alzheimer’s or
Other circumstances may involve
something more physically severe,
such as an illness that confines that
person to a hospital bed. The former
circumstances, Alzheimer’s and dementia,
may not necessarily call for
an immediate confinement to involuntary
commitment in a memory care
A memory care unit is a place where
people are placed and are monitored
on a 24-hour basis. As previously
mentioned, this may not be the first
Often times, the protected person
has the money and the health necessary
to continue living at home. Unfortunately,
even loved ones can jump
the gun and determine that the first
option should be commitment to a
memory care unit.
What can be done? If you know
someone who has not had the opportunity
to address the court in his or her
guardianship, that person can contact
an attorney who can petition the court
to allow the protected person to speak
to the court. This can often result in a
re-evaluation of the case and whether
that person meets the necessary criteria
to return home or a less confining
Unfortunately, even well-meaning
family can jump the gun and move
straight to a restrictive living arrangement
for that person even when that
person might be able to live in his or
her own home with the assistance of
some paid help.
If you believe you know someone
living in restrictive living arrangement
unnecessarily, be sure to have
that person contact a qualified guardianship
Rob Telles is the founder of Accolade Law, a law firm that serves clients in
guardianship, estate planning and probate. His office can be reached at (702) 337-
Stu Cooper - Travel Editor
If Not Now, When?
I have often said: “LIFE IS WHAT HAP-
PENS WHILE YOU MAKE PLANS.” And boy,
do we make a lot of (travel) plans for a
whole lot of people.
After 29 years in the travel business, we
must have helped thousands of people plan
vacations. In 2016 alone with our “Buses to
the Boat” and other group trips we planned
and sent over 500 people on their vacations
with the Vegas Voyagers Travel Club.
I am telling you this because in just
about every trip we plan, the people who
we are assisting often times are telling us
about their daily trials and tribulations.
Whether it’s a doctor’s visit, a work related
issue, or maybe a family situation, they are
still planning a vacation.
So we get a lot of: “If everything is ok, (at
work, at home or health wise – just fill in
the blank) we’re going to (a Cruise, Europe,
Mexico, Hawaii - once again, just fill in the
blank).” I’m sure you get the idea.
Life is going on, but our Vegas Voyagers
are still making plans.
My response to these situations is to always
encourage their interest in travel and
to try and not let life’s daily issues get in the
way of planning that long sought after vacation.
And I don’t tell people this because
it is my business to send people on vacations;
I do so simply because - if not now,
You just never know when life will actually
get in the way of the vacation you have
planned. It has happened to everyone, including
Over ten years ago, I had a health scare
that required me to have outpatient treatment
over a nine-week period on the other
side of the country. I had to put my “life” on
hold while I was being treated.
No vacations for me. Life really did
cramp my style. I vowed then to try and not
let things get in the way of what I like to do.
Keep moving forward and at the end of
the day, everything will get sorted out. I
really have tried to live this way since my
As the New Year begins, I suggest we all
resolve to continue to make all those plans.
Plan those “Bucket List” trips or experiences
you want to have.
Plan those visits to family and friends.
Resolve to have a “sense of wonder” about
all that is around you. Explore.
Whether it’s a new restaurant down the
block or the cruise around the world - GO
and DO. Life truly is what happens while
you make plans. Just don’t stop making the
And, of course keep an eye out for our
next Vegas Voyagers meeting. We hope to
have some big new trips and travel destinations
to offer to all Vegas Voice readers.
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Around Our World
The drive takes you up a winding paved
road with extraordinary views and the occasional
It has plenty of sky overhead and for more
than eighty winters, the 600-acre Taliesin West
complex has been Frank Lloyd Wright’s desert
masterpiece. Pronounced “tal-ee-ess-in,”
Taliesin West was Mr. Wright’s world-famous
winter home and architectural laboratory,
minutes from downtown Scottsdale, Arizona.
Taliesin West drew its name from Wright’s
summer home in Wisconsin and was the architect’s
winter home and school in the desert
from 1937 until his death in 1959 at the age of
91. Today it is the campus of the Frank Lloyd
Wright School of Architecture.
Wright continually improved and added to
the complex of buildings with all construction
done by his students. Taliesin West is an ongoing,
vibrant community. Wright called his
architecture students “the fellowship.”
Frank Lloyd Wright believed this Sonoran
Desert location to be the perfect setting for
building a winter residence and school. He
paid $3.50 an acre for the land on a southern
slope of the McDowell Mountains.
As Wright described: “I learned of a site
twenty-six miles from Phoenix, across the desert
of the vast Paradise Valley. On up to a great
mesa in the mountains. On the mesa just below
McDowell Peak we stopped, turned, and
looked around. The top of the world.”
Arizona’s azure bright sun honed Wright’s
strong connection with nature and the desert
saying, “Arizona needs its own architecture…
Arizona’s long, low, sweeping lines, up tilting
planes. Surface patterned after such abstraction
in line and color as find ‘realism’ in the
patterns of the rattlesnake, the Gila Monster,
the chameleon and the saguaro . . .”
Using natural light in his design, native
stone and sand from his land’s foothills,
Wright and “the Fellowship” lived outdoors in
tents while handcrafting Taliesin West. Their
structure’s walls are made of rocks stacked
within wood forms and then filled with concrete.
He said, “There were simple characteristic
silhouettes to go by, tremendous drifts and
heaps of sunburned desert rocks were nearby
to be used. We got it all together with the landscape…”
Born in 1867, Frank Lloyd Wright grew up
in rural Wisconsin and studied civil engineering
before becoming an architect known for
revolutionary and nonconformist designs.
Wright created a new, vibrant look that he
called “organic architecture” where “form
and function were one.”
In spite of gaining fame and respect abroad,
he was not always esteemed in America and
often ridiculed during his lifetime
On a crisp winter morning, sunlight
streams through the windows of the Wright’s
living room where the desert view beyond is
dazzling. All of the furniture and many of the
decorations were designed by Wright. We are
seated in comfortable simple mid-century
wood chairs cushioned in orange upholstery.
Taliesin West is a living memorial to Frank
Lloyd Wright and tours are open to the public.
Guests are invited into the living spaces, where
rooms and furnishings aren’t held behind
Tours include the living room, Mr. Wright’s
private office, his bedroom and the Cabaret
Theater built in an irregularly hexagonal
shape which has 95% acoustic perfection.
Its outside walls draped in bright pink bougainvillea,
Taliesin West was designated a
National Historic Landmark in 1982. It is the
winter and main campus of the Frank Lloyd
Wright School of Architecture and houses the
Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation. As in Wright’s
time, students and faculty spend summers in
Spring Green, Wisconsin which is known as
Taliesin West is part of historic Scottsdale
and open year round. While here, you are
encouraged to become part of Frank Lloyd
Wright’s community and school of architecture
and explore the buildings and the rooms.
It is truly a unique experience and inspiring
Kathy Manney enjoys visiting interesting places and being an Adventure Diva. Her
“Must See” travel journeys continue - always with enthusiasm.
In Our Backyard
Peggy Sue’s Diner
How about Peggy Sue’s Diner? Located in
Yermo, California, Mike and I finally decided to
stop on our way back from Los Angeles.
Have you ever been there? The food items
all have Hollywood themed names, and the
“homemade” apple pie was the best!
The diner features a 50s style 5 & dime store,
pizza parlor, ice cream parlor and soda fountain.
Peggy Sue’s is an original roadside diner
that was built in 1954 with 9 counter stools and
“We wanted good homemade food and great
50s music. We ran out of room, so we expanded
into a real old fashioned tourist stop, just like
we remembered when we traveled across the
country as kids”, says owner Peggy Sue.
Peggy Sue’s 50’s Diner is located 10 miles
north of Barstow on the I-15 at Ghost Town
Road. For more information, visit www.
Curb Those Cravings!
A Healthier You
A Different Strategy for 2017
James J. White, D.D.S
January is here and the New Year’s resolutions
have arrived! I don’t do the resolutions
part as they just don’t work for me! I do
GOALS, not resolutions!
One of my goals after all the Holidays goodies
(Thanksgiving, my birthday, Christmas
and New Year’s) is to honestly be true to myself.
I will never go back to my “ultra-skinny”
self – but will try to stay within my size now.
Oh yes, it is tough! But I try very hard to
curve those cravings.
Salty cravings: When people seek out
French fries or pretzels, or any type of carbs,
cravings for salty foods can be a sign of dehydration.
(Believe it or not!) I always advise my
Zumba students to drink water before, during
and after any classes. We are in a drier climate
and need the H20 to hydrate our bodies.
A rule of thumb is to take your honest (no
lying) weight, divide it by 2 and that is the
normal amount of water you need each day.
If you exercise, or engage in any type of extra
activity - add more ounces of water needed.
How to curb those cravings? - reach for the
spice rack! Yep, adding spices will help to decrease
the increased calories.
Usually with salt cravings, you need savory
flavor to help combat the wanted salt. Add
rosemary, basil or another bold spice to your
Eat a small handful of nuts to help combat
the need for extra carbs. I have been on a kick
of adding flax seed and walnuts to my salads
for extra flavor. I’ve been eating a salad every
day before my main meal and it helps to
make me feel fuller.
And be aware of those little goodies samples
that the sales people entice you at the major
warehouse stores. Yes, I’ve tried several, but all
those calories DO add up!
Before you know it, you’ve consumed your
caloric limit for the day just within a few runs
around the warehouse aisles! True, I have
purchased several items by having a sample,
but caution – just a “sample”, not several!
I’ve witnessed patrons going back for seconds,
thirds, etc. They must think they are getting
a meal, not just samples!
Keeping a food journal also helps. You’d be
surprised if you started writing down everything
that you eat and drink what you really
All in all, just try to be cautious in what
you eat and drink, bump up the exercises and
those extra pounds that you suddenly accumulated
over the holidays will soon disappear
in no time. Enjoy the new year 2017!
POSITIVE ATTITUDE AND HAPPY
HEALTH TO ALL!
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.
After making each of these respective
meals, decide how much you liked the
taste of each meal. If you liked the recipe,
keep it for future use. If you didn’t like it,
throw the recipe out.
Each week of the first month, one day
within that week, you should try one
new recipe for breakfast, lunch and dinner.
Keep the recipes you like and discard
those you do not. In month two, make two
different Paleo recipes for breakfast each
week as well as two different lunches and
two different dinners.
In month three, bring this up to three
breakfasts, three lunches and three dinners
each week. In month four, make four
breakfasts, four lunches and four dinners
each week. The same pattern should be
With the arrival of a new year, many
individuals will make New Year’s resolutions.
Many of these resolutions will revolve
around better health.
In the case of most people, these resolutions
last about two to three weeks and
then we slide back into our old habits.
Below are some tips to help increase the
probability that you will keep your resolutions.
If your resolution is to lose weight, lower
your blood sugar or just eat healthier,
you need to approach this realistically. We
derive pleasure from eating. This is one of
the reasons people overeat.
If you switch to a diet where that pleasure
is decreased or worse yet, eliminated,
your healthy diet will not last long before
you go back to your previous eating hab-
A denture technique so sophisticated,
followed for months five, six and seven.
its. Diets do not work over the long run. What this strategy does is gives you
Only a change to a healthier approach time to make a natural transition that is
to food that you enjoy will help you meet not difficult or stressful. You are finding
and keep your goals.
recipes that you enjoy eating that are also
Here’s an example. Since you want to healthy for you.
lose weight and become healthier, you What most people find when they follow
a strategy like this is that if they then
now eat according to the Paleo diet perspective.
If you do this method at 100%, “cheat” and splurge on some unhealthy
right off the bat, you will be lucky to last food, it makes them feel terrible and
makes it easier to not eat it in the future.
Instead, find one recipe each for breakfast,
lunch and dinner from the list of Paercise.
Start off slowly and gradually work
The same strategy can be applied to exleo
diet recipes that sound tasty to you. On towards your fitness goals. This will keep
Monday make the breakfast recipe. you from getting too sore or too exhausted
On Tuesday or Wednesday make the and allow your body to gradually become
lunch recipe. On Thursday or Friday, stronger and healthier.
make the dinner recipe.
Best of health in 2017.
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.
Late last year, the Las Vegas Review Journal
ran an article which discussed the use of Botox
(botulinum toxin) by dentists and even dental
Botox is commonly used in a small dose for
cosmetic reasons, but is many times used for
other medical concerns, such as chronic migraines,
reducing bladder activity, etc.
I wish to exercise this author’s freedom of
opinion regarding what is referred to as a “turf
war” between the medical and dental community.
Let me first acknowledge that there have
been dental uses for Botox when attempting to
treat parafunctional activity (tooth grinding)
and TMJ issues. To my knowledge however,
this use is not a common therapy in dental
What is a puzzle to me is the fact that there
is even discussion over the use of Botox by
dentists. As I see it, there is no need for a “turf
If dentists would devote their time and brain
power in becoming better dentists, they would
not have time to even think about the use of
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I have seen so much inferior dental care
over the years that I wonder how those particular
practitioners ever made it through dental
school - much less success in practice. Many
of these same dentists are the ones who lobby
for the use as Botox.
Perhaps they should have been estheticians
instead of dentists? It has been my experience
however, that people who come to a
dental office are looking to receive dental
treatment, and not a reduction in the lines
of their forehead.
The dentistry profession has changed and
advanced so quickly that it is nearly a full
time job just to keep up with the changes.
If one is a devoted dental care provider,
their dedication should be strictly to how to
provide comprehensive dental care for the
long-term health and stability of their patients.
It should be the study of advanced restorations,
advanced cosmetics, implant dentistry,
teeth-in-a-day to replace dentures,
function and position of the TMJ (temporomandibular
joint), how to equilibrate
an occlusion (bite), advances in periodontal
care, full mouth reconstruction, use of medicaments,
Not the use of Botox. Leave the botulinum
toxin to the physicians. There is too much
dentistry to accomplish to fool around with
People who come to my office should assume
that I can provide the latest and greatest
as far as what the dental profession can provide.
This is my job. This is my passion.
I suspect that it is the same for the majority
of dental practitioners - so forget Botox. Be
certain that your dentist is pursuing continuing
education to advance his/her DENTAL
ability on your behalf.
I realize that my opinion will most likely
offend some of my colleagues who feel we
should not be restricted in using Botox. I accept
this, but I have always been dedicated to
post-graduate education and, more importantly,
always attempt to introduce into my
practice what I learned.
It is a herculean task - without complicating
the delivery of dentistry by improving their
face through Botox.
Practicing and delivering dental art to a patient
is far more rewarding than what Botox
can provide for a few months.
Remember, one is not in good health without
good oral health. A very happy and healthy
new year to all.
Well, it’s a
New Year and
on the backburner.
that you can’t
If you can’t
can still plant
and grow something
in the rest of the country often try to grow
herbs in a pot on the windowsill, and while
you can certainly try this system in a south or
southwest-facing window, winter light alone
can be insufficient for optimum growth.
Another choice is using a system of grow
lights. Specialized, full-spectrum, T5 fluorescent
bulbs give your plants the light they need
without throwing off a lot of heat. Position the
lights 3-4 inches away from your herbs and
keep them on for 14-16 hours a day. These
lights can be set up in your kitchen, garage or
in a closet on trays or on shelves.
Some of the herbs that will grow well in an
indoor setting are: basil, chives, dill, marjoram,
oregano, parsley and sage. Obviously
these are all culinary herbs, so if you plant
them, not only will you have something lovely
and green to look at but your cooking will
benefit as well.
While all herbs need well-drained soil and
good air circulation, basil needs full sun and
daytime temperatures around 70 degrees with
nighttime temps around 60, but can tolerate
temperatures as low as 50 degrees. Water
whenever the soil surface begins to dry out
and harvest your basil by pinching off growing
Oregano, marjoram, sage and chives also
need daytime temperatures around 70 degrees
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and nighttime temps around 60 but can tolerate
temperatures as low as 40 degrees. They
all need full sun.
Marjoram, sage and basil can be watered
when they’re a little on the dry side but chives
need a bit more water. Harvest the first three
by cutting them back frequently, while chives
should be harvested by cutting individual
leaves down to one inch from the soil in the
Parsley is a bit different from the others. It
needs full or partial sun and the soil should
be kept uniformly moist (but not wet). It can
grow well in temperatures that range from
60 to 65 degrees with occasional lows in the
forties. You should harvest parsley by cutting
only the outer leaves so that the center can
create new growth.
Dill grows well in daytime temperatures
around 60 degrees and nighttime temps
around 50 but can tolerate temperatures as
low as 40 degrees. It needs full sun and should
be watered whenever the soil surface begins to
dry out. Harvest dill by cutting off the lower
leaves once the plant reaches about 12 inches
Have other gardening questions? You can
call the UNR Cooperative Extension’s Master
Gardener Help Desk at 702-257-5555. We’re
available Monday-Friday from 9:00 a.m. to
3:00 p.m. The service is free.
Pat Warren is a certified Master Gardener with the UNR Cooperative Extension.
She started her training because of the frustration she felt trying to get something,
anything, to grow in Nevada.
If you have a major loss, you may be
asked to provide some proof of ownership
on a claim.
Contrary to anything you’ve
heard, claims adjusters usually
use common sense
and believe you own
all the “normal”
such as beds,
or ransacked, they don’t question the
items that make sense for the size of
home you have.
However, if you have a 1200 square
foot; 2 bedroom/2 bath home and
then include 8 big screen televisions
on your inventory, you can expect to
be asked to provide proof. Common
sense. On high-ticket items or unusual
items, you will often be asked for
receipts or manuals or photos.
If you spent over $3,000 on a TV, it
would not be unusual for an adjuster
to ask for some type of proof. Or if you
claim you owned an original Picasso
valued at over $30,000, then there
would need to be some hard evidence
of that - up to and often including
an appraisal from a competent third
The real question here is just how
to provide proof of ownership. There
are any number of ways to accomplish
this and some are cumbersome
and unwieldy – like keeping receipts
for everything. And some are rather
simple, albeit a bit time consuming –
like a photo or video record of your
Here’s what I recommend you do.
Why You Need a Home
Use a video camera/camcorder and
record every room and closet in your
home; including the garage. It really
doesn’t have to be HD quality video,
rather just a record of the
stuff you own.
Naturally you will
but this is a
way to help
m u c h
own. If I
asked you to
list every item in your closet, odds are
that would be impossible.
Can you list every pair of shoes
owned in your household? At an average
price of $50 a pair, a household
that has 50 pairs of shoes would value
at $2,500 – just for shoes – and I’ll bet
it’s higher than that for most people.
How many sets of sheets or towels do
you own? Can you name every book,
CD or DVD you own - or even tell me
The purpose for a recording is more
to remind you of what you own than
to prove what you own. If you lost everything
to a fire, you could at least
put the recording on pause and count
the number of “little” items owned -
the adjuster won’t care what the value
of each shirt, slacks or pair of shoes
is, but will pay based on number of
Finally, be sure to keep the recording
in a safe place away from your home
so if you do have a total loss, the proof
of your belongings is safe and sound.
Also it would be a good idea to update
the recording every few years or after
a major purchase.
Jim Valkenburg is a retired military officer and insurance executive. He and his wife
owned and operated their own insurance agency for over 16 years. His primary
purpose is to give out real information that can be used to make intelligent insurance
I will begin the New Year with some transitional
stuff to help us get a better understanding
of the challenges involved.
The road home from war is always longer,
steeper, and often more challenging than the
road to war for most military men and women.
After the reuniting there can be a difficult
period of readjustment for them…and their
Many vets continue to struggle with stressrelated
health issues, and everyone has been
stretched and challenged during the time of
absence. Both the vet and family have been
through odysseys of their own during the
period of separation; and the readjustment
process sometimes becomes another battle to
The Long and Winding Road
In the interim, families have learned to
fill in the void left by the veteran’s absence.
New roles and rules have taken effect, such as
money - it has been managed by the family
without the veteran’s direct input.
The family has gained new skills in order to
make the adjustment, and this is all new for a
returning veteran. He or she is returning to the
same family but their role in that family may
Bottom line is that when a warrior goes to
war, the whole family goes to war. It may take
some time to rebuild lives afterwards, so it is
A Voice From Mauthausen
The Las Vegas-Clark County Library will
offer a free screening of a locally-produced,
award-winning short film, “A Voice From
Mauthausen” at the Summerlin Library
Theater on January 26, 2017 at 4 pm.
The film is based on the powerful true
story of Lt. Cmdr. Jack Hedrick Taylor, one of
the U.S. Navy’s first frogmen during World
War II. Taylor conducted numerous missions
behind enemy lines, but was eventually captured
and incarcerated at the Mauthausen
concentration camp. Today’s Navy SEALS
evolved from Taylor’s frogmen.
“A Voice From Mauthausen” is told from
the perspective of Commander Taylor’s key
testimony at the Nazi war crimes trials. The
film recently won Best Short Film, and Luigi
Sperduti Best Director at the Golden Gate International
The film has been exhibited at six countries
on three continents and has already been
an official selection at 25 film festivals. The
film has received distribution through Allied
Vaughn Company and is available through
most major retail websites. The film’s team
has also completed a feature-length script on
Taylor’s life, titled “Frogman.”
The cast and crew will conduct a question
and answer session immediately following
the screening. The address for the Summerlin
Library Theater is 1771 Inner Circle
Drive, Las Vegas. Admission is free. This film
is not rated and contains graphic dialogue
with Holocaust and war images.
wise to be prepared for whatever it takes to
make it all the way home on the long march.
As for re-entering society, a returning warrior
may experience confusion and alienation
due to the unique experiences of living in a
war zone. The inability to adequately express
those experiences to loved ones may be frustrating
for everyone, and the family could feel
“cheated” out of communication because of
And friends and co-workers who did not go
to war have leapt ahead while they were “frozen
in time.” Others have gone to school, married,
been promoted, learned new skills, and
advanced in their careers, leaving the warrior
faced with trying to “catch up” in a world that
he or she may feel out of synch with.
The veteran is returning from a life of danger
and uncertainty, where the military provided
the necessary guidelines and structure
Vet 2 Vet
to ensure they survive. In a war zone, a warrior
felt “safe” within the confines of a squad
or team unit, but at home, he or she may feel
vulnerable and uncertain about civilian “safe
and secure” zones.
It’s common for veterans to have a longing
to be back with their unit, and families can
find that hard to accept. This longing inspired
the forming of many fine veterans’ organizations
such as the VFW, American Legion,
Vietnam Veterans of America, and Iraq and
Afghanistan Veterans of America.
I know how important communication and
understanding is for reintegration. It is the
most vital element in making it through the
maze of transitional processing for both warrior
It is my hope that you and your loved ones
succeed in gaining more understanding and
grow together in the year to come.
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/
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