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Are You Intimidated

By Art?

by Crystal Czerkas Sarbacker

Art is meant to be enjoyed by people

Crystal Czerkas-

like you and me.

Sarbacker

Y

ou’re entitled to have your own likes and dislikes.

Whatever your tastes, whether it’s Andy Warhol’s “Campbell

Soup Can”, the infamous “Dogs Playing Poker”, or Monet’s “Water Lillies”, you’ll

find countless styles and subject matters to delight, challenge, inform or entertain

you. So relax. Art should be fun. There are some simple techniques which can really

enhance your viewing experience, too.

For starters, don’t stand too close to a painting or even a sculpture. When I was

a little girl my Dad, the artist known as Czerkas, told me to stand back from a

painting about six to eight feet. He said, “if you stand too close, you may see the

actual brush strokes, but you won’t be able to take in the whole scene and might

miss something.” He continued that “this is especially important when you’re

looking at modern artworks or impressionistic paintings”, like those he painted.

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colorful jumble of strokes. Though when I stepped back a few feet, I was amazed at

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emerge from the watercolor or oil painting.

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eyes and you’ll get almost the same

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and impressionists often use when they

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the finished painting will look without

having to step away from their easels. In

fact, the American colonial genius, Ben

Franklin, used this concept when he invented

an early pair of spectacles made with narrow horizontal wood slats instead

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On My Soap Box

Rana Goodman

Have You Done Your Part?

Dan Roberts

It’s the Hypocrisy

Roberts Rules

We really hoped

that the start

of 2017 would

herald the start

of big changes in

guardianship reform.

However, as in the

last two plus years,

the wheels of justice

move much slower

than we who fight

for “lady justice”

would like.

Therefore, once

again we are taking

the fight to the

Nevada legislature.

We are counting on

you, our readers,

to back us up by

submitting the

(that could have been purchased

guardianship reform petition on this in a single visit), and the many bad

page.

jokes that he thought were, oh so

We are not asking for much - just funny. For him, it was extra time that

the blessing of the legislature to put we spent together. For me, I would

our volunteers to work doing what love to have that time back with him

no one else wants to do - Looking today.

out for our own!

The very idea that someone I love

As of this writing, we have over could end up in guardianship - where

500 such petitions. Also I want to that guardian has the right to make

add that we are very grateful for your vital decisions, (which they do), - not

support and kind words in our Vegas only financial, but also health care

Voice guardianship reform efforts. and end of life decisions, terrifies

Last month, tucked in with a me. And it should make you feel that

petition was a note from a reader. It way too.

simply read, “Thank you for all you do, Despite such ridiculous

but it must be very hard hearing only the contentions, we are not trying to

echo of your own voice.”

scare people. But it is so important

The response to that question is for seniors to have a reality check.

a resounding YES. It is however, Everyone needs to make sure every

when I hear that echo, I also hear the I is dotted and T crossed in their

question I am so often asked: “Why advanced directives and to make sure

do I keep doing this?”

that your FAMILY has copies of

I always get mental pictures of what you want, and who you want to

my parents, and especially of my care for them, in the event that the

grandfather pictured here who worst-case scenario occurs.

passed away a long time ago. I The Vegas Voice continues to

adored him. As much as he was provide a guardianship nomination

assigned the job of being my “caretaker”

the first year I was in college; to do is go to our web site (www.

forms FREE to anyone. All you have

I became his during the last years of thevegasvoice.net) and down load

his life.

it, fill it out and have your signature

It was from this dear man that notarized.

I learned to ignore the repetitions And please be sure you lend your

of the stories seniors tell, the many name to the guardianship petitions.

trips to the grocery store for items Let’s end the guardianship scandal

once and for all!

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“It’s not the BS that drives me nuts, it’s

the hypocrisy,” I shouted. Even I was

surprised by my loud reaction.

For loyal readers, it’s no secret

that The Vegas Voice (despite my oftmentioned

reservations) continues to

press for guardianship reforms. While

the political editor (and my Ladylove)

Rana Goodman remains ever vigilant

in her Don(na) Quixote quest to

clean up this cesspool, I did not want

this newspaper to be labelled as the

“guardianship paper.”

It remains our mission that the

publication be much more than that;

namely: to be the voice for your health, wealth

& good times.” As one example - our

entertainment shows that are nothing

short of phenomenal.

We are not talking amateurs on

stage, but first rate, Las Vegas Strip

entertainers. Credit goes to our

entertainment and nightlife editors

Evan Davis and Sam Wagmeister.

They have strongly suggested that

although the guardianship issue

is “somewhat” important, it’s the

entertainment and the performers that

should be the paper’s main focus.

And then there’s our travel

columnists, Stu Cooper, Crystal

Sarbacker and now Marilyn Sirna.

What other “senior paper” provides

fantastic travel opportunities they

ask? From bus trips to “bucket list”

destinations, they continuously urge

Yours Truly to focus The Vegas Voice on

vacation locations.

But with Rana’s “pillow talk”

advantage, she keeps bringing me

back to guardianship. To make matters

worse, she doesn’t argue, yell or

demand. Rana simply shows me some

paperwork and asks, “What do you

think?”

Hence my opening sentence. This

time, it was in response to two press

releases from Nevada Attorney

General Adam Laxalt.

We have previously and will continue

to call Laxalt “Mr. Irrelevant” for his

guardianship (non) actions. Despite

The Vegas Voice (and others) presenting

his office with compelling and

numerous victims (along with a ton of

medical and financial documentation)

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Attorney General Adam Laxalt, “Mr.

Irrelevant”

the Attorney General still refuses,

or remains paralyzed to touch the

guardianship scandal in Clark County.

In all candor, if it wasn’t for his

hypocrisy, I would leave it alone.

However, his “look-at-me” insistence

that he is working for seniors is

disgraceful.

You can only imagine the other New

York words I used when Rana handed

me the press release from the Attorney

General last month. In it, Mr. Laxalt,

proclaimed how “thrilled” he was in

announcing his “record-breaking”

campaign report.

He reported he now has a $1.5

million campaign war chest. Laxalt also

reiterated that despite speculation as to

whether he will run for Governor in

2018 (he states that he has not made

a decision, but, SPOILER ALERT:

he’s running) the Attorney General

had the audacity to advise, “…I will

continue to fight on behalf of all

Nevadans to protect our state and our

citizens.”

This announcement came one week

after the AG, without any shame

had the gall to release the following:

“Attorney General Announces Third

Elder Exploitation Guardianship Abuse

Prosecution.”

While Laxalt pats himself on

the back for such action, I remain

astonished that these cases are all in

Northern Nevada – as if all the noise,

public outcry and scandal is unheard

of in the Las Vegas Valley. “Is there a

guardianship problem in Clark County?” he

must be asking his staff.

By the way, the total amount of

money stolen in these 3 cases combined

are what private guardians April

Parks and Jarad Shafer and their coconspirators

call “pocket change.” Such

prosecutions are not just “low-hanging

fruit” but crumbs on the ground.

Mr. Attorney General: If you

don’t have the guts to go after the

real bad guys; the ones that caused

you and your office to ever hear of

guardianship problems in the first

place, spare us the “good news” of

prosecuting two-bit, BS cases.

And if “Mr. Incompetent”, Clark

County District Attorney Steve

Wolfson is not capable or smart

enough to do his job, just let him

continue to appear and smile before

the various TV cameras. Do what’s

right for the Clark County families

financially and emotionally destroyed

by the still corrupt and rigged

guardianship system.

Oh, and one more thing. Kindly

stop promoting that “$400,000 of

non-taxpayer” monies you were able

to transfer to the Legal Aid Center

of Southern Nevada to “boost their

capacity to fight guardianship abuse.”

First of all, that amount of money

(which is already gone) would have

funded approximately four years’

worth of our proposed budget to

totally resolve and erase guardianship

as an issue. More importantly, unless

this money came from your $1.5

million campaign war chest, or,

perhaps some loose change under your

seat cushions, ALL money from your

office is taxpayers’ money.

Until then, good luck in your

Governor’s campaign, but I’m begging

you to drop the hypocrisy of asking us

to believe and trust you. Believe me - if

you stop, I’ll get Rana to back-off and

The Vegas Voice will concentrate on our

entertainment and travel stuff.

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Robert Telles

Seeking Assistance for a Ward

Vicki Wentz

The Post-Christmas Letter

Vicki’s Voice

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

dementia.

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 unit.

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

option.

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

arrangement.

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

attorney.

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-

3000

Dear Santa:

Thank you so much for all of the

wonderful things I received for Christmas

in 2016. Having said that, even though

it’s been a month (or two), I thought you

should know:

When I asked for clothes, I kind of

meant something…well…nice? I do

love the Christmas sweater that my little

girl gave me because she asked to go

shopping with her Dad and picked it out

by herself.

The fact that it’s a Petite Small and I

could only wear it as a hat isn’t important;

she obviously sees her mother as a Petite

Small, and I have no argument with that!

And, I will wear that sweater one day - or

there’s no God in heaven.

My husband gave me a lovely dress…

(he was just standing over my shoulder

reading this, but he’s gone now) …which

would be perfect for his MOTHER!

Honestly, it looks like one of my

grandmother’s old “brunch coats”, you

know? Like a glorified robe with short

sleeves, and it’s about 3 sizes too big for

me.

Is that how HE sees me? A fat old grayhaired

un-sexy robe-wearing walker-using

grandmother? I mean, I pay attention

to his sizes, don’t I? And to his personal

style - somewhere between big hunk

woodsman, affluent Wall Street banker,

and hot sexy rock star?

And, that is NOT easy, Santa! But, when

it comes to my own style preferences, it’s

not: “Well, maybe she’d like a dress like

Mom’s!”

And, Santa, speaking of grandmothers,

can you even believe what his mother gave

me? “How to Be the Perfect Homemaker

in 10 Easy Steps?” Seriously? She gives her

son a new grill and a flat-screen TV for his

office.

Our children get the latest electronics

and toys. Me? I get a book on how to be

better at cleaning, cooking, decorating, and

sewing everything by hand!

(The last thing I sewed myself was

a dress in a Singer Sewing class in 7th

grade, and all I remember is the sound of

the teacher screeching repeatedly, from

all points in the room, “Victoria, you’re

holding the scissors backwards AGAIN!”

Never mind that it took me several

minutes to figure out what she meant…I

mean, I knew you weren’t supposed to

hold them by the blades…right?)

I should have figured that my adorable,

morose, reclusive middle-schooler - who

would rather be dropped naked into Mt.

Vesuvius than be seen as attached to an

actual family - would give me something

that reflects his own style, but Santa,

purple nail polish and lipstick? Really? Has

he EVER seen me in purple lipstick?

Has he ever seen any color on my nails

except Pale Pinky Pearl? Does he even

look at me? I doubt he could even pick

me out of a lineup.

And, then there’s my stupid sister,

Kathy, who’s been married all of twenty

minutes, giving me “The Marriage Go-

Round” - a book on how marriage is like

a carnival ride…please. The fact that she’s

been “riding high on love” for a whole sixand-a-half

months, I mean, doesn’t that

take some huge brass, Santa?

You know, at six months, your spouse

can leave toothpaste all over the sink,

throw his dirty clothes on the floor

BESIDE the hamper every night, and

sip his coffee like a dog slurping from the

water bowl, and you will think he is the

most delightful, enchanting sex-god in the

universe.

But, after 13 years, some of that

“enchantment” will wear off, Sis. At

some point, I promise you, he will lose

that “new car smell”, if you know what I

mean.

Suddenly, his impromptu stabs at

cleaning the kitchen won’t be funny, you

will be seriously ticked off that he did the

laundry and now all your clothes are babypuke

green, he will stop telling you that

you look fantastic and start demanding

that you be simply on time…or, he’ll

buy you a dress that reminds him of his

mother.

Hoping for just a little better Christmas

this year, Santa, please…

Love, Vicki

Vicki Wentz is a writer, teacher and speaker living in North Carolina. Readers may

contact her - and order her new children’s book! - by visiting her website at

www.vickiwentz.com.

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Beverly Washburn

Shane, Shane Come Back

Hollywood Memories

Well here it is, February already. I’d like

to wish all of you a Happy Valentines’ Day

and I’m hoping your 2017 is starting out

on a positive note.

I thought I’d write this month about

another favorite film of mine: “Shane.” For

those of you who have seen it, how could

you not remember those famous words:

“Shane, Shane, come back.” It was spoken

by the wonderful child actor Brandon De

Wilde playing the part of Joey.

The year was 1952, and I was cast as one

of the Lewis children whose father was

Edgar Buchanan. That’s me, the little girl

on the right in the photo.

Although I only had a small part, it was

a thrill for me since we filmed most of

it in Jackson Hole, Wyoming. We were

on location for three months. It was so

beautiful with the Teton Mountains.

Everything about the movie serves as

one of my most treasured memories. The

film was released in 1953 and has remained

Sam Wagmeister

one of the most popular Westerns of all

time.

It was directed by the legendary George

Stevens - but as I have mentioned in prior

columns, working with such a famous

director had no meaning to me at the time

as I was only nine years old. It wasn’t until

my later years as an adult, that I realized just

how fortunate I was to have been directed

DaSilva Mystifies Bally’s Audiences

Six afternoons a week, about 225

people enter the “Twilight Zone.” After

experiencing Fredric DaSilva’s 90-minute

family-friendly “Paranormal” show, some

don’t ever completely escape.

Categorized as a magic show (although

rabbits don’t appear and nobody gets

sawed in half) audiences are drawn into

the powers of DaSilva’s mind.

“Santa brought me a magic box when

I was five,” DaSilva says in his thick

French accent. “I started performing

immediately.”

Thirteen years later, a trip to Las Vegas

inspired his goal to perform on The Strip,

“But I didn’t know how. I had to find

something that nobody else can do,” he

said of his “mind reading magic.”

Audiences who flock to traditional

magic shows ultimately know most tricks

are illusions of lights, mirrors, smoke and

technology. DaSilva’s participants, chosen

randomly by tossing Frisbees into the

audience, often are skeptics at first.

Reducing the show to this printed page

diminishes the astonishment DaSilva

creates and can’t approach its impact.

“Paranormal” must be experienced.

“Tricks” come rapid fire with audiences

breathless as one astonishment after

another fires from his cannon of

mysticism. DaSilva adds new twists to

old standards leaving audiences thinking

first, “I’ve seen that” …then the “holy

mackerel” moment explodes with a

creative new element.

“A magician tells you to pick a card. I

tell you to think of a card.” Even DaSilva

says, “If I didn’t create that, I would be

by such a movie icon.

The film starred Alan Ladd, and as a

little tidbit, I thought I’d share something

with you. On our day off, we all decided

to go up the mountain on a chair lift. Well,

apparently Alan Ladd was afraid of heights

and once he got up to the top, he refused

to go back down.

The studio had to send a helicopter

to pick him up! Here he was, Alan Ladd,

this famous, macho western hero and he

was too afraid to go back down!

What made matters worse is that the

next day, the entire cast and crew kept

teasing him and then added: “Little Beverly

didn’t seem to have a problem.” I was

totally embarrassed by that and was afraid

he would be upset with me.

Thankfully he took the ribbing in stride.

And he even gave me a hug. I was so

relieved! He was so nice and I’m grateful to

have been a part of such an iconic film.

Sadly, Brandon De Wilde was killed

in an accident in 1972 at the age of 30.

He was such a typical, little boy when we

were filming - always pulling at my pigtails

and teasing me.

He was nominated for an Oscar for that

role as best supporting actor and I’m sure,

had he lived, that he would have gone on

to major stardom. It makes us all realize just

how fragile life can be.

Until next time, remember: “It only takes

a smile to make a dark day seem bright.”

Beverly Washburn graced the silver screen as a child actress and is the author of Reel

Tears which can be bought online at Amazon.com or ordered through Barnes &

Noble bookstores. You can contact Beverly at: bjradell@hotmail.com. Check out her

awesome, new website: www.beverlywashburn.com.

fooled.”

At 13, DaSilva received a government

permit to perform in the pubs, lounges

and restaurants near his small French

village. “It allowed me to buy props and

advertise.”

He climbed the show business ladder

in France. Hosting a television interview

program provided him with contacts,

recognition and opportunity.

Fifteen years of trans-Atlantic flights

finally brought an opportunity that nearly

bankrupted him. DaSilva was swindled

out of $25,000 by a fake promoter. News

of the fraud leaked out, offering him yet

another break, a meeting with Bally’s.

Ken Walker, owner of the Windows

Showroom at Bally’s, signed DaSilva.

“Ken told me, ‘I threw you to the sharks

and waited for you to die; you just learned

how to swim.’”

People & Places

The show struggled, selling just two

tickets its first week with comps filling the

other seats. “I did six shows a week,” he

remembers, “four in Las Vegas and then

flew back to France for two shows before

5,000 people each.”

Those French shows covered the

Vegas costs. Now, nearly five years later,

“Paranormal” ranks #8 on TripAdvisor’s

Top 10 Las Vegas list with near sellout

audiences daily.

“Each time I think about the struggle I

get emotional. It was really, really hard.”

DaSilva’s stage is barren of props that

could cause skepticism of electronic

assistance. Controlling the environment

- lights, music, sound is the key. “I put

people in a trance when they think they

are awake.”

Windows Showroom at Bally’s, 4 pm.

Dark Tuesdays.

Sam Wagmeister, a local Realtor specializing in Las Vegas senior communities, covers

the hidden gems of Las Vegas Entertainment for The Vegas Voice. He would love to

hear what you think. Contact Sam at: GreatLasVegasMusic@Gmail.com or (702) 245-6556

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Marty Allen

Marty’s Valentine’s Dozen

1. I got a telephone call from my

friend Paul. He told me: “Sex, sex,

sex! Everywhere I go is sex. The

only place I’m safe is at home.”

2. Ladies: Sometimes the easiest

way to get your husband to do

something is to simply suggest that

he’s too old to do it anyway.

3. Many couples break

up because it looks like

the marriage is going to

last forever!

4. Love is the wine of

life...and marriage is the

morning after.

5. There is only one way to handle

a woman. The trouble however, is

that nobody knows what it is.

6. In the circus, the acrobat

told everyone that he married the

tattooed woman because if he woke

up in the middle of the night and

couldn’t sleep, he would turn and

Hello Dere

just look at the pictures.

7. I know a guy who left his wife

because of another woman - her

mother!

8. All marriages are happy. It’s

the living together afterwards that’s

tough.

9. I have another friend who

really has a problem. He

does not know how to

get his car started in the

morning...and his wife

at night.

10. Sex before

marriage is okay if it doesn’t

interfere with the ceremony.

11. Everybody has to get married

sometime. After all, you can’t go

through life just being happy.

12. When a man holds a woman’s

hand before marriage, it’s really

love. After marriage, it’s called selfdefense.

For over the past decade, Marty Allen has performed with his on and off stage

singing partner Karon Kate Blackwell.

Bill Caserta

You Gotta Laugh

In honor of Valentine’s Day,

I have prepared a quick list of

guidelines and reminders for all

husbands, significant others and

loving men to follow so that they

may happily live in harmony with

their mate.

1. Never make your woman mad.

She can remember stuff that hasn’t

even happened yet.

2. If your woman says: “First

of all…” during an argument, run

away as quick as you can, as she has

prepared research, data and charts -

and will destroy you.

3. Every time you talk to your

woman, your mind should always

remember that “This conversation will

be recorded for training and quality

purposes.”

4. Arguing with your woman is

like reading the software license

agreement. In the end, you just have to

ignore everything and click “I agree.”

5. Behind every angry woman,

stands a man who has absolutely no

idea what he did wrong.

And from my perspective: Some

things are indeed just better left unsaid.

And unfortunately for me, I usually

realize it right after I say them!

(A big Bill Blurb thank you to Marcia

Kosterka for her contribution)

True Valentines: The old man

ordered one hamburger, French

fries and a drink. He unwrapped the

hamburger and carefully cut it in half,

placing one in front of his wife.

He then carefully counted out the

fries, dividing them into two equal

piles and placed one pile for his wife.

He took a sip of the drink, his wife

took a sip and then set the cup down

between them.

As he began to eat his few bites of

hamburger, the people around them

were looking and thinking, “That poor

old couple. All they can afford is one

meal for the two of them.”

As the man began to eat his fries,

someone came to the table and

politely offered to buy another meal

Bill’s Blurbs

for the elderly couple. The old man

said they were just fine. They were

used to sharing everything.

People soon noticed the old lady

hadn’t eaten a bite. She sat there

watching her husband eat and

occasionally taking turns sipping the

drink.

Again, someone came over and

begged them to let him buy another

meal for them. This time the old

woman said: “No, thank you. We are

used to sharing everything.”

Finally, as the old man finished and

was wiping his face neatly with the

napkin, a third person again came over

to the old lady who had yet to eat a

single bite of food and asked: “What

is it you’re waiting for?”

She answered: the TEETH.

(A big Bill Blurb thank you to Renee

Riendeau for her contribution.)

Why, Why, Why? Why do we

press harder on the remote control

when we know the batteries are getting

weak?

Why do people constantly return

to the refrigerator with hopes that

something new to eat will have

materialized?

Why is it that whenever you attempt

to catch something that’s falling off

the table you always manage to knock

something else over? AND

And whatever happened to

Preparations A through G?

Evan Davis

Performers and Venues

It’s time to watch 2017 fly by just like

2016 did. As we get up in age, it seems

that the months and years get shorter. So

why wait until next year? Do it now.

Go out and experience life and what

Las Vegas has to offer. That’s probably

why you’re reading my article now; to see

what you could do to stay active.

Although most of the activity would

be sitting at a bar listening to music and

saying “Wow, that was great.” That’s

about as active as I’m going to get too,

although I do have to visit many bars,

restaurants and clubs to bring you this

information.

A tough life I have, I know, but

someone has to do it! Let’s follow a few

of my favorite performers and some new

venues in town.

I stopped by the newest hotel/casino

called the Lucky Dragon. An Asian

inspired hotel and casino with a half a

dozen delightful restaurants where you

will find a price range for lunch or dinner

that will fit any budget.

Starting to perform there is the

charming and gracious singer Rita Lim.

She is also performing at places like

Osaka Japanese Bistro in Henderson

every 1st and 2nd Tuesdays of the

month, the Bootlegger Bistro located

on the south side of the Strip on

Wednesdays, and the El Cortez Hotel

every Friday night (along with Joey

Ugarte and the Jazz Vibrations). All her

performances are at an early start time.

But what about the night owls that

are out there? Las Vegas is definitely a

24/7 city. Catch late night jazz at The

Dispensary, at Ferraro’s Italian restaurant,

in the Golden Tiki, at Fuso Nightclub,

Legend’s Bar & Grill, plus numerous

other restaurants, clubs and bars.

All have no cover or a one drink

minimum. Oh yeah, FREE parking to

boot. That’s another subject for another

time.

You can also see wonderful entertainers

at places like the Suncoast Hotel, the

Rampart Casino, Rocks Lounge in the

Red Rock Hotel, Salute, which is also

in the Red Rock Hotel, Siena Italian

Restaurant on Sahara and now Blue Fire

on Durango. You can hear Jazz, Pop,

the Great American Songbook and just

about every other genre.

Other places to check out would be

The Barrymore, E-String, Piero’s, (where

Pia Zadora, my favorite entertainer

I Know a Place

makes everyone feel at home) Cabo

Lounge in Fiesta Rancho, Texas Station,

Piazza Lounge in the Tuscany, Eastside

Cannery, the Lounge at the Palms… and

the list goes on and on.

I also have to mention that The

Vegas Voice will be scheduling over a

dozen shows this year in places like

The Silverton’s Veil Pavilion, the Siena

Community in Summerlin and Sun City

MacDonald Ranch in Henderson. I will

be producing the shows as well as hosting

them.

We are actively seeking other venues

so that we can bring you the best in live

entertainment to our readers. Ideas?

And in next month’s article, I will be

exploring some of the restaurants, bars

and clubs on Downtown Freemont

Street. I know a place, do you?

Evan Davis is the entertainment editor of The Vegas Voice. You can read his

entertainment blog and sign up to receive his free email weekly Calendar of Events at

www.EvanDavisJazz.com. You can also email him at: evan@thevegasvoice.net.

Bill Caserta is the Project Director for The Vegas Voice and has a very “unique” sense of

humor. He welcomes all funny submissions at: billbuck52@hotmail.com.

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Rich Natole

Looking for a Great Show?

This month I’d like to shed the spotlight

on some of my personal favorite shows in

Las Vegas.

One of the great things about this town

is that the shows are always changing. A

tourist can return here in six months and

see totally different shows then they did on

their previous visit.

I think however, there are some shows

worth seeing again. Donny & Marie would

be one I would highly recommend.

While seeing their show, you will clearly

see why this brother and sister duo

have proven to be one of the greatest

entertainment acts in the world. They

perform regularly at Flamingo on the strip.

Beatles Love is another great show. I’ve

seen this show 3 times and enjoy it equally

each time. Even the two living Beatles,

Paul and Ringo along with Yoko gave it a

thumbs up. The show plays at the Mirage.

If it’s Elvis you like, come see All Shook

Up, A Tribute to The King in the upstairs

Dianne Davis

Wayne Newton - Mr. Las Vegas. “This

show is not about me,” Wayne Newton

says, “It is about Las Vegas.”

This icon of Sin City is not in Bally’s

Windows Showroom to belt out songs,

rather to talk about stories and history.

Wayne Newton is an integral part of that

history.

It really is Wayne Newton – Up

Close and Personal. The 230 seat

theater gives you the feeling of sitting in

the living room listening as Wayne shares

memories and insights about the people

he knew in the entertainment world.

Wayne expertly weaves his life story

with the history of Las Vegas. He tells us

that his family moved to Phoenix due to

his bronchial asthma.

He recalls that he and his brother

performed in a lounge act in Vegas,

but flew back to Phoenix where Jackie

Gleason saw them and invited him to be

on his variety show. The story is especially

poignant as Wayne shows us numerous

Hanging out with Mr. Las Vegas, Wayne Newton

theatre in the Miracle Mile Mall at Planet

Hollywood. Travis Allen does a great job

of recreating both the 50s through 70s

Elvis. I emcee and perform comedy and

impressions a night (or two) a week in this

show as well.

If it’s magic you’re into, David

Copperfield seems to be a mainstay at

the MGM Grand. He has built a quality

reputation as one of the greatest magicians

Wayne Newton Shares Memories

pictures of Gleason from the early days.

If you are a fan of the man known as

“the Midnight Idol” and a lover of Las

Vegas, a visit to this show is time well

spent. The vintage photos and film clips

alone are worth the price of admission.

A video of a very young Wayne

Newton and the legendary Jack Benny

is priceless. Photos and footage from his

trips to entertain the troops are precious

with memories of so many famous

entertainers.

Wayne spends a good portion of the

show answering questions. He mentions

of all time. Go see his show and you’ll see

why.

Chris Angel is also very popular. He

performs his magic show at the

Luxor. Murray Sawchuck AKA The

Celebrity Magician offers a great afternoon

show of magic in the Sin City Comedy

room at Planet Hollywood.

If you would like to see the best female

magician look for Ariann Black. She will

dazzle with unbelievable illusions.

Of course there’s “Mr. Las Vegas”

- Wayne Newton. Wayne is currently

performing a few nights a week in

the upstairs Windows Showroom at

Ballys. His show takes you on a nostalgic

journey through his extraordinary career.

Another show I would recommend

in the Windows Showroom at Ballys

Bobby Darin and Glen Campbell and

tells us that they were not competitors

back in the old days. There is a wonderful

story about what Bobby Darin did for

Wayne Newton, but you’re going to have

to go hear it for yourself.

Along with Gleason and Darin, Jack

Benny played a crucial role in Wayne’s

career. See this show and learn more

about these iconic entertainment stars

and numerous others that are mentioned

during the evening including on Don

Rickles, Louie Prima, Sophie Tucker,

Jayne Mansfield, the Rat Pack, especially

Frank Sinatra.

It is no secret that Wayne’s singing

voice doesn’t approach what it once was.

But it is still a treat to be there as he sings

along with a video of his younger self

is The Bronx Wanderers. This band is

Hot! They seem to be catching on quickly

in Las Vegas as they play nightly to packed

houses.

Legendary Impressionist Rich Little

is always a crowd pleaser. He performs

nightly at 7 pm at The Tropicana

Hotel. He incorporates great video clips as

well as live bits for all to enjoy.

And if you like stand-up comedy, The

Laugh Factory at The Tropicana would be

my pick. Three different stand-ups each

week.

Whatever your entertainment needs

may be, Las Vegas seems to have a wide

variety of choices. I hope to interview

many more of these star acts as we plan

to launch our new “Watching The Vegas

Voice” Podcast TV Show.

Rich Natole is a comic/impressionist headlining entertainer & host of The Vegas Voice

Television/Podcast Show. For more information visit: www.richnatole.com. You can

also contact Rich at: rich@richnatole.com.

That’s Entertainment

and does a duet with a video of Sammy

Davis, Jr.

Wayne plays thirteen instruments and

you are sure to get a sample of a few

during the evening. And yes, you’ll hear a

bit of Danke Schoen.

Wayne Newton might just be the last

of the great Las Vegas entertainment

icons. I have seen the show more than

once and can say that although the

format is the same, the film and video

clips and comments about various

performers differ. You will leave feeling

like you’ve had a great visit reminiscing

with a pal about mutual friends.

For ticket information and dates,

visit https://www.caesars.com/ballyslas-vegas/shows/Wayne_Newton#.

WIfzLLYrJ-U or call 702-777- 2782.

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.

PRESENTED BY

Musical Director

Philip Fortenberry

Sat, Feb. 25, 2017

MacDonald Ranch

Tickets: $ 20 in advance

$

25 at the door

A Tribute to

Robert Goulet:

Broadway

Beyond&

Starring

Randal Keith

• Lead Singer of “Showstoppers”

• Jean Valjean from “Les Miserables”

• Star of “The Phat Pack”

Special performance by The Phat Pack

For more info/purchase tickets:

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Charlie Christy - Executive Director

Adrea Nairne-Barrera

60’s to 60

Something to Think

About

It’s time to start thinking about our

annual Ms Senior Nevada Pageant (our

32 nd year), to be held August 23, 2017.

Applications will be available mid-month

and we urge all senior ladies that have

reached the “Age of Elegance” to

consider joining this

event.

It is a great

opportunity to meet

other active seniors

and make new

friends. We regularly

do events at assisted

living centers.

It is a total “winwin”

as our pageant family members

donate their time and talent and the

residents see a great show. We provide

lots of music, dancing, comedy and

story-telling.

Being a senior is a special time of life.

Most have finished or at least “dialed”

back on their work life allowing time to

travel, volunteer and reassess what is and

isn’t important.

As seniors we know serving our fellow

man is vital. We know the joy we give is

also the joy we get from being able to

brighten another’s day.

Ms Senior Nevada

also travels the state

and will again attend

the legislative session

in Carson City and

time permitting (his,

not ours) meet briefly

with our Governor.

We plan to make

it a longer trip this

year allowing time to visit the Nevada

Historical Museum and other museums.

If you have reached the “age of

elegance”, (that’s 60 years or better)

consider being part of something that

brings out the best in you. Please contact

me at: charlieclasvegas@aol.com. Check

us out at www.msseniornevada.com.

Feeling Inspired (Sort Of)

Back in the good old 60s age of

hippies, free spirits and an occasional

diet pill, you could fake a natural size

7 and moments of great inspiration

were easy. If you hadn’t eaten in

3 days and were a little goofy, a

creative surge could happen.

Now we refer to it as delusion and

irresponsibility. We now say that if

you remember the 60s, you weren’t

there. Either way, I had a few of

those moments back then.

As I was doing another one of my

great sorting projects, I found poetry

written by me. It was so profound

that I can’t understand it, although I

was able to remember the exact day

I wrote it.

Tedious and much too long,

double digit pages, handwritten, I

sat by the window in a 10 th floor

apartment in New York City on

a fairly pleasant afternoon. I lived

in that apartment on the upper

east side of Manhattan with two

roommates and my whole NYC

future was looking pretty good.

As I’m sure everyone knows by

now, I am not a professional writer.

I have ideas about things and get

motivated to express myself as each

new chapter unfolds in my life.

They’re interesting to me and a

few friends, but I think the most fun

is when I discover things I’ve written

20+ years ago.

I can sometimes picture where

I was, and other times, I have

absolutely no idea who wrote it or

why. It’s strange how time alters

your memories and perspective -

even when it’s a personal expression

captured on paper.

Decade by decade I wrote in

different styles.

When my parents passed, I found

boxes of memorabilia that now,

some 20 years later, I am finally

sorting. Among the collections, I

discovered letters to my parents and

Godmother sent from my boarding

school in Switzerland. (And no, I

was not a trust fund baby!)

Apparently I wanted comic books

and American candy bars. Not much

has changed on the candy bar front,

but the comic book thing didn’t last

very long. That was 1959 and for the

life of me I will never know why I

wanted candy bars when I was sitting

in Swiss chocolate country!

My sister found some old letters

from the 60s and even has the only

photo of me ever taken in a 2-piece

bathing suit. It was yellow with big

orange polka dots, but since I wasn’t

“itsy bitsy,” neither was the bathing

suit. It’s amazing how I thought I

was fat at the time and the truth is I

looked pretty good!

The one collection of writings I

did find and will treasure forever

brought back memories of my

parents and how I would write to

them as life events were happening.

Long distance calls were expensive

back then. The letters, the

handwriting and the choice of paper

are so telling when I look at them

now.

Reading all those little gems is a

great way to spend an evening.

Mike Landry

Golf Fore Ever

Improving Your Game

We all want to improve our golf

game but how? We can take lessons,

we can buy gadgets that are advertised,

and we can purchase clubs that are said

to provide more accuracy off the tee

etc. but guess what? You still need to

practice! Practice! Practice!

We all know what the pros do to

prepare for a tournament, but what

can the average golfer do to improve

his/her scores, to build confidence and

ultimately enjoy the game more?

Some golfers need to improve their

tee shot; others may need to improve

their 2 nd or approach shots. All are

important parts of the game and none

should be ignored.

No matter the issue, if you wish to

shave strokes off your score card and

improve the quality of your game,

the quickest way to get there is by

improving your putting and chipping.

Golfers are expected to hole out

2 putts every hole for 36 per round.

A golfer can improve by lagging

long putts to the hole for tap ins and

occasionally make a ten footer and

avoid the dreaded 3 putts.

Chipping is another area of the

game that can be improved relatively

quickly by chipping once to each green

and avoid chipping twice to get to the

green. While at the practice facility,

challenge yourself and make your

practice sessions fun and you’ll see a big

difference in scoring in short order. I

promise!

See you on the links!

Mike Landry is a retired airline manager of maintenance residing in Sun City

MacDonald Ranch and a 40-year resident of Las Vegas. Hobbies are golf, day trading

and brewing craft beer. He can be contacted at: airmikel1@cox.net.

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New device stops a cold before it starts

USA — New research

shows you can stop a cold

in its tracks if you take one

simple step with a new device

when you first feel a

cold coming on.

Colds start when cold

viruses get in your nose.

Viruses multiply fast. If

you don’t stop them early,

they spread in your airways

and cause misery.

But scientists have

found a quick way to kill a

virus — touch it with copper.

Researchers at labs

and universities worldwide

all agree — copper

is “antimicrobial.” It kills

microbes, such as viruses

and bacteria, just by touch.

That’s why ancient

Greeks and Egyptians used

copper to purify water and

heal wounds. They didn’t

know about viruses and

bacteria, but now we do.

Researchers say microbe

cells have an internal

electric charge which

copper’s high conductance

short-circuits. This destroys

the cell in seconds.

Tests by the Environmental

Protection Agency

(EPA) show germs die fast

on copper. So some hospitals

switched to copper

touch surfaces, like faucets

and doorknobs. This

cut the spread of MRSA

and other illnesses by over

half, and saved lives.

The strong scientific

evidence gave inventor

Doug Cornell an idea.

When he felt a cold coming

on he fashioned a

smooth copper probe and

rubbed it gently in his

nose for 60 seconds.

“It worked!” he exclaimed.

“The cold went

away completely.” It

worked again every time

he felt a cold coming on.

He reports he has never

had a cold since.

He asked relatives and

friends to try it. They said

New research: Copper stops colds if used early.

it worked for them, too,

every time. So he patented

CopperZap and put it on

the market.

Soon hundreds of people

had tried it and given

feedback. Nearly 100 percent

said the copper stops

their colds if used within

3 hours after the first sign.

Even up to 2 days, if they

still get the cold it is milder

than usual and they feel

better.

Users wrote things like,

“It stopped my cold right

away,” and “Is it supposed

to work that fast?”

“What a wonderful

thing,” wrote Physician’s

Assistant Julie. “Now

I have this little magic

wand, no more colds for

me!”

Pat McAllister, age 70,

received one for Christmas

and called it “one of

the best presents ever. This

little jewel really works.”

People often use CopperZap

for prevention,

before cold signs appear.

Karen Gauci, who flies

often for her job, used to

get colds after crowded

flights. Though skeptical,

she tried it several times

a day on travel days for 2

months. “Sixteen flights

and not a sniffle!” she exclaimed.

Business owner Rosaleen

says when people

are sick around her she

uses CopperZap morning

and night. “It saved me last

holidays,” she said. “The

kids had colds going round

and round, but not me.”

Some users say it also

helps with sinuses. Attorney

Donna Blight had

a 2-day sinus headache.

When her CopperZap arrived,

she tried it. “I am

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Some users say copper

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The handle is sculptured

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Tests show it kills germs

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Copper may even help

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test, scientists placed 25

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The EPA says the natural

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Linda Bateman-Gomez

There’s the old saying: “You are what

you eat.” If that’s the case, I’m currently a

giant piece of pie.

When we’re younger, foods often

affect growth and development. Sugar

and caffeine are obviously not good for

growing youngsters and when young, you

may not need the daily caffeine boost.

As we age, however, that morning cup

of coffee can be our biggest reason for

getting out of bed! Luckily for us, getting

older has its perks.

Recent studies have shown caffeine

to be beneficial for us grown-ups. From

reductions in cardiovascular disease and

diabetes, to psychological pick-me-ups, it’s

proving to be quite curative!

While many of our nutrition habits are

often established in childhood, as adults,

we have much more information for

easy ways to be healthier and adapt better

habits! These habits can improve our

physical as well as our mental health.

Sugar is one of the biggest saboteurs

to our good intentions and unfortunately,

seems to pop up in anything that doesn’t

grow out of the ground. It’s a plague for

those at risk for diabetes or struggling

with weight gain.

And while it’s easy for some to suggest

cutting it out altogether, it’s sometimes

easier to figure out what “good” you

can add to your diet, rather than subtract

from it. So, what are some things we can

Timeless Beauty

You Are What You Eat

all easily do to get results from the inside

out this year?

Here are a couple of tips to make you

feel and look better for 2017, without

needing a gym membership or a crash

diet!

Grab an Omega-3! Aside from the

amazing brain-boosting properties (like

helping to reduce Alzheimer’s risks and

depression) fatty acids are also connected

to lowering heart disease and raising

Vitamin D levels.

If that wasn’t enough, it contributes to

the healthy skin and shiny hair we all want

more of! Adding one or two servings a

week of fish (like Salmon) into your diet

can provide all these worthwhile results

without any giant lifestyle changes.

Take an evening stroll after dinner

and enjoy the winter season. If you’re a

foodie, find a way to try out some things

that are making the news.

Many swear by anti-aging fruits like

papaya which helps breaks down proteins

and ease digestion. And the currently

popular coconut oil and avocado have a

whole host of uses and benefits.

Obviously diet is a huge factor for

weight, so if you just want to start

somewhere, change just one thing at

a time and go slowly. Maybe ditch the

soda at lunch or replace your morning

doughnut with a quinoa-oatmeal blend.

Over time, little changes add up!

Linda Bateman-Gomez has an international beauty company based in Las

Vegas that specializes in cosmetics and other beauty products. She would love to

hear from you with questions, ideas or tips you’d like to share! Contact Linda at

TimelessBeauty2020@gmail.com or through her website www.fullips.com.

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I’m encouraged to see U.S. House of

Representative Speaker Paul Ryan and

our new President Donald J. Trump

willing to take on Obama Care, as I have

heard from so many business owners

and individuals that health insurance

is not more affordable under the

Affordable Care Act. It is hurting jobs

and our economy.

Now I hope that the President and

Speaker will take on another issue that

adversely impacts our economy: Federal

tax reform.

Nevada is seeing a slow but steady

economic recovery. But there is one

thing that could really help stimulate

job growth here: reforming the overlycomplex

and confusing Federal Tax

Code.

Everyone in Washington, D.C. agrees

that tax reform is necessary, but nobody

seems to agree on what it should look

like. This is especially frustrating for

businesses, because the path forward

is so clear to those of us outside the

february 17

Victoria Seaman

Federal Tax Reform Needed

Capitol beltway: simplify the code and

lower the corporate rate!

But taking on corporate lobbyists who

love their tax loop holes has allowed

politics to get in the way of tax reform.

Every day that goes by without

meaningful tax reform is another day

that Nevada companies fall further

behind their global competition. At

39%, the United States has the highest

corporate tax rate among Organization

for Economic Cooperation and

Development (OECD) nations. That

means Nevada businesses pay higher

corporate taxes than similar companies

in notoriously high-tax nations like

France and Sweden.

In the marketplace, this means U.S.

products and services are often too

expensive to compete with those made

in other countries. This fact - multiplied

millions of times every year isn’t just

hurting these companies’ bottom lines,

it’s hurting our overall economy and job

growth

At the same time, our gargantuan tax

code creates additional costs for U.S.

businesses. Massive, convoluted, and

even contradictory, it seems designed to

ensnare honest businesses and hit them

with fines and other penalties.

That is why most small businesses pay

for expensive tax preparation services

or hire tax attorneys and CPA’s. For

businesses that are already paying the

highest taxes in the industrialized world,

Victoria’s Corner

this is a cost that they simply can’t

afford.

The path ahead is clear: lower the

corporate tax rate down to the OECD

average of around 25%, if not lower.

Simplify the tax code so that it isn’t so

costly for businesses to comply. Make

the tax code more favorable to the small

businesses that create the vast majority

of jobs in this country.

If the President and Congress take on

meaningful tax reform, we could finally

unleash the massive, pent-up economic

forces that currently lie dormant,

waiting to create millions of jobs. If we

don’t, Nevada will continue to suffer

from lackluster growth and an anemic

economy as our competitors dominate

an ever larger portion of the global

commercial marketplace.

Victoria Seaman is a former Nevada Assemblywoman, businesswoman and currently

a Realtor in Las Vegas. She and her daughter, Tatiana are managing partners for 2

Vegas Chicks, a full event planning business catering to any type fundraiser or event

worldwide. You can contact Victoria at: victoria@victoriaseaman.com.

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Yvonne Cloutier

Stan Kenton was Artistry in Rhythm

Musical Moments

Stan Kenton, a remarkable band

director named his band, “Artistry in

Rhythm.”

He featured a strong brass section

with trumpets, trombones, clarinets

and a strong drumbeat. Along with his

own piano skills, the music made them

sound like a “Wall of Sound.”

Metronome magazine said “kids

are going haywire over the sheer

noise of this band. Its a danger of

an entire generation growing up

with the idea that jazz and the atom

bomb are, essentially, a sane natural

phenomenon.”

He kept the swing sound, but

Kenton had a vision. It was not of a

swing dance band, but of a concert

band featuring progressive jazz, using

unusual rhythms and harmonies.

Kenton was developing a new

era. Band members came and went.

Amongst them were Maynard

Ferguson, Stan Goetz, and Buddy Rich.

In the 1930s, Kenton played in

several big bands. In 1940s, amongst

his many hits, he had success with

Ali Guggenheim

Every February 14th, all over the United

States (and a handful of other countries),

people celebrate Saint Valentine’s Day by

spending billions of dollars. Nearly 50% is

spent on candy alone.

Last year, an estimated 1 billion cards

and 198,000,000 roses were bought - not

to mention the gifts, romantic getaways,

dinners, etc., all in the name of St. Valentine.

But, wait! Does anyone really know who or

what we’re celebrating?

St. Valentine’s Day’s history is yet another

historical event that’s shrouded in mystery

and has many versions of its evolution. One

theory claims that Valentine’s Day, evolved

from the Pagan, Roman, “Lupercalia Fertility

Festival.”

Others attribute it to “Juno Day”, the

Queen Goddess of women and fertility.

Both of these holidays began on February

“Eager Beaver” followed by having

his new singer, June Christy, (replacing

Anita O’Day, whom he married) come

out with “Tampico” and “Across the

Alley.”

His hits helped him finance his many

ambitious projects. Kenton also owed

much of his success to Pete Rigolo, his

chief arranger.

His “Peanut Vendor” was radically

different from other band’s swing

music. He also delved into a Cuban

beat such as his “Machito”, “Cuban

Fire”, and arrangements for “West Side

Story” and “Send in the Clowns.”

Celebrating St. Valentine

14th and were observed for an entire month.

Ritualistically, young maidens’ names were

written on slips of papers and placed in a jar.

The men would pick their evening’s mate

from the jar. This love partnering could last

a night, up to a year, and at times, even led to

marriage.

Pope Gelasius banned the Lupercian

festival (494-96). However, he retained the

lottery and replaced the women’s names with

Saints.

Once picked, both men and women

were expected to live up to their chosen

saints’ attributes for an entire year. As time

progressed, more and more Romans strayed

from this custom.

Instead, young men wrote notes to the

girls of their choosing. It became a tradition

to give the beloved and admired one

handwritten messages of enamored and

He did a beautiful rendition of

“Laura” for that film. Joe Green wrote

the lyrics for his hit songs such as

“And Her Tears Flowed Like Wine” as

well as “Don’t Let the Sun Catch You

Cryin’.”

Kenton experimented with

mellophoniums, (similar to bugles or

French horns,) but had trouble with

keeping them on pitch. He worked

with young musicians, gave them his

charts, taught them in seminars, wrote

music for school bands, and employed

many young musicians in his bands.

He also left his music collection to the

University of North Texas.

Kenton was born “out of wedlock”

in 1911, not 1912 as often cited. His

parents kept it a secret, even from Stan,

until years later. He learned to play the

piano at age 4.

Kenton was consistently

controversial - a polarizing pianist/big

band leader. Although a top jazz cult

figure, he couldn’t last with Bob Hope

as his backup radio band, but was

beloved on college campuses.

Kenton had a new vision. Young

people latched onto his sound and it

started a new era.

Stan Kenton had three marriages and

they all ended in divorce. His second,

to Ann Richards, his singer for a while,

shot herself at age 46.

Kenton also had a long battle

with alcoholism. In 1977, he fell and

fractured his skull. He died two years

later in 1979, after a stroke. He had

three children.

Stan Kenton, who has a star on the

Hollywood Walk of Fame, is also in the

Big Band and Jazz Hall of Fame.

Yvonne Cloutier, a former teacher/principal, with a music background, specializes

in ragtime piano. She is an author and has written an easy-to-read book on Scott

Joplin. She reports about music on SCA-TV.com/Anthem Alive! You can contact her

at www.mytimeisragtime.com.

romantic intention, containing St. Valentine’s

named inscribed.

There are many more versions to the

Valentine’s Day story. In fact, the Roman

Catholic Church counts at least eight saints

by the name of Valentine, three of the eight

having February 14, as their feast day.

The most popular lore comes from the

third century in Rome where Emperor

Claudius II was defeated by a humble

Christian martyr, Priest Valentinus. The

Emperor was convinced that single men,

without emotional anchors, made better

soldiers. So he outlawed marriage for young

men.

Priest Valentinus thought this to be wrong

and unfair. He therefore continued to

Psychic Phenomenon

secretly wed young couples.

Emperor Claudius II became enraged

when he found out and had Priest

Valentinus beheaded. Legend states that on

the day he died, February 14th, Valentine

left a note for one of his many supporters,

thanking her for being there for him. He

signed it, “Love from your Valentine.”

We will never know for sure the exact

details of how this legend transpired. What

we do know is that in 1969, the Roman

Catholic Church removed Valentine’s Day

from their list of holidays.

If you do not have someone “special”

to celebrate this year, don’t despair! Instead,

celebrate you! After all, the world will always

treat you, the way you treat yourself.

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Stu Cooper - Travel Editor

Options, Options, Options

Happy Destinations

As I previously advised, the most

popular program we have at the

Vegas Voyagers is our “Bus to the

Boat.” We have been doing it for

close to 15 years and always have

between 15 to 50 Voyagers on our

bus.

This wonderful coach

transportation takes everyone

right to the pier of the cruise we

are promoting. It’s a “HUGE” (a

la President Trump) hit with our

Vegas Voyagers.

However, not far behind in

popularity, is the array of exotic, if

not downright unique cruises we

also offer. For example, we are now,

for the second year offering a 23

night trans Pacific cruise on Royal

Caribbean’s Explorer of the Seas.

This is a cruise departing October

6, 2017 from Seattle, Washington

and arriving 24 days later in Sydney,

Australia. Along the way there will

be stops in Hawaii, Fiji and various

other South Pacific Islands. It’s

unique (to say the least) and just

about sold out.

Over the years, we have also had

great success with trans-Atlantic

cruises, commonly known as

repositioning cruises. We’ve known

about them for a long time and now

the rest of the cruising world has

jumped “on board.” They also sell

out quickly.

Typically speaking they start in

Europe, (usually Rome, Barcelona or

London) and end

somewhere along

the east coast of

the U.S. or the

Gulf coast. We

are always looking

for great value for

these cruises as

well.

Possibly the

most exotic of

all was the cruise

a few years ago

that started in Rome and ended

in Singapore. We had a very nice

group that transited the Suez Canal,

and then visited Dubai, India and

Indonesia.

I wish I could have escorted this

group but I got a firsthand report

from possibly our best traveled

Vegas Voyager Harkley Boak who

viewed it as a trip of a lifetime. And

during his life he traveled all over the

world.

It is these types of unique voyages

that the Vegas Voyagers will

continue to be on the lookout for.

Our good friends at Princess Cruise

Lines as well as Royal Caribbean and

Celebrity offer these longer cruises

that are always a lot of fun.

**Our next Vegas Voyager

meeting will be Friday, March 10th at

9:30 am at Buckman’s Restaurant at

the Revere Golf Course in Anthem.

Continental breakfast will be served.

At this meeting we will introduce

a number of new trips and cruises

for 2017 and even 2018. We are

even working on a number of

exotic destinations that might be of

interest. Please RSVP by emailing to

fairtravel@aol.com or calling 1-800-

698-1101.

I will also be speaking at The Vegas

Voice Elder Empowerment Event

on Thursday, March 9 th at Sun City

McDonald Ranch. The topic of my

presentation will be “Don’t leave

your brain at home when you go on

vacation.”

This informative talk will give you

all the tools you need to enjoy a fun

and safe vacation. Come on by and

say “hello.”

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Kathy Manney

Needn’t Be a Swinger to Enjoy Savory Date

Around Our World

Regale Harris

Caregiver Burnout

Your Kindred Team

Date palms are commonly seen

in Southern Nevada and Southern

California, therefore many have

probably heard of the Date Farm

near Tecopa, California or the annual

Riverside County Fair and National

Date Festival and probably don’t

consider a name misunderstanding for

either.

But what comes to mind if you are

not familiar with date palms?

I was texting with my cousin in

Oregon recently, mentioning that my

husband and I were going to attend

the annual “Date Festival.” Quickly,

she texted back, “Date?” I replied,

“Yes, dates like the ones you eat.”

She texted again and was glad I

clarified this. She was wondering if

“Date” meant that we were swingers.

John and I had never thought of

the Date Festival or the Date Farm in

that context, but if you aren’t familiar

with date palms, understand how the

word “date” could be confused with

something other than food.

Savory delights wait at China Ranch

Date Farm where date milkshakes and

freshly baked date nut bread can be

purchased. As you round the last curve

on Furnace Creek Road, soon after

leaving Old Spanish Trail, the road

abruptly ends. You have arrived at an

extraordinary refuge on the fringe of

Death Valley.

“Hidden Oasis” the sign reads.

China Ranch is an oasis where date

palms not only grow, they thrive. It is

the largest producer of dates in the

United States.

Like apples, dates come in different

varieties. A single tree can have as

many as 300 pounds of fruit per year

and can live one-hundred or more

years. Date palms have been cultivated

since about 6000 B.C. for their sugary

fruit.

A tree started from seed takes

about seven years to produce fruit.

It requires one male tree to pollinate

fifty female trees. Their pollen

usually carried by wind or insects, but

growers’ hand pollinates their groves

to assure a crop.

Dates are rich in antioxidants, fiber

and potassium. California’s Date

Industry covers 8,500 planted acres.

“Palmeros” are the people who are

hoisted into the trees to cut the ripe

fruit, while workers below shake off

the dates into bins.

Though Death Valley’s average

annual rainfall is little more than

2-inches, the Armagosa River Valley

offers a surprise near China Ranch.

In this barren desert, a river runs year

round despite scorching temperatures.

It ranks among the few rivers in

the world flowing below sea level.

Originating near Beatty, the river

What a pleasure it is to write this

travel article for The Vegas Voice.

My name is Marilyn Sirna and I am

the Activities and Fitness Director at

Sun City MacDonald Ranch.

My husband and I have been

married for 50 years, and yes I was

a child bride! And I have been so

fortunate to have travel much of the

world.

I am happy to share my love of

adventure and travel with Vegas

Voice readers. Most of our travels

are done by bus and we have lots of

fun on these trips.

We have some awesome travel

adventures in the works. Take a look

for yourself. And such opportunities

are not just for Sun City MacDonald

residents - they’re for all Vegas Voice

readers.

We hope this helps in planning

future trips. Remember: these trips

winds southward through the valley,

then disappears into the ground.

The Riverside County Fair and

National Date Festival is located in

Indio, California and held annually in

February. The Fair and Date Festival

began more than 70-years ago to

celebrate the end of the region’s date

harvest.

Ironically, the Date palms are not

native. They were transplanted here

in 1903 from Algeria. Today, the

“Date Festival” portion of the fair has

diminished and disappoints as there

are few vendors selling fresh dates and

date items.

But if you enjoy the fairground

atmosphere or have never been to

a county fair with their grand stand

entertainment, exhibits, rides and food

vendors, this is a good place to come

and visit.

Bon appetite to your next date.

Kathy Manney enjoys visiting interesting places and being an Adventure Diva. Her

“Must See” travel journeys continue - always with enthusiasm.

Marilyn Sirna

Let’s Go With Marilyn

Let’s Go!

are open to all Vegas Voice readers.

March 21 & 22 – Verde Canyon

Railroad

This is a 2-day trip. Cost is $219

Dbl. occupancy and $279 pp single.

The price includes bus fare, railroad

ticket, admission to Montezuma’s

Castle National Monument Hotel

and one breakfast.

June: Yosemite National Park,

Solvang and Santa Barbara

July: Hearst Castle

July: Del Mar Race Track, La

Jolla, California and San Diego

August: Pageant of the Masters –

Laguna Beach, California

September: Temecula Winery

Tour

Give me a call and I’ll be happy

to get you all the information. I can

be reached at 702/270-7006 or:

msirna@scmronline.org.

Come on, let’s go!

You probably know all the details

about the health of the person for

whom you’re caring. You’re on top of

what medications must be taken, you

can even spot minor changes in their

mood and attitude.

Are you as aware of what’s going on

with you? When caring for a loved one,

it’s easy to forget about your own needs.

1.The rollercoaster of emotions.

Whatever you call it - second-hand stress

or the more serious caregiver burnout,

the mix of physical and emotional

exhaustion strikes many caregivers.

The fix: Your life has changed in

profound ways, so it’s natural to feel

frustrated and to grieve for what you

have lost. You can’t take good care of

anyone if you don’t take of yourself.

Remind yourself that while you are

doing everything you can, you will never

do everything; and that’s OK too.

2. You catch every bug that comes

your way. Stress can take a toll on your

immune system. If you are getting sick

DON’T

MISS IT!

2 LOCATIONS!

Sun City MacDonald Ranch

Thursday, March 9th, 10am-12 noon

Sun City Anthem

Saturday, March 18th 10am-12 noon

Learn about new technology in staying safe

• Safety tips from the experts

• New Nevada programs to keep safe

Speakers will include experts on all aspects of

staying safe including:

• Henderson Police Department

• Henderson Fire Department

• Nevada Regional Transportation Commission –

“Yellow Dot Program”

• Guardianship Protection – Nomination forms

so you or your loved one will never be taken.

• Travel Safety – “Don’t Leave Your Brain at

Home While on Vacation”

• Latest tools to protect you and your home

more often, your body is trying to tell

you something.

The fix: Eating a nutritious diet

and getting proper sleep boosts your

body’s natural

defenses.

3. You’re

snapping at

everyone.

When you feel

helpless and

overwhelmed, you’re

more likely to overreact to the things

people do, or don’t do. You need a

timeout.

The fix: Don’t set the bar so high that

you can never meet it. Try to find ways

to ease the tension.

4. You know you should exercise;

you don’t have the time. No one can

function well in crisis mode day after

day. Caregiving is a marathon, not a

sprint.

The fix: Force yourself to get moving.

Exercise is the best stress reliever.

For more information and to RSVP for seats,

contact The Vegas Voice at 702/251-4441 or

www.thevegasvoice.net

5. You can’t remember the last

time you met a friend for dinner or

a movie. Everyone needs a break from

time-to-

time, so why

don’t you give

yourself one?

The fix: We are

not suggesting a twoweek

Caribbean cruise,

though that would

be lovely, right? A few

hours while you read a

book or watch reruns of your favorite

sitcom, can be restorative. NOTE:

Taking a break doesn’t mean running

errands or doing chores. It’s YOU time.

6. You’re the go-to caregiver. This

may be the hardest job you’ll ever have,

and it can take time to adjust and come

to terms with it. Don’t try to do it alone,

you’ll hit bottom.

The fix: Establish a network of

relatives, friends or people you can call

on. Schedule a family meeting or video

chat about who does what and who pays

for it.

Let everyone know you will not be

available to host activities that you’ve

normally handled. Keep a to-do list with

you and whip it out when others ask if

they can help.

Your neighbor might be happy to

spend a few hours at your house while

you go to the gym. A friend can buy

groceries when she’s at the store.

Meanwhile, join a local or online

support group.

If you would like to speak directly

with a Registered Nurse about how

Kindred can help, just call our Kindred

team. Our telephone number is:1.866.

KINDRED.

Regale Harris is the Manager of Volunteer Services and Community Liaison for

Kindred. She welcomes all questions and inquiries and can be reached at: regale.

harris@kindred.com.

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Jim Valkenburg

Auto Insurance Premium Part I

Insurance Insight

Here are the top 3 things that

determine your auto insurance premium.

The other two will be printed next

month.

1. YOU. Your age, gender, marital

status, driving record, and record of prior

claims play a major role in determining

your risk level and therefore, the premium

you will pay.

Traditionally, males under 25 years

of age represent the highest risk, while

married, middle-aged, non-smoking

couples represent the lowest. The second

highest rates go to drivers 75-80 and

older.

The most favored rates and the target

market of all insurance companies are

drivers aged 50-64. Statistically they have

the fewest incidents and incidents.

Drivers under age 25 are involved in

more accidents than any other age group,

and car crashes remain the leading killer

of people ages 15 to 20. And amid these

accident-prone younger drivers, it’s the

male drivers who tend to cause more of

the accidents. Therefore, young males pay

higher rates than young females.

Many people say that male drivers drive

more than female drivers but for statistics,

insurance companies use 1,000,000 driven

miles for each category. Unfortunately, the

young men have not only more accidents,

but dramatically more accidents causing

deaths than young females. It’s based on

data, not prejudice.

2. WHERE YOU LIVE AND

DRIVE. The country is broken down

into areas and every insurance company

keeps statistics on the number of claims

reported in what geographical areas. The

Post Office broke our country down

geographically by zip code – and that is

generally what insurance companies use.

As the claims go up in certain zip

codes, the rates follow. But the change

isn’t instantaneous.

In most states (like Nevada),

the insurance company has to file

proposed rates with the state insurance

commissioner and they have to be

approved before they can change. So, it

might take many months or even years

for rates to change dramatically.

Rates also tend to be higher in urban

areas because of the higher density of

traffic, increased likelihood of theft and

vandalism, and greater incidence of fraud.

The risk factors vary, of course, but if you

lived in places like Detroit, Philadelphia or

Los Angeles, you would pay much higher

rates that you would in rural Montana.

As insurance claims rise, they are

followed by legal battles. Nevada has one

of the highest litigious costs per capita in

the nation and is therefore in the top 10

states for highest insurance rates.

Your zip code matters! If you move

across the street and find yourself in a

different zip code your rate can increase

or decrease. Many insurance companies

can actually narrow down claim incidents

by city blocks within zip codes.

3. THE TYPE OF VEHICLE

YOU DRIVE. This is a very important

element and one that is often overlooked

when car shopping. Vehicles that have a

high frequency of claims or are expensive

to repair are prone to higher premiums.

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

decisions.

Happy Birthday June!

June Gordon was born

January 16, 1917 in New

York City. She lived in New

York until 1948 and was

married 44 years to the

love of her life, Harvey

Gordon.

June is an amazing

woman who looks at least

20 years younger than she

is. She attributes this to the fact that

she worked until the age

95 as a manicurist. She still

does nails for her friends at

Atria Sunlake.

June has spent most of

her life traveling, shopping,

and being a friend to many.

June is a real lesson to all

of us that you can live to

be 100 and still be vibrant,

active and full of energy.

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Kyo Mitchell

A Healthier You

Shoulder & Arm Pain

Mary Richard

Health Fitness

Save & Work Your Heart!

James J. White, D.D.S

Cheap Dentistry Will Cost a Fortune

If you are

experiencing pain

in your upper arm

and/or your neck and

you cannot lift your

arm through its full

range of motion, you

may have a problem in the

shoulder. One of the easiest

ways a doctor can check this

is called the “Hawkins

Test.”

The doctor will bring

your arm up so that it is parallel

with the floor and then bend your

elbow to ninety degrees so that

your fingers are facing forward

and your palm is facing down. The

doctor then starts to rotate the

The inflammation

irritates the local nerve and

since the nerve also passes

down through the neck

and arm, the pain may

radiate here as well.

For anyone who

has experienced

shoulder

impingement

syndrome, this

problem can be

both painful and

debilitating. It can become chronic,

making it painful to use the arm

during the day and painful to sleep

at night.

Patients may be given drugs or

advised to have surgery. Yet, in

Since February is “Heart Month”

here are some medication-free

strategies to help prevent heart

disease.

Heart disease may be a leading

cause of death, but that doesn’t

mean you have to accept it as your

fate. Although you lack the power to

change some risk factors - such as

family history, sex or age, there are

some key heart disease prevention

steps you can take.

You can avoid heart problems in

the future by adopting a

healthy lifestyle today.

Some heart disease

prevention tips to get

you started:

1. Don’t smoke or

measures, such as maintaining a

healthy weight, the payoff is even

greater.

Physical activity helps you control

your weight and can reduce your

chances of developing other

conditions that may put a strain

on your heart, such as high blood

pressure, high cholesterol and

diabetes. It also reduces stress,

which may be a factor in heart

disease.

Try getting at least 30 to 60

minutes of moderately

intense physical activity

most days of the week.

However, even shorter

amounts of exercise

A denture technique so sophisticated,

shoulder joint so that your hand/ many cases shoulder impingement

offer heart benefits, so

forearm move in a downward/back syndrome can easily be resolved in use tobacco. Smoking

if you can’t meet those

ward direction.

a matter of weeks without surgery or using tobacco is one of

guidelines, don’t give up. You

If you experience pain, it is or drugs.

the most significant risk factors can even break up your workout

highly likely you have what is As stated previously, the problem for developing heart disease. time into 10-minute sessions.

called “Shoulder Impingement is that the arm bone is too close Chemicals in tobacco can damage And remember that activities such

Syndrome.” Shoulder impingement to the shoulder bone. Exercises your heart and blood vessels, as gardening, housekeeping, taking

syndrome is fairly easy to

can be given to strengthen certain leading to narrowing of the arteries the stairs and walking the dog all

understand.

muscles (Infraspatus, teres minor (arteriosclerosis), which can count toward your total.

Your upper arm bone (humerus) and subscapularis) which pull the ultimately lead to a heart attack. 3. Eat a heart-healthy diet.

hangs down from your shoulder arm down away from the shoulder In addition, the nicotine in Eating a diet with foods that are low

bone (the acromion aspect of the bone.

cigarette smoke makes your heart in fat, cholesterol and salt which

scapula). There are two structures Massage may also be necessary work harder by narrowing your is rich in fruits, vegetables, whole

between these two bones which for certain muscles (trapezius and blood vessels and increasing your grains and low-fat dairy products

are the tendons of a muscle called rhomboids) which, when they are heart rate and blood pressure. can help protect your heart. Beans,

supraspinatus and a bursa which too tight, will pull the shoulder Carbon monoxide in cigarette other low-fat sources of protein and

serves as a cushion between the bone downward decreasing

smoke replaces some of the oxygen certain types of fish also can reduce

bone and the tendon.

the space between the arm and in your blood.

your risk of heart disease.

When these structures are all in shoulder bones.

This increases your blood pressure 4. Maintain a healthy weight.

the proper places, the shoulder Where exercises and massage by forcing your heart to work harder As you put on weight in adulthood,

joint moves easily. If, however may help open the space

to supply enough oxygen. Even socalled

“social smoking” - smoking than muscle. This excess weight

your weight gain is mostly fat rather

something happens to decrease the between the arm and shoulder

space between the arm bone and bones, additional measures

only while at a bar or restaurant can lead to conditions that increase

the shoulder bone, the tendon and may be necessary to resolve the with friends is dangerous and your chances of heart disease, high

bursa get squeezed every time you inflammation and reduce the pain. increases the risk of heart disease. blood pressure, high cholesterol and

raise your arm.

Anti-inflammatories in the form of 2. Exercise for 30 minutes on diabetes.

Over time, this movement will drugs or herbs and acupuncture can most days of the week. Getting As always, if you have any health

damage the tendon and bursa help in this regard.

some regular, daily exercise can issues, it is wise to discuss any

causing inflammation resulting in While shoulder impingement reduce your risk of fatal heart exercises with your physician.

tendonitis or bursitis. (Any word syndrome may be a painful

disease. And when you combine POSITIVE ATTITUDE AND

ending in “itis” means inflammation problem, it need not be a

physical activity with other lifestyle HAPPY HEALTH TO ALL!

of that structure.)

permanent one.

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 rkyomitchell@gmail.com.

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 mary-vegasvoice@cox.net.

When you’re in need of dental

work, one question may come to

mind: How much is this going to

cost?

Rest assured that if you put it off

or try to get it done on the cheap,

that decision could come back to

haunt you in the end. If you’re

thinking about shopping around for

a better price on dental work, here

are some things to consider.

1. Dental care is a professional

service. Although it is based on

science, dentistry is much more than

that. It is also an art, and many artists

are less than stellar.

Some paintings are ones that sell

for $25 at a flea market. You may not

object to hanging junk art on your

wall, but don’t your teeth deserve

better?

2. The quality of the lab the dentist

uses can vary. Their costs will reflect

the quality of their output. And if

you care about the caliber of what

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Includes: • 2 routine cleanings

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ends up on your mouth, you must

pay a little more.

3. For anyone running a dental

practice, the overhead costs are

greater than you think. Between

60-80% of an ordinary charge goes

toward the cost of office space

rental, payroll expenses for assistants,

supplies, health insurance and more,

not to mention the cost of keeping

up with the latest technology.

A less-expensive dentist may skimp

on these important costs with an

adverse effect on the health of his

patients.

4. You may have dental coverage,

but before long you’re sure to

learn that it doesn’t compare to

health insurance. Most plans are

maintenance-only. They will cover

occasional x-rays and cleanings.

They may also partially pay for a

crown, but if your needs are greater

than that, their assistance on your

behalf will check out after you’ve

reached the first $1,000 to $1,500 of

your maximum coverage allotment.

5. The fact that your insurance

won’t cover 100 percent of a certain

procedure doesn’t mean that it’s

unnecessary or that you don’t require

it. It simply means that your insurer

is hoping you decide to skip it

entirely.

6. Every bite you take while

chewing subjects your teeth to 200

pounds of pressure per square inch.

Can inadequate dental restorations

stand up to this kind of assault?

Wouldn’t you be willing a pay a little

more for ones that you know can

meet the challenge?

7. When you visit the least-costly

dentist around or put off having

dental work done because you’d

rather save the money, you’re just

setting yourself up for a larger

expense down the road. Cavities and

abscessed teeth cannot get better

on their own, and it will always cost

less to fix a dental problem early on

before it becomes far worse. While

a simple filling might cost a few

hundred dollars, the cost of a larger

one could run into the thousands.

In dentistry as in everything else,

you’re going to get what you pay for.

Everyone’s mouth is different, and

as such, every bit of dental work we

perform is unique from one patient

to the next.

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Chuck Dean

A New Day

Vet 2 Vet

Alice Vo Edwards

Is Your Home Fat Proof?

Now that we live in a state where

cannabis is legal to consume, what do

the thousands of veterans who find

relief with health issues by using it need

to know in order to seamlessly slip into

this new reality?

The first and most important fact is

that the VA will not approve of its usage,

since they operate totally within the

confines of federal regulations. The feds

still list cannabis as a schedule one drug.

Just because Nevada says its legal does

not mean your primary care physician or

other VA providers will even consider

prescribing it.

Once upon a time, when wartime

traumatic issues went from shell shock,

to delayed stress syndrome, to finally

being called post-traumatic stress

disorder (PTSD), the only answer to the

nightmares, the depression, and hyperanxious

reactions to life, etc. was to give

veterans strong medicine in the form of

psychiatric pharmaceuticals. However, a

pill to take care of this only led to taking

another one that countered the effects

of the first one.

It was a vicious cycle. In reality, the

prescribers at the VA had no idea

what was going on. They figured that

numbing the veteran out was the best

solution.

Well, this led to a bunch of zombies

running around, and even worse -

suicide victims by the droves. “No cure

for PTSD? Let’s just keep these guys

under control before something bad

happens.” Well it did happen - in far too

many cases.

Things have not changed much. The

VA, under the constraints of folks like

the DEA, still push pills in massive

amounts and hope for the best.

It takes little imagination to realize

how much the drug companies have

their fingers in the pie. And yet,

something as harmless as marijuana (that

seems to actually work for many vets,

and can be grown at home) remains

illegal and unavailable through VA

channels.

It defies any semblance of sanity.

On a state-level, Nevada medical

marijuana has been available to those

patients possessing a state issued card for

more than a decade. PTSD has been one

of the prevailing conditions that civilian

physicians determine and sanction

cannabis usage by their patients.

So here we are. It is now legal, and

Nevada veterans can use it for both

medicinal and recreational purposes, but

they cannot talk openly to their doctor

about it.

VA providers and clinicians simply

have to chalk up a veteran’s cannabis

usage to self-medication - and cannot

legally condone it. So be it.

There’s certainly far more harmful

forms of self-medication out there than

marijuana; like opiates (prescribed) that

kill an average of 150,000 Americans

yearly, or alcohol consumption.

Both are legal, but much more

destructive. Look at it this way: when’s

the last time you heard of someone

dying of a cannabis overdose, or a

veteran beating their spouse under the

influence of marijuana?

I’m glad that self-medication is finally

getting a better rap. Hats off to the

voters of Nevada for making it happen.

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/

chuckdeanbooks

“A man’s health can be judged by

which he takes two at a time – pills

or stairs.” - Joan Welsh.

I don’t remember when it started,

but I’m at that place in life where

I take my ibuprofen two (or

three) at a time and bounding up

staircases is a flimsy memory. My

lack of enthusiasm for exercise has

inevitably led to weight gain.

In researching healthy habits

to begin reversing that trend, I

read the work of a fascinating

food psychologist I want to share

with you. Dr. Brian Wansink, who

works at the Food and Brand Lab

at Cornell University, has proven

in multiple research studies that

many of our issues with overeating

are caused by unintentional

environmental factors that

contribute to overeating -which can

be reversed by applying some simple

psychology tricks.

Dr. Wansink suggests that rather

than worrying about complex

diets, people could change the

environment they eat in simple

ways to shave 100 or more calories

from their daily diets. By doing this,

people could lose 5-10 pounds per

year effortlessly. Sounds great, right?

Knowledge is power so I’ve taken

the 100 point home-assessment in

his book “Slim By Design: Mindless

Eating Solutions” and created a

mini-quiz so you can rate the fatpromotion

factor of your home.

Ready?

Healthy Home Fat-Buster Quiz

Questions & Points

2+ fruits easily accessible on the

kitchen counter +1

Baked goods, breads, and chips are

out of sight +1

Fruits and veggies are at eye level

and packaged within the fridge +1

Toaster not visible +1

Kitchen walls neutral, soothing

color (but not white) +1

TV in kitchen -1

Blender on counter +1

10-inch dinner plates +1

12-inch or larger dinner plates -1

12-oz cereal/soup bowls +1

14-oz or larger cereal/soup bowls

-1

I often buy packaged foods bulk at

Costco/Sam’s Club/Walmart -1

Candies are out of sight, in opaque

containers +1

No snacks or sweets kept in the

home office area +1

Scoring: If you score 8-10,

pat yourself on the back. You’re

amazing. If you score 5-7, you may

want to read the book. If you score

less than 5, please, please, read the

book.

Before I read the book, I would

have scored a -2 (This was an ahha

moment for my weight gain

problem). I would currently score as

a 4, with further improvements in

the works.

As always, I’d love to hear your

thoughts, opinions (and scores) so

feel free to reach out.

Our Columnist’s New Book

“Amongst Other Gods” is a

collection of short stories by

our Chuck Dean. He is also the

author of “Nam

Vet: Making Peace

with Your Past”

and “Some Came

Home: A Story of

Returning.”

His new book

is an absorbing

portrayal of life

from the inside out

- living amongst

us lesser gods.

From a senior

divorcee trying to

decide whether to

re-marry for love

or for money, a

drunk sailor luckily

finding refuge in Bernice’s Bar, or

a wounded soldier trying to escape

the horrors of friendly fire, each

page is full of the human soul:

Some sad, some hilarious, and

others very close to home.

Frame after

frame, each

vignette has a

message that

everyone can

identify with.

Perhaps what is

written here is what

we all have wanted

to say from time

to time, but never

had the words to

express it.

Available now

in paperback or

digital (Kindle)

formats at: www.

amazon.com. Or

visit Dean’s author’s page: http://

www.amazon.com/author/

chuckdeanbooks.

Rotary Club of Green Valley

The Rotary Club of Green Valley,

a proud participant of Rotary’s

Rose Parade

Float Committee

was awarded

the Princesses’

Trophy in the

2017 Tournament

of Roses

Parade. Green

Valley Rotarians,

Dave Jockman

and Larry Skaggs

& wives were totally involved in this

38th consecutive Rotarian entry.

The float, representing Rotarians

traveling worldwide, create and

complete projects serving people in

six areas: promoting peace, fighting

disease, providing clean water, saving

mothers and children, supporting

education, and growing local economies.

The spectacularly colorful dragon,

proudly wore a medallion marking

“100” years of Rotarians worldwide

and carried luggage

decorated

with symbols of

these focus areas.

The Rotary

Rose Parade

Float Committee,

comprised

of Rotarians

primarily from

southern California

and Nevada, is supported entirely

by voluntary contributions from

Rotary districts, clubs and individuals

across the US and Canada. It was

a gift to Rotary International, The

Rotary Foundation, and the 1.2 million

Rotarians continuously “serving

humanity” each and every day.

If you’d like knowing more or

joining the Green Valley Rotary, visit:

greenvalleyrotary.org.

Alice Vo Edwards is the author of “My Best Friend Died” and “Put Away The Razor,”

and founder of the Lift Up Vegas project for inspiring Happiness and Wellbeing in Las

Vegas. Contact Alice at alice@liftupvegas.org

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Jan Fair

A No-Brainer Minute

Exercisae Your Brain with Fun February Storytelling

THE VEGAS VOICE

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