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By: Dan Roberts / Roberts Rules
do you think? That’s the question
strangers… and anyone else who I meet.
The Vegas Voice begins its 14 th year this
month and the journey has been and continues
to be incredible. From unbelievable highs to
life-changing lows, yours truly can use many
adjectives to describe my role as publisher – but
boring is not one of them.
The evolution from newspaper to magazine
has been a perfect example of our constantly
revolving mission – to be the voice for your
health, wealth & good times.
Permit me to boast that I am extremely proud
of everyone associated with our publication.
From our columnists to our theme editors, to
our entertainment shows and now, with our
renewed relationship with Humana – live TV
shows (see page 17)!
Details are still a work in progress (so what else is new?) but what
other senior publication provides it all to their readers?
From exposing corruption and scandals in the Nevada guardianship
system, elder empowerment expos that provide information on how to
stay safe (see page 11), travel options (everything from local bus trips
to “bucket list” dream vacations), to our Broadway/Las Vegas Strip
headliners and performers that we bring to your
community clubhouse - we really try to do it all.
And we’re just getting started! Let me know
what you think – and more importantly, any
ideas or suggestions?
*** We headline this month one of our own
“columnists” – a guarantee 1 st round “Comedic
Hall of Famer” and a true definition of a
gentleman and great, great guy - Marty Allen.
I’ve written about Marty’s wonderful qualities
many times in our previous publications and
reiterate what I’ve said in the past - how many
other comedians can make different generations
I have many stories of sitting with Marty
over lunch, talking with him occasionally, but
usually happily listening to him. To say that
I always left laughing and marveling how
lucky I have been in having him as a part of my family would be an
Happy, happy 95th birthday to my Uncle Marty. May you have 95
more making everyone around you smile and laugh.
By: Rich Natole / Voices of a Generation
would like to dedicate this column to the
loss of my dear friend who was appropriately
known as the Las Vegas Entertainment
Ambassador. Tony Sacca was a staple in the Las Vegas community for
He was a singer, entertainer, producer and TV host. Tony not only
brought a unique style of entertainment to Las Vegas, but he did it
with pizazz and passion! He truly loved what he did and it showed!
As a television host he interviewed countless celebrities. His
incredible video library and celebrity guest list reads like a “Who's
Who of Stars.”
All this, plus all the tireless work he did for the Las Vegas
community earned him a star, (right next to Elvis) on the Las Vegas
Walk of Fame. Tony loved talented people and anything to do with the
He would do whatever he could to help performers. Tony would
invite them to appear on his “Las Vegas Rocks Television Variety”
show, his radio shows, his live shows, you name it!
When I moved to Las Vegas nine years ago, I was performing at the
Harmon Theatre. Tony saw my show and offered to put me on TV.
He was the very first person in town to step up. "I think you're
By: Diane Davis / That’s Entertainment
Xavier Mortimer has a dream job. The
32-year-old French-born magician at the
Sin City Theater at Planet Hollywood entertains
audiences of all ages with his show “Xavier Mortimer's Magical Dream.”
Give this performer a hand of appreciation. After all, how many
magicians use a hand which periodically emerges from a box and
interacts with the star as a prop. Different? Yes. This likable performer
who shined in Cirque du Soleil’s Michael Jackson's ONE has developed
a show with winning doses of pantomime and personality.
When a large balloon enters, crosses the room, and bursts on
stage with him seemingly emerging from the balloon, you know this
is not your typical magic show. There are five major components
- Xavier, his assistant Belle, a mirror, a screen though which you
are entertained by shadows and that amusing hand which keeps
emerging from a box.
Xavier's story line – his quest to win Belle, the woman in the yellow
dress, carries us along through the 1¼ hour show. You'll see images
on a screen, shadow play, a flying broom, ample doses of magic, and a
bit of levitation.
There are no huge tricks, no disappearing cars or tigers. Instead,
there is the thought that you'd like this guy to be your brother,
boyfriend, or son. He emits a feeling of joy and fun.
Technology serves him well as the quest to win Belle is seen in
pantomime behind the screen. There are a few traditional Vegas tricks.
My Friend, Tony Sacca
Bringing His Dream to Life
a great comedy
told me. "I'm a fan
and I want to help
Over the years I
got to know him
well. We had a lot of
laughs, both on and
offstage. We always
maintained a mutual respect and friendship over the years.
Tony was the kind of guy who rarely got mad at anyone. Everyone
loved his gentle nature.
When I started hosting radio and TV shows for The Vegas Voice,
once again, it was Tony who offered helpful tips. He was a great
We all need to follow his example and help each other. To say that
Tony Sacca will be greatly missed is an understatement!
Las Vegas will not be the same without him. He loved this town and
this town loved him! A life well-lived my friend!
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@
Tossing the ball to
audience members who
pick names at random
which he later presents,
leaving us wondering
how he could write down
the chosen names and
get them onto a paper
which he takes from his
The small room gives
you an aura of “up close
& personal.” The early
hour allows for children
or seniors to join Xavier
in his magical dream.
Photo courtesy Ira Kuzma
performs nightly at 7 pm except Wednesdays. Get tickets through
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Mortimer and enjoy!
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
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So Much to See and Hear
By: Evan Davis / I Know A Place
The first quarter
is almost over,
The Vegas Voice has
turned the corner and is now a magazine,
and we still have seven nights a week of live
local entertainment all over town. We’ve
made it through New Year’s, Super Bowl and
Valentine’s Day, so what’s next?
Let’s start with Mondays. The Tap House for
dancing, inexpensive food and drinks. Laura
Shaffer at the Piazza Lounge in the Tuscany
Hotel accompanied by her Noir Nightingale
The Downtown Jam hosted by The
Downtown Groove Collective (an all-inclusive jam
session with jazz, blues, Funk, Pop, Rock) This jam
takes place at The Artifice in the Downtown Arts District.
Kelly Clinton at the Bootlegger hosting her open mic cabaret show or
Santa Fe and The Fat City Horns for a late night healing session at the
Tuesdays you can see Wes Winters at the Rampart, Rita Lim at Osaka
Japanese Bistro, and The Steve White Quartet at Legends Bar & Grill.
I could go on and on, but let’s focus on Piero’s Italian restaurant
With Frankie Scinta
featuring Pia Zadora on Friday and Saturday nights.
The Lounge at the El Cortez with Joey Ugarte and the Jazz Vibrations
and Rita Lim vocals, every Friday night.
You have the Nite Kings at the Orleans
on Wednesdays, Kent Foote and the Vegas
Goodfellla’s on Thursdays at Siena Trattoria,
The Sharps swing at the Golden Tiki in China
Town on Thursday nights.
The Barrymore in the Royal Resort Hotel
on Convention Center Drive features Laura
Shaffer on Fridays. And don’t forget the
hot jazz nights on the weekends at The
Oops, let me not forget Frankie Scinta, and
where the Scintas perform - the Plaza.
The only way we can keep all these
entertainers working, and venues open, is by our
support. We need to go out, have a bite to eat, or a
drink and let them know we care and appreciate their talents.
If you want a complete list of what’s happening on the local scene, go
to my web site, www.EvanDavisJazz.com.
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: email@example.com.
32 Years & Counting!
By: Charlie Christy / Exexutive Director
- Ms. Senior Nevada
a Pageant each year, Ms Senior
Nevada remain a vital force for
good and good deeds. We are
not a “celebrity” event, but an
organization with women that
have made a difference and
continue to do so.
We do events at assisted
living centers. We bring the
entertainment to those unable to travel.
Our dedicated staff is all-volunteer and more concerned with
giving, than what they can receive. But receive we do; brightening
a day for shut-ins brings a warmth and happiness you need to
experience to understand the joy.
The photo is of Dorothy Guralnik, our first Ms Senior Nevada,
(1986). At a young 94, she continues to perform several times
a month. And Dorothy is joined by our reigning Queen, Terri
We invite women (see our ad below) who have reached the “Age of
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By: Mike Landry / Golf Fore Ever
There are more than 14,000 golf courses
in the US and about 24 million people
play golf each year. That figure is down from 27
million just a few years ago.
The average age for golfers in America is 54. Men make up 80% and
women 20%. Avid golfers make up only 26% of all players, but play
about 75% of all the rounds.
The USGA says the average handicap is 14.3 for men and 26.5 for
women. Of course, that only accounts for the golfers that have an
established handicap index with the USGA.
Many golfers play without a handicap and it is said that their average
scores are generally much higher and more likely in the 100s. So if
you routinely score under 90 for men and under 100 for women, that’s
bogey golf and you are an average (or better) golfer.
See you on the links.
What’s Your Handicap?
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: firstname.lastname@example.org.
The King of the 12-String Guitar
By: Yvonne Cloutier / Musical Moments
He died poor, as do many great musicians.
This folk/blues singer, guitarist,
songwriter and, yes a murderer - whose volatile
temper got him sent to prison for shooting a cousin and stabbing
a man, also gave to the world recordings of songs he discovered,
adapted or composed.
He was a profound influence on
many musicians, like Woody Guthrie,
Johnny Cash, the Weavers, Pete Seeger
and The Highwaymen. His comment
about his bad conduct was: “When I
play, the women come around to listen
and their men get angry.”
He was Huddie “Lead Belly” Ledbetter, born near in Louisiana
around 1885. As a child, he learned to play the button accordion.
He attended school until age 13, playing in the school band, and
learning other instruments.
He quit to help work on his father’s farm. At age 16, he earned his
living as a street musician with Blind Lemon Jefferson (also a street
musician) learning to master and become king of the 12 string guitar.
Lead Belly’s prison experiences, (where he got the name Lead
Belly) helped build his music repertoire. He learned the oral songs
of inmates, and it made him a hit performer in this Texas prison.
Ironically, the governor, Pat Neff, for whom he wrote and sang a song
about a pardon, released him early.
He was not a big selling recording artist, but left a huge repertoire
of folk songs, ballads, work songs, Blues, cowboy, Gospel and protest
songs from his vagabond life. While in prison (for the third time)
folklorists John and Alex Lomax, who were collecting songs for the
Library of Congress, discovered him. They published 48 of his songs.
This influenced his last prison release, along with another pardon.
Lead Belly went to New York and appeared on two radio series - Folk
Music of America and Back Where I Come From. He even had his own
short weekly radio show.
He recorded an album called The Midnight Special and Other
Southern Prison Songs. College students loved him. He eventually
moved to Los Angeles, signed with Capitol Records and began serious
Sadly, he developed health issues and was diagnosed with Lou
Gehrig’s disease. He continued to tour, even though ill, but soon was
incapacitated and died in December, 1949, at age 61. His tombstone
inscription is “Lead Belly,” for which he was better known.
We will always be able to thank Hudie “Lead Belly” Ledbetter for his
documenting and recording oral music that would otherwise, have
been forever lost.
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.
By: Beverly Washburn / Hollywood Memories
One of the things I am most thankful for
was my beautiful and lifelong relationship
with Loretta Young. She was truly the epitome of a
Hollywood star and a legend of the movie industry.
I had the pleasure of working with her many times. I did a few of her
anthology shows first titled "Letter to Loretta," which was actually based
on the many letters from fans. These shows then turned into a weekly
half hour TV show. The name was later changed to the “Loretta Young
Years later, she did another series called "The New Loretta Young
Show" and I played one of her seven children. The title has since been
changed to "Christine's Children" and can now be found on DVDs.
Loretta won an Oscar for "The Farmers Daughter” and also won
three Emmys; making her the first actress to win both an Oscar and
an Emmy. She was one of the first actresses to command a six figure
She was born Gretchen Young and at the age of four worked in
silent films as an extra. The studios later changed her name to
Loretta. Back then, it was quite common for the studios to change
She was married three times and it was well known that she had a
daughter out of wedlock, conceived in 1935 while filming "The Call
of the Wild." The father was the very married Clark Gable. This affair
and their daughter were
kept secret for several
decades for fear of ruining their
She was a kind, caring and
loving woman who always
donated to her Catholic
charities. In her later years, she
was married to Jean Louie, the
Oscar winning costume designer.
Loretta Young was truly one
of the sweetest ladies I have ever
worked with. I'm so proud to say
that I stayed in touch with her until she died in 2000 at 87.
We spoke on the phone many times. My only regret is that I never
took her up on her wonderful offer of letting me come and stay for a
week-end. I have since learned the importance of not “putting things
off” as none of us are promised tomorrows.
Until next time, remember: A grateful person trusts enough to give
life another chance, and to stay open for surprises.
Beverly Washburn graced the silver screen as a child actress
and is the author of Reel Tears which can be bought online at
Amazon.com or ordered through Barnes & Noble bookstores. You
can contact Beverly at: email@example.com. Check out her
awesome, new website: www.beverlywashburn.com.
By: Sam Wagmeister / People & Places
The joy that comedian Marty Allen has
brought to billions of people…that’s
billions with a B…shines in his eyes. After over 80
years in show business, if you consider the “cuttin’ up in high school,”
as wife Karon Kate Blackwell puts it, Allen easily acknowledges his
greatest thrill with a simple nod to his red headed bride.
The pair, together like an advertisement for the perfect union, will
soon celebrate the mop-headed comedian’s 95th birthday with an
“everybody’s invited celebration” at South Point Casino on March
23rd. The 7:30 pm show reprises a standing room only celebration
last October at New York’s famed Friar’s Club for entertainment
Explaining a 60th birthday celebration for a man turning 59 ½,
Blackwell said, “Our friends believe that when you’re 95, you should
celebrate all year.”
For Allen, it seems that the celebration has been the whole 95 years.
The comedian’s bright smile and gentle ways on stage are a reflection
of the man off-stage; many of which are recounted in his illustrated
autobiography “Hello Dere” (available at Amazon.com).
A familiar face at the delis and breakfast haunts that populate Las
Vegas neighborhoods, Allen always takes time for a “hello” and gentle
joke with adoring fans who recognize his still tasseled hairdo.
Marty Allen - 95 Years Young
Allen chronicles his showbiz beginning from his Pittsburgh roots to
Hollywood, and back to Pittsburgh where his first paying gig rewarded
him with $1.25, “and the agent took his cut.” The ladder of success
took him through the bars, joints and dives before getting back to
Hollywood, where he supplemented his income as a door-to-door
dance instructor lugging a portable Victrola and teaching the tango,
rumba and samba in upscale neighborhoods.
Allen landed the job opening for jazz singer Sarah Vaughn who
recommended him to Nat King Cole. Content with his career, Allen
one night received a call from a Las Vegas singer looking to branch
out - Steve Rossi.
After Rossi flew to Chicago’s Chez Paree nightclub for a meeting,
the two formed a partnership that propelled them to the Martin &
Lewis stratosphere; first as the opening act for Cole himself, and then
held over for Frank Sinatra and many more.
They became near regulars on Ed Sullivan’s Sunday night variety
show, appearing more than 40 times - including the evening the
Beatles made their first American television appearance. On Sullivan,
Allen’s acrobatic, comedic and energetic dance numbers often
closed their act. The Allen and Rossi duo became television staples,
appearing multiple times on Hollywood Squares, What’s My Line and
Gary Moore’s variety show. Marty also received an Emmy nomination
for a guest starring role with Barbara Stanwick for his dramatic role
as the town jinx on Big Valley. Continued on page 14
Continued from page 12 After about 15 years together,
Allen and Rossi parted. Referring to the spilt, Allen recalls, “We are
the only comedy team that parted as friends.”
Allen and Blackwell met when she tired of touring as a singer and
accepted a part-time job helping a friend as the hostess at Cyrano’s
Restaurant. Her one-night stand turned into a full time job.
For diner Allen, the attraction was immediate. When asked for his
order, he responded with a note, “I’ll take you. Little did I know that
two years later, we’d be married,” Blackwell comments.
They will celebrate their 35th wedding anniversary later this
year. When asked for the “yes” factor that caused her to accept his
marriage proposal, she states, “Because he makes me laugh.”
Blackwell and Allen share the stage at playhouses and aboard
cruise ships today. Locally, they have been celebrating Allen’s
On The Hollywood Squares
birthdays for five years.
Blackwell rocks the house with country rooted classics – “Great
Balls of Fire” and her own self-composed hits while Allen sheds the
sigma of his years and shuffles those great dance steps across the
stage that audiences still clamor for.
Tickets for Allen’s birthday celebration are available at the South
Point Box Office.
You Gotta Laugh
By: Bill Caserta / Bill’s Blurbs
The Anniversary Present: Bob
forgot his wedding anniversary. His
wife was mad.
She told him, “Tomorrow morning, I expect to find a gift in
the driveway that goes from 0 to 200 in 6 seconds and it better
The next morning when his wife woke up, she looked out
the window to find a box gift wrapped in the middle of the
driveway. She opened it and found a brand new bathroom scale.
One final note: Bob has been missing since Friday!
French Computer: A language teacher was explaining
to her class that in French, nouns unlike their English
counterparts, are grammatically designated as masculine
or feminine. “House” in French, is feminine - “la maison”,
while “pencil” in French is masculine - “le crayon.”’
One puzzled student asked, “What gender is a computer?”
The teacher thought it would be a good exercise to have the
students decide what they thought the gender should be.
So she split the class into two groups appropriately enough,
by gender and asked them to decide whether “computer”
should be a masculine or a feminine noun. Both groups were
required to give four reasons for their recommendation.
The men’s group decided that computer should definitely be
of the feminine gender (“la computer”), because:
1. No one but their creator understands their internal logic.
2. The native language they use to communicate with other
computers is incomprehensible to everyone else.
3. Even the smallest mistakes are stored in long term
memory for possible later review.
4. As soon as you make a commitment to one, you constantly
find yourself spending more money on accessories for it.
The women’s group, however, concluded that computers
should be masculine (“le computer”) because:
1. In order to do anything with them, you have to turn them
2. They have a lot of data, but still can’t think for themselves.
3. They are supposed to help you solve problems, but most of
the time, they ARE the problem.
4. As soon as you commit to one, you realize that if you had
waited a little longer you could have gotten a better model!
Survey Says: There is a new survey about women and how
they feel about their asses. The results were pretty interesting:
30% of women think their ass is too fat; 10% of women think
their ass is too skinny and 60% of women say they don’t care.
They still love him, he’s a good man and they wouldn’t trade
him for the world!
Bill Caserta is the Project Director for The Vegas Voice and
has a very “unique” sense of humor. He welcomes all funny
submissions at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Mart’s Top Ten
By: Marty Allen / Hello Dere
. It is better to have loved and
2. You know a boy is growing up
when he stops wanting to go out with girls and wants to stay
home with them.
3. Irving: “It’s our 10th anniversary and you look the
same as you did when I married you.” Sarah: “I should. I’m
wearing the same dress!”
4. Wife: “Before we got married, you told me you were well
off.” Husband: “I was and I didn’t know it!”
5. Reporter: “You play beautifully. What made you take up
the piano?” Musician: “My glass of beer kept falling off the
6. Shirley: “What a beautiful coat. It must have cost a
fortune.” Sylvia: “No, it only cost one kiss.” Shirley: “One
that you gave your husband?” Sylvia: “No. One he gave to our
7. Times sure have changed. When did you ever see a liquor
store with a “Back to School” sale?
8. Whether or not a girl can be had for a song depends on a
9. The wildest thing happened in New York last month.
Some guy held up a Sperm Bank!
10. Remember: No naked man ever lost his keys.
Bonus: All marraiges are happy. It’s the living together
afterwards that’s tough.
For over the past decade, Marty Allen has performed with his on
and off stage singing partner Karon Kate Blackwell.
USA — New research shows you can stop a cold before
it starts if you take one simple step 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 a tiny internal elec-
New Device Stops Colds
By: Doug Cornell PhD/ To Your Health
Copper stops colds if used early.
tric charge which gets short-circuited by highly conductive
copper. 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
“It worked!” he exclaimed. “The cold went away completely.”
He asked relatives and friends to try it. They said
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.
Users wrote things like, “What a wonderful thing,” and
“It stopped my cold right away,” and “Is it supposed to
work that fast?”
Pat McAllister, age 70, was given a CopperZap. “One
of the best gifts ever. This little jewel really works.”
People often use it for prevention, before cold signs appear.
Karen Gauci flies often for her job and 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 her 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 helps with sinus problems, nighttime
stuffiness, and flu. The EPA says the natural color change
of copper does not reduce its ability to kill germs.
CopperZap is made in the U.S. of pure American copper.
It costs $47, with a 90-day money back guarantee, at
CopperZap.com or toll-free 1-888-411-6114.
By: Adrea Nairne-Barrera / 60s to 60
can’t help noticing things lying on the
road when you’re driving. So when you
have to steer around them, the mind starts to
wander and you have to think how it got there.
Everyone knows red rags come from trucks. They are everywhere!
One shoe is probably not good.
Landscape trucks always drop plants and bags usually right in the
middle of the road. Sometimes a car hits one and the guy behind gets
showered in pine or mesquite that sticks to the car.
Couch pillows are very popular. For some reason when people
move furniture, they put it in the back of a pick-up truck too small to
handle the job. Then they must run out of bungee cords and lose at
least one or two cushions.
If you’re driving to California, the 15 has a variety of droppings
every few miles. I’ve even seen a bar-b-que, a toilet (in case the public
ones are closed I suppose) and the mandatory tires.
Then there are the things you see that you wouldn’t mind taking
home. I once saw a really awesome ladder in the center lane of
the freeway. How about a discarded rocking chair that just needs
Next we move to the leftover political campaign signs attached
to fences months after the elections. The law says they have to be
removed, but no one actually does it until they seem to get defaced or
they fall down on their own.
And let’s not forget my profession either. We Realtors are always
putting stakes in the ground with our phone numbers and signs. Now
we even have flags! We’re a tough bunch and have been on front
lawns forever. They can’t keep us down.
How about orange cones? As soon as you see one, the immediate
reaction is “Oh crap, traffic will slow down” and you’re in a bad
mood. Then you drive 200 feet and they stop!
Sometimes you’re alerted by the sound of tire screeches, all to the
amusement of landscapers who are already in another subdivision
laughing. Perhaps it’s all art and someone will paint some garbage
on the road, sell it and make a million. After all, who expected Andy
Warhol to be famous for a soup can?
Are You a Triskaidekaphobe?
By: Ali Guggenheim / Psychic Phenomenon
Whether you call it triskaidekaphobia,
paraskevidekatriaphobia, the fear of the number
13 is the most prevalent superstition in the Western world.
Ironically, and in defiance of the laws of probability, the 13th day of
the month is most likely to fall on a Friday, which is the most feared
day. Both Fridays and the number 13 were held in the highest of
esteem until the patriarchal revolution.
Up until then, they were regarded as the "sacred essence of luck and
good fortune." That is why Friday the 13th was declared to celebrate
According to Jewish tradition, 13 is very significant and considered
to be blessed. Jewish boys are initiated into adulthood at 13, and
according to the Rabbinic commentary on the Torah, God has 13
Attributes of Mercy.
Chinese women make offerings of 13 mooncakes, coinciding with
the moon's 13 annual revolutions. The Egyptians believed in the
13 stages of life, and the list goes on and on. Though, there is no
known data on any number ever being unlucky, historically many
famous, normally rational, and exemplary men were afflicted with
this irrational fear. Churchill, Napoleon, Franklin D. Roosevelt, J. Paul
Getty, and even Christopher Columbus (who deliberately changed the
date he discovered America, from October 13 to the 12th, in order to
alleviate "the imprint
of such an evil
omen") are some notable
The many theories
surrounding the origins of
this fear seem to be rooted
in ancient lore. One theory
claims its origin stemmed
from the Mesopotamian
Code of Hammurabi; a
Babylonian code of law that
dates to approximately 1760
BC, where the 13th law was unintentionally omitted.
Another common theory is the Last Supper, where the 13th member
to arrive, Judas Iscariot, betrayed Jesus.
In the west, per the Stress and Phobia Institute, "more than 80% of
hi-rise buildings in the United States do not have a 13th floor. And a
majority of hotels, hospitals and airports avoid using the number for
rooms, gates, etc."
In the end, we only have ourselves to ask if 13 is lucky or unlucky?
Either way, your mind will always prove you right!
To learn more about Ali, spiritual consultations, coaching, classes,
workshops, and readings, call, give her a call: 702/373-9081.
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Take Your Brain with You
By: Stu Cooper / Happy Destinations
When you go on vacation, do not leave
your brain at home.
Yes, going on vacation is a fun and relaxing
time. We might be sitting on a beautiful beach somewhere or visiting
an exotic European city. In any of these instances, we can be victims
of petty crime or travel difficulties.
There are certain things we can do to make our vacations more
secure. Secure from those who will scam you, from those who
will pick-pocket you, from those who will separate you from your
First - if you have any valuable jewelry, watches, gold chains,
sentimental family heirlooms, leave them at home. If you “must”
take that jewelry with you, don't "flaunt" it. When not wearing it, keep
them in the hotel room or cruise cabin safe
As for purses and wallets; ladies - you want to be able to hang a
pocket book over your head and across your body. Never leave your
pocket book dangling at your side.
Also your pocket book should zipper close. Zippers are harder for
pick-pockets to gain entry.
Men, keep your wallet in your front pocket. Never in your back
pocket. Pick-pockets just love to see wallets bulging out of your back
Now when on vacation, what should you carry in your wallet or
Never carry a
lot of money.
Just a few
can't buy with
credit cards. A
total of $100
should be more
I have many
leave your brain
at home when
you go on vacation" suggestions. Join me at The Vegas Voice Elder
Care Empowerment Event from 10 am – 12 noon on Thursday, March
9th at Sun City McDonald Ranch. We also have our Vegas Voyagers
meeting on Friday, March 10th at 9:30 am at Buckman's Restaurant
at the Revere Golf Course in Sun City Anthem. 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. Learn all about our upcoming “Bus to the Boat”
schedule and other trips we have planned. Call me at 800/698-1101 to
Mix and Match
Jan. 7-14, 2018
7 Night Western
Cozumel, Isla Roatan, Belize &
Inside Cabin $600 pp,
Ocean View $660 pp,
Balcony $990 pp
Price based on double occupancy,
subject to availability and includes the
cruise and all port charges, taxes and
fees. Airfare to Florida is additional
Jan. 14-27, 2018
13 Night Panama
Canal Cruise from
Miami to LA
Cartagena, Columbia; Panama
Canal Transit; Punta Arenas,
Costa Rica; Puerto Quetzal,
Guatemala; Cabo San Lucas,
Inside Cabin $1,716 pp,
Ocean View, $2,016 pp,
Balcony $2,665 pp
Price based on double occupancy,
subject to availability and includes the
cruise and all port charges, taxes and
fees. Airfare to Florida and back from
Los Angeles to Las Vegas is additional
Bus To The Boat
7 Night Mex. Riviera
Cabo San Lucas, Mazatlan &
Inside Cabin $799 pp,
Ocean View $929 pp,
Balcony $1,079 pp
Price based on double occupancy,
subject to availability and includes the
cruise, all port charges, taxes and fees
and Round Trip Bus Transportation
from Las Vegas to the pier in Long
Preparations for Our Trips
By: Marilyn Sirna / Let’s Go!
Thank you for your responses to my first
travel article. Let me explain how we
plan our trips. I meet with LD Tours Excursions
and tell them what and where I would like to go. They do all the leg
work - they take care of hotels, admission to places we visit, bus fare –
basically everything for
I execute the
program. It’s been a
joint venture for the past
few years and it’s been
Some people inquired
about the hotels we
would be staying at. We
stay in Best Westerns,
Quality Inns, Holiday
Express – clean, nice,
middle of the road
hotels where breakfast is
always included at the hotels.
I would be glad to add you to my email list where I will share
our future trip information. Or give me a call. I can be reached at
702/270-7006 or email@example.com.
Come on, let’s go!
By: Rana Goodman / On My Soapbox
For the most part, I had not paid too much
attention to the Clark County Public
Guardian’s office since my previous conversations
with Kathleen Buchannan - the previous holder of that office. Kathleen
always told me that most of their wards were indigents who had no one
to care for them, and she was always willing to allow The Vegas Voice to
review all files.
Regular readers however, might recall an incident I wrote about
six months ago. It involved a lady that was transferred by the public
guardian’s office from an assisted living facility. The problem - it took
considerable time and effort before this senior’s friends were able to
locate the two-bed facility she had been forcefully moved to.
Due to the mean-spiritedness of that incident, it stayed on my mind.
So when Dan and I conducted our guardianship seminar at Sun City
Summerlin last month, I had flashes of that incident when I was
approached by a tiny woman who asked to speak to me.
Once again, we have an “abuse of power.” An incident where
someone showing “concern” for a neighbor called the Public
Guardian’s office because he felt an elderly person was “acting odd.”
Rather than find a staff member or volunteer with a psychological
background to speak with this elderly person, or perhaps help, they
simply interviewed her at her home. And because she chose not to
answer some questions about her family, the staff member simply
wrote that she could not remember.
As you can imagine, the public guardian immediately went to
court and received temporary guardianship. Once the court ruled on
temporary guardianship, permission was given to remove the senior
from her home - by force. Two people arrived at this woman’s door
and told her to go with them.
Being terrified of the strangers, she refused and began to scream.
They then bound her hands and feet, lifted her onto a gurney and
away they went.
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found the closing page in sharp contrast to the balance of the entire
complaint. The sixteen-page application advised the judge that the
woman had no food, no money, tried to sell an acquaintance a coin
for $5 (it was alleged to be worth a great deal more) and they were
afraid that she would be subject to exploitation.
The court document also claimed that the woman was not able to
care for herself and needed to be removed from her home. And yet on
a subsequent page, stated that the home was immaculate and well
The court document went on to say that her long-term memory
was excellent, but short-term, not so great (neither is mine, how
about yours?). This conclusion was based on the “fact” that the
senior was able to state the first names of her two sisters and brother,
but not their last names.
When I followed up by phone with her, I asked her about this.
Naturally, she knew the first and last names of her siblings. She
simply explained that she didn’t like the woman from the public
guardian’s office and felt the questions were too intrusive and none
of her business.
The court documents also advised that her net worth included her
home, (free and clear) valued at $240,000 and bank accounts of
more than $40,000. Does she sound indigent to you?
Sadly, it is now going to take a costly legal proceeding to undo this
mess, since the public guardian’s office is insisting that a guardian
(meaning them!) be appointed. She will need to retain the services
of an independent physiologist to show that she is not mentally
By the way, the starting fee for this professional competency report
is $2,000, plus legal fees and if she is successful, is that really a
Does this seem fair, just and appropriate to you? Yes, I will be
following up on this case, but you better believe readers should be
thinking: “there but for the grace of God…”
And for those who have not done so, please sign our petition.
We need less restrictive care for our seniors, not more “lock-down”
institutionalizing of them.
Make no mistake, they’re still out there.
Our Kids Deserve a Shot - And Our Taxpayers Do, Too!
By: Victoria Seaman / Victoria’s Corner
While at the legislature, I voted in favor
of establishing Education Savings
Accounts and Opportunity Scholarships. I believe
these two programs represent the most profound innovation in public
policy undertaken in Nevada in the last two decades.
While many seniors may not have family or
loved ones in school, their tax dollars nonetheless
go to support a system that is failing children.
Simply put, seniors are being asked to invest in
a failing system that artificially limits families’
That’s part of the reason I pushed so strongly for
ESAs while in the legislature. The money taxed from seniors deserves
to be spent in a way that actually improves educational outcomes.
These programs introduce the most positive elements of market
competition and consumer choice in our education system; providing
families with eligible children up to $5,700 to help educate them
outside the public school system.
These funds can be used in a variety of ways - from special tutoring
for home schooled students, to covering the cost of private school
tuition. Opportunity Scholarships were designed to help cover the gap
that oftentimes exists between the money from the state and the cost of
Students need an “outside the box” approach to education, and
taxpayers deserve a meaningful return on their investment.
One in three students in Nevada won’t graduate high school. The
ESA program is one solution to several problems.
Because the program doesn’t take the total amount allocated to a
school to educate a student, when families enroll
in the program, they take a young person and the
state money attached to that student, but leave
behind local and other funds that were intended
for that student.
This means public schools that have many ESA
applicants will have more money to educate fewer
It is a solution for both the student enrolling in the program and
leaving a public school and for that child’s school, where teachers
now have more resources to spread across fewer students and drives a
return on investment for Nevada’s taxpayers.
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@
By: Dan Hyde / Call to Action
Much to my chagrin, I have over 40
years experience promoting, electing,
and effectively navigating through the political
minefield and processes of elected governing bodies.
I can assure you that
working through the political
process is a true test of
a person’s patience. It is
riddled with many levels of
incompetence; though, once
you understand how it works,
can garner great rewards.
I have also served on
advisory and ad hoc
committees which has
resulted in developing and
implementing these helpful policies that have had positive impacts in
our senior communities. In a word, I know the process!
Why that is important is because if you are not involved in the
process, the process will run you over. Your voice will not be heard and
the politicians will create policies that adversely impact you and your
A Politician or a Leader?
The best example of this is the disgusting Guardianship laws
that are in effect in our state! The laws, enacted by your elected
political officials are a disgrace.
Permit me to clearly define the difference between a politician and
a leader, there really is a difference.
A politician is a “Lip Service Specialist” (LSS) - someone who says
all the “right” things to get
your vote and then develops
a severe case of amnesia after
being elected. A leader, on
the other hand, is a valued,
trustworthy public servant
who seriously holds your
best interests at heart and
looks forward to meeting and
hearing from you.
My task is to keep you
informed as to who the
leaders are, avoid the LSS’s
and provide you a means to effectively navigate through the political
process – Learn how to get your voice heard and have a direct impact
on policy decisions! Next month, the “process” begins!
Dan Hyde is a passionate and effective advocate for the senior
community. He served as Chair of the City of Henderson’s Senior
Advisory Commission. He can be reached at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
BY OUR COMMUNITY
“In terms of what you want in a Mayor, Debra March is the real deal – the
complete package. It is a trifecta. Debra is intelligent, thoughtful and she
is fair. In my opinion any community in the country would be proud to
have Debra March as their Mayor.”
THE HONORABLE RICHARD BRYAN
“If I had to typify Debra March’s career, it is one of caring. She is a natural
leader who listens to people and wants to do what is right for people.”
STATE SENATOR JOE HARDY
“Debra has demonstrated great leadership. The people’s interests have
been Debra’s interests. She believes public policy should be transparent.”
THE HONORABLE BRUCE WOODBURY
“Debra March is very knowledgeable and works tirelessly to create
public policy that benefits the future needs of our people. She is the
embodiment of a dedicated public servant.”
CLARK COUNTY COMMISSIONER LARRY BROWN
PAID FOR BY DEBRA MARCH FOR MAYOR.
By: Robert Telles / Accolade Law
You may have heard about the
unfortunate losses suffered by folks
as a result of the taking of client funds by a
prominent probate attorney. This is only one of several reasons
that you should avoid probate.
By avoiding probate, you can place your property in the hands
of someone you can trust to distribute your property without delay
or unnecessary costs. While we perform cost-effective probates for
loved ones of those who did not plan well, we always advocate for
people to avoid probate by planning their estate.
What is probate? Probate is the term used for the court
process where your
assets are collected;
your debts are paid; and
your loved ones receive
the remaining funds.
The process has several
The first is that the
process is a public one.
If you had hoped to
have your loved ones
receive gifts privately,
you would not have this
option in a probate. Probate records are public records that can be
viewed by third parties using the appropriate tools.
Second, the process takes time. A typical probate takes anywhere
from six months to a year to complete.
Third, the process can be costly. Probate involves the filing of
complicated documents that are typically not easy to complete by
the lay person.
Lastly, the funds of your estate may be held in an attorney trust
Avoiding Probate Burdens for Your Loved Ones
account that may be accessible by an unscrupulous individual.
While this is typically not an issue because most attorneys take
their duty to the estate seriously, there are the exceptions such as
the case of the prominent probate attorney mentioned above.
How can you avoid probate? There are several ways to avoid
probate depending on the property that you own, the loved ones to
whom you wish to leave your property, and your personal situation.
Sometimes making your property payable on death makes sense.
You can make bank accounts and real property payable on death
to loved ones.
You can also make your retirement and investment accounts
payable on death to loved ones. Even pensions may provide
benefits to your loved ones after death. You should consult with
your pension fund to see whether there is a death benefit you can
One of the other very important ways that you can avoid probate
is to create a trust. There are various types of trusts, but most folks
will typically benefit from creating a revocable living trust. The
other types of trusts typically involve turning your assets over to
others. While this may sound scary at first, it can be a very good
way to protect your assets for loved ones.
The choice to place your assets in these other types of trusts
should be done so with the guidance of an attorney who
understands the options available in estate planning. Turning back
to the revocable living trust, this type of trust can allow you to give
your assets to your loved ones without going through probate. You
can even control your assets long after you have gone.
This can be ideal if you are concerned about your loved ones’
abilities in managing the money you have left them. There are
many benefits, including flexibility, that come with creating a
revocable living trust.
Creating a well-planned trust is more affordable than you may
think. For more guidance, consult your trusted estate planning
attorney. Our firm, like many, will provide you a free consultation
to discuss your situation and your options.
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.
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By: Regale Harris / Your Kindred Team
When you’re caring for a loved one
who is ill, it’s hard to determine the
questions to ask on how to best prepare for
inpatient stays. If your loved one is in need of a longer inpatient
stay to recover from an injury or illness, use these valuable tips to
prepare for creating the most therapeutic
Research before you go. Ask
What kind of storage is available for food
Is there adjustable lighting if the overhead
lights are too bright for my loved one?
Is there additional bedding and supplies should I wish to stay
overnight with my loved one?
Are there laundry facilities or family restrooms?
What items may I bring and what are prohibited?
Create a personalized environment for your loved one.
Once you know what items you are allowed to bring and what is
provided, try bringing their favorite household items like a blanket
or slippers. While many facilities provide televisions in patient rooms,
a portable speaker can help your loved one listen to favorite music
or books on tape. Even bringing in drawings or cards from friends or
families can brighten the walls.
Keep your medical documents organized. During inpatient
Tips from Caregivers: Everything You Need to Know for a Stay in a Facility
stays, your medical team will give you many documents updating
you on the status of your loved one’s condition, treatment plan and
medications. Bring a folder or three-ring binder for these documents,
as well as pens and a permanent marker.
You may find it helpful to keep a running list of questions for your
doctors or nurses to ask next time you see them. This can
help you build rapport with the people
providing care for your loved one.
Some household items may be
necessary. If your loved one is mobile
enough to use the toilet or shower, he/she may
like to have flushable toilet wipes to feel cleaner
between showers, and non-slip sandals to wear in
the shower. The facility may provide basic toiletries.
Ask the medical team if it would be OK to use personal items.
Snacks and food. The hospital provides daily meals for patients,
but not caregivers. Learn the nearest restaurants that may provide
carry out or delivery, and keep snacks on hand for times when you
aren’t able to get away.
Schedule relief visits from friends or family so you can
take a break. Your loved one values your presence with them, and
there is no doubt you never want to leave their side. But it is also
important to ask for a break so you can take time to shower, get a
meal outside the hospital/facility, go for a walk or spend time with
other family. The time away can allow you to be rested to provide the
best care for your loved one.
If you are a caregiver or patient in need of healthcare advice,
please call 1-866-KINDRED, where a Registered Nurse can answer
questions 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
*A New Beginning: “Volunteers do not necessarily have the time;
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Each day is a new beginning; the chance to do with it what should
be done and not to be seen as simply another day to put in time. We
think about what we can do to help those around us. The value of
hospice volunteers cannot be overstated.
Volunteers often connect with patients on a deep, personal
level. This provides the hospice care team with valuable insights
concerning the overall impact of the level of comfort and care that is
Hospice volunteers have a unique life perspective and personality
that they offer. Each volunteer is unique. They have several common
(a) A spirit of compassion and understanding towards those who
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(c) The ability to listen and be comfortable in silence
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A Good Night’s Sleep
By: Linda Bateman-Gomez / Timeless Beauty
you’re like me, sleep doesn’t come easy
and I have to make an effort to get that
much needed beauty sleep! So if you’re missing
that pep in your step, here are a
few ideas to make a difference.
(1) White Noise
Machines. I recently decided
to give one a try and I love it!
These machines produce a
whirring noise that helps you to
stay asleep at night.
Very often outside noises, can
cause you to wake up. And if
you’re like me, once I’m up, it’s
nearly impossible to go back!
Similar to a monotone
version of the ocean, the
background consistency produced by white noise helps to block
out the wide variety of sounds. These are oddly soothing and works
(2) Turn off your devices! We all have heard this, but rarely
follow it. Phones, tablets, laptops - we bring them all to bed. And if
they happen to be charging right there on the nightstand it’s tempting
to take one last look. Hard as it is, try and choose a cut-off time for
(3) Add some pampering to your routine. Pick up a
pillow mist like Bath and Body Works’ Lavender Vanilla. Take a
bath, or try out some new, super soft sheets.
(4) Go to bed! While this sounds like it should be obvious, even
when we start to feel tired, many
of us continue to stay up!
One more TV show, one more
chapter in that book, just a bit
more work - the endless excuses
at night can actually disrupt the
ability to fall asleep. For those of
us that have a hard time falling
asleep, don’t ignore the signals
earlier in the night by pushing
to stay up.
Our minds and bodies are
amazing machines that need
downtime and rest. It helps us to think more clearly and is a huge
part of the anti-aging regimen. Try these suggestions! You’ll not only
feel better, but look better too!
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.
By: Vicki Wentz / Vicki’s Voice
My friend just got an email a few days
ago from our mutual dentist, Dr. Wayne
Jordan, that said he was officially retiring this
April. The interesting
thing is that I,
personally, did not get
I have decided that
this is because he is
retiring from all of his
OTHER patients - but
not from me.
I have had exactly
two dentists in my
life - Dr. Backiewicz
T-H) in Ohio, to whom
I remained faithful
my first four years in
North Carolina, only
seeing him when I went
to visit family (I call
these the “Cavity ‘n’
Crown Years”); and Dr.
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Jordan, to whom my friend dragged me (with toothache pain and no
plans to visit Ohio), repeatedly assuring me that he would be kind,
understanding and a pain-free dentist.
Dr. Jordan came sliding into the room on his little rolling stool,
smiled, took my hand,
and promised me that
he would listen when
I said I needed more
keeping an extra tank
of it onsite when I was
Dr. Jordan has
procedures on a tooth,
and has attempted to
convince me that the
shot of Novocain would
take longer than the
procedure, which should
be painless. I would then
attempt to convince him
(possibly with a firm
grip on his forearm)
that, no, I definitely
Another thing Dr. Jordan always does (and Dr. Backiewicz
before him) is to hide the Novocain needle down by his side before
administering it. And as it’s going in, he shakes my cheek a little...
not sure if that’s because my cheeks are extremely shakable, or to
distract me into thinking, “Why is he shaking my cheek?” instead of
thinking - OWWWW!
But he somehow makes the shot not hurt - most of the time
(please, a needle going into the body anywhere is going to register as
pain in the brain, at least a little. We’re not robots, people!).
And, that whole hide-the-needle thing? Any good, reputable dental
school must teach this at some point. Sounds cliché, sounds silly,
sounds like coddling? So, what’s your point?
Without that “coddling” maybe another patient much more
overwrought than I, would slap Dr. Jordan’s needle hand away in a
fit of panic, causing Dr. J. to stick himself in the leg - not that I would
ever contemplate anything like that.
Meanwhile, since I never received a retirement email, it’s
obvious he’s making special arrangements for me. Or, he may have
shipments of Novocain delivered directly to my house, where he will
come when he’s needed. (Why not? Who says you can’t have your
teeth cleaned in your living room recliner?)
For now, farewell, Dr. Jordan. So sad to see you go (wink wink)!
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.
More Than Oral Health
By: James J. White, D.D.S. / Your Dentist
have written about this subject in the past,
I but I believe the following information
stated enough. The facts are clear,
and it should be a call to action.
As reported in the January
publication, “Dentistry IQ: “…
people with periodontal disease
(gum disease) are almost TWICE
as likely to have heart disease, and
that risk may be even greater for
those with high cholesterol.”
It is amazing how people seem to
jump on the band wagon to sign up
for cholesterol lowering drugs with
abandon. I suspect this may be due
to the glut of publicity regarding
the life-threatening effects of bad
It is one of my goals to help
people realize that dentists are
“on your side” and truly care
about your overall health. Another
goal is to expose the public to
the documented relationship of
gum disease on cardiovascular and cerebral vascular health - not to
mention type 2 diabetes, and ulcers, just to name a few.
It is and should always be a dentist’s goal, not to just establish
stable oral health (because it is
our profession) but because we
also know that such a condition
will help improve your physical
well-being in general.
The dental profession should
be considered, not only as a
positive influence on your oral
health, but of your heart health
as well. According to this same
article “more than 85 million
Americans have some form
of cardiovascular disease”
and “…795,000 people have
a stroke in the United States
I strongly, strongly urge
all readers to take charge of
something over which they have
control—THEIR ORAL HEALTH.
Get on the good health band
wagon with your dentist.
And as always, keep smiling.
A Peace Treaty with Yourself
By: Chuck Dean / Vet 2 Vet
It was at the suggestion of my VA PTSD
counselor that I took their mindfulness
class. I’m glad I did.
Being sort of a Type “A” person, it’s not easy for me to settle down
and relax; the class proved to be just what I needed. It provided me
with some interesting tools to get along better with some lingering
issues from the
veterans tend to
be driven toward
not even aware
of the journey. I
know, I know…
it may sound like
a cliché to say that
the journey IS the
destination, but it’s true.
Speaking from experience I know about being edgy, distracted,
easily rattled, scattered, overwhelmed, and stressed out. Like many
other veterans, I can become tense in a relaxed environment for no
apparent reason and overreact to bangs and sudden noises.
So how did this mindfulness class help me? It showed me how to get
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into the moment and away from dwelling on the past - or future.
I recommend it highly. So in keeping with helping veterans better
their lives with this column, here are a couple of suggestions that can
be useful in the de-stressing department.
First of all, after learning how to practice the art of being in
“present time” it’s good to know that you can do it anywhere. You
don’t need a beach in Hawaii to escape your problems. Simply close
your eyes and clear away the thoughts. It’s not easy at first - this is
why taking a class is
a good thing.
is exercise. Just
five minutes on a
can get rid of tons
of stress. It can also
tendencies that get
us into trouble by
thinking: “I wanna knock the hell out of something.”
Most VA centers offer mindfulness classes. Since they are comprised
of other vets it makes it even better. Good luck - and peace to you.
Chuck Dean served as an Army paratrooper in Vietnam and
through that experience was led to address the many transitional
issues veterans struggle with. In 2008 he was the recipient of the
prestigious Hirsch Foundation Leadership Award for his writing
and work in support of veterans and their families. He is the
author of several important books for veterans. All can be found
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Auto Insurance Premium Part II
By: Jim Valkenburg / Insurance Insight
Last month, I listed the first 3 factors that
determine your auto insurance premium.
Below are the other two.
4. How you use your vehicle and how much do you drive
it. Statistically, the more miles you drive, the greater chance you
have of being involved in a crash. High annual mileage will result in
Sounds simple? Maybe, but it can get
complicated if you use your vehicle for a
mix of business and pleasure. I don’t mean
driving to and from work, but actually
using it to do business, like hauling
materials, or people as part of your
There is a line between what insurers
call commercial use, business use and pleasure use, and you should
be aware of the differences if you use your vehicle to get your job done.
Most insurance companies have 4 categories for the average
(1) pleasure use or driving your vehicle less than 3 miles one-way
(2) driving 3-15 miles one-way;
(3) driving more than 15 miles one-way or
(4) business use. Business use is typical for realtors, outside sales
reps, attorney’s, etc.
As you go from pleasure to the next step, your rate increases slightly
with business use; typically, 20% more for the same vehicle than if it
was rated for pleasure use. The next step is a commercial auto policy
for people who truly use their vehicles in their trade.
5. Credit-based insurance score. Oh, I know the complaints
here. They have been bantered about in the industry for years.
The bottom line remains that there is a valid statistical correlation
between this insurance score and both the
number and severity of claims submitted.
Insurance scores are not unlike FICO
scores – each insurance company has its
own “model” but factors in the models
Usually, factors include, in part, payment
history, bankruptcies, collections, length
of established credit, outstanding debt, etc. Statistics bear out that the
better the insurance score, the fewer claims!
Again, just like the young male drivers, there is no prejudice here.
It’s simply sound statistical analysis.
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
By: Kyo Mitchell / A Healthier You
Yes, exercise is good for you. Most people
however, do not understand many of
the physiological changes that happen due to
exercise. Exercise helps the body work more efficiently and prevents
you from aging or getting sick.
Obviously exercise helps improve cardiovascular function. The
benefits of exercise, however, go far beyond this.
Every time your muscles contract, they help move the fluids of the
lymphatic system. The lymphatic system helps clear away the fluids
and wastes from around your cells. If you lead a sedentary lifestyle,
your cells can actually spend
more time in their own wastes.
If your circulation is poor
in a specific area of the body,
it can change the consistency
of the fluids which surround
the cells in that area. The
fluids are changed from a
liquid that moves easily to a
thicker gel that does not move
This thicker gel has
numerous negative effects on
the cells. Since this fluid lies
between your blood vessels
and your cells, it prevents
nutrients from reaching the cells as easily.
In order for cells and tissues to repair themselves, an electrical
message must be sent guiding all of the cells in what they are
supposed to do and initiating certain biochemical processes. When
the fluids which surround the cells are in a gel-like state, this
electrical messaging system malfunctions and damage to tissues
goes unrepaired and may increase over time.
Other benefits of exercise include increased release of growth
hormone. Every day your body undergoes minor amounts of
damage in its tissues.
When you sleep at night, the body is supposed to repair this dayto-day
damage. To do so, the body must release growth hormone
from the brain.
After age sixty, the brain releases little to no growth hormone.
Exercise, however, can induce the brain to release growth hormone
so the body can repair its tissues and heal itself.
Exercise can improve the quality of your life, especially as one
grows older. As always, consult your doctor before starting a new
Exercise Does Help
Dr. Kyo Mitchell served as faculty at Bastyr University in Seattle
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Spring is Here!
By: Mary Richard / Health Fitness
Suddenly we find that extra “bulge” on
our waist, Oh No! Before we know it, the
warmer weather will be here - shorter sleeves
and less clothing to conceal those extra pounds we accumulated
over the holidays.
Well I admit a couple extra pounds appeared. Now I face the days
of extra exercise and healthier snacks.
The exercise is a given. It’s the healthier snacks that need to be
I admit that when I go grocery shopping, I try to eat a little
something prior to shopping. Nothing worse than to get into a
grocery store and looking at everything when you are hungry!
I did find a nice
low calorie snack
that a friend of mine
brought to one of our
employee pot lucks.
Really delicious and
filling. Add a little
salad to this dish and
you have a healthy
lunch or dinner.
And why not try
this out: GREEK
CHEESE QUICHE SQUARES
1 tsp. butter, 3 eggs, 1 cup flour, 1 cup milk,1 tsp. baking powder,
2 pkg. (10 oz each) frozen chopped spinach, thawed, squeezed dry,
2 pkg. (4 oz. each) crumbled feta cheese,1 pkg. (8 oz) shredded
cheddar cheese, 1 tbsp. dried minced onion
Heat oven to 350 degrees. Bake butter in 9-inch square baking
dish for 2 min or until melted. Remove dish from oven, brush
butter onto bottom and sides of dish. Beat eggs with mixer in large
bowl. Add flour, milk and baking powder. Mix until blended. Stir
in spinach, cheeses and onion. Spoon into prepared dish. Bake 35
minutes. Let stand 15 minutes before cutting into squares to serve.
Drinking a glass of water prior to eating also assists the digestive
system for a fuller feeling. I put a lemon slice into my water and
have at least an 8-ounce glass before sitting down to a delicious
Losing weight is tough, but don’t be discouraged! Keep at it and
you’ll be proud that when summer comes, that added holiday
weight will be gone!
POSITIVE ATTITUDE AND HAPPY HEALTH TO ALL!
Mary Richard was crowned Ms. Senior Nevada 2006, was first
runner-up for Ms. Senior America 2006 and is a life-time dancer.
She is one of the original columnists for The Vegas Voice. She is now
an aerobics instructor throughout Las Vegas/Henderson. Mary
can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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