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Probably Just a Coincidence

By: Dan Roberts / Publisher


Imitation is the highest form of flattery.”

I’ve been referencing that cliché quite a

bit over the last month as, once again, such

imitation strikes again.

Now let me immediately state that I’m not complaining, nor are we

going to do anything about these “coincidences.” It is what it is.

But it does seem that the “other” publication, the Las Vegas Review

Journal truly likes what we have been doing.

It started a few years ago, when they introduced a new weekly “question

and answer series featuring notable Las Vegans.” The column name:

Vegas Voices.

While the name “sounds familiar” who are we to start cease-and-desist

litigation against Mr. Adelson? Everyone here just decided to grin and

bear it - however it would certainly be nice if we were ever featured in the

weekly column.

Then we started reading how the RJ was claiming sole credit for its

reporting on the guardianship scandal. Regular readers obviously know

better, since that has been a cornerstone of our monthly editions for over

2 ½ years!

But reading their “occasional” articles, you would swear that it alone

uncovered this issue, even though The Vegas Voice (not to be confused

with Vegas Voices) began exposing this cesspool six months prior to the

RJ’s “exclusive” original story.

And by the way, one of their named sources quoted is our political

editor Rana Goodman. That’s correct, my Rana.

Then finally last month, the RJ proudly rolled out its new front page

logo and design. It “selected” the Las Vegas skyline. As the photo indicates,

does it look familiar?

That idea was by our president and graphic designer extraordinaire Ray

Sarbacker. Yeah, he did it first; starting with our January, 2013 edition!

Like I said, no use in complaining; and yes, we are more than humbled

that Nevada’s largest newspaper looks to our publication for ideas. We

even admit that the cliché rings true - imitation is truly the highest form

of flattery.

What will the Review Journal do in the upcoming months? We’ll let you

know… as soon as we do it first.

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It’s A Beautiful

Frame Up!

by Crystal Czerkas Sarbacker

Crystal Czerkas-One of the things my husband

Sarbacker

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right painting is only the first step. It’s framing that often

brings out the full beauty of a painting and is as important

as frosting on a cake.

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with the framing process. There are some framing basics,

though, which can give any aspiring art lover a good

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which holds a glass to protect it. Frame shops and some

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Expanding Our Entertainment

By: Evan Davis / Entertainment Editor

It’s Show Time!

It’s May and Spring is in full bloom - but it

feels more like Summer.

As detailed throughout this edition, May and June are packed with 3

fantastic shows that The Vegas Voice is presenting; including our Twilight

Affairs at the Silverton’s Veil Pavilion.

We will have our Twilight Affairs shows at the Silverton’s Veil Pavilion

in May, September, October, November and December. Plus, a very special

concert on Sunday, August 20 th at 3 pm.

It will be “The Summer of Love” a 50-year celebration concert

hosted by Mark Giovi and Genevieve Dew. We’ll have a slew of

entertainers and singers performing songs from 1967. There will be

more information in upcoming editions, but we can guarantee that the

summer concert will be “groovy.”

For those of you who are too young to remember, 1967 was called The

Summer of Love. Don’t ask me why, I don’t want to embarrass myself.

It will however be a spectacular line-up with performers and our Musical

Director, Gary Anderson will be in charge of the band.

Tickets are available NOW by calling The Vegas Voice or myself.

Some of the other shows we will have during 2017 (besides our variety

theme shows) are: the music of Rogers and Hammerstein, The Phat Pack,

Rock to Broadway and the Tribute Artist Showcase.

The theaters and showrooms are at the Silverton, and your community

clubhouses - Sun City MacDonald Ranch, the Starbright Theatre and

Desert Vista Ballroom in Sun City Summerlin, Sun City Aliante

Mark Giovi & Genevieve Dew will be hosting our

“Summer of Love” Concert

and the Summerlin Community, Siena. That’s a lot of “Sun” but we’re

covering the whole valley - north, south, east and west.

There is no reason you can’t make it to one of these shows as ticket

prices range from FREE to $20. Where else can you see this type of quality

performances with many Broadway performers for a small stipend?

Now I know we’ve only been talking about what I’m producing

with The Vegas Voice, but there is so much that we are bringing to the

community that I thought it was warranted. Everyone: get out there and

support the local entertainers and help keep music alive.

*My first “On the Town” TV Celebrity Interview is now history. A great,

big “thank you” to my first guests – Pia Zadora and Sonny Charles.

Coming up this month – Chadwick Johnson.

You can read Evan’s entertainment blog and sign up to receive

his free email weekly Calendar of Events at www.EvanDavisJazz.

com. Email him at: evan@thevegasvoice.net.

Along with fellow Vegas Voice columnist Evan

Davis, and with thanks to the wonderful people at

Humana, we are back on the air. “On the Town”

will be a twice monthly TV show.

Evan is the host for the “Celebrity Interviews” at the Summerlin location

and I have the honors at the Green Valley Humana Neighborhood Center.

And what a line-up for our respective initial shows!

Evan had the beautiful Pia Zadora along with singer legend Sonny

Charles. And to match his “celebrity power” I had legendary King of

Comedy (and fellow Vegas Voice columnist) Marty Allen, and his equally

beautiful and talented wife, singer Karon Kate Blackwell.

We were joined by the talented teen star Julia Rose Gruenberg from the

hit television series “Baskets” on FX Channel. And I am so fortunate to

have as my announcer/sidekick, the man with the golden voice, Nevada

Broadcaster Hall of Fame Jon Lindquist.

What a great way to start the show. And my guest next month will be

another comedy legend – Rich Little.

By the way, the audience approved my opening monologue that

included the “Top 5 Reasons to Fly United Airlines”:

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May 2017

5. They treat you as good as your luggage,

4. They now offer both red eye and black eye flights,

3. They may not beat the competition but they know how to beat their

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2. They are the only airline where you can board as a doctor… and

leave as a patient, And the number 1 reason to fly United Airlines…

1. They have Chinese takeout!

Rich Natole is a comic/impressionist headlining entertainer & host

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visit: www.richnatole.com. You can also contact Rich at: rich@

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A Real Man’s Man

By: Dan Roberts / Publisher

“Let me ask you a question. Are you really a

wimp?” Over the years, I have been called many

names, but “wimp?”

As the “boss” nothing gives me greater satisfaction than exchanging

thoughts and comments about our publication. While I appreciate when

people remark how much they “love the paper” (and now magazine) I

nonetheless marvel and even admire those who take the time to criticize

various articles and columnists - especially yours truly.

Anyway to make a long story short, a reader recently approached me and

with a scowl on his face, directed the above remarks.

To this gentleman’s mind, my columns and actions are nothing less

than glorifying my never-ending cowardly conduct in bowing down to the

political editor (and my Ladylove) Rana Goodman – always doing whatever

she says and wants.

“Stand up for yourself,” he advised. Don’t be afraid to man up.”

The next evening, I discussed the person’s opinion with my PILL (partner

in life & love). “Pay it no mind” she announced. “It’s nonsense. And don’t

forget to empty the dishwasher. You know how I dislike reminding you.”

While I (of course) immediately apologized and complied with her request,

I could not shake the guy’s comment from my mind. Perhaps he was right;

maybe I have meekly obeyed Rana’s commands – quickly running to satisfy

her every whim and desire.

“Rana dear” I said after feeding and cleaning up after her dogs and setting

the table for dinner, “Have I become your servant?”

“Of course not,” Rana responded and gave me that dreaded “look.” “Did

you ever think he was jealous of what we have? Now why don’t you go get the

pizza. I’m starving.”

As I faithfully drove back from the take-out restaurant; making sure there

were extra packages of parmesan cheese (my Rana loves parmesan cheese) I

began to wonder if my now existence is dedicated to being nothing more than

a slave; always cowering to the dictates of Ms. Goodman.

“Rana, could I be so wrong?” I said as I began clearing the table and

washing the dishes. “Is my life with you a lie?”

“Don’t be ridiculous” she said. “Why would you believe such silliness? And

make sure you take out the garbage. You came close to leaving the house

without doing so last time and I almost had to do it.”

“And make it quick. Judge Judy is almost on and then we need to have a

discussion about your bathroom etiquette. The toilet seat was in the wrong

position.”

Hurriedly wheeling the trash cans to the curb, I realized that the reader was

absolutely wrong. I’m not a wimp. I’m a real man’s man.

How do I know? It’s simple - Rana told me

*Speaking of serving my Don(na) Quixote as her faithful squire, Sancho

Panza, there we were last month before the Nevada legislature in Carson City.

We both testified before the Senate Judiciary Committee on the (further) need

for guardianship reform.

We’ll have more information next month as, once again, we expect to

deliver all guardianship petitions to the Nevada Assembly. I’ll name the

good guys – and those not so good who refuse to clean up this guardianship

cesspool.

Senator Becky Harris with Rana

holding guardianship reform law

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By: Beverly Washburn / Hollywood Memories

In 1958 I was cast in one of 3 episodes I did

on Wagon Train. This particular episode

starred Lou Costello and was titled: The Tobias

Jones Story.

What was interesting about this episode is that it was Lou Costello's (of

Abbott and Costello fame) only dramatic role. And that it was written by

Harry Von Zell.

Sadly, many of our wonderful stars and personalities are often forgotten

as years go by; however, many readers will remember Harry. He is most

famous for being the announcer on the old George Burns show. He also

played one of their befuddled neighbors.

Harry started his career in 1927 and worked with the likes of Eddie

Cantor, Bing Crosby, and Dinah Shore, to name just a few. He also did a

few acting parts in various movies and TV shows.

But what he was notoriously known for was his blooper which earned

him an honorary award for the immortal "National Hall of Bloopers."

Harry’s entry was when on the radio he referred to President Herbert

Hoover as Hoobert Heever!

I've mentioned in past columns that many of the stars I worked with

were not familiar to me, because I was too young. In this case however,

I knew exactly who he was, as I used to watch Burns and Allen with my

parents.

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My Day in a Property Brothers Video

By: Dianne Davis / That’s Entertainment

How does a 70 plus year old woman get

to be in a music video with the Property

Brothers? Apply.

They were looking for unique acts so I sent a photo of me with my

puppet Charlene. (File that under things we didn't know about Dianne.)

The Property Brothers recognized me and thought I would be a

fun fit with a character they had scripted – an uptight reporter from

“Architecture Quarterly.” Reverse type-casting!

I got the call. The next day I got another call. Would I ….um, can't

tell you, it would be a spoiler. I said, “Do you know me? I'm pretty much

up for anything.”

The day of the shoot I am there at 7 a.m. (If you know me, you know

there is no 7 a.m. in my universe, but this is special.)

What's it like doing a music video with the adorable talented Property

Brothers and dozens of others? A long interesting day that stretched until

almost nightfall. Was it worth it? Absolutely.

A very interesting cast of characters. I recommend that you watch

the video NOW! Find it at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RrNx_

VXmkyI .

7:30 a.m. wardrobe. I brought choices for the “Uptight reporter.” Scarf,

blazer, etc. Approved. Then sit in the tent as dozens of young hard-bodies

come by checking their skimpy bathing suits for the pool party scenes.

My first scene – ring the doorbell. Scene 2 rehearsal – They open the

door and Jonathan looks at me and says, “This will be fun. We've never

Remembering Harry Von Zell

May 2017

seen Dianne not smiling.” And it was fun.

Hours of hanging in the tent between “my scenes” and getting to chat

with a lot of interesting people… and a few airheads too. The Craft Tent

was filled with delicious food all day.

I got to meet Buddy the monkey, and I ate lunch with Jonathan Scott

– a most personable guy. And at the end of the day, yes, of course they

paid me.

Would I have done it just for the adventure? I'll never tell.

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.

He was one terrific man and

extremely nice to me. Harry

not only wrote the episode, but

interestingly, he also played the

villain in it, because as it turns

out, the murder that Tobias (Lou

Costello) is about to be hanged

for, was actually committed by

Harry's character.

He was absolutely wonderful

and believable in the role. In this

photo, that's me crying (what

else is new) as I KNOW Tobias

didn't commit the crime.

I loved doing that episode and have many fond memories of it. It was a

delightful cast and I was honored to be working with all of them, and of

course, I was already a big fan of Lou Costello and Harry.

Harry died in 1981. I will always treasure my memory of that show.

Until next time, remember: Our lives begin to end the day we become

silent about things that matter...

Beverly Washburn graced the silver screen as a child actress and

is the author of Reel Tears. You can contact Beverly at: bjradell@

hotmail.com. Check out her awesome, new website: www.

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Marty’s Top Ten

By: Marty Allen / Hello Dere

1

. I was always taught to

respect my elders, but it

keeps getting harder to find one.”

2. An attorney was convicted of

running a brothel out of his law

office. His motto was: “Either way, you gonna get screwed.”

3. Teacher: “Why do you always get so dirty?” Pupil: “I’m a lot closer

to the ground than you are!”

4. A young boy asked his dad, “What’s the difference between

confident and confidential? Dad said: “You are my son. I’m

confident of that. Your friend over there however is also my son, but

that’s confidential.”

5. Why some men prefer a dog and no wife. Lock your wife and dog

in a garage for an hour. Then open the door and see who’s happier to

see you.

6. My friend Lou said: “Marriage is like a deck of cards. In the

beginning all you need is two hearts and a diamond. By the end, you

wish you had a club and a spade!”

7. A guy was throwing darts at his wife’s picture and not a single one

hit the target. His wife was in another room and called her husband:

“Honey, what are you doing?” The husband replied: “Missing you!”

8. Women are like cell phones. They like to be held and touched

often, but push the wrong button and you’re disconnected.

9. What is a “free” gift? Aren’t all gifts free?

10. Question overheard in the Nursing Home. “Do you watch

Saturday Night Live?” Answer: “So far.”

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

and off stage singing partner Karon Kate Blackwell.

You Gotta Laugh

By: Bill Caserta / Bill’s Blurbs

Insurance Information: Larry's barn

burned down and his wife, Susan, called

the insurance company.

Susan spoke to the insurance agent and said, "We had that

barn insured for fifty thousand, and I want my money." The agent

replied, "Whoa there, just a minute. Insurance doesn't work quite

like that. An independent adjuster will assess the value of what

was insured, and then we'll provide you with a new barn of similar

worth."

There was a long pause, and then Susan replied, "If that's how

it works, then I want to cancel the life insurance policy on my

husband."

Love those Grandchildren: There were three little boys

visiting their grandparents. The oldest came out and asked his

grandpa, "Can you make a sound like a frog, Grandpa?

Grandpa (being in a kind of ill mood) responds, "No, I don't

really want to make the sound of a frog now." A few minutes later,

the second little boy comes out and asks his grandfather, "Will you

please make a sound like a frog?"

Grandpa again says, "No, not now. I don't really want to do that.

I'm in a grumpy mood. Maybe later." Then the third little boy

comes out and says, "Grandpa, oh please, please, please will you

make a sound like a frog?"

"Why do you boys want me to make a sound like a frog?"

Grandpa asked. The little boy replied with a hopeful face, "Well,

Mom said that when you croak we get to go to Disneyland!"

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May 2017

Bill Caserta is the Project Director for The Vegas Voice and

has a very “unique” sense of humor. He welcomes all funny

submissions at: bill@thevegasvoice.net.


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Forget Eli. Who Was Laura Nyro?

By: Adrea Nairne-Barrera / 60s to 60

For years, I have been having the same

argument that the song “Eli’s Coming”

was sung by the 5 th Dimension first and all we

hear on throwback radio is the Three Dog Night version.

Well, it turns out I was wrong - and so were my friends. I got mixed

up because it was actually written and released by its author, Laura

Nyro a couple of years before the Three Dog Night recording.

This came up again as I was still perplexed by the meaning of

the whole song in the first place. I found it on You Tube only to be

reminded what a great artist she really was. Now I got teary eyed with

my memories of listening to her haunting versions of songs.

She never revealed the meaning of the song although some

speculated on its connection to her Jewish heritage, or alternatively

a lost or harmful love. Opinions are all over the place, so we’ll never

know because she died of ovarian cancer at the young age of 49 in

1997.

I also know why I was confused about the 5 th Dimension. Laura

wrote “Wedding Bell Blues,” “Sweet Blindness” and “Stoned Soul

Picnic” putting them on the music map.

Barbra Streisand sang “Stoney End” and Blood, Sweat & Tears

did “And When I Die,” both Nyro songs. When “Eli’s Coming”

was recorded later by Three Dog Night, it took off and her own

Laura Nyro

performance was overshadowed.

The style and passion in Streisand’s voice is perfection listening to

her sing “Walk On By” or “Will You Love Me Tomorrow” even though

she didn’t write them. We are completely swept away in her sea of

emotion.

To really understand the late 60s, going to those original artists’

versions brings me to a very comforting place. I felt included in the

music and my voice was heard through them. The true artists of that

time knew how to tell a story without beating up our brain cells in

the process.

Thank you Laura Nyro. I had forgotten for a while, but now I’m

back.

Adrea Nairne-Barrera’s writing focus these days are on

observations, celebrations and complaints about life in the 1960s

to being in your 60’s. You can contact her at: sixties2sixty@

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May 2017


Chuck Berry: Mr. Rock “n” Roll

By: Yvonne Cloutier / Musical Moments

John

Lennon

s a i d

of Chuck Berry, “If you

tried to give rock ‘n’ roll

another name, you might

call it Chuck Berry.” Bob

Dylan called Berry “the

Shakespeare of rock ‘n’ roll.”

Between 1955-1965,

Berry’s perfectly crafted

masterpiece songs developed

a new art form with major components of rhythm and blues, making

the rock ‘n’roll era. Some of his greatest compositions and recordings

were:

Maybellene, his first hit, having clever language of a narrator

“motorvatin” in a car chase after an elusive girl;

Roll over Beethoven, about his sister monopolizing the piano

playing classical music;

Rock and Roll Music, using T-Bone Walker’s technique of bending

two strings at once, which Berry “roughed up” turning that into a

rock ’n’ roll charm for him, and

Johnny B. Goode, one of the most recognizable songs in the

history of popular music!

Chuck Berry, born in 1926 as Charles Edward Anderson was raised

in a segregated, middle-class neighborhood of St. Louis. He learned

music in a public school and church, where many young blacks

learned the Blues rhythm, country guitar licks, and Chicago-Blues

storytelling style.

Due to his troubled life with the law, he wrote most of his songs

after 23. He received a degree in hairdressing and cosmetology,

worked as a beautician, and on his father’s farm.

He married Themetta Suggs, his only wife, in 1948, and had 4

children. He was working on an album about her when he died.

Berry went through a dry period after his last prison stay and then

had his biggest hit in 1972 with a double entendre novelty song, The

Ding-a-Ling.

His recording of Johnny B. Goode was one of four American songs

included in the Gold Discs, which was launched into space in 1977

on Voyager I & II.

He received many awards; including a Grammy and was first

inductee into the Rock ‘n’ Roll Hall of Fame. It was said, “no one in

this room would be here tonight if not for this man.”

Berry was rock’s master theorist and conceptual genius, the rock

pioneer songwriter who understood what the kids wanted before they

knew themselves.

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

background, specializes in ragtime piano. She reports about

music on SCA-TV.com/Anthem Alive! You can contact her at www.

mytimeisragtime.com.

Tuesday

May 16 th

Scheduled

to Appear

Your Host:

Evan Davis

Gary Anderson

Musical Director

In the beautiful Veil Pavilion

and it’s FREE!

Tue., May 16 th , 2017

Doors at 5:30 pm.

Show begins at 6 pm.

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Geechy

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Surprise Guest Appearance

For guaranteed seating

call/text Evan Davis:

702/630-6111

Or call The Vegas Voice at 702/251-4441

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Ms Senior Nevada Visits

Carson City!

By: Charlie Christy / Executive Director

- Ms. Senior Nevada

If you never been to our state

capitol. . .for goodness sakes

plan a trip to explore the fascinating

town of Carson City. A group of Ms

Senior Nevada gals and friends,

journeyed north, and witnessed our

legislature in action.

You would have been proud of our

gals and their interfacing with our State

Senators and Assembly members who

are so busy with committee meetings, etc. It’s a miracle they ever get

anything accomplished, but they do.

Our trip to Carson City was four days by car or two by air, via Reno. We

filled every moment. The highlight is always the visit and photo op with

our Governor.

Add the tour of the Mansion, the Nevada State Historical Museum, the

Textile Museum (former first ladies’ gowns on display) Virginia City and,

of course, the many delicious eating places - including Schott’s Bakery

and the World Famous Sheepherder Bread in Bishop, California, it’s a

trip to remember.

Plan to join us next year. You be enchanted with the area and the fine

people you’ll meet.

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For More Information Contact:

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Ph. 702-458-9899, Fax 702-458-9585

Website: www.msseniornevada.com

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Proposed Rules of Golf Changes

By: Mike Landry / Golf Fore Ever

The USGA and the RNA meet every four

years to review and make changes to the

rules of golf. This time they have combined

their efforts to modernize the rules of golf and to make it easier to

understand and to speed up play.

Keep in mind these proposed rule changes will not go in effect until

January, 2019 and the committee may decide not to implement some of

them. For full details, go to: USGA.org/rules.

Some proposals include - on the green, spike marks may be repaired and

a ball that’s accidently kicked or moved during a practice stroke or while

marking the ball is simply put back. Putting while the flag is in the hole is

also allowed.

Accidently kicking or stepping on your ball in the rough causing it to

move, is once again, put back. Lastly, you will be allowed to identify your

ball in the rough, mark it, and put it back without notify any opposing

player. All of these rules with “No Penalty.”

See you on the links.

Mike Landry resides in Sun City MacDonald Ranch and is a member

of both the Nevada State Seniors Golf Club and Winterwood Men’s

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May 2017


Oh Yeah...I Can Be Cool

By: Vicki Wentz / Vicki’s Voice

My friend had four tickets to a concert

by a group called Mandolin Orange.

This group consists of Andrew Marlin and his

wife, Emily Frantz. Their music is billed as “Alternative Roots

Music” or “Americana” or folk/bluegrass.

You’d never guess this about me, but I’m not very “alternative.” I

generally don’t enjoy roots (not even sure what that means), Americana

or folk, and I take a dim view of bluegrass.

This music just makes me think of Peter, Paul and Mary, and the big

“folk music revival of 1961” ...not that I was even alive then. I just have a

negative reaction to that folksy stuff. But I accepted the invitation with as

much fake enthusiasm as I could muster.

Then, I found out the concert would be at a venue called Legends,

which I had always looked upon as a dump of biblical proportions.

Finally, I heard that the concert would not begin until 10 pm - the exact

time I am normally smoothing the covers over myself, donning reading

glasses (shut up) and beginning the 45 seconds of reading that I am

committed to before the book falls on my face and I slip into dreamland.

Even with the folk alternative music, the venue, the start time - I smiled

bravely (as I am always inclined to do) and headed out. My dog stared at

me curiously, no doubt concerned that I was forgetting it was bedtime and

perhaps going out when it was already dark may be the start of dementia.

This was a BYOB event. My three friends were prepared accordingly. I

however brought a can of fizzy water because alcohol at night keeps me

awake, and I was hoping to sleep through most of the concert.

We arrived and had to show I.D.s, which I thought was adorable. As we

entered, I was surprised and delighted at how well someone had restored

Legends to an extremely presentable and respectable venue!

What was not wonderful was one of the “event security” officials

approaching me officiously.

“Ma’am, I’m sorry, but you’re not allowed to have La Croix in here.”

I didn’t immediately register this for two reasons:

1. I thought it was just gratuitous cruelty to call me “Ma’am” when I’d

just been carded at the door; and

2. I didn’t know my fizzy water was called La Croix. And it hadn’t even

been opened! But, I suppose I could have shot some vodka into it with a

hypodermic needle (I hear lots of grandmothers do this).

Mandolin Orange took the stage at around 10:15, and to my wondrous

astonishment, I loved their music! We all decided it was a mix of Alison

Krauss, James Taylor, Union Station, with a dash of Emmylou Harris. (The

millennials surrounding us would likely stare at us blankly if we voiced

that, since we were like the only people there over a thousand years old.)

I really wanted to get up and dance, but then I would have had to move

- my children still have friends here.

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.

Wed, May 24th 8PM

Italian American Club

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Sun City Anthem Performing Arts Club

"Oh Glomstix!” Have you bought your tickets to see the most

adorable alien to ever land in the Sun City Anthem parking lot?

If not, then hurry down to the Activities Office in Anthem Center,

or go online at: www.pacsca.org to purchase your tickets for

“VISITOR!”

There will be singing, dancing and plenty of laughs. Shows are

on Friday, May 5 th , Saturday, May 6th at 7 pm, and Sunday, May 7th

at 2 pm in Freedom Hall.

Support the Performing Arts Club cast who have been rehearsing

for months to bring you the best possible show. Join us and have

a rollicking good time with Plink and his new friends on planet

Earth!

You

may

have

already heard of “John of

God”, who is considered one

of the most powerful healers

of the 20th century.

Born João Teixeira de Faria,

in Cachoeira da Fumaça he had

only two years of schooling and

no medical training. He considers

himself a simple farmer who

travelled from village to village to

act as God's vehicle for healing.

De Faria was told by his spirit

guides to go to the small Goiás

town of Abadiânia in order to

expand his work and fulfill his

life's mission of helping the

masses. He says he arrived there

around 1978 and sat on a chair by

the road, where hobbling and sick

people began to flock to him.

As he helped those seeking cures

for various illness and conditions,

the numbers began to increase to

thousands of people a day. There

he develped Casa de Dom Inacio

de Loyola - a 1,000-acre property

with a small cattle ranch.

Most of his income, however,

comes from his passion fruit

Healing the Hopeless

By: Ali Guggenheim / Psychic Phenomenon

preparations, the single herb he

prescribes to cure a variety of

ailments. Though there are no

guarantees at the Casa where

anything seems to be possible,

everyone experiencing this

phenomenon claims to benefit in

some way.

One man was clinically dead

for 5 hours and is now alive to

recount his amazing story. Today,

millions of people recount their

cures by John of God; recoveries

from cancers, serious illnesses and

all kinds of incurable diseases.

De Faria regularly prescribes

meditation and walks to a nearby

waterfall as partial treatments

and psychic surgery. He claims

not to remember anything of

the surgeries he performs and

uses energized mineral water

with spiritual energies instead of

anesthetics.

Although asked to "come

clean" by skeptics, he insists; "I

do not cure anybody. God heals,

and in his infinite goodness

permits the Entities to heal and

console my brothers. I am merely

an instrument in God's divine

hands."

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May 2017

To learn more about Ali, spiritual consultations, coaching,

classes, workshops, and readings, call, give her a call: 702/373-

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It’s a Dirty Job...

By: Stu Cooper / Happy Destinations

One of the "perks" of the travel business

is something called "Fam" (short for

familiarization) trips. That's where people

like me get invited by tourist boards or hotel chains to visit and

inspect their countries and/or hotel properties.

For a price, (because it always costs something, plus an air ticket) I get

to spend a few days running around an exotic location visiting numerous

hotels and sight of interest in a particular location.

I found myself last month visiting the sunny dry (Vegas like) island

of Aruba. Just 50 miles of the South American coast, Aruba is about the

most southern of Caribbean islands. So far south that it falls outside the

tropical rain belt and has very little annual rain.

If the beach is your thing, then Aruba is for you. The beaches are wide

white soft sand on the most popular Eagle and Palm beach.

All the major hotels like the Ritz Carleton, Hyatt, Marriott, Hilton,

among others have beautiful expansive beaches. The all-inclusive Riu

Palace also sits right on the beach.

However, all-inclusive might not be the way to go in Aruba as there are

any number of great restaurants all over the island. A trip to the island

capital of Oranjestad is a must.

There are any number of great restaurants, shops and stores to stroll

through and a marina area that is fun to walk around and people watch.

And for those of you who must have gambling, Aruba has numerous

casinos to make you feel as if you were back home.

*On another note, the Phat Pack cruise is a big hit. We still have space

in all categories but the cabins are starting to fill up. This is going to be a

great fun cruise on the Carnival Splendor, January 27 - February 3, 2018.

Consider joining us.

Call us at 800/698-

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you have about trips you

might be considering.

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Carnival Splendor

Jan. 7-14, 2018

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Inside Cabin $600 pp, / Ocean View $660 pp,

Balcony $990 pp

Price based on double occupancy, subject to availability and

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Jan. 14-27, 2018

13 Night Panama Canal

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Cartagena, Columbia; Panama Canal Transit;

Punta Arenas, Costa Rica; Puerto Quetzal,

Guatemala; Cabo San Lucas, Mexico

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

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May 2017


Cruise with the Phat Pack

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Jan. 27- Feb. 3, 2018 “Bus to the Boat”

Featuring TWO Special Private

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Randal Keith • Philip Fortenberry

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Destinations: Cabo San Lucas,

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The Flood That Erased a City

By: Kathy Manney / Around Our World

Northern California and the Pacific

Northwest have experienced abundant

rain this year, weather comparable to 1948,

when an entire Oregon town was obliterated on Memorial Day.

Metropolitan Portland was warm. Mountain snow, spring rains and

above normal temperatures brought severe flooding along the Columbia

River.

My mom was a long-distance telephone operator in Portland. Living in

Vancouver, Washington her daily commute took her across the Columbia

River’s Interstate Bridge, past Vanport.

The community of Vanport, Oregon’s second largest city, named for

its location between Portland and Vancouver, has been demolished by

flooding water from the Columbia River resulting in a collapse of the dike

protecting Vanport’s west side.

Every long distance switchboard became jammed with callers, as

Vanport submerged in 10 to 20 feet of rubble-laden water. Surging flood

water propelled whole apartment units through two main artery roads

leading to the Interstate Bridge, cutting off bridge approaches.

Sheltered on river lowlands by a protective railroad fill dike, Vanport was

swiftly constructed to accommodate shipyard workers during World War II.

It remained a thriving community – until the dike gave.

The teeming river inundated a large section of north Portland. Portland’s

square white two-story commercial airport, erected near the river, stood

strong. A water line later showed near its roof. The building still stands and

is home to the National Weather Service.

Thoroughfares connecting Portland and Vancouver disappeared. The

Interstate Bridge connecting Oregon and Washington closed to all but

emergency traffic.

With train, mail and wire services severed, Vancouver was instantly

inaccessible. Flood conditions lasted 20-days.

Clean-up was slow. Relics sat open and withered like scattered bones.

Debris entwined in trees and telephone wires.

Vanport remains the most destructive disaster in Columbia River history.

A transitional war time community without generations of families,

Oregon’s once second largest city was never reconstructed.

With rich intricate wetlands and sloughs, Vanport’s marsh river

lowlands are today considered an environmentally sensitive area. The

flood that erased a town, forever inscribed in those who experienced it,

their remembrances a slice of Oregon first-person history.

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May 2017

Kathy Manney enjoys visiting interesting places and being an

Adventure Diva. Her “Must See” travel journeys continue - always

with enthusiasm.


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Great Summer Bus Trips

By: Marilyn Sirna / Let’s Go!

We are getting ready to take some great

trips and will begin with our trip, July

11-13, 2017 to Santa Barbara, Solvang

and Hearst Castle. Trip includes bus fare, hotels, shopping

in Solvang, Morro Bay, Elephant Seal Vista Point, San Simon &

Hearst Castle with a tour included.

Cost is: $425.00 double occupancy, $589.00 single occupancy. No

refunds issued unless we have a wait list. Minimum of 35 guests.

You must register and pay for the trip by June 23, 2017. Breakfast is

included on the second and third day at the hotels.

And we also have a quick trip to Del Mar Race Track & San Diego

– July 26 & 27, 2017. This very popular trip includes bus fare, hotel,

one breakfast & race track ticket at Trackside Restaurant. No refunds will

be issued unless we have a wait list. We need a minimum of 35 guests.

You must register and pay by July 10, 2017.

To answer some of the questions we have encountered, we stay in hotels

such as Best Westerns, Quality Inns, La Quinta Inns, Ayes Hotels. We don’t

know what hotel until very close to the end when we know how many will

be traveling.

Any other questions? Contact me at 702/270-7006 or by email at:

msirna@scmronline.org.

Look forward to meeting some new faces. Come on, pack your bags

and let’s go!

Your Choice?

By: Dan Hyde / Call to Action

In case you missed it, there was an election

held last month to choose two mayors

and city council representatives for Las Vegas,

Henderson and North Las Vegas.

To say it was shocking that out of a combined voter registered electorate

of 589,177, only 55,867 (or 9.84%) of you actually exercised your right

to choose who will represent you over the next four years is more than a

gross understatement.

What this really means is that most of the public let 55,867 people dictate

who will be making policy decisions that impact all of us. Representative

government?

Are you kidding me? What is so representative of over 90% of you

voluntarily disenfranchising yourselves form the governing processes?

I don’t know of a single person who doesn’t have something negative

to say about those who are elected - and yet, when it comes time to vote

and choose someone new, the vast majority turn a blind eye. You abdicate

your right to choose to the very small minority of voters who DO exercise

that right!

To those of you interested, there is another final election next month

(June 13 th ) to decide several races that did not exceed the 50% threshold

to be elected outright in the April primary election.

DO YOURSELF A FAVOR AND VOTE!

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: dhyde9@cox.net.

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May 2017


A Very Busy Month

By: Rana Goodman / On My Soapbox

I

’m sure most regular readers can imagine

the thoughts and feelings of our “staff”

and victim family members as we walked into

the court room and spotted April Parks. She was dressed in prison

scrubs and handcuffed.

The interested thing was that this sociopath looked at the families that

she left financially devastated and smiled at them! When she gave her plea

to the judge, you guessed it, she said: not guilty!

Were you to look up the traits of a sociopath among them you would

find: Lack of remorse, shame or guilt. They don’t see others around

them as people, but only as targets, opportunities and victims. We

guarantee that we will be attending Ms. Parks court proceedings and will

bring our readers updates.

Next on my agenda was the Nevada Legislature. There were quite a few

bills that were of interest.

Let’s start with SB229 that Senator Becky Harris sponsored on The Vegas

Voice’s behalf. That is the guardianship bill that enables your nominated

guardian form to be registered with the Nevada’s Secretary of State’s lock

box system.

The nomination form that Publisher Dan initially designed was used

as a template by the legislature. It has now been tentatively updated and

expanded. We’re proud to report that “our bill” was passed by the Senate

(thank you Senator Harris) and now goes to the Assembly, along with

several other important guardianship bills.

Senator Mark Manendo has two animal abuse bills, one for a mandatory

state registry for animal abusers. It was likewise passed by the senate and

will move on to the assembly.

Another bill I personally have a keen interest in is the “death with dignity

bill” - SB 261. This is a bill that would allow a patient with a terminal

illness to self-administer a life ending medication.

I understand that many people do not agree with such a concept,

however, if you have ever had someone you love suffer through a slow and

agonizing sickness (with no hope of a cure) sometimes mercy might be

appropriate in letting go of a loved one.

Last session, when this bill was first introduced, all I could think about

was my father who we lost in 2003. His doctor had prescribed Predesone

and the side effect destroyed the red cells in his bone marrow.

There was nothing the specialists could do to save him and he used to

beg me to “help him go.” All I could do was take him to hospice care and

for that, my mother never forgave me.

By then, he would not allow anyone but immediate family to see him.

SB261 would have at least given him his dignity in the end.

SB150 is another interesting guardianship bill. Years ago our legislature

passed into law a little sentence that said professional guardians must be

certified by a guardianship center in Philadelphia.

Why do you suppose that is? Why should we send money out-of-state

when it can stay in Nevada?

Dan and I previously took a training class to be guardians at the Public

Guardian’s office. Why can’t they train someone to give the certification

course - after all, the public guardian is paid $100,000.00 per year.

A handcuffed April Parks

Testifying before the Nevada Senate

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Avoid Guardianship

By: Robert Telles / Accolade Law

Folks are concerned with avoiding guardianship. A guardianship

is opened when a person (called the principal here) can no

longer handle his or her own affairs.

Often, a well-meaning relative seeks the guardianship to protect the

principal from harm. Unfortunately, there are also times where the

guardianship is being sought by someone that the principal would

not choose as a guardian. Well-crafted powers of attorney may avoid

this.

If you fear you may one day be that principal, the durable financial

power of attorney and the durable healthcare power of attorney are

documents that together may allow you to avoid guardianship. This

involves selecting a trusted relative or friend to act on your behalf

should you need help.

The grant of this power will cover most, if not all circumstances

depending on how well they are drafted. And, even if a guardianship

is needed, you can nominate that same person to act as your guardian

to keep others from stepping in. That’s peace of mind.

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.

BAT Tax Would Punish Seniors

By: Victoria Seaman / Victoria’s Corner

Congress has some tough decisions to

make, and right now they are facing

one of their toughest. Lost in the recent

battles over the affordable health care act is a costly new tax that

could hurt us just as much, if not more. It’s called the Border

Adjustment Tax (BAT), and it could skyrocket the already high

costs of items you use every day.

The BAT is the brainchild of House Speaker Paul Ryan, and Ways and

Means Committee Chairman Kevin Brady. It is essentially a national sales

tax on imports.

If the BAT is successful, anything coming into the US would be slapped

with a 20% tax; ensuring you and I would pay more for everyday items

we need - such as gasoline, groceries, food, clothing, and even medicine.

Most of the money we spend every day is spent on retail somewhere. Yet

the retail industry would be unfairly hit the hardest by this potential tax.

The reality is a lot of the things you and I buy simply cannot be

manufactured or produced in the US, and the retail industry, which is

responsible for nearly one out of every four American jobs, would be

forced to decide between laying off employees or passing the tax down to

you and I. There are simply no winners if the BAT passes.

The BAT is a classic example of Washington not thinking about the

consequences of their actions and how they affect every day Americans,

especially seniors who live off a fixed income. Instead of taxing the

products we need most, let’s look at lowering rates across the board,

and scaling back the size of government to pay for the lower taxes as

conservatives promised and were elected to do.

In recent weeks, several Republican Senators have expressed their

misgivings with the BAT and as a member of the tax-writing, Senate

Finance Committee, Senator Dean Heller should make his opposition to

the BAT clear now. The stakes are high, and Nevada seniors need Senator

Heller to step up now before it gains any political traction.

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Victoria Seaman is a former Nevada Assemblywoman,

businesswoman and currently a Realtor in Las Vegas. You can

contact Victoria at: victoria@victoriaseaman.com.


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Hospice Myths

By: Regale Harris / Your Kindred Team

Hospice is about living well and building

relationships, using the gift of time,

giving a voice to wishes and desires while

assuring values are respected.

Myth #1: Hospice is about living. Hospice is actually a philosophy of

care that focuses on quality of life issues when the course of a patient’s

disease can no longer be reversed or

when a patient has chosen comfort over

cure. Hospice care is provided wherever

patients live, in their own home, assisted

living facility or long-term care facility.

Myth #2: Hospice is chosen when there is

no hope or when “nothing else can be done.”

Hospice is the “something else that CAN be

done” for patients and their families when an illness cannot be cured.

Hospice is not an end to treatment – it is a shift to comfort- oriented care

which is focused on helping the patient live their life to the fullest.

In addition to managing pain and symptoms, we provide extensive

counseling and social service support that addresses psychosocial and

emotional/spiritual aspects of coping with a terminal illness.

Myth #3: Hospice is only for people with cancer. While about half of

patients receiving hospice care are cancer patients, the other half suffer

from illnesses including heart disease, lung disease, dementia, stroke and

neuromuscular diseases.

Myth #4: Hospice is for dying people. Hospice is family-centered care.

It is focused as much on the coping family as it is the patient.

Myth #5: Hospice is for patients who don’t require a high level

of care. Hospice is serious medicine. Kindred Hospice is Medicare

certified and we employ skilled and experienced medical and nursing

personnel who are capable of providing State-of-the-art palliative care.

Myth #6: Hospice is only for people who can accept death.

Fact: While those affected by advanced

illness come to terms with their prognosis,

Kindred Hospice provides psychosocial

support to patients and their families. Social

Workers are readily available to discuss all

options, and to facilitate family decisions.

Myth #7: All hospice care is the same. All

licensed hospice programs must provide certain

services according to Medicare, but the range of

support services and programs may differ.

Myth #8: Patients die sooner with hospice care than without. Fact:

Hospice neither hastens nor prevents death. However, it is believed that

hospice patients may live longer once their pain is adequately managed.

Myth #9: Patients must sign a Do Not Resuscitate (DNR) order

prior to hospice. Although the majority of hospice patients choose to

sign a DNR order prior to entering hospice care, it is not required for

admission. DNR status has no bearing on the care that a patient receives

while enrolled in hospice services.

Myth #10: Physicians lose control of the Plan of care when their

patients enter hospice. The referring physician is a vital member of the

hospice team. In fact, many physicians find that hospice greatly enhances

and extends the care they can provide. Kindred Hospice encourages

physicians to follow their patients through the hospice journey.

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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Call to Action: Contact Your Senators and Representatives

Attention individuals who care about hearing healthcare!

Legislation has been introduced in the U.S. Senate and U.S.

House that would:

1. Direct the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to create

an over-the-counter classification of hearing aids that requires no

professional involvement.

2. Direct the FDA to consider and rule on whether overthe-counter

hearing aids should bypass

existing, critical safety and efficacy

standards and processes

3. Prohibit states from

creating any consumer

protection laws related to overthe-counter

hearing aids

Passage of this bill would:

1. Eliminate important consumer

protections to all hearing aid purchasers

2. Allow unlicensed and incompetent people to sell hearing aids,

thereby eroding consumer trust, and increase risks of poor results and

fraud.

3. Decrease hearing aid use and satisfaction rates

4. Rely on individuals to properly self-diagnose and self-manage

hearing loss, which can lead to missed medical diagnosis, and improper

hearing assessment.

5. Eliminate critical opportunities for medical referral for comorbidities

and other conditions through an in-person evaluation by a

licensed hearing care professional

Evidence shows when hearing aids are available, over-the-counter

satisfaction rates go down. As a result, leads to inaccurate public

perception hearing aids don’t work, and result in lower overall hearing

aid adoption and use (JapanTrak, 2015).

Professional and individualized hearing evaluations,

custom hearing aids and fittings,

verification tests, and ongoing

counseling and follow-up care

determine patient success.

(MarkeTrak, VII & IX).

Call Your Members

of Congress via Capital

Switchboard at 202-224-

3121 or email them via: http://bit.

ly/2mV0K9Z. Please tell your Elected Officials:

1. You oppose S.670/H.R. 1652, the Over-the-Counter Hearing Aid Act.

2. Appropriate treatment with hearing aids requires involvement of a

licensed hearing care professional.

3. Share the value your licensed hearing care professional has

contributed to your journey

Thank you for your help! Please contact your local Miracle-Ear for

more information:

www.miracle-ear.com

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Often as we head out for the evening

we have an adorable little clutch,

but an abundance of “necessities” for the

night out. Touch-up makeup for the evening, along with a

phone, ID, and money forces you to get creative with space!

My personals must-haves include all of the above, plus credit card,

business cards, lipstick, liner, gloss, eye shadow, blush, concealer,

perfume and lotion. Now how to get all of that into a bitty bag?

Just a little miniaturizing magic.

While your eye shadow may be in a large pallet, find a similar color

in the smallest single package that holds its own applicator. Do the same

with a blush. They are both flat so they won't take up much room.

As for your lips, as we eat or drink, they become the most in need of a

touch-up. I love to carry a lip colored liner as my base which keeps them

looking nice even as lipstick wears off.

And since liners are long and thin, getting them into the bottom of a

clutch is easy. To top it off, the liner I use (by my company) has a cap

covered brush on one end.

I save lipstick tube space by pre-dipping the brush in my lipstick and

replacing the cap for a ready-to-go application. Then I have both my

lipstick and liner together in the smallest possible space!

You can also use double sided capped brushes in general to put gloss

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Preparing for an Evening Out

By: Linda Bateman-Gomez / Timeless Beauty

Helping Deployed Families Cope

By: Chuck Dean / Vet 2 Vet

This month marks 52 years since I

deployed to Vietnam.

I had trained a year on Okinawa and was ready

for the moment, both physically and mentally. During that deployment I

served only one tour of duty and then it was over.

In today’s world however, things are different. Our troops are faced with

the grinding drudgery of multiple deployments in the War on Terror.

Military families are experiencing the emotional upheavals of

deployment on an unprecedented scale. Humanitarian missions and

peace enforcement continue as troops are sent around the world.

Military downsizing has also increased the likelihood that each warrior

will eventually participate in the extension of their missions. The impact

of long family separations is of increasing concern as re-deployments

continue with no end in sight.

I realize that a majority of The Vegas Voice readership are seniors, but

I would also guess that many have family members that are caught in

this “revolving door” of deployment, and share many of their concerns.

The purpose for this topic is to heighten awareness, and encourage you to

help - even in small ways.

There are many challenges for military families during the various

stages of deployment. Anticipating these challenges is a good first step in

minimizing the emotional trauma caused by an extended deployment.

I would suggest that you begin by helping them obtain information,

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on one side and touch-up concealer on the other end. Again, small and

easy to get into even the smallest bags.

Additionally, utilize your phone space. There are several phone cases

that include small pockets to easily carry your cards. Otherwise since they

are flat, the fit nicely on the side of your bag.

For hand lotion and perfume which I love, next time you’re at the mall,

pick up the little sample packets at the makeup counters. They are flat

and take up no space. Or ask the saleswoman if you can have a mini vial

of your favorite fragrance.

And poof, you’re ready for your evening out!

Linda Bateman-Gomez has an international beauty company

based in Las Vegas that specializes in cosmetics and other beauty

products. Contact Linda at TimelessBeauty2020@gmail.com or

through her website www.fullips.com.

instruction, and advice about deployments from reliable sources. The

best is an organization called “Military OneSource.” (Go to: http://www.

militaryonesource.mil/ 800-342-9647).

Next you can offer to assist the family in establishing a support network;

help them connect with other deployed families to share and encourage

one another. This can include activities such as weekly get-togethers.

You as a caring relative can do much to aid and comfort a deployed

family; even if it is only by babysitting in order to give the parent a break

from single-parenting.

Most of us remember the dark days of the Vietnam War when our troops

were not appreciated or supported. I, for one, want to do my part to ensure

that doesn’t happen again. I hope you do too.

Chuck Dean served as an Army paratrooper in Vietnam and

through that experience was led to address the many transitional

issues veterans struggle with. He is the author of several important

books for veterans. All can be found on Amazon at: http://www.

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Home Insurance vs. Home Warranty

By: Jim Valkenburg / Insurance Insight

Lately the airwaves are filled with

commercials that promote home

warranties and make a mockery of home

insurance for covering things like zombie attacks. Remember,

these are just commercials and they want you to buy something.

Let’s take a minute to discuss the differences between warranties and

insurance.

A warranty is actually the opposite of insurance. Insurance is put in

place to protect you for events you don’t want to happen (fire, theft,

vandalism, etc.) but warranties are purchased to protect you for events

that are inevitable and eventually will happen (water heater wears out,

refrigerator motor dies, etc.).

Your homeowner’s insurance policy provides coverage in the event of

an “unexpected” loss. A home warranty provides coverage for items that

need maintenance and are “expected” to wear out.

In Las Vegas, with high summer temperatures, your air conditioning

system works very hard and eventually it will need repair or replacement.

This is maintenance and it would be a warranty claim. It is an “expected”

incident and therefore, not an insurance claim.

There are some claims that involve both your home insurance and

your warranty. For example, if your hot water heater breaks and causes

water damage in your home, the repair to your home is covered under

your homeowner’s policy. The hot water heater itself is a maintenance

item so the warranty company would replace it.

There are several companies that sell warranties in Nevada. The costs

vary, depending on what you want to cover under the warranty, but

generally range from $350 - $500 a year for basic coverage, plus more for

enhanced features like pools.

So, why both insurance and warranties? If your home is broken into

and items are stolen, or if there is a fire, or high winds destroy your patio

cover, etc., your insurance carrier will help you get back into the same

position you were before the loss. If a major appliance wears out, a home

warranty is there to protect you and repair or replace those items.

Autonomous Cars: Terrifying or Terrific?

By: BJ Killeen / Down the Road

If a car that drives itself sounds terrifying

to you, you’re not alone.

People who hate to fly say it’s because they

have no control. The same goes for autonomous vehicles. Truth is,

although you may not realize it, many new cars already are semiautonomous.

They can parallel or perpendicular park themselves, can stop

and go in traffic without the driver touching the pedals, and can

even come to a complete stop in a front-end collision if the driver

doesn’t react in time. Most of these systems today, however, can be

turned off if the driver doesn’t want to use them.

Nevada is one of the few states welcoming testing from

manufacturers and other parties with fully autonomous vehicles.

Some say the benefits far outweigh the risks.

Those who are against them have legitimate concerns, such as,

if there’s an accident, who is at fault? How will they co-exist with

piloted cars?

These vehicles use a combination of radar, sonar, lidar (light

detection and ranging) and cameras to function properly. But what

if the lines on the road they read are too light? Or there’s snow?

Or the sensors are blocked?

Obviously, there are many issues that need to be resolved before

we see them as the norm on the highway.

On the plus side, if you can’t drive anymore because of poor

eyesight or your reactions are slow, instead of having to call a car

service, you can jump in your own car and tell it to go anywhere

you want. In the not-to-distant future, it will be possible to order

your groceries directly from your refrigerator, send the car to the

store alone, have the robot load up your groceries, and then send it

back to your house.

Think of the time savings. Or you could take a long trip and sleep

at night while the car was still gathering miles. The possibilities, as

they say, are endless.

Remember, Marie Curie once said. “Nothing in life is to be feared.

It is only to be understood.”

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.

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BJ Killeen has been an automotive journalist for over 30 years.

She welcomes all questions and inquiries, and can be reached at

bjkdtr@gmail.com


Heartburn & Dentistry

By: James J. White, D.D.S. / Your Dentist

No doubt many of my readers have heard

of GERD (gastro esophageal reflux

disease).

Indeed, many of us are plagued with acid reflux. Proof of this disorder

can be seen when standing in line at the local Walgreens or CVS and

watching the various anti-acids that are being purchased.

Serious damage could also be occurring to your teeth without your

knowledge. When suffering with GERD, acid and undigested food can

come into the esophagus when it is not supposed to - “heartburn!”

Amazingly, the stomach is protected from the caustic hydrochloric acid

that digests our food, but tooth enamel is not. Teeth were not designed to

ever be exposed to such corrosive acid.

The outer layer of our teeth is, as you know, enamel which is the hardest

natural substance of our bodies. However, enamel can be dissolved in acid.

And when acid backs up into the esophagus, minute amounts can end

up in the mouth. This lowers the pH of the mouth creating a very acidic

environment. The enamel can be either worn or dissolved away.

Needless to say, when the enamel is weakened, the teeth are more

susceptible to decay, wear, and of course, cavities. And all of this does not

even begin to describe the destruction of a wonderful smile.

Eating smaller meals, seeking help from a qualified physician,

avoiding spicy, greasy and citrus foods, reducing alcohol consumption,

quitting smoking and losing weight can all assist in reducing acid reflux.

This will not only save your beautiful teeth, but lead to a healthier you.

*What Makes a Good Dentist? I’ve been asked that question

quite a bit since I

began writing these

monthly articles.

A good dentist is

more than just

someone who

might relieve you

of dental pain. It

is a professional

whom you choose

to entrust your

teeth that will:

1. Maintain an

ongoing interest in

the latest scientific

findings.

2. Treat his/her

procedures as a serious art.

3. Be manually dexterous.

4. Never lose the desire to learn.

5. Not up-sell you on a treatment plan with which you feel

uncomfortable.

6. Be compassionate and honest. AND

7. Understand your concerns and provide you with care options that

work to your advantage.

And remember: One is not in good health without good oral health.

“People don’t care how much you know, until they know how much you care.”

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Dance it Out!

By: Mary Richard / Health Fitness

Dance is good for your brain. Dancing is

good for your soul! Dance with LIFE,

dance with LOVE, dance with CONVICTION.

I’ve been a dancer most of my life - since a young child. I had way too

much energy, so my mother put me in dance classes at the age of 3. I

loved it and have been a dancer ever since.

Dance has many benefits beyond exercise. Science has proven that

dance improves the memory, increases muscle tone and helps to lower

the risk of dementia.

I’m now in my 72nd year and will continue dancing until I am unable

to! My Zumba classes are a form of exercise as well as dance.

Dancing helps to increase neural activity and helps your balance by

training your brain to achieve opposition with either the right or left area

of your bodies. In my zumba classes, I use this method of opposition to

gear students to utilize both areas of our aging brains.

You can find various methods of dance throughout international

countries. That’s why I love zumba so much. It allows me to learn and

promote various dance methods.

I’ve been to every zumba convention for the past 10 years and although

there are various languages spoken at our international convention,

when the music comes on and we learn new methods, language is

irrelevant and we dance our hearts out!

Enjoy the resurgence of dance classes on TV - from “Dancing with The

Stars” to “So You Think You Can Dance.” There are various dance studios

cropping up, so find a class that will jog your interest.

Look for ballroom, ballet, zumba classes or wherever your heart leads

you. Believe me - it will change your life and health.

You will feel better, sleep better and meet new people who also will

enjoy the love of dance. Remember: Dance like no one is watching!

POSITIVE ATTITUDE AND HAPPY HEALTH TO ALL!

A Multidisciplinary Approach

By: Kyo Mitchell / A Healthier You

Medicine is not simply one approach, or

one discipline.

The human body is so complex that one method

cannot simply cover all the medical problems that humans experience.

When approaching medicine, it is important to understanding the

strengths of each medical discipline, and its methodology.

Let me give you an example. A lot of my patients say: “I hate taking

all these drugs.” Such drugs however have their place and, of course are

important.

What they do is to help stabilize the body's physiological processes in

some way so that your health and well-being do not decline any further.

However, the one thing you have to understand is that pharmaceutical

drugs do not cure the body. Only the body can do that.

The question that should be entering your mind is, “If drugs stabilize

me, but do not necessarily return me to the highest state of function

possible, is there something that can?” That is not a simple question.

For the body to return to a high state of function, it needs the correct

resources and the correct signals in the correct order to repair itself. This

is why nutrition, acupuncture, chiropractic and other disciplines are so

important.

In reference to signals that help the body return to a healthy state of

function, there is one medical approach that is reemerging after nearly

being lost. Approximately a century ago, doctors were using electrical

signals to alter what happened in the body and treat pain and numerous

other medical problems.

These electrical signals could allegedly decrease pain, decrease

inflammation, help tissues and organs recover from trauma and function

more efficiently, just to name a few. This is done without the side effects

commonly seen with drugs.

No form of medicine is perfect. Each has strengths to offer as well

as limitations. By learning to combine the various disciplines to each

medical problem, science will continue to evolve and increase the quality

of life of individuals everywhere.

Mary Richard was crowned Ms. Senior Nevada 2006, was first

runner-up for Ms. Senior America 2006 and is a life-time dancer.

Mary can be reached at mary-vegasvoice@cox.net.

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May 2017

Dr. Kyo Mitchell served as faculty at Bastyr University in Seattle

and Wongu University in Las Vegas for over a decade. Dr. Mitchell

practices in Summerlin and can be reached at 702-481-6216 or

rkyomitchell@gmail.com.


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Improve Your Memory Abilities with Momisms & More

By: Jan Fair / A No-Brainer Minute

eaders emailed to say they used the ideas in my February column for boosting their

Rbrain by improvising a story. (See Vegas Voice archives at www.thevegasvoice.net.)

One woman wrote me about a wonderful moment when her young granddaughter surprised everyone

with her beautiful, insightful, improvised “I Have a Dream” speech. This month, I’m suggesting that we

memorize something rather than improvising. Experts say if we memorize something every day, we will

improve our memorizing abilities.

A No-Brainer Pick

According to The

Harvard Medical School

Guide to Achieving

Optimal Memory by

Aaron P. Nelson, Ph.D. &

Susan Gilbert,“…The

use-it-or-lose-it notion

definitely applies to the

brain.”

Check out this book for

lots of suggestions to

improve your memory.

Things to Memorize

• momisms (look right ==>)

• a short poem

• the chorus of a song

• a few sentences

from a book,

magazine or

newspaper

• a TV advertisement

• lines from a movie

• famous quotations

• a famous speech

Jan Fair is a writer, consultant & public speaker who has published over 40 books including

the No-Brainer Brain Games series. Please check out her website at www.JanFair.com

Mental Minutes

“Momisms”

1. In one minute, list sayings

that mother always said.

2. Make an alphabetical

list.

Always wear clean socks.;

Because I said so!;

Count your blessings.; …”

A No-Brainer Laugh

Go to YouTube.com

Type in “William Tell

Momisms”

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May 2017


“ASK LAURA ABOUT REAL ESTATE”

Reduce your chance of Identity Fraud with these helpful tips!

Laura Harbison

Broker/Salesperson/Branch Manager

Seniors Real Estate Specialist ® (SRES)

Accredited Buyer Representative ® (ABR)

Graduate, REALTOR ® Institute (GRI)

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Certified Residential Specialist (CRS)

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Wallet. Remove items that should not be in it. These include your Social Security card (and anything else with

your Social Security Number on it), PINs or passwords, spare keys, and blank checks. Unless you’re heading to

a doctor or health facility for the first time, don’t carry your Medicare card either.

Home office. After ensuring all is correct, shred (with a cross-cut shredder) bank statements, sales & cash

withdrawal ATM receipts, paid credit card statements & utility bills, expired warranties, unsolicited credit

card & insurance offers, and canceled checks (that are not tax related). Destroy old photo IDs. Pay stubs &

medical bills shouldn’t be kept longer than one year; tax returns & pertinent forms (W-2s, 1099s and records

for declared tax deductions) no longer than seven.

Safely store: birth & marriage certificates, family member death certificates, Social Security & Medicare cards,

active passports, divorce decrees, college diplomas, military records, wills, trusts, home deeds, vehicle titles,

and power of attorney paperwork.

Keep secure but accessible: tax returns for the past three years, active appliance warranties & manuals, loan

statements & payment books, insurance policies, a household inventory list (TVs, jewelry, etc.), health benefits

information, and family health records including vaccinations. Keep a record of what is in your wallet, including

the account numbers and contact information for each card (useful if your wallet is lost or stolen.)

Medicine cabinet. Remove and shred pharmacy labels before tossing empty prescription bottles. Hide prescription

medications (particularly painkillers).

Computers and phones. Delete unnecessary & unused files, accounts and apps. If donating or recycling old

computers, cell phones or other devices, erase the memory completely and restore to factory settings.

Ensure that antivirus protection software is up to date on all actively used devices, set for regular “Quick” &

“Full” scans and firewall-enabled. Clear the memory on internet browsers used on your computer and smartphone

at least weekly, to prevent hackers from accessing stored passwords. Enable two-factor identification

on financial and other online accounts; review (and enact) privacy settings on social media accounts and

don’t share sensitive details – address, workplace, family members, upcoming vacation plans or purchases.

Consider getting paperless statements from banks & credit card companies to reduce the risk that information

could be stolen from your mail.

Laura Harbison, ABR, AHWD, BPOR, BS, CDPE, CRS, GRI, RSPS, SRES

Broker/Salesperson/Branch Manager

Realty Executives Harbison Team

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