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Nevada Guardianship

The Good Guys Won!

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PUBLISHER/EDITOR

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Volume 14, Issue 5

Dan Roberts

dan@thevegasvoice.net

Ray Sarbacker

ray@thevegasvoice.net

Debbie Landry

debbie@thevegasvoice.net

Rana Goodman

rana@thevegasvoice.net

Evan Davis

evan@thevegasvoice.net

Sam Wagmeister

Stu Cooper

Rich Natole

Ary Mirochnik

Michael Roberts

Lou Lozitsky

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Bill Caserta

bill@thevegasvoice.net

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Marty Allen

Adrea Barrera

John Bielun

Yvonne Cloutier

Dianne Davis

Chuck Dean

Jan Fair

Linda Gomez

Ali Guggenheim

Dan Hyde

Mike Landry

BJ Killeen

Kathy Manney

Kyo Mitchell

Mary Richard

Crystal Sarbacker

Victoria Seaman

Jim Valkenburg

Beverly Washburn

Devon Wickens

Vicki Wentz

James White

The Good

Guys Won

By: Dan Roberts - Publisher

And with a stroke of a pen, it was done. All the work and effort

by The Vegas Voice acknowledged by Nevada Governor Brian

Sandoval when he signed Senator Becky Harris’ SB 229 into law last

month.

Happily watching the Governor sign our Vegas Voice guardianship

reform bill, we couldn’t help but wonder how many readers were saved

(we’ll have the “protection” details in future editions) and will never have

to worry about being “taken.”

As I looked at Rana and she at me (along with the rest of our Vegas

Voice family) our smiles were as wide as a child on Christmas day. The

good guys won.

Pictured: Looking on as Governor Brian Sandoval signs the bill

are (left to right): Political Editor Rana Goodman, guardianship

advocate (and family victim) Julie Belshe, Publisher Dan Roberts,

Project Director Bill Caserta, advocate Barbara Grostick, Senator

Becky Harris and Vegas Voice President Ray Sarbacker. Photo Credit:

Graphic Editor Michael Roberts.

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Thank You


Nevada State Senator, Becky Harris

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FOR

CARING

ABOUT

AND

PROTECTING

NEVADA’S

SENIORS,

AND REFORMING THE

GUARDIANSHIP LAWS!

July 2017

The Fat Lady Sings!

By: Dan Roberts / Publisher


Hey Rana, you hear that? It’s the fat lady singing.”

The opera ain’t over till the fat lady sings is one of my favorite

clichés. Pertaining to our Vegas Voice guardianship reform efforts, it may

not be “over” but even if the Diva is not singing her final solo - she sure is rehearsing loudly.

It’s now one-month shy of 3 years that political editor (and my Ladylove) first approached

yours truly to discuss guardianship. As I previously opined, I had no knowledge (or interest) in

this subject.

When I finally “gave in” (looking back on it, I probably never had a choice anyway) Rana and

I had no idea that this would become the main focus in our lives. From our lack of understanding

the scope and depth of this scandal to the final legislative passage of our Vegas Voice reform bills,

it’s been an incredible journey.

To sum up the result - protections (and increased criminal penalties) are now in place that

will guarantee that you, your loved ones, friends and neighbors will never be “taken.”

One new law (SB360) provides for a “Ward’s Bill of Rights” (including assistance from

“a person of natural affection” and/or “an advocate for the ward”) while another (SB 229)

establishes an official “Guardianship Nomination Form” with Secretary of State lockbox

protections.

The Vegas Voice will have (a lot) more information and details in future editions. We’ll also be

doing our traveling seminars across the valley come the fall/winter months and will provide all

the paperwork that will ensure that you will never be a guardianship victim.

As you can expect, many “thank yous” are in order. First and foremost, Senator Becky

Harris was as determined and dedicated to guardianship reform as was my Rana. I cannot

begin to tell you how many late night (and early morning) telephone calls, texts and emails

transpired between them during the recent legislative session.

Harris’ actions were not of a politician, but as a committed public servant. The Nevada senior

community owes a huge, unconditional and ever-lasting thank you to Senator Harris for her

non-stop efforts in cleaning up the guardianship debacle.

Supreme Court Justice James Hardesty, despite criticism from reform advocates (including

this publisher) was outstanding. As the Chairman of the Nevada Guardianship Commission,

he not only made sure that its recommendations were placed in Continued on next page

Former private guardian April Parks in handcuffs

Supreme Court Justice James Hardesty with Rana

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By: Dan Roberts / Publisher

This was my moment.

It was now almost three years of daily

guardianship research, investigations, writings,

conversations, telephone calls, seminars and meetings. Serving as the

faithful assistant to The Vegas Voice political editor (and my Ladylove)

Rana Goodman, we were on a mission to expose the private guardianship

industry.

We remained steadfast in our crusade; to not only seek guardianship

remedies, but to come up with solutions so this scandal never happens

again.

This year The Vegas Voice instituted and collected over 1,600 petitions

(and a big “thank you” for those who participated) for our guardianship

reforms. We met with numerous state and local government officials as

well as lobbied Nevada senators and assemblymen. We even travelled to

and from Carson City at our own cost to continue this Don(na) Quixote

quest.

And now, it all came down to our testimony before the Nevada

Legislature. I was as prepared as I was when I sat for the New York bar

exam a lifetime ago.

I was a walking encyclopedia on guardianship – knowing the relevant

sections of the Nevada Revised Statues as well as the tragic circumstances

of (far too) many family victims caught in this cesspool. I was loaded

with facts & figures to answer any question, or provide any information.

Continued from last page the reform bills, but was there testifying

and advocating for them before the legislature.

That’s just one reason why he’s called “Your honor.” Thank you, Justice

Hardesty.

Our Vegas Voice family, including Sandy Lewis, Bill Caserta, Barbara

Grostick and my partner Ray Sarbacker were there every day and assisting

in every way. If you ever wanted to know the meaning of “unsung heroes”

just look at them.

Last, but always first, to my PILL (partner in love & life). I cannot

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One Final Thought: My Hair-Raising Realization

July 2017

I wrote, re-wrote, revised and edited my 90 second presentation to the

Legislative Committee. I wanted to use whatever (albeit limited) oratory

skills I had to urge, cajole and ultimately convince our elected officials

that the various Senate bills needed to be passed now to eradicate this

guardianship disgrace and to achieve meaningful reforms.

I sat in the chair – ready, willing, able and eager to proceed. And as the

Committee chairman gave me the go-ahead to begin my testimony, out

of the corner of my eye, I caught my image on the video screen and was

overcome with a new, overriding singular thought that I could not shake

– Where’s my hair?

What happened to my freakin’ hair? I was in complete shock. I

wanted to end my statement in mid-sentence, demand a quick recess and

stop everything until I found my missing follicles.

Did I leave it at the hotel? Did Rana take it for safekeeping? What

the…?

While I have been called many names, I can’t believe (or accept)

that “balding” is one of them. But at that moment, I realized that the

idealistic, young future attorney who needed a hairpic for his “Afro” no

longer existed.

Looking at the screen (and you better believe subsequent viewings) I

was overwhelmed with another inescapable conclusion – I now look like

my father.

So, as I completed my testimony and even received some congratulatory

compliments, I graciously thanked them… and started searching for my

dad’s baseball cap.

adequately express my admiration, respect and sheer joy in what Rana

accomplished. (Of course, I’ll take credit for putting up with her for the last

35 months, but will save that tale for another time).

No one was more outraged than our political editor by this scandal and

more dedicated, determined and obsessed to not only expose and clean-up

the private guardianship gulag, but to achieve permanent solutions.

All I (and everyone else) can, and should say, is simply:

“Congratulations Rana. You did it!

Cue the fat lady…

We Still Need to be Vigilant

By: Rana Goodman / On My Soapbox

Publisher Dan says the guardianship

issue is over thanks to the passage of our

guardianship bills we have pushed these past two

plus years. I’m however, far more cautious than he.

We were indeed holding our breath right up to the very last day for

passage of SB229, (the nominated guardianship bill with the Secretary

of State lockbox provisions) and then dancing on cloud nine when

Senator Becky Harris phoned within five minutes of its passage.

Dan and I were in the car when we heard the great news. I wanted to

roll down the car windows and scream YES, WE DID IT!

Nevada also made a huge, positive step by hiring attorney Homa

Woodrum.

The Department of Health and Human Services, Aging and

Disability Services Division, pursuant to newly implemented AB 31

created the “Attorney for the Rights of Older Persons and Persons

with a Physical Disability, an Intellectual Disability or a Related

Condition” (Say that 3 times fast).

The short title is “Chief Advocacy Attorney” and we have total

confidence in her abilities and dedication. The only downside for us is

that she is based in Carson City.

But let’s face the fact that there will still be a portion of our society

that will need to be cared for by a guardian, private or public. Many

of them are not fortunate enough to have either family or a friend to

fill that gap.

If they have the needed funds to hire help and have the capacity to

choose wisely, that is a huge plus. If not, they won’t have the protection

that will now be available to the rest of you by nominating who you

wish to care for you if, and when the need arises.

They most likely will fall into “the system.” This is where I have

concerns that the process still has a way to go.

Seniors with no nominated guardian who are reported by someone

as needing help, will most probably fall under the Clark County Public

Guardian’s Office. In my opinion, this is akin to falling head first into

“the rabbit hole.”

Although newly appointed Public Guardian Karen Kelly attended a

few of our Nevada Guardianship Commission meetings, apparently,

she has failed to grasp the meaning of one of that Commission’s most

important recommendations to the legislature. That recommendation,

unanimously passed (and soon to be law) was “to use the least

restrictive means necessary in guardianship.”

I am hearing and been advised that the procedure the public

guardian has implemented for several ladies (one 85 years old, and

the other who is 90) is isolation in a locked down facility. Sadly, the

90-year-old can easily afford full time care in her home.

Placing her in a facility away from all the things giving her comfort

at her age is cruel and not needed. Since she has no family, friends

are getting ready to attend her family court hearing and try to take

this on.

Let’s enjoy our guardianship reforms, but total victory is still on the

horizon.

Rana with Senator Becky Harris

All Smiles with the Governor and Senator Harris

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Marty’s Top Ten

By: Marty Allen / Hello Dere

1

. You know you have a

problem when you meet

a friend on the street and he

says: “How are you?” and your

answer is “Why, what did you hear?”

2. Family Values thought: How come children grow up so fast – but

leave home so slow?

3. You know you are at a wealthy person’s home when you flush the

toilet and you see a rainbow!

4. Bill tells his friend Fred: “I met this very attractive girl but she’s not

that bright. She spent all weekend reading my four T shirts!”

5. A certain Congressman is taking on the American Orthopedic

Society. He wants to know why artificial limbs cost an arm and a leg.

6. Therapist: “What makes you think you have multiple personalities?”

Patient responds: “You talking to us?”

7. A fool and his money get to meet a lot of great women.

8. It is very unwise for a husband to say to his wife: “How can you

blame me for our marital problems? I’m never home!”

9. A veterinarian and a taxidermist went into business together. Their

sales pitch: “Either way, you get your pet back.”

10. What does a woman; a tornado and a bank have in common? Any

one of them can get your house!

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

and off stage singing partner Karon Kate Blackwell.

Politically Incorrect Humor

By: Bill Caserta / Bill’s Blurbs

Definition of an Irish husband: He hasn't

kissed his wife for twenty years, but he

will kill any man who does.

*Murphy told Quinn that his wife was driving him to drink.

Quinn thinks he's very lucky because his own wife makes him

walk.

*The man phoned the maternity ward at the hospital.

"Quick!" he said. "Send an ambulance, my wife is going to

have a baby!" "Tell me, is this her first baby?" the intern asked.

"No, this is her husband, Kevin, speaking."

*"Bob," asked the druggist, "did that mudpack I gave you

improve your wife's appearance?"

"It surely did. " Replied Bob. "But it keeps falling off!"

*John: My wife has a terrible habit of staying up 'til two o'clock

in the morning. I can't break her of it. Paul: What on earth is she

doing at that time? John: Waiting for me to come home.

*Phil went to trial for armed robbery. The jury foreman came

out and announced, "Not guilty."

"That's grand!" shouted Phil. "Does that mean I can keep the money?"

* To my non-Jewish friends, this may explain a lot. To my Jewish

friends, just nod in agreement.

Things I Didn't Learn in Hebrew School

1.The High Holidays have absolutely nothing to do with

marijuana.

2. No meal is complete without leftovers.

3. According to Jewish dietary law, pork and shellfish may be

eaten only in Chinese restaurants.

4. A shmata is a dress that your husband's ex is wearing.

5. After the destruction of the Second temple, God created

Nordstrom’s.

6. Never take a front row seat at a Bris.

7. Next year in Jerusalem. The year after that, how about a nice

cruise?

8. Never leave a restaurant empty handed.

9. Spring ahead; fall back - winters in Boca.

10. WASP's leave and never say good-bye; Jews say good-bye and

never leave.

11. Always whisper the names of diseases.

12. If it tastes good, it's probably not kosher.

13. Without Jewish mothers, who would need therapy?

14. If you have to ask the price, you can't afford it. But if you can

afford it, make sure to tell everybody what you paid.

15. Laugh now, but one day you'll be driving a Lexus and eating

dinner at 4:00 PM in Florida.

And one final thought. What do you call a man who knows how

to control a wife? Answer: A bachelor.

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By: Adrea Nairne-Barrera / 60s to 60

Once upon a time, making simple decisions

about hanging a picture or what to make

for dinner was easy.

Now it’s a whole process and takes ten times longer than it used to. By

the time I’ve figured it out, I’m too tired to do it.

Hanging a picture requires a hammer, hook and usually a ladder.

Climbing up the ladder is not my best event.

In fact, I tremble each time I have to change an air filter in the house.

I’ve learned to put pillows on a desk, table or whatever is nearby so I

can get up and kneel on the pillows in the hope of reaching the spot to

hammer in the hook.

It’s very calculated and exhausting. Several pictures have been leaning

on the floor for about 2 years now.

The dinner question is ridiculous. On workdays, the conversation

usually goes from “What do you want for dinner?” to “I’m not hungry

because I ate an egg sandwich at 2 pm” to “So what should I do?” etc.

It’s a never ending cycle of nonsense and indecision usually ending at

one of three local places. Neither one of us can actually make a choice.

We have little spats about whether to leave the car windows open in

the garage or if turning light switches on and off uses more electricity

or not. As for the car windows, we keep the trash bins also in the garage

and sometimes they smell at the end of the week. (A little trick I once

learned is to freeze your food garbage until trash day and then forget

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Decisions & Spats

July 2017

it’s there.)

Open the car windows and

everything stinks on 100+ degree days.

Keep them closed and the car is really

warm. What to do? He says open and I

say close.

To solve the electricity problem, I

did my research and unfortunately

that answer is more complicated than

I anticipated. Is your lighting fluorescent, energy saving or traditional?

Some lighting has to warm up and it may not be a savings, but overall

we should turn them off. I lost that argument in 2017, however years ago

I was right. Progress got me again.

So how many times has anyone gone to the back yard and left the door

open only to hear “How long do you think it will take to air condition the

yard?” I don’t know. Shall we put it to the test?

Now we have solar lights on the property and to make them look pretty,

you have to pick a spot where the sun will reach them. This spat involves

morning sun, afternoon sun or setting sun.

And so it goes.

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@

yahoo.com

All Dogs Go to...Uh...Me?

By: Vicki Wentz / Vicki’s Voice

It’s just that I didn’t know you

could inherit a dog. I mean,

a necklace, a set of china, even a

savings bond...but a dog?

Don’t get me wrong, she’s a really cute dog. A tiny white

Maltese who was named by her first “mother” obsessed

with the British royal family.

Hence, I’m now the proud - if slightly reluctant - owner of Lady Diana.

The name is longer than the actual dog.

Anyway, no one was able to take Lady Di, and I do love her, and so does

my dog, Gabby. But, Lady Di has a real Napoleon…or, Napoleonella…

complex, and she will bark like she’s going to friggin’ take you apart,

limb by limb. In reality, I don’t think she could take apart one actual

limb.

So here we are, back to two dogs. Just when Gabby thought she’d be an

only child for a while. Being the oldest of five children, I was hoping the

same thing myself, for about thirteen months before my brother Jimmy

came along. I saw no need for another child in the house - we were

getting along just fine.

Yesterday, I introduced Lady Di to the folks at the veterinarian’s office.

They were, of course, wonderful and Dr. Digadog made a huge fuss over

her (why shouldn’t he; her care, along with Gabby’s, will help take his

family to Cancun this summer).

We had her first check-up, and she needed a couple of shots, some

itch medicine, and eye drops. Dr. D looked a tad disappointed that she’d

recently had her teeth cleaned, but even if she hadn’t, I would have had

to let a few fall out before I could afford another visit.

It’s all good now. I’m happy to have little Di in the house. She’s sleeping

at the foot of the bed along with Gabby, who accepted the inevitable.

Plus, after fourteen years of having two dogs, it’s easy to fall back into

the choreography it takes to walk them without becoming a tangled-up,

self-strangulating cartoon character - not that I ever did that.

Having lived for years with one elderly lady, Di isn’t used to all the

exercise and excitement at my house. There’s always someone coming

and going.

Always someone taking her for a hike, or to a nearby dog park, and

folks are over for dinner, or the grandchildren are wanting to pick her

up and put her on beds, on couches, in the sink…in the doll buggy…

in flowerpots.

Yes, Di spends her downtime sacked out - like me.

But, I’m happy. Two doggies. Life is good. Then, the phone rang

yesterday.

My sister said, “Remember when you said that if ever Mom and Dad

weren’t able to take care of Rosie any more, you wanted her? Well, I think

that day is here. It’s just too much for them now, and we aren’t able to

take her. When can you come to get her?”

OMG. Dr. D’s office is going to get a whole new wing.

Vicki Wentz is a writer, teacher and speaker living in North

Carolina. Readers may contact her - and order her new

children’s book! - by visiting her website at www.vickiwentz.com.

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Kemo Sabe

By: Beverly Washburn / Hollywood Memories

previously written about Clayton Moore, who

I played the Lone Ranger. I thought this month

I'd write about Jay Silverheels who was his

faithful sidekick, Tonto.

The year was 1956 and I was cast in the Warner Bros. feature film "The

Lone Ranger." I was quite fortunate back in the 50s, because for the most

part, scripts would just be sent to me without an audition.

However, I had never worked at Warner Bros. so they didn't know me

and I was asked to go out and read for the role of Lila, the little girl who

gets kidnapped by the Indians and yep, you guessed it - gets saved by the

Lone Ranger.

When I got there, there were about 20 other little girls also reading for

the role. I really didn't think I had a chance, so when I got the call the

next day, I was very happy and grateful.

The experience was a wonderful one and I was delighted to work with

both of them. They were as nice as they could be.

When you think of Tonto, you automatically think of the words Kemo

Sabe. In fact, it became such a known phrase, it was added into the

Webster's Dictionary in 2002.

Over the years there have been many definitions of Kemo Sabe, but the

most common ones are "faithful friend " or "trusty scout."

Although Jay was a full blooded Indian and a member of the

Mohawk Tribe, his real name was Harold J. Smith! It has been said

that he came up with the name "Jay Silverheels" because he thought it

sounded more authentic as an

Indian name. Gee, ya' think?

Jay was quite the athlete, a

middleweight boxer and also

played lacrosse. He was the

highest paid and highest

scoring lacrosse player in

Canada.

At a game he was playing

in Los Angeles, the famous

screen comedian, Joe E. Brown

spotted him and thought he

had potential. Brown helped

Jay get his start in Hollywood; first working as a stuntman and then into

small roles.

It's been said that he never liked the role of Tonto as he felt it made him

look stupid, but he always played Tonto gracefully and with good spirit.

If it's true that he didn't like playing Tonto, I never saw that on the set.

I looked up to him and loved every minute of my time with The Lone

Ranger and Tonto.

Until next time, remember to sing when the shadows fall, for in time,

the sun will shine again.

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.

beverlywashburn.com.

By: Yvonne Cloutier / Musical Moments

It is the miracle of Austrian Franz Schubert.

Despite almost continuous near-poverty,

the drabness and struggle of his daily life, the

lack of true recognition in his own time, and the poor health that

prematurely ended his life at age 31, he graced the world with a body of

work of astounding proportions and lasting value.

These include 16 works for theatre, 8 symphonies, including his

best-loved Unfinished Symphony, 15 string quartets, 21 additional

chamber works, volumes of piano solos (including those for 4-hands)

numerous works for chorus, a 3-act opera, and probably his greatest

single contribution to literature - hundreds of songs that are still sung on

the world's concert stages.

Schubert composed anywhere and everywhere. He even developed the

habit of sleeping with his glasses on should he awaken with a sudden

inspiration!

His favorite working hours were dawn till noon, but it was midnight

when he wrote his 1st version of his famous song The Trout. He sleepily

poured ink over the page instead of the customary sand used for blotting!

That ink-blotted script is still preserved.

Schubert wrote with fanatical speed and still had many works of the

highest quality. One of these pieces is his Ave Maria.

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Franz Schubert

July 2017

This simple moving piece

so well-known and loved,

was written about 1825

when he was 28 years old. It

was part of a group of songs

from Walter Scott's Lady of

the Lake.

Schubert stood only slightly over 5 feet. He was, like his father, a school

teacher for a while, but quit to write music.

He was the last composer of the classical era and one of the first of

the Romantic era. His music is known for its beautiful melodies and

harmonies. No question - he was considered a musical genius.

Amongst his easier well-known piano solos are: Marche Militaire,

Serenade, Excerpts from Symphony in B minor, The Trout, and The

Erlking.

Three years after he wrote Ave Maria, on November 19, 1828, Franz

Schubert died. He was buried in Vienna, near the graves of Strauss,

Brahms, and his beloved Beethoven.

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.

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The US Open

By: Mike Landry / Golf Fore Ever

The US Open is the most prestigious golfing

event of the year! If you were fortunate

enough to watch it at Erin Hills, Wisconsin last

month, you were in for a treat.

A host of players battled it out for four days to determine the best golfer

in the world. 27-year-old Brooks Koepka took home the trophy with a

final round 67, winning the event by 4 strokes.

The biggest event of the year sponsored by the USGA is the men’s US

Open. This is the one event where amateurs can qualify for and play

along with the pros.

If you have a handicap index of 1.4 or lower, you can apply to play in a

local qualifier, pay your entry fees and try and qualify. There you could be

joined by touring

professionals who

don’t qualify for

this year’s US Open,

but wish to.

This year we saw

Steve Stricker go out

and qualify. Steve

did not disappoint

shooting 73, 72, 69

& 69 to earn him

a tie for 16 th place

– not bad for a

50-year-old player.

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

Group. He can be reached at: airmikel1@cox.net

Eureka!

By: Charlie Christy / Executive Director

- Ms. Senior Nevada

The

Senior

Nevada Pageant

Family is busier than ever. With three to five

shows at Assisted Living Centers each month,

we are now returning to Eureka, Nevada

to raise money for the Meals on Wheels

program.

The trip will be August 14-16, with “show time” at 5 pm on August

15, in the Historic Opera House Theatre. This restored treasure is a joy to

behold. Built in the 1800’s (before the advent of sound equipment) it is

so beautifully engineered, a singer can project to the audience without

any amplification.

If you’d like to join this “gaggle of gals and guys” we’ll help you

arrange transportation and accommodations. We stay at the Best

Western, (includes breakfast) and Ms Senior Nevada will provide two

picnic lunches, making the trip quite inexpensive and a great way to see

“middle Nevada.”

This is truly a charity event. We print the tickets and send them to the

Senior Center to sell. They keep 100% of the revenue, while we pay our

own expenses; including rooms, gas and food.

We are a true “non-profit” and we give to better seniors. Come join

us if you’d like to see Nevada as it was many years ago and be a part of

something special.

Give us a call: 702-458-9899

Lights, Cameras & Action

By: Rich Natole / Voices of a Generation

As I previously mentioned, along with

fellow Vegas Voice columnist Evan Davis

(and with thanks to the wonderful people at

Humana) we are back on the air.

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 I am so fortunate to have as my announcer/

sidekick, the man with the golden voice, Nevada Broadcaster Hall of

Fame Jon Lindquist.

And what a line-up for our respective shows! Last month, Evan

had the beautiful, talented (and co-host of The Vegas Voice August

“Summer of Love” 50 th Anniversary Concert Genevieve Dew.

My guest was the best Neil Diamond impressionist in the world – Rob

Garrett. Think that lineup was fantastic?

Our respective guests this month will be Frankie Scinta (Evan’s

show) and I’ll be joined by Clint Holmes. Come on down and be a part

of our studio audience - it’s always free!

Rich Natole is a comic/impressionist headlining entertainer & host

of The Vegas Voice Television/Podcast Show. For more information

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

richnatole.com.

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July 2017

SCMR Participates at Senior Idol

Members of the Sun City MacDonald Ranch Variety Club

auditioned for Las Vegas Senior Idol and four acts made the

cut. In all, 78 acts auditioned and 24 were chosen.

The Senior Idol Showcase was held last month at the Charleston

Heights Art Center. The showcase is an annual event for all seniors

ages 50 and over from the Las Vegas Valley area.

The four acts from SCMR performed the routines they perfected for

our 2017 SCMR Spring Variety show, “A Blast from the Past.”

The four acts are: The Sunsations (jazz dancers), Treasures of the

Nile (belly dancers), Marilyn and Irv Atkins (George Burns and Gracie

Allen skit) and Bill Reiss (soloist).

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By: BJ Killeen / Down the Road

Did you know the average delivery time for

a new car at the dealership can be up to

three hours?

There’s so much more technology today than just learning how to

adjust the seats and program radio stations.

Dealerships have multi-page delivery checklists that are broken into

sections as far as basic and expanded operations. The basic operation

items cover how to start the vehicle (push button, hybrid starts, etc.),

how to shift (push button, rotary knob), and how to adjust seats and

mirrors.

While this may sound simple, sometimes it can be complicated to

understand. For example, the 2017 Lincoln Continental offers 30-way

power seats on its high-end models!

The goal is to get the most comfortable position for driving. Once

dialed in, these seats (which include a massage function) are more

comfortable than any recliner you have at home. And they do include a

few memory presets to retain what you’ve programmed.

Keep in mind that you don’t need to stay at the dealership for three

hours. Many dealers have car clinics once a month to give you more

information a little at a time, or will help teach you something else

every time you come in for service or a lesson.

This way, you can learn about your vehicle over time, and practice

using the technology before your next visit. The goal is to not overwhelm

you with information, but to make you comfortable so you use it.

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July 2017

Features like parking assist (will parallel or perpendicular park

the vehicle for you), adaptive cruise control (keeps your distance

automatically from vehicle in front of you), and rain-sensing wipers

are all designed to help keep you safe on the road.

The best advice is to read your owner’s manual. Everything you need

to know about your vehicle is in that book in your glovebox. Also in the

glovebox is a quick reference guide for instant help.

And, of course, you can ask me via email at bjkdtr@gmail.com. I’m

always happy to help!

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

Where Do We Start?

By: Evan Davis / Entertainment Editor

As we come halfway

through the

year, I ask myself, “Self,

is the year half empty or half full?” Just as

Vegas reinvents itself almost daily, so do the

entertainers.

Chris Phillips (Zowie Bowie) in the

Grandview Lounge at the South Point,

Chadwick Johnson’s new band, LV Retro Vibe,

now playing once a month in Rock’s Lounge at

the Red Rock Hotel and Casino, Martin Kaye

in the Parlor Lounge at the Mirage and the list goes on and on.

Chadwick Johnson

That’s why I put a list out every week of local entertainment. Things

change constantly and new venues keep opening up as old venues close.

How can we keep up with all that’s going on? We can’t. That’s why we

have to pick and choose what we want to see and where we want to go.

Let’s start on the east side of town. Jazz on Monday nights at The Bradley

on East Sahara. The great American song book at the Italian American

Club Wednesday through Sunday. And Saturday afternoon for some big

band jazz at Sun City MacDonald Ranch in Henderson.

Let’s look at the Strip and surrounding areas. Rich Little at the

Tropicana, Clint Holmes at the Venetian, The Scintas at the Plaza

Downtown, Michael Monge at the Encore, seven nights a week

entertainment at the Bootlegger, entertainment nightly at the Tuscany, the

Barrymore on Convention Center Drive and Pia Zadora at Pia’s Place in

Piero’s on the weekends. And that’s just to mention a few.

Go west young man, and so we will. Where do I start?

Downtown Summerlin has brought many restaurants and shops with

a few choices of entertainment. There are places like the Golden Tiki

on Spring Mountain with jazz on Thursday nights, Salvatore’s Italian

Restaurant in the Suncoast with a piano bar nightly and singers on

Tuesdays and Thursdays, Siena Deli, Marche’ Bacchus, the Sand Dollar for

blues and jazz, Addison’s Lounge at the Rampart Casino, Rocks Lounge at

the Red Rock Hotel and Casino, the Vintner Grill and many more.

So how do we get to see all the entertainment and entertainers at all

these venues? Slowly. Not that we have an unlimited amount of time to

see it all, so we pick and choose based upon location, day of the week,

time the entertainment starts, the type of music/entertainment and who

is performing.

We all have favorites, but by getting around to see performers that we

haven’t seen before, it gives us the opportunity to expand our tastes and

develop new favorites. It also allows us to meet new people and make new

friends.

Having the tendency to hang out at the same old venues week

in and week out doesn’t allow us to make those new connections.

Plan on going to one new venue every other week and you’ll see what a

difference it will make in your life. Maybe a “Musical Crawl” could be good!

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.

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Want to Volunteer?

By: Victoria Seaman / Victoria’s Corner

Changes on the Las Vegas City Council may

mean changes to Senior Board

The Las Vegas City Council will have two new

representatives in July: Steve Seroka and Michele Fiore. These new

council people will help oversee the range of senior services offered by

the City of Las Vegas.

Most of these services are evaluated by the city’s Senior Citizens’

Advisory Board. Members are appointed on the recommendation of

the city council, with one individual representing each ward and two

members representing the city at large recommended by the mayor. Each

must be a resident of the City of Las Vegas.

This board currently has two vacancies for Wards 2 and 4, but others

may be shuffled around as a result of the city council elections.

If you’re looking for an opportunity to get involved and want to

improve or change the services that are offered by the city - especially

those offered by senior centers, this is a great opportunity to serve your

community and help make Las Vegas a better place to live, work and

play.

The city operates six active adult and senior centers. These facilities

offer classes, social groups and services, computer labs, small libraries,

access to media programs and low cost room rentals. The Las Vegas

Senior Center, located in downtown Las Vegas, also organizes excursions

and groups of seniors who travel together known as Tripsters.

All of these programs rely on citizen involvement in government

and the board to make wise recommendations to the City Council for

guidance and direction. We need Las

Vegans of all ages represented to the

council.

If you’ve got the urge to serve,

Project Director Bill Caserta

with Victoria

you can apply on the Boards and

Commissions page located at www.

LasVegasNevada.gov.

Victoria Seaman is a former Nevada Assemblywoman,

businesswoman and currently a Realtor in Las Vegas. You can

contact Victoria at: victoria@victoriaseaman.com.

Nelson Sardelli and His Troops

By: Sam Wagmeister / People & Places

The dining hall had been transformed into a

war-era cabaret. Their years of service and

historic battles long behind them, the troops in

attendance are residents of the Nevada Veterans Home in Boulder City, a

state-owned facility for veterans needing skilled nursing care.

Each Father’s Day, entertainer Nelson Sardelli enlists his troops - the

singers, magicians and comedians who christened Las Vegas as the

Entertainment Capital of the World. Sardelli himself was a contributor

to that culture.

At 21, he emigrated from Brazil. “Two months later, I was drafted.” He

was drafted again in 1965, but this time to headline in Girls ala Cart in

Vegas, the town he never left.

This Father’s Day, nearly 30 performers answered Sardelli’s call;

including comedian and Tonight Show veteran Pete Barbutt, retired

magician Lance Burton, the familiar face-that-nobody-knows, 3’11”

Felix Silla who starred as Cousin It, Robby the Robot and roles in Star

Wars, Spaceballs and others.

The event has become a true Vegas-style impromptu lounge show.

“Our residents look forward to this all year,” said a Veterans Home staffer.

Drummer Gary Olds has served as musical director from the beginning.

The singers reach into a musical era that enriched these soldiers,

sailors, pilots and front-line guys who ducked bullets and bombs. Most of

them are now confined to wheelchairs and walkers.

The program included what Diane Lopez called an era “when songs

actually meant something”: It Had to be You, When You’re Smilin’, I

Can Only Give You Love and Jeannie Brie’s tear provoking rendition of

Vera Lynn’s World War II classic, We’ll Meet Again.

Sardelli’s program of entertainers who give up the Father’s Day

mornings included current headliners Carmine Mandia, Michael Monge,

George Bugatti, Grammy and Emmy Award winner Gary Anderson on

saxophone and more. Many have a long history with the event.

Retired comedian/singer/musician Peter Anthony who helped establish

the Entertainment Capital moniker is a 14-year member of Sardelli’s

troupe. “I’m grateful for what these guys and gals did for us.”

Sardelli, whose roots include opening for Judy Garland, agrees, “This is

my way to give back. What my father taught me.”

Honoring Our Founder

During this patriotic month as we celebrate our

109 fighters on December 19, 1944, during the Battle of

Independence, we at Miracle-Ear want to honor

the Bulge. Dahlberg accounted for, four enemy planes that

War Hero and our Founder, Kenneth Dahlberg. May he

rest in peace.

Dahlberg Electronics manufactured the first Miracle-

Ear hearing aid in 1948. Kenneth Dahlberg started

Dahlberg Electronics after he left a position as an assistant

to the president of Telex Communications.

Kenneth Dahlberg was drafted into the army in 1941

and became an aviation cadet in the United States

day.

He himself was shot down and rescued by American

soldiers. On February 14, 1945, Dahlberg’s plane was shot

down for the third and final time near Bitburg, Germany.

He was a prisoner of war for the duration of World War II.

While designing a wireless hearing aid, Mr. Dahlberg’s

friend said, “it will be a miracle if that device works…”

and the rest is history! Miracle-Ear products and services

Army Air Forces (USAAF). One of his instructors was Kenneth Dahlberg are the most advanced in the hearing aid industry.

future Senator Barry Goldwater.

For over 70 years, Miracle-Ear, has specialized in

After training, Dahlberg flew the P-47

Thunderbolt and P-51 Mustang with

the USAAF 353rd Fighter Squadron,

and 354th Fighter Group Ninth

Air Force in Europe. A fighter

ace, Dahlberg was credited with

14 aerial victories.

Mr. Dahlberg’s plane was shot down

three times. The first time, he bailed out

near Paris, and was sheltered by the French Resistance.

designing and manufacturing customizable

hearing solutions that feature discreet,

comfortable products designed to

meet each individual’s hearing

loss needs. Miracle-Ear boasts

the largest and only nationwide

network of hearing care centers.

Miracle-Ear has been servicing

the Las Vegas Valley for over 30 years as a

trusted resource for hearing health care, offering state

He received numerous awards and decorations, including of the art technology and outstanding customer service at six convenient

the Distinguished Service Cross for leading a flight of 16 P-47

Thunderbolts (354th) against an attack of 70 German Messerschmitt Bf

locations.

What will your Miracle SOUND like?

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July 2017

Jeanne Brie; (L-R) George Bugatti, Felix Silla, Nik Mastrangelo,

Michael Monge, Carmine Mandia; Sardelli with Felix Silla

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Vegas Voyagers Cruise Options

By: Stu Cooper / Happy Destinations

Phat Pack Cruise Update: The response

to our Phat Pack cruise January 27 -

February 3, 2018 has been fabulous. There are

close to 100 people already booked and we're still eight months away

from the cruise! This is going to be a fantastic and memorable

trip.

Think about it. What could be better than

combining a seven night Mexican Riviera

cruise with the music of the Phat Pack? The two

private (for Vegas Voyagers only!) command

performances together with our own private

cocktail party will make for one exciting and unique vacation

experience.

No doubt this trip and experience of a lifetime will definitely be sold

out. And the only way to enjoy the Phat Pack performances and special

plans is to book this cruise solely through the Vegas Voyagers.

Please note that if you book this cruise through any other travel agency

or directly with Carnival Cruise Line you will not be part of our exclusive

group, and will not be eligible to attend any of the Phat Pack shows or

functions.

So be sure to call Vegas Voyagers at 800/698-1101 and be part of the

fun!

*I never thought I'd go to Cuba once, and I am just back from my

Jan. 7-14, 2018

7 Night Western Caribbean Cruise,

from Miami

Cozumel, Isla Roatan, Belize & Grand Cayman

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

July 2017

second visit within one year. I escorted a group of 70 adventurous tourists

last month.

Cuba is still as fascinating as ever. And it is safe to say that the easing of

U.S. citizen requirements to visit the island has had a positive economic

impact on Cuba.

While we were there, no fewer than four cruise ships visited Havana in

the two days we were there. The first "luxury" mall

opened in downtown Havana. Tourism was booming.

Still no McDonalds or Starbucks, and in my

opinion, that's a good thing. I hope Cuba will retain

its unique charm and atmosphere - including

all those great vintage 1950s automobiles.

*Take a look at the new "Bus to the Boat"

cruises we added with our good friends at

Princess Cruise Lines for 2018. We're going to Alaska again

round trip from Los Angeles, September 19 - October 1, 2018 on the Star

Princess.

We also have a Coastal California November 3 - 10, 2018 (also on

the Star Princes) and a 15 night Hawaiian Island cruise December 4 -

19, 2018 on the Ruby Princess. If you book by August 30 th , you might be

eligible for the Princess Cruise Line "SIP AND SAIL" promotion. Be sure

to ask us for all the details when you call.

We are also adding some great Royal Caribbean Trans-Atlantic

cruises and a northern Pacific coast cruise for 2018. Take a look at

upcoming Vegas Voice editions for specific information.

Mix and Match

Jan. 14-27, 2018

13 Night Panama Canal

Cruise from Miami to LA

Carnival Splendor

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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Belize Cast its Spell

By: Kathy Manney / Around Our World

The ad was tantalizing. “Be one with

Belize…Mother Nature’s best kept secret.”

That was all the enticement needed to see for

myself this tiny sun-speckled country sheltered

between Mexico and Guatemala.

The only country in Central America where English is the official

language, Belize is positioned on the Caribbean coast off Central America

and is one of the few remaining unspoiled places on earth.

Palms wave while the soft colors of purple and tangerine warm the

skyline as we set off to discover Belize. The country enjoys an average

temperature of 79-degrees.

It is a beautiful unspoiled country, unspoiled in part because Belize has

the lowest population density in Central America. The literacy rate is one

of the highest in Latin America

Spain ruled Central America from the 1500s to the 1800s. Officially

Belize became the colony of England in 1854 and was known as British

Honduras until 1973.

Territorial disputes between the United Kingdom and Guatemala

deferred the independence of Belize until 1981. Tourists now come with

the promise of relaxation and the richly rewarding authenticity sought in

a genuine Caribbean getaway.

Inland there are ancient Maya sites, both excavated and jungle-covered.

Belize is a gateway to the Mayan world and was the site of many Mayan city

states before their wane at the end of the first millennium A.D.

Today you can climb Belize’s highest Maya temple. For the less

adventuresome, there are Mayan artifacts to be seen in Belize museums.

Guided trips go into lush tropical rainforests filled with exotic tropical

birds and plants. The Belize rainforests are home to a wide range of bird

species.

While here, we listened to foot-tapping music, shopped colorful stores

and learned local traditions. Whatever your interest, the friendly people

aim to ensure that your experience is positive and memorable – enticing

you to return again and again.

There are more than ten friendly, English-speaking and diverse cultures

of Belize. Coming together as warm Belizean hospitality, visitors are

exposed to a unique natural and cultural heritage.

Yes, come and be one with Belize - oasis of fun and adventure.

Kathy Manney enjoys visiting interesting places and being an

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

with enthusiasm.

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Cruise with the Phat Pack

7 night Mexican Riviera

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

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July 2017

Never Too Late to Protect Your Skin

By: Linda Bateman-Gomez / Timeless Beauty

For those of us over 50, baby oil and iodine

may be an all too familiar memory of our

20’s. Throw in a reflector followed by a top notch

sunburn and that’s how I attained that perfectly bronzed body during

my younger days.

Knowing what we all know now, the idea isn’t quite as appealing these

days!

As a consequence of the era where we baked until we were a fine golden

brown, many of us are now keeping our dermatologists busy. And if you

haven't visited your doctor yet, you may want to consider it!

Skin cancer has different types, but as with many others, the earlier you

catch it, the better options you have for treatment.

From my own experiences, don’t ignore anything. I recently noticed a

very tiny spot in the small of my back.

A quick biopsy determined it was squamous cell carcinoma and I had

MOH surgery to remove it. A tiny scar that’s now hardly even noticeable

is a small price to pay.

Had I waited, it would have been larger and could have spread. A spot

on my face was also suspicious and frozen off.

Left a slight white mark, but again far better than waiting and needing

a more invasive procedure. While none of us want scars, the techniques

used for these removals when caught early are minimal and certainly

better than the alternatives!

For scars on your face, long-lasting coverage concealers work

beautifully, and using one with sunscreen is even better. Hats, sunglasses

with UV protection (very important) and sunscreen are a must.

And being covered doesn't mean you can't still have that sun-kissed

look with your favorite bronzer. My current favorite is Benefit’s Hoola

Matte Bronzer in a powder and of course, tanning moisturizers will work

too!

As always, it's never too late to protect your beautiful skin so please use

that sunscreen! If it's exposed and the sun is out, you’re at risk.

And make that call to the doc for your skin check. The sooner the better!

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.

Featuring TWO Special Private

Performances and Cocktail Party

The Phat Pack

Bruce Ewing • Kevan Patriquin

Randal Keith • Philip Fortenberry

(Musical Director)

This extraordinary group of artists met while performing

in “PHANTOM: The Las Vegas Spectacular” and

together formed their own highly-acclaimed spectacle

that continues to thrill audiences everywhere:

THE PHAT PACK!

Destinations: Cabo San Lucas,

Mazatlan & Puerto Vallarta

Inside Cabin $ 869 pp,

Ocean View $ 999 pp,

Balcony $1,169 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 Beach, CA.

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I’m Reading You

By: Chuck Dean / Vet 2 Vet

like readers, and as a writer I’m always

I interested in what readers are up to. Writing

to be read…that’s the name of the game.

Recently I heard an interesting statistic that stress can be reduced by

as much as 26% by reading. Sounds like great therapy for those who like

to read.

As for writing, one day I went to the VA to find out what was wrong with

me. After reading their PTSD literature, a light came on, but unfortunately

the content was way over my head. Ordinary G.I.s needed something

simpler to read to understand what the hell is going on.

I put together a sizeable mailing list of veterans from all over the

U.S. and began publishing and mailing this little rag newsletter called

“Reveille.” Before I knew it, veterans were coming out of the woodwork.

I was getting stacks of letters and phone calls telling me how much

they could identify with what I was writing. They told me how they could

closely relate to what I was writing about regarding the transitional issues

and emotional challenges of coming home after Vietnam.

Well, one thing led to another and my first book, Nam Vet: Making

Peace with Your Past was published. 2017 marks the 30 th anniversary of

that book being in print.

Even today it keeps right on finding veterans and their loved ones

in need of more understanding. (Over the years I believe more family

members have read the book than veterans simply because they want…

or need…to know why their vet is the way he is.)

What continues to encourage me is that there are still so many people

who still find reading a way to get those answers. Currently there are

tons of books available on the subjects of PTSD, TBI (traumatic brain

injuries), and the many transitional concerns of military personnel and

their families.

I’m just honored to have contributed (at a time when not much was

happening) to show them the way. Keep reading, it’s good for the soul.

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.

amazon.com/author/chuckdeanbooks

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July 2017

Levitation

By: Ali Guggenheim / Psychic Phenomenon

For ages, magicians have tried fooling us

into believing that their levitations were

due to their "magical powers."

Scientists however, have figured out how to levitate insects and

even mice for hours at a time, by means of powerful electromagnets

utilizing superconductors, producing diamagnetic repulsion of body

water. But, what about all the historical accounts of many worldwide,

diverse religions that have documented such events?

Though science claims no proof of this, the spiritually motivated

theory of levitation is explained as, "Being in a state of mind where a

person is abstract and spiritual in relation to the material or physical

world on which he stands. To the levitator, the abstract is as real as the

ground and earth is to others."

The most documented records of levitations come from Christianity.

Who hasn't heard about Jesus walking on water to join his disciples

on a boat?

In fact, there are over 200 Catholic Saints that have been credited

with levitation; including St. Francis of Assisi who was known to

suspend a few feet "above the earth."

In Judaism, they discuss two kinds of levitation - magic, which uses

self-pride and ego instead of God, and non-magical, which uses God's

intervention, and was practiced throughout the ages by many Jewish

sages.

They even explain that, "the forehead is the most important part of

the body for levitation, since, it's responsible for the source of "energy"

bringing about the levitation.

Most of us have been exposed to images of Hindu Sinddhi mystics

floating above ground, named after the power of siddhi to levitate. They

too have always claimed to do this by sheer will power in conjunction

with God's intervention.

Buddhism recounts many such occurrences as well; including

Gautama Buddha who walked on water and levitated cross-legged

over a stream to convert a Brahmin to Buddhism. There are records of

Milarepa and other yogis from Tibet, Japanese Ninjas, and even some

talk about using rock levitation to build the pyramids in Egypt, and

there are many more accounts.

Apparently, staying grounded is only due to our beliefs.

To learn more about Ali, spiritual consultations, coaching,

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

9081.

Bad Habits and Your Teeth

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


Stop it! You're driving me crazy!" How

often has someone asked you to cease and

desist from doing something that you had no idea

you were doing in the first place?

Unpleasant habits can be as tough to break as

they are annoying to those around you. However, the degree to which they

tend to drive others up the wall could very well pale in comparison with

the havoc they are wreaking on your teeth.

The truth is that some habits have a talent for landing people in a

dentist's chair far sooner than they might have expected. The worst

offenders in this regard include:

Ice-chewing. Apart from making a crunching noise that's guaranteed

to irritate anyone nearby, the mindless and hard-to-break habit of eating

ice presents a special set of dangers.

This custom has driven more than one individual straight to the

dentist's office for help with teeth that have broken or cracked as a result.

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Even if your teeth should manage to survive the onslaught, the practice

can also irritate dental tissue to the point at which toothaches and

sensitivity to hot and cold foods turn into a common occurrence.

Fingernail-biting. People who like to chomp on their nails don't

always know that they're doing it. However, when the habit persists on a

regular basis, your dental health may start to feel the heat. The practice

has been known to cause teeth to wear down, crack, chip or even shift

from their normal positions.

A grinding habit. Although some people do it during the day, tooth

grinding or “bruxism” normally takes place during the night when a

person is deeply asleep. Apart from complaints by others who share your

room, your only indication of a problem may be the pain you feel in the

morning. At 250 pounds of pressure per square inch, the habit can cause

the teeth to wear down and eventually disintegrate.

Habits like these are difficult to break. And I’ll have more bad habits

next month.

Unfortunately, I see these horrible consequences all the time. Don't let

your teeth fall victim to these unhealthy habits.

Remember: One is not in good health without good oral health.

Actual patient

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By: Regale Harris / Your Kindred Team

Hospice care is commonly misunderstood,

but many patients and their families say

they wish they had chosen hospice sooner to get

the maximum benefit from the specialized services offered. While no

one wants to think about this care until it is needed, it’s important to

learn what hospice really is, and how it can help before the time when

you need it.

When a person living with a chronic, life-limiting illness or disease

does not have the quality of life they and their family hoped for, the focus

may shift toward increasing it by emphasizing comfort

instead of recovery.

This is where hospice may be able to help. When

medical treatment cannot provide a cure, hospice is a

realistic and positive choice because it can support

both the patient and the family for weeks and months, not just the final

days.

What Is Hospice Care? People who approach the end of life are often

less afraid of death than they are of what may come during the dying

process. Hospice care addressees this issue by offering a personalized plan

of care based on each individual’s progress and needs.

Care is coordinated by the primary physician along with the hospice

team, made up of family, nurses, social workers, aides, volunteers,

physicians, spiritual care advisors and others.

This specialized treatment focuses on pain and symptom management

and provides critical help to both the patient and family to help the

patient: Maintain independence, take control of his/her illness or disease,

complete important tasks, organize personal affairs, complete spiritual

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Hospice Care: What You May Not Know

Homeowners Policies - Part II

By: Jim Valkenburg / Insurance Insight

Here are some endorsements that you could

have (and some you should have) as part of

your home policy.

Dwelling. Most insurance companies require you insure 100% to

the value to replace. However, almost all companies allow you to have

additional replacement coverage for 25% or 50% more than that amount.

This will protect you when the cost to rebuild increases.

Other structures. Typically, the only time you need to consider

increasing this number is if you actually have another structure on your

premises, such as a casita. You usually get 10% of the home coverage. But

if the cost of rebuilding the casita is more, you need to increase this value.

Personal Property. You always get 50% of the coverage on the

home. Most companies give you 70%.

If you have an exceedingly high value in your contents, this can be

increased. The most important endorsement or coverage is replacement

coverage on your contents.

Liability. All policies come with $100,000 but for only a few dollars,

this can be increased to $300,000 or $500,000, and in our litigious society

it is recommended.

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services and have a comfortable, dignified and peaceful passing

What You Can Expect from Hospice Care. Hospice care can be

provided at home or in a comfortable home-like environment, such as

a nursing center or assisted living facility. Patients and families receive:

Coordination between a patient’s primary physician and the hospice

Medical Director who oversees the plan of care;

Nurses available around the clock;

Social workers and spiritual care coordinators to care for the emotional

and spiritual needs of both patient and family;

Medications, medical supplies and equipment related to patient’s

diagnoses;

Ongoing grief counseling and bereavement support

for 13 months following the loss of a loved one.

How Is Hospice Paid For? Medicare pays 100% of

hospice care for those who qualify. Medicaid and many

private insurance plans will also cover hospice care; however,

benefits vary per policy.

People will be granted hospice regardless of their ability to pay.

Choosing hospice is one of the most difficult decisions anyone can

make. At such an important time, it’s comforting to know that you have

people close by who can help, support and lift some of the emotional

weight that can come with caring for a loved one.

If you have healthcare questions or want to learn more about hospice

care, call 1.866.KINDRED to speak to one of our Registered Nurses

anytime.

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.

Coverage F – Medical Payments to others. You always get $1,000

but can usually increase to $5,000.

Here is a short list of a few of the other coverages you may want to

consider:

Backup of sewage or plumbing – Some companies give you

$5,000.

Scheduled personal property – All companies limit LOSS BY

THEFT of several items but the most notable of these is jewelry, watches,

furs, money, silverware and firearms. Except for money, you can add

coverage with appraisals or descriptions (depending on value) for an

additional cost. If you have very valuable items – schedule them!

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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Postage stamps on

your walls?

It’s A Beautiful

Up!

by Crystal Czerkas Sarbacker

Frame

next page

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Crystal Czerkas-

Sarbacker robably not, unless they were really

unusual and greatly enlarged. Because determining the

right size of the art you want to hang on your walls is an

important factor in decorating your home. Fortunately, in

today’s world your art can be sized to order and remain

as crisp and clear as even a small original. That’s one

of the reasons giclees (pronounced gee-clays) are so

popular in home decor and the art markets. These extraordinary

copies are the result of computer technology

which can photographically capture even the most

minute details of a piece of art. In fact, unless you’re a

professional art expert it’s usually impossible to tell the

giclee from the original. And, this is especially true

“Harborside” 22”x 28” original watercolor avail. as a giclee

when the giclee has been output on canvas or art

paper just like the artist used to create his inspiration.

To protect their value, giclees are often accompanied

by certificates of authenticity signed by the artist or

their representative. Also included is a detailed description

of the art as well as the number of the piece.

Collectors often seek a giclee which is marked as an

Artist’s Proof or bears a low number on its certificate.

This signifies the piece was one of the first giclees produced

and many believe that enhances its value.

To be sure my Dad’s art can remain affordable and

collectible, several paintings in the Czerkas’ collection

are now available as giclees.

*The painting shown here is by Crystal’s Dad, the award winning artist

Victor Czerkas, the only known private student of the great Russian

impressionist, Nicolai Fechin. If you have any questions about framing

or my Dad’s artworks, please email me at Merryman2@aol.com. Want

more info....?

Call 702/463-0966

Ask a Master Gardner

By: Pat Warren / Happy Gardening

beautiful orchard heavily laden with fruit

A is not, usually, the first image that comes to

mind when one thinks of the desert - but it could

be.

Contrary to popular belief, you can very successfully grow a wide variety

of fruit trees right here in your own backyard. There are however, a few

things you’ll need to know first.

First, not all fruit trees can be treated equally. Citrus trees, unlike noncitrus

varieties, can suffer from wind damage and they are also frost

sensitive.

Whenever you have temperatures in the low to mid 20’s for several

hours at a time, your citrus trees run the risk of the equivalent of frostbite.

While many can be planted in the ground, it is usually better to grow

them in containers in order to forestall this possibility.

Grapefruit are less cold sensitive than other citrus trees. Lemons are

your fastest growers and Meyer (not actually a lemon), Eureka, Pink and

Ponderosa lemons are types to look for.

Non-citrus fruit trees are much easier to grow here and you have a lot

of tasty options to choose from.

Apricots love our climate so you have a lot of choices that should thrive

– Blenheim, Gold Kist, Moorpark and Royal Rosa are proven winners.

Apples don’t necessarily do well here so stick to tried and true varieties

Dorset Golden or Pink Lady (aka Cripps Pink).

Figs are another good choice for our climate. Try either Black Mission

or Janice.

Peaches do very well here and have actually received top-chef praise

for their quality. Babcock, Eva’s Pride, May Pride, Mid Pride and Starks

Saturn are all proven winners.

Pears like Kieffer, Bartlett and Monterrey will produce sweet-flavored

fruit but they probably won’t be as pretty as commercially grown fruit.

Plums and some of their hybrids like pluots (an apricot/plum hybrid)

do well here.

If you have other gardening questions, you can call the UNR Cooperative

Extension’s Master Gardener Help Desk at 702-257-5555. We’re available

Monday-Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. The service is free.

Pat Warren is a certified Master Gardener with the UNR

Cooperative Extension. She started her training because of the

frustration she felt trying to get something, anything, to grow in

Nevada.

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By: Mary Richard / Health Fitness

So how do we keep ourselves “fit”

throughout the summer? There are all

those wonderful barbeques that entice us to

munch and drink to our heart’s desire!

And of course – EVERYTHING looks and tastes so good that you

have to try a little of each! Right? Yes, those wonderful fat-filled

goodies, yummy desserts and drinks (with hidden calories) to cool

us down while trying to fight this intense desert heat.

Whenever I’m invited to a “pot luck” or party at someone’s house,

I try to munch on a little something before I leave the house - a slice

of cheese, a few crackers or piece of fruit.

I don’t arrive starving when I get there. I also drink LOTS of water

to help fill me up.

It’s so easy to gain a few pounds throughout the summer months,

especially when the heat is on and we don’t feel like exercising. I

see so many of my neighbors taking an early morning walk or late

evening when it has cooled off.

Walking is always a great exercise. Try joining the “mall walkers”

or even an indoor walking track (if you are lucky to have one) in

your community.

The summer has just started, but please remember that it’ll be

autumn before we know it. The pounds can creep up very slowly and

you can acquire added inches to your waistline in no time. Then it’s

the wonder moment of “where the heck did that spare muffin top

come from”? And then those wonderful winder goodies are staring

at you!

I found also that using my hula hoop (yep – got one!) a few times

during the week exercising while the TV commercials are on helps

to whittle the waist.

It does take will power to avoid some of those summer goodies, but

if you crave something, do try a little of it. It’s better to have a little

of it, then none and crave.

Enjoy the summer, eat and drink moderately and you can help to

avoid the pounds creeping up!

Positive attitude and good health to all!

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Keep Fit Throughout the Summer

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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Avoiding Back Pain

By: Kyo Mitchell / A Healthier You

Most people will suffer from back pain at

some point in their life. For many, it is a

chronic problem.

Back pain is one of the most common problems doctors see. Yet,

in many cases, the problem can be avoided if the person is given an

understanding of the back.

Two of the major players are the bones of your spinal column, known

as vertebrae and the intervertebral discs. The vertebrae are hardened

bone meant to provide structure and strength to your vertebral column.

The intervertebral discs are more pliable. An intervertebral disc is

found between one vertebrae and the one directly superior to it and

serves as a shock absorber between these two vertebrae.

If the intervertebral discs were not between the respective vertebrae,

every time you ran or jumped up and down, the vertebrae would slam

against each other and would eventually crack.

The intervertebral disc is designed to protect the vertebral column,

but it can cause problems when it malfunctions. To understand how, it

is necessary to understand the disc's structure.

The disc is like a jelly donut. It has a tough, fibrous exterior and a

more pliable “jelly like” center. If this structure remains intact, the

intervertebral disc is a great shock absorber.

If, however, the tough fibrous exterior is damaged, the jelly like

center can leak out and cause serious problems. Just behind and to

the sides of the intervertebral disc lies your spinal cord and numerous

nerves.

Exposing your spinal cord or nerves to the jelly like center of

intervertebral discs is like exposing it to battery acid. It irritates the

nerves severely and can cause intense pain. For anyone who has

suffered from sciatica, this is one of the potential causes.

How do you prevent this? Bending over or bending over and picking

up too heavy of a load puts extreme stress on the fibrous exterior of the

disc and can cause it to rupture.

Even more dangerous is to bend over and then turn to one side.

This creates a shearing force on the disc which easily damages it. Be

conscious of how you move and you may prevent injury.

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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