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November 2017














Volume 14, Issue 9

Dan Roberts

Ray Sarbacker

Debbie Landry

Rana Goodman

Evan Davis

Sam Wagmeister

Stu Cooper

Rich Natole

Ary Mirochnik

Michael Roberts

Lou Lozitsky

Bill Caserta

Changing Tradition

By: Adrea Nairne-Barrera / 60s to 60

It’s that time again! I love autumn and

all the fun stuff we get to do when it’s not

blazing outside. We sit in the yard after dinner; we

walk dogs without having to put booties on their paws and can finally

remember why we waited out the summer.

Best of all, the power bill goes down. Things just get better all around.

So now it’s time to prepare for those Norman Rockwell moments

when we celebrate the holidays with traditional family bonding

dinners. There are movies made about all the chaos and conflicts, but

they usually end with the entire group sitting down in a Connecticut

dining room that seats 18 - all toasting each other.

Thanksgiving calls for turkey, ham, sweet potatoes, pies, stuffing,

mashed potatoes (you can never have too many potatoes) and

whatever family recipe has been passed through generations for more

food than any average human can consume. Thanksgiving is on a

Thursday, so we can be sure to have leftovers for the entire weekend

since no one can move for about 3 days anyway.

This is, by far, my favorite holiday, but for a different reason than

most. I was adopted and brought home to my parents just before

Thanksgiving. It became my special time and I can be very territorial

about it. Nobody messes with my Thanksgiving!

Lately I’ve been thinking I should change it up. I’ve seen some

funny reruns of “Everyone Loves

Raymond” where Debra serves

fish but sure enough, Marie shows

up with a turkey anyway.

And then on the soap opera

“General Hospital” they always

have a disaster on Thanksgiving

and wind up eating pizza. (And yes, I have watched that soap since

the 60s.)

For years when I was in the television industry, we used to have

huge dinners because so many actors were away from home working

on shows. They may have been shooting the next day, so we had the

holiday at our house with up to 30 or 40 people I barely knew.

Now I have a small house, and many loved ones are gone, so I have

the perfect opportunity to scale things down. Yet last year, we managed

to have 10 for dinner, sent food for another 6 to a friend’s home and

followed the standard menu choices.

I think the lesson of the day is that no matter how much I would like

to do something quirky or change it up, I cannot mess with tradition. I

imagine we’ll do it again this month.

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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Mary Richard

Crystal Sarbacker

Victoria Seaman

Jim Valkenburg

Beverly Washburn

Devon Wickens

Vicki Wentz

James White







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Rana with NPA awards

And the award goes to…

There is nothing more gratifying than to be honored by your

peers. With that humble sentiment, we’re very proud to announce

that The Vegas Voice has received a total of 8 national

and state awards.

Feature Writing

First: The Vegas Voice, Senior Guardianship

To Rana Goodman and Dan Roberts: “The Vegas Voice is on a mission and judging

by the tone and contents of these articles, it means to succeed.” For our guardianship

articles – “It’s a terrific journalistic effort. Readers are well-served by this


General Excellence

Second: The Vegas Voice,

“The Vegas Voice switched from a newspaper to a magazine, but it didn’t leave behind

its investigative teeth…its investigative piece on guardianship fraud resulted

in indictments of one of the most scandalous abusers. The Voice should be proud of

this work.”

Front Cover/Illustration

First: The Vegas Voice

To Ray Sarbacker: “The cover illustration captures the mystique of several elements.

Peter Pan is such an imaginary tale. This cover illustration captures the mystique of

several elements. Flight, darkness, sea and exploration come through for an event

telling readers to bring their family and learn to fly.”

Topical Issues

Second: The Vegas Voice

Dan Roberts doesn’t hold back. His state’s attorney general is “Mr. Irrelevant.” The

local district attorney is “Mr. Incompetent.” There’s no missing his meaning.

Overall Design

Second: The Vegas Voice

“The Vegas Voice is primarily a compilation of columns. Each is in a module, which

keeps the pages uncluttered. Each is treated the same with the name and with red

and black type at the top. This magazine is an easy scan.”

Wait there’s more.

The Nevada Press Association (you know the big guys – Las Vegas Review Journal,

LV Sun, etc.) followed with 3 awards; including Best Print Ad by Ray and;

Best Investigative Story by Rana and Dan (“Great reporting and coverage on

a subject. Thanks for your determined efforts to bring to light abuse of those most

vulnerable in our society.”);

And to top it all off, The Vegas Voice was chosen for the “Freedom of the

Press” award for upholding the principles of the First Amendment and protecting

the public’s right in exposing the scandal. (“The fervor to expose a major problem

with guardianship led this senior’s publication to take extraordinary steps – including

overcoming attempts to silence it…to see that reforms were addressed.”)

To say that we’re honored and proud would be an understatement.

And wait to you read what we have planned for 2018!

The Secret to Our Relationship

By: Dan Roberts / Publisher

Lift it, lift it! It’s called etiquette,” my

Rana snapped. “Drop it, drop it,” I snarled

back. “It’s called gravity,” was my clever (or so I

thought) retort.

So goes another quick verbal dispute between my Ladylove and yours

truly. You must admit, that if that’s the worst of our squabbles, we’re in

pretty good shape. And I’m thrilled to say (at least from my perspective)

we are.

This month marks the five-year anniversary that our political editor

and yours truly became a forever couple. I’m amazed how fast time

has gone by.

For readers unaware of my previous life, I met Amy when I was 15

and she was only 12. We grew up together, created four perfect sons and

shared 35 years as husband and wife. Then suddenly, six plus years ago,

she was gone forever.

No question I was lost when I lost Amy. I believed that I would never

smile again with my life consisting of being alone and depressed in

front of the TV. Then my uncle (who knew and experienced exactly

what it’s like to lose a wife after all those years) sat down with me,

called me a schmuck and told me to get a life.

Soon thereafter, one of our wonderful Vegas Voice columnists (as

I’ve always told people, you never know what good things can happen

when you read our publication) introduced me to Rana. How Rana

was able to look past my bumbling, fumbling and stumbling is all you

need to know about her heart and compassion. Now, five years later,

we’re still together.

What’s the secret of our relationship?

Now, I’m not going to tell you such BS like love, respect and/or

(heavens forbid) sharing thoughts & feelings. Nor that age-old myth

of “never going to sleep angry” (Rana and I can’t make it past 10

o’clock anyway).

Without doubt, the unconditional reason: separate bathrooms.

Snicker all you want, but it’s amazing how we happily co-exist when

our respective toiletries and stuff (and boy does Rana have stuff) are

in separate johns. Honest-to-god, we have had more discussions (see

opening paragraph) and “talks” when we’re away on vacation sharing

a hotel room.

Fortunately for us, when Rana moved into her home years ago, she

built a full, complete bathroom for her mom. It’s now my commode

and I can state without any hesitation that such kingdom (and throne)

is all mine.

There is never an issue as to occupying all the counter space, or a

concern whether the toothbrushes are located on the right or left side

of the sink. No finding as to the “guilty party” for that squeeze mark in

the middle of the toothpaste tube, or the selection and location of the

preferred “reading materials.”

And most importantly, the placement of that all-important seat.

Five years down and the rest of our lives to go. And I’m smiling and

looking forward to every day.










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. A guy called the fire

department in a panic. He

yelled: “Can you come quick? My

house is on fire!”

The fireman answered: “How do we get there?” He responded: “Don’t

you have those red trucks anymore?”

2. At no time is Freedom of Speech more precious than when a man

hits his thumb with a hammer.

3. What’s the difference between a wife and a mistress? Day and night.

4. A marriage certificate is a clever way of saying: Work Permit.

5. All men make mistakes, but married men find out about them


6. My friend Warren said if he wasn’t being frisked at the airport, he’d

never have a sex life.

7. The key to life is sincerity. And once you can fake that, you’ve got

it made.

8. You can’t “pin anything” on a nudist!

9. One problem with old age. You may still have it, but nobody wants

to see it!

10. My secret to looking young? I hang out with old people.


November 2017

Marty’s Top Ten

By: Marty Allen / Hello Dere

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

and off stage singing partner Karon Kate Blackwell.

Things to Do

By: Bill Caserta / Bill’s Blurbs


. At lunch time, sit in your parked car (with

your sunglasses on) point a hair dryer at

passing cars and watch the cars pass by.

2. On all your check stubs, write: “Cocaine Purchase.”

3. Skip down the street rather than walk. Watch how many looks

you get.

4. With a serious face, order a “Diet Water” whenever you go out to


5. Sing along at the opera.

6. When the money comes out of the ATM, scream: “I Won! I Won!”

7. When leaving the zoo, start running towards the cars parked,

yelling: “Run for Your Lives! They're Loose!”

8. Tell your children over dinner: “Due to the economy, we are going

to have to let one of you go.”

9. Pick up a box of condoms at the pharmacy, go to the counter and

ask where the fitting room is.

And my very favorite:

10. Go to a large Department store’s fitting room, drop your drawers

to your ankles and yell out, “There’s no paper in here!”

A Bill Blurb “thank you” to Renee R. for her contribution.

What the…

Why is it that people say, “they slept like a baby” when babies wake

up every two-hour crying?

Why do you have to “put your two cents in” but it’s only a “penny

for your thoughts?”

Why does a round pizza come in a square box?

Why are you IN a movie, but you’re ON TV?

And how is it that we put a man on the moon before we figured out

it would be a good idea to put wheels on luggage?

Bill Caserta is the Project Director for The Vegas Voice and

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By: Vicki Wentz / Vicki’s Voice

Yesterday, my Dad turned 91 years old. I

guess it’s a big deal, but really, we expected

nothing less.

Speaking for myself, a world without Dad in it is truly unthinkable.

I mean I start to think about it, and then I reach this sort of wall, and

can’t go any further.

I need to work on this because there will eventually be a world without

my Dad in it. Dad has had vascular dementia for 3 years, and we lose

him a little more every day. I know I have to work on it, but, not today.

Since Ohio State was playing Penn State (we are fierce, born-andraised

Buckeyes) my brother-in-law, Gregg, brought a gigantic TV

screen and set it up on the deck so we could watch together.

The deck was covered with leaves, so my nephew, Ian, volunteered

to blow it off. My Dad has a big-Mama blower, and when Ian started

it, several things happened: the TV screen immediately fell over; two

little field mice who’d been hiding in a leaf pile came racing out which

alerted Rosie (the dog), who charged across the deck at the exact

moment Gregg was sprinting to the fallen screen. Rosie cut in front of

Gregg, who tried to avoid her and stepped down on one of the hickory

nuts that are covering the deck, and he went airborne.

I looked out the window in time to see the screen on the ground,

Gregg flailing through the air, the dog beneath him hot on the trail

of the mice, who, wisely, had split up, causing Rosie to hesitate (Rosie

is quite overweight due to Dad’s feeding her half of everything on his


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plate at every meal).

As Gregg landed, Ian let the blower go and ran

to help him get the screen up, but the blower was

still blowing, which thrilled Ian’s son, James (age

3), who immediately grabbed the blower hose

and began blowing the leaves around the picnic

table, but failed to take into account the paper

cups, napkins and plates on it - as well as the two My Dad

Chrysanthemum arrangements - all of which went

flying over the railing and into the yard. (Meanwhile, I’m thinking if

I’d known there was such entertainment outside this window, I’d have

made popcorn.)

Susan (married to the aforementioned Gregg and organizing the

aforementioned table) tried to grab the paper products flying through

the air, while holding down the tablecloth, and my brother, John,

bellowed at little James to put the blower down RIGHT NOW, but this

just caused James to turn toward him, blowing John so hard in the face

that he had to retreat...over to the wine table.

Having assured himself that Gregg would live, Ian tackled James

and wrestled the blower from him, triggering copious tears from James,

which brought his mother, Caroline, running from the screened porch.

Evidently, one of the mice had decided to hide under the porch step

rather than risk trying to outrun Rosie (it needn’t have worried; Rosie

is a sprinter, not a distance runner) but the slam of the screen door

spooked it and it ran out just as Caroline did, and being a sensible

mice-avoider, Caroline screeched and leaped over the terrified mouse

toward James, assuming the mouse might attack him.

I was eating chili by this time, and I swear I snorted it right up my

nose. Then, I turned and realized Dad was sitting beside me, watching

the show and laughing his 91-year-old fanny off.

I hugged him - hard; he put his arm around my shoulders and

squeezed. “There’s nothing as wonderful as having all you kids here,”

he said. I loved that moment.

I just closed my eyes and hugged my Dad and he hugged me back.

How many more times will that happen? I’ll think about that...


WOW - World of


By: Dianne Davis /

That’s Entertainment

WOW – World of Wonder, a visually stunning

fast-paced variety show is delighting audiences

at the Rio All Suites Hotel and Casino Showroom. It is

feisty and fun with colorful costumes, exceptional 3-D

animation complete with holograms and beautiful sets.

More than 30 artists dance, flip, fly, balance, amuse and

entertain in this whimsical variety show.

The thin thread of a plot is carried by a nerdy guy

chasing a dream. The show includes a visually stunning

scene which begins in the grand ball room of the Titanic

with elegantly dressed dancers and unique special effects

as the ship sinks and our main character escapes to the

next fantasy scene.

Photo courtesy Denise Truscello

The performers are certainly up to Vegas standards,

but the star of the show is the 3-D animation on stage

and on both sides in this 180-degree presentation.

Ships. Elephants, Venice - all beautifully and artistically


Some of the songs are familiar like “What Would You

Do with a Drunken Sailor” or “I Like It Here in America.”

The scene in Venice included “That's Amore” as well as

an amusing chef with a large derriere doing the plate

spinning routine that we must have seen dozens of times

on the old Ed Sullivan Show.

The living statues were visually stunning. America's

Got Talent alum Silvia Silvia (a tiny lady in her 60s!)

with the special talent of shooting apples off heads with

a cross bow will have you gasping in anticipation and


And then there was the roller skating act. We've seen

two skaters on a tiny platform, circling at fast speed, but

here it is three in that tiny area. We were sitting close to

the stage in fear that one of them would fly into our laps.

Wow has energy, spirit, a variety of acts, colorful

costuming, and what you want in a Vegas show – the

WOW faction.

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



usually talk about what’s going on in town

I and where you can see some of the finest

entertainment in Vegas. I get to do that this

month by letting you know all the shows that are being presented by

The Vegas Voice and produced by yours truly.

My emphasis will be on our Holiday/Christmas Show in December,

but let me run down what we have for you before that. On Saturday,

November 18 th at Sun City MacDonald Ranch, it’s “Broadway

Goes Big Band” featuring Tom Stevens, ingénue Amanda

Kaiser along with The Vegas Voice Big Band under the musical

direction of Grammy Award winner Gary Anderson.

Our Big Band performances will also be on November 29 th at Sun

City Summerlin’s Starbright Theatre and December 10 th for the

Sun City Anthem Entertainment Club. And on December 1 st

Mark Giovi & Genevieve Dew will be performing “Home for the

Holiday” at Sun City Aliante.

Now on to the 1 st Annual “Holiday Hoopla, the Best Christmas

Show Ever” show hosted by the amazing and talented Frankie

Scinta. This will take place on Tuesday, December 19 th at 7 pm in the

Veil Pavilion at the Silverton Hotel & Casino.

The Vegas Voice has and continues to always try to bring you the

very best entertainment. And this show will be no different.

As the name proudly says, this will be our best Christmas/Holiday show


Our Great Shows!

By: Evan Davis / Entertainment Editor

Hebert Pedals to Sing

By: Sam Wagmeister / People & Places

Each month Brenda Hebert (pronounced

A-bear) struggles to make ends meet on

two-digit paychecks. But that don’t deter her from

a mission close to her heart.

The struggling singer, whose gigs are primarily entertaining

wheelchair-bound residents in assisted and independent living centers

and nursing homes packs up her fifty plus pounds of sound equipment,

hops one bus and then another and lugs her gear up a steep, 2 block

hill to entertain the troops - the troops of World War II, Korea and Viet

Nam. The troops who call Boulder City’s Nevada Veterans Home their


For four years, this singer with the “never-quit attitude” has donated

her time and bus trips volunteering to entertain her heroes at “mocktail


The entertainment “bug” first bit Hebert as a pre-teen. She produced

the annual Thanksgiving variety show for her 50-person extended


In mid-2014 the plucky redhead ditched her unfulfilling job to

pursue her music; targeting senior community audiences, riding

busses or her rickshaw-like bicycle to get to 2-5 gigs a week. “Business

is growing,” she says, with last July’s bookings increasing from 7 shows

to 20 this year.

November 2017

EVER! We will have appearances

by some of the top performers

in Las Vegas: Anne Martinez,

Sonny Charles, Chase Brown,

Rosanna Telford, Jonathan

Karrant, Genevieve Dew, Rita

Lim, Irena Nero (Russian

singing sensation) and many


One special guest will be Major

Dustin Sanders who is a fighter

pilot now stationed at Nellis Air

Frankie Scinta will headline/cohost

our new annual tradition

Force Base. He will help us thank all the veterans and inspire us to stay


With a variety of performers and styles, (and music from all genres)

you are guaranteed to enjoy the show of the year. I’m hoping we will

have enough VIP tables to accommodate all who need a place to put

their cocktails, as the bar will be open and well stocked. And don’t forget

about me!

And I assure you there will be special guests (starting with Pia

Zadora) and lots of memories to be had. Make your reservations now,

and stay “Vegas Strong.”

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:

“Five miles,” she says, “is the breakeven point,” explaining when she

chooses the bus over the bicycle. Those 5-mile jaunts are 90 minutes,

each way.

Hebert has clawed her way to the modest heights. A hospitality

industry veteran, her last Seattle paycheck financed her move to Las

Vegas in 2000, toting her belongings in one box and a suitcase. “I went

from one friend’s couch to another.”

One memory is Hebert singing the National Anthem at a 51’s game

and hopping on her bicycle the next day to head to a seasonal desk

clerk job at the Grand Canyon. She giggles when she thinks of her

survival jobs. “The worst was cleaning toilets for the Clark County Park


Many would compare Hebert’s journey as muddy. But she says, “At

the end of the show, it brightens my day, even if I’ve had a bad day.”

Back at the Boulder Veterans Home, 83-year old Air Force vet Phil

Keefer yells at the end of Hbert’s performance, “You’re the best.”




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Have You Heard?

By: Rich Natole / Voices of a Generation


'm very excited about the return of our

show, “Listening to The Vegas Voice.” We

began two months ago and will be heard “live”

every Tuesday from 10 -11 am, on KSHP 1400 am.

I'm also thrilled to be joined by my co-host, (a member of the

Nevada Radio Hall of Fame) the man with the “Golden Voice” - Jon

“the Announcer” Lindquist. We are so fortunate to have him as part of

our Vegas Voice family.

Along with Jon, I have the great pleasure of interviewing local as

well as national stars and celebrities. Our recent guest? The wonderful,

talented, always-a-pleasure and even more entertaining Frankie


And if you missed any of our initial broadcasts, go to our Vegas

Voice website ( and just listen to what our wonderful

guests had to say.

Jon and I will once again, and as always, bring a fun and entertaining

interview show to Las Vegas. Please tune in and tell your friends as we

broadcast “live” on the radio.

Rich Natole is a comic/impressionist headlining entertainer

& host of “Listening to the Vegas Voice” Radio Show. For more

information visit: You can also contact

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Our Queen

By: Charlie Christy / Executive Director

- Ms. Senior Nevada

As we continue to profile

the outstanding members

of the Ms Senior Nevada Pageant Family, our Queen,

Terri MacTaggart, stands out as a shining example of

the quality of the women that comprise this group.

Terri said she entered the Pageant to have a platform

to promote senior causes. And wow, has she!

Terri is currently serving in a volunteer capacity

as a Mediator and Arbitrator on the State Bar of Nevada Fee Dispute

Committee. She is also a Certified Public Accountant.

Additionally, she has recently volunteered to help on Guardianship

reform. Terri will be assisting Rana in her efforts to right the terrible

wrongs that have occurred to our seniors.

We are indeed blessed and honored to have Terri as our current

Ms Senior Nevada. She says things like, “I don’t sing or dance…”

However, Terri is doing something so vital to seniors, we commend her

on her efforts and dedication.

Terri has agreed to be our Queen for a second year while we regroup

and stage a real Pageant. Our contestants will come from all

over Nevada and to continue to proudly represent our state, just as our

organization has done for the past 32 years.

For information on joining this ongoing group and a chance to

participate in the 33 annual Pageant, contact me: charlieclasvegas@




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Oh Mr. Grant...

By: Beverly Washburn / Hollywood Memories

thought I'd write this month about Ed Asner

I who, although has done countless films and

TV, is probably best known for his role as Lou Grant

on the 70s sitcom "The Mary Tyler Moore Show."

He was born in 1929 and is still a working actor today. He's been

nominated 20 times for the coveted Emmy award, seven of which was

for the Mary Tyler Moore Show and three of which he won for that same


After the MTM show was cancelled, Ed went on to star in his own

show titled "Lou Grant" which was a dramatic show. In fact, he is the

only actor to win an Emmy for a sitcom and a drama for the same role.

He was also president of the Screen Actors Guild for five years. And in

2001, was the recipient of the SAG Lifetime Achievement Award.

I had the privilege of working with him in 2007 in a little, low budget

independent film called “Hard Four” which was about shooting Craps.

I played the part of Brenda - a tourist who loses all her money playing

the slot machines.

Now there's a concept for ya! I was delighted to meet him as I had

always been a fan.

As you can see by the photo, I had short blonde hair at the time. He

was very nice to work with and I was so happy to have met him.

Fast forward to October 2014. I was at a wedding in Los Angeles and

Mr. Asner was also there. I wasn't sure he would remember me as seven

Backwards & in High Heels

By: Yvonne Cloutier / Musical Moments

When we think of Ginger Rogers, we think

of Fred Astaire's dance partner. However,

she was a singer, actress, AND a dancer.

On her own, she made 72 movies as an actress. Rogers also received

an Academy Award for her 1940 performance as Kitty Foyle.

Ginger was one of the biggest box office draws and highest paid

actresses during the 1940s. In her later life, she performed in Hello

Dolly, Mame and other Broadway plays and TV shows.

She also made USO appearances, visited service camps, hospitals and

did bond drives totaling over $500,000. She graced the cover of Life

Magazine four times.

In the 1930s, she did 9 musicals with Fred Astaire; the biggest

successes were Irving Berlin's 1935 Top Hat, and Kern's & Fields 1936

Swing Time. Ten years later, in 1949, Rogers & Astaire did their 10th

musical, which was their first technicolored film, The Barkleys of

Broadway, with music by Harry Warren and Ira Gershwin.

Ginger replaced Judy Garland (who Fred Astaire preferred) for this

film, but Judy's lifestyle was undependable. Ginger claimed that there

were no bad feelings between Astaire and her, but simply different life

styles. They often developed dance routines together.

Rogers, born in Missouri, was named Virginia Katherine McMath.

Her mother, a Marine vet, was an influential, dedicated, enthusiastic

stage mother. After her mother divorced her father, he was eliminated


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years had gone by, not to mention I now have red hair.

I walked up to him and before I could introduce myself, he gave me

a big hug and said "Beverly, love the red hair!" I was so thrilled that he

would remember me.

How blessed I am to know him. He is truly one very nice, special man.

Until next time, remember wherever there is a human being or an

animal, there is an opportunity for kindness.

Beverly Washburn graced the silver screen as a child actress and

is the author of Reel Tears. You can contact Beverly at: bjradell@ Check out her awesome, new website: www.

from Ginger's life after he

unsuccessfully kidnapped her.

Ginger died in 1995. She lived

modestly and had no children.

Some Anecdotes: After Ginger

had a stage mishap with Astaire, a

Los Angeles Times humorist, wrote:

"Ginger Rogers did everything he

did, backwards, and in high heels."

*In the movie, The Black Widow, she was asked why she played such

an awful role. Ginger replied: "It was very easy, they paid me."

*Ginger claimed that Astaire had a quirk - his unwillingness to kiss

his leading ladies. She blamed his wife for this.

*One time, Ginger designed a beautiful blue feathered gown. The

director disapproved and Astaire disliked it too because the feathers

came off and stuck to his suit. Rogers’ mother however intervened. The

result: Dress approved!

*Ginger & Fred never received one penny from the worldwide

exhibitions of their films. The Screen Actors Guild later formed a union

to protect actors' rights.

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

background, specializes in ragtime piano. She reports about

music on Alive! You can contact her at www.

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Quantum Holograms & Psychic Phenomenon

By: Ali Guggenheim / Psychic Phenomenon

As a scientist, astronaut Edgar Mitchell was

most comfortable in his world of physical

precision and rationality. Yet, the sixth man ever

to walk on the moon experienced a life-altering realization when

traveling back to earth.

He instantaneously knew that this new perception was just as solid

and trustworthy as any scientific or mathematical findings. Mitchell

realized that the beautiful world we all participate in, is part of a whole,

harmonious, living, conscious universe.

Realizing that mankind has "barely begun to probe the deepest

mystery of the universe - the fact of consciousness itself" and foreseeing

the endless untapped possibilities, Mitchell was convinced that the

uncharted territory of the human mind was the next frontier to explore.

It began with some successful (debatable) personal ESP tests from the


Sparking his lifetime quest "to reconcile the worlds of science and

metaphysics, interstellar exploration and personal growth", he founded

the "Institute of Noetic Sciences” dedicated to finding scientific

answers to humanities great mysteries - such as psychic phenomenon,

psychokinesis, telepathy, etc.

Years of experimentation lead to the recent scientific discovery that

Quantum Holography (QH) is an "attribute of all physical matter

validated by experimental work with functional magnetic resonating


Novembert 2017


Mitchell's report states that

tests have shown evidence

that brains process and store

information holographically.

The brain creates a "detailed

three-dimensional movie

generating the stream of

consciousness that the

mind experiences" and

that "holographic processing is not restricted to processing sensory

information in the light portion of the electromagnetic spectrum but,

applies to enhance all the five normal senses.

"The case for mind/mind and mind/matter interactions is

impressively well documented over many decades, with staggering

probabilities against chance having produced the results."

Mounting evidence indicates that every physical object (living or

not) has its own unique resonant holographic memory, stored nonlocally

at Zero Point Field that can be picked up via the mechanism of

resonance. Like the “iCloud”, all information is "hanging out there"

in the collective consciousness and is retrievable by setting intent,

focusing and clearing the channel for access.

To learn more about Ali, spiritual consultations, coaching, classes,

workshops, and readings, call, give her a call: 702/373-9081.

Who Are We?

By: Chuck Dean / Vet 2 Vet

Do you remember this?

“I, _____, do solemnly swear (or

affirm) that I will support and defend the

Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and

domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same; and

that I will obey the orders of the President of the United States and the

orders of the officers appointed over me, according to regulations and

the Uniform Code of Military Justice. So help me God.”

In case it has faded, or blended obscurely with other memories, this is

“The Oath of Enlistment” into the United States Armed Forces. This oath

has not changed, nor does it cease to exist simply because warriors get

discharged and placed in a reserve status.

We said it; it still applies…and I don’t remember ever having an option

of undoing that commitment when my active duty was over. Do you?

Every Veteran’s Day it has been a practice of many organizations and

individuals to educate or remind the generations of why it is such an

honorable time for those who have served our country. It is necessary

to keep this distinctive day of recognition and acknowledgement from

slipping into oblivion.

However, knowing what a veteran IS can be equally as enlightening.

Who are these people that so willingly give up a carefree life at home to

accept a strict, regulated, and sometimes painfully austere existence that

is demanded of being a defender of freedom?

Answering that question can fill up magazines the size of this

publication many times over, but since we are short of editorial space,

allow me to hone it to a nutshell.

When veterans raised their right hand, and vowed to defend the

American way of life, they demonstrated exactly what the heart of a

veteran is. We are people who swear to uphold what America stands for

- even it means making the ultimate sacrifice. We are mothers, fathers,

husbands, wives, sisters, and brothers who willingly give up the comforts

of normal life to serve anywhere and anytime to ensure those comforts

stay intact for the country we love.

That’s just who we are.

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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Introducing the Nevada Elder Hub

By: Rana Goodman / On My Soapbox

When the announcement came naming the

permanent Guardianship Commission

members, I admit I was disappointed that my

application was denied. After working three years to make sure reforms

were made and assisting in getting the word out about the guardianship

system problems, I trust you can understand my feelings.

However, as the weeks elapsed, Dan and I came up with an idea

for bigger and better plans. And like “they” say, (whoever “they” are)

things happen for a reason.

Over the past few years, we have received many calls from readers who

had questions about where to get help for people who are taking care

of their parent, (or spouse, disabled sibling or adult child) on a regular

basis. Since The Vegas Voice through our publication, seminars

and senior fairs, is always in contact with group homes, assisted living

facilities, etc., it seemed like this new idea was a “natural” for us.

Where does one go when care-giving help is needed? Sadly, this can

be the trap for possible guardianship problems. Other times, the family

members just need a “little bit of advice and assistance.” We are hoping

to provide the answer.

The Nevada Elder Hub will be a place to help, chat and cover all

types of senior issues. Plans are still in the very early stage, but what do

you think? Any suggestions or advice would be most welcomed.

One of the ideas is to visit and check out medical facilities and care

From our Vegas Voice family to yours: Have a very happy and

safe Thanksgiving!

giving agencies all over town on a regular basis. We want to develop

a check list of “clean vs. not so clean” or even a Top (or Bottom) 10


Frankly, I’m tired of calling the government offices and getting the

reply, “we will check on that” knowing nothing is going to be done. Just

like we did on guardianship, Nevada Elder Hub will give you the

truth and you do with it what you will!

Guardianship Update: Dan and I have been working closely with

the Nevada Secretary of State concerning the implementation of the

new guardianship law. This new law, effective January 1 st contains the

“official” Guardianship Preference Form as well as Lockbox protections.

Next month, we will have a complete listing of our guardianship

seminars as well as updates explaining the “how to” for the law. Until

then, Dan and I, and our entire Vegas Voice family wish you and yours

a very Happy Thanksgiving.




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Seniors & Thanksgiving

By: Dan Hyde / Call to Action

Did you know that every Thanksgiving,

several thousands of seniors go without

any food whatsoever, let alone celebrating the

holiday you and I take for granted? Did you also know that just $5 can

feed TWO (2) hungry seniors with a turkey balanced meal?

YOU can make a difference this Thanksgiving by donating

(at whatever financial level you are comfortable with) to or You can

also earmark your contributions to a specific cause and help a senior

in need!

You will feel good about yourself in doing so knowing that, at least

for this one day, you made a positive difference in a person’s life!!

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The paintings shown here are by Crystal’s Dad, the award

winning artist Victor Czerkas, the only known private student of

the great Russian impressionist, Nicolai Fechin. Want more info?

We’d be delighted to arrange a private showing...


and the Award

goes to...

You might be surprised to find that

Crystal Czerkas- the art world is really competitive.

Sarbacker Just like athletes, artists compete

for awards and prize ribbons.

When my Dad, the artist known

as Czerkas, was alive he won over

100 ribbons for his individual oil

and watercolor paintings. In fact he

had so many, he trimmed the entire

40’ roof line of his art studio with

the pretty silk awards in shades

of white, gold,

red, yellow, and

blue. All this color

really enlivened

the room and

we’ll be showing

many of these

ribbons along

with a display of

his Southwestern

paintings at a

special retrospective

hosted by

Arte’, one of the

oldest galleries in

St. George Utah.

Refreshments will

be served at an

evening reception

on Thursday,

November 30,

to launch this

special showing.

If you would like

to attend or have

more information,

please call

Ray at 702/463-


November 2017

A Debt Beyond Gratitude

By: Victoria Seaman / Victoria’s Corner

Our country owes our veterans a debt that

goes beyond gratitude. The men and

women who volunteered to put their lives on the

line deserve the best our country has to offer, but sadly we’re falling

woefully short of this goal.

Our Veterans Administration facilities in Nevada have made

significant strides toward improvement, but there is still distance to

travel before we can have as much pride in the system that exists for the

benefit of veterans as we do in the veterans themselves.

This issue is personal for me - my father was a veteran and my

husband served honorably in the United States Marine Corps. My family

answered the call for service, and I am dedicated to ensuring that the

folks back home remember that and make good on the promises made

to veterans by our government.

The Administration needs to be appropriately resourced and policed.

More importantly, market-based solutions might provide meaningful

innovation to the way our veterans are treated.

Decentralizing the care of veterans and providing them with the

ability to find their own providers would go a long way to eliminating

the waitlist at the VA and ensure that vets have the ability to find the

care that works for them and their unique circumstances.

I support this method because it solves two problems with one

solution by empowering vets and reducing the waitlists currently

plaguing so many of our hospitals. It’s the least we can do for those

who so generously gave of themselves to our country.

Victoria Seaman is a former Nevada Assemblywoman,

businesswoman and currently a Realtor in Las Vegas. You can

contact Victoria at:

Golf Signage & Marketing

By: Mike Landry / Golf Fore Ever

When it comes to golf course signage and

markings – some golf courses are, some


If you happen to play the same golf course all

the time, what I will say next will mean nothing

to you. However, if you play different courses, then golf course signage

and marking is important to you.

One of the reasons for slow play is that players in front of you may not

know the course. They spend much of their time looking for distance

markers, and yes on some golf courses, searching for a tee box.

In my opinion, it should be easy and inexpensive for golf courses to

paint a strip on the curb with the appropriate color of the tee box, put

up a sign indicating where to find the tee box as well

as signage at intersecting paths letting players know

which way to go.

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:

Federal Legislation for Elder Abuse Prevention

By: Richard Black / Guardianship Concerns and the judges who support them, when alleged incapacitated

Much of the recent drama in Washington, persons are presented to the court.

D.C. leaves me shaking my head in This new law requires the following:

disbelief. Politicians from the President on Title I: Supporting federal cases involving elder justice.

down seem to be primarily concerned with self-promotion and appointment of federal law enforcement to train and investigate

partisan backbiting. Is anyone truly committed to protect and aid elder abuse complaints. appoint an elder justice coordinator (ejc)

the average citizen - especially our vulnerable and elderly?

and assistant us attorney in each federal judicial district.

Recently we got some relief.

Title II: Improved Data Collection And Federal Coordination.

On October 19, 2017 President Trump signed the Elder Abuse Title III: Enhanced Victim Assistance To Elder Abuse Survivors.

Prevention and Prosecution Act into law. Portions of this Title IV: Robert Matava Elder Abuse Prosecution Act Of 2017 -

bill has been proffered in federal legislation since 1986 when the Enhanced Penalties For Telemarketing And Email Marketing Fraud

Associated Press did its ground-breaking 2,200 case expose on the Directed At Elders.

rampant abuses found nationwide in adult guardianships.

Title V: Miscellaneous – Reaffirms Court-Appointed Guardianship

More than 20 bills have been proposed since then to insure federal Oversight and establish programs to assess the fairness,

protections for adults under guardianship. All were killed due to the effectiveness, integrity, and accessibility of adult guardianship

successful lobbying efforts by the various state bar and the American and conservatorship proceedings. Implement changes deemed

Bar Association lobbyists, and state and national guardianship necessary to enable the annual accountings and other required


conservatorship and guardianship filings to be completed, filed and

According to the National Center for State Courts, adult reviewed electronically.

guardianships are a $50 billion business that affects nearly 180,000 This law is primarily focused on white collar crimes and is targeted

new conscripts nationwide each year. While guardianship should to reduce criminal activity endorsed in adult guardianship and

be the last option considered to protect a person, due to the money probate proceedings in Nevada’s courts. What Nevada elected, and

involved, and the near non-existent oversight by the courts, it is judicial leadership and local law enforcement has failed to address,

often the only option considered by elder law attorneys, guardians hopefully now, federal resources will step in to insure much needed

protections for the vulnerable and elderly under guardianship.


Two Big Meetings

By: Stu Cooper / Happy Destinations

It has been too long since our last


happy to announce that we have two

meetings scheduled for Sunday, November 12th. We

have two meetings, because the first one, (for those

who live in Henderson)

will be at 9:00 am at



CLUB in Anthem.

And the second one, (for those who

live in Summerlin) will be at 1:00 pm in



made it convenient for everyone to attend a meeting.

And what a meeting it will be. We have so much to talk about. For

all of you (we have over 160 people) going on the PHAT PACK Mexican

Riviera cruise from January 27 - February 3rd, we will answer all your

questions about the upcoming cruise. For those who want to book this

cruise, we will also be taking reservations.

There will be an extensive discussion on our "Bus to the Boat" cruises

coming up in 2018 and 2019. Our Princess Cruise vacation options will

also be discussed. Over the past few years, there have been new cruise

itineraries offered round trip from Los Angeles.

Itineraries offered now include the Pacific Coast, Hawaii, Alaska,

Mexico and the Panama Canal. Best of all, we will offer round trip bus

transportation from Las Vegas to the pier in Los Angeles.

At the meeting, there will also be a special Royal Caribbean Cruise

Line presentation. It seems that our Voyagers

really like longer exotic cruises that Royal

Caribbean offers.

For example, as I write this, over twenty

"Voyagers" are on a 23-night cruise

from Seattle to Sydney, Australia. And

another dozen are cruising along the east

coast on various Fall foliage and

repositioning cruises. We will discuss

all the various longer cruise options.

Finally, for those of you who might

have ever considered spending St. Patty's day in Ireland, the

Vegas Voyagers will be offering a St. Patty's day tour in the Emerald Isle

of Ireland. We will also be discussing a longer, more detailed Ireland tour

option for the fall of 2018. Celtic Tours, will be providing this unique tour


There you have it. We will be discussing all of this at our two meetings

on Sunday, November 12th. Please call 1-800-698-1101 or email to your RSVP and which meeting you will be

attending. We look forward to seeing you there.

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Every Day is Veterans Day

By: Kathy Manney / Around Our World

The VA Southern Nevada Healthcare’s

motto - “Here Every Day is Veterans

Day.” This could also be the motto for the

Albuquerque Veterans Museum of Military History and New

Mexico Veterans Memorial Park honoring, not only New

Mexico veterans, but all who have worn the uniform of the

United States Armed Forces.

The museum campus is postcard-worthy and honors not only those

who have served honorably in the military, but for those that will serve in

the future. Stained glass artwork is found throughout the museum.

Each piece of stained glass art denotes one of the six branches of the

United States military service. Medal of Honor recipients are remembered

in specific displays found near the visitor center’s foyer.

The Memorial’s gardens and sculptures make this one of Albuquerque’s

leading tourist destinations. Beginning at the visitor center, you get an

overview of significant wars throughout history told from a New Mexico

perspective. Learn about colonial New Mexico, World Wars I and II, the

Korean and Cold Wars, the Vietnam War and the Iraq War through objects

and stories told by those who lived them.

The museum and park’s unique rose gardens scattered around the

grounds are filled with a selection of roses significant to veterans. From

the Veterans’ Honor Roses to the Peace Roses, each type of rose symbolizes

something of importance to America’s veterans.

Seven settings depict the soldier’s experience - from the “Call” which

symbolizes joining the military to the Homecoming - each setting symbolic

of what a soldier experiences while serving our country.

Whether you are an American military veteran, or simply want to learn

more about those who have for generations served in our armed forces,

the Albuquerque Veterans Museum of Military History and New Mexico

Veterans Memorial Park is a beautiful and moving place to visit.

Kathy Manney enjoys visiting interesting places and being an

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

with enthusiasm.

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November 2017


Do You Know?

By: Jim Valkenburg / Insurance Insight

Will my personal auto policy

provide coverage if I use my

vehicle for business? The answer is

yes and no – depending on the business. All companies

allow for business use of a personal vehicle when your

occupation is, for example, realtor, doctor, sales rep, etc.

That just means that you use your personal vehicle to be

“out and about” during the workday.

Some companies allow some artisan use on a pickup or van. They

often restrict how many jobsites per day and what equipment is being


If any of you have become Uber or Lyft drivers, there are a couple of

companies that let you have a personal auto policy (not commercial) and

add on an endorsement for that usage. For the rest of the business use,

you may need to purchase a commercial auto policy. And if you use your

vehicle for delivery of any kind, it will always have to be a commercial


What deductible should I choose on my home? I believe you

should be encouraged to have the highest deductible you can afford in

the event of a loss. The first reason for this is for premium savings for you.

The higher the deductible, the lower the premium.

The second reason is a bit more critical. If you have a number of

home claims, you can lose your insurance and there are no standard or

preferred companies that will write your home until the losses are over

3-5 years old. If you maintain a higher deductible, you would be less

tempted to put in a small, insignificant claim.

I still remember a lady calling us who had just been canceled by a

large reputable company for claims. She had 3 claims, none of which

exceeded $600. Her premium had been in the neighborhood of $700 and

our quote was over $2,000.

Insurance companies know that frequency of claims is as bad or worse

than severity of claims. Three theft claims will get you canceled, but a

lightning strike that destroys your home will not.

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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New Device Stops a Cold Before it Starts

By: Doug Cornell / To Your Health

New research shows you can stop a

cold in its tracks if you take one

simple step with a new device when you

first feel a cold coming on.

Colds start when cold viruses get in your nose. Viruses

multiply fast. If you don’t stop them early, they spread in

your airways and cause misery.

But scientists have found a quick way to kill a virus —

touch it with copper. Researchers at labs and universities

worldwide all agree — copper is “antimicrobial.” It kills microbes,

such as viruses and bacteria, just by touch.

That’s why ancient Greeks and Egyptians used copper

to purify water and heal wounds. That’s why Hippocrates,

the “father of modern medicine”, used copper to heal skin

ulcers, and why Civil War doctors used it to prevent infection

of battlefield wounds. They

didn’t know about viruses and

bacteria, but now we do.

Researchers say microbe

cells have a tiny internal electric

charge across the membrane surrounding

the cell. The high conductance

of copper short-circuits

this charge and pops holes in the

membrane. This immediately

stops the microbe from reproducing

and destroys it in seconds.

Tests by the Environmental

Protection Agency (EPA) show

that copper surfaces kill germs that get on them. That way the

next person to touch that surface does not spread the germ.

As a result of this new knowledge, some hospitals switched

to copper for “touch surfaces”, like faucets, bedrails, and

doorknobs. This cut the spread of MRSA and other illnesses

in those hospitals by over half, and saved lives.

The strong scientific evidence gave inventor Doug Cornell

an idea. When he felt a cold coming on he fashioned a

smooth copper probe and rubbed it gently in his nose for 60


“It worked!” he exclaimed. “The cold went away completely.”

It worked again every time he felt a cold coming

on. He reports he has never had a cold since.

He asked relatives and friends to try it. They said it worked

for them, too, every time. So he patented CopperZap and

put it on the market.

Soon hundreds of people had tried it and given feedback.

Nearly 100 percent said the copper stops their colds if used

within 3 hours after the first sign. Even up to 2 days, if they

still get the cold it is milder than usual and they feel better.

Users wrote things like, “It stopped my cold right away,”

and “Is it supposed to work that fast?”

November 2017

New research: Copper stops colds if used early.

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“What a wonderful thing,” wrote Physician’s Assistant

Julie. “Now I have this little magic wand, no more colds for


Pat McAllister, age 70, received one for Christmas and

called it “one of the best presents ever. This little jewel really

works.” Many users say they have completely stopped

getting colds.

People often use CopperZap for prevention, before cold

signs appear. Karen Gauci, who flies often for her job, used

to get colds after crowded flights. Though skeptical, she tried

it several times a day on travel days for 2 months. “Sixteen

flights and not a sniffle!” she exclaimed.

Business owner Rosaleen says when people are sick

around her she uses CopperZap morning and night. “It saved

me last holidays,” she said. “The kids had colds going round

and round, but not me.”

Some users say it also helps

with sinuses. Attorney Donna

Blight had a 2-day sinus headache.

When her CopperZap arrived,

she tried it. “I am shocked!”

she said. “My head cleared, no

more headache, no more congestion.”

One man had suffered seasonal

sinus problems for years. It

was so bad it ruined family vacations

and even dinners out with

friends. His wife Judy bought

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Some users say copper stops nighttime stuffiness, too, if

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What Da Hemp?

By: Dr. Victoria Boyd / Hempworx

What’s been around for thousands of years,

used by almost every human civilization,

proclaimed as a miracle medicine, and then

demonized through propaganda as the source of all evil?

You may have noticed a buzz (no pun intended) that is growing

every day and I gain satisfaction knowing factual information is finally

being shared. You would be astounded at some of the questions I’m

asked based on the myths and misconceptions out there.

If you haven’t guessed it yet, I’m talking about Cannabis, a multifaceted

desert plant that in a mere 80 years (not long considering its

history) has the distinction of being at both ends of the spectrum -

hated and loved. But why?

My goal is to answer the WHY. We will provide information, answer

questions, and share facts about this not so mysterious plant.

We’ll talk about its origin and why the tides are turning back to an

era when it was a mainstay in society. Without the stigma attached of

being a stoner, we’ll get to the root (pun intended) of the information;

especially the health benefits it can provide to seniors like me.

What’s our first WHY? A key confusion point, what are Cannabis,

Hemp and Marijuana? Here’s the simple version.

Think of Cannabis as the parent of a girl named Marijuana (female

plant) and a son named Hemp (male plant) that have different

chemical composition – their DNA. As an annual (you know like the

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petunias sold at our local nursery every year) the species produces male

and female plants. It’s a matter of genetics.

As a female plant, its flowering buds produce a resin rich in the

common compound THC, the source of the psychoactive effect. On the

other hand, the male plant does not produce a female bud allowing

energy (females suck the life out it) to be redirected for stronger stalks

and stems that are great for industrial use.

This male plant also has higher levels of a group of compounds

called CBD’s (Cannabinoids). It is this group of compounds that have

an immense health benefit on so many levels.

Let’s get the conversation going. I invite you to send questions or

suggest a topic for an article.

Want to learn more about CBD? Visit:


As an author and trainer Dr. Victoria Boyd loves sharing

knowledge in diverse areas such as nonprofit development

and research on the medical benefits of CBD as an affiliate of

Hempworx. Email her at:


Talking About Boobs!

By: Linda Bateman-Gomez / Timeless Beauty

Let’s talk about boobs! And for any men now

suddenly reading this, this is unlikely to go

down a path that you will be interested in.

First off, as October’s National Breast Cancer

Awareness month has quickly passed us by, it’s important to remember

that this awareness should be every month! Breast health is just as

important as any other part of our well-being. Remember your checks

and remind a friend too!

Like many things, they can often go overlooked everyday as we

quickly strap them into a (probably) poor fitting bra in the morning

and we forget to give them the proper attention!

While I wouldn’t change a thing, breastfeeding 6 children has

certainly left its mark on “the girls” today.

And although we now know that breastfeeding is known to lower

your breast cancer risk, Mother Nature often gifts you in return a

smaller, sagging version of your younger, baby-free boobs.

Throw in age and gravity and suddenly we have one more daily thing

to manage. That’s where a good bra works wonders!

Recently at a seminar, a stranger asked if I would mind a personal

question. I was a bit surprised, but she excused her husband and asked

me what type of bra I was wearing.

Such a girlfriend thing to do! I said I didn’t shop specific brands, but

complete coverage sweater bras were my go-to style.

I must admit it was an unusual

conversation because I never met

her before. I did understand her

quest however, as a good bra works

wonders and she hadn't found one

yet. As it turned out, she shopped

at fancy lingerie stores and while

pretty, it didn't produce the results

she paid for.

My guess is many are in the

same boat. And at our age, you should have something that fits properly,

is comfortable, and produces the look you are after!

When shopping, first know what you want to accomplish. Do you

need lift, smooth coverage, comfortable straps? Then make a point to

spend some quality time shopping and find the right one!

At every department store, they are always willing to measure and

help. If in doubt, just ask. Strange as it sounds, it’s an important part

of your every life.

You will feel beautiful and your boobs will thank you at the end of

the day too!

Linda Bateman-Gomez has an international beauty company

based in Las Vegas that specializes in cosmetics and other beauty

products. Contact Linda at or

through her website

Wow! It’s NaNoWriMo. Write on! It’s Brain Healthy.

By: Jan Fair / A No-Brainer Minute


ince 1999, November has been known in writing circles as National Novel Writing

Month (NaNoWriMo) and YOU can participate by going to the website below.

Last year, NaNoWriMo welcomed 500,000+ participants in 633 different regions on six continents. Of these,

more than 40,000 met the goal of writing 50,000 words in one month. Okay, you don’t have to write that many

words, but use the opportunity to begin that novel/autobiography/poem/etc. you’ve been meaning to tackle.

November is NaNoWriMo

(National Novel Writing Month)

Want to cure your writer’s block?! Join

one or more events in your neighborhood.

(Go to the website below-right.)

[Note: Here I am curing my writer’s block at

the Writer’s Block, 1020 Fremont Street.]

Writing Boosts Your Brain

Consider doing

some of your

writing in


Yes. Use a pen/pencil.

Neuroscience researchers

suggest we write by hand

occasionally because

it provides a crosslateral

brain exercise

which typing



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

Mental Minutes


1. In one minute, name types

of writings you can do.

2. Make an alphabetical list.

An album of awesome and

awful alliterations,


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Car Shopping Made Easy

By: BJ Killeen / Down the Road

Whenever someone finds out I’m an

automotive journalist, inevitably, the

next question is, “What car should I buy?” It’s not

a one-size-fits all answer.

How you use your vehicle and what your budget is are the two biggest

deciding factors, but that’s the easy part. Because buying a vehicle is the

second most expensive purchase people make in their lifetimes, it should

require a lot of thought and research before you sign on the line.

While most people are doing research online, the first step before the

internet is a pen and paper. You first need to write down the parameters

that fit your needs.

Here are the most important questions: How many passengers will you

have? How many miles do you travel per year? How much time do you

spend commuting?

What will you use it for on weekends? Does it fit your hobby? How big a

monthly payment can you afford? How big is your garage?

This last question might seem minor, but too many times we’ve seen

people buy trucks and full-size sedans or SUVs that were too long to go

inside the garage and close the door. Buying a car isn’t like a piece of

clothing; you can’t return it because it doesn’t fit.

In addition to those basic questions, think about your previous car

purchases, and then ask yourself (and write it down): what did you really

like about your last car? What did you dislike? What is an absolute must

have on your next vehicle?

Finally, when you get your list together, go online and check out how

some of the new technologies work. You may not want or need 4G LTE

Wi-Fi, but blind spot recognition is a great safety feature that you’ll use

all the time.

Being prepared before you go into the dealership will make not only

your purchase decision easier, but also will help the sales consultant pair

you with the right vehicle. And remember, you can always email me with

questions or just ask for advice. Happy shopping!

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

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


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By: Mary Richard / Health Fitness

Fall has arrived and you discovered those

dreaded “love handles.” It’s time to work

on getting back into shape before the holidays are


Oblique exercises play an important role in core strengthening. It is

important to move the spine in all directions - forward, backwards, side

bends to the right, left, twisting to the right, left. Try this move to help

tone and strengthen your obliques (the thin, flat muscles forming the

middle and outer layers of the lateral walls of the abdomen). Play fun

music and move to the beat!

Oblique Crunch: Lie on your back, bending your knees. Keep your

shoulders flat on the floor. Exhale as you lift your shoulder blades off

the floor.

Slowly rotate your legs to the left. Even though your knees are turned

to the side, keep your upper body moving straight up and slightly to the

left side. Place your right hand behind your head and your left hand

across your abdomen. Hold at the top for 1 second and slowly lower.

Repeat 8-15 times and switch sides.

Look up at the ceiling, tighten your abs, exhale as you crunch straight

up. Try to maintain tension in your obliques as you lower yourself back

to the starting position. Do this exercise at least 3 times a week.

Variation: Bend knees, place arms straight out to side and move


Those Dreaded Love Handles!

Bone Spurs

By: Kyo Mitchell / A Healthier You

As many individuals grow older, they tend

to suffer more pain of various sorts. One

potential cause of pain are osteophytes or as they

are more commonly called - bone spurs.

A bone spur causes pain by being a hard substance which presses

on a softer tissue and irritates it or causes it damage. This softer tissue

can be a nerve, tendon or ligament. Imagine stepping on a small, hard

pointy rock every time you took a step and you get the basic idea of why

a bone spur can irritate tissue and cause pain.

For those individuals who suffer from pain due to a bone spur, their

primary question is, “How do I obtain relief?” While surgery may be

possible to remove a bone spur, many individuals are reluctant to go

through surgery and will only do so as a last resort.

Like all medical problems, to effectively treat it, you need to

understand what caused it in the first place.

In order to move the body, muscles must be attached to bone. The end

of the muscle that attaches to the bone is called a tendon. The muscle

does not actually attach to the bone but rather to a tough, fibrous tissue

which surrounds and protects the bone called the periosteum.

The place where the tendon connects to the periosteum can be a weak

link in the musculoskeletal system where damage is likely to occur.

Many times, due to stress, incorrect posture or the body compensating

from previous injury, a muscle is in a continual state of tension.

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bent knees side to side. Do this at an even pace.

Hula Hoop Crunch: Another “fun” way of whittling your waist is

to use a hula hoop (yes, you can get them in the kid’s toy department

or discount supersaver stores) and use the hula hoop while watching

television! I try to do this at least 3-4 times a week. Move at an even pace

so as not to injure your spinal column.

Remember, in any exercise – especially something that you are

doing for the first time, do it in moderation, then gradually increase

the intensity. Always check with your doctor if there is any doubt for

any exercises.

Positive attitude and good health to all!

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

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

Mary can be reached at

Therefore, where the tendon of this muscle attaches to the periosteum,

it is also under a continual state of tension. The body senses this as

a possible weak point and tries to reinforce its structure by adding to

calcium to it, making it harder and stronger. This is a bone spur.

Constant muscle tension gave rise to the conditions which created

the bone spur. Similarly, re-educating the muscle so that it is not in a

continual state of tension will tell the body that the reinforcement that

gave rise to the bone spur is no longer needed. Over time, the body will

re-absorb this calcium and the bone spur will dissolve.

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

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


Cancer & Gum Disease - Attention Ladies!

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

According to a recent publication of

“Medical News Today”: New research has

confirmed that periodontal disease is tied to an

elevated risk of several types of cancer; such as esophageal cancer,

breast cancer, and gallbladder cancer - especially in mature women.

Periodontal disease, aka Periodontitis, is a result of infection and

inflammation of the gums. Gum disease affects adults and is especially

common among seniors.

In fact, the Center for Disease Control has reported that some 70% of

people 65 and older have gum disease. Gum disease affects more men

than women, but 38.4% of the female population in this country are

living with periodontal disease.

Jean Wactawski-Wende, PhD, of New York’s State University in Buffalo

and several colleagues from other American institutions has for the

first time, investigated the association between gum disease and several

types of cancer in women. These finding are published in the journal

“Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers & Prevention.”

This research has confirmed that women who have gum disease

are “also more likely to develop breast cancer.” In addition to the link

with breast cancer, the study indicated a link between gum disease and

gallbladder, lung, melanoma and esophageal cancers.

The bottom line of this study (which followed 68,869 female patients

ages 54-86) was to understand the correlation between periodontal

disease and the risk of cancer in women. This study found “…that

women who had reported a diagnosis of periodontal disease had a 14%

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higher risk of developing any type of cancer.”

It is not yet understood what this link between periodontitis and

various types of cancer is. The rather obvious explanation offered is

bacteria and other pathogen from the mouth made their way into the

bloodstream through saliva or the diseased gum tissues. More research

needs to be conducted to establish an actual mechanism.

I have simplified these findings to help readers understand that oral

health is an integral part of one’s good health. It is really a simple thing

to control one’s oral health. It is also one of the few diseases of our body

over which we truly have some control.

My goal as a “physician of the mouth” is to help everyone understand

and know that one is not in good health without good oral health.

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Estate Planning 101

By: Todd Bauman / Financial Focus

Living Trust vs. The Will: What Do You


The short answer to this question is both. You

need both a living trust and a will.

You might think of it like this: the will is your last testament; it’s what

you write to communicate your wishes. The Living Trust is the vehicle

that carries out those wishes.

Without the vehicle, all you have is the paper, which is why doing only

a will might still result in your intentions being carried out, but your

entire holdings will have to pass through probate which is an expensive

and time-consuming process.

I sometimes joke and say that if you complete a proper living trust,

then all you have to write in your Will is, “Being of sound mind and body,

I SPENT IT ALL.” While this is funny, it is also somewhat true, because

when you set up a trust, you essentially no longer own anything.

anything. (Imagine how freeing that could be?) Instead, the trust owns


You also need to designate a backup beneficiary and a backup trustee

called successor trustee(s). Their job is to manage your trust if you cannot

and or eventually distribute your trust to your beneficiaries when you kick

the bucket.

The successor trustee of the trust is also the executor of the will. That

means they are the ones who make sure your wishes are carried out, so

the court doesn’t have to get involved in your business.

It’s that simple.

The successor trustee or trustees are usually your kids or beneficiaries,

but it can also be a friend, an attorney, or a trust company. Your backup

beneficiaries can also be anyone you want, either your kids (if you still

like them) a charity you value, or the guy writing this article. Just kidding!

Really, it’s all up to you. You can add assets to your trust by opening a

You do, however, still get to decide where your money will go. You can

also change your mind. If one of your kids comes to Las Vegas to visit,

puts a few bucks in the slot machine, and hits megabucks for $30 million,

well, then you can take them out of your trust, not because you don’t love

them anymore, but because they don’t need your pittance of an estate!

One of my favorite trust stories from back in the days was a client who

got so upset with her two kids, she took them out of her trust and left the

entire estate to her cat, Ms. Kitty. She set it up so her neighbor would be

paid $500 a month to take care of the cat, and all the rest of the assets

were divided among three animal charities equally.

Imagine – she was able to accomplish all of this from beyond the

grave. (So kids, if you’re reading this, show respect to your elders!)

Setting Up a Living Trust: What Do You Do?

When you create a living trust, you get to wear three hats:

1. The first hat is the Trustor which means “Great Creator.”

2. The second hat is the Trustee which is the manager

3. And the third is the Beneficiary. You can even write yourself

checks from your own living trust!

Once you set up the trust, your life will go on the same way as without

the trust, but the one main difference will be that you don’t actually own


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new bank account in the name of the trust, or you can buy a beach condo

in the name of the trust. If you end up closing the bank account or selling

the condo, you just close it or sell it and it’s out of the trust. That’s all you

have to do.

The trust uses your Social Security number as the tax ID, which means

you file for your taxes the same way as you did before you set up the trust.

You can have your tax professional or a qualified financial professional

talk to you about any tax savings you might be able to take advantage of

if you set up a trust.

For more educational material please visit toddbauman.

com or call 702.897.9997.

Todd Bauman, Investment Advisor Representative for Bauman

Advisory Group, LLC, a registered investment advisory firm,

licensed insurance agent for Bauman Financial Group, LLC and

licensed document preparer for Asset Protection of America.


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Remodeling? Freshening up your home?

There are 6 basic elements to drafting an agreement with any contractor that will do work on your

home. Whether it is a small job, or a complete remodel, your agreement should have these basic provisions.

1. A detailed description of the project. The contract should include a project description that outlines all of the

work, materials, and products needed for the job. That includes everything from what will be demolished to

what will be constructed—including every material and fixture that will be used, with its cost. It should specify

that the contractor will obtain all of the necessary permits (and close them out when finished) and dispose of the

debris properly, and that the project is covered by their liability and workman’s compensation insurance.

2. How much (and how often) the contractor will be paid. Not only should the contract state the total project

price, but it should also outline the timing and amount of installment payments based on project milestones. If

the contractor has to place orders for expensive items such as windows or cabinets, offer to pay the supplier

directly. The final payment should be at least 10% of the total project cost, payable only when the final “punch

list” is completed to your satisfaction.

3. Lien waivers. Here’s a scary thought: Any worker who comes to your house as part of a remodeling crew could

place a lien on your property, claiming they were never paid for their work—even if you have paid the contractor

in full. So write into the contract that your contractor must provide you with a “lien waver” for each installment

before you pay the next one. The invoice for each payment needs to include a signed statement indicating that

the contractor used your previous payment to pay for the labor and materials described in its invoice.

4. Approximate project dates. Discuss approximate start and end dates for the project with your contractor and

write them into the agreement. The point is not to hold him to an exact date but to ensure that you both have an

understanding of when work will commence and—barring weather interruptions or major plan changes—about

when it will be completed.

5. A procedure for making changes. Write in that no changes to the original plan can commence until the contractor

has given you a clear description of the new work, how much it will cost, and how it will affect the

schedule—and that you must give written approval. Change orders should be done in writing. If you ever make a

verbal agreement on the fly, follow up with an email to the contractor restating the details and your approval,

and ask him to respond with a confirming email that you got the details right, so you have a written record.

6. Signatures. A contract isn’t a binding legal document unless it’s signed by both parties. Include the

contractor's license number and both of your addresses on the document.

Many contractors have their own contracts that they may use. You should READ every word of what you are

signing and make sure that you understand it before you sign. If both you and your contractor understand

upfront what is expected of each of you, your project will be much more pleasant and satisfying for all involved.


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