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Volume 14, Issue 11
Who We Are
We’ve very proud that in 2017,
The Vegas Voice received a total
of 8 state & federal awards for
our publication; including the
Nevada Press Association’s “Best
Investigative Story” and its
“Freedom of the Press Award” for
upholding the principles of the
First Amendment and protecting
the public’s right in exposing
the Clark County guardianship
Yes, I’m Sure
By: Dan Roberts / Publisher
You have to stop saying it.”
That harsh statement from our political
editor “woke me up.” I mean literally woke me up.
Besides her position with The Vegas Voice, Rana Goodman is also my
PILL (Partner in Love & Life). And after 5 years, I know that one of her
“wonderful” traits is starting a serious conversation when we retire for
I, on the other hand, can get into bed and fall soundly asleep before my
head hits the pillow. Hence her latest claim that there are times I don’t
“listen to her.”
“What did you say?” I mumbled. “Let’s discuss tomorrow since
As expected, when tomorrow arrived, there was my Rana “laying-inwait”
and (more than eager) to continue the discussion.
Unfortunately for her, my Ladylove (once again) forgot my Number 1
rule: No conversations before my morning coffee. And, yes, I eventually
apologized when I simply waved her off when pointing to my empty cup.
Rana impatiently stared and glared at yours truly until I swallowed
that last sip and then it was off to the races. “You can’t tell people that
if they fill out the new guardianship forms, they will never be taken.
You never know what the future holds.”
Obviously, I cannot predict the future and should never say “never.”
But this is what I know:
1. The new guardianship law (SB 229) providing the “Official
Preference” form with Nevada Secretary of State lockbox provisions went
into effect on January 1 st .
2. The private guardianship industry (featuring “poster child” April
Parks) has been decimated due to The Vegas Voice 3-year pursuit of
guardianship reform. When Rana started our investigation, there were
nearly two dozen private guardians pursuing wards/victims in Clark
County. Now there are only 2. You think that was a coincidence?
Additionally, Ms. Parks still “resides” in the Big House and will likely
remain behind bars for the rest of her life.
“But Rana, you want to know why I can make that unconditional
statement? It’s because you won’t let them.”
I caught her off-guard with that statement and she allowed me to
continue. I reminded her that under the new Ward’s Bill of Rights, any
one taken has the absolute right to have a “senior advocate” and/or a
“person of natural affection” to appear in guardianship court and argue
on their behalf. “Can you imagine what you would do to them if
someone needed your help?”
Now while my Rana is not a lawyer (although she watches a lot of
Judge Judy) I’ve seen her go after attorneys, judges, bureaucrats and state
officials who tried to stop her Don(na) Quixote never-ending quest for
No kidding, it would be worthwhile to be “taken” solely to watch
and see her in action. Let’s just say, it’s not a pretty sight and I strongly
doubt that any current (or future) private or public guardian would try
something sinister (or that suicidal) to anyone who correctly fills out the
new guardianship form.
Rana and I, along with our Vegas Voice family will have all
guardianship information and forms this month when we make our
presentations (see page 7). For those who have not yet RSVP, don’t get
shut-out. Seats are going fast.
And if you want to see Rana get on her soapbox, be sure to ask her
about those ambulance-chasing, despicable, shyster lawyers charging a
fee for the documents that we’re giving out for free.
“So, you see Rana, with the Guardian Gladiator still around, the
world is a much safer place.”
She just smiled – and poured my second cup of coffee. Hopefully, I’ll
fall asleep tonight without any interruptions.
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By: Rana Goodman / On My Soapbox
With the new year, we will be turning several
new pages in where we see our senior
advocacy going. These changes
hopefully will allow seniors in need of a safer, happier
place if they need assistance of any kind.
I started to tell you about our Elder Hub concept
in another column, let me tell you more now. With
the help of some of our volunteers, we will soon begin
collecting information to begin listings for our “4 Rs” -
“Resources, Review, Referrals & References.”
In the past, we have been contacted on a regular basis for
referrals to care facilities, attorneys, assisted living communities,
group homes and such. Our idea and plan is to have a team of our
volunteers check out all senior facilities - including cleanliness, care,
costs and treatment of residents, etc. and make up a referral directory.
Since we don’t charge or accepts payment from these places, we intend
to rate them much like “Consumer Reports.” We DO however have a “dog
in the fight.” We want seniors treated well, not over medicated, and living
in facilities they want to be in - not where they MUST be.
A year ago, I wrote about my visit to a senior care facility. I was
impressed by, not only the attentive care they gave their residents, but also
the kind and thoughtful little things the staff did to make some of them
feel they were not alone.
Our Advocacy Goals for 2018
For example, I was told that when residents did not receive mail from
anyone, the management sends them cards and notes, so they didn’t feel
left out when other residents received mail from friends and family. I
think everyone can agree that little kindness goes a long way,
especially to a lonely, elderly person.
Another initiative we are pursuing in guardianship
reform is “supported decision making” (SDM) as
an alternative to guardianship. This is something that
was passed into law in Texas in 2015 and is being
discussed by several judges with whom I served on the
Supported Decision Making is quite complex, but
basically the court agrees to allow a person who may have
some dementia, or need help with some things, to agree to having
a person of THEIR choosing as a helper with important decisions. Things
such as banking, buying items above a certain amount, etc. – all instead
The person remains in their own home, runs their own life and their
support person is of their choosing, not the courts. This is quite different
from having a guardian and they keep their dignity!
I will have more information at our Guardianship seminars and in
New Guardianship Lockbox in January
By: Rana Goodman / Political Editor
In April 2016, after expressing my outrage with the “red tape,”
Publisher Dan and I took matters into our own hands. I was
beyond frustrated that a simple idea of using the Secretary of State
lockbox to store and record seniors’ guardianship preferences could
not be accomplished until the next Nevada legislature convened and
passed the necessary legislation.
We formed our own Vegas Voice/Nevada Association to Stop
Guardian & Elder Abuse lockbox to make sure that no one that took
the time to record their guardianship preferences would be “taken” by
private guardians, or the courts.
Over 1,000 people heeded our suggestion, and despite snide remarks
from certain ambulance-chasing attorneys, NOT ONE person who sent
in the form was ever touched by this scandal.
Fast forward 19 months. The GOOD NEWS is that the Nevada
legislature passed the required law (effective January 1, 2018) to use
the Secretary of State lockbox protections. And there is NO CHARGE for
The (semi) BAD NEWS is that you MUST prepare a new
guardianship form to do this. To fully comply with the new law and
avoid any complications, our temporary lockbox program will
come to an end in January. All copies will be shredded
To get everyone the latest information and to fully guarantee that
you will never ever be a part of this sordid scandal, we’ll be holding our
2018 guardianship seminars (see next page) in January. We hope to see
everyone at one of our seminars!
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2. An opera is the only place where a man gets stabbed and
instead of bleeding, he sings.
3. Old age is when your legs buckle, and your belt doesn’t.
4. A quarrel between a husband and a wife is like cutting
water with a sword.
5. Marty’s Definition (Part I) “Lovers Leap” – the distance
between twin beds.
6. Marty’s Definition (Part II) “Falsies” – hidden persuaders.
7. A strip hotel received a reservation from a guest who wrote:
“Please reserve a room where I can put up with my wife!”
8. My friend Fred told me his mother never breast fed him;
she only liked him as a friend.
9. Long dresses don’t bother me. I’ve got great memory.
10. Bill: “My wife’s a twin.” Bob: “How do you tell them
apart?” Bill: “Her brother’s taller.”
Bonus: Bill: “I do everything my wife tells me.” Bob: “You
mean that if she told you to jump off the Empire State building,
you would?” Bill: “Not again.”
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You Gotta Laugh
By: Bill Caserta / Bill’s Blurbs
New Year Diet: Last month I was at Costco
buying a large bag of dog food for my pet,
Buster. I was in the check-out line when a woman
behind me asked if I had a dog.
I told her “No, I didn't have a dog, I was starting
the ‘Purina Diet’ again. I added that I probably shouldn’t, because I
ended up in the hospital last time, but that I'd lost 50 pounds before I
awakened in an intensive care ward with tubes coming out of my orifices
and IVs in both arms.
I told her that it was essentially a perfect diet. The way that it works is to
load your jacket pockets with Purina Nuggets and simply eat one or two
every time you feel hungry. The food is nutritionally complete, so it works,
and I was going to try it again.
Horrified, she asked if I ended up in intensive care, because the dog
food poisoned me. I told her no, I stopped to pee on a fire hydrant and a
car hit me.
A great, big Bill Blurb thank you to Renee Riendeau for her
Married Four Times: The local news station was interviewing an
80-year-old lady because she had just gotten married for the fourth time.
The interviewer asked her questions about her life, what it felt like to
be marrying again at 80, and then about her new husband's occupation.
"He's a funeral director," she answered. "Interesting," the newsman
thought. He then asked her if she wouldn't mind telling him a little about
her first three husbands and what they did for a living.
After a short time, a smile came to her face and she answered proudly,
explaining that she had first married a banker when she was in her 20s,
then a circus ringmaster in her 40s, a preacher in her 60s, and now, in
her 80s - a funeral director.
The interviewer looked at her, quite astonished, and asked why she had
married four men with such diverse careers.
She smiled and explained, (Wait for it...) "I married one for the
money, two for the show, three to get ready, and four to go."
Bill Caserta is the Project Director for The Vegas Voice and
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Grammy Nominations for Clint Holmes
By: Sam Wagmeister / People & Places
Clint Holmes’ 2 ½ year effort to bring his
latest CD, Rendezvous, to life paid off with
two Grammy Award nominations. The works
being honored are a pair of songs from George Gershwin’s Porgy and
Bess, “I Loves You Porgy/There’s a Boat That’s Leavin’ Soon for New
York” and “Every Time We Say Goodbye” composed by Cole Porter.
Grammy winner Dee Bridgewater joined Holmes on the Porgy and
Bess songs which were recorded over two nights at New York’s Blue Note.
The recording is backed by the Count Basie Band.
The CD includes Holmes’ own composition, “At the Rendezvous,”
a song that pays tribute to the blues and jazz joint where his father
introduced him to the music that would later help guide his career.
The project took flight after meeting Grammy award winning record
producer Gregg Fields. “I was singing a tune here and there,” Holmes
says, “with Fields doing drums.” Fields, who drummed for Count Basie as
a teen, suggested to Holmes, “We should do an album together.”
Holmes chose songs for the CD that reflected his life. He grew up in
musically-rich Buffalo, New York, which has given Las Vegas a treasure
trove of talent, including the Scintas. He is the son of a rich musical
family - an African-American jazz musician father and his mother, a
classically trained British opera singer.
Las Vegas has provided a rich resume for Holmes. Among his
residencies are six years at Harrah’s with musical director Bill Fayne,
recurring performances at The Smith Center’s intimate Myron’s Cabaret
Jazz, musical retrospectives at both the Palazzo and Golden Nugget and a
tribute to Ray Charles at the Venetian.
His coast-to-coast stints include the jazz clubs and cabarets that dot
New York City, the Hollywood Bowl and an occasional cruise ship.
When his touring schedule permits, Holmes often drops in to the
Bootlegger Bistro for open microphone Mondays hosted by his wife, Kelly
Clinton Holmes and to Kelly’s Wednesday night lounge shows at the
Tuscany Casino. His CDs are available at www.ClintHolmesMusic.com.
People & Places Update
November’s People and Places column focused on Brenda
Hebert, a hard-working local singer who has become a
familiar presence at area senior communities. Each month, Hebert,
(who doesn’t have a car) lugs nearly 50 pounds of sound equipment
on her two-bus, 90-minute journey to Boulder City, donating her
time to entertain the residents at the Nevada Veterans Home.
For Hebert, it’s a labor of love because the Veteran’s home has no
entertainment budget. An appreciative reader sent The Vegas Voice
a “Happy Holidays” check which was presented to Hebert by Linda
Gelinger (right), Administrator at the Veterans home.
“Just the Facts, Ma’am”
By: Beverly Washburn / Hollywood Memories
thought this month I'd write about Jack Webb
I and my experience working on Dragnet.
The year was 1954 and I was cast as a little girl who
lives with her grandfather and gets robbed. Rather than the grandfather
going to the police, I do.
It was an episode called "The Big Pair." Interestingly, every episode
was titled The Big "something or other" and yet the TV audience never
actually saw the name of the episode. They would just see the word
"Dragnet" on their screen.
Jack Webb was the director of this episode and he was as nice as he
could be. So was Ben Alexander who played Sgt Friday’s sidekick, Officer
Working on that show was a dream come true for me. I also learned
that each episode was based on an actual case from the Los Angeles Police
My name in the episode was Ruthie Snyder - although I don't know
what the real name of the little girl from that case was. As I am sure all TV
viewers remembered, the show always advised in the beginning that "The
names were changed to protect the innocent."
What was fascinating to me at the time was when I arrived on the set; I
saw a contraption that I had never seen before. It was on wheels and was
Because Jack Webb worked so hard every day, he really didn't want to
bother with having to memorize his dialogue each day, so he read from
the teleprompter, which of course was out of the cameras range. This is
why Jack Webb had such a choppy, unemotional delivery of his lines - but
it worked for his character and he became famous for his delivery of "Just
the facts ma'am."
Jack died of a
heart attack in 1982
at age 62 while he
was in the midst
of negotiating a
new Dragnet series.
He was given full
and his badge –
number 714, was
retired by the police
Until next time,
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You want to know what The Vegas Voice is
doing about entertaining you in 2018? Ask
We’re about to overload you with shows all over town. And that means
there is no reason for you not to see at least a half a dozen of our shows.
As you may recall, we were doing monthly variety shows at the Silverton.
This year, we will be doing four Extravaganzas that will knock your socks
off in April, June, August and December.
The Vegas Voice is also committed to bring “Strip” shows and great
performers to all “Age-Qualified Communities.” Our goal will be to provide
extraordinary professional entertainment right to your clubhouse – at
more than reasonable prices and without any hassle - like hotel resort
fees, drink minimums, parking charges, driving at night, etc
Our fantastic shows will be in your communities all over the Valley.
Shows at Sun City MacDonald Ranch, Solera at Anthem, Sun City
Summerlin’s Starbright Theatre and Sun City Aliante. We have also
been invited to put some shows together for the Siena community in
I must admit that the reason we are being invited to continue and
expand our entertainment program in all these communities is because
we have been bringing the very best performers and performances that
this city, no, the entire country has to offer.
Let’s just start with Bill Fayne’s rendition of Classic Broadway, to
his extraordinary production of Cole Porter. Then there’s Broadway
performers such as Randall Keith, Bruce Ewing, Kevan Patriquin,
Philip Fortenberry and others that will be gracing the stages in
intimate settings. They have been performing before sold out crowds
ranging from 200 to
400 guests with warm
and friendly “meet &
The first show will
be February 17 th at
Sun City MacDonald
Ranch and all are
welcome. For more
information, go to
my web site: www.
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You can also call
Dianne at The Vegas
Voice hotline for
Our 2018 Entertainment
By: Evan Davis / Entertainment Editor
We start the year with shows from
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Sometimes My Friends, You Just Know
By: Vicki Wentz / Vicki’s Voice
went to the mountains with friends last
I month and got there just in time to see the
snow - ten frickin’ inches of it! And, with the
wind blowing so hard, you got snow in nooks and
crannies you didn’t even know you owned.
I may have mentioned a few...or two thousand...times that I love the
snow. Snow is beautiful and soft and you can sled and make snow angels,
and then you have a perfect excuse for hot chocolate and s’mores, and no
one will think you’re a greedy, self-indulgent underachiever...whereas if
you just turn the air-conditioner to “Frozen”, put on snow gear and play
your winter-weather exercise videos, folks aren’t quite as understanding
when you slip six marshmallows onto your shish-kebab fork in front of
the fire - not that I’ve ever done that.
But, while we were in the mountains, my friends wanted to do a little
more in the snow than I did. “Let’s face it,” they said, “You can only build
so many snowmen before the slopes are calling.”
“What are you talking about?” I replied. “I’ve never gotten a call from a
slope in my life. And further, if a slope ever did call me, I’d hang up!”
You know how there are some things you just understand about
yourself? Instinctively, I mean? Like, when someone first explained
camping to me, I knew instantly that it would not be my cup of tea...ever.
Well, skiing is one of those not-my-cup-of-tea things.
I realized this very early, because by age six, I had fallen from the
monkey bars at kindergarten (breaking my arm) and skated into a
corner with an open folding chair, which closed on - and cut off - the
end of my middle finger. At that point, I understood somewhere in my
subconscious that this would be my life.
So, at age six, I pictured myself standing on two highly slippery pieces
of wood at the top of a very steep mountain, and somehow, I just knew
it would not end well. And, still today, the image of me standing on two
waxed tongue depressors on the crest of a mountain, looking waaaay
down across that crystalline slope at that gorgeous sparkling snow. I
mean, wow...just makes me want to fall to my knees, roll over and play
Yes, I can picture myself huddled down as small as possible, covered with
snow at the summit, as skiers slalom & mogul all over me (obviously not
up on the skiing lingo), aware of the sun slowly sinking, the air turning
frigid as darkness settles in.
And then I can picture me ever-so-slowly drawing my frozen cell phone
with two frozen fingers from my frozen pocket, punching 911, and putting
it excruciatingly to my frozen ear to whisper frozenly, “Help!”
Now that’s a vision I can conjure. Sure, that way I might lose a toe, but
if I attempt to go down that snowy hillside on anything but a stretcher,
let’s just say there will be consequences that I am not inclined to pursue.
On the other hand, while my friends hit the slopes, spending wads of
money on skis, lift tickets - and eventually months of physical therapy, I
spend cheerful, contented hours in the lodge by the fire, sipping mugs of
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.
Cocktail Cabaret is Stylish Upbeat Throwback
By: Dianne Davis / That’s Entertainment
Cocktail Cabaret takes you away from the
hustle bustle of daytime in Las Vegas and
entertains with an upbeat high power musical
experience in the intimate setting of Cleopatra's
Barge in Caesar's Palace. Four polished performers together and in
various combinations take you through many standards, and a few
new lyrical selections in this vintage Vegas Broadway-Cabaret-style live
From “Girls Just Wanna Have Fun” sung by Maren Wade costumed
in a tight sexy red dress to the comedic punctuations and stylish song
interpretations by the multi-talented Eric Jordan Young who also keeps
things flowing as the MC, the show moves at a fast pace.
Daniel Emmet may look like a fresh-faced college kid, but his velvet
voice will win you over as he belts out “I Can't Life Without You” in
English and later switches to “Bridge Over Troubled Water” in Italian.
Hey, everything sounds sexy in Italian, doesn't it?
Niki Sclera brings her stylish renditions to the party as the fast paced 70
minutes fly by and she leaves you wanting more. Her version of “Diamonds
are Forever” is a showstopper. Add the talents of award winning pianist
Philip Fortenberry and Musical Director Keith Thompson and you are
guaranteed a top-notch production.
The 140-seat venue presents some challenges, but the four fill the room
with their talent as they move through the tight spaces in the barge. You'll
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hear “Can't Help Loving That Man of Mine.”
I can't help loving the four Broadway caliber singers – no; enlarge that
to entertainers backed by four musicians in a classy show reminiscent of
the bygone Vintage Vegas days. The ladies appear in one beautiful dress
after another and even the guys have several wardrobe changes.
The 5:00 pm starting time allows you to sit back and relax over a
cocktail (or two) as you enjoy quality entertainment, then continue on
to indulge in all that Vegas has to offer in the way of dining, shopping, or
playing your favorite slots or table games. But before you hit the tables,
you'll already be a winner for having enjoyed Cocktail Cabaret. The show
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By: Mike Landry / Golf Fore Ever
have to chuckle about “winter conditions”
I when in mid-December I played in a short
sleeve shirt. The east coast golfers aren’t as
fortunate as we are, which, is probably why we
But let’s face it, the weather will soon turn colder, and we need to
prepare for that. In case you’re not aware, a cold golf ball does not
compress as much as in summer and will not fly as far. The problem with
that is we come up short of the target.
I found that by taking an additional club to compensate for the loss of
distance, I am more likely to hit the green.
I’m also delighted each year when my wife stuffs my Christmas stocking
with “hand warmers.” I use them during cold mornings in January.
I place one in each pocket which keeps my fingers warm between shots
and warms up my spare golf ball at the same time. I tee up a warm golf
ball and my friends are amazed when I outdrive them.
I hope these two tips will help you as it has me. 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: email@example.com
Henderson Citizen Engagement Survey
The City of Henderson recently invited
residents to share their priorities by
participating in a citizen engagement survey
that will be used in prioritizing city services
and identifying key issues of importance to the
The survey, which was available online and in
hard copy, was conducted between November 15 - December 17. Results
will be used in crafting the city’s 2018 strategic plan which serves as a
blueprint for decision making about city resources and services.
“The citizen engagement survey is a tool that helps us determine
priorities for the future of our community. We invited residents to take a
few minutes to identify what issues and city services are most important
to them and their families. The survey was quick and easy, and the
information collected will guide us in making important decisions and
help us to maintain our status as a premier community and a great place
to call home,” said Mayor Debra March.
In addition to the input provided by residents through the citizen
survey, development of the 2018 strategic plan update will also include the
perspective of City employees on long term challenges and opportunities,
along with requirements associated with the City’s “Henderson
Strong” comprehensive plan and other land use plans.
In addition, the update will look at advances in technology that
have the potential to make the City’s operations more efficient and cost
effective, while also promoting increased safety and sustainability.
The strategic planning process is slated to begin this month and is
expected to be completed by March. Once finalized, the plan will be
available to the public through the City’s website: www.cityofhenderson.
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Southwest Rotary Club of Las Vegas, one of the oldest in the
valley, is always looking for ways of getting additional women
and men involved in Rotary.
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many people living in the area who have previously been involved
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Our 2009 Queen
By: Charlie Christy / Executive Director
- Ms. Senior Nevada
January finds Ms Senior
Nevada spotlighting our
2009 Queen, Margo Young. Margo originally hailed
from England and 51 years ago, she made her dream
come true by immigrating to the United States.
Prior to coming to Las Vegas in 1966, she performed
and danced for four years in Paris, France. She moved to California in
1971 to further her career in movies and TV commercials, returning to
Nevada as a featured dancer in the Follies Bergere at the Tropicana Hotel.
Margo is the director of the Aliante Sun City Steppers, a senior dance
group she formed twelve years ago. The troupe, some 18 active dancers,
perform at senior communities, assisted living centers and charity events.
They are also the opening number for our Nevada State Pageant to be
held at South Point Casino in August. This will be our 33 rd year.
When she’s not dancing, Margo enjoys cooking, aerobics or any other
form of exercise to keep the mind and body active. Married with one
daughter, three grandchildren and three greatgrandchildren, this busy
lady always finds time to help others.
Ms Senior Nevada is open to all Nevada ladies who have reached the
“age of elegance” (60 years or better). If you’d like to join our group of
active seniors, meet some of these interesting women and become part of
a group that believe in service to our community call me: 702/809-5881.
As a little girl I thought the smell of
turpentine and oil paint, which filled
Crystal Czerkas- every room in my house, was a
Sarbacker normal condition. My Dad, the artist known
as Czerkas, spent every extra hour at his easel at home. He
was fully committed to drawing, sketching, and painting, and
my little brothers and I learned to be quiet and stay out of his
studio when he was working at home. It was a little bit frustrating,
but there were some benefits...My Dad’s dream was to
one day work in the art department of a major motion picture
studio in Hollywood. And he accomplished that by the time I
was in the third grade. Quickly any sacrifices I had to make
around the house disappeared, because occasionally we were
invited to lunch at the commissary or take a studio tour. In
those days, the public was not allowed “on the lot”, and family
for special events.
Even though I
was a very young
girl, I knew how
special it was to
pull up to the
and be waved
through the studio gates.
In those days - the fifties and sixties - Universal Studios,
where my Dad worked, always threw a huge Christmas party
for all its employees and their families. It was mandatory that
their stars under contract would have to attend and mingle
with all the other staff. I still have vivid recollections of Jeff
Chandler and Ann Blythe standing in line with us for a lavish
buffet lunch followed by a special Jimmy Durante performance.
The festivities went on all day and ended with a walk through
a street of sound stages where tables were covered with toys
and gifts for all the children. In my childish memories this was
a very important event. But for my Dad, the real significance
of his work at the Studios came from a chance meeting with
Ruby Levitt, an Academy Award winning set designer, who
was so impressed by his paintings she started using them as
backdrops in several movies. Ruby displayed his work in her
office and once when Rock Hudson came for a meeting he was
so taken by my Dad’s work, he purchased a painting for his
private art collection. Other celebrities purchased paintings by
my Dad, but this was real Hollywood magic.
Laughter Enhances Spirituality
By: Ali Guggenheim / Psychic Phenomenon
A day without laughter is a day
wasted.” - Nicolas Chamfort.
We already know that laughter is the best
medicine! But can it really be that your spiritual connection is just
a chuckle away?
Most religions agree! Ask any good spiritual leader, (from the likes
of Joel Osteen who starts his sermons with something funny, the Dali
Lama that wears a perpetual smile when not giggling, or the worldwide
Laughter Yoga movement) and they’ll tell you that laughter is what
sparks receptiveness and a sense of connection with others.
Baal Shem Tov (founder of the Chasidic movement), in his profound
observation of psychology and spirituality explained, “Humor is
that thing that ushers a person’s mind from a place of constricted
consciousness to a place of expanded consciousness.” Viktor Frankl
noted that, “More than anything else in the human make-up, laughter
can afford an aloofness and an ability to rise above any situation, if
only for a few seconds!”
Turns out that it’s during those few seconds, when we let our guard
down, a window opens to let spirituality enter.
Science and spirituality have been finding a common ground in
the arena of energy dynamics. It is undeniable that to enhance one’s
spirituality, physical well-being, mental-health, or to make any change
in one’s life, a person must first become aware of what heightens their
perception above their normal state of consciousness.
Although different for each person, since it’s dependent on the
individual’s sense of appreciation of this life force, awareness and focus,
it ultimately redirects them to a more fulfilling and enriched life.
It is easy to find fun and enjoyable things to do that will lift and
inspire us, broaden our senses and access our spiritual awareness.
Although laughing with others is always more powerful than when you
are alone, don’t let that stop you from seeking out the things that put
a smile on your heart - watch a funny movie, play with a pet, stomp
in the rain, or better yet... double the benefits by gifting someone else
with a chuckle.
To learn more about Ali, spiritual consultations, coaching, classes,
workshops, and readings, call, give her a call: 702/373-9081.
Experience quality assisted living in our
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The paintings shown here are by Crystal’s Dad, the award
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His Distiinctive Slip-Note Style
By: Yvonne Cloutier / Musical Moments
Many consider Floyd Cramer to be the
most important pianist in country music
He was one of the creators of the Nashville Sound with Chet Atkins
and Boots Randolph in The Masters Festival of Music. He became one
of the busiest studio musicians in country music; playing piano for Elvis
Presley, Patsy Cline, Eddy Arnold, and Perry Como. He played piano on at
least 25% of the 50s and 60s best sellers.
Cramer’s slip-note technique harkens back to the old-time country
fiddle players, who added excitement to their music by sliding into the
proper note of a melody from a half-step, also called a grace note. It and
his light touch added emotional coloration to his melodies and became
known as "the Floyd Cramer Style."
His record, Last Date, with the first notes using this distinctive slip note
sound, went No. 2 on the Billboard Hot 100 pop music chart. It sold over
one million copies in 1960. The number one song that year was Elvis
Pressley's Are You Lonesome Tonight. Ironically, on that song and on
Presley's Heartbreak Hotel, Cramer was the pianist.
Cramer was raised in Shreveport, Louisiana, but grew up in the small
town of Huttig, Arkansas. At age 5, his parents bought him a piano. His
main interest was Gospel music. After high school, he worked as a pianist
for the radio show Louisiana Hayride.
He moved to Nashville, and began working day and night doing
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He recorded Are
Tonight at 4:00 a.m.
strictly a session
player, and for a
time, was virtually
the music industry.
Two of his
are: San Antonio
Rose and On
inducted into the
Hall of Fame, Rock
and Roll Hall of Fame, and Louisiana Hall of Fame. His recording of
Last Date was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame. His final major
piece was a version of the theme of the television series Dallas.
Cramer, a quiet, humble man was most happy when with his family. He
died of lung cancer on New Year's Eve, 1997 at age 64. He left behind his
wife, Mary, two daughters and four grandchildren.
His musical legacy lives on in his grandson, Jason Floyd Coleman, who
played with his grandfather several times on TV and concerts. Jason made
his first appearance at age 17 for the Grand Ole Opry, playing with the slip
note style, reminiscent of his grandad's first performance there, in Please
Help Me I'm Falling. He also performed in his grandad's induction
ceremony into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 2003.
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.
11/8/17 1:04 PM
By: Victoria Seaman / Victoria’s Corner
It’s never too late for a New Year’s Resolution!
The best research indicates that days that
mark the passage of time—from one year to
another, for instance, or birthdays are better times to try to initiate a
change in your life or take on a new task. That’s why resolutions are so
popular around this time of year.
Committing to be a life-long learner can enrich the quality of your life
tremendously; whether you resolve to read more books, learn a new skill
or otherwise set to work developing your own knowledge.
Trying to spend more time outdoors is one of my resolutions in 2018,
and I hope that you’ll join me in doing that. You don’t need any other
reason than Nevada is home to beautiful vistas and amazing wildlife to
get outside and start exploring. New research is showing that time spent
in the wild, or on a hiking trail benefits us far more than just exercise.
Fostering a connection with nature seems to be central to a healthy way
I hope that you’ll spend 2018 hop scotching across Nevada to see the
state. In addition to the very popular and well known Red Rock and Lake
Mead Parks, Spring Mountain Ranch, Valley of Fire and Pahranagat
Valley National Wildlife Refuge are all within a 90-minute drive.
Just two hours driving takes you closer to Cathedral Gorge and Kershaw
Ryan State Parks, both located in Lincoln County. For a landscape closer
to Mars, try Death Valley National Park, just two hours away, though
located in California.
Whatever you decide to do this year, make good on your commitment.
Make 2018 the best year for you yet!
Victoria Seaman is a former Nevada Assemblywoman,
businesswoman and currently a Realtor in Las Vegas. You can
contact Victoria at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Your Car at Your Fingertips
By: BJ Killeen / Down the Road
While technology is a cornerstone of new
vehicles, it’s still a daunting task for
seniors to learn how it all works. Manufacturers
are doing their best to make these technologies effortless because they
are the stepping stone to autonomous vehicles. But in the interim,
customers still have to use them.
One way manufacturers are helping to make it easier is via smartphone
apps. Once you purchase a new vehicle, you can download the app for
Using the app, you can do a variety of functions - such as mark your
local dealership, call for roadside assistance, and even get messages
directly from the manufacturer. You can drop a pin for location to mark
a parking spot, talk to a concierge to help you with questions or concerns,
and in some apps, find parking locations and even fuel prices at gas
In addition, most luxury vehicles are starting to offer (either standard
or optional) an internal modem that works like a GPS locator. The
modem is available in a handful of non-luxury vehicles as well, and is
designed to talk to the app on your phone.
As you can imagine, this opens up an entirely new level of information;
such as how much fuel your vehicle has, where it’s located at the
moment, oil level and more. In addition, with the modem on board, you
can remotely lock and unlock your vehicle from anywhere, as well as
remotely start it.
Just think how great it would be to park your car at the mall on a
115-degree day, and then be able to remote start it from inside the
restaurant at the mall as you finish your lunch, and then get to your car
and it’s already cooled down. This is just one of the great benefits of this
Lincoln’s app, called The Lincoln Way, even allows you to schedule
pickup and delivery service, and brings you a loaner vehicle, also all
through the app. Soon you’ll be able to pay for dealer services through
the app and more.
Technology should make our lives easier, and with these new apps, they
BJ Killeen has been an automotive journalist for over 30 years.
She welcomes all questions and inquiries, and can be reached at
Compliment, Insult or Harassment?
By: Adrea Nairne-Barrera / 60s to 60
In July 2013 I wrote about how one goes from
the age of compliments and dog whistles at
construction sites to maturity. How we measure
ourselves now is very different.
Growing up in the city, a whistle was a good barometer and harmless.
Our role models were Sophia Loren, Marilyn Monroe and sexy, sexy, sexy.
Fast forward and things have gotten out of control. It’s pretty
I too was a victim of sexual harassment in the mid-70s on the job. My
employment was threatened but I didn’t give in. The incident was noticed
by the president of the company and he apologized and said I wouldn’t
Looking back, why would I be fired? I didn’t do anything. I didn’t
bother to see if I had recourse and life went on.
Where do we draw the line? And when a woman takes money to keep
quiet, she is responsible for using the incident to gain something. Coming
back later doesn’t work for me unless she gives back the money.
But, in her defense, options were limited, and the support was not there.
So, at what point would a woman of the 60s and 70s been given credibility
when the power was on the other side?
I am not including serial offenders and predators, but I do have
concerns that pretty soon no man will be able to compliment a woman
in the workplace without the risk of being reported. And not all women
are innocent either!
Accountability has to go both ways. I made my choice in the 70s and in
2018, I can’t go back and change that decision. Today we have different
guidelines for the behaviors when years ago we accepted “boys being
boys” and no one did anything - unless there was physical & sexual abuse
Does that make it right then and wrong now? Again, of course not, but
how we measured offensiveness was different. We wore mini-skirts and
“come & get me” boots so if a man wanted to make an advance, he might
go to that little dog whistle moment even at work.
And we smiled.
Women have come a long way in 40 years and this will take some time
to sort out. I commend those standing and making their voices heard. I
also condemn the ones who see it as an opportunity to have 15 minutes
of fame by lying.
I have great respect for those who endured mistreatment and lost
opportunities. Perhaps our children and grandchildren will also learn to
respect each other - no matter what sex they are.
Adrea Nairne-Barrera writes of celebrations, observations &
complaints of life in the 60s to being in your 60s.
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joining us for an evening of art, artists and artisans!
An interactive evening abundant with live performance art,
artists, photographs, and special guests plus live and silent auctions.
Complimentary appetizers will be provided by local restaurants.
All proceeds of the evening will benefit individuals, families and
seniors in need and served by HopeLink of Southern Nevada.
Saturday, February 17th, 2018
5 - 9 pm
Henderson Convention Center
200 S. Water Street, Henderson, NV 89015
178 Westminster Way, Henderson, NV 89015
Questions & Answers
By: Jim Valkenburg / Insurance Insight
start the new year ans wering your questions.
I QUESTION: I’m a renter and I’ve heard
that renter’s insurance is expensive. Is that true?
ANSWER: No, it’s not. There are at least two good ways to view how much
coverage to get on a renter’s policy.
The better way is to insure your personal belongings for what it would cost
to buy all of them again – in other words, “new for old” without a deduction
for depreciation. It doesn’t matter that, for example, your living room set is
If it was destroyed, you’d have to buy a new one. You should always buy
your renter’s policy with replacement coverage so for every item you replace,
you will be able to replace it with a new item of “like, kind and quality.”
The other way to insure is to at least purchase sufficient coverage to start
over again – even if the amount would not replace everything. For example,
if it would cost you $60,000 to re-buy your entire house/apartment of
belongings, your agent can give you a rate for that amount.
However, you can also get a rate for $30,000 if that would get you the basics
you need again. The minimum amount to cover your property is typically
You’d be amazed how affordable the premium can be. One caveat: if items
are destroyed and you elect not to repurchase them, you will only get the
QUESTION: Can an insurance company cancel
my homeowner’s insurance during the policy term?
ANSWER: This normally doesn’t happen, but there are some reasons
insurance companies need to cancel. Some examples are:
(1) Non-payment of premium;
(2) Material misrepresentation/fraud;
(3) Conviction of a crime arising out of acts increasing the hazard insured
against. (Like a meth lab in your garage!);
(4) Discovery of willful or reckless acts or omissions by the insured which
increases the hazard. (For example, not getting a known gas leak fixed);
(5) Physical changes in the property which result in the property becoming
uninsurable. (Examples would be homes that are vacant which increases
the exposure to vandalism, or home looks like a “hoarder” is occupying the
premises, i.e., appliances out in the open creating an “attractive nuisance”).
Have a question? Contact me at The Vegas Voice.
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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With over 800 shops and services it
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The Calgary Stampede,
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For over 100 years the Stampede has
been delighting Calgary visitors and
locals alike, with parades, rodeo events,
exhibits, stage shows, fireworks and
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It’s the city’s only pedestrian mall, and
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experiences, and with an exchange
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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?”
“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 as a gift 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 Copper-
Zap arrived, she tried it. “I am
shocked!” she said. “My head
cleared, no more headache, no
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
CopperZaps for both of them.
He was so skeptical he said, “Oh
New research: Copper stops colds if used early.
Judy, you are such a whack job!”
But he finally tried it and, to his surprise, the copper cleared
up his sinuses right away. Judy and their daughter both said,
“It has changed our lives!”
Some users say copper stops nighttime stuffiness, too, if
they use it just before bed. One man said, “Best sleep I’ve
had in years.”
Some users have reported success in stopping cold sores
at the first sign of a tingle in the lip. One family reports it has
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Big Plans for 2018
By: Stu Cooper / Happy Destinations
As I write my first 2018 article, I am in the
throes of all the preparations for our Phat
Pack cruise at the end of this month. We have
close to 200 people participating in this cruise and, at one point or
another, I have been the group’s bus dispatcher, maître d, show
director and all-
around chief cook,
bottle washer and
It's a big job
because I want this
to be a memorable
cruise for every
Vegas Voyager going
on this cruise. To say the least,
we are starting off with a BANG
for 2018. It will be hard to top the PHAT
PACK cruise. But try we must!
If you have been following our schedule,
you can see that we have at least three more
"Bus to the Boat" cruises coming up. We are offering what I
call the “Big Three Itineraries in 2018” - an Alaska cruise in September,
a coastal California cruise in October and a Hawaiian Island cruise in
December. All are on Princess Cruise Lines and include the round-trip
Apr. 22-29, 2018
7 Night European Cruise,
Sardinia, Naples, Rome, Florence, Marseille
Inside Cabin $810 pp, /Balcony $1295 pp
Price based on double occupancy, subject to availability and
includes the cruise and all port charges, taxes and fees. Airfare
to Barcelona is additional.
Jun. 13-21, 2018
8 Night Caribbean Cruise
San Juan, Amber Cove, DR
Inside Cabin $1,066 pp,
Balcony $1,500 pp
I also want to announce our great Northern Pacific Coast cruise on
Royal Caribbean, sailing at the end of September from Seattle. The price
for that cruise starts at a little under $1,200 per person.
The cruise includes round-trip air fare from Las Vegas to Seattle.
Price based on double occupancy, subject to
availability and includes the cruise and
all port charges, taxes and fees.
Airfare to NYC additional.
cruise the Washington, Oregon and northern
California coast with the highlight
being an overnight port call in San
Also, stand by for some major
announcements for some new
and exciting additions to our 2018
calendar. And we are looking
at some international
destinations that might
be appealing to all.
We’ve learned what
our Vegas Voyagers like
and want to join travel with
musical entertainment. Stand by and we hope to have an
announcement shortly with a couple of new musical cruise
As we look forward to 2018, Sharon and I want to thank all of you who
have participated in Vegas Voyager groups in 2017. We can't believe we
have been doing these trips for close to fifteen years. Time does truly fly by.
Exploring Yuma - The Other Arizona
By: Kathy Manney / Around Our World
Located on the borders of Mexico and
California, Yuma bills itself the “other”
Arizona. The desert divisions here are stark and
striking. With more than 90% of the time being
sunny, Yuma also bills itself “America’s city with the most sunshine.”
Yuma is best known for its historic Territorial Prison which once held
the most dangerous men and women in the territory. Yes women - of
the more than 3,000 prisoners formerly detained here, twenty-nine were
Built in 1876, the prison was operational for thirty-three-years. Despite
a notorious reputation, it was a model institution for its time.
Visiting the Yuma Territorial Prison is an out of the ordinary experience.
It embraces an impressive amount of southwestern heritage.
A romantic evening cruise on the Colorado River is a pleasant ending
to a Yuma trip. At Fisher’s Landing, board a 50-foot paddle wheel boat
for an enchanting 3-hour dinner cruise. Upon embarking, the setting
sun brightly gilds the water and the rich red sunset dropping behind the
mountains is most breathtaking.
When returning home on Highway 95, be sure to stop in Quartzsite, a
rock hound’s paradise since the 1960s. Like Yuma, Quartzsite is a Mecca
to millions of visitors each year - most of whom are senior citizens who
converge here during the winter.
During this time of the year, vendors spring up to sell everything
imaginable - from honey to auto parts, creating one of the world's largest
open-air flea markets.
First-rate winter weather, averaging 80 to 85-degrees, is no doubt
why this area has become a sizeable retiree Mecca. Retirees arrive and
occupy this corner of Arizona every year, mostly during January and
February. Thousands upon thousands of RV’ers live between Quartzite
and Yuma and until you see for yourself, you can’t believe how many
reside temporarily in this far-flung western desert.
Kathy Manney enjoys visiting interesting places and being an
Adventure Diva. Her “Must See” travel journeys continue - always
Worth the Extra Money
By: Linda Bateman-Gomez / Timeless Beauty
Most of you know from my previous
columns and recommendations, I am
pretty much a drugstore type of beauty shopper.
I generally don’t find most cosmetics or other
beauty products to be worth the extra dough, but once in a while, you
discover a product so good it turns out to be worth the money!
Even with our beautiful desert winter, between running the heater at
home and the cold air outside, your skin can still quickly dry out. And
when it gets dry, it can also become itchy and flakey and suddenly you’re
willing to spend a little more.
Several months ago, my daughter gave me a jar of body cream called
Ultra Rich Body by L'Occitane. From the first time I tried it, I knew it was
different than most anything I have found. It’s 25% Shea Butter, smells
wonderful and is extra thick and creamy.
By my usual standards, this cream is expensive. It’s about $40 for the
7ounce jar, but a little goes a long way. It also absorbs well right after the
shower and will last you the day once applied.
“Trans Atlantic Adventures”
(1) BRILLANCE OF THE SEAS
15 NIGHTS - APRIL 5-20, 2018
TAMPA TO AMSTERDAM
Ponta Delgada, Azores, Cork,
Dublin, Waterdord, Ireland,
(2) RHAPSODY OF THE SEAS
14 NIGHTS - MAY 6-20, 2018
TAMPA TO BARCELONA
Key West, La Palma, Tenerife,
Canary Islands, Malaga &
*Prices are per person based on double occupancy, subject to availability
and include the cruise, all port charges, taxes and fees and round trip air transportation
(3) VISION OF THE SEAS
13 NIGHTS - OCT. 18-31, 2018
BARCELONA TO MIAMI
Barcelona, Cartagena, Malaga,
Spain, Nassau, Bahamas
I especially like it for the crepe paper looking skin on my arms and
hands, legs and feet. Your skin feels soft for hours and even through hand
washing there remains a nice base. I also apply it at night before bed and
love how my skin feels when I wake up.
This is also an important time to remind everyone about the importance
of buying authentic products when it comes to beauty products. In this
case for example, purchase at one of the many L’Occitane stores in the
mall (including Fashion Square in Vegas), or directly from the company
Beauty products that are much cheaper and seem too good to be true
when not sold directly by the manufacturing company are very likely
knock-offs. And for anything that you may be applying to your body, it’s
important to not expose yourself to any outside chemicals that may be
floating around a non-regulated knock-off version!
Additionally, when you buy direct from L’Occitane they are very
generous with samples of their many fabulous products! I'm just now
testing some others to see if they are worth the extra money. Even for a
frugal girl like me, this one’s worth every penny!
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.
By: Dan Hyde / Call to Action
The new year brings new opportunities
and new and familiar scams! This
month I remind you of one of the most
heinous and despicable scams zeroing in on vulnerable seniors
– a personal phone call from a “forgotten grandson.”
This is what occurred and how I handled it. The call: “Hi
Grandpa! This is Alex your forgotten grandson calling from
Orlando. I had a serious car accident, spent the last few days in
the hospital and need your financial help so I can get home. You
need to wire me $500. . .”
My response: “I’m so glad you called! Please keep talking so
that my phone tracing system can pinpoint your location! The
FBI asked me to help catch criminals like you and they need
you to keep talking for another 2 minutes! So, stay on the line
The result – a loud click, and the phone line became silent!
Trust me; this system works, and it applies to any and all similar
types of scams you can expect to hear. If it happens to you, at
least you have some information on what to do and not get
sucked in to a criminal scam!
Dan Hyde is a passionate and effective advocate for the senior
community. He served as Chair of the City of Henderson’s Senior
Advisory Commission. He can be reached at: email@example.com.
Beware of Impersonators
By: Dr. Victoria Boyd / Hempworx
With heightened interest and influx of
CBD products in the marketplace, it is
important to understand some of the terminology
that is a clue to determining quality. At first, I was clueless but quickly
realized all things named CBD are not made equal and some are
I did research and discovered a wide range of differences. So here
is the CliffNote version and I’ll break it down into two categories -
manufacturing and contents.
Manufacturing: There are several variables to rate quality of the
manufacturing process which include, growing conditions, facilities,
and extraction. The oil should be made with certified organically
grown plants and processed in FDA approved conditions.
Don’t confuse this with FDA drug approval which many people try
to argue. CBD does not require FDA approval because it is not a drug.
However, FDA approved facilities means the conditions meet strict
standards to ensure consistency and purity.
The best oil is extracted via a CO2 vacuum process which uses pressure
within a few hours to extract the oil. Beware if the name says tincture.
Tincture means it was soaked in alcohol for months to extract the
compounds, raising the potential for contamination, and lowering the
Contents: The highest quality CBD oil contains the whole plant. Many
products are made from just the Hemp seeds, however to get full spectrum
benefits, (meaning all of the chemical properties are present) the whole
plant must be used.
You want your product to be a pure extract and should not contain
more than two ingredients, the oil and perhaps a flavor extract. It should
be labeled PCR (Phyto-Cannabinoid Rich) Hemp Oil and not as an
I’ve seen products with up to five different additives such coconut or
olive oil. This means it is diluted and you are paying for less CBD and
potency (meaning you have to use more) and not getting the full benefits.
Finally let’s talk about potency. Generally, the oil is manufactured in a
500mg or 750mg potency. This means within that 3ml bottle the potency
varies by 250mg.
What you need to know is like other supplements, more doesn’t equal
better. Your body has a tolerance or usage level, which means the overage,
will be filtered out – not used.
For products visit: www.Hempworx.com/RocksPlace
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: DrVictoriaBoyd@gmail.com.
“People don’t care how much you know, until they know how much you care.”
By: James J. White, D.D.S. / Your Dentist
If you think your smile has seen better days,
your tooth color may be to blame. Few things
will age you faster than a dingy grin.
Fortunately, modern cosmetic dentistry methods do exist to rid you of
those stains. For anyone considering teeth whitening in Las Vegas, here is
What Will Tooth Whitening Do for Me? In addition to removing
discoloration and stains, the tooth whitening process can lighten your
teeth by several shades. The degree to which this works however, will vary
according to your individual tooth structure.
Natural teeth will never be white as snow, and the color of yours will
vary in proportion to two factors: the quality of the enamel, and the
darkness of the dentin underneath it. Despite a person’s best efforts, teeth
will normally darken as the years go by. The most frequent causative
elements are: tobacco, coffee, tea, red wine or colas, and inadequate
Aging is another common culprit. Enamel naturally thins as the years
wear on, and as it does, it can't help but reveal the darkening dentin
There are sometimes cases for which the whitening procedure will not
work at all. Discolored roots exposed by gums that have receded will never
whiten. The same is true of porcelain or ceramic crowns and veneers.
Preparing for Teeth Whitening: Prior to any whitening treatment,
it's important to resolve all existing dental problems. Cavities, if left
unattended will allow the gel solution to reach and potentially damage
astering the art/science of dentistry takes
experience, extensive post-graduate education,
and a passion for the art of dentistry.
• Cosmetic crowns/bridges
• Turbyfill dentures
• Bridges on implants to replace dentures with
permanent teeth (what a concept!)
• Restorative care
• Experienced registered dental hygienists
• TMJ problems
• A full service office
Today’s senior dentistry is amazing!
CALL for a complimentary consultation.
Learn more about Dr. White at:
the insides of your teeth. A thorough cleaning is also in order to remove
any substances that have built up on your teeth.
Treatment begins with the application of a protective substance to
shield your gums. Your teeth will then be coated with a gel that contains
hydrogen peroxide in some form. The use of a laser or specialized light
will activate this product and speed up the bleaching process.
For teeth that have undergone root canal, a different procedure is
needed. Stains on non-living teeth are internal in origin, and targeting
them directly will entail placing a whitening agent inside the tooth,
covering it up with a temporary filling and leaving it in place for several
Each in-office session will last between 30-90 minutes. The number of
visits involved will vary in accordance with the severity of your stains, the
method used and the shade of white you desire.
Risks and Caveats: The whitening of your teeth is not likely to cause
you any serious difficulties. The most common side effects of this popular
cosmetic dentistry procedure consist of temporarily sensitive teeth or
minor irritation of the gums, each of which should fade in a short time.
If you are in search of effective teeth whitening, do not hesitate to
contact me. Learn how modern techniques can help you achieve the
dazzling smile of your dreams.
James J. White DDS
1140 Town Center Drive, # 170, Las Vegas, NV 89144
702/562-8833 • 702/562-7910 Fax
When Your Feet Hurt
By: Kyo Mitchell / A Healthier You
Many individuals, especially when they
get older, notice a tingling, numbness
or pain in their feet. Sometimes the pain can get so bad it makes life
unbearable. This is called peripheral neuropathy.
Peripheral neuropathy can have many causes, including diabetes,
chemotherapy and heart problems. Diabetes is the most common cause.
Like most pain syndromes, the person suffering from peripheral
neuropathy just wants relief from the pain. And like all medical problems,
to effectively treat the condition, one must first understand the problem.
Pain is always caused by nerves. Nerves require a great deal of resources
from the blood every second to function properly.
Think of your blood vessels like pipes carrying blood. In longstanding
diabetes, the excess sugar in the blood begins to coat the vessels walls
and obstruct their flow. Because the flow is obstructed, the nerves do not
receive the nourishment they need and become irritated.
Partial obstruction of blood flow to the nerves translates to tingling
and pain. Full obstruction causes numbness, and if extended, can cause
Let’s use an analogy. Everyone has had their legs “go to sleep.” What
you have done is obstructed the blood flow.
As the blood begins to flow, you get the pins and needles sensation. This
is similar to peripheral neuropathy - only the sensation is more intense
and constant over time.
It is important to note that it is not obstruction of the larger blood
vessels that causes the peripheral neuropathy, but rather the small vessels.
If a doctor tells you your vessels are clear, he/she is talking about the large
The body has 60,000 miles of blood vessels in it. Most of this length is
from the very small vessels and these are the ones affected here.
Treatment of peripheral neuropathy can be difficult, but is possible.
The smaller blood vessels need to be opened to increase flow to the nerves.
While there may be various ways to do this, electroacupuncture and
Chinese herbal medicine is one way to improve the condition and
decrease the pain overtime.
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
Another Year is Here
By: Mary Richard / Health Fitness
January is here and I’m a year older. Yep,
turned 73 this year. How did that happen?
New Year’s Resolutions have arrived!
I don’t do the resolutions part, as they just don’t work for me! I make
GOALS, not resolutions!
One of my goals is to do more brainwork. My goal for January is to
work on the short-term memory. I’m finding that I need to write notes to
myself - little stuff, just to remember my busy schedule.
Working at The Smith Center, teaching my Zumba classes, (as well as
some dance classes) and my volunteer work at St. Rose and AARP keeps
me pretty busy! I do find that writing my notes helps me to remember.
There are days however, that I just close my eyes, and mentally figure
out what my busy day will have ahead for me. Then I check my notes to
see how close I came to remembering!
One thing I’ve noticed recently is forgetting that my cell phone is on
the counter when charging. I’ve actually gotten in my car, driven down
the street and realized that my cell phone is not with me! Yikes!
Naturally, I go back home. I literally put a note above where I hang
my car keys: “REMEMBER PHONE” - so now I have my cell phone in my
hands before I drive away! It sure helps.
Do whatever you can to help remember all the short-term events that
you have on your busy schedule - whether it be notes or whatever helps.
As we grow older, the length of time our short-term memory can store
information becomes shorter. This makes us more likely to have trouble
keeping up with certain tasks.
It also gives our brains less time to successfully move new information
to long-term memory; making us more likely to forget details of recent
events. Memory lapses and cognitive decline are a normal part of aging,
but not a debilitating one.
POSITIVE ATTITUDE AND HAPPY HEALTH TO ALL!
Mary Richard was crowned Ms. Senior Nevada 2006, was first
runner-up for Ms. Senior America 2006 and is a life-time dancer.
Mary can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
New Technology at CES to Help Your Eyes & Your Brain
By: Jan Fair / A No-Brainer Minute
he Consumer Electronics Show (CES) is in town (January 9-12). It promises to be
a spectacle of the latest tech trends from robots to self-driving cars, from drones to
body and brain health body gizmos. Last year the exhibits were mind boggling … and eye opening.
With my media pass in hand, I attended a 2-day pre-conference including the “unveiling” of new products.
EyeQue won an “Innovation Award” and really caught my eye. (Sorry. Cornea wording. I apologEYES!)
Do You Know Your EyeQue?
This inexpensive Personal Vision
Tracker tests your vision using your
smartphone and it gives measurements
that form an eyeglass prescription.
Jan Fair is a writer, consultant & public speaker who has published over 40 books including
the No-Brainer Brain Games series. Please check out her website at www.JanFair.com
1. In one minute, name
words and phrases
associated with eyes.
2. Make an alphabetical list.
Apple of my eye,
black eye, …
zealously bat your eyes.
A No-Brainer Pick
Check out this vision helper at
Learn about the conference at
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I’ve Been Shot!
By: Chuck Dean / Vet 2 Vet
Every veteran remembers standing in the
long lines to get clothing issued, dog tags
punched, scalp-peeling haircuts, and the most
memorable of all - shots! Boot camp training routines came to a
halt and off we marched in the direction of the dispensary with all
those medics placing bets on how many would pass out from being
stabbed…over and over again.
Well, it seems there’s more to the story, and the painful injections
weren’t the end of it.
Sometime in the late 1950s, someone came up with an invention to
speed up that process. It was a new device that delivered lightning-fast
inoculations: the jet injector, or air gun was introduced to get all those
military people in and out faster.
Looking somewhat like an electric drill, it transformed the process into
a factory assembly line. However, there was a problem: A sore arm is not
all some service members received.
Veterans have long been warned that they are more at risk for Hepatitis
C (HCV) than any other group, but were not always certain why. One
reason comes from a report from the Centers for Disease Control.
It stated: “Jet injectors that use the same nozzle for consecutive
injections without intervening sterilization were used in mass vaccination
campaigns from the 1950s through the 1990s. However, these were
found to be unsafe because of the possibility of blood-borne pathogen
transmission and should not be used.”
Apparently, the recoil caused the air gun to retain blood from the
previous patient in line, and bingo…the next person got some of the
other’s guy’s blood! If that person was ill, the next recruit may have been
In recent years, there has been speculation about the relationship
between Hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection and immunization with jet
injectors. Although there has never been a documented case of Hepatitis
C transmitted by a jet injector, it is biologically plausible.
Here’s a recommendation for you if you served during these times and
got inoculated in this fashion. Get the Test! Many of the symptoms of HCV
are mild or non-existent so don’t get ambushed.
The list of risk factors for Hepatitis C is lengthy. The VA will test any
eligible enrolled veteran who believes he or she may have been exposed
to Hepatitis C. They will also provide treatment for those who test positive.
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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Thinking of Selling Your Home?
No matter what your reasons are for selling, the process of preparing a home for sale can take some time. So, here's
how to start:
1. Take an Unbiased Look at Your Home...
Your home looks great to you, but a buyer wants to see it since he and his family will be living in it. Consider what's
called "curb appeal;" does it need cleaning or painting? Does the driveway need repair? Is the landscaping attractive?
Try to use your most critical eye.
Then, walk inside and size up the interior as though you are seeing it for the first time. Imagine what your real estate
agent might say about each room. Look into cabinets, open doors, check out the bathroom, etc.
2. Dispose of the Clutter!
Before putting your home on the market, get rid of clutter -- closets, kitchen cabinets, drawers, bath vanities, and
shelves -- everywhere. This is not the time to be sentimental! Excess furniture and fixtures need to go too! Potential
buyers are put off by clutter, and most of us have way more than we need. Too much "stuff" makes the home feel
smaller than it actually is.
Then, have a great moving sale with all the stuff you've collected and use the money for paint and other materials you
need for repair projects.
3. Clean, Clean, Clean!
After you've cleared out the clutter, it's time to deep clean. Have the carpets cleaned, scour the bathrooms, go over the
laundry room, scour out the cabinets, wash the windows & window coverings, and kitchen appliances. Don't forget the
exterior of the home! Clean everything.
4. Get More for Your Home: Some Repairs Pay Off
Check the roof, touch up all the paint, repair the screens, and make your entry area really sparkle. Check your
landscape irrigation, and trim, mow, edge and get rid of sick or dying plants. Fix the grout in the bathrooms and on tile
floors, adjust any doors that need it, fix any scratches on the walls, and be sure to fix any plumbing problems.
After location, the most important feature to a buyer is a well maintained home. Many flaws can be overlooked if the
buyer knows he can move in without a lot of trouble and expense.
5. Show your home in it's "Best Light"
Even if it's bright daylight, open the blinds and turn on the lights. Also, open all the interior doors to make the home
appear roomier. Remove your pets -- they may be cute, but can be distracting, and they (or their litter pan) may
contribute unwanted smells... Light, bright, clean, and fresh smelling is the goal!
6. Know the Market
Before you put your home on the market, check out the competition: homes with similar prices and in similar
neighborhoods. Your real estate professional can help you identify your competition so that you are making informed
decisions to stay competitive in the marketplace.
You don't have to go out and buy new furniture just to look like a gorgeous new model home in a new development --
what you want is the feel of a new model -- clean, uncluttered, and fresh. That is a recipe for success!
Call Laura Today!
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