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Uxorious in Every Way

By: Dan Roberts / Roberts Rules

What did you call me?” I was attending our

Vegas Voice Health Fair at Solera and a resident

approached me with her comment.

From reading my monthly articles, she concluded that I was as

devoted to my Rana as her husband is to her. She called me: “Uxorious.”

Now while I am far from an English professor, I do have a decent

understanding of words and vocabulary. But I never heard of that term;

yet alone, able to pronounce it – and let’s not even discuss the spelling.

Anyway, after a search, I learned that it is indeed a “real word.”

Uxorious: “Doting upon, foolishly fond of or affectionately

submissive towards one’s wife.”

Or to put it another way in honor of Valentine’s Day: “Happy wife,

happy life.”

Now in my 5+ years in playing house with my Ladylove, I have tried

to anticipate her every move, probable responses, possible moods (not

that she has any negative ones I must quickly add - especially if she is

reading this) and best of all - the “look.” I’m not bragging but (while

still learning - Rana has a habit of throwing me a curve every now and

then) I’m doing okay.

Despite that occasional “look”, and even a (very) rare raised voice

(or two) we still haven’t had an over-the-top argument. I’d like to think

there can never be a justification for such an episode, since I’m perfect,

(at least that’s what my mom claims) but deep in my soul, admit that

it may not always be true.

As for my affectionately submissive feelings toward the political

editor; yes, I’m still overwhelmed by her beauty and charm, as well

as her passion and fierce determination to make the world (or at least

Nevada) a better place. I was awe-struck by these qualities when I first

met her, and working and living with her hasn’t changed my opinion

one bit. It merely confirmed them.

And to take it one step further,

while many people deserve credit

for their roles in exposing and

reforming the Nevada guardianship

scandal, can anyone claim that

Rana was not on the front lines? To

say that I am and remain terribly

proud of what she has accomplished

would be an understatement.

Her fierce, non-stop drive is

remarkable and while there have

been times (like before my morning coffee or say, two minutes left in

a football game) that my concerns are “somewhat” less than Rana’s, I

remain, foolishly fond at her ability to never give up.

Uxorious indeed.

I concede that while this uxorious publisher might be slightly overthe-top,

its well-worth the possible ridicule. Besides, I’ve been called

a lot worse (starting with my mother) and as Rana (occasionally)

reminds me, I don’t listen anyway.

No doubt, I will be spending Valentine’s Day doting upon my PILL

(partner in love & life) at some restaurant after getting her flowers.

But if being with the one you love is considered uxorious, you have to

admit, it’s not a bad way to live your life.






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. I know a woman who married so late in life Medicare picked up

80% of the honeymoon.

2. There’s a new television show about a man who can change

himself into an animal whenever he wants. Women’s groups ask what’s

so unusual about that.

3. Definition of “mixed feelings” – when you learn they want to

name a new Mental Health Center after you.

4. With all the credit cards in use, the only one who still pays cash is

the tooth fairy!

5. Talk about a born loser. He was mugged water skiing.

6. They are having terrible weather in Washington D. C. – a snow job

from the oil company collided with a mass of hot air from the White


7. Okay, so time may be a great healer, but it sure ain’t no beauty


8. Never go to bed mad. Stay up all night and fight.

9. The ideal labor-saving device is still a rich widow.

10. And finally: Joe’s doctor told him he was so old, he might go

at any minute. That prognosis made Joe quite happy, since he hadn’t

gone in three days.

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

and off stage singing partner Karon Kate Blackwell.

6 February 2018

Marty’s Top Ten

By: Marty Allen / Hello Dere

For Valentine’s Day

By: Bill Caserta / Bill’s Blurbs

Interpreting Dreams: After she woke up,

a woman told her husband, “I just dreamed

that you gave me a pearl necklace for Valentine’s

day. What do you think it means?” “You’ll know tonight.” He said.

That evening, he came home with a small package and gave it to his

wife. Delighted, she opened it - to find a book entitled “The Meaning

of Dreams.”

Valentine’s Day Gift: Ray asked his friend, Bill, whether

he had bought his wife anything for Valentine’s Day. “Yes,”

came the answer from Bill. “I’ve bought her a belt and a bag.”

“That was very kind of you,” Ray added, “I hope she appreciated the

thought.” Bill replied: “So do I, and hopefully the vacuum cleaner will

work better now.”

A Loving Husband: The church held a “Marriage Seminar” and

the priest asked John, as his 50th wedding anniversary approached,

to share some insight into how he managed to stay married to the

same woman all these years. John replied, “Well, I tried to treat her well

and spend money on her. But the best thing I did was take her to Italy

for our 20th anniversary.”

The priest said “John, you are an inspiration to all husbands here

today. Please tell the audience what you plan for your wife for your

50th anniversary.”

John proudly replied “I’m gonna go and get her.”

And Things Not to Say on Your Valentine’s Date:

1. I really don’t like this restaurant that much, but I wanted to use

this 2-for-1 coupon before it expired.

2. I used to come here all the time with my ex.

3. I never said you need a nose job. I just said it wouldn’t hurt to

consider it

4. I really feel that I’ve grown in the past few years. Used to be I

wouldn’t have given someone like you a second look.

5. It’s been tough, but I’ve come to accept that most people I date just

won’t be as smart as I am.

Bill Caserta is the Project Director for The Vegas Voice and

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

submissions at: bill@thevegasvoice.net.



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Going Forward

By: Rana Goodman / On My Soapbox

The huge turnout for the guardianship

seminars and sign-ups of the new nomination

forms has been overwhelming and I cannot tell you

how exciting that has been. I was so proud to be the first person ever to

file this nomination form at the Secretary of State’s office on January

2 nd .

The response we have received from readers confirms that so many

more of you will have an extra layer of protection now against this

outrageous form of elder abuse. The only downside, in my opinion,

was the two communities that didn’t seem to understand, or see this as

an important community safety project, and closed the door to anyone

other than their residents.

I’m also still very concerned about some of the abuses we are

continually hearing about from the legal community and care

facilities. And this will be the beginning focus of our newly named nonprofit:

Vegas Voice Elder Hub and our 4 R’s program.

seniors as we find them;

since we strongly believe

you have a right to know.

Assisted living and

nursing facilities are

not cheap, therefore if

someone you care about

needs to be in one, we

will give you as many

options as we can with a

“report card” as we rate


Interested in

volunteering and being

involved? Please get

back to me at: rana@

thevegasvoice.net or call

me at 702/251-4441.

Rana delivering all signed nomination

forms from our January seminars

to Nevada Secretary of State Lockbox

Program Officer Lupita Villanueva.

Formerly named Nevada Association to Stop Guardian & Elder

Abuse, our Vegas Voice Elder Hub, will be the “umbrella” for our

programs. With our fellow seniors-volunteers we want to provide the

following in building our 4 R’s.

1.References: A listing of suggested facilities that others have used,

and believe are good places and vendors for seniors.

2.Referrals: Sources, facilities, businesses and people we have

either checked out, inspected or used and find favorable to the senior


3. Reviews: Good, bad, or otherwise, we will give the review of

the senior who dealt with this facility, person or vendor and give a

“Consumer Report” type of review for members to use.

4.Resources: Suggestions of helpful businesses and people; good,

useful, fun and/or interesting places for seniors in the valley.

A perfect example of things you will find under Reviews would be a

report on one attorney who has written trusts for several of our readers.

This attorney disregarded instructions from the client when it came

to the intended trustee and placed his own name in its place. When the

client objected and refused to pay the bill until the trust document was

rectified, the lawyer threatened to file suit against them and foreclose on

their home.

Since we are not taking any advertising or payment of any kind from

anyone involved in this project, we are hoping the 4Rs listings will be

much like “Consumer Reports.” We will list conditions and “attitudes” to

NOTICE: Temporary Guardianship Lockbox Closed

By: Rana Goodman/Political Editor

As I previously mentioned, your response to our Guardianship

seminars was unprecedented. Our 6 seminars drew an audience of over

1,000 readers. It is the first time in our history that we had to prohibit

people from attending, as we literally “sold-out” at two communities.

We will try and schedule more seminars for those who wish to attend in

the near future.

As I mentioned in our January and February editions, for those of

you who took advantage of our Vegas Voice temporary lockbox and as

the picture shows, your guardianship nomination form has been

shredded and forever destroyed.

Make sure you use the new form (you can download it from our

Vegas Voice website: www. thevegasvoice.net.) and please do not hesitate

to contact me (rana@thevegasvoice.net) if you have any questions.

8 February 2018

Congratulations Rana

Rana Goodman completes and files the first Guardianship Nomination form with the Nevada Secretary of State. Nevada

Senator Becky Harris, sponsor of The Vegas Voice Guardianship reform bill served as “1 st Witness” along with Sandy Lewis.

Todd Bauman from Bauman Advisory Group provided the notary services (Pictured left to right: Sandy Lewis, Rana, Becky

Harris and Todd Bauman. Photo Michael Roberts).





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An Invitation

By: Judy Polumbaum / Our View

If you grew up in Las Vegas and stayed, or left and

later returned, no doubt you quickly can come

up with a list of attributes that fuel your fondness for

this city, and just as quickly can make another list of what bugs you

about the place. You may be disgruntled, or pleased, or both, about how

your hometown has changed.

If you came here as a mature adult and stayed, you presumably like

this city, but you may have forgotten why. Characteristics that strike

the visitor as marvelous tend to fade once you’ve settled in – not the

obvious tourist attractions, but subtle properties like the quality of the

light, the expanse of the sky, the rust-rippled mountains standing at

attention, the desert’s vast spectrum of amber, indigo and tawny hues.

Nevertheless, you also have your lists of pros and cons.

Visiting in-laws for the holidays a bit over a year ago, my first time

in Las Vegas, I was smitten. I’d recently relinquished my longtime

(tenured!) teaching post to work on books and other projects, so I was

free to relocate.

I’m still at the marveling newcomer stage, telling myself I should

never take these natural wonders for granted. I’m also impressed with

the cultural and intellectual life of the region, including the fabulous

public library system. Although I’m sure it will happen eventually, I’m

in no rush to find fault.

Meanwhile, Las Vegas has earned nationwide admiration for its

strength and resilience since the tragic shootings of October 1st. Las

Vegas also earned more dubious national attention from a blockbuster

report in the New Yorker magazine about elderly people being

kidnapped and held hostage by private guardians. It’s a scandal that

could not have been made up.

Readers of this publication of course know of guardianship fraud

because The Vegas Voice was first to break the story and pursued it

relentlessly for three years, leading to prosecution of offenders and

prompting state legislative reforms. This little magazine was just

another cool thing about Las Vegas.

I had to meet the individuals responsible for this intrepid journalism,

and was honored when publisher Dan invited me to dig into additional

issues that might interest this readership, be they high crimes or

misdemeanors, undisclosed or underestimated problems - even

neglected good news.

We have a few topics in mind, but to do this well, we need your help.

What matters to you that isn’t getting reported? What bothers or worries

or alarms you?

Have you had or heard of experiences that suggest larger patterns

of impropriety? Do you know of unsung achievements, or perhaps of

amazing people of excessive humility who deserve some attention?

By this point in my life, I can claim to know something about

journalism – I have practiced and taught it for half a century in a

career trajectory that went from rookie newspaper reporter to university

professor. Yet the real world, the world of actual facts that good

journalism strives to reveal, constantly surprises me.

So send tips and suggestions. Just bear in mind that this isn’t a

public relations service; rather, it’s a quest for genuinely worthwhile

leads. Submit ideas by email to: dan@thevegasvoice.net. or by regular

mail to The Vegas Voice, 2880 Bicentennial Parkway, Suite 100-244,

Henderson, Nevada 89044

Judy Polumbaum is a professor emerita of journalism and a

recent transplant to Las Vegas from the Midwest. Her father Ted

was a professional photographer who thoroughly documented her


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Enrich Your Life!

By: Dan Hyde / Call to Action

Before I retired 7 years ago, I seriously

contemplated what I was going to do with the

rest of my life. My work colleagues did everything to

try to talk me out of it because I was, in fact, a workaholic!

My “vacations” consisted of attending annual conferences in

support of the city I worked for. I discovered an incredible solution to

that question – VOLUNTEERING!

Volunteering in whatever manner touches your heart (Hospice

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mentoring a child) richens, not

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Extremely Gratifying

By: Victoria Seaman / Victoria’s Corner

was most pleasantly surprised and overwhelmed

I at the turnout last month for our Vegas Voice

Guardianship Seminar sponsored by Assemblyman

Jim Marchant and me, held at Sun City Summerlin Desert Vista Center.

The response and reaction from the assembled crowd was extremely

gratifying to me, as one of the primary sponsors of the changes to the

guardianship laws. It was positive reinforcement of the importance and

serious nature of the guardianship issue.

I am extremely grateful to Rana Goodman and Dan Roberts

who provided the guardianship forms and to Todd Bauman

for free notary services to all those who attended the seminar.

Due to the success of these events, it is my intention to hold more of these

informative and productive seminars. It has become more evident to

me of the need to modify the guardianship laws on a nationwide level,

and will be one of my top priorities when elected as the congressional

representative for CD3.

Victoria Seaman is a former Nevada Assemblywoman,

businesswoman and currently a Realtor in Las Vegas. You can

contact Victoria at: victoria@victoriaseaman.com.


12 February 2018

A Valentine to House Royalty

By: Adrea Barrera / 60s to 60


’ve been reminded recently that I have nothing

to do with how the household runs - and neither

does my husband. In fact, no humans are involved.

The interactions between us are overshadowed by rules set down by

2 spoiled Shih Tzu’s and the most lovable old Golden Retriever on the

planet. The Golden just goes along with everything because that’s his

nature. I can learn some lessons from him.

With rubber-backed rugs all over for our old boy, and beds of soft

microfiber and fluffy stuff, we step over everything and have only one

route to the couch.

On holidays, we add the leaves to the table and things get re-arranged,

much to the dismay of these kids who now have to find new ways to show

they’re in charge. They don’t want to miss anything, so lying down in

everyone’s path seems to work and they gain 5 pounds when we have


Bedtime is ridiculous. Yes, they know the routine but every year they

get closer to pushing us out of bed. They lie down between us (sideways

of course) and have to stretch out as much as possible 4 or 5 times before

settling down.

My pillow has become a throne for the commander of this group. I

actually have slept on a corner of the pillow so as not to disturb him. The

Golden is perfect and just lies alongside the bed.

If we want them to stay off the bed for a little while, one goes to the far

end and curls up in a little ball and the other throws a fit, moans, drags

pillows around and generally makes sure we know he’s mad. The Golden

just continues to be perfect.

We watch the dog shows on TV and know we’re supposed to show

leadership. But these guys are amazingly well behaved in every way as

long as no one interferes with their routines.

To all you dog servants out there: know you are automatically elevated

to a perfect person. A dog only asks of you what he gives - and that’s love

and loyalty. Too bad they don’t cook too, but you can’t have everything.

This Valentine’s Day, I thank the puppies for reminding me to be

kinder and smile more. On my worst days, they look at me with those

huge eyes and I am pure mush.

Adrea Nairne-Barrera writes of celebrations, observations &

complaints of life in the 60s to being in your 60s.

Happy Birthday, Old Yeller

By: Beverly Washburn / Hollywood Memories

One of the films I was lucky enough to be a part

of was the Walt Disney movie “Old Yeller.”

What you may not know, is that Old Yeller opened on

Christmas Day, 1957, making it now 60 years old!

How can that be I ask, when I’m only 45! Well, ok, maybe not, but

boy how the time flies!

Sadly, Tommy Kirk (yes, he was the one who shot Old Yeller, bringing

everyone to tears) and I are the only ones still alive from that movie.

Even little Arliss, played by the adorable Kevin Corcoran passed away

in 2015.

How Tommy and I are still here, we’ll never know, but both of us are

truly grateful. Tommy lives here in Las Vegas and we are still friends

after all these years and enjoy getting together from time-to-time for


Many of you have asked me about him and what he is doing now.

I can tell you that he is retired, never married, and lives with his cat

whom he adores. He is a kind and caring heart and I am grateful for

our friendship. He still enjoys doing autograph shows (although he

won’t fly, so he mostly does them in California as he can drive there.)

I’m sure some of you have been to various autograph shows and

you know that all the celebrities charge a fee for their autographed

photo. The wonderful thing about Tommy (just one of many things,

of course), is that if anyone in a uniform of any kind (be it a military,

policeman, fireman etc.) asks for his autograph,

he gives it to them for free.

I don’t know of any other celebrity who does that, and

I think it is so sweet. He said anyone who has served

others in any way, should have kindness shown back

to them. Just one of the many reasons I love Tommy.

This past December, my friend Jay Nagle (shown

in the photo) asked if I would go to the Winchester Cultural Center

in Las Vegas to introduce the screening of Old Yeller. Jay is the senior

programing assistant and thought it would be a good time to have

a free screening of the movie. He jokingly told me he had seen the

movie as a child, and cried buckets in front of all the other boys and

consequently has been in therapy ever since!

I was truly honored and touched by all who came to the screening, I

thank you so very much. I was amazed at the wonderful turnout, and it

was a pleasure meeting everyone.

Thank you too, for all the many emails, and the times you have

stopped me in the grocery store, post office, various restaurants etc. to

tell me you enjoy my column. You have no idea how much that means

to me.

Until next time…remember that happiness is the spiritual

experience of living every day with love, grace and gratitude.

Beverly Washburn graced the silver screen as a child actress and

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



Matt Goss sings “Lovely Las Vegas” and Las

Vegas loves him.

The singer, musician, songwriter is delighting

adult audiences of all ages as he croons his tunes in the intimate

setting of 1 Oak Nightclub at the Mirage. The British showman is a

throwback to the Vintage Vegas Rat Pack days when folks dressed up for

a night on the town.

Backed by an eight-piece band, Goss engages his diverse audience

with his smooth polished style as he adds his unique personal approach

to the standards mixed with original compositions. He gets up close and

personal, leaving the stage to shake the hands of his fans throughout

the room. This relaxed friendly style endears him to his many fans on

both sides of the ocean.

Goss showcases his band members as the sound of the brass delights

fans of this genre. His two back-up singers add additional strength to

the overall production. Adding that Vegas touch are “The Dirty Virgins”,

his sexy scantily clad dancers who get up close to the audience in the

club style relaxed seating patterns.

This fellow is no newcomer to the music scene. His debut album went

platinum seven times, earned 13 Top Five hits and remained on the UK

chart for an astonishing 84 weeks. Goss has sold more than 17 million

records worldwide and achieved No. 1 records in over 22 countries.

Standards in his repertoire include favorites such as “Fly Me to The

Moon” and “Luck Be a Lady Tonight.” He puts his own spin on Alicia

The Bronx Wanderers show at Bally’s Windows

Showroom is a tightly scripted performance

that leaves many audience members claiming, “The

best show on The Strip.” But lead singer Vinny told an audience last

month “Every once in a while, life gets in the way” in displaying his

gratitude for the group’s fans.

On his right arm, Vinny wears a rainbow of wristbands supporting his

fans fighting cancer. Often, when one of his survivors is in attendance,

Vinny relates the wristband story. One-night, last month, the story took

a new twist.

Attending their first Bronx Wanderers show were 34-year old Andrea

Argier, battling bone cancer, and her mother Jan. “What I’d like to

do now,” Vinny told the audience midway through the show, “is

acknowledge a couple of very special people in the house.”

He related the story of his first survivor who inspired the original

wristband. Ending his story, Vinny said, “Tonight, sitting in the house

is my newest survivor.” Stepping off the stage, he presented Andrea with

a wristband emblazoned with her “Unite for Andrea” slogan and her

funding page information.

Band members raised their arms, displaying their wristbands worn

throughout the show heralding support for Andrea. Showroom manager

Jason Atkinson’s team distributed wristbands to each audience member.

14 February 2018

Return to Vintage Vegas Days

By: Dianne Davis / That’s Entertainment

Keys’ hit “If I Ain’t

Got You.” and

gives it his all in one

of his own hits “When

Will I Be Famous.” He

finishes with Sinatra’s

signature “That’s

Life” and “My Way.”

See Matt Goss do it

his way on Tuesday,

Friday, Saturday and

Sunday at 7:30 p.m.

*The Vegas Voice

and yours truly have

big plans for the

future. Can you say

Vegas Voice Videos

where I interview all

the entertainers that

make this place so

great? Stay tuned!

Bronx Wanderers Rally for New Fan

By: People & Places / Sam Wagmeister

Photo: Mario Barberio

In addition to The Vegas Voice, Dianne Davis is a reporter for Sun

City Anthem TV (SCA-TV) specializing in entertainment and is a

columnist for www.lasvegasroundtheclock.com.

Doctors were

puzzled ten years ago

when Andrea first

approached them. It

took three years to

pinpoint the cause

of her too-frequent

bone breaks,

migraine headaches

and other symptoms.

She was forced to

abandon her career

in behind-the-scenes movie production when her eyesight diminished

so she could no longer see well enough to edit film and video on a

computer. Her mother Jan has become a stay-at-home mom to care for

Andrea, sometimes bed-bound from pain.

Multiple fractures to her right hip now require a cane and a shoe

with a 4-inch buildup. Andrea has lost functionality of one kidney and

doctors are trying to determine the cause of holes developing in her


To support Andrea’s road to recovery, obtain a free wristband by

emailing me: GreatLasVegasMusic@Gmail.com. Contributions are

also welcome at: www.YouCaring.com/UniteForAndreaArgier.




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...

16 February 2018

Hey New Yorker’s,

Remember the Algonquin?

Since it opened in 1902, the Algonquin

Hotel has been one of New York’s most

Crystal Czerkas- famous hotels. During the 1920’s and

Sarbacker ‘30’s, the theater district Hotel was regularly

graced by literary icons like Dorothy Parker and Edna Ferber at

its infamous Round Table. And over the decades the Hotel has

featured a supper club which launched many musical careers

including that of current superstar Harry Connick, Jr.

The loyalty of the Hotel’s famous guests was largely due to

the management, which strove to create home-like comfort for

its guests with no radical changes. When carpeting needed replacing,

original designs were recreated and installed overnight

so Hotel guests wouldn’t see any difference. The Hotel’s staff

relied on subtle accents and color highlights to enhance their

public rooms. For most of the year, lobby sofas were upholstered

in elegant red velvet. Then in summer, light blue slip

covers were used to create a cooler ambiance.

You can use the Algonquin

technique to bring the seasons

into your home. Select bold

accents in primary colors like

red, purple, and gold for winter

months, and then as our Vegas

temperatures begin to rise,

change your accent pillows

and area rugs to soft blues or

assorted pastels.

I like to bring out

my Dad’s still life

watercolors in the

Spring and choose

colors from them

to highlight our living

room. Hanging

a few impressionistic

florals is a great

way to welcome a new season and you can use them as a color

pallet for selecting simple accessories. Plus, inexpensive floral

giclees can offer the same punch as original watercolors.

For more information, call Ray at

Harry James

By: Yvonne Cloutier / Musical Moments

His father was a director and featured

trumpeter in the Mighty Haag Circus. His

mother, a trapeze artist. His full name was Harry

Haag James, getting his middle name from this circus.

Harry was born in 1916, in a show-business hotel. The family moved

with the circus to Beaumont Texas. At 5, he learned the trumpet from a

book (one page at a time) preceded by playing drums at 4.

At 15, after winning a State high school trumpet competition, he

auditioned for Lawrence Welk. (Welk liked his playing, but wanted a

musician who could play more instruments than drums and trumpet.)

Harry James was “discovered” by Benny Goodman’s brother, Irving.

James was playing with the same band, Ben Pollack’s, Benny Goodman

started with.

James as a Goodman band member, “played a hot, exciting trumpet

on such tunes as Sing, Sing, Sing, and One O’Clock Jump.” His

success came when he included romantic songs depicting World War

II times and the separations it caused.

You Made Me Love You was his first hit - a trumpet version of Judy

Garland’s. In 1939, after two years with Goodman, Mr. James left and

started his own band.

An interesting anecdote: While his new band was playing in New

York, he heard a radio vocalist with a band in New Jersey. The singer,

actually the master of ceremonies, was Frank Sinatra. James hired


After 8 months, Sinatra, needing money because his wife was

pregnant, and with the band not doing well, left. James replaced him

with Dick Haymes

Ciribiribin, an Italian folk song, became Harry James theme song,

after he did a memorable jazz arrangement of it.

Other hits were: I Cried for You, I Don’t Want to Walk Without

You. His famous jazz pieces for trumpet were: Concerto for Trumpet

and Flight of the Bumblebee. He appeared on radio and TV. At one

time, he was so popular that Columbia Records couldn’t keep up with

his record demand.

In 1943, Harry married his second wife, Betty Grable, the movie star

whose pin-up pictures adorned every G.I. barracks. They divorced in


In the late 40s, the big band era was fading, but James continued to

keep his band together, settling in

Las Vegas, where he then played

much of the time.

He was married three times

and had 5 children. Harry James

remained popular for 40 plus

years, dying in 1983 at age 67.

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.


It “Snow” Big Deal

By: Vicki Wentz / Vicki’s Voice

First, they said it was supposed to snow flurry,

just a little, no big deal, nothing to get in a

sweat about.

So, of course, I went to the store and bought all the makings for chili,

because I’m from Ohio and that’s how we roll. (With very little money

and a giant crockpot, you can make enough chili to last through 4

playoff games, and possibly all the way to Easter if you have enough

Kung Pao shrimp to supplement.)

But, why did I buy chili stuff when they said it wouldn’t be a big

snowfall? Because they said it wouldn’t be a big snowfall. And, naturally,

that means it’s going to be a big snowfall.

Yes, I’ve finally figured out that when the weathermen instigate

24/7 coverage of a “possible snow event” and they’re all wearing

that “I’m-very-very-concerned-but-trying-to-remain-professionalso-folks-won’t-panic-although-I-sent-my-wife-and-children-souththis-morning!”

expression as they point all over the map; and, when

they call for trucks to begin sanding the roads twelve hours before

the sanding at the North Pole has gotten underway; and when they

proclaim, solemnly and repeatedly, that we need to “make preparations

for a significant snowfall”...that normally means we can relax.

Chances are, we will awaken to green grass, blue skies, and not a

flake of snow…not one...anywhere.

On the other hand, when those same weathermen smile,

calmly and condescendingly, and tell us we might get a few flurries, “IF

even that”, and we certainly don’t need to sand the roads, or buy shovels

and generators, or panic in the streets because it will almost certainly

bypass our area completely...well, it’s time to make chili.

Because you can bet your Aunt Fanny, there will be snow. Lots of it.

And, lots of snow means the power will go out almost instantly. But,

with plenty of wood stacked up outside, the makings for chili, a few

nice bottles of wine and a seriously good book, I’m set for several days.

In fact, I could even hang the pot of chili right over the fire in the

fireplace, (if I can figure out how to do that).

Maybe I’ll call Bryan, my neighbor, and see if he can help me

rig something up, although come to think of it, after that whole



SHRIEKING!!” thing, he may not take my call. Fine. No chili for him!

But now, some TV guys are saying they were wrong (no way!) and it

really IS going to be a big snow event. In fact, the word “monstrous”

was used. And, I’m perplexed. To chili, or not to chili?

Oh, shoot - I need to order the Kung Pao shrimp!

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


A Life of Privilege & Service

By: Charlie Christy / Executive Director -

Ms. Senior Nevada

Barbara Winters was a

devoted wife, mother and a

true partner with her husband of 49 years. He was

CFO of a public company.

Later, widowed, she was financially able to do

anything she desired. Her choice was to serve others.

Each day begins with her cutting and tying at

least three fleece blankets. To date, she has donated

over 4,000 blankets, both large and small, at Cedars Sinai Hospital and

St John’s Hospital.

Veterans have been a special cause and she and her husband were

honored many times for their philanthropic work. Gateways Hospital

named Nat and Barbara Winters as their recipient of the “Heal-

A-Mind” award. This was just one of the many honors they earned

throughout the years.

Barbara was 2 nd runner-up in a recent Ms Senior Nevada Pageant

and was an inspiration to others - most of whom were many, many

years her junior. This lovely, talented lady is an example of the quality

and character of some of the ladies who compose our group.

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.

Sun City MacDonald Ranch

- Desert Willows

By: Mike Landry / Golf Fore Ever

This month, I want readers to know just how

blessed and fortunate I feel about residing at

Sun City MacDonald Ranch. We have a magnificent golf course, the

Desert Willows which is always in great shape.

Monday through Friday, there are many scheduled golf tournaments

offered at various start times and formats. Anyone can sign up and

play in these tournaments, and none of it breaks the bank.

Almost every day I introduce myself to really good golfers using our

practice facilities. Many are scratch players, +1 & 2 handicap players

and while on our putting green, I ask what brings them to our facility

for practice.

They usually tell me that when it comes to putting, our greens are

some of the best in the valley as they putt true. Come out and see for

yourselves how great our facilities are.

And when you see a senior golfer smoking a cigar while practicing

his putting and chipping, say hello - that’s probably me.

Mike Landry resides in Sun City MacDonald Ranch and is a

member of both the Nevada State Seniors Golf Club and Winterwood

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

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20 February 2018

The Overseas Ambush

By: Chuck Dean / Vet 2 Vet

In 2006, I happened to be in mainland China

when my first heart attack occurred. Had it

happened in the United States, the VA would have

paid for everything - regardless of disability ratings, etc.

However, since I was in a foreign country, and my service-connection

disability rating (at the time) did not include heart disease, I was

obligated to pay for the life-saving procedure and hospitalization

myself. Luckily the cost was much less in China than here, but it still

presented an unexpected hardship.

To this day, I remain convinced that it is a silly ruling from Veterans

Affairs that is more than FUBAR. (If you don’t know what that means,

ask a WWII vet.) The bottom line; it was my fault for being clueless

about certain aspects of what the VA covered.

I found out the hard way and should have done my homework before

traveling abroad and check with the VA Foreign Medical Program.

It is critical to know that there are certain rules that apply in the

States as well. I encourage those who have conditions or illnesses that

may result in the need for emergency treatment. Research ahead of time

and plan accordingly.

As many of you know, when using VA healthcare, there are specific

rules that must be followed to ensure that you are not stuck paying ER

costs. You do not need to call the VA before calling for an ambulance or

going to an emergency room.

However, you, your family, friends or hospital staff MUST contact the

nearest VA medical facility within 72 hours of your emergency or your

care may not be covered. When you call, provide the VA with information

about your emergency and what services are being provided to you. Do

this as soon as possible to avoid unwanted costs.

If you are admitted to a hospital you must still notify the VA within 72

hours. If the admission is not an emergency, you must obtain advance

approval from the VA.

If you are admitted to the hospital because of an emergency what the

VA pays will depend upon your VA eligibility. They may pay all, some,

or none of the charges. If a VA bed is available, and you can be safely

transferred to the VA hospital, you must do so if you want the VA to pay

for the care.

The VA can assist with transportation to a VA facility. If you refuse to

be transferred, the VA will not pay for any further care.

So, will the VA pay for emergency care received outside the United

States? Yes…IF, and only IF, the emergency is directly related to a

previously rated service-connected condition. Also, you must register

with the Foreign Medical Program in advance.

For more information:



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.


Weekend Options

By: Evan Davis / Entertainment Editor

hit the ground running in 2018 and I’m not

I stopping now.

If you’re looking for something to do on the

weekend, you can stop by the Barrymore, a classy upscale bar &

restaurant located in the Royal Resort Hotel on Convention Center

Drive. Laura Shaffer will be singing in the lounge from 6-9 pm. A

wonderful Happy Hour menu will help take the edge off.

Then you can meander up the street to Piero’s where Pia Zadora

and Sonny Charles will entertain and delight you with song and

storytelling. An upscale lounge will allow you to wear your hottest outfit

and sip on a martini.

You can also go to Texas Station for some R&B with Gregg Austin

and special guests. Or check out Rita Lim, singing with Joey Ugarte

and The Jazz Vibrations, at the El Cortez.

You say you’re staying home Friday night, but Saturday will be your

night out? If you’re on the west side of town, Downtown Summerlin

has some local singers performing at Trattoria Reggiano or the all-girls

band at Siena Italian Restaurant on West Sahara, Sherri Klein and

the Sweet Sherri Pi.

Staying on the east side of town? Try Café Mayarovsky on East

Tropicana. Russian cuisine with a delightful Russian singer, Irena

Nero, a Vegas resident and who you definitely need to see.

Eat, drink & dance at The Italian American Club with Jerry Tiffe

entertaining the

enthusiastic crowd in

their bar area. There’s late

night Jazz at The Dispensary

on the east side, or Blues at

The Sand Dollar on the west


Staying close to the strip?

Piazza Lounge at the Tuscany

has the smooth vocals of

Windy Karigianes or try

Blue Martini in Town Square.

Bill Fayne

These are just a few of the

spots to catch local entertainment with very little or no cover minimum.

Don’t miss our upcoming Vegas Voice productions at Sun City

MacDonald Ranch of The Music of Cole Porter on February 17 th ,

or Sun City Summerlin Starbright Theatre’s “Evening of Classic

Broadway” on February 21 st and Solera at Anthem on the 24 th . Both

productions under the direction of Bill Fayne.

As always, check out my monthly calendar at: www.EvanDavisJazz.


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

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

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


Ancient Thumb Readings

By: Ali Guggenheim / Psychic Phenomenon

In want of other proofs, the thumb alone,

would convince me of the existence of God” -

Isaac Newton.

Known as the king of the palm, thumbs are the most important facet

of palmistry. The thumb represents the “grip” that you have on life.

Thumb readings stemmed from feet readings around 8,000 B.C. In

fact, due to its accuracy, in ancient India and China, thumb assessments

were used quite extensively. The Chinese were even known to determine

a soldier’s assignment accordingly.

The thumb is what differentiates humans from all other species. We

are the only ones whose thumb rotates entirely, and is long enough to

enable us to “get a grip” of things.

Marc Chagall once said, “The fingers must be educated, the thumb

is born knowing.” Little did he know that this small appendage

occupies a large portion in the cerebral cortex of the brain, or that our

minds grow because the thumb counters our four fingers.

Followers of this science know that the lines in the hand determine

our fate, fortune and future. However, the thumb provides more

information than any part of the hand. More than just lines, it reveals

our entire identity.

Although most people think the thumb has only two phalanges (or

phalanxes), its third part is the large muscle, (Mount of Venus) that

controls it. Aside from the lines, every aspect of your thumb conveys

your story.

The three parts of the thumb stand for our most precious human

resources. The top phalange reveals our will and strength and its tip

reveals how we apply it in the world. The middle phalange shows the

ability to judge and to reason.

When this “diplomacy” phalange is longer than the first, it shows

an ability to compromise more easily. The third phalange exposes our

ability to love and vulnerabilities.

During pregnancy the brain and thumb synchronize. Therefore, the

lines can change every six months. The good news is that as you change

your mind, your lines and life change too.

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

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

22 February 2018

Be Careful Out There

By: Linda Bateman - Gomez / Timeless Beauty

have a dear friend, that is one of those people that

I quite contently, manages to avoid the internet,

computers and even a smart phone. Usually she gets

around fine, but recently found herself in a bit of a situation.

Had she known how to conduct one quick online search, she’d have

saved a ton of money - and grief from her husband.

While late one night watching infomercials, she saw a line of beauty

products that looked amazing! They were being pitched by a wellknown

ex-model from our younger days.

The promises of turning back the clock and looking 25 again were too

much to pass up! She promptly called the number and gave them her

credit card, ordering the entire line. It was not cheap, but she thought if

it produced those results, it would be worth it.

The products arrived and while there was nothing wrong with them,

they certainly didn’t do what the infomercial promised. She decided

there was nothing in this line that she would order again, but, she didn’t

have to, since the next month they were again at her door!

She hadn’t ordered any more, but her card had been charged. She

called the company promptly to let them know there must have been

a mistake, but (of course) the original number was not the number to

call for cancelling.

She found herself caught in the revolving door of a monthly autorenewal

system that can be difficult to stop. It took her 3 cycles of

receiving and being charged for products she no longer wanted.

There is a lot of online information on this kind of ordering system,

but she had not seen it and therefore didn’t understand what to do to

stop it. And this is not a situation unique to the beauty industry.

So, if you decide to order something, here are some important things

to remember and watch out for:

1. Unless you know you want something every month, make sure you

have not accidentally signed up for auto-renewal. Read the fine print


2. If you find yourself unable to get the company to reimburse you,

call your credit card company.

3. Remember that just because a famous person is a spokesman for a

company, does not mean the products are great, or that the company is

one you want to purchase from.

4. And: If it seems too good to be true.... well, you know the rest.

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.


Don’t Be Like Dan

By: Stu Cooper / Happy Destinations

Don’t leave your brain at home when you go

on vacation. I have written about this many

times over the years.

If only I could get my friend of 40 years, The Vegas Voice Publisher,

to embrace this concept.

Dan has told me numerous times, when we have traveled together:

“Stu, when I travel with you, I don’t

have to do any thinking. You take

care of everything. Just tell me where

to be, and when, and that’s all I need

to know.”

And we have had great vacations

with the Roberts over the past 40


But what about those few times

when the Coopers haven’t traveled

with the Roberts? Well, there was

that time I got a call from him

from Glasgow, Scotland. He asked,

“I don’t have a hotel room booked

tonight. What should I do?”

He truly sounded like the

proverbial dear-in-the-headlights. Suffice to say we made a hotel

reservation for him and his travel party weren’t left out in the cold.

It’s easy to see that Dan would prefer, as the old Greyhound Bus

commercial used

to say - Leave the

driving to us. No

thinking involved

under this travel scenario.

However, when “flying solo”

and on his own, Dan must do some (maybe even a lot) of thinking.

So, here’s what I tell him: pre-plan, and make reservations before you

leave home. If renting a car, make

sure you have a navigation app like

Waze or Google Maps.

Be aware of your surroundings.

Be alert. As must as you want to

and as tempting as it can be, you

simply cannot leave your brain

at home. Thinking a little bit will

make your vacation more enjoyable,

not only for Dan, but for all travelers;

including our Vegas Voyagers.

Ultimately, moving forward, I’m

sure Dan will be calling me and

asking: “Where are we going next?”

While he won’t admit it, I think he

likes having his own personal travel agent who will go with him, so he

can keep his thinking to the absolute minimum. And last, but not least:

I’m happy to do it.

24 February 2018

Travel Especially for Active Seniors!

Collette’s 8 Day Luxury in French Canada! July 20-27, 2018

Montreal, Quebec City,

Charlevoix & Montebello

featuring 3 historic luxury hotels:

Fairmont Chateau

Frontenac Quebec,

Fairmont Le Manoir

Richelieu, &

Fairmont Le Chateau


And the stunning Le Centre Sheraton Montreal!

This brand new Collette Vacation is being offered for

the first time and features Montreal, Quebec City and

more. Plus you’ll enjoy the best of the best with two night

stays in each of three elegant Fairmont Hotels and the

famous Le Centre Sheraton Montreal, too. Tres Bien!

Our French Canadian Group Tour includes Round

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Double: $3,999 • Single: $5099

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San Antonio, 5 days

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History Rich Hotel Del Coronado

By: Kathy Manney / Around Our World

Every detail of the distinctively white hotel is

sharply etched under the bright sun like a

picture postcard. The wind whips cream foam waves

onto the beach nearby. When it opened in 1888, the historic, elegant and

gracious Hotel Del Coronado was the world’s largest resort hotel.

As Coronado Island grew, developers transported thousands of trees

here for landscaping. Orange trees were planted down the center

median of Orange Avenue. In 1904, the large Norfolk Island pine at

the hotel’s entrance became the first electrically lit outdoor tree in the

United States.

26 February 2018

Movies like Some Like it Hot were filmed on the grounds and it is

rumored that King Edward VIII, first met divorcee Wallis Spencer

Simpson at the Hotel Del Coronado. Marilyn Monroe, Charles Lindbergh,

Jack Nicholson and Oprah have been guests.

In 1892 Kate Morgan, a beautiful young woman checked in, but never

checked out. There have been reports of ghostly happenings ever since.

L. Frank Baum wrote his famous book The Wizard of Oz while a

guest here. (A little-known fact about Dorothy’s slippers is that they were

actually silver in the book, not ruby red as depicted in the movie.) In

1972, the Hotel Del Coronado held the first State Dinner outside of the

White House on behalf of President Richard Nixon.

Coronado Island was discovered by Spanish explorer Sebastian

Vizcaino in 1602. Spanish explorers surveyed San Diego and Coronado,

but did not settle here. For nearly 200 years, the peninsula remained

undeveloped. The first formal survey of San Diego Bay and Coronado

wasn’t taken until 1851 by an American survey vessel.

Undeniably, the Hotel Del Coronado is history rich. It’s a spot where

tourists the world over come to experience and revel in old-fashioned

elegance and year-round sunshine.

Kathy Manney enjoys visiting interesting places and being an

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

with enthusiasm.

Travel Especially for Active Seniors!

Visit Western Canada to please yourself and your budget!

Calgary’s metropolitan skyline has all the excitement of a sophisticated city, tempered by

its own style and personality.

Did you know...

Alberta’s West Edmonton Mall

is the largest mall in North


With over 800 shops and services it

has something for everyone, and spans

almost 48 city blocks.

The Calgary Stampede,

July 6 - July 15, is called

“The Greatest Outdoor Show

On Earth”.

For over 100 years the Stampede has

been delighting Calgary visitors and

locals alike, with parades, rodeo events,

exhibits, stage shows, fireworks and

competitions for over $1,000,000 in


Stephen Avenue

The heart of Calgary’s downtown area.

It’s the city’s only pedestrian mall, and

a great place to dine and dance away a

summer evening.

And there’s so much more!

Maligne Lake in Jasper National Park is so beautiful,

fish practically jump on your line so they can get

a better look.

We offer escorted tours hosted by

Collette Vacations and Globus tours as

well as independent trips tailored to your

personal likes, budget, and schedule. So whether you

want an extended visit or a quick getaway, make

2018 the year you really discover Canada!

Right now is the perfect time to

plan a fabulous Canadian vacation!

Western Canada is filled year

round with spectacular sights and

experiences, and with an exchange

rate of $.70 USD to the Canadian

dollar, you can really stretch your

vacation budget. Plus, there’s

spectacular mountain scenery in

the beautiful Canadian National

Parks. And, there are also stunning

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festivals, concerts, Shakespearean

outdoor performances, restaurant

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February 3, 1943

By: John Bielun / Time Traveler

On February 1, 1943, a six-ship convoy slipped

out of the sanctuary of St. John’s,

Newfoundland. It was bound for Greenland. It was

bound for war.

Conditions were typical for that time of the year. The North Atlantic

was treacherous and choppy. Water temperatures bordered upon


The convoy included a former luxury liner: The U.S.A.T. Dorchester.

It had since been converted into a transport carrier. The ship carried

902 souls - including 751 soldiers, seven officers and four chaplains.

The men of the cloth were of varied faiths: A Catholic priest, a rabbi,

a Methodist minister and a pastor of the Dutch Reformed Church. They

got along well. After all, they all prayed to the same God.

On February 3 rd , 150 miles short of safe harbor, a German submarine

surfaced in their midst. Escort ships rushed to intervene but, alas, too

late. At four in the morning, with daylight yet to break, the U-boat fired

five torpedoes. Four missed.

The one that didn’t miss hit the Dorchester - on the starboard

side, stark dead midship deep below the water line. Scores of men

instantaneously died, as well as the power to drive the engines and the


The Dorchester tilted over and began to sink.

Unable to send off a radio signal, a warning blast or even a flare,

the captain ordered, “Abandon ship!” No mean feat in the pre-dawn

darkness in the wintry North Atlantic. Especially for one who has just

lost his command.


broke out throughout

the ship. The captain,

now in the midst of

trying to launch the few

serviceable lifeboats,

was pre-occupied. Not

so the chaplains.

Father Washington,

Rabbi Goode, Reverend

Fox and Pastor Poling organized the men as best they could. They said

prayers and consoled their interchangeable flocks as they opened a

storage locker and distributed life vests.

When they had given out the last, with more men still a-begging, the

four chaplains in unison removed their own life belts and handed them

out to whoever was next, religious denomination notwithstanding.

They watched as their shipmates scrambled overboard. They did so

knowing that they had chosen to save other people’s lives at the expense

of their own.

As the Dorchester sank beneath the waves, its survivors remember

watching the four chaplains standing on a tilted deck, embraced arm

in arm, as they sang praises to the Lord.

I truly doubt that many of us have ever seen such selflessness.

I would ask that God bless these worthy gentlemen. I suspect however,

he already has.

28 February 2018

Eyes in the Back of Your Head

By: BJ Killeen / Down the Road

As technology becomes a larger part of vehicles,

you might feel overwhelmed and not sure

what actually makes sense to purchase and which

ones aren’t necessary. One feature offered in a variety of new General

Motors vehicles was created not only to help seniors, but also those who

have trouble remembering things.

As with some vehicle technologies, the ideas result from tragedy.

Airbags, anti-lock brakes, rearview cameras and emergency trunk

release handles all were born after the need arose.

Lately, we’ve been reading about people who forget that they had

put their babies or toddlers in a child seat in the second row and then

they head off to work without checking the back seat. Obviously, this

is an accident that can result in not only in criminal charges but also


General Motors engineers are doing their best to help prevent this

from happening by introducing a great feature called “Rear Seat

Reminder.” Because this is a life-saving technology, General Motors

made the decision to make it a standard feature in the vehicles that

offer it.

So how does it work? Does it detect objects or people in the rear seat?

Actually, it monitors the rear doors.

If either rear door is opened and closed within 10 minutes before you

start the vehicle, or if the doors are opened and closed while the vehicle

is running, the feature will activate. Once you turn off the vehicle,

there’s a five-chime reminder and a display message in the instrument

cluster to tell you to look in the rear seat before leaving the vehicle.

The rear seat reminder is active only once each time the car is turned

on and off, and if you start up the car again, it will reactivate if the rear

doors are opened again. In addition, the system may give a notice even

if there’s nothing in the rear seat, such as a kid being dropped off at

school without the car shutting off.

We applaud this technology for helping us be great parents and


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

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



February Healthy Heart Month

By: Mary Richard / Health Fitness

February is “Take Care of Your Heart Month.”

Try to do more exercises and eliminate all

that sugar in your diet. As an admitted chocoholic,

it is tough for me to slow down on sugar and sweets in my diet, but I

will try for 2018.

Exercising more helps to bring down the dreaded cholesterol that

clogs arteries. I am also a lover of cheeses, so I am trying to eat less and

more low-fat cheeses.

I try to NEVER go grocery shopping on an empty stomach! How many

times have you ventured into a grocery store with hunger pains lurking

and gobbled up every “sample” taste tidbit that is offered (especially at

Costco!) or found some strange item that wandered into your grocery


Pre-planning some meals ahead of time helps by cooking up two or

three meals at a time. It saves not only my precious time of preparation,

but also when I get home from work or teaching zumba, I am not

famished and eat the first thing in sight! Sunday nights I cook up a few

dinners, label them in individual containers and freeze.

For example, after buying a stalk of celery, I wash the stalk, cut into

smaller pieces and place into a zip-lock bag. When I come home and

while preparing my dinner, I can munch on a celery stalk or two. I do

the same with carrot sticks.

In the morning before leaving for work, I take out a meal from the

freezer for what I plan to have for dinner that night and let it defrost in

the refrigerator.

Keeping fresh fruit in a bowl on top of the kitchen counter allows

me to have something “quick” to munch on when I get the urge for

something “sweet.” How good is the natural fruit taste of a crisp apple

and sweet-smelling orange or tasty banana?

So, these are just some little ideas to help you. Save that healthy heart!


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

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

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

30 February 2018

A Multidisciplinary Approach

By: Kyo Mitchell / A Healthier You

Medicine is not simply one approach, or one


The human body is so complex that one method

cannot simply cover all the medical problems that humans experience.

When approaching medicine, it is important to understanding the

strengths of each medical discipline, and its methodology.

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

other medical problems.

These electrical signals could allegedly decrease pain, decrease

inflammation, help tissues and organs recover from trauma and

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

side effects commonly seen with drugs.

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

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

medical problem, science will continue to evolve and increase the

quality of life of individuals everywhere.

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


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CBD Has SO Many Health Benefits

By: Dr. Victoria Boyd / Hempworx

skeptic I was. How could one product benefit so

A many areas? There’s no such thing as a magic

potion… or is there?

The truth is CBD is actually a combination of

over 85 chemical compounds all under the umbrella of CBD. Each

compound has a very specific target receptor that when combined create

an entourage effect, supporting multiple systems simultaneously. Wow,

it is a magic potion.

Many seniors are not aware of how medical cannabis could improve

their quality of life and how the stereotypical marijuana user and use

has changed. Because CBD is extracted from the hemp plant, we can

take advantage of the benefits without the head or body sensation often

associated with marijuana.

CBD is an oil extract and therefore can be added to things like topical

gels and edible products. In many cases CBD can reduce or even replace

the use of harmful and addictive prescription drugs. CBD should become

a regular part of every senior’s health routine as they age.

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GENERAL PAIN RELIEF - (Arthritis, chronic pain, general soreness/

stiffness, etc.) It’s very unlikely that anyone over the age of 65 lives a

completely and entirely pain-free life. From generic aches and pains,

muscle soreness, chronic joint pain or arthritis, we deal with some sort

of pain every day.

Specific studies have shown CBD to alleviate onset pain caused by

arthritis, and to physiologically reverse its underlying causes (at least

in the case of rheumatoid arthritis, which is an autoimmune disease).

The oil, topical creams and ointments have shown to be very effective.

For stiffness, muscle soreness, and general day-to-day “aches and

pains”, CBD is also incredibly effective because it works by attaching to

CB-2 receptors reducing inflammation at the site of pain. These CB-2

receptors exist in nearly every cell and tissue type in the human body,

hence the ability to treat nearly any kind of pain or discomfort, no

matter the location. A magic potion!

IMPROVED HEART HEALTH - Pain can stop us in our tracks, so CBD

benefits for pain get more attention. However numerous medical studies

showcase CBD’s potential impact on cardiovascular functioning.

CBD has been noted to have a positive impact on ischemic muscle/

tissue damage (ischemia means insufficient supply of blood to the

heart) and also protect against myocardial ischemic injury. CBD

molecules therapeutically target the cardiovascular system causing

vaso-relaxation in dilated arteries (which can raise blood pressure and

constrict blood flow to and from the heart).

Do you have questions about a specific ailment or condition? I invite

you to send questions or suggest a topic for an article.

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

tHempworx. Email her at: DrVictoriaBoyd@gmail.com.

Dog Bites & Insurance

By: Jim Valkenburg / Insurance Insight

When I decided to write about insurance and

dog bites, I thought it would be straight

forward. It isn’t. This is a complex issue. Why?

Generally, because insurance companies treat the situation differently

and states differ in their laws and people differ in their approach to

owning pets.

According to an Insurance Information Institute study, more than

one-third of all homeowners’ insurance liability claims are attributable

to dog bites - costing the industry $571.3 million in 2015. Specifically,

the Centers for Disease Control estimates that dogs bite about 4,500,000

people annually. And 20% of those bites are serious enough to require

medical attention.

Americans file tens of thousands of home insurance liability claims

due to dog bites and other related injuries each year. Combine the

above with statistics that point to a handful of dog types accounting

for more of those costly bites and injuries than others and it’s easy to

understand why some insurers restrict, refuse, or cancel home coverage

if a customer owns a certain breed.

The dog breeds that are most likely to cause a problem with your

homeowners’ insurance company: (1) Akita, (2) Alaskan Malamute,

(3) Chow Chow, (4) Doberman Pinscher, (5) German Shepherd, (6)

Pit Bull, (7) Rottweiler, (8) Siberian Husky, (9) Wolf Hybrid.

Of these identified breeds, one third of dog bite claims were caused

by pit bull terriers and had five times the rate of surgical intervention,

thereby resulting in higher costs for insurers.

It’s legal for an

insurance company to

deny or cancel a homeowner’s

policy if you own a certain dog

breed - UNLESS you live in

Michigan or Pennsylvania.

There isn’t room for this

article to discuss the many varied

state laws. Just be aware that in Nevada, your policy can be canceled or

denied if you own certain dog breeds. But all companies do not adhere

to this guideline. Some will only require that you provide a dog bite

history (probably from a Vet). And some don’t even ask.

But, if you do not tell your insurer about a dog in your household and

there is a claim you could be due for a rude awakening. For starters,

any claim you file could be denied if your dog bites or injures someone

and your insurer didn’t previously know about your pet.

Your insurer may even cancel your policy because of your dishonesty.

And some companies don’t even wait for a claim - if there is evidence

that you have a dog on your property and that breed is on their list of

“undesirables” then the company can cancel your insurance.

What’s the bottom line? Many people love and want dogs; further,

studies suggest that pet ownership is healthy – especially for the elderly.

Dogs also provide security for persons and property.

Those who own a dog must apply some risk management practices

to make dog ownership safe as well as enjoyable. But responsible pet

ownership is a must.


34 February 2018

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


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,”

New research: Copper stops colds if used early.

(paid advertisement)

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.

Businesswoman 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


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 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

worked to eliminate warts as well.

The handle is sculptured to fit the hand and finely textured

to improve contact. Tests show it kills germs on fingers to

help you stay well and not spread illness to your family.

Copper may even help stop flu if used early and for several

days. In a lab test, scientists placed 25 million live flu

viruses on a CopperZap. No viruses were found alive soon


The EPA says the natural color change of copper does not

reduce its ability to kill germs.

CopperZap is made in the U.S. of pure copper. It carries

a 90-day full money back guarantee and is available for

$49.95 at CopperZap.com or toll-free 1-888-411-6114.


By: James J. White / Your Dentist

The habit of bruxism can be as devious as a

thief in the night. You may not even be aware

you’re doing it, but if you suffer from this condition,

the resulting damage to your teeth, gums and jawbone will soon let

you know.

The practice of unconscious tooth-grinding usually begins in early

childhood. In most cases, the habit will begin to wane as the person

ages, but while it continues, it can extract a serious price on dental


Its rhythmic jaw contractions and sustained periods of grinding can

subject the teeth to as much as 250 pounds of pressure for up to 40

minutes out of every hour all night long. Since you’re asleep, it will

happen without your knowledge, but you can be sure that your partner

will hear it.

Bruxism’s Toll on Your Dental Health: Over the years, this

amount of stress on the teeth, gums and jaws can result in serious

damage. Sufferers often experience: worn front teeth, broken fillings,

cracked enamel, receding gums, periodontal disease, headaches, jaw

pain and even temporomandibular joint disorder.

The Causes of Bruxism: While some cases of bruxism occur

apart from any specific cause, others have their basis in a known

physical, environmental or psychiatric disorder. Some of these

common secondary instigators may include prescription and over-thecounter

medications; depression, anxiety, tension, anger or frustration;

the heavy use of caffeine, tobacco and alcohol and even epilepsy,

Parkinson’s disease and other medical conditions.

Help for Bruxism Sufferers: Because it happens so often during

sleep, a person can’t do much to stop it while it is taking place. However,

there are some things you can do about it while you are awake.

For example, if stress is at the root of the problem, you could try

such tension-relievers as yoga, physical therapy, jogging, dancing and

aerobic exercise. A prescription muscle relaxant could do the trick and

stress counseling might be another option.

If an existing sleep disorder is at the root of your troubles, its

treatment can alleviate the problem. In addition, holding a warm towel

or washcloth along the jawline before going to sleep can help to relax

the muscles and may lessen the tendency to grind the teeth after you

fall asleep.

What Your Dentist Can Do: If you are in the habit of grinding

or clenching your teeth either at night or during the day, it’s time to

have a word with your dentist. A bruxism evaluation can determine

the extent to which the habit has damaged your teeth, jaw and gums.

Your dentist can also provide a mouth guard or splint that fits over

your teeth and prevents them from making contact. If you are in the

habit of grinding your teeth, it’s important to do whatever you can to

alleviate or entirely correct the situation. Don’t let the damage get any



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