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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,
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.
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
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6 February 2018
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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
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
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
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.
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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
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
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 (firstname.lastname@example.org) if you have any questions.
8 February 2018
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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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: email@example.com. 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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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: email@example.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
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
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
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
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
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future. Can you say
Vegas Voice Videos
where I interview all
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make this place so
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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.
puzzled ten years ago
when Andrea first
approached them. It
took three years to
pinpoint the cause
of her too-frequent
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
I like to bring out
my Dad’s still life
watercolors in the
Spring and choose
colors from them
to highlight our living
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
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
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
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
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
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
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: firstname.lastname@example.org
18 February 2018
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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.
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
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.
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: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Ancient Thumb Readings
By: Ali Guggenheim / Psychic Phenomenon
In want of other proofs, the thumb alone,
would convince me of the existence of God” -
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
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
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
to say - Leave the
driving to us. No
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 Le Manoir
Fairmont Le Chateau
And the stunning Le Centre Sheraton Montreal!
This brand new Collette Vacation is being offered for
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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
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
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
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
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
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
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VIA Rail Canada
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
was pre-occupied. Not
so the chaplains.
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
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
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!
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 email@example.com.
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
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
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.
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
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
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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