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One Final Rant
By: Dan Roberts / Roberts Rules
Enough already. Get off the soapbox!”
Apparently, my Rana was not amused.
I admit that it was a role reversal – yours truly
using her soapbox to rattle on and on (and on) about the “social
injustice.” But I was on a roll.
Am I the only person that feels this way? Have I aged into a grouchy
In my previous columns, I have opined about my airport experience.
Please permit me one last temper tantrum concerning the “boarding
Now, I’m not going to name names (Hint: What’s the opposite of
northeast?) and let me add that to this airline’s credit they don’t nickel-
&-dime you for check-in luggage. Nor is their experience any worse
than any other airline.
My beef is over the entire boarding procedure - starting with a seat
I do not understand why, when you purchase a flight, you cannot get
a seat assignment. What’s so difficult in “first come, first served?”
But no, you have to wait 24 hours before your scheduled flight to
select, not your seat, but when you can board.
Now if you’re as crazy as I am, you anxiously sit by the computer and
obsessively check the time. You count down to exactly the permitted
second and hope that you are placed in the “A” listing.
What I find amazing is how many fellow lunatics are also waiting
for that same moment. And god forbid you do so 5 minutes past the 24
Perhaps you’ll get that “B” category, but more likely you’ll receive the
dreaded “C” classification. Make no mistake. “C” means center seating
– and odds are you’ll be sandwiched between a “calorie-challenged”
heavyweight and some screaming kid.
The good news however, is that for only $15 (and we are back to
the nickel-&-dime way of airline life) you can be guaranteed an “A”
listing. Wow, what a deal!
As an aside, how many times before even boarding do you hear the
standard announcement that there is a delay or a problem and “we
apologize for the inconvenience”?
You really believe they’re sorry? Wouldn’t you at the very least,
welcome some honest statement that reflects what they really mean:
“Yeah, we’re going to be late. Get over it! You don’t like it, take a
But I digress. Let’s get back to the boarding process.
Once they announce your letter, the cattle call begins. Like obedient
school children, you form two rows and start comparing numbers with
your fellow passengers.
“I’m 31, you’re 44, get behind me.” And woe to the person who
tries to cut in front of you. (“Hey, you’re only 52, move buddy!)
Wait, there’s more. As you enter the plane, we now play Musical
Quickly eying your prospective seat, you hope (pray) that the person
ahead of you does not grab “your” seat and there is still room overhead
for that carry-on bag you’ve been dragging around for (it seems) 3
(And how did we ever survive with luggage that did not have wheels?
But once again, I digress).
Then to cap off all the fun, the flight attendant states that the “plane
cannot leave the gate until we’re all seated, so let’s …” as if the
delay is our fault.
Finally, to add insult to injury, if you pay the $15 and out-maneuver
the exit row seat from some old lady, the flight attendant asks (after
once again “apologizing” for the delay) that for the privilege of
paying the extra money and sitting in seats that don’t recline, “in an
emergency, are you prepared to assist other passengers?”
Perhaps you can now understand why Rana took away that soapbox
when I cheerfully answered: “Ma’am, this flight is now 2 hours late
and we’re packed like sardines. If there’s an emergency, you better
believe that after I get Rana off the plane, the next thing you’ll see is
my ass running like hell off the plane.”
Naturally the flight attendant (and my Rana) were “shocked,
shocked” by my response. But all ended well – I quickly “apologized”
for my statement.
Hope you’re enjoying your summer and vacation plans too.
Get Ready for Cool Entertainment
By: Evan Davis / Entertainment Editor
As the summer gears up and the heat
kicks in, we start to look for some cool
Come on out to the Adelson Campus on Sunday,
August 19 th for our 3 pm “Sizzzlin’ Summer” spectacular.
With many people heading out of town to avoid the 110-degree
temperatures, we’ll provide some cool music hosted by Chadwick
Johnson and Jonathan Karrant. Chadwick, a pop artist, singer
and songwriter and Karrant the modern-day equivalent of jazz singer,
Mel Torme, will co-host the show. Of course, I will stick my nose out
on stage from time-to-time just because I can.
As for our scheduled lineup of talent, I can’t think of six other
performers I’d rather have sharing the stage for this event. Of course,
no offense to the 100’s or other performers that I love and adore, but
you can only do so much in 90 minutes!
Looking at the diverse talent, I would like to give you a taste of what
you can expect.
Let’s start with the lead singer of the Checkmates, Sonny Charles.
His hit, Black Pearl, put him on the entertainment map and then he
later toured with the Steve Miller Band.
That performer alone would be enough to make the show a big hit,
but let’s bring in Travis Cloer. A true Broadway star who performed in
Jersey Boys as Frankie Vali to name just one show.
And then there’s
the Vegas icon Chris
Phillips, better known as
Zowie Bowie. You can
find him everywhere from
downtown to the strip.
“Zowie Bowie is to Sin
City what Frank Sinatra
and Ann-Margret were to
With my co-hosts Chadwick Johnson &
Vegas back in the ’60s.” – a quote from the Las Vegas Magazine.
And how about the gals! Anne Martinez has performed in many
shows on the strip and is currently performing in “Baz” and Alice
“Steam Punk Concert.”
Elisa Fiorillo a backup singer with Prince and the New Power
Generation for five years, has been singing with Bruce Harper’s big
band here in town. And then we have a wonderful jazz singer from the
Bay Area, Amanda King, who has made her home in Vegas and has a
style that’s reminiscent of Ella Fitzgerald.
There’s no better way to spend a hot summer Sunday then with some
cool friends. I promise you - you’ll have your socks knocked off.
Get your tickets now!
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: email@example.com.
The Checkmates’ Sonny Charles
By: Joey Kantor / Vegas Retrospective
Publisher’s Note: We are very pleased
to introduce Joey Kantor as our new
columnist. His column “Vegas Retrospective”
says it all and to add to our good fortune,
Sonny Charles will be performing at our August 19 th Sizzlin’
Welcome to the very first Vegas Retrospective.
I don’t know where my blue silk tiger tie and white shoes are anymore,
but as a child, they accompanied me into a world most people never
got to experience - the world of Old Vegas. My father, Sol Kantor, was
a waiter in the showroom at the Riviera Hotel from 1959 until 1980.
In the 1960s and 70s I saw a lot of legendary acts. Through that child’s
eyes it was pure magic; the darkened showroom, the full orchestra, a
glittering world filled with the classiest of ladies and gentlemen.
Needless to say, I was excited when I got the opportunity to debut
this column with a look at a Las Vegas musical legend, the voice of
Checkmates Ltd. - Sonny Charles.
Checkmates Ltd. started out as a group of sixteen-year-olds in 1956:
Sonny Charles, Bobby Stevens, Sweet Louie (Marvin Smith), Bill Van
Buskirk and Harvey Trees. In 1963 they rolled into Vegas to audition at
They were told they were good but didn’t have an “act.” They were
told to go get one then come back. They were still given “the talk.”
“Whatever you do don’t do it here in the casino. The girls might
come after you, but don’t do it here,” Charles said they were instructed
by these exquisitely dressed men.
Seating at clubs was segregated. Blacks couldn’t attend shows in the
showrooms. My father, the waiter, a Bronx Jew, often ate dinner with the
legendary Mills Brothers…in the kitchen.
They didn’t give up on Vegas. In 1964 they began playing at the
Pussycat a’ Go-Go, a classic go-go club where the Wynn is now. Jazz
great Nancy Wilson connected them to Capitol Records and CMA, a
major booking agency. Sinatra loved them and had them play at his
private New Year’s Eve party which got them a contract at the Sands.
They blew up. Their shows at Nero’s Nook, a lounge at Caesar’s
Palace, was one of the hottest tickets in town. Charles said they were
the first R&B act to go mainstream in Vegas, playing both lounges and
They counted Sinatra, Sammy Davis Jr. and even Elvis as their fans.
One day Sammy invited him to dinner.
“He goes ‘Why don’t you say anything?’” Charles remembers. “I
said, well, I’m a kid from the hood. I don’t talk like everybody else.
He goes, ‘You talk street! Do you know how important that’s going to
be? I talk like I went to Oxford! I’d trade places with you right now
because you are what’s happening now!’ And I haven’t shut up yet!
That’s mentorship. That’s really profound for me.”
In 1969 Checkmates Ltd. played seventy-two variety shows on
television, including the Ed Sullivan show. They scored a number six
hit on the top 100 with Black Pearl in 1969, produced by Phil Spector.
“So many guys who came back from Vietnam said that was the song
they would listen to because it made them think about their girls back
at home,” Charles said.
The band broke up in 1970. The record company wanted to cut out
some of the players. Charles wasn’t having any of it and walked.
“That whole thing that made it work was that chemistry we had on
stage and that chemistry was five friends,” he explained.
Charles continued to make records as a solo artist and to tour
internationally. He was in The Steve Miller Band for seven years. You
can still catch him live at Piero’s with Pia Zadora most weekends.
“I’ve been doing this sixty-one years,” he proclaimed.
Joey Kantor is a journalist and award-winning fiction writer. He
is also the founder of The Katherine Gianaclis Park for the Arts.
Joey also writes, produces and directs documentary films for
seniors at www.elderbiography.com.
A National Anthem or Song?
By: Yvonne Cloutier / Musical Moments
The word anthem means song. A national
anthem, such as our Star Spangled
Banner is a special kind of song about a country’s
residents’ love and high regard for it.
Some call an anthem a hymn. There are rules and propriety
pertaining to a national anthem. It is requested that the audience
stand, sing along and if possible, follow with a standing ovation.
Since 1931, our country suggests that we place our right hand over
the heart. Men in uniform salute the flag. Some people working for
human rights, raise a black-gloved fist.
There are many American patriotic songs which could serve as our
national anthems. These songs too, are about the sacrifices of our brave
young men and women, defenders of our country in war(s) and ending
with hope for peace.
They include: S. F. Smith’s/ H. Carey’s song, America, (also known
as My Country ‘tis of Thee,); and Philip Phile’s Hail Columbia which
early on, was sung as our national song but now used to recognize our
There are other great songs that could be sung as our national
anthem. They are songs about our patriots, our hope in preserving our
country’s beauty, or desire for respectful brotherhood through kindness,
security, peacefulness, love and unity.
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signs back to life. If all this seems hard
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literally have to see it to believe it.
George M. Cohan’s You’re A Grand Old Flag tells of our hope that
our flag will fly in peace and be an emblem of the land we love; K. L.
Bates/S.A. Ward’s America the Beautiful, talks of appreciation of peace,
brotherhood, beauty of our land, and fruits of our plains; while Irving
Berlin’s God Bless America speaks of God’s protection.
Others, more instructive, are the spiritual. A few examples are: Ain’t
Going to Study War No More, John Lennon’s Imagine, Bob Dylan’s
Blowin’ in the Wind, Ben E. King’s Stand by Me, Woody Guthrie’s
This Land Is Your Land, This Land Is My Land, Lee Greenwood’s God
Bless the USA, and Bill Backer’s, I’d Like to Teach the World to Sing in
Someday, possibly, one of these songs could be a national anthem
too. Imagine that.
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From Baby to Man
By: Rana Goodman / On My Soapbox
For the last 23 years, my grandson Alex has
been (at least in my eyes) “my baby.” Those
of you who are grandmothers will understand
what I’m saying. The guys may not get it, but I’m sure you will.
Once our children grow up and marry, and present us with
grandchildren, it is a totally different feeling than we had with our kids.
I mean we no longer must be the disciplinarian. We “earned the right”
to spoil them and then, if there are any “issues,” just send them home,
Well, Alex was the youngest of my daughter Michelle’s three kids. So
I think, (ok, I admit, I know) I spoiled him the most. After all, he was
my baby. Anyone who has been in my home can attest to that from the
dozens of photos showing him at many stages of his youth.
This month however, I had to finally admit it was time to let go. “My
baby” Alex graduated University of Nevada, Reno with 4 engineering
degrees! Without any bragging (okay, maybe a little), he is on his way
to set the world on fire…. GO BABY GO!
But all is not lost for this grandmother. On the horizon, living in
Texas (San Antonio, to be exact) I have another crop. Three greatgrandchildren:
ages 3, 2, and 10 months. And compounding my joy,
across the state in Austin, next month, balloons and shouts will be
heard with the birth of yet another baby girl. I still can’t believe it! 4
How in heaven’s name did I get to be 50 years old with four greatgrandchildren?
Just kidding. I like to believe I’m counting backwards
each birthday now - that is until my daughters remind me it doesn’t
Nonetheless, walking around my backyard enjoying the beauty that
is our summer with flowers blooming everywhere, it is easy to put the
stress of every day aside and soak up the sun.
With great grandson Cohen
I can sit back, smile and just concentrate on the good things we have
in this world. I’m glad to say that family, friends, great children (yes,
I still refer to them as children even though many of them have
children of their own) within my and extended family, along with all
the dogs are what makes this a reality. Reflecting on that, I wouldn’t
change places with another soul.
*I hope you are all enjoying a wonderful summer and hope to see
you at our Vegas Voice Sizzlin’ Summer show on August 19 th . I promise,
it’s going to be the entertainment show of the year.
This is What We Do!
The Vegas Voice received a Proclamation from
the Las Vegas Mayor and City Council last
month for its efforts in protecting seniors. The
award recognized “The Vegas Voice for being an
exemplary example of bringing awareness of
elderly abuse to the community.”
Publisher Dan Roberts and political editor Rana
Goodman thanked the public officials for the
prestigious honor and recognition.
Happily, and proudly standing with the award are
(left-to-right) Mayor Carolyn Goodman, Vegas Voice
president Ray Sarbacker, Rana, Dan, Councilwoman
Michelle Fiore, Councilman Bob Coffin, Vegas Voice
project Manager Bill Caserta and Councilman Cedric
Crear. Photo: Michael Roberts.
Heather’s Tips - Summer Travel
By: Heather Latimer / Helpful Hints
Summer is here! Restaurants, theatres,
planes and cruise ships await you. GO! If
you’re healthy don’t you dare forego a pleasant
trip because you have no one to accompany you.
Think of it!
You’ll be able to go where you want, when you want - instead of
frequently giving in to the wishes of a companion. Further, you’ll be
refreshed by meeting new people in diverse walks of life; instead of you
and your companion constantly rehashing familiar happenings and
troubles back home.
However, if you contemplate a long guided tour or cruise, and still
want to consider having someone with you, here are some thoughts:
Guided tours provide plenty of company. You can take your walker
or cane. There will also likely be other single travelers present. Most
importantly, if anything goes wrong, there’s a guide to help.
If you think about taking a grandchild with no strings attached –
fine. However, if you’re expecting an ever-present watchdog, you need
tolerance for a youngster’s excitement over the adventure. Daytime
activities may be irresistible and sneaking away whilst grandma sleeps
is a common occurrence.
Many elderly world travelers actively seek chaperones and pay their
expenses. This frequently appeals to professors on sabbatical, teachers
on summer vacation, caregivers, retired doctors, and nurses. Also
Flying Companions (888-350-8886) is a worldwide service that has
been supplying bonded, trained, experienced assistants and caregivers
for eleven years.
Although the standards of yesteryear marked the two latter
arrangements as “shocking” and “immoral” I can assure you they are
acceptable these days.
Heather Latimer is a nationally recognized specialist in making
difficult subjects easy and author of 17 books. Her biography,
and latest book “How to Overcome Once-Easy Tasks That Are Now
Pains in The You-Know-What,” are accessible on www.amazon.
You Gotta Laugh
By: Bill Caserta / Bill’s Blurbs
Grandpa Knows Best: Four years old Hunter
was staying with his grandfather for a few days. He
was playing outside with the other kids when he
came into the house and asked: “Grandpa, what’s
that called when two people sleep in the same
bedroom and one is on top of the other?”
His Grandpa was a little taken aback, but he decided to tell him the
truth. “Well, Hunter, it’s called sexual intercourse.”
“Oh,” Hunter said. He went back outside to play with the other kids.
A few minutes later he came back and said: “Grandpa, it isn’t called
sexual intercourse. It’s called bunk beds. And Jimmy’s mom wants to talk
The Art Collector: A New York attorney representing a wealthy art
collector called his client.
“Saul, I have some good news, and I have some bad news.”
The art collector replied, “I’ve had an awful day. Give me the good
The lawyer said: “Well, I met with your wife today and she informed
me that she just invested $5,000 in two pictures that she thinks will bring
a minimum of $15 million to $20 million. I think she could be right.”
Saul replied enthusiastically, “Well done! My wife is a brilliant
businesswoman! You’ve just made my day. Now I know I can handle the
bad news. What is it?”
The lawyer replied, “The pictures are of you and your secretary.”
Bill Caserta is the Project Director for The Vegas Voice and
has a very “unique” sense of humor. He welcomes all funny
submissions at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Summer Camp at PawPaw and Nonnie’s
By: Vicki Wentz / Vicki’s Voice
Assembly Instructions for the Mickey Mouse
futon/bunk bed! Please read CAREFULLY:
1. Unpack all materials and compare list of
items with the items in the box. Ha Ha! We’re just
kidding, there’s no way you’ve got all the items on the list.
Head to the hardware store, because your grandchildren arrive in
four days and there’s zero chance we can send you the stuff we left out
for at least a week! Ha Ha! (again).
2. Line up your materials the way they are shown in Diagram A.
This won’t help in any way, but it cracks us up to know you’re trying
to do it!
3. Attach the two railings (1a) to the two bottom struts (2a) as shown
in Diagram B, using the small screws (3) and washers (4). Except,
you’ll need four of those washers, and again, you only have three...
(Ha Ha once again). No we are NOT laughing at you, we SWEAR!
You might check your tool box, but you won’t have one, so back to
the hardware store. You should maybe start a tab while you’re there.
4. Attach the two larger struts (2b) to the other two railings (1b).
(We notice that you bought several of those washers, just in case. A
wise move, as you can plainly see.)
5. Now, fit both of the pieces together, as shown in Diagram C. What
do you mean, they don’t fit?
Of course, they fit...uh...well, they will fit if you just loosen those
screws a bit, so you’ve got a little give in there. So what if it wiggles, it’s
for kids! It’s gonna wiggle eventually, trust us!
6. Attach the ladder to the frame, as shown in Diagram C. Take the
ladder and hold it against the frame with your right hand, threading
one of the six large screws (3a) into a washer (4a) then insert it into
the appropriate hole (7) with your left hand.
With your third hand, spin the nut onto the end of the screw (3a)
to tighten, and while still holding the ladder AND the screw in place,
use your fourth hand to tighten the screw with your new electric
screwdriver…which you forgot to charge last night, so put everything
down, go plug it in, then go find your old regular screwdriver.
Repeat eight times until the ladder is firmly attached to the frame.
Remember, this bunkbed is for the grandkids, not you. We KNOW
the box says: “Supports up to 250 pounds”, but…well, we wrote that
part the night of Ernie’s (up in Accounting) bachelor party, and tell
you the truth, we weren’t all that...uh...precise about it, so GET THE
HELL OFF THAT LADDER!
And just between you and us, I wouldn’t feed the kids too much if
they’re about to climb up there, either, but so what, there IS an obesity
crisis in this country, you know. Don’t shoot the messenger!
7. Attach the two hinged levers (5) to either side of the lower frame,
and then attach the bottom platforms to those hinges, enabling the
futon to glide easily from a sitting position to a full-size bed. Using
Diagram D as a reference, place two of the largest screws (6AA), and
their accompanying washers with one hand against the hinges, and
with your other right hand...oh, please, you know the rest.
8. Congratulations! What do you mean, it doesn’t “glide easily”? Of
course, it glides easily! Try it again! Huh?
Well, obviously you did something wrong.
Vicki Wentz is a writer, teacher and speaker living in North
Carolina. Readers may contact her - and order her new children’s
book! - by visiting her website at www.vickiwentz.com.
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pool means easy summer beauty is a must!
This month I finally found my answer to nail
polish that lasts even after a day in the water. And the best part is it’s
inexpensive and I can do it myself at home!
As much as I love having my nails done, unless I use a gel polish, my
manicure never lasts very long. And even though the gels look great, I
have never found it to be the best option as my nails are very thin after
I’m always concerned about the safety of the curing process. I’m sure
many women love it anyway, but you know I love alternatives!
Recently I went to a salon in Vegas and the manicurist suggested for
my “at home option” to try the Sally Hansen Miracle Gel two-part polish.
I picked it up on my last visit to CVS and I am so happy I did! I was
traveling non-stop and had no time to fit in a professional manicure, so
I figured it was worth a try.
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By: Adrea Nairne-Barrera / 60s to 60
Everyone in the world (well almost) knows
about the sock fairy. If you do laundry and
wear socks, sooner or later the sock fairy shows up
and there you are with odd socks.
You can tie them together but, in the end, there’s no getting around
it. I’ve accepted that.
I’m still baffled by other laundry mysteries, like why all the pockets
turn inside out when you wash them. I don’t do it. It just happens.
Moving on to the kitchen - every Thanksgiving we buy a turkey
baster. Last year I was sure I had at least 5 or 6 of them so I didn’t
bother getting a new one. As usual, there was not a one to be found in
I had plenty of string to sew up the turkey but alas, no baster. It
probably went the way of the socks.
How about spatulas? The only one I still have is about 40 to 50 years
old with a green handle and it belonged to my parents. But I recall
buying a cute set of silicone ones, getting some from casino promotions
and seeing several in the drawer. Where did they all go?
And most curiously, is my mother’s spatula holding some secret
power that makes it appear every time I need it? Maybe it scares off all
the younger spatulas.
The most annoying of all kitchen tales has got to be lids and
containers. Show me one person on the planet who can tell me they
have never had mismatching lids and containers.
I even bought a set where there are only 3 sizes and all the lids are
interchangeable. I think they shrunk because now they don’t all fit.
Storage space holds quite a challenge too. How is it that when you
organize your entire home, clear out older things and have leftover
shelf space, it magically fills up while you sleep!
And last but not least, is the collection of mugs coming out of the
dishwasher. Buy one more mug as a souvenir of places visited and the
whole balance of the kitchen dish cabinet is thrown off. I spend too
much time making all the handles line up for that one extra little guy
that reminds me of a great vacation.
As trivial as this all is, the answers still escape me. In the meantime,
I’m headed to the dollar store to buy spatulas.
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A Raunchy Crazy Ride
By: Dianne Davis / That’s Entertainment
Opium: It’s campy. It’s crazy, It’s fun and
funky. It isn’t for everyone. Speigelworld, the
creators of Absinthe, are at it again.
If you enjoyed Absinthe, check out Opium at the
Cosmopolitan. It’s Las Vegas so the show includes a variety of acts. But
not always the usual ones.
A sword swallower – first time we’ve seen one of them in Vegas up close
and personal. How the heck does he not only seem to swallow a straight
sword, but a twisted one as well?!
A woman who ends up in a huge balloon. Yes, really. A Juggler. I guy
who says, “I never ever do cocaine, but I do like the smell.” and “We’re
gonna need to see your d....”
Photo: Erik Kabik/Spiegelworld
Get the picture? Not for immature audiences. Scottie, the maintenance
man is the best Hula Hooper we’ve seen.
You get an inkling of what’s coming when you meet Captain Ann
Tennille. Then there’s Leslie the Activities Director who says, “I’m not a
ho, just the right amount of slutty.”
Oh, I forgot the hula hooper. And the announcement that “The whole
crew is available for casual sexual encounters after we land.”
Ah, about the landing – The premise is silly. A space ship called Opium
is traveling to Las Vegas. These characters are the passengers and crew.
There is a scene involving bananas but we aren’t even going to discuss
it. It’s too mushy. And a guy with a chihuahua.
Bottom line: Prudes stay away. The comedy is raunchy and edgy
(translate- sometimes vulgar but hilarious), the musical numbers are
well done, and the show is a great fit in Vegas. (Some suggest a bit of
legal weed prior to the show.)
Shoot into outer space with Opium in the 262 seat intimate theater at
the Cosmopolitan. Check for show packages. And enjoy!
Dianne Davis is also a reporter for Sun City Anthem TV (SCA-
TV) specializing in entertainment, and LV Associate Editor
of lasvegassplash.com. She hikes, travels with her husband Burt, and
works on her stand-up comedy.
(L to R) Joe Darro, Kirk Kuykendall, Jimmy Racey, Tony
Pereira & Joyce Carole. Photo by Susan Cramer.
Jazz Diva Back on Stage
By: Sam Wagmeister / People & Places
After too many years away from the
microphone, Joyce Carole stepped before an
all star band last month at the iconic Dispensary
Lounge; a salute to the nights when sultry singers and Carole herself
ruled Las Vegas saloons. The dainty vocalist with a rich, throaty voice
had teased audiences at The Dispensary and other local night spots in
her tune-or-two guest appearances with iconic headliners.
Retired tech executive and killer guitar guy Tony Pereira had become
one of Joyce’s lounge fans. “I’ve never heard a better torch singer”
when he stumbled across a 15-year old poster announcing a long ago
performance at DeSteffano’s, the fabled Las Vegas nightspot of the past.
“When’s the next show?” Pereira texted her. He accepted the challenge
when she replied, “When you book it.”
Carole was born into a show business family. Her father was a regular
background figure in Our Gang and many feature films. He provided
an entrée into movies, and a hallway gallery in her home boasts
personalized, autographed photographs signed by the Gables, Monroes
and Doris Days of the era.
Her sultry, Peggy Lee-like voice led Carole to a successful career in Los
Angeles lounges and then Canada where she hosted a television loungethemed
show, outdrawing the popular Dragnet in the ratings. She
returned to the States to care for her ailing father before later resuming
her career, but again, walked away from the spotlight for 18 years after
the birth of her son.
One of the kings of Vegas keyboards, Joe Darro, first met Carole when
she guested at downtown’s long-gone Take One Lounge. The two moved
on to DeSteffano’s. When Darro teamed with Michael Delano for their
Last Sunday of the Month shows at Dispensary, Joyce and her friends
For what she calls “the most exciting night of my life,” she commented,
“I had the best local singers in attendance.” Their consensus was that
Joyce Carole was a member of their ranks.
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Shane, Shane, Come Back
By: Beverly Washburn / Hollywood Memories
thought I’d write this month about another
I favorite film of mine: “Shane.” For those
of you who have seen it, how could you not
remember those famous words “Shane, Shane, come back” spoken by
the wonderful child actor Brandon De Wilde playing the part of Joey
The year was 1952, and I was cast as one of the Lewis children whose
father was Edgar Buchanan. That’s me, the little girl on the right in the
Although I only had a small part, it was a thrill for me since we filmed
most of it in Jackson Hole, Wyoming. We were on location for three
months. It was so beautiful with the Teton Mountains and everything
about the movie serves as one of my most treasured memories.
It was directed by the legendary George Stevens, but as I have
mentioned in prior columns, working with such a famous director had
no meaning to me at the time as I was only nine years old. It wasn’t
until my later years, that I realized just how fortunate I was to have
been directed by such a movie icon.
The film starred Alan Ladd, and as a little tidbit, I thought I’d share
something with you. One Saturday, on our day off, we all decided to go
up the mountain on a chair lift. Well, apparently Alan Ladd was afraid
of heights and once he got up to the top, he refused to go back down.
The studio had to send a helicopter to pick him up!
Here he was, Alan Ladd, this famous macho western hero and he
Foundation Assisting Seniors
Ribbon Cutting Ceremony
On June 12, 2018, the Foundation Assisting Seniors hosted a ribbon
cutting ceremony, which was presented by the Henderson Chamber of
Commerce, to celebrate the foundation’s new location. The foundation
provides free services including home maintenance and durable medical
equipment maintenance and delivery, as well as essential programs like
the HowRU and the Medication Reminder.
was too afraid to go back
down! What made matters worse
is that the next day, the entire
cast and crew kept teasing him
and then added: “Little Beverly
didn’t seem to have a problem.”
I was totally embarrassed by
that and was afraid he would
be upset with me. Thankfully he
took the ribbing in stride. And
he even gave me a hug.
I was so relieved! He was extremely nice and I’m grateful to have
been a part of such an iconic film.
Sadly, Brandon De Wilde was killed in an accident in 1972 at the age
of 30. He was such a typical little boy when we were filming - always
pulling my pigtails and teasing me.
He was nominated for an Oscar for that role as best supporting
actor and I’m sure, had he lived, that he would have gone on to major
stardom. It makes us all realize just how fragile life can be.
Until next time, remember: “It only takes a smile to make a dark day
Beverly Washburn graced the silver screen as a child actress and
is the author of Reel Tears. You can contact Beverly at: bjradell@
hotmail.com. Check out her awesome, new website: www.
More than forty community supporters, Henderson Chamber of
Commerce representatives, and foundation members were present at the
ribbon cutting ceremony. In addition, City of Henderson Councilwoman
Gerri Schroder and representatives from the office of Senator Deal Heller
and Congresswoman Jacky Rosen presented certificates to the Foundation
Assisting Seniors in honor of its new location and continued dedication to
Henderson’s senior community.
Please support the organization that
contributes so much for the good of the
game. If you are already a member of the USGA
you know what I’m talking about; but if not,
consider joining. The cost is only $25 for a year’s
membership. And for joining, you will receive a 2018 U.S. Open Hat
(this alone is worth the price). You’ll also receive a USGA Member Bag
Tag with your name on it.
Plus, you will receive the e-newsletter on all things golf. Additional
benefits include discounts at www.usgashop.com and advance
opportunity to purchase U.S. Open ticket packages. I can tell you from
personal experiences it can be difficult to get those if you are not a
If interested in joining
golf clubs that organize
tournaments for their
members, please consider
the Nevada State Senior Golf
Association (NSSGC.org) or
the Winterwood Men’s Golf
I’ve been a member of both
clubs for many years and
enjoy the comradery and
competition of every event.
For the Love of the Game
By: Mike Landry / Golf Fore Ever
Mike Landry resides in Sun City MacDonald Ranch and is a member
of both the Nevada State Seniors Golf Club and Winterwood Men’s
Group. He can be reached at: email@example.com
Achieving Khechari Mudra
By: Ali Guggenheim / Psychic Phenomenon
According to “Yoga Practices”, Khechari
Mudra is considered the king among mudras
(poses). In Sanskrit the word “kha” indicates
supreme reality, and “chara” means movement.
This gesture enables a practitioner to reach blissful states of higher
consciousness, erotic sensations and helps overcome thirst, hunger,
decay and even death. Yet, it is the least practiced of all Yoga postures.
“Khechari has the strongest influence over our brain’s
neurochemistry”, explains Kevin Curtis, “It’s powerful influence over
the brain is due to the direct stimulation the tongue has upon five
of the cranial nerves and the erectile tissues in the nasal cavity - the
stimulation of which is directly linked to left and right brain dominance
(which plays an important roll in the awakening process).”
Also known as tongue-locking or tongue-swallowing techniques,
Yogis claim that one of our most ecstatically sensitive organs is located
around half an inch above the roof of our mouth. This spot can be
reached with the tongue, which is what some claim that Khechari
Mudra is all about. Their message is that, “Sex seems pleasant to you
now, but when you discover the joy of real inner union, you will see
how much more wonderful that is.”
The key and greatest challenge to Khechari Mudra is to gently stretch
out the frenulum membrane under the tongue. It takes time, patience
and practice to get this inflexible membrane to allow the tongue to roll
back far and up enough to be able to insert it into the nasal cavity.
The Yogi’s ultimate goal is to reach and experience blissful sensations
and taste the “Amrit”, a sweet, good flavored nectar which energizes the
body and flows from the roof of the nasal cavity.
To learn more about Ali, spiritual consultations, coaching, classes,
workshops, and readings, call, give her a call: 702/373-9081.
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The D.A. is Illegitimate!
By: Dan Hyde / Call to Action
This election “circus” is an abomination! If
you think your voice will be heard through
the ballot box you are in for a huge surprise!
If you are a registered Republican, Independent or Non-Partisan
YOU CAN’T VOTE for the District Attorney (D.A.)! It’s true!
A state law passed in the 2017 forbids anyone, other than the shared
party of the candidates, from voting for the DA! That meant that only
registered Democrats can vote for the DA this election because there
were only two Democrats running for the office!
And “congratulations” to the winner of the Democratic primary:
If you are not a Democrat, did you notice that the D. A. was not on
your ballot? Does anyone, (besides me) see that this action is dead
wrong? Yet, no one is challenging this despicable violation of our rights!
The D.A. is THE chief law enforcer of protecting the public - all of us,
should worry you. The
D.A is illegitimate!
How’s that for
that this state is a
cesspool of political
zealots with no concern
about protecting your
Dan Hyde is a passionate and effective advocate for the senior
community. He served as Chair of the City of Henderson’s Senior
Advisory Commission. He can be reached at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Rotary Club of Green Valley
On Memorial Day weekend, the Rotary Club of Green Valley
presented its inaugural Field of Honor at Cornerstone Park
in Henderson. More than 800 American flags were displayed
honoring heroes: veterans, active duty military, first responders and
community members whose lives reflect the Rotary motto: “Service
The sea of red, white and blue provided a powerful visual experience,
not to be forgotten. Fifty-eight flags stood slightly apart from the main
field. Each one of these flags represented a victim of the senseless 1
October shooting that rocked the Las Vegas valley.
More Common Insurance
By: Jim Valkenburg / Insurance Insight
. My insurance company will pay off my
loan if my car is totaled or stolen. FACT:
Maybe yes, maybe no. The insurance company will pay fair market
value which is the original cost less depreciation.
If this amount is less than the balance of your auto loan, you will
be responsible for the difference. Adding “gap” insurance on your auto
policy when you buy a new vehicle will solve that problem.
It’s important to know that you should add “gap” coverage to your
insurance policy and NOT buy it from the dealer. Why? Because you can
delete it from your policy when it’s no longer needed, but if you buy it
from the dealer, it is added to your loan and you’re paying for it as long
as the loan is outstanding – with interest!
2. Your insurance rates increase when you get older. FACT:
Yes and no. Once you turn 50 or 55 your rates with most companies
This is strictly based on loss statistics – people over 50 have
significantly fewer and less costly accidents. However, those statistics
change over 70, so don’t be surprised if your rates increase at 70 or 75
and, especially 80.
You can consider several things to lower your costs such as (a) taking
a defensive driving class, (b) make sure you’ve changed your usage to
pleasure (from to/from work use) once you retire, and change your
annual miles driven. Not all companies rate on usage or annual miles
but many do, so it pays to check.
I would also ask your agent what the discount would be if you take
a defensive driver class – some give sizable discounts and some are
extremely low. That discount, however, lasts for 3 years.
3. Your personal auto policy covers the business use of your car.
FACT: Absolutely not for most businesses. If you are a realtor, marketing
rep, attorney or other occupations that means driving often during the
day, you can make the car you drive “business use” on your personal
However, if you have a business, you need commercial insurance.
Today many people are working part-time as Uber or Lyft drivers.
These companies provide insurance only when you have a passenger
– but not going to or
from passenger pick-up.
There are companies
now that will actually
provide coverage for you
on a personal auto policy
if you are one of these
Still more next month.
Jim Valkenburg is a retired military officer and insurance executive.
He and his wife owned and operated their own insurance agency for
over 16 years. His primary purpose is to give out real information
that can be used to make intelligent insurance decisions.
If You’re Hot, so is Your Car
By: BJ Killeen / Down the Road
Ah, summertime. Swimming, barbecues,
shorts, and road trips. We’ve waited all year
for school to get out, so we can go with the kids
and grandkids on a family vacation.
We pile up the car with everything from luggage to pool floats and
head on down the road. If you’ve lived in Las Vegas long enough, you
know that summer can be 10 times worse than many other cities.
The average temperature in July can be 105 degrees. No problem,
you say. Just flip on the air conditioner and everyone is happy and
But what about your car? If it’s also not happy and comfortable,
you’ll be spending a good hour by the side of the road waiting for help
while your car sits there, overheating.
How can we make sure our vehicle stays cool during the hot summer
months? First, remember to keep up with regular maintenance.
Checking radiator fluid is one of the services performed during these
intervals. You also should check your coolant level a day before you
head out on the road.
Don’t wait for the warning light to come on the dash before deciding
to do something. Checking your coolant is relatively simple, but there
The easiest way to do it is, if you can see the coolant reservoir, see if
the fluid is filled to the “full” line. If so, that’s good, and you don’t need
to do anything else.
If not, make sure the engine is cool before opening the radiator cap
to check the level. You could burn yourself if the system is pressurized.
If you need to add coolant, see your owner’s manual for what kind
and how to do it. Don’t add coolant to an overheated engine; it could
do more damage than just overheating.
Also check the radiator hoses as well. If you see bulges, cracks or
leaks, get them replaced before getting on the road.
Keeping your cool this summer is as easy as keeping your vehicle the
BJ Killeen has been an automotive journalist for over 30 years.
She welcomes all questions and inquiries, and can be reached at
Death with Dignity
IBy: Rana Goodman/Political Editor
n the last state legislative session, a bill to legalize “Death with
Dignity” - a physician assisted procedure of taking one’s own life
when terminally ill, never came to the floor for discussion.
Under several different names, this type of bill has seen much
controversy. It has however, now become legal in California (but subject
to court challenges), in Oregon and is slowly gaining acceptance across
How many of you have had to care for a loved one with a terminal
illness? Or perhaps watch them waste away knowing there was nothing
you or the medical community could do to help them.
My father had cancer in his bone marrow and the only thing that
kept him going was the steroid Prednisone. His doctor kept trying to
wean him off of it, but he would become very weak and lose so much
weight, they put him back on.
What’s your Opinion?
Death with Dignity
We would favor such law
We would oppose such law
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As time went on, each day he would
beg me to help him out of his pain and
suffering. He would grab my hand and
say, “if you loved me, you would help me.”
I would look at all the pills lined up at
his bedside and just tell him, as softly as I
could, “Pa, if you loved me you wouldn’t
ask me to.” Even if I could have brought
myself to do something, my mother would
never have forgiven me.
Eventually, I was able to convince her
to let me place him in Hospice. He passed
away there peacefully two days later. My
mother never forgave me for placing him
there, although I know it was the right thing to do.
Over the years, I wondered if Nevada had allowed “Death with
Dignity” would my father have asked his doctor for that option? I
believe he would have. He was such a proud man. He cared about his
image and appearance so much that toward the end, he would not
allow visitors to see him any longer - not even family.
When I first read a “Death with Dignity” bill I thought, not only of
my father, but also of friends that died from some of the most painful
types of cancer. We all hope and pray that a cure is around the corner,
but I couldn’t tell that to my best friend Jenny, who died of brain cancer
without having a chance to see her two beautiful grandsons.
I also want to quickly add that for those who would oppose such a
law, I understand and respect your belief and feelings unconditionally.
We also know that there is no “right or wrong” position. If ever there
would be an issue that should not be political, it is this one.
At this point, Publisher Dan and I would just like to get a sense as to
what readers believe. What do you think? Should The Vegas Voice
support such a law?
We want to hear what you think. Please feel free to complete the survey
and mail to us or complete on our homepage website: thevegasvoice.
By: Jennifer Leepard, MD
Have you ever been outside on a beautiful
Spring morning with the wind blowing
and enjoying the flowers and the trees only to feel
your eyes getting itchy and you start sneezing?
What’s triggering your reaction?
Well, there are four categories of allergens that can prompt an attack
of seasonal allergies along with ways you can manage them.
Pollens: In the Spring and Summer, allergies are caused by tree and
grass pollens. In the Fall, weeds are often to blame. When the pollen
counts are high:
1. Stay indoors, keep windows closed and use the air conditioner and
2. If you do have to go outside, take allergy medication 30 minutes
beforehand and wear a facemask. When you come back in, be sure to
shower and put on clean clothes.
Insects: House dust mites, cockroaches, and ladybugs can cause
allergies too. If you’re reacting to these allergens:
1. Encase your mattresses, pillows, and box springs in allergen-proof
2. Wash your bedding weekly in hot water (at least 130° F)
3. Wear a face mask when cleaning your house
4. Change the furnace and A/C filters regularly
Animals: Allergens can come from the animal’s skin (dander) or
fur, from feathers
or saliva. If you’re
sharing your home
with your pet, here are some ways you can
reduce your allergic responses:
1. Restrict your pet to rooms with tiled or
2. Bathe your pet weekly with warm water
and pet soap
3. Vacuum frequently and use a HEPA filter
4. Choose allergy-friendly pet breeds
Molds: Mold spores usually grow in weather that is humid, wet or
damp, so you’d think that Southern Nevada would be immune to this
allergy risk. However, mold can grow in any area where water is present,
like kitchens and bathrooms. Here are some ways to treat mold and to
keep it from coming back:
1. Use bleach on moldy areas as well as furnace filters, refrigerator,
2. Fix water leaks
3. Use a dehumidifier
4. Don’t use fans that draw air from the outside and use the A/C
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On to November! Democratic voters have
chosen their nominees and it’s now time to
educate all the voters on why they should vote for them in the general
The next Governor of Nevada should be Clark County Commissioner
Steve Sisolak. Mr. Sisolak is considered a moderate who listens to both
sides of every issue.
His opponent has spent most of his life outside of Nevada, and as
Attorney General refused to do what the citizens voted for. Jacky Rosen
aims to bring new life and transparency to the U.S. Senate. Dean Heller
has been running away from the public for years and we have a chance
to elect somebody who represents us.
Many national pundits have written that control of the U.S. House
of Representatives runs through Nevada. If Democrats are to take back
the House we need to keep both CD3 and CD4 “blue.”
Democrats will protect Social Security and Medicare
while Republicans threaten to cut and t a x
both. The current Republican
administration is going so far as
to separate mothers and children.
This is reprehensible and must stop.
Susie Lee wants to represent the people
of Congressional District 3. Her opponent,
Danny oh-for-6 Tarkanian just wants to
represent himself and keeps running and
being rejected by the voters.
Equally significant is Congressional
District 4. Steve Horsford won in 2012 but lost in 2014 when Democratic
voters stayed home (the Republican vote total hardly changed). It is
imperative that Democrats get out the vote this year.
Congratulations to Judge Elissa Cadish who came in 1 st in her Non-
Partisan primary for the Nevada Supreme Court. Judge Cadish will now
move on to the General Election against the 2 nd place finisher.
The Red Rock Democratic Club is holding its annual “Beat the Heat”
Brunch on Sunday, August 5 th at 10 am. Former Congresswoman and
current CEO of Touro University Shelley Berkley will be the MC.
This will be a fantastic place to meet all of the candidates up for
election. For tickets and information please contact Ginny Krueger at
If you live near Henderson: Sun City Anthem Democrats: 2 nd
Wednesday of the month (contact David Hatton djhatton9@gmail.
Southwest Democratic Club: 3 rd Monday of the month. Contact Steve
Democrats in Action
By: Howard Beckerman /
Howard Beckerman serves on the Nevada State Democratic
Central Committee, the Clark County Central Committee, and is Vice
President of the Red Rock Democratic Club. He has been active in the
political scene for over 40 years.
Republicans for Election
By: Victoria Seaman / Victoria’s Corner
The long and sometimes bloody primary
battles are behind us. Some of the races
ended up being quite boring, some ended up loud
Regardless of whether or not your candidates won, these are now the
candidates that all Republicans must get behind and support through
victory in November.
U.S. Senate/Dean Heller: I understand as Republicans, there are
times when we disagreed with Senator Heller. I also know that there will
never be times when we agree with Rep. Jacky Rosen.
With a Democrat-controlled US Senate, there will never be a Supreme
Court nominee approved with this administration. We have to look at
the bigger picture and elect our nominee.
Governor/Adam Laxalt: There has never been a more critical
time to elect a Republican governor then now. If we don’t have the veto
pen in the hands of a strong conservative governor, we will have no
defense against the Democratic legislature’s effort to turn Nevada into
Their desires for higher taxes, more
money wasted on a failing education
system, ending your second
amendment rights, and a long list
of other efforts to grow government
will become a reality.
Lt. Governor, Attorney
General, Secretary of State, Treasurer, and Controller. These
offices cover everything from enforcing our laws, controlling our
elections, investing the state’s money, to paying its bills. We have great
candidates for these offices and it’s critical that these functions stay in
the hands of strong conservatives.
State Legislature: Governor Laxalt’s veto won’t mean much if he
doesn’t have the votes in the legislature to defend it. That is why it’s
critical that we elect the Republican Senate and Assembly candidates
in our districts. These men and women are our front line of defense
against Sanctuary cities, higher taxes, and the rest of the Democrat
agenda for Nevada.
So now the work begins. I ask you to roll up your sleeves and join
with me to get our team elected. There’s a great number of ways you
As always, these candidates will be going up against well-funded
opponents with large amounts of special interest money and union
support. I encourage you to donate to the candidates you believe in.
In addition to donating, there are volunteer opportunities. Reach out
to the Nevada Republican Party at www.nevadagop.org to learn how
you can help. You can also visit the Battle Born conservative women’s
PAC at www.bbcw.com for ways to help.
Victoria Seaman is a former Nevada Assemblywoman,
businesswoman and currently a Realtor in Las Vegas. You can
contact Victoria at: email@example.com.
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When Your Knees Hurt
By: Kyo Mitchell / A Healthier You
As individuals get older, many develop knee
pain. There are many potential causes to
There are four major ligaments which help stabilize the femur (thigh
bone) to the tibia (leg bone). Damage to these ligaments is usually due
to some type of sudden trauma to the area of the knee. This type of knee
pain does not usually occur without an event where the person was very
much aware that damage was done to the knee.
Another very common cause of knee pain is damage to the meniscus.
The meniscus is a shock absorber between the femur and the tibia. If
an individual were to try and jump up and down without the meniscus,
the femur and tibia would be slammed together every time your feet hit
This would eventually result in damage to both the femur and tibia.
The meniscus helps prevent this damage.
The meniscus itself can become damaged in a number of ways.
Planting your foot solidly on the ground while twisting your body is one
way to damage the meniscus. What happens here is that the tibia stays
stationary while the femur twists.
This creates a shearing effect between the two bones that can tear the
meniscus, a very painful injury. A tear in the meniscus requires surgery.
The meniscus however, can be damaged without any overt injury.
Similar to the intervertebral discs in your back that protect your spine,
the meniscus wears down with time.
As it becomes thinner and thinner, its ability to serve as a shock
absorber works less and less well. It can wear down so much that
eventually you will have areas where there is little to no meniscus and
no shock absorber between the bones. This damages the bone and
periosteum, the outer covering of the bone, which can be very painful.
If you have knee pain while walking up and downstairs, there is a
good possibility that the meniscus is severely worn or damaged. Imaging
is usually done to check the status of the meniscus and to determine if
a knee replacement is called for, or if a more conservative therapy may
help the patient.
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
By: Howard Galin / Happy Gardening
Living in the desert southwest, gardeners
must be cognizant of the “How to” and
“When” to properly irrigate our landscape. The
goal is to be certain that the water we are using is
having an optimal effect on our landscaping.
The irrigation drip systems that were installed when our homes were
built may now be due for a major overhaul.
We must consistently check the drip emitters for salt buildup that
clogs the waterflow. Focusing on one section of your garden at a time,
check the flow.
If clogged, remove the emitters and place in a solution of vinegar
and let stand overnight. The next morning, they will be totally clean
and ready to be reinstalled.
Keep in mind that your landscaping has grown over the years. Your
irrigation system needs to do the same.
The amount of water needed has increased and the number and
locations of the emitters need to be addressed as well. Emitters are
labeled with the amount of water that is discharged per hour - ranging
from ½ gallon to 5 gallons.
Therefore as the plants grows, the need for water increases. You must
replace the original emitters with higher capacity ones.
Remember that the root systems have also expanded necessitating
relocating where the emitters should be positioned. Tubing should be
extended and emitters repositioned away from the base of the plant so
that they will water the extended root tip areas of the plants.
Additional emitters should be added to the system as well. With older
trees and shrubs, look at the circumference of the canopy and place
emitters around its edges.
When & how much to water during growing season:
Non-Native Plants: Twice a day (1 hour before dawn and right
after dusk) for ½ hour every day.
Native Plants: 15-30 minutes watering 1-2 times per week.
* I will be presenting a class on “Propagating and Growing Cactus.”
July 18 th at 6 pm at the University of Nevada Cooperative Extension,
8050 Paradise Road. Call 702/257-5555 for free reservations.
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school administrator, transplanted in Las Vegas who devotes his
time to communicating with and lecturing about our native
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By: Chuck Dean / Vet 2 Vet
hear it all the time. “Where do you go at the
I VA for this, or that? How do I get an ID card?
How do I sign up for health care? Can I get a
primary care physician at the VA?, and so on and so on.
Back in my day when you got discharged they did not give you an
operator’s manual on being a veteran. Perhaps we were expected to be
clairvoyant about how to receive entitlements and benefits as a vet. We
were left to our own devices, and sometimes it takes years to find out
about some important things.
One of the challenges for veterans is trying to navigate the system to
figure out what they are entitled to, and what resources are available
for them. I’ve spent many years route-finding the quagmire for my own
uses; and have helped other vets do the same.
With a governmental department that is in constant flux, like the
VA is, things have not been easy for us ordinary veterans to figure out
what’s going on. I still routinely meet Korean and Vietnam era veterans
that are clueless about how to even get enrolled; which means getting
an ID card first to receive services or compensation.
Well, getting an ID card is a pretty simple fix - just go to the
Information Desk at any VA Medical Center and ask for directions. But
what about the myriad other services that are not so easy to find or
Recently I ran across the National Resource Directory and as far
as I can see it may be the ticket for all of us. The Directory is one of
the largest online collections of government and non-government
resources specifically designed for Veterans, service members, their
families and caregivers.
With a unique collection of more than 16,000 organized and vetted
resources, the directory provides information covering a variety of
topics; including benefits and compensation, education, homeless
assistance, housing and other services.
For Veterans looking for reliable resources and information, the
In the Know
directory is a one-stop alternative to
searching through multiple websites
and publications to find what you’re
looking for. At www.nrd.gov, all
resources and information for a topic
area can be found within a single
website and are easily located using the site’s search engine.
The result of a partnership between the U.S. Departments of Defense,
Labor and Veterans Affairs in 2011, the directory has been the go-to
destination for Veterans and their families to find trusted resources and
information. All three agencies are committed to maintaining and
improving the site today and in the future.
Still unable to confront the mammoth VA machine? There are service
officers ready and willing to take the point and guide you through
the swamp. Many veterans do not know that they have free advocacy
available to them through various Service Organizations, such as the
VVA, VFW, American Legion, and Disabled American Veterans. (Google
is always a good way to find the one nearest you.) These folks do all the
legwork for you; and are experts at dealing with the system.
Better yet…it’s free! Just have your DD Form 214 on hand when you
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.
Nellis Book Signing
By: Chuck Dean
On May 26 th , I paid homage to our fallen heroes in an extraordinary
way. I was honored to sign my books in the mall at the Nellis Air
Force Base Exchange. It was a lovely day and I met some great people.
So why is it so important to write books for veterans and our military?
I write from my own experiences. When I came home from Vietnam,
I never talked about the war and this proved to be a bad idea.
By clamming up, I did a disservice to myself and those around me
by keeping it stuffed inside. It wasn’t until I read some information and
opened up to communicate about my experiences that I began to come
out of a very low slump in my life.
I found that with understanding comes healing. This is why I write
books for veterans to read.
It has become my way of taking some
responsibility for my fellow veterans
and even today’s troops. I write with the
hope that it will provide the right tools to
help them re-integrate and experience a
healthy productive life on the home front.
All my books can be found on Amazon
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invite you to visit my author page at www.
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By: John Beilun / Time Traveler
The 46 year old beauty picked up her spyglass
and looked in every direction. She had been
doing so for nine hours.
A rider appeared, bearing bad news. Bladensburg had fallen, and
4,000 redcoats now headed her way. She must leave at once, or risk
capture - or worse.
Only a carriage and wagon were available. All other transportation
had disappeared along with the 8,000 residents of Washington City.
Rather than immediately depart, the woman ordered the messenger
and her only remaining servant to help load the vehicles with as much
as they could bear. Eschewing personal possessions, they collected all
the national treasures they could find - including the Declaration of
Independence and the Constitution.
When the wagon was a-brim, the lady sent it off. Only one beloved
item remained: Gilbert Stuart’s famous portrait of George Washington.
Because it was bolted to a wall, the woman ordered the frame be broken
and the canvas removed. She quickly carried it to the carriage and fled.
Shortly thereafter, the British entered the city and torched every
public building - the White House included.
The daring, courageous and patriotic lady was Dolly Madison,
the wife of the President. Along with her many qualities, she had the
foresight to realize the importance of symbols to her nascent country.
In May 1794, she met James Madison through Aaron Burr, a mutual
friend. Although a life-long bachelor and seventeen years her senior,
James was smitten. They married
just four months thereafter.
In 1808, America elected her
husband as President and Dolly
as First Lady. And, by golly, no one
ever took Washington by storm
Knowing the importance
of image, Dolly decorated an
indecorous White House. Then,
unlike her predecessors, she
commenced holding constant
soirees and teas. Both political
friend and foe alike were invited.
She served such exotic dishes as ice cream and particularly wooed
the wives by asking for recipes and advice. Her charm was also not lost
on the husbands. Although all politicians are inherently contentious,
Dolly’s easy manner magically made them less so.
In fact, her simple presence and natural affability held together a
country that was on the verge of coming apart.
On July 12, 1849, Dolly died – 32 years after having left the White
House. However, her beloved country still remembered and revered her.
Dolly’s passing was honored with the largest funeral procession
theretofore held in our country. As much as George Washington was the
father of our country, Dolly Madison was the mother of our Republic.
And, by gosh, she sure made good ice cream!
Sun City MacDonald Ranch Color Guard
By: Marilyn Sirna / Activities Director
’m proud to announce the formation of the Sun City MacDonald
Ranch Color Guard. Our Color Guard consists of our residentsveterans.
I do not know of any other HOA in the Valley that has their
own Color Guard. It truly is a testament to this great community and
Our Color Guard consists of six veterans: Jerry Cooper (Navy); Jack
Whitehead (Vietnam-five purple hearts), Nick Fiore (Vietnam era)
and George Barnett, (WWII, Army Air Corps) from the Army; and
representing the Marines - Bob Fiacco and Ron Hansrote.
These are the finest of men that served this country with honor
and many years later, once again, answering that call to duty. I am
humbled in their presence and cannot begin to express what a pleasure
it has been to work with this group.
I salute you fantastic veterans and thank you for your call to duty. We
are a grateful nation.
Chemotherapy & Dentistry
By: James J. White, D.D.S. / Your Dentist
Many times, chemotherapy and radiation
therapy will affect an otherwise healthy
Patients who undergo chemotherapy must have a dental evaluation
to eliminate any manifestation of oral pathology prior to chemotherapy.
Any teeth with abscesses must either be removed or treated with
root canal therapy several weeks prior to beginning chemotherapy.
Periodontal (gum) disease must be treated and gum infections
A pre-cancer treatment oral evaluation must focus on eliminating
areas of potential difficulty. This will include extracting teeth that
might be a future problem during the cancer therapy.
Emergency dental treatment for patients undergoing cancer therapy
is not indicated for patients undergoing chemotherapy, as such therapy
alters the blood’s chemistry and prevents the blood from doing its job
of helping the extraction site to heal. A person who is fighting cancer
cannot fight other infections well.
If a person is going to begin chemotherapy, they should be seen by
the dentist before beginning treatment. There must be enough time
for the dentist to provide any necessary care. Your dentist should speak
personally with the oncologist and not rely on you, the patient, for facts.
The side effects of chemotherapy and/or head and neck radiation
therapy are often manifested in the mouth. Ulcer development in the
mouth, bleeding gums, dry mouth, tooth decay, bone loss, and even
trismus (pain when opening) can be among the side effects of radiation
During the cancer treatment time, meticulous oral hygiene is
essential to prevent bacterial or viral infections. As a matter of routine,
I prescribe antibiotics for any dental procedure while receiving cancer
Any prosthetic appliances (dentures, partials, etc.) that cause
irritations of the mucosal tissues must be dealt with immediately, as
this is not the time to develop a “sore spot” from an ill-fitting denture.
The sore spot is an avenue for infection.
There are things that a dentist can do to help prevent ongoing dental
problems during and after the cancer therapy is finished. The dentist
is the one who is aware of the oral complications associated with the
different cancer therapies.
This is not a happy subject when it comes to dentistry, but my message
is to emphasize the importance of seeing your dentist as soon as you
learn that you need chemotherapy or radiation therapy. I realize that
this is usually the last thing on a patient’s mind, but it is a necessary
aspect of cancer treatment.
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White smiles are for everyone!
By: Judy Polumbaum / Our View
The Vegas Golden Knights were Cinderella,
newcomer belle of the ball. The Washington
Capitals were Snow White, waking after a long
slumber. Only one of them would get the fairytale ending.
So the Capitals bested the Knights to win the Stanley Cup. Still, Vegas
fans could feel great about their new National Hockey League expansion
team’s phenomenal run in its inaugural season.
Why does it matter? Why do people care so much about sports?
First, as psychologists, sociologists, poets and pundits can tell you, sports
encompass the range of what it means to be human. For participants
themselves, athletics incorporate mind and matter, preparation and
instinct, all the senses and feelings. For spectators as well, sports evoke
physical, emotional, intellectual and even spiritual responses.
Second, sports are rule-bound. We may quibble a bit, but mostly a goal
is a goal, a foul a foul. In a world of uncertainty and transgression, the
order and borders of sports are reassuring.
Third, sports produce great stories. Each game (jokes about Vegas
rigging everything aside) has drama and suspense, the conclusion
unknown until the end. Every sport offers compelling characters; in the
case of the Knights, topping the cast is the virtuous gentleman coach
Gerard Gallant, unceremoniously dumped by the Florida Panthers at the
end of 2016, recalled to lead a flock of upstarts.
Vegas had a few more things going: The need for festive relief from the
horrendous reality of the October 1 st shootings, the Knights’ ability to win
games, and the novelty of finally getting major league action.
We know it’s big business. Knights ticket prices are a good clue. So are
players’ salaries, ranging from the minimum $650,000 to upwards of
Owners get tax breaks and stadium deals. The wheeling and dealing of
the draft (just completed for the NHL) and frenzy of free agency (starting
July 1 in the NHL) remind us that loyalties don’t lie with location.
Some of our favorite guys are Canadian, for goodness sake! Coach
Gallant is Canadian!
Yet sports inspire popular passions beyond just about anything else.
Obviously, the Knights have been good for Vegas. The psychic benefits
are striking. At the very least, arriving to report on the Stanley Cup finals,
Sports Illustrated discovered that Vegas harbors ordinary people living
The Knights draw isolated neighbors out of their caves for conversation.
They give strangers cause to exchange smiles and even hugs.
Silly as that may seem, we’ll take it.
Judy is a professor emerita of journalism and a recent transplant
to Las Vegas from the Midwest.
Proper Aerobic Exercise
By: Mary Richard / Health Fitness
Some people think that exercises must be
done in a gym. Some prefer health clubs
because of the extensive equipment available,
multiple classes and professional instruction. Truth is that you can do
The beauty of aerobic exercises is that there are many options and
you can find which activities suit your needs. I’m fortunate to live in a
55+ community that has multiple exercise classes, multiple equipment
and various clubs to join.
Form is important for aerobic activity because poor form can
endanger your body and cause undue pressure and pain if not done
correctly. For most weight-bearing exercises, this means you should
maintain a stable upright posture with your core muscles (i.e., back,
abdomen, pelvis) in alignment at all times.
For lower body exercises (i.e., jogging, stepping), you should have
the arms and shoulders relaxed. If in doubt with any gym equipment,
seek out a professional who can guide you.
Aerobic exercises usually increase your body temperature, so you will
feel different 10 to 15 minutes into your program than you felt at the
beginning of the exercise. When I teach my Zumba classes, I do 7-10
minutes of warmup prior to the extensive aerobic/cardio activity. Just as
important is a cool down after such activity.
Ensure proper ventilation, particularly when exercising indoors. One
reason that I put all the overhead fans on in my gym when I teach my
classes is to insure correct ventilation!
Dress appropriately (comfortable clothing), correct aerobic closed
toe shoes. Wear breathable fabrics. Wear UV protection in sunny weather
(sunscreen, sunglasses, hat).
Drink LOTS OF WATER. Rule of thumb: Drink at least 8 ounces of
water 30 minutes prior to an aerobic workout, and drink lots of water
during and afterwards. Our body needs water in this dry Las Vegas heat.
As always, check with your physician prior to any extensive aerobic
activity should you have any physical limitations.
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.
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Join Vegas Voice Prez Ray & Crystal In Tuscany In 2019
There is a lot of construction
going on in Las Vegas and once
again the “crane” is the unofficial
bird of our hometown. This time
many of the new neighborhoods,
feature svelte residences. But I
prefer the Mediterranean style
with tiled roofs, thick walls, and
flower-filled courtyards. That’s why
the 50+ adult community of Siena
has been, and continues to be, my
home in Summerlin since 2010.
Our Siena is a lovely community
and very suggestive of its Italian
namesake, which has been named
a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
With its magnificent culture and
history, Italy tops the list of World
Heritage Sites, and I always try to
seek them out when I plan an itinerary.
So, signing up for Collette’s
“Spotlight” tour to Tuscany was
a “no brainer”. However, I was
really surprised to find that the
original Siena features stunning
medieval palaces and mansions
surrounding the Piazza del Campo,
and is the original site of the historic
Palio horse race which has been
reenacted through Siena’s narrow
streets. Plus, this nine day tour also
includes sightseeing in Florence,
Pisa, San Gimignano, the walled
city of Lucca, and an optional day
trip to the colorful hillside villages
of Cinque Terre with its rugged
coastline and terraced vineyards.
Siena’s Piazza Del Campo
Experience the optional excursions!
Choose from a Dinner and Entertainment
at a Tuscan Villa, a Tuscan Cooking Class
& Dinner in Montecatini, or a picturesque
day trip to legendary Cinque Terre!
Cinque Terre Option
This is a terrific itinerary, but what
I really like is that we will be staying
in the Grand Hotel Tettuccio in
the spa resort town of Montecatini
Terme for the entire trip. No packing
and unpacking...Just warm
autumn days filled with enjoying
the wonderful sights in and around
the Tuscan hills, and savoring lots
of good Italian food and wines.
I hope you’ll
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Ray and me on
this terrific trip!
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Escaping the Vegas Summer
By: Stu Cooper / Happy Destinations
do not care what anyone tells me. When it
I gets to 105 degrees outside, IT’S HOT! IT’S
So when I call publisher Dan from my office in New York and he tells
me what the temperature is in Las Vegas, I shake my head and wonder
how you all manage during the summer months in Las Vegas.
Another thing I know is that here in New York, in the winter when
the temperature starts to fall below freezing, “snow birds”, head south.
The senior communities empty out and folks head to Florida and other
What do you do in the summer? Based on conversations I’ve had
with Vegas Voyagers, many of you head back from whence you came.
The “sunbirds” head to your original homes.
Because nobody I’ve met in Las Vegas was born in Las Vegas. Most of
you seem to be from the mid-west; Illinois, Minnesota, Ohio and Iowa
among others. And yes, it is a bit cooler in these parts of the U.S.
But not that much. And then there is the humidity you encounter
in your original hometowns. And Las Vegans hate humidity. Just ask
Let me give you a “cooler” idea about summer travel that might
not include a visit home. For one that I really enjoy, check out French
Canada and the Canadian Maritimes. A trip to Montreal and Quebec
City can be a visit to “Europe” here in North America.
Quebec has a distinct French quality that will make you feel as
though you’re traveling in French speaking Europe. A similar European
can be enjoyed
Nova Scotia, New
Island. And the
temperature will probably never get above 80 degrees.
These destinations can be visited when doing a Canada/New England
cruise of ten days or longer (either round trip from New York or one
way starting in New York and ending in Quebec City). In fact the Vegas
Voyagers will be sponsoring a 10 night cruise on The Adventure of the
Seas in the fall of 2019 starting in New York and visiting Bar Harbor,
Portland, St. John, New Halifax Sydney, Charlottetown, Prince Edward
Island and ending with an overnight stay in Quebec City. A complete
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One of my clients, who has traveled all over the world, recently
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She’s been to Italy before, but she was really attracted to the
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relaxed style of traveling. And she was really pleased to find that
throughout her entire trip, she’d be staying in a four star hotel in
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Experience the optional excursions! Choose from
for every Collette Vacation
a Dinner and Entertainment at a Tuscan Villa, a Tuscan Cooking
Class & Dinner in Montecatini, or a picturesque day trip to legendary Cinque Terre!
Stupendous. Spectacular. Adjectives come
easy, yet don’t begin to describe Canada’s
Banff National Park.
Banff is a paradise set against snowcapped glacier mountains where
the wind carries the smell of lush evergreens. Wildlife sightings are
common. At dusk, deer venture from thickets to forage near roadsides.
Commonly overheard, “It’s just so beautiful!”
Established in 1885, Banff is Canada’s oldest national park.
Bordering the Canadian provinces of Alberta and British Columbia, it
overflows with jagged Rocky Mountain peaks, thick forests, glaciers and
cold clear springs.
Colorful wildflowers tint open meadows and snow-melt waterfalls
cascade swiftly down rock walls. The waterfall area is Canada’s oldest
limestone, dating more than 1.5 million years.
Canada comprises 40% of the world’s sustainable forests. Traveling
the park’s narrow roads, morning gives way to afternoon and the
warming sun is ablaze on the tops of the trees.
Besides verdant evergreens, we glimpse maple trees. With more
than 200 types or varieties of maple trees, it is easy to appreciate why
Canada’s national embalm is the maple leaf and grace the country’s
distinctive red and white flag.
Lake Louise, named for a member of the British monarchy, is
considered the Western Hemisphere’s most beautiful lake, if not the
world. But picturesque Moraine Lake is a sure runner-up and popular
destination. Both Louise and Moraine, sparkle with clear jewel-blue
waters reflecting the mountains around them.
Where Banff is Canada’s oldest national park, Jasper is Canada’s
largest in land. The drive between Banff and Jasper on the Icefields
Parkway crosses to the Columbia Icefields and ranks among the world’s
most scenic drives. The ice age reigns here, as Jasper’s Columbia
Icefields cover more than 3,000 square miles. The Icefield’s literally
spill out of the Rocky Mountains.
Only 38% of North America remains wilderness. Preserving
like Banff and Jasper
that they will have
a North American
backcountry to visit
and enjoy nature at
these parks are
spectacular - and
an oasis of summer
Oasis of Summer Beauty
By: Kathy Manney / Around Our World
Kathy Manney enjoys visiting interesting places and being an
Adventure Diva. Her “Must See” travel journeys continue - always
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“ASK LAURA ABOUT REAL ESTATE”
The appraisal came in LOW! Now what?
Although some buyers pay cash, many buyers require financing to purchase a home. With the
financing comes the lender required appraisal - and in a rising market, that can sometimes be a
challenge. Although the market looks "forward" when determining the "market value" of a property
(taking into account market trends, supply & demand, etc), an appraisal looks
"backwards" (as transactions closed in the PAST are used to determine the value). This can prove
to be a stumbling block for both buyers and sellers at times.
So, what should you do if the appraisal in your transaction falls short? There are a few steps you
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1. Start by checking the appraisal for small errors that may have an impact on the value, such as
incorrect bedroom count, square footage, or other important details.
2. Check the comparable properties used by the appraiser to see if they are reasonably comparable
(in your neighborhood, similar features, etc). Were there any recent sales they ignored that
are more applicable?
3. If based on your findings in #1 & #2 you feel that the appraiser is incorrect in their assessment,
present your data and ask that the appraiser reconsider their findings. If they will not reconsider,
ask the lender to have a different appraiser give a second opinion.
4. Try renegotiating the sales price and/or the terms of the sale with the other party to see if you
can arrive at an agreeable common ground.
5. If you really feel that the appraisal is incorrect and you can't get the appraisal reconsidered
or corrected, a last resort can be to move the loan to another lender and start fresh with a new
Although you have the ability to research and select the Real Estate Agent that you feel will best
represent you, you don't have that same opportunity with the Appraiser assigned to your transaction.
Mortgage companies are not allowed to hand-select the Appraiser, so they are typically
assigned on a random &/or rotation basis. Remember that an appraisal is just one person's opinion,
and you could have 3 Appraisers do an appraisal on the same house on the same day and literally
get 3 different "values" back from them. There is a certain amount of subjectivity involved,
so don't be afraid to do your own research when it comes to what the home is worth to YOU.
Please feel free to contact me anytime to assist you with your next real estate transaction! I am
here to answer your questions and guide you every step of the way. My office is open 7 days a
week for your convenience, and my cheerful and friendly staff is standing by to jump into action
for you. I'm looking forward to hearing from you!
Sharing your goals,
Laura Harbison, ABR, AHWD, BPOR, BS, CDPE, CRS, DRB, GRI, RSPS, SRES
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