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By: Dan Roberts / Roberts Rules
Doctor, are you kidding me? How about
speaking English?” I blurted out.
As regular readers are acutely aware, political
editor Rana Goodman is also my PILL (partner in love & life). In our
nearly six happy years “playing house”, working on The Vegas Voice,
joining our Vegas Voyagers on vacations, as well as her Don(na)
Quixote guardianship crusade, my Ladylove still found time to
compile a very impressive collection of medical and health ailments.
Unfortunately, her streak continues. Last month, we learned that
the unbelievable pain in her left leg and knee was due to (in “doctor
speak”) a “complex undersurface tear of the body of the medical
meniscus and nondisplaced avulsion fracture of the insertion of
Hence, you can understand my frustration in asking the physician
to translate the diagnosis. Long story short – Rana broke a bone in her
knee while separating two ligaments.
What happened, you ask? As only my Rana could do - she fell
(again), hurt herself (again), perhaps needs surgery (again) and, of
course, there will be plenty of rehab (once again).
“Let me guess” I asked the doctor as Rana continued to rub her leg
in excruciating pain. “Does this mean she can’t cook?”
“Well, she needs to be off her feet as much as possible” was the
medical response. So help me, despite her pain, I saw a smile come
across her face.
So yours truly is (again) returning
to his caregiving duties. You better
believe I held her hand tightly and
ran interference as we left the urgent
care center to purchase a cane and
knee brace (to go with her bandages,
shoulder harness and diabetic testing
kit – at this rate, we’ll have our own
medical equipment company in no
Naturally, dancing - and cooking is
(again) on hold.
“Look at it this way” I said as I tried
to cheer her up. “You’re running out
of body parts. But let’s not give up
hope. Perhaps next year you can aim
for hip replacement.” For some reason,
my Rana was not amused.
Thankfully all her ailments were and
are correctable, and despite the mishaps,
it sure does beat the alternative. Anyway
we’re preparing a very quiet rest of the
summer – with plenty of takeout.
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By: Beverly Washburn / Hollywood Memories
In film making, there are always people who
have their favorite genre - be it sci-fi, westerns,
horror, animated, comedy, etc.
Well, there is also a very large group of people who LOVE Superman.
These are fans from all over the country (and even some from other
countries) who have vowed to keep “Superman” alive.
I was fortunate enough to have been in the series pilot: “Superman
and The Molemen” a mere 67 years ago! The wonderful eager fans who
love Superman invited me to their yearly luncheon to be introduced as
one of the few people still among the “living” who actually worked with
The adjoining photo was displayed at the luncheon last month and
then given to me on stage in a smaller version. It’s from the pilot I did.
That’s me in the middle. I was the little girl who was in bed when the
“Molemen” climbed in through the window and played ball with me!
Also in the photo on the left is Billy Gray (you’ll remember him from
playing “Bud” on Father Knows Best) and the other little boy is Gregory
Moffet. They too, each did an episode. Billy in 1953 and Gregory in
Billy was not able to attend, but Gregory was there. The event was
to honor George Reeves (Superman) Noel Neill (Lois Lane) and Jack
Larson ( Jimmy Olsen). Sadly they have all passed away, but their
memory will live on.
By: Janet Duff / Guest Column
Will you be staying in town this summer?” a
friend asked recently. “Yes, except for a week
in Ohio.” I responded. “Visiting relatives?” she said
I wondered if I should admit the “real” reason I was flying 2,000
miles to the heartland in the height of summer. “Well, we are ‘like’ a
family.” She looked confused.
“Okay, have you ever heard of Laurel and Hardy? My husband is
a huge Laurel and Hardy fan, and, well, we’re going to a Laurel and
“Really? Sounds like fun.” OK, maybe she wouldn’t think I was some
kind of weirdo after all.
What I didn’t say was this would NOT be my first convention. That
was in 1992 at Palace Station here in Las Vegas. My husband, with the
exception of three, had been to all of them since 1978.
The “Sons of the Desert”, named after a Laurel and Hardy film of
the same name, held their first convention in Chicago. Then every two
years after that in a different city.
“Do they get many young people?” my friend asked. “Unfortunately
no. There doesn’t seem to be the interest among younger people.”
I thought about this on my drive home. In the age of blockbusters
and animation, the humor and simplicity of Laurel and Hardy is mostly
lost on the youth of today.
Superman Lives On
The Sons of the Desert - Laurel and Hardy
It was a lovely day with several men in their Superman tee-shirts and
Lois Lane “look a-likes.”
I was honored to be a part of it and is another of my fond memories
that I can now tuck away in my heart.
Until next time, remember… In a world where you can be anything
- be kind.
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.
Laurel and Hardy, Buster Keaton, Fatty Arbuckle - how many would
know these names?
Those who study film history would presumably be taught how the
industry began. But sadly, Laurel and Hardy - and so many others who
greatly influenced early cinema may be forgotten to the younger people
today. And that’s a shame.
The films of Laurel and Hardy will be offered this fall at the Osher
Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI). For more information: visit OLLI.
unlv.edu or call: (702) 774-OLLI (6554).
For more information on “The Sons of the Desert”, visit www.
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Diary of a Las Vegas Summer
By: Bill Caserta / Bill’s Blurbs
J une 1st - We just moved to Las Vegas. Now
this is a City that knows how to live! Beautiful
sunny days and warm balmy evenings. Mountains
and deserts blend together.
What a place! I’ve finally found my home. I love
June 14 th - Really heating up. Got to 100 today. Not a problem. Live
in an air-conditioned home and drive an air-conditioned car. What a
pleasure to see the sun every day like this. I’m turning into a real sun
June 30 th - Had the backyard landscaped with western plants today.
Lots of cactus and rocks. What a breeze to maintain. No more mowing
for me. Another scorcher today, but I love it here.
July 10 th - The temperature hasn’t been below 100 all week. How
do people get used to this kind of heat? But getting used to it is taking
longer than I expected.
July 15 th - Fell asleep by the pool. Got 3 rd degree burns over 60% of
my body. Missed 2 days of work – what a dumb thing to do.
July 25 th - This wind sucks. It feels like a giant freaking blow dryer.
And it’s hot as hell!
The home air-conditioner is on the fritz and the AC repairman
charged $300 just to drive by and tell me he needed to order parts.
July 30 th - Been sleeping outside by the pool for 3 nights. $1,800
in damn house payments and we can’t even go inside. Why did I ever
August 4 th - It’s 115 freaking degrees. Finally got the air-conditioner
“Buffets, cruises, daily complaining...
Life is good.”
fixed. It cost $500 and gets the temperature down to about 90. I hate
this stupid place.
August: 8 th - If another wise guy cracks: “Hot enough for you
today” I’m going to tear his throat out. Damn heat. Will it ever get
below 115 again?
August 9 th - Tried to run some quick errands. Wore shorts and sat
on the car’s leather seat. I thought I was on fire. Lost 2 layers of flesh.
August 10 th - The weather report might as well be a damn recording:
“Hot and sunny.” It’s been too hot to do anything for over 2 months
and the weatherman says it will really warm up next week. Doesn’t it
ever rain in this damn desert? With the water rationing, $2,500 worth
of cactus just might dry up. Even a cactus can’t live in this *&%$# heat.
August 19 th - WELCOME TO HELL. Temperature got to 121 today. If
I had wanted to live in Death Valley, I would have moved there. Forgot
to crack the window and blew the damned windshield out of the car.
The installer came to fix it and said: “Hot enough for you today?” My
wife had to spend the $1,800 house payment to bail me out.
If I don’t end up in prison, I’m putting the house up for sale and
moving back to the Bronx!
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.
The Heat is ON!
By: Mary Rich / Sunny Side Up!
Somebody pulled the switch and the Nevada
heat is definitely on! I don’t know why I’m
surprised. It happens this time every year.
My personality changes as the heat rises! I’ve named my alter
personality Ole’ Monster Face (or OMF) and it comes out as the
temperature rises. OMF has taken over other folks, too.
Driving down the street yesterday, I saw drivers who were less than
courteous changing lanes and ignoring speed limits. I waited patiently
for a car pulling out of a space when another OMF pulled into the space
and pretended not to see me as I watched helplessly wishing I had a
Hummer with great big tires.
As the heat index moves past 100, OMF takes over the nice clerks who
become indifferent and can literally ruin your day if you’re not careful.
You almost need hazard insurance to go grocery shopping during these
months. Carts with wild drivers are darting around corners making
shopping like riding bumper cars, remember those?
Tempers are short even over the phone. I called to get an appointment
with my ophthalmologist and was told it would be six months before
they could see me. I jokingly replied I might have to find another eye
I expected a chuckle or encouragement but instead she said, “Why
don’t you just do that?” Besides having no customer service skills, I
pictured Little Miss Suzy blowing bubbles and drying her nails in the
air like Lilly Tomlin used to do in front of her switchboard.
The heat may not have been her reason; her panties were probably
in a wad or her green hair wouldn’t curl. Who knows! OMF (or any
other names that fit those acronyms) creeps in and takes over wherever
We just have a few months before our beautiful weather returns and
OMF will hide out until next year. I hope you keep yours under control
so you can get home before the ice cream melts.
And don’t forget to be grateful for air conditioning!
Mary Rich is just an ordinary gal. A mother, grandmother & great
grandmother! She has no fancy titles or impressive education to
brag about but hopes everyone enjoys her columns.
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Let Us Entertain You!
By: Evan Davis / Entertainment Editor
This may sound somewhat familiar, but
I can’t stop raving about the marvelous
lineup for our Vegas Voice senior benefit on
Sunday, August 19 th at the Adelson Campus. At 3
pm we are proudly presenting the “Sizzzlin’ Summer Afternoon Affair
The benefit is for our sister non-profit organization, Vegas Voice
Elder Hub. It’s worthwhile mission is to: (1) Be the HUB and
anchor of senior information and resources, (2) To Stop
Guardian & Elder Abuse by providing information,
resources and awareness of any senior abuse – including
financial exploitation, and (3) help every senior enjoy
life to the fullest.
I guarantee that we will be fulfilling the 3 rd point of having seniors
enjoy life with this great show. I am truly proud and honored to have
assembled such a remarkable line up of talent together - with surprises
I don’t even know about.
We’ve been able to provide some cool music, hosted by Chadwick
Johnson and Jonathan Karrant. Chadwick, a pop artist, singer
With my co-hosts Chadwick Johnson & Jonathan Karrant
and songwriter, and Jonathan the modern-day equivalent of jazz
singer Mel Torme, will co-host the show.
I have no idea what Jonathan and Chadwick will have in their
back pockets, but I’m sure they will be very entertaining. Let’s also not
forget the diverse talent that will be on the stage.
Let’s start with the lead singer of the Checkmates, Sonny Charles.
His hit, Black Pearl, put him on the map and 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, and Marilyn the Musical, to name just
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 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.
I promise you, a “plethora of musical talent.”
And last, but certainly not least, our own Vegas Voice Band under
the musical direction of Grammy Award winner Gary Anderson.
From beginning to end, the show will delight and entertain you.
There’s no better way to spend a hot summer Sunday then with some
cool friends. So come on out to the Adelson Campus on Sunday, August
19 th for our 3 pm “Sizzzlin’ Summer Extrvaganza.”
To get your tickets, call Dianne at our “Vegas Voice Tix Hotline”
702/755-3799 or purchase on line at: thevegasvoice.net.
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.
By: Vicki Wentz / Vicki’s Voice
Good morning, readers! Today’s tutorial will
address the world of “social media” and
its - some would say alarming - pervasiveness in
(That’s right - pretty professorial opening, huh? I’m not always
the hilarious person you adore laughing at...I mean with. I can be a
highly intellectual individual, given to rampant ten-dollar words at
Although it is my deeply held belief that virtually all social media
is the work of the devil, I will attempt herein to restrain my bias and
present the role of social networking as best I can, using only factual
Fact #1 - Social media is the work of the devil: Let’s begin
Texting is a mode of communication whereby people expend
enormous amounts of energy and concentration risking - if they
happen to be at lunch with me - a veggie burrito dumped in their iced
tea, typing out messages to other people on their cell phones which
appear on the screens of the recipients’ cell phones in a matter of
These messages are apparently gleefully received, read and
responded to within seconds, requiring the initial sender never to
take his/her eyes from his/her phone (even after the veggie burrito
The most frightening thing in my teaching career was the day I
had to confiscate a student’s cell phone. I had warned the class of this
possible consequence, but having taught about a thousand years now,
I know a warning to a teenager is simply an invitation.
The young lady who accepted that invitation found out, to her
horror, that I indeed meant what I said, at which point, to my horror,
she broke out in tears, literally sobbing that she HAD to have her phone.
I attempted to calm her, pointing out that life would go on without
it for 24 hours, but to no avail. She finally blurted, “What if I get really
sick and have to call my mom?”
I gently took her by the shoulders, turned and pointed to my desk.
“See that thing that’s plugged into the wall? That’s a PHONE! And, you
don’t even have to use your thumbs!”
Texting means instant communication, which translates to constant
communication, which is something I have always avoided at all costs
- especially when my children were young.
Fact #2 - Texting is a plague on the earth...sort of like
locusts: Now, we shall move on to Twitter.
Twitter is an online social network service that enables one to send
and read text-based posts of up to 140 characters known as ‘tweets’;
with over 288 million active users, generating over 9,468 million
tweets PER SECOND.
It was created by Jack Dorsey (who is now on his own island in
the south Pacific snorting Pina coladas through straws made out
of thousand-dollar bills) and has been described as “the SMS of the
internet.” Wait a minute…isn’t that Twitter?
I thought it was this thing where famous people send out important
messages like, “Hi, peeps! Right now I’m eating a pineapple!”
Which brings us to Fact #3 - If you have a burning need
to be informed every time the Kardashians dig into some
fruit - GET HELP!
Our tutorial on social media will continue next time. I’m exhausted
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.
The Digital Dilemma
By: Adrea Nairne-Barrera / 60s to 60
That moment when you realize that in spite
of all you’ve done to get the best deal or
trim the extras, it’s getting more expensive and
your fixed income is not keeping up.
Now as prices go up and benefits go down, we live in an age where
every new technological product has become a “must have” - whether
you like it or not. Liking it is not my issue. I can’t always afford it and
then I’m out of the loop.
We watch the Emmys and all these awards go to cable company
extras. Suddenly my TV costs $100, my internet costs $60 and a land
line costs $39. Add the tax and an occasional movie add-on, and we’re
well over $200 a month. How insane!
If you want an antenna for free TV, good luck. The company tells you
because of the mountains, you’ll only get 2 networks and some weird
Let’s take the phone lines. If you want to have a land line in case
there’s some kind of problem with your digital services, it won’t work
anyway because it’s hard wired to your digital service.
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signs back to life. If all this seems hard
to picture, that’s because it is. You
literally have to see it to believe it.
If your cell phone needs help to get a signal in some areas, the next
step is begging your cell provider for a booster. It helps a bit; however I
find it’s only good in a 10 square foot area of my house.
Then come the internet charges. A personal favorite of mine for sure.
I have been upgraded many times for free they say. Now I’m upgraded
to the newest version and it is a miserable experience.
I can’t dump my trash emails, it won’t respond when I want to fix
spam settings and countless other annoying things are happening. And,
my computer is slower but my speed with the company is considered
I asked for the old version but they wouldn’t give it to me. Then they
said my 20 year discount isn’t really available now that I have the latest
version. Who asked for it anyway?
If I switch my TV to another company who uses my same email
provider, I can’t have my same email address. Good one guys.
So the moment is here and decisions are pending. Grab the foil and
Adrea Nairne-Barrera writes of celebrations, observations &
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George Wallace Has Audience
By: Dianne Davis / That’s Entertainment
What do Atlanta, hemorrhoids,
Bloomingdales, Jerry Seinfeld and the
Bonanza Gift shop on the strip have in common?
If you read the headlines then you know: George Wallace - “The New Mr.
Vegas” – covers all of these topics and more in his new hilarious act in the
Westgate Cabaret Showroom.
George doesn’t tell jokes, he shares his attitudes toward life. He started off
telling us that, “I just come out here and make up s**t.”
And that’s pretty much the extent of his profanity. He doesn’t need
offensive words or sexual references to make us laugh.
George, a patriot who has traveled the world entertaining our troops,
gets strong applause when he announces that, “I let service people in for
free” Right. Then he continues that he doesn’t tell you that until you are in.
He amused us with his references to stupid people. Like the guy who
asked him - in Las Vegas, “Mr. Wallace, you in town?” Or try this one – The
guy who said, “I met Red Foxx before he died.” Um, yea, right.
To the guy from Oregon, he proclaimed, “You ain’t seen no blacks before,
have you?” About politics he says… very little! George Wallace knows that
you are there to be entertained, not to talk politics.
He is a skilled performer in a dapper suit who connects with the audience.
We saw George years ago and this act is totally different. I expect it will be
different next week too.
This veteran doesn’t memorize anything, he just looks at the world and
finds the humor. If you love good ol’ fashion humor, visit George Wallace
at the Westgate Tuesdays through Thursdays at 8 p.m.
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.
Photo courtesy: Ira Kuzma
I Kissed Cindy Williams
By: Sam Wagmeister / People & Places
Dreams come true. It took 45 years but I
finally kissed Cindy Williams!
Not the Shirley Feeney Cindy Williams but the
Laurie Henderson Cindy Williams. There she was, waiting for me -
and the other 250 or so invited guests in the lobby before the 5,000 th
performance of Menopause the Musical at Harrah’s
Laurie…I mean Cindy…didn’t remember the first time we “met.”
I do. August 11, 1973. I was sitting in the middle of the Old Orchard
Theater in Skokie, IL - opening weekend of American Graffiti. Laurie/
Cindy was up there on the screen, fresh, innocent and heartbroken
believing her boyfriend was heading off to college.
Today that same freshness that Williams brought to the classic film
brightens the stage in her extended guest stint in the longest running
musical ever to hit Las Vegas.
Menopause opened in 2006 at the Las Vegas Hilton before moving
to Luxor in 2010. It remained there for five years. The cast then headed
to their current location.
Four diverse women meet at a department store bargain bin
scuffling over the goodies. Vita Drew is the hippie Earth Mother;
Lori Legacy is the perky Iowa housewife; Lisa Mack depicts the highpowered
professional woman and Jacquelyn Holland-Wright portrays
a sexy soap star fretting over her age. Drew and Legacy have been with
the cast throughout the show’s run.
As they tussle for the bargain, one suffers a hot flash. The others
quickly commiserate through parodies of Baby Boomer-era songs.
Each of the women has a scene stealing, show-stopping solo in the
charming musical. Holland-Wright titillates the audience when “We’re
Havin’ a Heat Wave” becomes “I’m Havin’ A Hot Flash.”
If there has been criticism, it’s been that Menopause is a “women’s’
show.” Wrong! The humor is for everyone who grew up in the era
when you could understand a tune’s lyrics.
Williams originally joined the cast mid-2016 for a guest run.
Audience demand created extended stays before other commitments
took her on the road. Her return adds to the sparkle, delighting
By the way, the best part of kissing Cindy - she kissed me back!
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Opening remarks by the
Hon. Debra March, Mayor
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How The Treniers Helped Invent Vegas and Rock and Roll
By: Joey Kantor / Vegas Retrospective
Rockin’ Is Our Bizness, Rocking On
Sunday Night, It Rocks! It Rolls!
These were the songs that The Treniers played
in Vegas lounges as early as the late 1940s. This
music was swing, was jump blues, was R&B, but wait...
Legendary disc jockey Alan Freed popularized the term rock and
roll in 1951. So that was what Vegas was seeing.
“We had no tags,” said Skip Trenier, a late addition, joining the band
in 1959. He is one of the last surviving members of this classic Vegas
and national act whose members must be counted among the fathers
of rock and roll itself.
Sonny Charles of Checkmates Ltd. said the group’s energy gave birth
to the Vegas style. He was at the show where Louis Prima, arguably the
most famous Vegas lounge performer of all time, credited The Treniers
with being a major influence on his act.
You can tell that Trenier enjoys his life and enjoys looking back. He
is 81 with a young man’s look in his eye. He sang and danced. It was a
family band with various talented outsiders.
“The twins,” Claude and Cliff, the founders of the band in 1947, were
his uncles and the creative force that guided that energy. They worked
off of each other, taking their eight-man act on the road and to the
small and large screens over the years.
The Treniers inhabited a wild zone of comedic banter while riding
on a rockin’ and swingin’ musical wave.
There really wasn’t anything more that you
needed on a Saturday night in Vegas if you
were out for a good time.
Rock and roll is said to have been first
introduced to a national audience in 1954
through The Treniers’ performance on The
Colgate Comedy Hour hosted by Dean
Martin and Jerry Lewis. The footage of that
performance is a must-see classic as Lewis
attempts, in his inimitable way, to play off
of the Trenier energy. He reportedly said that
Cliff Trenier was the funniest man he’d ever seen.
“The chemistry between the twins onstage was hysterical,” said
Trenier. “With The Treniers they say you don’t know who to watch. It’s
a three-ring circus.”
The group recorded for Mercury Records. Go! Go! Go! reached
number ten on the R&B charts in 1951. The favorite on myriad
television performances was a cover of Rag Mop, another Claude and
Cliff masterfully choreographed zinger.
Trenier obviously felt blessed to have had the career that he had.
He loved the Vegas he knew, the people he’d met along the way who
helped him and taught him: Billy Eckstine, Sarah Vaughan, Sammy
Davis Jr. (who took him into his home when he was sick) and even
“The fame is going to be fleeting but do it as long as you can and
as good as you can. I never forgot that,” Trenier remembers Armstrong
His heart seemed to expand when he thought of the performers he’d
known over the years, performers who are now written into the annals
of history. He is the elder performer now, the one with the wisdom to
“God bless entertainers around the world, live performers. Learn
Joey Kantor is a journalist and novelist. He writes fiction
under the name Fargo Kantrowitz. His Las Vegas based novel,
Babybirds, is available at Lulu.com.
Sonny Charles, Dondino and Skip Trenier
By: Yvonne Cloutier / Musical Moments
Doo wop style was one of the most poporiented
rhythm and blues styles of the
time. It featured vocal group harmony, nonsense
syllables, simple music and beat, sometimes little or no instrumentation,
with a strong, swing-like, syncopated beat.
It developed with the high tenor singing the lead and a bass singer
reciting the lyrics in the middle of the song; called top and bottom
format. Lyrics echoed love relationships. The close 4-part harmony is
reminiscent of barber shop quartets such as in the Mills Brothers.
Doo Wop had sacred roots as early as 1909 featuring the Fisk
University Jubilee Singers quartet solo lead and harmony as in Swing
Low Sweet Chariot (As a side note, while researching my book, Scott
Joplin, King of Ragtime, I did a performance at Fisk University).
Doo Wop came of age in the 1930s with the vocal group The Ink
Spots. Their songs, such as If I Didn’t Care, featured Bill Kenny’s high
tenor lead, with a vocal range of four octaves; having bell-like vocal
clarity and impeccable diction. Also featured in this group was Hoppy
Jones’s basso profundo that drifted into a lengthy spoken section.
Doo Wop gradually developed in other African-American
communities of the 1940s, progressing in location such as New York,
Detroit and Los Angeles. Its peak popularity was during the 1950s.
In the late 50s, many Italian-American groups contributed a
significant part in the doo wop scene, peaking in 1961. The first record
Bill Kenny - The godfather of doo wop
to use the doo wop syllables was the 1961 Turbans in When You Dance.
Amongst the many groups: Tony Williams of The Platters, The Four
Seasons with Franki Valli, The Beach Boys and The Supremes.
Bill Kenny (1914-1978,) was born in British Columbia, Canada and
is considered the Godfather of Doo Wop. Kenny was inducted into the
Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
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.
This month I thought I would do a Q & A
with a Golf Pro to provide some insight to
our readers. Pam Bowers, a former LPGA Tour
player, teaches golf to juniors and seniors at the
Desert Willow GC and agreed to help.
Q. What’s the most important thing a senior golfer needs to do to
A. To play well, all parts of the
game need to be working. To lower
your score, work on the weak parts of
Q. Can you provide one helpful
tip for the senior golfer to hit the ball
farther and straighter?
Listening to a Golf Pro
By: Mike Landry / Golf Fore Ever
A. The most helpful way to hit the ball straighter is to swing your
club’s shaft to the target on your follow through with firm arms.
Most golfers make the mistake of thinking their ball is the target.
Where you want the ball to land is your target! Improvement will
happen when you focus on swinging to your target. Distance will
follow when you work to have a balanced core connected swing.
If interested in a lesson or tips, please contact Pam or Dale at the
Bowers Golf Academy www.bowersgolf.com Thanks Pam!
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
The Foundation Assisting Seniors is proud to announce the
addition of three new trustees, Joseph Wang, Chris Wolfgram and
George Fournier. These gentlemen will assist the Executive Board in
decision making and donor relationships, while working to improve
the free programs and services the foundation offers seniors in the Las
Other changes to the Foundation Assisting Seniors’ Executive Board
include: Carol Chapman as the new President of the foundation; Favil
West as the Chairman of the Board & Co-Founder; Ken Moser as the
Executive Vice President; Lorraine Kennett as a Vice President; and
Sarelle Povitsky as Vice President of Solera.
The Foundation Assisting Seniors was founded more than 15 years
ago, with a mission to assist the senior community in times of illness,
recovery, confinement at home, coping with loss of a loved one and other
senior challenges. The foundation has continuously provided cost-free
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Medical Intuits Can Save Lives
By: Ali Guggenheim / Psychic Phenomenon
There are times when, rather than healing
a patient, they’re told they will have to deal
with their symptoms. This may not necessarily be
true. Any emotional, physical or mental pain is
a message from an underlying cause which can be very specific and
significant when accessed.
Our bodies are made up of millions of energy sources that intertwine
together to create the unique individuals we become. Positive thoughts
fuel these energies, while pent up negativity, stemming from “diseased”,
emotions like fear, anxiety, anger, jealousy, etc., become the
dams that block their flow.
Medical Intuitives are human x-rays. Many of them like author
Caroline Myss, Ph.D., “Why People Don’t Heal & How They Can”,
work with doctors as medical teams.
The information they provide can assist the doctor with an evaluation
of misdiagnosed conditions or ones that may have been overlooked,
while recognizing the strengths and weaknesses of their clients’ bodies.
The information relayed by a Medical Intuitive, is about the
individual and how their response to a life situation affected them. This
can be altered, once the realization of the message is received and acted
upon accordingly. Ultimately, doing so heals the condition, which leads
to relieving the associated pain that clogs the correlating organ.
These mediums specialize in perceiving information concerning
imbalances, misalignments, energy blockages and treatments
needed. At times, it happens even years before the “dis-eases” actually
manifest physically. More
so, since 99% of ailments
are psychosomatic, they
can pinpoint and explain
the event or energy to an
emotion that was the core
cause of the illness in the
Every emotion is
generated by an organ in
our body. Grief stems from
lung issues, anger stems
from the liver, etc.
Edgar Cayce (1877–
1945), one of the most
famous intuits has over
30,000 recorded health
readings where the
findings show imminent
connections between the
mental process and a person’s physical or mental illness. Therefore,
anyone can save themselves a lot of discomfort and unwanted “diseases”
by simply committing to attend to their negative responses from
To learn more about Ali, spiritual consultations, coaching, classes,
workshops, and readings, call, give her a call: 702/373-9081.
Donald Trump Was Wrong
By: Victoria Seaman / Victoria’s Corner
During what would end up being his
successful campaign for president, Donald
Trump made the comment “There will be so
much winning, you will get tired of winning.” At that time the comment
was met with cheers from his supporters and jeers from his detractors.
After 8 years of the Obama Administration most people had actually
forgotten what winning felt like. Well, it turns out the soon-to-be
president was half right. There has been more winning than even his
strongest supporters believed possible.
But where he was wrong is that none of us are at all tired of it.
On the domestic policy front we have seen historic lows in the
unemployment rate and historic highs in the labor force participation
rate. The GDP growth we had been told under the Obama Administration
would never be seen again, has been spurred, in large part, to the
massive deregulation implemented by President Trump.
Sweeping tax reform that has put more money in the pockets of
American families and businesses. The elimination of the individual
mandate and many other damaging parts of Obamacare are just
some of the successes that have put our country on what a majority of
Americans now believe is the right path for our future.
But the winning continues on the judicial level. We are about to see
the confirmation of a second great conservative judge to the United
States Supreme Court. Judge Kavanaugh believes in interpreting the
constitution as opposed
to judicial activism.
We have also
witnessed great success
with the appointment
of solid conservative
judges to both the
district and appeals
court levels. These
appointed judges are
returning our judiciary
to one of judicial
restraint, which our
Finally, in foreign policy, once again the winning has been
unprecedented. President Trump has initiated talks leading to the
denuclearization of the Korean peninsula and obtain the return of our
hostages; has ended United States participation in the disastrous Paris
Accords and Iranian nuclear arms deal; destroyed ISIS in Syria and
Iraq; and moved the American Embassy in Israel to Jerusalem.
Perhaps the most impressive thing about these historic wins is that
it has taken place while the American left, the mainstream media, and
the ‘never Trumpers’ have engaged in a non-stop effort to destroy him
– and his family. Yet his policies have proven to be a continuous win
for all Americans.
President Trump, thank you for all you do. And, as far as this
American goes - please keep bringing on the winning. I will never get
tired of it.
Victoria Seaman is a former Nevada Assemblywoman,
businesswoman and currently a Business Broker with First Choice
Business Brokers in Las Vegas. You can contact Victoria at victoria@
victoriaseaman.com or follow on Facebook at facebook.com/
VictoriaDSeaman/ Twitter @victoriadseaman
Democrats in Action
By: Howard Beckerman /Nevada Democrats
Who is watching out for YOU?
Democrats are working harder than
ever to protect your Social Security and Medicare.
Republicans are repeatedly introducing legislation that attempts to cut
back on the benefits that you have worked for.
The Affordable Care Act is being destroyed piece by piece so that big
corporations can take more of your money. Democratic candidates
need your help to prevent any cuts to the benefits you deserve and to
prevent costs from skyrocketing out of control.
Leading the Democratic ticket are Steve Sisolak
and Jacky Rosen. Mr. Sisolak has promised to strengthen
protections for senior
Care Act’s provisions
ensure that nobody
can be denied or
charged more fo r
being sick, or elderly or a
woman. Nevadans have come to
depend on protections like these
that guarantee their access to
the coverage they need. Mr.
Sisolak’s opponent would end
the ACA in Nevada as we know
it and cause your health care
costs to rise substantially.
Jacky Rosen believes health care is a right, not a privilege, and she
will always put Nevada’s families first. Jacky will fight any effort to cut
Medicare, and she will never support the reckless Republican health
care plans that end protections for people with pre-existing conditions
and allow insurance companies to charge older Americans thousands
of dollars more.Jacky knows our health care system has real problems
that we need to fix. That’s why she is working with Democrats and
Republicans to develop bipartisan solutions to improve health care
access and lower costs by reducing prescription drug costs, protecting
coverage for pre-existing conditions, and addressing Nevada’s doctor
shortages. Jacky’s opponent has spent his years in the Senate voting to
eliminate health care and pay for the government’s deficits by cutting
back on Social Security.
In addition, our candidates for Congress, Susie Lee (3 rd District)
and Steve Horsford (4 th District) have been champions of better, more
affordable health care. These Democratic candidates do not want to
force people to have to choose between getting better health care and
paying for food and shelter.
Next month: Who should we send to the Nevada Assembly and
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.
Our Free Press
By: Judy Polumbaum / Our View
My best job ever was rookie reporter for a
daily newspaper in Vermont. I covered
selectmen and school committees, house fires and
hunting accidents, weather and traffic, strikes and parades, compelling
characters, businesses large (marble and granite quarries) and small
(Ben & Jerry’s first ice cream shop in a converted gas station).
We small-time journalists earned a pittance; including overtime, I
made eight thousand dollars a year. We lived cheaply but with plenty
of fun and camaraderie: lots of potlucks, after which we’d return to our
workplace to grab a morning paper hot off the presses at 2 am.
That old saw was true: If we could afford it, we would have paid to do
this job. We had a purpose.
Only once was I threatened over my journalism. A landlord charged
with violations of due process saw me in the post office and said he
would sue me for my account of his trial.
Now no place is safe; concerts, movie theaters, schools, newsrooms
can become shooting galleries. In moments, a guy with a gun can blow
away the right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. Thus are five
lives at the Annapolis, Maryland, Capital Gazette snuffed out.
Many factors have undermined the vigor of local news organizations
– the rise of the Internet, the decline of print, the vast reach of popular
culture, the pervasiveness of national politics. Newspapers have closed,
merged, cut staff, gone mostly or entirely online.
Yet local papers continue to do what they do best: provide citizens
with the intelligence they need to make decisions – be it driving to work
or casting a vote.
The people of Las Vegas took the October 1 st massacre personally.
Newshounds take the Capital Gazette murders personally.
Paid for and Authorized by Friends for Steve Sisolak.
Those employees served their community. They conveyed human
follies and triumphs, wrongdoings and reparations, information and
oddities, ephemeral events and eternal truths. Their words, images,
facts, descriptions and explanations danced on the page, and on the
Over the last half-century, our culture has shifted toward greater
tolerance, but something is missing – in gun laws, mental health
services, the workings of courts and legislatures and other civic
institutions. Black lives matter, newsroom lives matter, all lives matter,
and we all need to work this out.
Judy is a professor emerita of journalism and a recent transplant
to Las Vegas from the Midwest.
Impovershed by Medicaid
By: Jerry Creed / Trust Jerry
brother and sister came to my office. Their
A mom had passed years earlier and dad,
dying from Parkinson’s disease, was entering
hospice. He had been in a skilled nursing facility for the last ten years.
The two kids had worked extra jobs to keep dad’s house, hoping for
him to return home one day. Worst case the kids figured, when dad died
they could recover their funds by selling the house.
Unfortunately Medicaid has changed and went from being a benefit
to a loan. Every dollar spent by Medicaid on you is tracked and when
you die, Medicaid expects to be paid back from your Estate.
In addition, the rules to qualify for Medicaid changed so that instead
of 200,000 people on Medicaid in Nevada, we now have over 600,000.
In effect, while reducing the Estate Tax, they created a huge hidden tax,
without politicians calling it a tax, simply a “recovery” so more people
can benefit from the program.
I had to explain to the brother and sister that Medicaid was no longer
a benefit, but a loan. In their case, dad was in a skilled nursing facility
- $8,000 a month (average cost in Nevada), 12 months a year, $96,000
for 10 years or $960,000.
End result, dad’s home was sold to pay Medicaid back. The kids got
no inheritance and had lost years of work.
It should surprise no one that when the Federal Government raised
the Federal Estate Tax threshold to 11.2 million dollars appearing to
reduce their supply of our money, Congress had already found a new
source of funds by stealing the life savings of our seniors. The method
for capturing these funds - changing Medicaid.
While most people can afford the cost of assisted living for a spouse,
few people can afford the $8,000 monthly cost of a skilled nursing
facility. In order to qualify for Medicaid assistance, a single person is
allowed to keep $2,000 in assets, and if both spouses need assistance the
amount increases to $3,000.
If you can’t pay the $8,000 a month, you’ll be forced to reduce your
life savings to impoverishment levels and have no safety net in order to
receive Medicaid’s help. There is a better way.
Contacting an Elder law attorney and planning for Medicaid as part
of your estate plan now can save financial and emotional heartache for
you and your family. Failing to plan is planning to fail.
I urge you to not let this happen to you and your family. Protect
yourself and find an elder law attorney to speak with today.
Catch 22 - “The Disposable Generation”
By: Rana Goodman / On My Soapbox
Have you ever thought about the things
you need your Social Security card for? I
never gave it much thought until I went to DMV
recently to get my “Real ID.” You know, that fancy new Nevada Driver’s
license that we all need to have by 2020.
This past May was my year to renew my license, so I decided to get
that ID. When the DMV employee asked for my Social Security card, I
pulled out my Medicare Card instead (which has my Social Security
number) and told her everything you read about i.d. theft says, “don’t
carry your card.”
Staring at me over her glasses, the clerk said, “Come back when you
have your card. You can’t have the Real ID without it!”
BUT WHAT HAPPENS IF YOU HAVE LOST IT?
A Vegas Voice reader called for help a few weeks ago and I have spent
the last month trying my best to do just that. The gentleman is an
army veteran, 92 years old, who lost his driver’s license and some other
documents during his move from California to Nevada to live with his
son last year. They live in zip code 89134.
Why is the zip code important? Because in some zip codes you can
request a replacement copy on line, but in that particular zip code you
Along with his Social Security card, he also lost his Medicare card.
He was however smart enough to make color copies of them along with
his AARP card, so he has all his identification numbers. One would
therefore think replacing all would be simple - but not so fast!
The gentleman’s son, thinking this would be a simple fix, wrote to the
Social Security Administration explaining the problem and enclosed
copies of the documents his father had copied. Here are the reasons that
the office denied help;
1: You have not given us documents we need to show age.
2: You have not given us documents to show identity.
3: We do not accept copies, must have original documents.
Hello, the reason for the contact in the first place was to replace a
missing original so that a Nevada I.D. card could be applied for. The
copy of his California driver’s license is sharp and clear and can easily
prove identity of this man. His birth date is also listed and he even
included his birth certificate to the provided documents.
The ramification of all this is that our reader cannot get a Nevada
ID or anything else that requires showing his Social Security card.
Obviously at 92, the gentleman doesn’t need a driver’s license, just the
ability to get his I.D. card.
I called Senator Dean Heller’s office for help. The Senator’s office
eventually asked for the address so that the Senator could send a letter
to act on the gentleman’s behalf. No letter was ever sent and no further
response was made.
I then reached out to Congresswoman (and senatorial candidate)
Jackie Rosen’s office. Again no response whatsoever. Sadly, some
politicians don’t realize that “seniors vote!”
As of this date I have not been able to move the bureaucratic
mountain. You can bet I will keep trying, but if anyone has any ideas,
Death with Dignity Part II
By: Rana Goodman/Political Editor
In last month’s edition, I detailed my plight with my dad’s end of life
issues along with the “Death with Dignity” movement.
Under several different names, this type of bill has seen much
controversy. Basically it provides for one to be allowed to end his/her life
when their medical condition (as determined by two physicians) is such
that they have less than six months to live.
I believe that such advocacy should be supported by The Vegas Voice
but (as usual) publisher Dan disagreed. He did not want to undertake
such a controversial position that would upset a substantial portion of
Dan was however, willing to meet with a representative of the national
Death with Dignity non-profit organization. At that meeting we were told,
among other things, that based on their polling, Nevada residents favor
such bill by a 70-30 ratio.
That was reason for me to go forward but Dan still was unsure – hence
the survey last month. After much discussion, we reached a compromise
as to whether to go forward:
1. The Vegas Voice had to receive 500 responses, be it by mail or email.
2. The ratio for Death with Dignity had to be 75-25% for such a law
3. All responses had to be received at the end of 2 months – Labor Day
As of this writing we have received a number of responses. I am not
disclosing the number received or the percentages since I do not want to
influence anyone – be it for or against.
Dan and I (as well as our entire Vegas Voice family) also want to quickly
add that for those who would favor or oppose such a law, we understand
and respect your belief and feelings unconditionally.
Judge Elissa Cadish holding the 2016 “Liberty Bell” Award for
promoting the rule of law with students and Senior United States
District Judge Lloyd George. The Vegas Voice has endorsed Judge
Cadish for Justice, Nevada Supreme Court – Seat C.
With all this in mind, 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?
I am requesting that if you have any opinion or feelings on this
challenging issue, please take (only) 2 minutes to let us know.
Please feel free to complete the survey and mail to us or complete on
our homepage website: thevegasvoice.net.
I’ll have the final results in the September issue.
*Guardianship Update: Gretchen Rachel Hammond is an
investigative journalist and contributing writer for Tablet Magazine.
Tablet recently published her investigation into the abuse of elders by
professional guardians nationwide; with a particular focus on cases in
Northern Michigan and Florida.
You think guardianship problems are only in Nevada? Take a look
at what Hammond uncovered in the profile of the case of Virginia
Wahab, a then-92-year-old senior who was placed into guardianship
in 2016 and denied family visitation in Michigan.
Read her article on our Vegas Voice Elder Hub website at: www.
What’s your Opinion?
Death with Dignity
We would favor such law
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Scuttle The Retreads!
By: Dan Hyde / Call to Action
For this hideous election cycle, take a good
close look at all the candidates. Anything
The faces, party affiliations and, not surprisingly, OLD ideas are the
same recycled politicians we’ve seen for many years! If you’re fed up
with this repetitious nonsense (as I am) then I suggest you vote for
every familiar face’s OPPONENT regardless of party affiliation!
That’s right! Get rid of the old and support the new! This old saying
is very much in play - “You can put lipstick on a pig, but it’s still a
We have an ex-Mayor running for the County Commission, an ex-
Congressman dispatched four years ago running for his old seat, a
term limited state Senator running for Commissioner, several term
limited Assemblymen/women running for the state Senate - and on
and on it goes!
Haven’t you tired of recycled politicians presenting themselves as
offering new solutions to our problems when, in fact, they are the ones
that created them in the first place? This B.S. beckons real change
with fresh new ideas presented by anyone except every single retreaded
politician trying to capture your vote!
It’s about time we give the pig a break!
Dan Hyde is a passionate and effective advocate for the senior
community. He can be reached at: email@example.com.
Bonded in Battle
By: Chuck Dean / Vet 2 Vet
About three months after I came home
from the war in Vietnam my unit, the 173 rd
Airborne Brigade, experienced an incredible day of
fighting. It was a battle 40 miles southeast of Saigon on June 29, 1966.
This particular segment came like a flash but will live forever in
the memories of many young paratroopers of Alpha Company 2/503 rd
Infantry Battalion, 173 rd Airborne Brigade. It was also a special time that
went down in the annals of American history as Sergeant Charlie Morris
was decorated with the prestigious Medal of Honor for his actions that
went beyond the call of duty.
Sgt. Morris bravely continued to lead his men in the fight even though
he was severely wounded. Some reports have him being hit as many as
33 different times. Morris, also a Korean War veteran, lived through it all
to serve his country until he retired from the U. S. Army years later.
Over the past few months I have had the honor to developmentally edit
a new book titled, “Bonded in Battle” written by the company commander
of Alpha Company, Captain Jack Kelley. (It will be live on Amazon.com
this summer). As I immersed myself in reading and working with all the
different accounts by the survivors of this intense engagement, I became
more amazed than ever of what impacting and traumatic experiences
can do to meld people together.
These were young men from every walk of life that had never known
one another until they arrived in Vietnam, but after this harrowing
24-hour period of life and death they became closer than most blood
relatives will ever be.
To this day they gather yearly to embrace one another and share the
memories of living through it all. In
his work, King Henry 5 th , William
Shakespeare sums up their calling
and remembrance like this:
“For He Who Today
Sheds His Blood with Me
Will Be My Brother
We Few, We Happy Few
We Band of Brothers”
Many people wonder why veterans
gravitate to one another - even if
they’re strangers. It has everything
to do with having faced the teeth of
a tiger and realizing how much we depended on each another in order
to not get eaten.
It is a special bond of trust that we veterans recognize and hold dear
until the end, because we have seen first-hand how much we really do
rely on one another - even now and until the show is over.
Don’t forget your buddy.
Chuck Dean served as an Army paratrooper in Vietnam and
through that experience was led to address the many transitional
issues veterans struggle with. He is the author of several important
books for veterans. All can be found on Amazon at: http://www.
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By: James J. White, D.D.S. / Your Dentist
There are three basic signs of occlusal (bite)
instability: Wear of, movement or mobility
Loss of tooth structure, better known as occlusal wear disease, is
no less important than tooth loss as a result of decay. Indeed, tooth
structure loss due to wear is probably much more important than
decay, as tooth decay is easily treated.
Loss of tooth structure is most commonly noticed on the front teeth.
It isn’t rocket science - one can just look in the mirror. One does not
need a dentist to tell them that their teeth are flattening, chipping on
the edges, or wearing away.
There are two basic causes of tooth wear: Bruxism or grinding of
teeth during sleep and unbalanced occlusion (bite).
Bruxism/grinding is not something one is aware of except in severe
cases. It occurs during the rem period of sleep and does not necessarily
occur every night. Believe me, any competent dentist will know as he/
she can see the wear.
There are also times that a patient will have a dull ache in the jaw
muscles for no apparent reason. The patient often thinks it may be due
to a tooth. Indeed it is an occlusal muscle problem that is only episodic
and will resolve. It is no different than muscle discomfort after a good
work out at the gym.
See your dentist and have a custom fitted night guard made to
wear during sleep. Think of the night guard like a pair of shoes - it
ultimately will wear out and need replacement but usually lasts for
years. Far better that one wears out the night guard than their teeth.
Front tooth wear can be due to an unstable bite as well. The wear of
the front teeth is often due to an interference on the back teeth, since the
lower jaw is postured forward automatically to avoid this interference
in the back.
As teeth in the front of the mouth wear away, there is an automatic
aging appearance. Worn teeth are associated with aging.
Don’t ignore tooth wear. It’s a serious sign. Teeth are designed to last
a lifetime in ordinary circumstances.
In today’s dentistry this is not something one has to accept. Having
cosmetic dental care is one of the most predictable ways to provide
a more youthful appearance. Remember: A beautiful smile speaks
Tired of wearing dentures that
don’t stay in place, won’t chew food
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Would You Like a Flatter Tummy?
By: Mary Richard / Health Fitness
OK, summer is upon us and that dang
tummy is just not as flat as we’d like!
Yes, there are exercises, but there are also other
methods to help flatter that tummy.
One helpful hint is to shave off a pound a week by cutting just 500
calories a day. But do be careful to eat enough otherwise your body will
start to store energy as fat.
You can also do the following:
1. Log your meals, snacks and drinks. You can use a notebook,
calendar, or anything that will assist you in keeping track of what you
eat and drink. You’ll be surprised when you start tracking how many
calories you are consuming!
2. Have a little protein with every meal and snack. This helps
stabilize your blood sugar level, helping to stave off your hunger pangs.
Nuts, eggs, lean meats, chicken, fish, tofu and low-fat yogurt are all
3. Avoid tummy fatteners – like foods high in sodium, sugar and
carbonated beverages. They can make you gassy and “pooch” up your
4. Eat your veggies. They are fiber-rich and can help you feel fuller
faster. Eating lots of fiber-rich foods will assist in digestion.
5. Drink lots of water. This helps to also make you feel a little fuller
and helps with digestion. Rule of thumb: take half your body weight,
divide it in half and that is your “normal” amount of ounces per day. If
you exercise or are outside for any amount of time, additional ounces
of water are needed.
Some exercises for tummy-flattening:
1. Using a 2 pound weight, stand with feet shoulder-width apart, hold
the weight above your head with both hands. Pulls abs in tight, then
lift arms straight overhead, actively reaching as high as you can for 10
counts. Lower arms; repeat five times.
2. Lie on your back with knees bent and press a 2 pound weight to
the ceiling while pulling abs in. Slowly lift your right leg, with knee still
bent, until leg is perpendicular to your body. Keeping abs tight, lower
your right foot to the floor as you simultaneously lift your left leg.
Do two sets of 10 reps.
Positive attitude and good health to all!
Mary Richard was crowned Ms. Senior Nevada 2006, was first
runner-up for Ms. Senior America 2006 and is a life-time
dancer. Mary can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
When What You Don’t Know Can
Hurt You - Part I
By: Kyo Mitchell / A Healthier You
have decided I want to do surgery. I do not
I have any formal training in surgery but I
have read parts of a few books and I’ve seen it on TV. It does not look
I think I am ready to do surgery. Would you like to volunteer to be my
Where this may sound either funny or frightening to you, (no, I will
not actually be doing surgery), there is something similar taking place
in the health care field right now. Physical therapists are performing a
technique they have named “dry needling.”
Similar to acupuncture, dry needling is the insertion of a needle for
therapeutic purposes. The level of required training however, is quite
The first rule of medicine is “Do no harm.” For this reason, anyone
practicing acupuncture must undergo 705 hours of classroom training
in oriental medical theory, diagnosis and treatment techniques in
acupuncture and related studies.
They must also undergo 500 hours of supervised clinical training
to make certain they can safely and effectively treat patients. Once
completed, they must take four national exams - one specific for
acupuncture and the Nevada state exam before they can treat patients
By contrast, the current legislation being submitted by the Nevada
Board of Physical Therapists requires no formal training of a physical
therapist to perform dry needling. They are leaving the amount of
training required up to the individual physical therapist’s discretion. As
such, they can choose to insert needles into patients with zero hours of
training or clinical supervision.
In a survey given to physical therapists who currently perform dry
needling, 51% stated that they did not receive their training in school,
through continuing education or from a colleague. If they did not
receive it in school, through continuing education or from a colleague,
where did they learn it and how safely is it being done?
Does this frighten you? It frightens me.
Next month: the research based explanation I presented to the
physical therapy board about how dry needling could pose potential
risks to patients. Please pass this on to anyone receiving dry needling.
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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The Best Apps for the Road
By: BJ Killeen / Down the Road
Although many seniors have been accused of
being technophobic, a recent Pew Research
Center study said that over 40% of seniors own
smartphones, and for households with over $75,000 annual income,
that number jumps to 80%! By now we’ve realized that smartphones give
us not only peace of mind but can be downright helpful when we are
traveling - especially if you have some useful apps to help guide the way.
A few of my favorites include iExit, Save Me, Find Your Way Back and
Glympse. If you spend a lot of time on the road, and especially for RVers,
iExit is a lifesaver.
You tell it the highway you’re on, and it will give you a list of all the
businesses at upcoming exits - including food, gas, lodging, hospitals,
etc. It will give you distances, customer ratings, and even gas prices. This
app is invaluable.
Save Me is another must have for seniors. This app allows you to send
someone your location if you feel you’re in danger.
Find Your Way Back is extremely useful in helping you find your car
at a parking location, finding your way back to a hotel in a strange city,
or even getting back to your starting place from a long bike ride. It shows
how far away you are, and also displays directional arrows so you know
you’re headed in the right direction.
Another great app is Glympse. When you leave on a trip, you can send
a link to someone so they can see where you are in real time and keep
an eye on you. You can even set the time limit for how long you’d like to
So if you worry about a grandkid or even your spouse getting lost while
driving, this is a great way to give you comfort that they will get to their
destination. These are just a few of the great apps available.
BJ Killeen has been an automotive journalist for over 30 years.
She welcomes all questions and inquiries, and can be reached at
Ask A Master Gardener
By: Howard Galin / Happy Gardening
Native plants in southwest Nevada have been
beneficial to us in a number of ways. In
addition to their unusual but strikingly beautiful
appearances, many provide food and drink.
Such examples are prickly pear fruit, cactus jellies and relish as well
as sweeteners and tequila made from the Agave plant. Dried Indian Fig
Cactus pads can be used as plates and bowls and the spines of cactus
can be used for fish hooks and spears.
Recently I discovered another use for these plants: “Home Security!”
As part of our Police Department’s Public Service Program, officers
will come to your homes to evaluate ways that we can better-secure our
residences from break-ins. Previously, as part of my desert landscaping
theme, I planted under my windows various cactus, agave and yucca
plants that are armored with spines, needles and pointed “dagger-like”
After the police officers checked my house exterior, they came to me
and advised: “Sir, you have hostile vegetation!” At first, I was taken offguard
and quickly apologized.
The officers responded that these plants provide a physical threat of
bodily harm to anyone attempting to break in through my windows.
“Imagine” the officers said, “the pain and discomfort of being pierced
all over their body by these plants. Your home is a fortress. We commend
These plants are easy to grow and require no central station
monitoring. They provide all the benefits of nature’s security system.
My suggestions for creating a “plant” security system would include
using various (Opuntia) cactus that come in different colors and spine
configurations when planting under windows that open. These plants
are inexpensive to purchase, easy to grow and trim to any desired
Under stationary windows, I would suggest yucca and agave plants.
They are attractive to look at as well as sharp and spear shaped to the
touch. They give out a warning: “Burglars Beware!”
My all-time favorite cactus for securing your home is the Cholla
Cactus - referred to as the “Crippler Cactus.” Thank you, Mother Nature!
Howard Galin, a/k/a: “The Plant Whisperer” is a retired NYC
school administrator, transplanted in Las Vegas who devotes his
time to communicating with and lecturing about our native
Comsmetics & Spa Conference
By: Linda Bateman-Gomez / Timeless Beauty
I recently attended the International Esthetics,
Cosmetics, & Spa Conference, one of my favorite
annual shows. Staged with fabulous booths, bright lighting, beautifully
dressed presenters and every new product on the market, it’s the ultimate
exhibition for everything beauty related!
With over 600 exhibitors and free classes galore, there are demonstrations
and sample treatments for anything you’ve ever wanted to try - as long as
you’re not shy of the hundreds of people stopping to watch. From the latest
anti-aging therapy lights, to full body spray tanning, waxing and plastic
wraps, when it comes to a free treatment, attendees are not bashful!
People nonchalantly walked around with full face masks and under
eye patches, including yours truly. As I wandered the endless aisles of
cosmetics from various countries, it appears things like vegan and gluten
free cosmetics are very popular.
I was however, on a mission for the fountain of youth! I was looking for
age reversing products and stumbled upon a few I really liked!
The pricing on these products varied widely. One line that I tested is
called TheraGenesis: A New Beginning.
I loved the smell and feel of it, but the regimen would set you back about
$450 every 6 weeks. I couldn’t find any reviews as it’s a new line, but it’ll be
one to watch for if your pocketbook is willing.
Audrey Morris had a fabulous array of skin care and make-up products.
Their new color line of lipsticks and liquid mattes were beautiful!
This is a company I have worked with in the past and I love the products.
I had the opportunity to meet the team in person while there and if their
appearances are any indication of their product line, the stuff works!
I also ran across the ToGoSpa. I tested their under-eye patches and loved
the cooling effect. As someone who constantly suffers with under eye bags
(thanks Dad), I really liked these!
And last, the SIO Facelift Overnight Wrinkle Smoothing Patch pack. I
have to say, I love it. It hasn’t turned back the clock quite yet, but the best
thing about this set is the pads are reusable! That alone for me makes it my
best “find” of the convention!
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.
Travel for Active Seniors!
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Join Vegas Voice Prez Ray & Crystal In Tuscany
There is a lot of construction going
on in Las Vegas and once again the
“crane” is the unofficial bird of our
hometown. Many of the new neighborhoods,
feature svelte residences.
But Ray and I prefer the charm of 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,
our home in Summerlin since 2010.
now to join
Ray and me
on this terrific
is such a popular tour, seating is very
llmited. So please call right way for more
Our Siena is a lovely community and
very suggestive of its Italian namesake,
which has been named a UNESCO
World Heritage Site. BTW, 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”.
I was delighted to find this tour includes
a visit to the original Siena with
its stunning medieval palaces and
October 3 -11,
mansions surrounding the Piazza del
Campo, and the original site of the
historic Palio horse race which has even
been reenacted through Siena’s narrow
streets. And there’s much more...
This nine day tour includes guided
sightseeing in Florence, Pisa, San
Gimignano, the walled city of Lucca,
and there’s even an optional day trip to
the colorful hillside villages of Cinque
Terre with its rugged coastline and
Siena’s Piazza Del Campo
Cinque Terre Option
Only One Charming Hotel
Throughout Our Stay
This is a terrific itinerary, and Ray
and I really like that we will be staying
in a lovely four star hotel in the spa resort
town of, centrally located, Montecatini
Terme for the entire trip. No
packing and unpacking... Just warm
autumn days filled with leisurely day
trips, where we’ll enjoy the wonderful
sights of Tuscany and its golden hills.
Plus, we’ll be savoring lots of good
Italian food and wines. Gelato anyone?
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!
Call Ray for more info...
*All prices subject to change and based on per person, double
occupancy. Single room up grades available at extra cost.
MasterCard, VISA, Amex accepted or private checks.
Heather’s Tips - Travel
By: Heather Latimer / Helpful Hints
On the Amazon.com website, one reviewed
the U-shaped pillow. “Keeps my neck
comfortable and I don’t wake up with neck
pain.” Yet last October, an article by Kelly Conaby
lambasted the item in the Health column of Atlantic Magazine.
Here is a shortened version of what she wrote: “This past summer, I
had to travel by plane. When it came time to sleep I placed the U-shaped
pillow around my shoulders. My neck protruded an uncomfortable
distance from the seat back. I moved my head to the right. No good.
Then to the left. No good. I scrunched it up but it bounced back to
U-shape. This darn pillow was no help at all.”
Maria Perkins is an attractive, stylish lady, just beginning to cope
with the rigors of advancing age: aching neck, shoulders, back –
everywhere. She made many flights but on each occasion the pain of
sitting so long became agonizing - with or without the U-shaped pillow.
When the next trip was scheduled she mulled over numerous
possibilities for easing her discomfort. One night, when she should
have been sleeping, a neat idea came to her.
Next morning she purchased a knee-length black sweater and two
Dogbone pillows 18” length x 7” diameter (Item 830-0502-02 at
ScripHesso. 800-747-3466) then stuffed the pillows into the sweater
Since then Maria snuggles up in her airplane seat, then moves the
padded sleeves around to places where she hurts. Blessed relief!
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.
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Sept. 6 - 16,
OF THE SEAS
Departs Cape Liberty, NJ, visiting Bar Harbor, Portland,
St John, Halifax, Sydney, Charlottetown, disembark
Prices are per person based on double occupancy, subject to availability and
includes your cruise, all port charges, taxes, fees and roundtrip air fare from Las
Vegas to New York and back from Quebec City and airport transfers in New
York and Quebec City. A deposit of $450 per person is due at the time of booking
and is fully refundable until June 1, 2019 when the final payment is due.
Planning for 2019
By: Stu Cooper / Happy Destinations
We’re always thinking ahead for the Vegas
Voyagers. In fact, we’re already planning
You know about the PHAT PACK cruise scheduled for January on the
RUBY PRINCESS to the Mexican Riviera, but now we want to give you
the “heads up” for a great European cruise we are scheduling for the
Fall of 2019. This is a good one, a real good one.
The VEGAS VOYAGERS will be sailing on the SAPPHIRE PRINCESS
on a 10 night European explorer cruise, OCTOBER 31 to NOVEMBER
10, 2019 starting in London and ending in Rome. Ports of call will
include Le Harve, France (for visits to Paris or Normandy), Lisbon,
Portugal, Gibraltar (for the Rock of Gibraltar), Barcelona, La Seyne,
France (for visits to Provence and Toulon - let’s drink some French
wine) and Livorno, Italy (for visits to Pisa or Florence). WOW!
I particularly like this type of itinerary because, as a one way cruise,
it covers a lot of ground (pun intended). It is a unique itinerary not
often repeated and the ports of call are spectacular. There is something
Prices for the cruise start at just $1,674 per person (for an inside
cabin) and go up to $2,674 per person for a balcony. And these prices
include your port charges, taxes and fees. Air fare to London and back
from Rome is additional.
And if you book by August 31 st , Princess is offering its “SIP AND
SAIL” program which will include its premier beverage package for
the first two in
the cabin at no
a good deal
- especially if
you enjoy a
two) while cruising.
As mentioned, air fare is additional. The air fare rates for October 2019
will not even be published before the middle of December. However, an
educated guess for round trip air from Las Vegas to London and back
from Rome will run between $900 and $1200 per person.
The Vegas Voyagers has a great relationship with Princess Cruise
Lines. Regular readers know that many of our “Bus to the Boat” cruises
are on Princess. It seems our Vegas Voyagers love Princess Cruise Lines.
Give us a call at 800/698-1101 with any questions
you might have. It’s not too early to start
preparing for this truly unique
10 night European cruise
on the Sapphire Princess. As
always, Happy Destinations.
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Jan. 26- Feb. 2, 2019
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Price based on double occupancy, subject to availability and includes the
cruise, all port charges, taxes and fees and Round Trip Bus Transportation
from Las Vegas to the pier in CA, and all exclusive Phat Pack group only
activities. A $250. per person deposit is due at the time of booking and is
fully refundable until Nov. 2, 2018 when the final payment is due.
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Beat the Heat & Getaway!
Choose a Collette Spotlight Vacation…
One of my clients, who has traveled all over the world, recently
selected a 9 day “Spotlight On Tuscany” vacation from Collette.
She’s been to Italy before, but she was really attracted to the
“Spotlights” concept, which focuses on a more inclusive, more
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
one of Tuscany’s famous spa resort towns, Montecatini Terme...
Seven days of Italian bliss and she would only have to unpack once.
time to make last
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these trips! Tuscany
Attn: Siena Residents!
Plan now to join your neighbors,
Ray and Crystal for a special “Spotlight”
tour Oct.3 - Oct.11, 2019 to
Tuscany featuring a special visit to
Italy’s perfect medieval city, and a
UNESCO World Heritage Centre.
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A Survival Tale
By: Kathy Manney / Around Our World
As August 1808 unfurled, the men aboard
the 170-ton Sea Otter were traveling from
London to Oregon when they encountered a
violent storm near the mouth of Oregon’s Umpqua River. The ship was
destroyed. All onboard were lost.
As many before (and after) have found, Oregon’s beautiful rugged
coastline is the Pacific’s Graveyard.
Ashore, hunting game, were four crew members who survived.
Once the storm stopped, the crewmen were stranded. No one would be
Fur trading was aggressive and secretive. Commonly, traders did not
communicate their intended whereabouts.
The survivors had the clothes on their backs, their rifles and six
pounds of gun powder. It was two-years after Lewis and Clark and their
Discovery Expedition wintered nearby in 1805-1806. (The Discovery
Expedition blazed a round trip trail of 8,000 miles from the Mississippi
to the Pacific Ocean).
The Sea Otter’s sinking happened two-years before John Jacob
Astor founded Fort Astoria at the mouth of the Columbia River as a
fur trading post in 1810. Astor’s Pacific Fur Company was the first
permanent United States settlement on the Pacific Northwest coast. His
fort and fur trade were sold to the British in 1813.
The shipwrecked men traveled Indian trails; sometimes walking,
sometimes rafting on the least known, yet history’s most remarkable
overland journey. It began at the Umpqua River, site of present-day
Reedsport and ended at the mouth of the Mississippi River in New
The marooned men faced daily hardship and lacked the tools that
aided Lewis and Clark. Their names were Babtiste Lavall, Michael
Conner, Jean Lozier and Emmanuel Silver. Lavall took leadership
during their journey.
A newspaper reported the men’s arrival in New Orleans in August
1810. They had trekked more than 3,000-miles cross country and
survived. Yet, their tale of endurance and intrepidity remains elusive.
Perhaps the four
British fur traders
secretly returned to
Oregon and made
their fortune in otter
pelts. Fortunately, their
story hasn’t completely
faded from history
and 210-years later,
to the enjoyment of
both historians and
adventurers, it is being
Kathy Manney enjoys visiting interesting places and being an
Adventure Diva. Her “Must See” travel journeys continue - always
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The Pros & Cons of 55+ Active Adult Communities
Last week I appeared on The American Dream, a positive and informative national
real estate show (the Las Vegas edition airs on Sunday mornings at 9:30am on
ABC and I am a regular contributor 1-2 times a month on the show). I was talking
about the 55+ age qualified communities in the Las Vegas Valley, and what the
benefits are to living in one.
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Low or no-maintenance exteriors
Opportunities to make friends with other retirees
A quiet environment
Amenities such as opportunities to get exercise and socialize
Lack of age diversity
Family members under the age of 19 cannot participate in activities
No care services are included
As the Baby Boomers reach retirement age, active adult communities are
becoming more and more popular in the United States. These new retirees don’t
see themselves as “old folks,” so the idea of a senior living community that offers,
and even facilitates, an active lifestyle is appealing to them. Ditching exterior
home maintenance chores frees residents of active adult communities to enjoy
their retirement years and do more of the things they love. So, common sense
tells us that not only do these communities offer a healthy and enjoyable
lifestyle, they also appear to be a good real estate investment. The everincreasing
demand for active adult communities virtually insures the future
values of our properties. Not to say that any real estate market isn't going to
have peaks and valleys, but in the long run my opinion is that one of the best
investments one can make is in our 55+ communities!
Want to know the value of your home? Call or email me today for an
up-to-the-minute estimate! I LOVE giving people good news!
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Realty Executives Southern Nevada Properties
770 Coronado Center Drive, Ste. 100
Henderson, NV 89052
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770 Coronado Center Dr., Suite 100
Henderson, NV 89052
Office (702) 777-1234
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US 95 & COLLEGE Stunning 4 BR+den/3.5BA, 3997 SF custom built home on 1.07 acre premium lot! 1-story
home with RV/boat parking, large private backyard & amazing mountain views! Island kitchen with quartz
counters, custom cabinets, soft close cabinets, pot shelves, mosaic tile backsplash, walk-in pantry & stainless
steel appliances (double door refrigerator, dishwasher, built-in electric double oven, microwave and electric
cooktop). Den with ceiling fan and double doors. Theatre/media room! Much more! $999,900
16 Rue Mediterra
LAKE LAS VEGAS Spectacular views from this .80 acres
custom lot in guard gated Marseilles at South Shore
Lake Las Vegas! Golf course frontage, spectacular panoramic
views! The developers spared no expense when
creating Lake Las Vegas: water sits right at the heart of
this show-stopping master planned golf community, in
what is otherwise desert domain. $799,900
SOUTHERN HIGHLANDS 4BR/3.5 BA, 2968 SF 2-story
home. Corner lot with attached 2-car garage. Formal
Living room. Separate family room. Island kitchen
with walk-in pantry. Dining area. Spacious master
Suite with walk-in closet. Covered patio in backyard.
Low maintenance desert landscaping. $460,000
3027 Hickory Valley Rd
SUN CITY ANTHEM Upgraded Quincy floorplan,
approx. 1482 Sqft, 2 Bed2/ Bath, 2 car garage, custom
paint, blinds, ceiling fans, raised panel
doors, low maintenance landscape, and covered
WELLINGTON MANOR 1-story home w/ RV/Boat
parking. 4 BR/2 BA, 2-car garage, 1666 SF home
sits on a .14 acre cul-de-sac lot! Kitchen w/ pot
shelves, pantry, breakfast bar, tile counters, tile
backsplash, stainless steel appliances (gas stove,
microwave, & dishwasher). $278,900
6271 Maxwood Court
PALM GARDENS Adorable one story home, 1668 SF,
3 bedrooms, 2 baths, 2 car garage, on premium .22
acre cul-de-sac lot in guard gated community! Kitchen
with breakfast bar, breakfast nook, pot shelves
and SS appliances. Master suite with sitting room,
vaulted ceiling and walk-in closet. $269,900
653 Hillside Road
PIOCHE, NV Breathtaking panoramic mountain &
valley views! 4 BR/2.5 BA, 2743 SF home on .49 acre
premium hillside lot. RV parking with hook-ups
(electric, water, sewer). Near 5 state parks, hunting,
camping & fishing areas! $268,800
2573 Evansville Ave
SUN CITY ANTHEM Popular Washington floorplan,
approx. 1281 Sqft, 2 Bed/2 Bath, oversized 2
car garage, upgraded flooring, two bay windows,
raised panel doors, laundry room with cabinets, all
appliances included, covered patio! $295,000
Speaking to and for Las Vegas
Valley Seniors since 2003