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Volume 15, Issue 10
OUR FANTASTIC COLUMNISTS
Rich Natole / Jon Lindquist
About The Vegas Voice
In 2018, The Vegas Voice received 9 national awards from the
North American Mature Publishers Association for our publication
- including our guardianship special efforts, editorial and column
reviews, front page
graphics, overall design
and “General Excellence.”
We proudly agree with
the Judge’s decision
that The Vegas Voice
is “a brisk, bold,
upbeat and effective
Five Guys in a Bar
By: Dan Roberts / Roberts Rules
What the %$*# are we doing?” I blurted out
in disgust and disbelief.
One of the great pleasures yours truly has as
publisher of The Vegas Voice is getting together with “the boys” to
discuss entertainment goals. On this recent occasion we were discussing
options for 2019.
I was joined by my partner Ray Sarbacker, entertainment and
nightlife editors Evan Davis and Sam Wagmeister and our project
manager (and my Bronx brother) Bill Caserta. It was a lunch meeting
at a local pub.
Besides the food, we were surrounded by beautiful half-dressed
waitresses and big screen HD televisions showing sports.
Now forgive my male chauvistinictic piggish thoughts and definite
political incorrectness, but here we were, five guys away from our wives/
significant others speaking freely and openly. And such “locker room
talk” wasn’t about the physical appearance (and assets) of the servers
or the latest big game. It was health issues.
One by one (including me) we virile, macho manly-men were
opining over our latest visit to the doctor or other medical concern.
After about ten minutes of this lively conversation, I realized what was
“Oh my god!” I interrupted Ray when he was explaining his latest
health episode. “What is wrong with us?
“Since when do five guys go to a bar and start talking like their
grandfathers? Don’t you see these women… and what about that
football game last night?” I exclaimed desperately trying to change
And wouldn’t you know it, but after I pointed out what we were doing,
we started having a debate over hearing aids and the “doughnut hole.”
How do guys go from
talking sports to medical
ailments? I then remembered
the joke my “uncle” Marty
Allen once told me: “Inside
every older man, is a
younger one screaming
how did this happen?”
Only this time the joke was
And to add a final insult to
injury, when I left the bar, I
drove to Walgreen’s to pick up
my latest prescription.
*One more thing: With
The Vegas Voice
everything going on in this world and with the holiday season upon
us, I cannot think of anything more important than “family.” Now my
concept of family is not strictly blood relations. It includes those that
always have your back and is there for you when issues arise.
For my Rana and me it also includes our “Vegas Voice family.”
This family consists of our ever increasing wonderful columnists, staff,
advertisers and even you – our readers.
Now we may not always agree and I have no doubt that every family
has its dysfunctional members (and rest assured, we have ours)
however my Ladylove and I have come to treat these once strangers as
members of our family.
And for that, we feel most fortunate and blessed.
From the very top to the bottom of our collective hearts, our family
wishes you the happiest of holidays. May the New Year bring you and
yours all the smiles, joy and happiness that we have received from you.
And most importantly – good (make that great) health!
From our Vegas Voice family to yours:
A very joyous, happy & healthy New Year!
God Rest ME, Merry Gentlemen
By: Vicki Wentz / Vicki’s Voice
may have mentioned that the days between
I Halloween and New Year’s constitute my
favorite time of year, especially Christmas.
However, speaking as a parent, I am betting that
if your home contains any children under the age of, well, twenty, life
now is just a big bowl of chaos.
And, as the 25th approaches, the havoc will rise until you are
spending Christmas Day hiding under your computer desk, chugging
Jack Daniels-laced eggnog, behind a big frozen turkey you forgot to
defrost...not that I ever did that.
But, this time of year is really all about the (grand) children… the
thrill on their faces, the awe and wonder in their eyes, the adorable way
they hurl your newly-decorated Christmas cookies at each other… yes,
that’s what’s important, my friend.
It’s about hiding a scooter, a trampoline, a life-size dollhouse and
a turtle from kids who can suddenly morph into a liquid and slither
through locked, chained and barred doors. So, eventually, you tell
them that Santa wears a “peeking” beeper, and if any children see their
presents before the big day, he will get beeped and go into cardiac arrest
and Christmas will be cancelled!
(One year, my children were so savagely persistent I finally climbed
up and threw their unwrapped gifts down from the attic. Then, I pulled
the steps up behind me and sat in the rafters all day, leafing through
old photo albums and remembering when they were tiny and still had
that new-baby smell and all they really wanted was a good box lid to
Christmas is about taking the whole family merrily off to buy the
tree at the Methodist church (and no, you’re not Methodist, but the
Methodists don’t charge as much as Catholics and Presbyterians) and
then everybody chooses a different tree, but of course mother rules, so
the children sulk all the way home and nobody wants to decorate “such
a stinky, cruddy tree.”
But you haul it inside and jam it into the tree stand to discover that
it’s six inches too tall and you’ll have to climb up on a kitchen chair
and hack at it with your only good steak knife. And, by the time you
double-check last year’s lights to find that not even ONE strand is
working, you pin the sulkers with a fierce stare, and warn that after
you get the non-working lights on the hacked-up, stinky tree, everyone
better get to trimming or there will be NO PEACE ON EARTH!
Christmas is also about visiting Santa at the mall. (Can I just ask,
why can’t Santa come to the gas station or the post office, or the grocery
store or the bank?)
On top of that, kids only love Santa until they’re plunked into his lap.
You could be doing a complete Olympic gymnastics routine off to the
side to make little Junior smile for the camera, but trust me, he’ll take
one look at that massive beard and scream like you’ve handed him to
Hitler. (Yeah, good times).
Finally, it’s almost Christmas Eve, when the children are asleep, and
you haul the gifts out and spend the next nine hours assembling a
tricycle, a pinball game and a snow cone machine, following directions
on a box that say, “Assembly should take no longer than 15 minutes.”
(Please. Everyone knows you never believe boxes. Boxes lie. Boxes
watch us happily settle down to assemble stuff and laugh hysterically,
eager to tell the other boxes at the landfill about the doofus who bought
the tricycle and believed the stuff on the box.)
Meanwhile, you eat Santa’s cookies and drink Santa’s milk, and at
4:00 a.m. you drift off to sleep, slumped on the floor against the couch,
bits of tinsel clinging to your hair, a piece of scotch tape stuck to your
lower lip, your hands curled in frozen wrapping spasms...zzzzz...
And God bless us everyone.
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.
Bring the family,
let’s learn to fly!
See pgs 17-21
Entertainment hosted by
Chadwick Johnson See page 18
The Vegas Voice presents:
Oct. 2012 September 2016
See page 9
Ooops, We did it again!
First: The Vegas Voice
Dan Roberts likens lawyers and bureaucrats to
First: The Vegas Voice, Dan Roberts, “Uxorious
in Every Way,” February 2018.
Dan Roberts’ PILL (partner in love & life)
achieved something spectacular – changed the
Nevada adult guardianship laws rescuing thousands
of people from usurious practices. Ah,
such romantic expressions – it’s a lovely read.
First: The Vegas Voice Dan Roberts, Rana
Goodman and staff, “The Good Guys Won,”
A collection of articles by Roberts, Goodman
and others celebrates the publication’s victory
in changing state law regarding guardianships.
Second: Feb./Mar./Apr. 2018, The Vegas Voice
The Vegas Voice runs primarily columns, and
they maintain consistency through design.
Rana Goodman w/ NAMPA Executive Director
Rana with NPA awards
And the award goes to…
There is nothing more gratifying than to be honored by your
peers. With that humble sentiment, we’re very proud to announce
that The Vegas Voice has received a total of 8 national
and state awards.
First: The Vegas Voice, Senior Guardianship
To Rana Goodman and Dan Roberts: “The Vegas Voice is on a mission and judging
by the tone and contents of these articles, it means to succeed.” For our guardianship
articles – “It’s a terrific journalistic effort. Readers are well-served by this
Second: The Vegas Voice,
“The Vegas Voice switched from a newspaper to a magazine, but it didn’t leave behind
its investigative teeth…its investigative piece on guardianship fraud resulted
in indictments of one of the most scandalous abusers. The Voice should be proud of
First: The Vegas Voice
To Ray Sarbacker: “The cover illustration captures the mystique of several elements.
Peter Pan is such an imaginary tale. This cover illustration captures the mystique of
several elements. Flight, darkness, sea and exploration come through for an event
telling readers to bring their family and learn to fly.”
Second: The Vegas Voice
Dan Roberts doesn’t hold back. His state’s attorney general is “Mr. Irrelevant.” The
local district attorney is “Mr. Incompetent.” There’s no missing his meaning.
Second: The Vegas Voice
“The Vegas Voice is primarily a compilation of columns. Each is in a module, which
keeps the pages uncluttered. Each is treated the same with the name and with red
and black type at the top. This magazine is an easy scan.”
Wait there’s more.
The Nevada Press Association (you know the big guys – Las Vegas Review Journal,
LV Sun, etc.) followed with 3 awards; including Best Print Ad by Ray and;
Best Investigative Story by Rana and Dan (“Great reporting and coverage on
a subject. Thanks for your determined efforts to bring to light abuse of those most
vulnerable in our society.”);
And to top it all off, The Vegas Voice was chosen for the “Freedom of the
Press” award for upholding the principles of the First Amendment and protecting
the public’s right in exposing the scandal. (“The fervor to expose a major problem
with guardianship led this senior’s publication to take extraordinary steps – including
overcoming attempts to silence it…to see that reforms were addressed.”)
To say that we’re honored and proud would be an understatement.
And wait to you read what we have planned for 2018!
First: The Vegas Voice
A lot of information, but
it’s all accessible.
Rana Goodman w/Nampa Executive Director
Thanks for all the love
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Looking Back, Looking Forward
By: Evan Davis / Entertainment Editor
wanted to share with you my year in review,
I but there are too many people, places and
things and less than 500 words to cover 2018. So,
I’ve decided to tell you about the two dozen or so
shows that I produced for The Vegas Voice.
I’ll start with the different venues - Sun City MacDonald Ranch,
Sun City Aliante, Starbright Theatre in Sun City Summerlin, Solera at
Anthem, the Silverton and The Adelson Campus.
We had shows titled “An Evening of Classic Broadway”, “The Music
of Cole Porter”, “The Music of Robert Goulet: Broadway & Back”,
“Where I Want to Be”, “Divine Divas of Song”, “A Sizzzlin’ Summer
Afternoon Affair”, Lullaby of Broadway”, “Merry Mayhem” and of
course our Christmas Show at the end or 2017 that helped us bring in
the new year with a bang.
We’ve had hosts and guests that would make your head spin. People
like Frankie Scinta, Pia Zadora, Jonathan Karrant, Genevieve
Dew, Chadwick Johnson, Anne Martinez, Daniel Emmett,
Irina Nero, Sonny Charles, Rosanna Telford, Chase Brown,
Rita Lim, Randall Keith, Amanda King, Bruce Ewing, Gret
Menzes, Tom Mazzaro, Lou De Meis, Ron & Lisa Smith.
Shall I continue? The amazing Philip Fortenberry, Ashley
Fuller, Travis Cloer, Naomi Mauro, Zowie Bowie (Chris
Philips) Rhonda Carlson, Carnell Johnson, Brenda
Mandabach. There’s also been Bill Fayne, Jimmy Hopper, Bob
Anderson, Clint Holmes, Kelly Clinton, Elisa Fiorillo, Patty
Asher and many, many more.
My apologies for not including everyone but the list would go on and
on and on. But I’m certainly not going to leave out the back bone of
the shows, THE BAND.
Our amazing musical director and magician on the saxophone,
Gary Anderson. He’s always put together some of the top names for
The Vegas Voice Band. I won’t even start to mention all the musicians
who have graced our venues because I will surely leave some out.
And there’s still time to be a part of our Holiday Shows in December.
One at Sun City MacDonald Ranch on December 15 th and another on
December 4 th in the Starbright Theatre in Summerlin.
Next year we’re adding shows at the Italian American Club and other
venues to be announced in the near future. We will also be showcasing
talent that you may not be familiar with or types of music you wouldn’t
expect The Vegas Voice to present, but trust me when I say, “You Will
Not Be Disappointed.”
Have a Wonderful Holiday Season. Stay Healthy & Peace to All!
You can read Evan’s entertainment blog and sign up to receive
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com. Email him at: email@example.com.
Holidays with the
By: Bill Caserta / Bill’s Blurbs
Those darling grandchildren: Two young
boys were spending the night at their
grandparents. At bedtime, the two boys knelt
beside their beds to say their prayers when the youngest one began
praying at the top of his lungs.
“I PRAY FOR A NEW BICYCLE, I PRAY FOR A NEW NINTENDO, I
PRAY FOR A PUPPY…
His older brother leaned over and nudged the younger brother and
said, “Why are you shouting your prayers? God isn’t deaf.” To which the
little brother replied, “No, but Grandma is!”
A sign of the times: As a little girl climbed onto Santa’s lap, Santa
asked the usual, “And what would you like for Christmas?”
The child stared at him horrified for a minute, then gasped: “Didn’t
you get my E-mail?”
And finally - Grandma’s Christmas Strategy: One Christmas, a
mother decided she was no longer going to remind her kids to send
thank you notes. Consequently, the kids’ grandmother never received
any thanks for the Christmas checks she sent to the kids.
The very next Christmas, all the kids stopped by in person to thank
their grandmother for their checks.
When asked by a friend what caused this change in behavior, the
grandmother replied, “Simple. This year I didn’t sign the checks.”
*A great, big Bill Blurb Happy Holiday and joyous New
Year to one and all!
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.
By: Sam Wagmeister / People & Places
Without fanfare, comedic-magician Murray
SawChuck bundled up and handed out
100 warm stocking caps to the homeless huddled
in tents and sleeping bags along chilly North Las Vegas Boulevard. With
fanfare, SawChuck will present his annual benefit for Friends for Life
pet rescue at Summerlin’s Starbright Theater December 22.
A lifelong pet fancier, SawChuck, whose clan includes three longhaired
Chihuahuas - Bailey, Smudge and Kahluah and Kitten the cat
became a benefactor of magic to the pet shelter when he learned they
also employed and housed previously homeless men as caretakers.
The spirit of giving is in SawChuck’s DNA; his mother, Arlene, knitted
the caps “and she’s started 100 pair of mittens for next year,” he said.
Since arriving in Las Vegas in 2002, the spikey-haired platinum blond
Strip headliner has been one of the most frequently seen personalities
at local fund raisers. SawChuck’s website, MurrayMagic.com, is unique
in that the list of charities he supports - with emphasis on youth and
military is longer than his biography. “If you get attention and don’t
use it for good, you’re wasting your attention.”
He gained national recognition in 2010, stunning America’s Got
Talent audiences by making a full-size steam engine vanish. “The real
trick,” he admits, “was getting it into the studio. But that’s another
The magic bug bit
7- year old SawChuck
when he received a
Siegfried & Roy magic
kit. Three years later
he read of Elizabeth
Taylor’s efforts to help
AIDs patients. “I wrote
her,” he said, offering
to perform at a fund
raiser. “I could hardly
do a magic trick
SawChuck and partner, Lefty (Doug
Leferovich) celebrate at the Tropicana
Casino’s Laugh Factory.
SawChuck, who bills himself “The Dennis the Menace of Magic” has
built a YouTube audience of over 1,000,000 followers by posting two
new videos each month, often pranking the police that he holds in
Phyllis Diller and comedy-magician Carl Ballentine (a familiar face
on McHale’s Navy and Car 54) served as comedy inspirations; Marvin
Roy, the 94-year old who performed magic as Mr. Electric still mentors
Sam Wagmeister is The Vegas Voice Nightlife Editor. He loves to
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Santa & the Snowman
By: Beverly Washburn / Hollywood Memories
For this holiday month, I thought I’d write
about the time I worked with actor Edmund
Gwenn. He is best remembered as Santa Claus in
“Miracle on 34 th Street.” When I worked with Mr. Gwenn, he played a
snowman that comes to life.
It was 1952 and I was cast as the daughter of George Reeves. My
mother was played by Anita Louise and my brother by Tommy Rettig,
who later became well known as Jeff on the Lassie TV series. The TV
show was Ford Theatre and the episode was called “Heart of Gold.”
That’s George Reeves in the photo who is putting the locket around
my neck. Of course, most people won’t recognize him, as he was usually
in his Superman or Clark Kent outfit.
I had worked with him previously in Superman and The Moleman.
Since I was so young, I actually believed that he was Superman. As
that’s the only way I had ever seen him, I didn’t recognize him.
During the shooting, I heard a few crew members teasingly calling
him “Superman.” That was quite confusing for me. How could he be
Superman and then be playing my father on this show?
When I asked my mother about that, she told me that he really WAS
Superman but was just “play-acting” as my father for this production.
That was good enough for me and it answered all my questions.
The make-up and wardrobe departments made a snowman suit
out of cotton which Gwenn wore with only a portion of his face being
seen. For its day, it was actually
pretty elaborate and impressive.
In this episode, Tommy and
I play in the snow and build
a snowman. I then place the
necklace on the snowman and
he comes to life! When we tell
our parents that the snowman is
alive, they of course, don’t believe
it until they see it with their own
It was a very sweet story and
so much different from the
television shows that are on now.
It was innocent, lighthearted and
The program aired on December 25, 1952 and was very well
received. The other thing I remember about working on that show is
that Tommy Rettig was the first person to ever tell me that there was no
Santa Claus. I don’t think I ever forgave him for that!
Ironically, Robert Stevenson was the director of that show and little
did I know that a few years later he would be directing me in the Walt
Disney movie “Old Yeller.”
May you all have a Blessed Holiday Season and be grateful that we
are still here.
Until next time, remember: Those who give love, gather love.
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.
By: Yvonne Cloutier / Musical Moments
Who would have thought that a song
written in the southwest, with the verse
about orange and palm trees, would become one
of the greatest hits of all times?
Well, that is what happened with a song called White Christmas. It
was written in 1941-- words and music by none other than Irving
Berlin. It was the highest grossing hit for almost 60 years, won him an
Oscar for best song of 1942, and is a perennial best seller during the
Actually Berlin didn’t like the Christmas holiday season because it
reminded him of his only son who died at 24 days old on a December
1 st . But songwriters are always looking for that special song that will
become a standard, and that was what Berlin was looking for.
Berlin wrote the lyrics first, as he usually did with his songs, and
then could pick out the melody on his piano. However, he needed
someone to write the harmony or accompaniment.
This was done by his musical secretary, Helmy Kresna. With White
Christmas, he told her: “Grab your pen and take down this song. I just
wrote the best song I’ve ever written - heck, I just wrote the best song
that anybody’s ever written!””
Berlin felt that the lyrics made a song a hit, and the tune made it
last. Al Jolson though, said the singer has much to do with a hit song.
Bing Crosby was the engine behind White Christmas bringing it to the
50,000,000 mark, when it was released.
He first sang it on his radio show The Kraft Music Hall on Christmas
Day, 1941. He actually thought it an “okay” song the first time he
Bing sang it in the 1942 movie Holiday Inn with Marjorie Reynolds,
not Rosemary Clooney as some people think. Marjorie, unable to sing
well, lip-synced Martha Mear’s voice.
Berlin was asked to write holidays anthems, so he also wrote Easter
Parade and Happy Holidays; both big hits.
Irving Berlin, a creative Russian Jewish American genius, whose
songs will live on forever, died in 1989.
Yvonne Cloutier, a former teacher/principal, with a music
background, specializes in ragtime piano. She researches and
reports about music on SCA-TV.com/Anthem Alive! You can
contact her at www.mytimeisragtime.com.
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FRIENDS The Musical Parody
By: Dianne Davis / That’s Entertainment
Have you missed your “Friends”? Well, they
are here. Joey, Chandler, Ross, Monica,
Phoebe, and Rachel have moved in to the
showroom at the D in downtown Las Vegas.
If you were a fan of the TV show, you MUST visit them. If you saw
a few episodes, but weren’t addicted, doesn’t matter, go see them and
enjoy some laughs.
I saw a few episodes through the years and always enjoyed the show
even when I didn’t have a firm grasp on the backstories. And so it is with
the stage production. It is filled with references to famous episodes that
are not part of my experience.
For instance, I know nothing about smelly cats. Or the Italian
Stallion. But that didn’t stop me from laughing my way through a cute
show with animated talented cast members and live musicians as well.
The cast members take you through some of the more well-known
adventures and episodes that were enjoyed by millions of television fans
during their ten year run. It’s kind of like going back to the old home
town for a visit. Only in this case, your friends haven’t aged.
This is a fictitious but affectionate world. I mean who has an
apartment that size in New York!
Monica in her wedding gown? You Friends addicts will understand.
I just laughed.
Joey’s stellar career as an actor wanna be – funny stuff. Phoebe’s
adventures – hilarious. And the parents that come and go. And the Tom
What makes the show work is the whole package. The script covers
a huge amount of history, the high energy cast sings and dances their
way across the small stage, and the live music – always a treat in a town
filled with shows backed by tracks is a welcome component.
It is a parody. It is a clever spoof. It is a good time. How you doing?
You can visit with Friends The Parody, Wednesdays through Mondays at
8:38 pm. At the D.
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.
By: Ali Guggenheim / Psychic Phenomenon
Archangels are God’s gift to all living things.
There are nine tiers in the angel realm.
The lower realms serve man while the highest
realms serve God. Arch in Greek means “ruling
leader”, establishing Archangels as the celestial hierarchy.
These powerful spiritual beings are the healers and guides that
intervene in many of our life challenges. However, they cannot do so
without being asked and they always fulfill God’s Will first.
Many of the Archangels’ names end with “el”, which means God,
while the first portion of their names identifies their “specialty.”
However, there are exceptions, such as Metatron and his twin Shekinah.
Nobody actually knows how many Archangels exist, but there are
fifteen that are considered to be the most prominent. Some faiths
reference only seven.
You can ask for their assistance for interventions and guidance when
facing life’s challenges. They’re also able to appear in many places at
The first Archangel created by God was Michael. This Lord of Light is
in charge of all Archangels. His specialty consists of protection, courage,
strength, truth and integrity. Michael provides us with physical, mental
and emotional protection.
Gabriel is the spiritual awakener who brings you visions and
- whether you’re
awake or asleep. His
task is to fulfill your
hopes and dreams.
clarity and healing
for people and
warmth from the
sun to manifest all
life on earth and banishes darkness while enlightening your life and
Uriel assists in mysterious ways through wisdom and protection.
His empowering fire energy secures your “new foundation” - bringing
infinite possibilities and cleansing by burning away your blocks.
Metatron is the Scribe, the keeper of the Akashic records and guides
you in connecting with spirit. His sister, Shekinah helps you to secure
your foundation on earth and magnifies the love and light you receive.
Ariel balances protection of nature, plants, animals, etc. As the angel
associated with metaphysics, he helps you awaken a collective level of
consciousness and the manifestation for peace and love for the world.
To learn more about Ali, spiritual consultations, coaching, classes,
workshops, and readings, call, give her a call: 702/373-9081.
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By: Adrea Nairne-Barrera / 60s to 60
while back I discussed how technology
A has taken the personal touch out of the
traditions we held dear - such as hand written
holiday cards. I refused then, and I refuse now, to use the internet to
send a friend a holiday greeting.
Whatever holiday you celebrate, it’s supposed to be a time of peace,
love and friendship. That actually requires a little effort! To use the
internet to avoid a note, a card or a photo is just plain lazy.
As for gifts, they’re on line too. We can’t fight it. I reluctantly accept
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The Sun City Aliante Songsters is a non-profit choir of more than
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that option because going to some of these stores really is a pain
anyway. I guess I’m a hypocrite after all.
Anyway I’m still sending cards and notes. And when I look in the
mailbox to see someone sent one back, I get so excited! If the annual
holiday letter is included, I read every word even if it’s boring. Someone
actually put thought into the letter and that’s wonderful.
Let’s move on to re-gifting. That is certainly a slippery slope because
my circle of friends is much smaller than it used to be. With friends
leaving town and others have passed, many friends know each other so
a re-gift is out of the question.
I’m not willing to chance someone going to visit a mutual friend
and finding their gift to me sitting on the coffee table. It limits the
possibilities, so if Pier One doesn’t have what I want, I hit the internet.
Now let’s talk about all the shopping confusion like Black Friday
starting after Halloween or Cyber Monday after Black Friday which now
runs through the day after Thanksgiving. The stores don’t want you
to be with family on Thanksgiving because they’re announcing the
Black Friday door busters after you’ve stuffed yourself with turkey and
waddled to the store.
And if you happen to survive the layaway counter at Walmart, which
starts during the summer, they’ve killed your spirit entirely.
When I was a kid, the holidays were exciting. Everything sparkled,
people were happy and Santa was at Macy’s on 34 th Street. All the
stores had glorious moving displays & ice skaters were at Rockefeller
Center. Even subway cars had happy people with shopping bags of gifts.
(Obviously I’m from New York City).
Not one person knew what the internet was or how to send an
electronic greeting card. We even had a party line phone and it was
the one time we would actually butt in to a conversation to send good
I don’t want to return to the 50s but a little less technology and a lot
more personal interaction would sure be nice. Happy Holidays to all!
Adrea Nairne-Barrera writes of celebrations, observations &
complaints of life in the 60s to being in your 60s.
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By: Heather Latimer / Heather’s Self-Help
I’ve fallen and I can’t get up.” You’ve
doubtless heard Lifecall’s commercial a
zillion times. “Of course I could get up” you scoff.
Not necessarily so! Over the years your loss of flexibility and muscle
strength, stiffened joints, or balance that’s out of whack, have created
a risk for falling. Further, if you live alone, those psychical conditions
could cause you to lie helpless on the floor for hours or days until
somebody finds you.
Mercifully, you can probably crawl. So, today! Right now, position all
telephones in places that are reachable from ground level.
Whenever you dial 911 on a landline, even if you can’t speak, your
name and address will be instantly visible to the operator who will
speedily dispatch medical personnel to your location. Using cellular
equipment may be delayed by verifying your address and ID at the
Your most reliable protector is a Medical Alert System. I’ve tested
one - MobileHelp (877-827-6207). They supply a base station for home
use, and a 3” x 2” miniature station to wear when leaving home. Also
a wrist button to press anytime 24/7 to reach a skilled operator who
rushes emergency personnel to you and alerts two friends.
MobileHelp’s simplest program limits its range to your home and
nearby. A more sophisticated version employs GPS technology to
pinpoint your location anywhere in the USA and sends local responders.
A valuable add-on to both programs automatically detects a fall even if
you don’t press your button.
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.
Golf Rules - Part I
By: Mike Landry / Golf Fore Ever
The RNA & USGA have agreed to a new set
of golf rules effective January 1, 2019. The
new rules are condensed, simplified and will
surely speed up play.
There were 34 rules of golf in effect from 2015 -2018. Going forward,
19 rules will govern play and 5 rules will govern competition.
This article will cover Part I and next month’s edition will feature
Part II of the new rules.
Rule 1 is the most important rule in golf - Play the course
as you find it; play the ball as it lies; play by the rules and you are
responsible for applying your own penalties if you breach a rule so
as to not gain advantage over your opponent during competition.
1. The terms “hazard” and “water hazard” have been eliminated
- now Red or Yellow Penalty.
2. “Through the green” is now the general area.
3. New term “abnormal course condition” now include
4. Concept of a “no play zone” replaces the previously limited use
of environmentally sensitive area and ground under repair mandatory
5. Margin no longer used – “Edge” now used.
6. Teeing ground no longer used - “Teeing area” now used.
Putting Green Changes – with no penalty
1. On the green, player may putt with flagstick in or have it tended.
2. May repair any damage on the green except normal wear and
3. May touch the green to indicate line of play
1. New procedure for dropping the ball “knee high” without the
ball touching player or equipment.
2. Three minutes (instead of 5) allowed for searching lost ball.
3. Damaged ball, only “cut” or “cracked” damage substitution
allowed. “Out of shape” has been eliminated.
4. Players have a new two-stroke penalty relief option to get out of
5. And my favorite:
“Double hit” penalty
eliminated – now
counts as one stroke.
For more details,
Follow the link “Rules”
for rules, or the link
“Education” for helpful
tools. More next month!
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
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The Mayor Between Two Eras: Ron Lurie
By: Joey Kantor / Vegas Retrospective
city is a lot like a work of art painted by
A many artists. Each one of its citizens helps
bring out the color and fill in the shades.
Some people are interesting enough to become
highlighted subjects in this work, think of the Rat Pack for Las Vegas.
But we often rely on our politicians to draw the lines, to dream and
assist in the dreams of others that ultimately give the work meaning
and therefore longevity.
Ron Lurie was Mayor of Las Vegas from 1987 to 1991. He joined the
City Council in 1973. Now the “ambassador” for Arizona Charlies
Hotel/Casino after being General Manager for eighteen years following
his political career, he remembers when one of the greatest of these
city visionaries, Steve Wynn, called him and asked for a meeting…on
In essence, Wynn wanted to know if the city wanted to help him
usher in a new Las Vegas, although back then nobody quite realized
that Wynn was developing a blueprint for the creation of the megaresort
era. Wynn had purchased The Golden Nugget and wanted to
close Carson Street. The city thought that was fine and Wynn began
a process, birthed, Lurie believes, through Wynn’s insistence upon
excellence, that would change Las Vegas forever.
“We thought it was a great idea to vacate the street since he owned
property on both sides. He made The Golden Nugget a centerpiece for
Former Mayor Ron Lurie with current Mayor
downtown,” Lurie said. “When Steve did that everybody had to step up
because he was going to get all the business. Steve just had one of these
minds where he looked ahead on everything he did.”
It was during Lurie’s term as Mayor that Wynn began The Mirage, the
first mega-resort on the Las Vegas strip. This hotel was in Clark County
so Lurie didn’t have a hand in the project, but he supported plenty of
ideas that would help grow the city further. One was the development
of the 300-acre Union Pacific railroad yard and the other: Summerlin.
Las Vegas was the 25 th stop on the line between L.A. and Salt Lake
City for years. Finally, after much negotiation, Union Pacific agreed to
sell those 300 acres to the city and move to Arden, south of Las Vegas.
Lurie says you can still smell diesel fuel in some of the basements of
the hotels downtown.
Because of the efforts of Lurie and others, room was made for The
Government Center, The Smith Center, The World Market Center and
The Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health, an oddly beautiful architectural
masterwork by Frank Gehry.
Lurie now lives in the Sun City development he helped usher in as
Mayor. The Howard Hughes Corporation along with Del Webb had
25,000 acres to play with. The City of Las Vegas had the sewer, water
and power that they needed and that was all she wrote. Part of the deal?
The creation of Summerlin Parkway.
“I think that was a good move that the city made at the time,” said
Lurie created the first police substation, helped bring soccer to our
parks and had a hand in saving the old post office which eventually
became The Mob Museum. The city had come a long way since 1953
when he moved to Las Vegas, then a town of 30,000 people.
Lurie realizes how time marches on and a new crop of civic “artists”
bring forth their own metaphorical colors and lines.
“Each councilman has something,” he said. “When they leave, the
blueprint is there and someone else picks it up and runs with it.”
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.
Fun (and Very Girly) Gifts
By: Linda Bateman-Gomez / Timeless Beauty
The season of gift giving in upon us and
shopping for unique items is never easy. Gift
cards are often at the top of the list, but sometimes
it’s just more fun to give and receive gifts that are out of the ordinary.
I’ve been looking around for some unique items and found two
darling items that are also female owned Nevada businesses. One thing
that I really try to do is support local small businesses like these.
The first gift I found is great for anyone that uses makeup. Since
beauty is my industry, I of course, had to share this wonderful option
for storing the many products we collect!
If anyone needs to get organized (I certainly do) put this on your
favorite’s list. It’s called Caddy Face - a cute 4 drawer makeup organizer.
It has an open top for taller bottles or perfumes and a makeup mirror
with an adjustable arm.
It comes in either black or white and makes a great addition to
makeup tables or dressers. You can check it out at: https://www.
My next fun and very girly gift is from a company called Tipsy Totes.
While their flagship products were cute wine totes in various shapes,
(the corset one being my favorite!) they expanded the line.
They have koozies - some of which could also be given to the man
in your life. Those French maid aprons are so cute! And being in the
business of lips, I must confess that the lip patterns on their totes caught
With prices ranging
from $12 - $60 there
is a gift for all. www.
And for a quick
winter beauty tip,
don’t forget to treat
your skin! This time of
year, even in Las Vegas,
our heaters are often
higher than they have
been over the last few
months and the effects
can be very drying and
stress your skin.
If you want to treat
yourself to something fun, try out the Elizavecca Milky Piggy Carbonated
Bubble Clay Mask. Funny name, awesome mask and around $10. Then
follow it with the moisturizer of your choice.
If you’re a local beauty/fashion business drop me a note, I love
hearing about companies in the area!
Linda Bateman-Gomez has an international beauty company
based in Las Vegas that specializes in cosmetics and other beauty
products. Contact Linda at TimelessBeauty2020@gmail.com or
through her website www.fullips.com.
By: Jim Valkenburg / Insurance Insight
The following is a courtroom exchange
between a defense attorney and a
farmer with a bodily injury claim:
Attorney: “At the scene of the accident,
did you tell the constable you had never felt better in your
Farmer: “That’s right.”
Attorney: “Well, then, how is it that you are now claiming
you were seriously injured when my client’s auto hit your
Farmer: “When the constable arrived, he went over to my
horse, who had a broken leg, and shot him. Then he went over
to Rover, my dog, who was all banged up, and shot him.”
“When he asked me how I felt, I just thought under the
circumstances, it was a wise choice of words to say I’ve never
felt better in my life.”
*Larry’s barn burned down and his wife, Susan, called the
insurance company. Susan told the insurance company, “We
had that barn insured for fifty thousand and I want my money.”
The agent replied, “Just a minute, Susan. Insurance doesn’t
work quite like that. We will ascertain the value of what was
insured and provide you with a new one of comparable worth.”
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to cancel the policy on my husband.”
*A man was applying for a job as an insurance salesman.
The form requested prior experience, so he wrote “lifeguard.”
When the manager met him, he said, “We are looking for
someone who can sell himself. How does working as a lifeguard
pertain to salesmanship?” The man replied, “I couldn’t swim.”
Needless to say, the man got the job.
*”Do you know the present value of your husband’s policy?”
the life insurance agent asked his client. The woman was
confused and asked, “What do you mean?”
The agent said, “Well if, God forbid, you should lose your
husband, then what would you get?”
The woman thought about it for a minute, then brightened
up and said, “Probably a poodle.”
*And finally: An insurance agent was teaching his wife to
drive when the brakes suddenly failed on a steep, downhill
grade. “I can´t stop!” she shrilled. “What should I do?”
“Brace yourself,” advised her husband, “and try to hit
Have a peaceful holiday.
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Have a Healthy Holiday
The holidays are all about indulging - parties, treats, sweets and
more. Come January, many of us look back on our December
gluttony with regret. What can we do now to reduce the guilt later?
It’s important to enjoy the holidays and, for many of us, that means
partaking in traditional family recipes. If there’s a dish you can’t live
without, see if you can make some substitutions.
Making a creamy dip to take to a party or potluck? Swap out the
sour cream for nonfat Greek Yogurt and serve it with veggies instead
of chips. Change out those buttery crescent rolls for something with
There is a lot of social pressure to overeat during the holidays. After
all, your friends and family spend hours preparing these dishes.
One great trick (especially for parties or buffet-style dinners) is to
start at the dessert table - not to take the sweets first. Take a dessert or
salad-sized plate instead of the dinner plate.
Then you’ll have about 30% less space that you’ll feel obligated to
fill. Stick with a spoonful or small serving of your favorites. Then layer
on the compliments to the chef.
Once you’re done with your small plate, drink a full glass or bottle of
water. If you’re still hungry, then take your small plate back for another
small serving of the things you loved most.
Many of us enjoy cocktails during the holidays that can also expand
our waistlines. If you are someone who likes to drink, start the party off
with a full glass or bottle of water and alternate water with each drink.
You can also swap out the alcohol for something festive and fun. For
example, mix some cranberry and pomegranate juice, top with seltzer
and a squeeze of lime. There’s also
a cranberry fizz with ginger ale,
cranapple juice, cinnamon sugar,
and a lemon or lime.
Of course, if you are drinking over the holidays, be sure to have a
designated driver or call a cab or rideshare service to get home safely.
Theresa Brinton, FNP-BC
By: Rana Goodman / On My Soapbox
As regular readers are well-aware, April Parks
was the owner of A Private Professional
Guardian, LLC. In March 2017, Parks, her
office manager Mark Simmons, her husband Gary Neal Taylor, and
her attorney Noel Palmer Simpson were collectively indicted on 270
counts for elder exploitation - the most significant guardianship
indictment in Nevada’s history.
Last month, after four long years of waiting and our (more than)
numerous Vegas Voice articles about her shameful activities, Parks and
her co-defendants pled guilty in District Court to felony charges arising
from their guardianship activities.
I must say it gave me a great amount of satisfaction to see her
walk into Court for her sentencing chained to another prisoner. At the
hearing she tried to hide her face from the victims sitting in the gallery
with me. It made me think, “how the mighty had fallen.”
Her once vibrant red hair and perfect makeup was replaced with
salt and pepper hair and shoddy complexion. Parks’ once arrogant
demeanor was replaced with softly spoken “yes, your honor” each time
the judge asked if she understood this term and that.
It’s still hard for me to understand how 200 plus felony counts could
have been reduced to 7, BUT so long as she “goes away” for many
years I guess it will have to do. Under the terms of the plea agreement,
the State and the defense have retained the right to argue for what
sentence she will receive. She faces a maximum prison sentence of 84
years in prison.
Sadly the people missing from the indictments were Jared Shafer,
the former public administrator who started the private guardianship
industry in Nevada. We also hope to see the judges involved booted
from the bench - and in lock-up next to Parks.
Judge Tierra Jones scheduled a sentencing date of January 4, 2019
for all defendants. In the meantime, Ms. Parks will spend (another)
Christmas behind bars.
Be assured that The Vegas Voice will attend the sentencing. Our
question to readers: what sentence would you impose if you
Private Guardian April Parks Pleads Guilty
By: Carol Chapman
Every fall we embark on an annual fundraising drive in our
community. This year I want to share with you where your dollars
go and how it impacts our foundation.
Our mission is to provide assistance to the elderly during difficult
times of aging, illness, recovery, confinement at home, loss and other
senior challenges, so that we may age in our own homes gracefully for
as long as possible. The Foundation has been meeting this challenge
now for over sixteen years and, with your help, one day we hope to
This year alone our durable medical equipment housing and
servicing costs have exceeded $60,000. The cost of maintaining and
servicing three delivery vehicles that distribute the durable medical
A packed court awaiting Parks’ GUILTY plea
were the judge?
*On a more positive note to end the year: Are you familiar with the
program HowRU? This is a totally FREE service provided by The
Foundation Assisting Seniors. Once a person signs up, they will
receive a phone call each day (at the time the subscriber designates)
to make sure all is well. The subscriber also designates two emergency
contacts to complete the listing.
Here is how this great program works: Each day at the requested
time the call is made. If there is no answer, another call is placed fifteen
minutes later. Still no reply? The Foundation will call 3-1-1 and ask
for a welfare check on the subscriber.
With so many of our neighbors living alone, and many with no
family locally, this is really a wonderful safeguard. And as I stated, it is
FREE. To enroll call (725) 244-4200.
You can contact Rana by email: Rana@thevegasvoice.net. Also
check out her blog about life in Sun City Anthem at:
equipment and serve as
transportation for those
who cannot drive came in well over $80,000.
The HOWRU TM program has now saved seven lives in our community
at a cost over $8,000. Knowing the outputs on this program makes it
priceless and there is no cap on how many users we have.
This year we are on track to make approximately 20,000 assists to
our senior communities. I ask that when you are invited to donate to
the Foundation Assisting Seniors, please do so and know that we are a
For more information, or to donate, please visit: www.
Former Private Guardian April Parks
How the Mighty Has Fallen
By: Dan Hyde / Call to Action
Now that this election cycle is over, what’s
next? If you think for one minute that
the newly elected crop of politicians are ready to
govern, you’d better think again!
What’s coming next is (wait for it) ANOTHER ELECTION! Already,
a slew of power hungry politicians are on the prowl for the next office
Republicans are planning their strategy on re-taking the House of
Representatives they just lost to the Democrats and the election is two
years away! A politician will never publicly admit it but governing is
a necessary side-bar of what it is they spend most of their time doing.
I’ve spent over 40 years actively engaged in running and participating
in campaigns and can categorically state - politicians are ALWAYS
running for office again and spend an average (some a great deal
more) of 30 hours per week soliciting campaign contributions for the
How do I know that? Because, without exception, that’s what they
tell me! One of the worst addiction society is forced to deal with is an
elected official’s craving for POWER - getting it and most importantly
To do that, they need money and a lot of it! They are forced to
continuously solicit donors - that’s you and
me, and the big corporate honchos.
Money is the lifeblood of any successful
politician’s life! They need to have enough of
it to insure that any potential future opponent
will be intimidated enough not to challenge a
well-funded continuously recycled politician.
And to do that, they need to raise always
funds and that interferes with what we hired
them to do - GOVERN!
Dan Hyde is a passionate and effective advocate for the senior
community. He can be reached at: email@example.com.
Republicans - Roll up
By: Victoria Seaman / Victoria’s Corner
Editor’s Note: As outlined in last month’s
edition, The Vegas Voice no longer has a
“Democratic voice” to (respectfully) oppose Victoria’s articles. It is
still our goal to hear from both sides of the aisle. If anyone reading
this wants the “job” please email me at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
As we all head into the holidays and beyond, we have so much
to be thankful for as people, spouses, parents, and grandparents. As
Republicans, we have considerably less to be thankful for after the most
recent election cycle.
While election day delivered mixed results for Republicans across the
country (losing the House of Representatives but adding seats to the
Senate) in Nevada, the results were nothing short of a beating. At every
level of government, with very few exceptions, we lost.
And we lost big - sending a Democrat governor and Democrat
legislature to Carson City, and another to the US Senate. In the State
Assembly, Democrats have a 2/3 majority.
When situations like this occur, it is easy to point fingers and start the
blame game. But it’s counterproductive.
Could campaigns have done things different? Are the state and/or
local parties to blame? The answer to those questions, and a lot more,
has to be a resounding yes. Unquestionably Republicans should have
At this juncture, the answer is to not turn on ourselves, but enjoy the
holiday season with our loved ones and take time to pause and reflect.
After the first of the year, it is imperative that we roll our sleeves, unite
as Republicans, learn from our mistakes, and start working hard and
with enthusiasm toward the goal of winning in 2020.
Remember: we are Republicans. When we lose, we don’t protest
in silly hats, riot, set cars on fire, stand in the streets and scream,
or threaten to move to foreign countries. We come back bigger and
stronger to win. And win, we shall.
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
email@example.com or follow on Facebook at facebook.
com/VictoriaDSeaman/ Twitter @victoriadseaman
Tomorrow is Not Promised
By: Jerry Creed / Trust Jerry
I took care of my estate planning a
long time ago.” Or how about: “I don’t
need my estate plan reviewed, it’s done,
it’s already been taken care of.”
Does this sound familiar? Have you told yourself, your family, or your
friends that your estate planning “is already done and taken care of”?
We hear those phrases A LOT. We offer free thirty-minute estate plan
reviews, so we see a ton of “I already have my planning done, we are
The thing is, most married couples who tell me they are prepared are
unfortunately wrong. They have been misinformed and this can end
up costing them and their families hundreds of thousands of dollars.
Remember Medicaid is now a loan, not a benefit. The
majority of married couples have not planned for Medicaid. “A long
time ago” Medicaid was a benefit. That is not the case now. Most
estate plans do not take advantage of a rule that can save half of their
community property from Enhanced Medicaid Recovery.
When the first spouse passes away, their will should have a
Supplemental Needs Trust for the surviving spouse. This will protect
their half of the community property from Enhanced Medicaid
The Supplemental Needs Trust is exempt from Medicaid; the assets
placed in the trust do not qualify and will not be available to Medicaid
when they try to recover assets. The Supplemental Needs Trust protects
the assets from the five year look back period.
For example: John and Marry have been married for 45 years and
have a net worth of $1,000,000. John dies tragically hanging Christmas
lights. Because their wills have the SNT Provision that creates a
Supplemental Needs Trust for Mary, John’s half of their community
property is now protected from Enhanced Medicaid Recovery.
If Mary is later diagnosed with Alzheimer’s, Parkinson, Dementia or
any condition that requires a skilled nursing or memory care facility,
the SNT provisions the family funds for Mary’s care for 5 years, then
Medicaid will take over. The family funds have a pool of money in the
amount of $500,000.00. This can be used to supplement her care and
go to her heirs after she passes.
If John and Mary had not had the SNT Provision within their wills,
their family would have been forced to pay for her care for about ten
years until Mary only had $2,000 in assets left (impoverished). Only
then would she be eligible to have Medicaid kick in.
How do you know if you’re protected? Pull out your will and
see how many pages it is. Chances are if it’s under 25 pages it doesn’t
have the provisions you need. If you have any doubt that you and your
family are properly protected, get your estate plan reviewed by an Elder
Law Attorney now.
Tomorrow is not promised. Make certain you and your family are
The Inevitable Decline of
By: Kyo Mitchell / A Healthier You
As many people reach their fifties, they start developing more
pain and more medical problems. For evidence, notice the
plethora of prescription medicines that line their counter or fill their
After seeing their doctor, they are given a pill for hypertension,
arthritis, diabetes, or whatever problem the body seems to be currently
facing. However, even though the prescribed pharmaceuticals may
help prevent the medical problems from rapidly getting worse, they
never seem to bring you back to the state of health you once had.
As time passes, despite the pharmaceutical intervention, your health
and general level of function declines. Have you ever wondered why?
To understand this, we need to go back in history. Until the twentieth
century, one of the leading causes of mortality was bacterial infections.
Many children did not survive childhood and the average life span
for a human being was in the fifties at best. This changed with the
discovery of penicillin.
Seen as a wonder drug, penicillin could cure many bacterial
infections. The medical philosophy then followed this example -
seeking a drug/biochemical cure for every disease.
The problem here lies in the logic. Penicillin was so successful
because the bacterial infection was a single cause and the treatment
could target that single cause.
In cases of chronic diseases we see these days, such as high blood
pressure, arthritis, Alzheimer’s disease, diabetes, etc., there is not a
single cause. Rather these medical problems are multifactorial –
many things have to happen in the body for a person to develop these
types of problems.
Worse still, because the parts of the body are so interrelated, when
certain areas begin to malfunction, the parts downstream are also
affected, and the level of function continues to decline. Because these
problems had multiple factors which contributed to their development,
no single drug can address what caused these problems.
They may shore up the problem for the time being, but they cannot
bring back an effective state of function.
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-
Keep Healthy During the
By: Mary Richard / Health Fitness
It’s so easy with all our running around,
grocery shopping, holiday gifts, etc. to not
take care of ourselves. We seem to be in such a hurry during these
winter months, that we don’t think we may be prone to illnesses, colds,
or flu symptoms.
I carry hand sanitizers with me at all times and use them frequently.
Germs increase so much more during these cooler months, as people
tend to go about their daily duties, even with cold and flu symptoms.
I tend to be in such a hurry myself, working at The Smith Center,
teaching Zumba and dance classes and trying to keep myself healthy.
Drinking lots of water certainly helps to keep us hydrated, especially
since we are now turning up the heat with the cooler weather.
Also, holiday parties tend to have additional sodium in the luscious
appetizers. We tend to also imbibe in alcoholic drinks, which can also
Try drinking a glass of water after having an alcoholic drink, which
will help with hydration. I tend to have water at parties, even with my
holiday drinks and yummy eats. And, of course, the water helps fill you
up a little quicker, to give you that “fuller tummy” feeling.
I try to eat some snacks before going out to holiday parties, so that I
am not “famished” when I arrive! It’s tempting to try all the goodies,
but at least you won’t be gobbling them all up and having that guilt
Please take precautions to stay healthy during this holiday season so
you can enjoy the holidays - one of the pleasures of life!
POSITIVE ATTITUDE AND HAPPY HEALTH TO ALL!
Mary Richard is a long term supporter of senior fitness. She
teaches Zumba, toning and dance classes throughout the Las
Vegas Valley. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
6216 or email@example.com.
28 December 2018
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Varieties of Bedlam
By: Judy Polumbaum / Our View
Emerging from the big-box extravaganza
into the packed parking lot, I load the car
with my purchases – jug of soy sauce, tub of
lettuce, casket of croissants, bag of avocadoes, flats of fruit and the like,
glad to have escaped without straying too far from my list.
I drive home, unload, harness up the dogs, and head out again, now
on foot, for a stroll through the ribbon of canyon that passes between
my neighborhood and that shopping emporium.
Las Vegas is home to three Costco locations. The one in Henderson
makes four. Sometimes, though, it seems like everyone in the Las Vegas
valley is at the Costco near my home.
By contrast, the canyon a whistle away is nearly deserted. At certain
times of year, and all year at certain times of day (other than morning
and evening, when walkers and joggers reliably appear), one can go
two or three miles up and back and hardly pass a soul.
Who doesn’t find Costco enticing – both overwhelming and essential?
Who doesn’t revel in wall-to-wall merchandise in hefty quantities at
Who doesn’t occasionally find glee in the challenge of navigating
mazes of shoppers from the entire rainbow of humanity careening
about with their carts? What’s not to appreciate about a company
known for treating employees well, with living wages and good benefits?
Yet one can take only so much of such man-made plentitude. The
canyon is a respite. And a reminder of what drew me to this area.
That long, narrow tapestry of desert landscape offers a different sort
of bedlam – the quiet, splendid bedlam of nature. Locals have reported
encounters with coyotes and great horned owls; so far, I’ve seen only
rabbits, lizards, grasshoppers, dragonflies, unidentified little rodents,
hummingbirds and hawks and many other species of birds.
Emerging from the ground and vegetation is every shade of green
and gray and gold imaginable (sending me to the thesaurus for
refinements, like sage or amber or smoke), punctuated through the
seasons by yellow and orange flowerets, fuchsia and purple cactus
blossoms, creamy buds and snowy bursts of cottonwood.
Such a beautiful place – where are all the people? I guess we know
the answer: shopping this holiday season.
So Merry Everything to all, regardless of what or how you practice
(or don’t) whether indoors or out.
Judy is a professor emerita of journalism and a recent transplant
to Las Vegas from the Midwest.
New Device Stops a Cold Before it Starts
By: Doug Cornell / To Your Health
New research shows you can
stop a cold in its tracks if you
take one simple step with a new device when you
first feel a cold coming on.
Colds start when cold viruses get in your nose.
Viruses multiply fast. If you don’t stop them early,
they spread in your airways and cause misery.
But scientists have found a quick way to kill a
virus. Touch it with copper. Researchers at labs
and universities agree, copper is “antimicrobial.”
It kills microbes, such as viruses and bacteria, just
That’s why ancient
Greeks and Egyptians
used copper to purify
water and heal wounds.
They didn’t know about
viruses and bacteria,
but now we do.
Scientists say the
high conductance of
copper disrupts the
electrical balance in a
microbe cell and destroys
the cell in seconds.
Tests by the Environmental Protection Agency
(EPA) show germs die fast on copper. So some
hospitals tried copper for touch surfaces like faucets
and doorknobs. This cut the spread of MRSA
and other illnesses by over half, and saved lives.
The strong scientific evidence gave inventor
Doug Cornell an idea. When he felt a cold coming
on he fashioned a smooth copper probe and
rubbed it gently in his nose for 60 seconds.
“It worked!” he exclaimed. “The cold went
away completely.” It worked again every time he
felt a cold coming on and he hasn’t had a cold
He asked relatives and friends to try it. They
said it worked for them, too, so he patented CopperZap
and put it on the market.
Soon hundreds of people had tried it and given
feedback. Nearly 100% said the copper stops
colds if used within 3 hours after the first sign.
Even up to 2 days, if they still get the cold it is
milder than usual and they feel better.
Users wrote things like, “It stopped my cold
right away,” and “Is it supposed to work that fast?”
New research: Copper stops colds if used early.
“What a wonderful thing,” wrote Physician’s
Assistant Julie. “No more colds for me!”
Pat McAllister, age 70, received one for Christmas
and called it “one of the best presents ever.
This little jewel really works.” Now thousands of
users have simply stopped getting colds.
People often use CopperZap preventively.
Frequent flier Karen Gauci used to get colds after
crowded flights. Though skeptical, she tried it
several times a day on travel days for 2 months.
“Sixteen flights and not a sniffle!” she exclaimed.
Businesswoman Rosaleen says when people
are sick around her she
uses CopperZap morning
and night. “It saved
me last holidays,” she
said. “The kids had
colds going round and
round, but not me.”
Some users say it
also helps with sinuses.
Attorney Donna Blight
had a 2-day sinus headache.
When her Copper-
Zap arrived, she tried it.
“I am shocked!” she
said. “My head cleared,
no more headache, no more congestion.”
Some users say copper stops nighttime stuffiness
if used just before bed. One man said, “Best
sleep I’ve had in years.”
Copper may even stop flu if used early and for
several days. Lab technicians placed 25 million
live flu viruses on a CopperZap. No viruses were
found alive soon after.
Copper even kills deadly germs that have become
resistant to antibiotics. If you are near sick
people, a moment of handling it may keep serious
infection away from you and your loved ones. It
may even save a life.
The EPA says copper still works even when tarnished.
It kills hundreds of different disease germs
so it can prevent serious or even fatal illness.
CopperZap is made in the U.S. of pure copper.
It has a 90-day full money back guarantee when
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The Real McCoy?
By: Chuck Dean / Vet 2 Vet
Have I ever stopped my car and handed
money to a panhandler claiming to be a
vet? Nope, not yet and won’t. Why? Because I have
a hard time believing that everyone out there professing to be a vet
It’s the wannabe extraordinaire and the harm it creates for real vets
is enormous. I mean come on. Using the honest sacrificial efforts of
those who did serve to deceitfully flitch money is intolerable.
Way back when I did approach I wanted to find out what was up.
Once I even offered to take one to a restaurant and buy him a meal. He
declined saying he would rather have money. To spend on what?
In 1994 a survey was conducted and, on the average, a panhandler
on the streets of Seattle raked in around $200 a day. Not bad, while a
100% service-connected disabled vet gets a healthy stipend of $98 a day.
Hey, he could always hit the streets - its tax-free money!
However, not many vets that I know would lower themselves in such
a way. There’s just too much American pride ingrained in real vets to
make a move like that.
Next time you get a chance, try asking some revealing questions;
questions that any G.I. would have answers to: Did you ever own a
P-38? What are hospital corners? Did you ever belong to a three-round
I’ve queried panhandlers like this before and gotten back some
dumfounded looks or just silly answers. Heaven forbid that I would ever
ask them to produce a DD Form 214!
But that’s not all. Panhandling wannabe vets are not the only
culprits. There are some high-falootin’ charities claiming to raise
money to help veterans too.
AARP magazine just did an article on it, and some of these go by
such distinguished designations as Act of Valor, Medal of Honor,
Saving our Soldiers, and even Vets Fighting Breast Cancer! They are
using the whole idea of “Veteran” to fool the public and steal donations
that could otherwise go to valid causes.
There are indeed homeless vets that can use our help; and there are
charitable organizations that do good work (Pat Tillman Foundation is
my favorite). So this Christmas (and always) be diligent to check them
out before stuffing hard-earned cash down a rat-hole.
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.
Holiday Automotive Gifts for Seniors
By: BJ Killeen / Down the Road
It’s that time of the year again, when the
family sits around agonizing over what to get
their parents/grandparents for the holidays. This
decision may be the most difficult, because at this age, we’ve already
acquired everything we want or need.
But here are a few suggestions to tell your family members, or for
purchasing gifts for your own friends and family.
Uber or Lyft Ride Gift Cards: Give the gift of travel for those who
don’t want to subscribe to Uber/Lyft with their own credit cards. These
cards can be purchased at Amazon.com in any denomination.
Tile Mate Key Finder: For under $25, you can make sure your
favorite driver never loses his car keys. The device attaches to the key
ring and syncs to a smartphone. A map shows where the keys are for
Car Wash Gift Cards: Everyone loves a clean car. Any car wash
offers gift cards. Washing your car once a week not only will help keep
it looking good, but also prolong the life of the paint and clearcoat.
Prepaid Gas Cards: Unless you have a pure electric vehicle, gas
gift cards are a great stocking stuffer because it’s something everyone
needs and will use.
Garage Parking Aids: Few of us are good at judging how far to pull
the car into the garage to clear the door, plus not hit anything in front.
Garage parking aids are a great gift to make sure the car stays damage
free. Homebrite Park
N Place, available on
Amazon.com for $20,
is a stop sign with LED
lights that flash when
the car makes contact
with the sign.
This is an essential
gift if they don’t
own one already.
Roadside assistance is
invaluable for flat tires,
breakdowns, and even
running out of gas.
If they already have a
membership, you can
extend it for another
year or two.
Anyone of these gift ideas will be appreciated. If you need more
ideas, or car advice, feel free to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. Happy
BJ Killeen has been an automotive journalist for over 30 years.
She welcomes all questions and inquiries, and can be reached at
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Ask A Desert Gardener
By: Howard Galin / Happy Gardening
Living in Las Vegas, we are familiar with the
hot summers but remember that we live in
the “High Desert” which also has distinct “cool”
season with low temperatures. Cooler temperatures, especially at night,
can be harmful to many of our native “heat-tolerant” plants.
Numerous plants in our gardens can die when the temperature drops
below 40. Therefore, it is important to check whether a plant that you
are considering is not only “heat-tolerant” but also “frost-tolerant” as
Hibiscus may die when the temperature goes into the 40s. Queen
Palm fronds can be severely damaged if the temperature gets to near
Many cacti, such as the Indian Fig, “Bunny Ears”, and Pipe Organ
varieties (native to warmer regions) can fall victim to frost damage
when grown in Nevada. Even the “mighty” Saguaro Cactus, (native to
Arizona) can be damaged by our winter temperatures.
The same is true for some agaves, yucca and aloes. Succulents store
large amounts of water in their cells and can be adversely affected by
sudden frosts and freezing temperatures.
So when my husband Ray and I decided
to host a European tour, Collette’s Spotlight on Tuscany
tour with Florence, Lucca, Siena, and more was a
natural choice. Plus, we’ll actually be under the Tuscan
Sun, and there’ll be no pesky packing and unpacking.
We’ll be staying in the delightful spa resort town
of Montecatini in a four star hotel just a short walk
from the charming city center. In fact, one of my best
friends, Iris Newman, who already had the good sense
to take this trip, has told me that exploring Montecatini,
meeting its locals, and enjoying spontaneous casual
gatherings at the end of the day were unexpected trip
highlights. This is the perfect place to relax and enjoy
the Tuscan lifestyle. Call us at:
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Here are several steps to take in order to protect our native plants
during the winter months:
1. Wrap cold-sensitive plants with burlap. Nurseries sell rolls of this
material that you can cut to size. If a severe cold spell is predicted, you
can improvise and cover your shrubs and hedges with an old blanket.
2. Reduce watering native trees, shrubs, bushes. Stop watering cactus,
and other succulents. These plants go dormant during the winter
because there is reduced amounts of sunlight.
Therefore, the plant roots will not absorb water and the soil will
remain wet thereby attracting disease-causing organisms and fostering
3. Use at least 2-3 inches of organic or rock mulch to “blanket” the
soil keeping it insulated and warmer. This will help to prevent the plant
roots from freezing.
4. Do not fertilize! You do not want to stimulate tender growth that
would be very sensitive to cold temperatures.
Have any questions? Contact me at: Theplantwhisperer28@gmail.
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
Did You Know?
By: James J. White, D.D.S. / Your Dentist
One teaspoon equals 4 grams. When reading
the contents listing of food, the statistics are
generally in grams. Be aware of the sugar in each
serving. When it says that a certain food product contains 12 grams per
serving, you can picture three teaspoons full of sugar in every serving.
Interesting Fact: Only gum that is sweetened with 100% xylitol is
truly sugar-free and hence free from promoting tooth decay. Make
certain you read the label for artificially sweetened gums.
Tobacco: The use of tobacco products (pipes, cigars, cigarettes, snuff,
chewing tobacco) is irrefutably linked to promoting the onset of oral
Periodontal disease (gum disease, gingivitis) is caused by
bacteria. Be sure that your partner takes care of his/her oral health.
Implants: One of the most important reasons for having implants to
replace missing teeth is that they save the height of the bone. When an
implant is healthy and healed in the bone it stops the otherwise natural
bone recession (loss) in the area where the teeth are removed.
Bone loss in people who have had all their teeth removed is one
of the biggest factors in preventing comfort and long-term stability
with dentures. Implant placement can solve a world of hurt for these
patients. Help is available. Ask you dental professional.
Water Pik or Tooth Brush: We brush and floss our teeth to remove
plaque deposits as bacteria are thriving in this sticky substance. They
produce by-products that cause tooth decay and gum disease.
It is this author’s opinion and studies support, that the use of a
Sonicare (trademark) water pik tooth brush is the most effective oral
hygiene device to help with plaque removal.
My office always sees an improvement in oral health when patients
begin using this product as directed. I rarely promote a product, but
this is an exception.
Do not confuse it with an “electric tooth brush.” It is not the same
I wish all a very happy and healthy New Year. One resolution for
2019: Keep Smiling!
Tired of wearing dentures that
don’t stay in place, won’t chew food
well or cause mouth sores from time to time?
Make an investment in yourself!
What would it be worth not to have dentures anymore?
Eat and chew ANYTHING you want. Laugh out loud
without the fear of your teeth falling.
Corn on the cob? Stop remembering “when.”
Get permanent teeth in one day.
Today’s dentistry is amazing!
Phone for a complimentary consultation.
Learn more about Dr. White at:
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From TV’s WALKER TEXAS RANGER
Author, Former Pro
Kira Reed Lorsch
“Listening to The Vegas Voice”
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Introducing Brilliant, the newest
interactive experience at The Neon
Museum. This revolutionary art form
uses sight and sound to transport you
through time and bring long dormant
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.
I Was Wrong - It’s a
Vintage Vegas Gem
By: Kathy Manney / Around Our World
s the afternoon progressed and the sun fell
Alow enough to cast long arms of shadow
across the 6-acres of scattered signage, the Las Vegas Neon Museum
began to colorfully light up. Founded in 1996, the Neon Museum is
“dedicated to collecting, preserving, studying and exhibiting iconic Las
Vegas signs for educational, history, arts and cultural enrichment.”
When I first heard that a museum for old Las Vegas neon signs was
going to open, I considered it a harebrained idea. I was wrong!
In the more than 20-years since its beginning, the museum has
grown and refined, bringing to life many vintage casino and other
business signs that once identified an earlier time. The historic La
Concha Motel lobby was donated to the museum in 2005.
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To move it from the Strip to its new setting, the La Concha had to
be disassembled and then reassembled. Today the La Concha is the
museum’s entrance and visitors’ center.
Many Las Vegans consider the museum’s signs to represent local art
and are of historical significance. Every restored sign in the collection
holds a story about who created it and why it is significant.
Among them, the original 80-foot tall sign from the Sahara that was
donated in 2011. In 2009, the Neon Museum restored and installed
the famous Silver Slipper sign across from its visitor’s center. Then two
other restored vintage signs were installed near the northern end of
Las Vegas Boulevard. These three signs mark the designation of a selfguided
National Scenic Byway.
Before the museum was started, Young Electric Sign Company, better
known as “YESCO, stored many of the older signs in their “boneyard.”
Left to weather, the signs fell into ruin.
The YESCO boneyard comprised two lots. Those lots have been paved,
creating the museum’s parking.
If you are into vintage Las Vegas, definitely put the Neon Museum
located on Las Vegas Boulevard, north of Bonanza, on your bucket list.
You won’t be disappointed.
Kathy Manney enjoys visiting interesting places and being an
Adventure Diva. Her “Must See” travel journeys continue - always
RUBY PRINCESS 12 NIGHT
ALASKA - BUS TO BOAT
APRIL 23 -- MAY 5, 2019
FROM $ 2,119
CORAL PRINCESS 19 NIGHT
PANAMA CANAL CRUISE R/T from
Los Angeles - BUS TO BOAT
Sept. 29 -- Oct 18, 2019
FROM $ 2,859
ROYAL PRINCESS 7 NIGHT
PACIFIC COAST - BUS TO BOAT
R/T FROM LA - NOV. 9 -16, 2019
FROM $ 1,099
STAR PRINCESS 15 NIGHT
HAWAIIAN ISLAND CRUISE
BUS TO BOAT
Dec. 4 --15, 2019
FROM $ 1,979
BUS TO THE BOAT
Vegas Voyagers Meetings
By: Stu Cooper / Happy Adventures
Life is what happens while you’re making
plans. I have expressed this sentiment in
previous columns. I am always making plans.
Mostly plans to travel. It’s what I like to do. To go and see places I’ve
never been before. Or, to go back to a favorite destination and revisit.
And then life gets in the way. Life Happens. Stuff happens. Like
babysitting the grandkids, working weekends at the travel agency,
taking mom for her doctors’ appointment.
Yes, this 65-year-old senior citizen has a 90-year-old mom. I am very
lucky. You get the idea.
So I look around and almost a year has gone by doing daily things.
And I realized that we have not had a VEGAS VOYAGERS meeting in a
I am not happy about that. I enjoy our VEGAS VOYAGERS meetings.
I really enjoy hearing what all the VOYAGERS have to say about their
Last chance to join us on the Phat Pack Cruise!
I am therefore happy to announce that we will hold two
VEGAS VOYAGERS meetings on Monday, February 4 th . Our first
meeting in Henderson will be at 9:30 am at Buckman’s restaurant
located at the Revere Golf Club. The second meeting will be at the Sun
Coast Hotel (in the Fairway Conference Center) at 2:00 pm.
We will have presentations from Royal Caribbean, Celebrity and
Princess Cruise Lines. In addition, we will have a presentation about
our September 2019 Holy Land (Israel) trip. There will be a lot to talk
*We are gearing up for our second PHAT PACK cruise on the Princess
Cruise Line’s Ruby Princess, January 26 – February 2, 2019. We have
close to 100 VOYAGERS joining our Mexican Riviera Phat Pack cruise.
There is still space available at our original prices for those who want
to join us. While sailing the Mexican Riviera, we will also have at least
two Phat Pack performances, a private cocktail party and other Phat
Just call at 800/698-1101 and we will give you full details. And
remember, this cruise includes the round-trip
bus transportation from Las
Vegas to the pier in Los Angeles.
Just like last year, this is going
to be a memorable cruise.
Happy Adventures to all.
What Fun! “Let’s do it Again!”
Cruise with the Phat Pack
7 night Mexican Riviera
Jan. 26- Feb. 2, 2019
“Bus to the Boat”
come back new ®
Featuring TWO Special Private
Performances and Cocktail Party
The Phat Pack
Bruce Ewing • Kevan Patriquin
Randal Keith • Philip Fortenberry
This extraordinary group of artists met while performing
in “PHANTOM: The Las Vegas Spectacular” and
together formed their own highly-acclaimed spectacle
that continues to thrill audiences everywhere:
THE PHAT PACK!
Destinations: Cabo San Lucas,
Mazatlan & Puerto Vallarta
$ 1169 pp,
Ocean View Obstructed $ 1269 pp,
$ 1369 pp,
$ 1469 pp
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.
The Travel Compan
Here’s A Breathtaking Tuscany Tour For Your
Collette’s Spotlight Tuscany Tour,
Oct. 3 - Oct. 11, 2019
This wonderful 9 day tour of Italy’s golden hills and medieval villages
will be hosted by the “Vegas Voice” president, Ray Sarbacker and his
wife and travel agent, Crystal, as well as Collette’s expert tour directors.
Throughout the entire trip, you’ll be staying in a single hotel in the charming
spa resort town of Montecatini. No pesky packing and unpacking.
Montecatini is perfectly situated so you can relax and enjoy leisurely
day trips to Florence, Pisa, San Gimignano, and the walled city of Lucca.
Plus, you’ll be savoring lots of good Italian food and wines throughout.
$ 3499. pp dbl.
from Las Vegas
*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.
ny Designed Especially for Active Seniors!
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.
Reservations are limited so call now
2019-20 Collette Spotlight Tours
featuring 4 Star “Single Stay” Hotels
Prices shown below are land only, per person dbl. occ.
Air and transfers are available.
London, 7 days from $1699
Paris, 7 days from $1999
Tuscany, 9 days from $1549
Rome, 7 days from $1499
New York City, 5 days from $1799
New York City Holiday, 5 days from $2499
Washington, D.C. 6 days from $1899
San Antonio, 5 days from $1399
San Antonio Holiday, 5 days from $1499
New Orleans, 5 days from $1299
South Dakota, 7 days from $1849
Havana, Cuba, 6 days from $2999
Collette’s newest catalogs are now available
time to make
Wow! Local professional airport transfers
702 provided by Vegas Vacationers
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!
Making a List and Checking it Twice. A Memory Game!
By: Jan Fair / A No-Brainer Minute
his month we're all racking our brains to think of gift ideas for family & friends. So I
thought it might be fun to dream about valuable items we could give them ... if we
were able to do that. Then, make a gift list and turn it into a memory game (see below.) For brainhealthy
gift ideas you can make and/or buy, check out my previous December columns [2013, 2014,
2015 & 2016.] (Go to the Vegas Voice archives at www.thevegasvoice.net)
Game of Knowns
For sure you KNOW the gifts you (or
someone else) would REALLY like this
holiday. Of course, you can't afford to
give Stephanie that 2019 GMC Sierra
1500 Denali 4WD or Eric that Ferrari . . .
gifts you KNOW they'd like! But you can
dream big & make it a memory exercise.
1. CHOOSE yourself (or someone else.)
2. MAKE A LIST of gifts you (or they)
would love to receive.
3. REPEAT the list from MEMORY.
4. REPEAT the list BACKWARDS!
This will give your brain a boost and surely
make you and others smile.
“Holiday Wish List”
1. In one minute, name things
on YOUR wish list.
2. Another time, name a
person and then make a
list of gifts you'd love to
be able to give her/him.
I’d like to buy Casey a
new guitar, a moped, a
math puzzle, ...
A No-Brainer Pick
Jan Fair is a writer, consultant & public speaker who has published over 40 books PLUS the
No-Brainer Brain Games series. Sign up for her FREE newsletter at www.JanFair.com December 2018
ROYAL CARIBBEAN CRUISE LINE
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.
TRIP OF A LIFETIME!
Holy Land Tour
Sept. 2-13, 2019
Includes the following:
• 9 nights, incl. breakfast, dinner daily, Except last night breakfast only
• 10 days sightseeing in luxury touring coach
• English speaking licensed tour guide from arrival to departure
• One group arrival and departure transfer from/to airport in Israel
• All entrance fees per itinerary
• Porterage at hotels and Ben Gurion airport upon arrival only
• Meet /assist and escort to meet tour guide upon airport arrival in Israel
• Farewell dinner in local restaurant
Rates do NOT include
• Tips to guide, driver, waiters, etc.
• Meals & beverages not mentioned
in tour description
• Airfare, travel insurance etc.
• Expenses of a personal nature
pp land only/Air add’l
based on Dbl occupancy
For more trip details call direct:
Price is subject to availability and based on double occupancy.
Single supplement is available upon request.
Here are just
some of the highlights:
Sea of Galilee/ Mount of Beatitudes, traditional
site of the Sermon on the Mount/ the traditional
site of the multiplication of the Loaves and the
fishes./Tour Capernaum, the base of Jesus’
ministry in the Galilee and site of a beautiful
Byzantine-period synagogue /Qumran where Dead
Sea scrolls were discovered / Masada and the
Dead Sea/ Jerusalem/Mount of Olives /Garden of
Gethsemane/ Enter Old City via Lion’s Gate/ Visit
St. Anne’s church/ The Pools of Bethesda/Christian
Quarter of Old City/Church of the Holy Sepulcher/
Bethlehem and Yad Vashem/the Church of the Nativity/Holocaust
Memorial & Museum/Jerusalem’s
open air market
Speaking to and for Las Vegas
Valley Seniors since 2003